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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Elderly Man Robbed Inside of Chase Bank

(VIA KOCO Oklahoma City) – In late March¬†while out running daily errands an elderly man, Arthur Washington, did not expect the fiasco to unfold that did. from Oklahoma City, Mr. Washington was just taking a normal Tuesday afternoon trip to the bank when a thief tried to use one moment of lost concentration to gain access to almost all of Mr. Washington’s valuables. While at the bank Arthur went into a representative’s office, he left his house and car keys on the bank’s counter. With this opportunity a man in the lobby walked up to the counter and stole Mr. Washington’s key ring. Once in possession of the key ring, the thief went to Mr. Washington’s car, but rather than take his car the thief took some papers from the car’s glove box. Mr. Washington may have counted himself as lucky that his vehicle was not stolen, but this thief was one step ahead.

Using the papers that he had gotten from Arthur Washington’s car, the thief was able to identify the home that Mr. Washington lived in. This is an obvious security concern because that same thief also had the keys to Arthur Washington’s home. A few days following the theft, Mr. Washington’s wife heard someone outside of their home at 2 A.M.

‘the Cadillac is in the garage, but we have the key to the garage’ – Suspected Thief

 

After hearing this outside of his window Mr. Washington went to call police, but the thieves quickly disappeared. At this point Mr. Washington did something that he should have done immediately following the theft. This was to have all of the locks which he lost keys to re-keyed. Re-keying is a service that a locksmith can complete for you, which not only prevents lost or stolen keys from being used to open your locks, but saves you money when compared to changing the entire locks. Rather than worry about what this thief was doing with his keys, Mr. Washington now has peace of mind that his home and valuables are safe. The thief has still not been caught or identified, so it was in Arthur’s best interest to have everything re-keyed. For some vehicles the cost can be high to have an ignition changed and doors re-keyed, but compare that to the headache that a stolen car is and the cost is minuscule. Think that an ignition change and lock re-key for your car maybe too expensive? In order to save money talk with one of the Phila-Locksmiths about the options of having your doors re-keyed, without changing the ignition. The thief would still have a working ignition key, but if you keep the doors locked and they are re-keyed that thief will not be able to access your car. This is a money saving option and is not as secure as having your ignition changed as well.

This story should be a lesson to both Arthur Washington and other individuals that re-keying your vehicle and locks when your keys are stolen is a top priority. Luckily for Mr. Washington, and his wife, they were able to scare the thieves off the first time, but next time it would be wise to have a re-keying service completed immediately, especially for any exterior doors to your home, which would at the very least, help secure your home.

Re-Key an Efficient Alternative

When we lose our keys or have them stolen it can bring a moment of panic because whoever now has your keys has access to your home, business or automobile. The immediate thought that most people have is to have their locks completely changed and have fresh ones installed in order to bring security back to your property.

However, this can be quite expensive especially in a situation where you have multiple locks that need to be changed. This is where you may want to consider having your locks re-keyed. By re-keying your locks a Philadelphia Locksmith technician can replace only the cylinder for your lock leaving the handle and plate as they were while also allowing a new key to be used and rendering the old one ineffective. This is what makes re-keying a great option if you have lost keys to recently installed locks. So if you are looking for the most reasonable solution to your lost key emergency call Philadelphia Locksmith and we will be on site in 20 minutes to bring safety back to your home or business.