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.

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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.

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

Main Types of Residential Safes

Gun Safe

A gun safe is a normally larger safe which has specific storage mechanisms for holding weapons, normally rifles. Gun safes have become wildly popular throughout the United States recently as many responsible gun owners look to keep firearms out of the reach of their children. Phila-Locksmith recommends that all households who have guns as well as younger children get a gun safe to ensure that their children are unable to open the safe. Most gun safes are stand alone and also allow additional storage for ammunition as well as accessories, most locksmiths and security experts will tell you make sure to lock up your weapons especially in your own home.

Wall Safe

Wall safe are safes that have been directly built into an interior wall of the house. This process obviously provides multiple benefits. These safes can be easily hidden behind large or hung objects allowing for the discreet safety of important documents or jewelry. The major downfall to wall safes however is that they are unable to bare large amounts of weight, which is why these types of safes are normally used for small high value items such as jewelry.

Fireproof Safe

Fireproof safes are the cheapest of these four kinds however this does not mean that they are ineffective. Fireproof safes are the perfect choice for a homeowner who is looking to protect important documents that they may own. The safe locking mechanisms on a fireproof safe may not be as sophisticated as other higher end model bio-metric safes however it still would take a professional thief to break into one of these safes. Again, the main use of these safes are to protect the most important documents in a household in case of a fire.

Floor Safe

Floor safes can be the largest of these four types of safes and generally take up the most room. Think of a floor safe as the “big brother” to wall safes, just like wall safes, floor safes are built directly into the floor of a home. Since the safe is being constructed in the floor rather than up on an interior wall the safe can support much more weight and even more valuables. Due to the large size of floor safes and the amount of labor to set them in place these types of safes can be extremely expensive to have installed and are generally only installed in very specific cases.

Understanding each type of safe is extremely important, because in order for a safe to operate properly it needs to be placed into the correct situation. Specifically placing a rifle in a floor safe is not as safe as placing it in a specifically designed gun safe or vice versa. Make sure before you have your safe installed that you research each type so that you can find one that fits your needs.

Keeping Your Guns Safe

Following the tragedy that occur at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut the nation has been faced with an issue of gun safety. One of the most important things that a gun owner is able to do to keep their weapons away from children and anyone else who should not have access is a gun safe. There are a variety of gun safes to choose from depending on your specific needs.

Purchasing a gun safe can also be an effective way to store other important documents or valuables other than your fire arms. As well as any other fire arms related materials you have. The most important aspect is to keep your guns and children safe. This is easy to do with the purchase of gun safe.

A gun safe can also offer protective through fireproofing just in case of emergency your expensive gun collection will not be significantly damaged. At Philadelphia Locksmith we can discuss the different types of gun safes that are available and find one that fits your needs.