Halloween in Philadelphia: A Gh’oul Time

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Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for both the young and the old. There are a ton of events happening here in Philadelphia that will please audiences of all ages. From haunted attractions to festive pumpkin pickings, everyone is guaranteed to have a ghoul time. We here at Phila-Locksmith have gathered together a few events going on within the Philadelphia area that will help you to get your Halloween fix.  

 

 

For the thrill-seekers, we recommend visiting some of Philadelphia’s scariest haunted attractions. One of the most widely known attractions is the Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary. Once known as the most expensive prison in Philadelphia, visitors can tour through these haunted grounds and become completely immersed in their spooky world. Another attraction for the fearless is the Pennhurst Asylum, where you can tour through three terrifying activities: The Dungeon of Lost Souls, The Tunnel of Terror, and The Ghost hunt which is a self tour that leaves you equipped with only a flashlight as you meander through one of the most haunted parts of the asylum.

 

For those of you who are looking for some festive family fun, there are a multitude of family friendly activities taking place in the Philadelphia area. If you take a trip to Peddler’s Village, you and your family can experience the Scarecrow Competition & Display. It’s free parking, free admission, and free fun! Browse through all different shapes and sizes of scarecrows and enjoy fun activities as a family. In addition to that, families can hop on the train and head over to Franklin Square to enjoy spooky mini golf, pumpkin decorating, and free trick or treating for children under the age of 10. It’s a fun and cost efficient way to get the family together with tickets for the mini golf coming in at only $7 for children and $9 for adults.

 

On the more adult side of Halloween, party-goers and costume-wearers can trick-or-treat themselves to a fun time and some good spirits at many of the local bar festivitiesspooky city taking place this Halloween. One event happening in Philadelphia is the Night of the Crawling Dead Bar Crawl which offers free admission in up to 20 Philly bars that will be hosting tons of events and specials due to the Holiday. In addition to that, you can stop by Silk City for their Mighty Scary Halloween Costume Party where it’s only $5 to get in and there will be $2 drink specials all night. Not to mention they will also be staying open an hour later than usual to accommodate all the Halloween fun that will be taking place. 
No matter which event you decide to give a try, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a gore-ious time here in Philadelphia.  With affordable attractions for people of all ages and interests, you can rest in peace knowing that there is much to choose from this Halloween. And if you happen to be out and about and misplace your car keys or even forget them inside your vehicle, remember to give us a call at (215) 544-6109 for our emergency locksmith services. And it’s not too late to have a residential locksmith technician stop by to amp up the security on your home before Halloween and the Holidays hit. Happy Halloween!

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Uber for Locksmiths Coming to New York

Over a year ago, Phila-Locksmith detailed how the convenience of Uber’s mobile application could be utilized for locksmiths. Enter LockedOut, a mobile application which operates in the same way that Uber does, created by Ray Wang. For those unfamiliar Uber allows for a user to request a driver, similar to a cab, to their location while also tracking the GPS location of the driver and offering an accurate estimated time of arrival (ETA). For anyone waiting for a locksmith, having an exact location and ETA would be extremely beneficial in deciding which service provider to choose. However, there are serious hurdles for LockedOut to overcome in order to be successful in a very competitive industry.

How LockedOut Works

In order to access LockedOut, the user would need a smart device which has the ability to use internet enabled applications. The user would download the application before they were in need of any service. Once the user is locked out of their home, or car, they would be able access the application and request a locksmith. In beta testing, LockedOut is offering a flat rate unlock fee which is $75. After you have agreed to the price and requested the locksmith, a map appears on the screen with the GPS location that your locksmith is currently at and a real-time ETA of when he will arrive at your home. All-in-all the LockedOut application seems like a perfect tool to fight price gouging and false wait times in the locksmith industry, however; there are some clear issues that the application will have to deal with before being viable against stiff competition.

The Drawbacks of the LockedOut Application

LockedOut is great in theory, but how successful can it be in challenging an already competitive industry? One of the first issues with LockedOut is inherent in the technological state which LockedOut exists. Since LockedOut is a smart phone application, the user would have to download the application to their phone in order to use it. If this does not happen before the user is locked out, they would likely call a locksmith using a more traditional medium. Since being locked out of your home, or car, tends to happen in unforeseen and unwanted times it is highly unlikely that the individual would want to download an application to their phone rather than calling a locksmith directly. Additionally, the flat rate cost of their lock out service could be another potential drawback. Despite the fact that many locksmiths charge much more than $75 to unlock doors, it will be tough to overcome the service call advertising of many locksmiths. Customers may see the $10 service call for the locksmith and opt for that choice over the $75 choice. Unfortunately for those individuals, it may end up costing much more for the $10 option than the $75 option. These are just a few of the minor issues that LockedOut will have to deal with in order to build brand recognition that would allow them to flourish as a lead company.

LockedOut seems to have a good idea going, however; industry competition will be a tough wall to climb in order to become profitable. It remains to be seen whether LockedOut will be able to compete as a mobile application against locksmiths who use other online methods to attract customers. The fact that customers are getting a verified professional with a GPS locator would surely be a benefit, but it will remain to be seen if customers will be attracted to an application which may only benefit them a few times per year.

When Locked Out, Best to Call a Locksmith

Being locked out of your home or apartment is obviously a frustrating experience. Sometimes, due to frustration, people try to use unconventional ways to get back into their home. In these cases it is best to call a locksmith and wait for them to arrive than to attempt a more daring reentry. Below we have some daring reentry methods that individuals have recently used to try and get back into their homes. Some luckily found success, while others ended up in a worse predicament than they had originally found themselves in. We remind readers to not try any of these reentry methods for themselves. Always call a locksmith!

Scottsdale Teen Tries Entering Through Chimney

It could have been a case of the holiday spirit that caused a thirteen year old Scottsdale teenager to attempt to reenter his locked house by climbing down the chimney. Last week, the teenager found himself locked out of his home without any keys to reenter with. He quickly fashioned together a rope, out of extension cords, and attempted to slide down the chimney. Despite a larger open area at the top of the chimney, the teen became stuck once he had gotten to the “flue” area lower in the chimney. Luckily he had his cellphone on hand to dial 911. After some effort, emergency responders were able to free the teenage boy and contact family to let them know what happened. This is one simple situation where calling a locksmith immediately would have made this teen’s night much easier. (AZFamily)

Egyptian Father Lowers Child to Open Window

No matter where in the world you may be, it can be easy to find yourself locked out. This is what one father and son in Egypt discovered, when they were locked out of their home while the mother was out shopping. Rather than call a locksmith, the father decided to fashion a hoist out of straps that were around in order to lower his small son from the roof to an open window. As you can see in the video below, the father was successful in getting his child through the window, and added the comment, “If your mom was here she would never allow such an act“. Obviously you should never attempt a stunt like this, especially with the amount of danger that you are placing that child in. Next time this family finds themselves locked out it would be best to call a locksmith, or wait for mother to return from her shopping trip with keys. (Albawaba)

Darwin Man Attempts to Repel Down Apartment Building

A man in Northern Australia was close to attempting one of the most daring ways to reenter a locked apartment possible. The man had tied a rope to the top of his apartment block with the other end tied around his waste. His plan was to use the rope to repel down the side of his apartment building to land on his apartment’s balcony hoping to reenter. Fortunately, before the man had a chance to try out his rig, concerned on-lookers called police. When police arrived they were able to talk the man out of attempting to repel and having him, instead, call a locksmith to have him back inside. (ABC AU)

No matter how frustrated or irritated that you may be, it is always best to call a locksmith when you are locked out, rather than attempt one of these daring entries. While there are occasional successes, such as the father in Egypt, the risk of bodily harm is to great when a locksmith is just minutes away from providing you with assistance. For example, if you find yourself locked out of your home or apartment in Philadelphia, or the surrounding tri-state area, you can get emergency response from Phila-Locksmith in as little as 20 minutes. Fast response like this not only gets you quickly out of a jam, but also allows for you to avoid the unnecessary risk that some of these daring reentries have.

Finding the Right 24 Hour Locksmith

It happens when you least expect it, and seems to occur at the worst possible times; locking yourself out of your home or vehicle. When you find yourself in this situation it can obviously be a big headache, with a fair amount of hassle thrown in for good measure. This hassle can easily be multiplied when you have locked yourself out during the night, or on a holiday. In order to make getting back into your home as easy and hassle-free as possible, it is crucial to choose a 24 hour locksmith company before you are in need of service. By vetting a company before you are in need of their services you will be able to find the best professional to take care of your needs. As a customer, you will also be able to find out the exact pricing that a specific 24 hour locksmith company charges, allowing you to choose a locksmith based on a realistic final cost amount.

Ask Your 24 Hour Locksmith the Right Questions

As mentioned above, finding the right locksmith company to use when you are locked out comes down to properly vetting the company before going to them for service. This means that you must ask any applicable questions that could affect the way that a 24 hour locksmith completes service for you. It may take calling to several companies to find a professional that you are comfortable with. However, this time is well spent and can help you to avoid a headache in the future.

Hours of Availability

The first task in the process of finding the best 24 hour locksmith for you, is first ensuring the company’s 24 hour availability. Does the company have technicians who are completing service in the middle of the night, or do they keep emergency locksmiths on call? If a locksmith is on-call it can increase the wait time that you would normally experience since the locksmith is not already in the field. Ensuring that the 24 hour locksmith is going to be able to assist you on holidays is also important. While the company may claim to offer service 24/7, they may not have locksmiths available during major holidays.

24 Hour Pricing

When saving the number of a locksmith into your phone for future use, it is also wise to get price quotes for your specific service. This can help customers to avoid becoming another victim of “bait and switch” tactics. When calling for locksmith pricing information it is crucial to ask for the price of service for both regular business hours and after-hours service. Some 24 hour locksmiths charge more during the night and weekends so, as a customer, it is important to know this beforehand.

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Have your locksmith of choice saved to your phone for quick access in emergency situations.

Assure Professional Quality Service

Another important question to ask when vetting a 24 hour locksmith company is to ask whether overnight and weekend service is completed by a licensed professional or an apprentice in training. Some unscrupulous locksmiths may offer 24 hour service, but overnight and weekend service is completed by their training apprentices and not their licensed professionals. Having an apprentice complete service is obviously a concern for customers who want to ensure that no damage is done to their lock during the emergency opening process.

Additional 24 Hour Locksmith Services

The most common reason for needing a 24 hour locksmith is for the completion of an emergency unlock, however there is much more that a locksmith company can offer you. A full service 24 hour locksmith company will not only be able to offer you emergency unlock service, but many other helpful services. If you have lost your car keys and are in need of a replacement, some mobile locksmiths will be able to complete this service 24/7. This can be beneficial since it can get your vehicle back out on the road hours, or days, earlier than you would have been able to otherwise. Additional services that a 24 hour locksmith can provide you include lock repair, lock replacement and re-keying. All three of these services can be useful in the case that your home or business is broken into during the night or on a weekend. By having your locks returned to functioning order as soon as possible, customers can avoid additional loss that can occur when security is down.

When it comes to choosing a 24 hour locksmith company, the main concern of customers should be to choose a company that they feel they are able to trust. With the right combination of availability, pricing and services, customers can trust that the locksmith company they are choosing will be there to provide emergency service exactly when they are in need of it.

Woman Lies About Children Locked in Car

(VIA KMGH-TV) An interesting story came out of Denver, Colorado this weekend. On Saturday, March 29th, a 26 year old Denver women called 911 to report that she had locked her keys in car, but in addition to this she claimed that she had also locked her children in the car as well. Thinking this was the case firefighters were quickly dispatched to the scene to open the door and get the children back to their mother. However, once the firefighters and police arrived on scene they found that there were actually no children in the vehicle at all.

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Unfortunately 911 cannot act as your emergency unlock.

What firefighters who were first to respond found was that this woman was in such a panic that she could not find her car keys that she lied to the operator in order to get emergency personnel to come and open her door. Who knows what her plan was for once the police and firefighters arrived, but it certainly could not have been what ended up occurring. In the end the 26 year old woman was ordered to appear in court for misuse of emergency services. A spokeswoman for the Denver police had this to say following the incident.

Never call for that. If you lock your keys in your car, you have to call a locksmith. We are not there to unlock your vehicle – Raquel Lopez Denver Police Spokeswoman

While no one wants to have to call a locksmith in the case that they have locked their keys in the car, it is necessary. Calling the police can not only end up costing you additional money down the line, but can also get you into legal trouble. Your best bet is to find a trusted locksmith who is located close to you and program their number into your mobile phone. It is better to pay the locksmith’s labor fee than to have to deal with larger court fines and fees down the line. Not only did this woman waste the time of firefighters and police officers who could have been assisting people who were dealing with real emergencies, but she will also have to waste her time all because she wanted to avoid a simple charge from the locksmith. After all of this, the story did have a very ironic ending.

according to KMGH-TV, firefighters were able to unlock the car. Shortly after doing so a child came out of the house with car keys in hand

Moral of the story, make sure to do a thorough search of your home before assuming that the keys are in the vehicle!

Car Lock Out Leads to Felony Arrest

In Richmond Heights, Ohio there was a man this past week who did what many of the customers at Phila-Locksmith have done, locked himself out of the vehicle. The thirty-four year old, rather than call a locksmith, made a reasonable choice by calling his local police force for help. After all police officers can get into unlocked cars however in most areas it has become less likely they are willing to help due to liability. The man seemed lucky at the time because there was a police officer who was sent to the scene to open up the locked car.

The police officer was able to get the door unlocked but that was not necessarily good for the man who owner the vehicle. According to Sun News that was when the police officer noticed a suspicious odor coming from the car; upon inspection of the vehicle the officer who opened the car door for the man found, “37 separate packages of suspected marijuana, with a total weight of just over one ounce. There was also $426 in cash in the car”. The man was then arrested and charged with a fourth-degree felony.