Thieves Thwarted During Break-In at Locksmith Shop

In Evesham, England, some thieves attempted to break-in to the wrong type of business just weeks ago. During the early morning hours of January 14th, closed circuit television cameras on Amber Locks, a local locksmith company located in the area, picked up two thieves attempting to break-in to the business. Apparently, it did not occur to these thieves that a business which specializes in assisting with residential and commercial security may have solid security of their own to prevent thefts. After multiple failed attempts to break-in the thieves wound up leaving the location. The owner of the business has released the closed circuit television images and is looking for people to help bring these criminals to justice.

Importance of Commercial Security

At Phila-Locksmith we stress the need to have effective commercial security that is tailored to your exact needs. The reason for this is evident in this attempted break-in. Had the thieves been able to get inside of the locksmith shop, the business would have been ransacked. This would have left the owner of the business unable to complete his normal operations due to missing parts and machines. This would be in addition to any damage which would have to be repaired.Fortunately in this situation, Amber Locks had commercial security that was up to the test of these two thieves. The owner of Amber Locks said, “Whoever broke in damaged the door as they tried to get in, but we are locksmiths so, of course, we have very strong locks“. Strong locks are likely only part of what helped to drive the thieves away. As locksmiths the company was able to professionally install their own locks which were at a security grade which would be effective against such tactics. This thinking should be part of every commercial security plan. It is crucial to prepare your business properly for the threats that it may face to ensure the continued function of your business.

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Above is a closed circuit security camera image of the attempted thieves.

In this case it was fortunate that the locksmith was able to prepare his security so that this theft was prevented from interrupting their normal business operation. While the owner claims that repairs to the door will cost about $100, that is a drop in the bucket compared to the loss of business and property that would have occurred if these thieves were able to get inside of the business. Local business in Evesham should be more likely to turn to the security services that Amber Locks has to offer after this effective demonstration of the commercial security that they are able to offer. Just like Amber Locks, Phila-Locksmith is helping business owners in the Philadelphia tri-state area to achieve the level of commercial security that they desire for their business. Contact us today to discuss the needs and options of your business directly with our technician. He is able to provide you with a free consultation that will help to identify weaknesses and strengths in your commercial security.

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More Police Refusing to Provide Free Unlocks

In a move which is becoming more and more common among local police forces, a police department in Brandon, Mississippi, is warning residents that they will no longer be able to offer free unlocking service if you have locked your keys in the car. This move comes due to liability concerns that police departments have, now that automotive security has become more sophisticated in many model vehicles. Previously, many small police forces would offer these emergency unlocks as a service to the community, but this has become impossible for them to do with any regularity due to the new sophisticated systems in many new cars on the road.

Automotive Security Improvements

Here on our blog, Phila-Locksmith has detailed the automotive security changes which many major car manufacturers are undergoing. Initially the transponder car key systems did not cause a problem for police officers looking to help a citizen out. Early transponder chip car keys only effected the ignition’s function. Since the transponder car key still functioned the same way that a traditional car key would have with respect to the door lock. This allowed for police forces to continue offering free unlocking, if they had the available resources. Now there are even more changes in automotive security and safety which has made it impossible to offer unlocking service on a regular basis without having professional experience.

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No More Free Police Unlocks

Some of the advancements which have left these police forces unable to provide emergency unlocking include side airbags, thinner windows and enhanced door construction. Police offers are not professionally trained locksmiths so they simply do not know how to open more advanced car doors without causing damage to the vehicle. Since police officers have much more pressing issues to get to, it would be a waste of time for a department to dispatch an officer to assist especially give that they may not even be able to get the vehicle open. The recommended step to take to ensure that you are never left locked out of your vehicle is to find a 24 hour locksmith who you can trust and save their information to your phone. Phila-Locksmith has detailed some easy tips that will help you to find a locksmith who you can trust and will be able to turn to whenever you are in need of assistance.

The only time that one should call the police when they are locked out of their vehicle is if there is a child or animal locked in the vehicle. Many police departments will only even dispatch a police officer to unlock the door for an animal if the pet is in imminent danger. For now, you will have to make the call to your local locksmith if you find yourself locked out of your vehicle. Phila-Locksmith recommends calling multiple locksmiths before you find yourself in need of their services. This allows you to ask applicable questions and get comfortable with the company that you will be using. In the Philadelphia tri-state area, give Phila-Locksmith a call and trust your emergency unlock service to our professional technician.

Secure Your Home in the New Year

With two weeks of the New Year already behind us, many people are already beginning to wilt on their newly made New Year’s resolutions. One resolution, which is easily to make and keep, is to upgrade the existing security that your home has. Through just a small amount of investment, you can make your home much more secure than it had previously been. Our Philadelphia locksmiths have gathered a small list of recommendations which can help you to complete one resolution which pays dividends throughout the rest of the year. Even if you may not be able to complete your more difficult New Year’s resolution, increasing the security at your home is one easy resolution which Phila-Locksmith can assist you with entirely.

1. Have a Deadbolt Installed

It is highly recommended to have a deadbolt installed on, at least, all of your exterior door ways. A traditional knob lock is much more susceptible to break-in strategies than a deadbolt lock is. One common break-in technique which thieves use to disable a knob lock is show below. “Credit carding” is when a thief inserts a flat and rigid surface, sometimes a credit card, into the space between your door and door frame.

There are a number of deadbolt models which are available on the residential market today with varying features. Some are more traditional versions of a high security lock, while others employ smart technology in their function. It would behoove customers to speak with a professional or to complete research before choosing the deadbolt lock that they would like installed.

2. Re-key Your Existing Locks

Re-keying is a service that we already recommend whenever you move into a new home or apartment, but regularly re-keying your locks can also help to prevent your keys from falling into the wrong hands. Whether it is through lost or stolen keys, in addition to new technology which raises safety concerns, your keys can easily fall into the wrong hands. Having a re-key completed helps to make your home secure once again, but without the higher cost which would result from having an entirely new residential lock set installed. A locksmith can even key your locks alike so that you can conveniently open every lock with just one key.

3. Safe Installation

There are a number of reasons for a residential safe and the New Year is the perfect time to invest. A gun safe is highly recommended for any individual who owns a firearm. Not only does a gun safe help to keep your firearm secure from thieves, but also from young children. If you do not own a firearm, then investing in a residential safe can help you to keep even the smallest valuables in your home secure. Not only can a residential safe be used to protect valuables and jewelry during a break-in, but having a fire resistant safe can also help to keep your valuable documents and personal information safe from destruction. Based on the security needs of your home, there can be a number of safes that would best fit your needs. It is recommended to decide exactly which features are most important for your use before deciding to invest in a particular safe model.

Above are three of the simplest things that you can do to have a successful security resolution. There are a number of other lock and key services which can help you to increase your home security, but choosing those services would be based on the specific needs of you or your home. By contacting your local locksmith you can successfully complete a New Year’s resolution without much hard-work on your end while still achieving a calming peace of mind throughout the rest of 2015.

From Keyless Ignitions to Digital Smart Keys?

At the end of 2014, we covered the move that General Motors was making towards the implementation of keyless ignitions in a majority of the vehicle models that they make. This signaled the beginning of what could be a slow death of traditional bladed car keys, but a Toronto company wants to take this idea a step further. The Globe and Mail in Canada has the scoop on Keyfree technologies, a start up which is aiming to revolutionize the car key game even further than the introduction of keyless ignition systems would.

Smart Phones as Car Keys

Keyfree’s aim is extremely similar to what August and Lockitron want to accomplish with their smart technology enabled residential locks. Users would be able to install the device on their vehicle and then operate that vehicle through an application on their smart phone. Not only would this allow for the car owner to start the vehicle while they were in the car, but also remotely. In addition to remote function, car owners would be able to send, and remove, key access to other smart phones in just a matter of moments.

While sending access via smart phone will certainly lead to some security concerns fro car owners, Keyfree is angling, at least initially, to dealerships and rental car companies. Without having to constantly grab keys, or have copies made, these types of businesses could certainly benefit from the convenience that Keyfree is offering. However, these initial security concerns are certainly not to be taken lightly. Residential locks faced heavy scrutiny due to safety concerns when they originally hit the market and the scrutiny is sure to be stronger for Keyfree due to the ability for criminals to easily vanish with a vehicle once they have access. One way to alleviate this concern is the additional GPS tracking feature which Keyfree uses. Using the GPS feature car owners would not only give police vital information if their car was stolen, but can also be used in everyday situations, like finding your car when you have forgotten where you parked. You can view Keyfree’s informational video below to see some of the features that they are eager to offer.

It will be interesting to see how the retail market will react to the introduction of Keyfree’s product, but the features they offer certainly fall in line with the technical advancements which are expected to come to the security market in the next few years. The introduction of this product will also make for an interesting dynamic in the development of keyless ignitions and their fobs. Will major automotive manufacturers continue to make a slow change over to keyless ignitions before making the leap to smart keys? Or, will they seize this new technology and take their vehicles further down the path of technical advancement? Stay tuned to Phila-Locksmith’s blog posts to get updated information, or voice your opinion in the comments below. Would you feel secure using your smart phone as a key for your car or do the security concerns scare you away? Major automotive manufacturers will have to make that choice soon as technology like this continues to find its way into more and more vehicles.

Reasons to Invest in a Safe

Safes help to offer security for even the smallest items which may be at your home and business. By having a safe installed you can rest easy knowing that your most valuable possessions will not be able to be stolen. Based on the needs of your home or business, as well as the valuables that you are trying to protect, there are a number of safe types that you are able to invest in. Not only can a safe help to keep your valuables secure, but can also help to avoid having those same valuables used against you in a break-in. Below we have listed some of the top reasons to have a safe installed at your home or business.

1. You Own a Firearm

If you are the owner of a gun, it is highly recommended to invest in some type of a gun safe. Gun safes can come in various sizes based on the weapon that they are storing and the intended use of the safe. By having your weapon securely tucked away, you can eliminate the possibility that someone is able to steal your weapon, or use it against you during a break-in. Equally as important, a gun safe allows for you to secure your firearm from any children that may be in your home and prevents any accidents from occurring.

2. Security and Accessibility

A safety deposit box at a bank is a secure way to protect your most valuable items, but it also limits the amount of accessibility that you have. By having a safe installed at your own home, you get a high amount of security while also being able to access your own personal items. With a safety deposit box you have to work with the bank’s own restricted hours, by purchasing your own personal safe you can avoid this type of restriction.

3. Document Preservation

Fire resistant safes are another wise investment for home and business owners. You never know when disaster can strike, but by choosing a fire resistant safe before anything occurs you can help to preserve your most important documents. This includes your birth certificate, social security card and other important commercial documents, which may be difficult to replace.

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4. Large Amount of Cash Transactions

If you are a business owner who completes many transactions in cash, it is highly recommended to have a safe installed at your commercial location. Criminals are smart, and they may target your business specifically if they know that a large amount of cash transaction take place. By having a safe installed at your commercial location you can ensure that your money is safe even when you are not at the location.

While these are some of the most popular reasons to purchase a safe, there are many other reasons that one would want to take advantage of the security that a safe has to offer. For both business and home owners, a safe installation is a wise idea if you are serious about keeping the valuables at your business completely secure. With so many options available, it may be a good idea to seek professional help with the selection of your safe model. Phila-Locksmith’s safe specialist is happy to assist you with this information. Call us today and he will be happy to discuss the options that would work best for your needs and location.