Auto Locksmiths Save Customers Time and Money

When one thinks of the services that a locksmith offers, the first thought is generally of unlocking services. While emergency unlocks are a popular service completed by locksmiths, there are also a number of other ways that a locksmith can assist you. One of these ways is through car key and ignition services. Before mobile locksmiths were able to bring the necessary tools to your location to complete service, customers had to get their vehicles towed to the dealership in order to have service completed. This was inconvenient and costly to car owners for a number of reasons. Fortunately, there is now an alternative that can save you a great deal of both time and money.

Car Key Replacement Services

Losing your car keys can be extremely frustrating, and always seems to happen at the worst possible times. In this past, if you lost your car keys on a night or weekend, you were out of luck until the local dealership was once again open for business during normal hours. This left car owners with a disabled vehicle for a long period of time, which is never ideal. While customers had to wait for the dealership to be open, they also had to pay for a towing trip to get their disabled vehicle to the shop for the service to be completed. Having to pay for this towing trip added about $100-$200 to your already large service bill. Thanks to car locksmiths like Phila-Locksmith, getting a towing trip and waiting for the dealership are no longer necessary choices. With just one call, you can have one of our professional locksmiths come to the car’s location to provide you with replacement car keys. Phila-Locksmith’s technicians are even trained to cut and program some of the newest car keys that are being used today. By cutting out the necessary towing trip our locksmith is able to potentially save you hundreds of dollars, and since our services are available 24/7, a long wait is no longer necessary. Replacement car keys are not the only service that our professional auto locksmiths are able to save you money by completing.

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Our locksmith will first attempt to repair before replacing an ignition.

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Replacement car keys completed at your car’s location can save time and money.

Ignition Services

Just like the replacement car key services that our locksmiths are able to offer at your location, our car locksmith can provide you with ignition services, right at your location. This obviously means that you no longer have to pay for a towing trip to your local car dealership, but this is not the only way that you are able to save with ignition services completed by a mobile locksmith. When you go to a dealership with an ignition problem, they will completely replace your ignition regardless of what they ignition’s problem may be. Our locksmith will first try to salvage the existing ignition and restore it to functioning order so that you are able to avoid the costly parts charge for a brand new ignition. A situation that this would be common in is if your ignition’s wafers become misaligned. Rather than replacing the entire ignition, our technician will repair the wafers so that your car key can function again.

Calling a professional like Phila-Locksmith’s is key when having an auto locksmith service completed. The reason for this is that once on-scene, our locksmith will be able to assist you whether it is a key issue, programming issue or ignition problem. By calling a qualified professional to complete your auto locksmith services, you can see a savings of both money and hassle when compared to receiving service from the dealership. To discuss the services that you need for your vehicle contact Phila-Locksmith today.

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CCTV: Prime Commercial Security

For business owners, a top concern is always making sure that your commercial location is completely secure. There are plenty of precautions which can be taken to prevent loss and thefts, but there is only so much that locks are able to offer you. It would behoove business owners to have an eye in the sky which is constantly looking over what is going on at the business, especially since you are not always able to physically be at the location. Closed circuit television is something that offers just that. Closed circuit television, or CCTV for short, is an unbiased way to see what is occurring at your business. At their relatively low cost, closed circuit television is the top choice for business owners to get the most out of their commercial security.

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Closed circuit television cameras are the top choice for keeping businesses secure.

Benefits of Closed Circuit Television

Choosing CCTV to make your business secure is one of the best steps that you can take in making sure your location is completely secure. By recording everything that is occurring within your store or office, you can catch any thieves directly in the act, with accompanying visual evidence. In addition to catching thieves after the fact, the presence of CCTV cameras can deter thieves from ever striking in the first place.

This is helpful for not only burglars and thieves who are coming from outside of your business, but can also help to prevent internal loss. Whether it is theft from an employee or the misuse of company equipment, having CCTV installed can help you to identify and stop the behavior from happening. Reports and stories from employees could be biased, but a closed circuit television camera offers the most unbiased view of the situation possible and allows for the business owner to handle issues accordingly.

Why choose a locksmith for CCTV?

CCTV installation and maintenance is not the first service that may come to mind when thinking about a locksmith, so why choose a locksmith for that type of service? When you are choosing a locksmith like Phila-Locksmith you are getting not just a lock and key expert, but a security expert as well. Rather than having to deal with multiple companies to find the perfect security for your business, one call to Phila-Locksmith can resolve all of your needs. From lock installation and master key systems to even closed circuit television, our technicians offer you comprehensive commercial locksmith services; allowing you to rely on the same great customer service and quality of work that you expect for any service that is completed.

There are many steps and precautions that a business owner can take to increase the effectiveness of their commercial security, but by far the most effective is to have closed circuit television cameras installed. Contact our professional locksmith today who can provide you with a price quote for the installation of your security cameras. Our locksmith will come to your location and use your input to develop placement of cameras and system that works best for your needs. With easy appointments available during a range of times there is no reason to avoid increasing the level of security at your business.

ICYMI: 5 Ways to Protect your Home

In the beginning of last year, Phila-Locksmith asked some of its professional locksmiths what some of the top tips that they had for homeowners would be. Many of these tips and actions that you can take may seem like common sense, but it takes just one moment of forgetfulness to give thieves and burglars access to your home. This is why we have brought back our five tips for protecting your home, in order to help residents who may not have taken heed of the tips previously.

1. Using a deadbolt lock

By having a deadbolt installed on the entrance doors to your home, you can easily make your home much more secure. Standard knob locks can easily be susceptible to picking and even opened using something as simple as a credit card. While deadbolt may be susceptible to professional lock picks, a deadbolt can protect you from the untrained thief who uses a trick like a credit card to easily enter your home.

2. Don’t Leave Spares Outside

Leaving a spare key outside may be an easy way for you to get yourself back inside if you have lost or forgotten your key, but it is also an easy way for thieves to get into your home while you are not there. One of the first places that a burglar will check for a key is in many of the so called “hiding places” that a person would think about leaving a spare key. By skipping the spare left outside and simply remembering to bring your house keys with you, you can eliminate one easy access option that a thief would have.

3. Keep Gun Safes Locked

For many reasons you want to make sure that your firearms are securely locked inside of a gun safe should a break-in occur, especially if you are not in the home at the time. It is also recommended to keep the access, whether it is keys or a code, in a well hidden location so that your firearms can not be stolen by a burglar. Additionally a gun safe can help to provide security for homeowners who have children and want to limit any possible access that the child may have to a firearm.

4. Preventative Lock Maintenance

Locks can jam or malfunction for a majority of reasons. If there is a chronic issue with your locks function, even if it seems minor, it is highly recommended to have your lock inspected by a locksmith. A small issue can easily manifest itself into a lock problem that can compromise the security of your home. Head-off any possible security breaches by taking preventative maintenance action on your locks.

5. Lock the doors!

As mentioned in our previous article, one of the biggest reasons that our technicians see break-ins occur, is simply because the entrance door lock had not been armed. No matter how much energy and money you spend on residential security, if you forget to arm your lock it can all be for naught. Whether it is before you go to bed, or before you leave the home, always remember to arm your lock and bring the keys with you.

While these five tips are useful there are also a wide range of locksmith services and other preventative actions you can take to have your home become a less appealing target to potential thieves and burglars. Our technicians are always aiming to give customers the knowledge and hardware that they need in order to help to better protect their home and valuables.

Also see: Top 5 Ways to Save with a Locksmith

Winter’s Effect on your Locks

Winter is coming! Not only does this mean it is time to bring out the heavy jackets and that snow could soon be on the way, but it could also mean functional issues with your locks. For homes, businesses and especially automobiles, the combination of cold and moisture can greatly effect the way that your lock functions. The elements can make it more difficult to open your lock, or can make it completely disabled. Phila-Locksmith is here to provide you with helpful tips and information that will help you to defend against the winter elements.

As you may be able to remember from elementary science class, the cold causes molecules to contract, while the heat causes them to expand. Doors are no different than any other molecule and wooden doors are most susceptible to this slight change in size. By having a lock that is misaligned by just fractions of an inch, it can easily become worn or malfunction. This is why having a lock correctly installed by a professional can be key to ensuring a longer life time. If you have a lock that is installed on an exterior wooden door, nonprofessional installation can be very obvious during the change of season as the door expands of contracts. Since the wooden door is contracting or expanding it can misalign a lock which was not properly installed to account for the change in temperature. Unfortunately, when this occurs and your lock becomes misaligned, there is not a home solution to the problem. In order to rectify the misalignment is it recommended to have a professional realign your lock so that it will function no matter which season it is.

While contraction and expansion may effect your commercial or residential lock, automotive locks are not commonly effected by the weather this way because of the composition of its parts. A more common issue for vehicle owners is their locks freezing completely. This can occur when moisture is trapped inside of the lock and is solidified, especially if the vehicle is left outside in the cold for an extended period of time. The solution to this issue is much easier than that of expansion and contraction. Before you make the call for a professional locksmith there are two ways to prevent or reverse a frozen lock. The first is to lightly heat your car key before inserting into the lock to warm the frozen lock. This method can be dangerous and cause damage to your key or lock if done improperly. The second method is to store your vehicle in a garage if possible. By storing your vehicle in a garage it can keep the vehicle from getting cold enough for the moisture inside of the locks to freeze. Unlike your home’s lock, which has one end on your interior heated side, an automotive lock on an inactive vehicle will have a much higher chance of freezing.

Some people may look forward to the hot chocolate and snowfall that accompanies the coming winter season, while others dread the cold. Whichever one your are, use these tips to prevent yourself from having your security or access restricted by old man winter. Have more questions about how the cold can effect your security? Post in the comments section below or call to Phila-Locksmith to discuss which options and methods may be best for keeping your lock effective, even during the dead of winter.

How can a commercial locksmith assist you?

Having a professional commercial locksmith that you can rely on will help to keep the security of your business in functioning order at all times. There are a wide range of ways that a commercial locksmith can help to protect your business, outside of simply installing a few ne locks. By choosing a locksmith with professional experience and training business owners can get the most out of their security budgets and spend more money on the revenue producing parts of their business. One commercial locksmith that you can rely on is Phila-Locksmith. Below are some of the services that our professional can provide for you that can help to make your business more secure.

Master Key System

Master key systems are a great way to have convenient access to your business for every individual, without having to compromise the integrity of your security. When a master key system is installed, our commercial locksmith re-keys your existing locks so that they are able to be operated by a new key. Depending on how secure you want a specific lock, our technician can allow for a different key to operate said lock. This enables business owners to access every lock in the store with just one key, while being able to easy delegate access for one specific lock to an individual employee. Our professional can even complete a master key system across multiple locations, allowing you to access all of the locks, in each of your locations with just one convenient master key.

Closed Circuit Television

CCTV may not be the first service that you think of when a mobile locksmith comes to mind, but a professional commercial locksmith like the technicians at Phila-Locksmith can also provide the installation and maintenance of these security systems. Nothing is more reassuring to business owners than the idea that their location is constantly being recorded by security cameras. Not only do secure cameras allow business owners to easily identify thieves, but it also acts as a deterrent that prevents them from striking in the first place.

Lock Installation

Having your locks properly installed is a key to ensuring their continued and unit erupted functions. Misalignement by just fractions of an inch can cause your lock to malfunction and leave your security vulnerable to attack. By choosing a professional to complete your lock installation you can prevent the need for additional repair services and potential loss that can occur from a breach of security. Phila-Locksmith carries a wide range of commercial grade locks for you to choose from to find the perfect fit of security level and cost for your location.

In addition to the services mentioned above, Phila-Locksmith also offers many more commercial services which can be completed for your business. Call today to discuss your security options with one of our professional locksmiths. They are available 24/7 to assist you and can provide you with a no obligation price quote for your locksmith services. Why choose an unprofessional contractor to complete your locksmith services? Choose a professional like Phila-Locksmith and avoid the need for residual maintenance and repairs.