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Locks, Keys and Safes on the Road: Securing Your RV

What to Tell a Locksmith When Your Home’s Door Lock Isn’t Working

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If your home’s front door lock isn’t working as it should, you want to call a mobile locksmith rather than trying to take it apart yourself, as trying to reassemble a lock and fit the pins and tumblers back into place can be more complicated than you may realize. However, before you make that call, note a few things you might need to share with them so they know how to address the problem once they arrive. 1. Note if the lock works when the door is open If the lock works when the door is open, then the problem is that the door is not properly aligned with the doorframe. The bolt for the lock cannot move smoothly into the doorframe when these two pieces are not aligned. Over time, doors may begin to sag or wood doors may expand and shrink as they absorb moisture and then dry out so they don’t hang evenly. Your locksmith can often address this problem by realigning the bolt and doorframe, but be sure you note to him or her that the lock works when the door is open so they know what tools to bring and don’t expect to simply change out the lock. 2. Note if the key you’re using is a duplicate The reason this is important is because some hardware stores and other key cutters may not be able to exactly match a key when they make a duplicate. You may have also chosen a low-quality material for your duplicate key so that it gets worn down more readily than the original key. Note this to a locksmith as they will then know that it’s most likely the key that is not working, and not the lock itself that is broken. 3. Look for signs of possible tampering If your door lock suddenly sticks or cannot open and close easily, look for signs of possible tampering. If there are marks along the key slot or on the doorframe, this often means someone tried to force the door open. In that case, it can be good to have your lock upgraded or changed out completely; even if the intruder didn’t get in, they could have damaged the lock enough to weaken it and make your home more penetrable. A locksmith can replace the lock and even add another deadlock or whatever else is necessary to make your home...

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Facial Recognition, Secret Knocks and Smartphone Apps: Locks of the Future

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What does the future hold for the locksmith profession? While the traditional lock and key system is unlikely to disappear anytime soon, technical advances mean that locksmiths will need to deal with an array of advanced locks. It seems that some sort of computer training will become standard for anyone who wants to be a locksmith. So how exactly do these advanced locks work? And what are their benefits? A Smartphone Lock This has become increasingly standard in buildings that used to require a lot of keys. Many hotels have done away with the traditional key or even the swipe card in favour of a smartphone app that allows access to the guest’s room. The app is simply invalidated once the guest’s stay has come to an end. Smartphone operated locks for home use are available from many security stores and locksmiths. Knock to Enter There’s a type of smart lock already on the market that can be programmed to grant entry with the right “code,” and no keypad is necessary. You can determine a secret knock which will unlock the door without the need for a key. If you happen to forget your knock, you can deactivate the lock via a smartphone app. It will also allow you to grant remote access to your home, so you don’t need to be at home to let the plumber or the electrician in. Walk to Enter Everyone walks in their own particular way. The way that you carry yourself, when coupled with your height and your specific gait makes for a unique combination that can be recognised. An Israeli company has developed a motion sensor operated lock that is indeed capable of recognising you. When the lock determines that it’s in fact you who is approaching the front door, the door will unlock itself without the need for a key. It’s in the Face A new system has been developed that is coupled with a smartphone lock, or even a traditional non-electronic lock. The system is activated once the door is unlocked, and a small camera then scans the face of whoever has entered. It cross-references the scanned face with its database of those who are permitted to be inside the home. Your face, those of your family, and any friends or frequent visitors would already have been added to this database and approved by you. If a non-permitted person is detected, the camera sends an image of this person to your smartphone. You can then contact the authorities if you believe the person is there unlawfully. If you happen to be out of town, the system can be configured to directly contact the police. So while traditional locksmiths will be in business for a while, advances in technology means that they will soon need to deal with smartphone apps and facial recognition systems, perhaps along with a rusty deadbolt that won’t close...

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Why You Should Use Diversion Safes in Your Home

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With the increased crime rates today, theft can happen at any time of the day and night regardless of where you live. You need to take precautions so as to reduce the risk of your property being stolen. This can be achieved by having safes in your home so as to protect valuable items like jewelry. Diversion safes can be a good security option for your home. They have built-in compartments, which allow you to hide your valuable items for the purpose of safety or even secrecy. Here is what you need to know about diversion safes: About Diversion Safes Diversion safes are very similar to the ordinary objects you use in your day-to-day activities. This tends to divert the attention of any intruder who has any intention of stealing any of your valuable items. With compartments hidden inside them, your items are secure from thieves. Diversion safes are made from the same material as the item they resemble. There are different types of diversion safes such as can safes and rock safes. Can safes are made from the original cans and this can be stored even in the refrigerator. Rock safes are made from original rocks by hollowing them, making a place to store items like keys. Rock safes can be placed anywhere, even in your garden or in your house as a decoration, and no one would be suspicious of them. Advantages of Diversion Safes The following are some of the advantages of using diversion safes in your home: Diversion safes are an economical way of storing your valuables in your home, as you use the ordinary day-to-day objects to have them made. Therefore, they do not appear to be valuable from their outside perspective, making them less suspicious. Opting for diversion safes saves you the cost of buying a big steel safe box that occupies more space and also requires you to remember lock combinations or codes in order to unlock it. Diversion safes cannot be easily identified by an intruder, as they are small in size, look like everyday objects and can be placed anywhere in your home. You can also carry your diversion safes as you travel because of their compact size. You can choose to have many diversion safes, as they are economical. With many diversion safes, you can spread them all over your house to avoid having all your valuables in one place. For more information about diversion safes and other options for home safes, contact a local security company or...

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Considerations to Make when Purchasing Door Hardware

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When selecting a lockset or doorknob for your home’s interior or exterior, it is essential to fully understand what is available. In addition to the overall functional duty, hinges, doorknobs and other hardware components can add to the aesthetics of the door. There are several finishes and styles of door hardware to choose from. Taking time to consider the options that are available will help you find the lock and door handle set you need. The Locking Mechanism If you are planning to purchase door hardware with a lock, you will need to determine if you want mortise or cylindrical: Cylindrical locksets: These feature a rounded body that fit into a large, bored out hole in the door. It latches with a bolt into a hole that is drilled into the edge of the door. There is no security deadbolt included with this option. Mortise locksets: These are rectangular in shape and slide into a rectangular pocket in the edge of the door. This lockset includes all the workings for the deadbolt, latch, lever handle and knob. Interior or Exterior Another consideration is if the door handle will be installed on an interior or an exterior door. Interior locksets are not has high-security as exterior ones and typically have a button lock system. This is a privacy lock. It is never a good idea to use this type of knob on an exterior door, since they are easy to break. Locksets for exterior doors are more durable and heavier than interior door locksets. If you want an option that offers a high level of security, then you need to ensure the option selected features a deadbolt. Before You Purchase Before you actually go to the store to purchase a new lockset, you need to know the thickness of the door. Standard door thicknesses include 1 3/8 inch or 1 3/4 inch. In most cases, the thicker doors will be an exterior door, but this is not always true, so be sure to measure prior to making a purchase. Another consideration is the handing of the door. This refers to which side of the door the knob will be installed on. Taking some time to find the right door hardware will pay off in the long run. It will not only help to make sure that your door is secure but also ensure that the hardware is aesthetically pleasing. For more information about your options, contact a local retailer like The Lock and...

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A Few Tricks to Try Before Calling an Emergency Locksmith

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If you’ve been locked out of your home or car, then of course you want a locksmith to come and open the lock and get you back in as soon as possible. It’s important that you call a locksmith like Ameen’s Locksmith as quick as you can if you’re locked out of your car in an unsafe neighborhood or locked out of your home late at night. However, if you do have a few minutes to try some simple tricks, you might find that you can actually pinpoint the problem with locks that don’t work even when you have the key in your hands. Note a few of these trick here. 1. Reprogram your car key transponder A transponder is a small computer chip inside your car key fob that communicates with your car’s computer. This tells the computer in the car that the right key is being used for the door and it’s not a thief trying to break in. If something happens to their communication, the key may fail no matter what, as the car itself is keeping the locks in place. You can often reprogram the transponder on your own by following the instructions in your car’s owner’s manual, or by finding tutorial videos online. If you can’t find such a video or instructions, then you can call a locksmith who can ensure it’s the transponder and who can reprogram it properly. 2. Reposition your door If you’re having consistent problems with a wood door not unlocking very easily, it may be that the door has expanded or contracted due to heat and cold. Wood will absorb moisture and expand and then contract as it gets dry. In turn, the lock or deadbolt may not fit so well into the doorframe. If you have any type of strong tool nearby, you might try wedging it into the gap between the door and the doorframe and shifting the door slightly. You might notice that the lock then seems looser and easier to turn. If this fixes the problem, call a locksmith to readjust the door so that the locks fit as they should all the time. 3. Check your key It may seem too simple, but check your key before you call a locksmith. Is there gunk and debris in the creases and folds? Has it bent or curved almost out of shape? If the key won’t fit into the lock or won’t push the tumblers out of the way because of debris and dirt on its surface, your lock will stick. Check your key for needed adjustments and then get a new key made if this is the...

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Scenarios where you should contact an emergency locksmith

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If you’ve gotten your key stolen, or if the lock to your house is broken, then you’re probably aware that you should call an emergency locksmith as soon as possible. Lost keys and broken locks are very obvious safety hazards that need to be fixed before they compromise the safety of your home. What you might not know, however, is that there are many more times when you have the need for an emergency locksmith without realising the urgency of the situation. Moving in to a new house If you’re moving in to a new home, you should receive all the necessary keys from the previous owners. However, you have no way of telling if the previous owners are really giving you all of their keys. It’s very cheap and very easy to duplicate keys, and they might have gotten it done and then forgotten about it. There could also be duplicated keys lying around from owners before the previous ones as well if the locks haven’t been changed in a while. You should contact a locksmith as soon as you plan on moving in to the new house. Renting a new home The same thing goes if you’re renting a home. In many cases, the keys are provided to you by the company that owns the house. However, if you want to be really sure that there are no spare keys to your home in the hands of strangers, you should change the locks. Make sure you have the permission from the company who owns the property to do so beforehand. Painting over the lock Another reason where you should get a locksmith as soon as possible is if you’re painting your house or doorframes and accidentally paint over a lock. This could leave the lock impossible to use from the beginning, but the most dangerous scenario is if it works immediately after you’ve painted it over. The still wet paint could enter the lock with the key as you’re sticking it in and then dry on the inside. This could leave you with a door that you managed to open, but that later will prove itself impossible to lock, or the other way around. Losing the key and finding it again Finally, you should also call an emergency locksmith at a company like HUNTER LOCKSMITH SERVICES in the case that you lose your key and then suddenly find it again after some time. If you’re unlucky, someone could’ve found the key and duplicated it to not make you...

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How to Make the Call to Your Mobile Locksmith Easier

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When you need a mobile locksmith, it is likely due to an emergency need like losing your keys or having a remote key that no longer functions. If you have made these calls in the past, you know they can be frustrating and sometimes chaotic. The reason is because you may not be using the verbiage the locksmith needs to hear in order to help you fix your problem and get back on the road, in your car, or in your house. Here are a few things you can do to make the call to your mobile locksmith easier for you and for the locksmith. Have the Make and Model Information Available Most calls to a mobile locksmith deal with getting into a vehicle of some kind. The first step to making the call to the emergency locksmith easier is to know the make and model of your car. This will help the locksmith narrow down the type of key you may need or tools they may need to get into the car. If you are using someone else’s car or if you aren’t sure of the make and model of yours, you can find it on registration paperwork located in the dash or glove box of the vehicle. VIN Information In some cases, the mobile locksmith may be able to help you easier by having the VIN of the vehicle. The reason having this information can be important is because it can tell the locksmith what type of remote key you may be using. It can let them know if there was a recall on your particular key remote, or if the remote will be difficult to replace or find. It can also let them know if there is a special tool they may need for the lock to get you back in the car. You may think this would be answered with the make and model, but the truth is that there may be an issue with a particular set of cars or remotes rather than an entire fleet. If this is the case, then the VIN will determine if your car falls into those categories and what issues pertain to your specific car number. Remote Issues If you are calling the mobile or emergency locksmith in regards to a key remote issue, one of the questions may be linked to what happened prior to the remote no longer working. This could be due to you dropping the remote, not using it for an extended period of time, or it could be that you have no idea what caused the issue. Even if the latter is the answer, let your mobile locksmith know. Let them know if it was acting odd for several days or if you dropped the remote at any time. It may seem like basic information, but it can be vital to determining if the locksmith needs to work on the remote or if focusing on the car itself is a better option. These are just three ways you can use to make the call to your emergency mobile locksmith easier. Remember, the more information you have to give them the easier it is for them to narrow down the root of the problem and solve it as soon as...

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Protecting Your Gun Safe from Rust and Corrosion

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As far as gun safes are concerned, measures must be undertaken to safeguard the contents from corrosion. It is somewhat meaningless to have a large, expensive gun safe only to find your valuable guns corroding away inside. This article provides important tips to help gun owners prevent rust and corrosion buildup inside their gun safes. Attach seals along the door section To begin with, you should attach seals along the door section if your safe lacks any. Seals help to stop the entry of humid air and moisture from the external environment. The recommended sealing material is one made of rubber, given that it expands to provide a rigid seal. Use a rust preventative coating Another effective method is to coat your guns using a reputable rust preventative. You can find these coating products from your gun provider. The best products provide great, lasting protection against corrosion without leaving a slippery coating on your firearms. Use rust-free gun cases All firearms ought to be stored inside rust-free gun cases. Many rust-free gun cases are made from a heavy, synthetic fleece applied with silicon as well as rust preventatives. Basically, the thick fleece draws moisture away from the surfaces of your guns while providing great protection against scratches and dings. Rust-free gun cases are a must-have accessory for safe storage of your shotguns and rifles inside your gun safe. Electric warming unit/ a light bulb It is very important to control the level of humidity and temperature within your gun safe. Rust tends to build up more quickly in the presence of damp air and when temperatures fluctuate. In order to control temperature levels inside your safe, opt for an electric warming unit. Keeping warm temperatures inside the safe considerably diminishes the possibility of water vapor condensing and forming rust. It is also important to note that running a basic light bulb inside the gun safe at all times works similarly to an electric warming unit with reduced initial outlay. You could use a low wattage incandescent bulb or a fluorescent light bulb. Use desiccant products These types of products serve to draw moisture away from the air inside your gun safe. They provide convenient, affordable protection against corrosion. Basically, they are placed on every shelf inside your safe and immediately start working. Most gun shops sell desiccants in different sizes so you can get these products easily. By adopting these measures, gun owners can steer clear of the problem of rust and corrosion inside their safes. For more information, contact a local gun safe supplier like Askwith...

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Are Safes Waterproof?

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If you’re looking to buy a home safe, security against theft may not be your only concern. Some safes may also protect their contents against damage from fire or water. When you’re buying home safes, you’ll typically find that waterproofing is an additional benefit offered with some fire-resistant safes. Although you may not be worried about flooding affecting your safe, water resistance may be useful if your safe is in a fire. After all, sprinklers and fire hoses may affect a safe’s contents, even if the fire itself doesn’t damage them. What kind of waterproofing do safes have and how effective are they at protecting your valuable documents from water damage? How Safes Protect Against Water If a safe comes into contact with a lot of water or is submerged, a regular door may allow water into the safe, damaging its contents. Safes that are water resistant typically have advanced seals around the door. These ensure an airtight fit when the safe door is closed and locked, preventing water from getting into the inside of the safe and damaging its contents. Water Resistant Safes Are Not All Equal According to Consumer Reports, some safes are tested in water by independent testing companies. If you see a safe with a water resistance accreditation, it has been tested for water damage. In some cases, the safe may have been tested in standing water at a specific height; in others it may have been submerged completely to see how long it can last before it lets water in. Safes don’t all have the same degree of water resistance, and you may need to think about how long you can wait to retrieve your contents after the safe is exposed to water before you choose the right model for your needs. For example, a safe that has been tested in 15cm of water for up to 24 hours may let in water more quickly than one that has been verified in 60cm of water for 72 hours.  Tips: You need to make sure that you close and lock a water resistant safe according to the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that its seals are airtight. Some water resistant safes may be prone to moisture building up inside. If your safe comes with a packet of desiccant materials that you are instructed to put in the safe, make sure to do this. The desiccant will absorb any moisture, preventing it from damaging the contents of the...

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Locked Doors | 4 Installations To Protect Your Sliding Glass Patio Doors

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Sliding glass doors are good partitions to seamlessly separate your outdoor and indoor space. Apart from functionally dividing the space, they are also aesthetically pleasing additions to your home. Sliding glass doors not only equip you with easy alfresco access, but they also invite natural sunlight into your home. The drawback is that these doors are easy to break through if you don’t equip them with adequate locking systems. Some of these installations require the expertise of professional locksmiths, while others may need the skill of security companies. And in some cases, you can even undertake a few tasks on your own.  Install Glass Break Alarms To protect your home from potential glass breakage, you should install a glass break alarm on your sliding doors. These alarms come attached with a special sensor to detect the sound of breaking glass. The alarm will sound off when this happens. Glass break alarms come with window and door sensors that will trigger when a door is open or shut, provided the alarm is activated. Qualified locksmiths with experience in installing glass break alarms would be the ideal choice for this job. Install Surveillance Cameras Surveillance cameras and motion sensor lighting around your patio area will stop burglars from breaking into your home through sliding glass doors. You may also want outdoor security cameras with night vision to detect prying burglars in the middle of the night. For this installation job, you will need the expertise of a professional security company.   Install a Slide Locking Bar A slide locking bar is a thick wood or metal bar cut to fit into the bottom track of your door. This will prevent the door from opening beyond a certain point even if the locks have been removed from the doors. This simple and effective doorstopper inserted in the shut sliding door track will prevent a burglar from entering your home, because he won’t be able to pry the door open. The best part is that it won’t interfere with the aesthetic beauty of your patio door. This simple DIY task can be undertaken on your own –– all you need is a wood or metal bar that fits into your door track once it is shut. Install a Strong Lock Strong locks are the biggest deterrents for burglars, so be sure to get the locksmiths to install them on your sliding glass patio doors. Deadbolt locks are sturdy and robust, making them good choices for your patio doors. You can also fit clamp locks on the bottom and top door tracks for better protection from break-ins. Even if you live in one of the safest neighbourhoods in your city, you can never be too safe –– make sure you work with qualified locksmiths and security companies to undertake these installations for protecting your sliding glass...

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