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Is Your Home Security Perhaps Too Smart for Its Own Good?

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Does it seem like some things are getting smarter in this world? You don’t just have a phone, you now have a smartphone. Perhaps the idea of a watch with actual hands to show hours, minutes and seconds seems curiously old fashioned now that you have a smartwatch. You might not even have a regular door lock anymore if you’ve upgraded to a smart lock. A smart lock can be a wonderful device when used in conjunction with other devices in order to create an effective and easy to use home security system, but sometimes these devices can be too smart. Read More»

3 Broken Key Removal Mistakes to Avoid

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It may be possible for a layperson to extract a broken key from a keyhole. However, that extraction process is fraught with risks that can worsen the situation. This article discusses some of the common mistakes that often push the broken segment deeper into the lock or that affect the lock mechanism. Using Liquid Lubricants You may have heard that spraying a lubricant into a lock may make it easier for you to remove the piece of broken key that is stuck inside that lock. Read More»

5 Criteria to Keep in Mind When Buying Used Safes

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Buying a used safe can be a great way to save money, but if you want to ensure that your safe works as it should, there are key things you need to keep in mind whilst looking. In particular, keep an eye out for these essentials: 1. Changeable Locks You don’t want to buy a used safe that the former owner can still access to. For instance, if you buy a keyed safe, you have no guarantee that the old owner doesn’t still have a copy of the key. Read More»

4 Compelling Reasons to Re-key Rather than Replace Your Locks

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You may be thinking about changing your locks because you lost a key, are moving into a new property, or for some other reason. In any case, you should seriously consider re-keying those locks instead of replacing them entirely. Instead of removing the old locks and then adding new ones, re-keying simply involves changing the pins inside the lock so they fit around a new key. Here are just four reasons you should consider re-keying instead of replacing your locks. Read More»

Three reasons to call a locksmith if you get locked out of your vehicle

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If you get locked out of your vehicle, you might find yourself contemplating breaking one of its windows in order to get in. However, unless it is an emergency situation (i.e. there is a young child or a pet trapped inside the car during a heat wave), this is a terrible idea. Read on to find out why, in this scenario, you should call a mobile locksmith, rather than smash one of your car’s windows: Read More»

Extracting a Broken Key From a Lock: What You Need to Know

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The locks on your home are used several times every day, week after week and year after year. Because they are used so frequently, the locks in your home can begin to suffer from wear and tear. A common problem which can develop is a lock becoming misaligned or sticky. If these problems develop, you may need to use an increased amount of force to turn the key. Eventually, the pressure you use to turn the key may result in the key snapping while it is in the lock. Read More»

How to Avoid Being Locked Out Without Compromising Your Security

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Being locked out of your home can be a nuisance, and it’s smart to take steps to prevent it. However, it’s also important not to put your home’s security at risk when you do so. Here are a few tips on protecting yourself from a lockout – and what to do if you do find yourself unable to get into your home.  Establish a key routine Keeping your keys in a prominent place will help stop you from accidentally leaving them behind. Read More»

How to Select the Best Lock Plate

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A lock plate is the component of a lock system that is attached on the frame of the door. Some homeowners don’t pay sufficient attention to this component when they are selecting a lock set to buy. Such an oversight can expose the home to burglars who may pry the door open using a crowbar or any other heavy object. This article discusses the characteristics of the best lock plates that you should look out for. Read More»

5 Security Essentials for Bugging In During Apocalyptic Scenarios

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If you are worried about society collapsing and the inevitable crime waves that may accompany that, you may want to do a bit of prepping. Generally, prepping falls into two key categories: bugging out or bugging in, and it’s best to prepare for both scenarios. If you end up bugging in, you need to ensure that your home is as safe as possible. There are tons of home security techniques to consider, but in particular, if you want your home to be safe in apocalyptic conditions, here are some essentials to consider: Read More»

Some simple steps to avoid being locked out

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Being locked out of your home or car can be a frustrating experience, but fortunately it’s relatively simple to avoid by taking a few easy precautions.  Make a duplicate key in advance A spare key is the easiest way to get back into your home or car if you’ve been locked out. Any locksmith can provide you with a copy of your house key. You might assume that your car dealer is the best place to go for a copy of your car key and transponder, but a local car locksmith can probably provide you with an aftermarket copy at a lower price. Read More»