Keeping your home secure is of the utmost importance. It’s your largest asset, it keeps your family warm and safe, and it holds pretty much everything you own. Why risk letting burglars into your home with shoddy locks, when you can have one of our residential locksmiths help you find the best locks for your home?
Here are some tips for choosing the best locks for your house, and a few videos, to help you figure out what type of locks might be right for you.
Do Your Homework
Any lock that you buy should meet minimum standards set by the American National Standards Institute and by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BAMA). While that may be a lot to remember, determining the quality of a lock is pretty easy.
Each lock should be graded on the package. Products will be labelled Grade One, Grade Two or Grade Three, with One being the best quality. The actual grading goes into more detail on the BAMA website, so go there to see how your favorite lock stacks up next to its competitors.
Assess Your Needs
Do you live in a high crime area? Do you have children you need to prevent from leaving the house by themselves? Maybe you need a smartlock so that you can let people in your home when you aren’t there, such as the dog walker or cleaner?
Just be sure that the lock you choose can be safely operated by everyone who needs to use it. It’s no good installing super strong locks that are difficult to open from the inside. In fact, if there were ever to be a fire in your home, you’d want to know that the lock would be easy to operate under those conditions.
Types of locks
There are several basic types of locks, some of which are harder to pick than others. If you live in a high crime area, you want one or more sturdy locks that will make it more difficult for thieves to get into your home.
Spring latch and slip bolt locks are the easiest to open using something other than a key. They lock the doorknob in place, preventing the latch from moving from the door frame. They are easy to install and inexpensive, but also easy to pick and break.
Deadbolts are sturdier locks that actually bolt the door closed. The entire bolt must be moved from the door frame by turning a knob or using a key, making it more difficult to pick. Look for deadbolts made from steel, bronze or brass as they are the sturdiest materials for this type of lock.
No matter what type of lock you have, remember to use it. A great lock will only act as a deterrent if you remember to lock the door behind you. And, don’t worry if you happen to lock yourself out of the house. We’ll be happy to come let you back in again, any time day or night, regardless of what type of lock you have.
If you have plans this upcoming Labor Day weekend, make sure that they don’t include getting your belongings stolen from your car or home. Many people spend the holiday weekend traveling or going to events, enjoying the extra day off from work. However, just because you aren’t working doesn’t mean that thieves are taking the day off, so use these tips to keep your belongings safe this Labor Day weekend.
Keep your belongings out of sight
Never leave valuables in plain sight in your car. Lock them up in the trunk or the glove compartment box, or leave them at home. If you have a GPS system, put it in the glove compartment box or carry it with you. If thieves can’t see anything worth stealing, they’re less likely to target your vehicle.
Lock your doors
Don’t make it easy for thieves to break into your house or car while you are away enjoying the holiday. Always lock up your home when you are going to be away from it, and lock your car doors when you are out shopping or attending events.
Lock your windows
Thieves will look for any opportunity to get inside your home, and an unlocked window is practically an invitation for them to come and take whatever they like. If you don’t have window locks, ask your locksmith if he can install some for you, and consider beefing up your door locks, too.
If you want to deter thieves from targeting your home when you go out of town over Labor Day weekend, fool them with lights that are set on timers. They can be programmed to turn on and off throughout the day, so thieves will think that someone is home, even when you aren’t.
Enlist the help of a neighbor
If you are going to be out of town over the holiday weekend, have a trusted neighbor collect your mail and newspapers for you, so thieves won’t be tipped off to your absence. Consider having a copy of your house key made and leave it with the neighbor, so that they can check on your home while you are away.
Take the time to make sure that your home and vehicle are secure so that you can keep your belongings safe this Labor Day weekend. If you want to speak to a helpful residential locksmith about making your home more secure before you go away for the weekend, contact us. We are always happy to help you keep your belongings safe during your Labor Day celebrations, or any time.
If you’ve been thinking about boosting your home’s security by installing a new lock, you may be surprised at the huge amount of choices you have. Some of the newer locks available on the market are also some of the most high-tech, and they may have you wondering if you’ll still need your keys in the years to come.
Keyless entry locks and smart locks are becoming more popular with today’s homeowners who rely heavily on their smart phones to keep up with daily life. Smart locks, which are activated by keying in a code on a keypad, or unlocked via your smart phone, are quickly becoming a popular choice for busy homeowners who want something a little more sophisticated and versatile than traditional locks.
Why They’re So Smart
One of the features of many smart locks is the ability to program several access codes for each lock. This allows you to give a temporary access code to neighbors or family members who may need to get inside your home while you aren’t there. You can give your dog walker a code, then deactivate it once they’ve left your house.
Some smart locks can also be remotely accessed via your computer or smart phone, so you can see if you’ve forgotten to lock the door when you left, even when you aren’t there. You can also lock or unlock the door from anywhere in the world. No more rushing home to double-check your door lock; check it and lock it from your phone instead.
Keep Your Keys
Many of the new smart locks work with an existing lock mechanism, or they include one. This means you still have the option of using your key, which can be useful if there is a problem with the power supply to your lock.
Some consumers worry that these smart locks are able to be hacked by computer savvy thieves, but in reality, they are no less secure than a traditional lock that could be picked or bumped open, and they do offer a lot of added convenience.
Talk To Your Residential Locksmith
If you want to install a new smart lock or keyless entry lock in your home, ask your residential locksmith about which ones they recommend. Depending on your home security needs, there’s sure to be a perfect smart lock for you. Let our residential locksmiths make your home secure the smart way, contact us today.
If you own or manage a business, security is probably one of your top priorities. If it isn’t, it should be. Theft of physical property and data can not only cost you money, it can cost you the trust of your customers. If they can’t rely on you to keep their information safe from thieves, they’ll probably take their business elsewhere.
Surveillance cameras are great for catching thieves in the act, but they don’t do a thing to stop them breaking in. When it comes to security, your best plan of action is prevention. Your Seattle commercial locksmith will tell you that locks stop thieves, but only if they are working properly.
If you have old or broken locks on your premises, you are making it much easier for thieves to help themselves to your hard-earned money. If you have just moved into the building after previous tenants have used it, you need to have the locks changed or re-keyed.
If you fire an employee who had access to the building keys, you should have the locks changed to prevent your former employee from gaining access to the building and damaging your business or its property.
If you keep sensitive data, either in digital form or in paper records, you need to be sure that only approved people have access to it. Storing it in desks or unlocked filing cabinets makes it more vulnerable to thieves who would use it to commit identity theft or fraud against your company, its employees and even your customers.
Ask your commercial locksmith about installing locks in your filing cabinets or installing keypad locks that require a pass code to unlock them. This type of keyless entry lock makes it easy to keep your data safe but easily accessible to those who need to access it.
Your business may not operate 24/7, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need out of hours locksmith services. You really don’t want to rely on a locksmith that only keeps traditional business hours, or you’ll find yourself interrupting your customers and employees by having your locks maintained or installed during business hours.
If you find yourself in need of an emergency locksmith for your business, you don’t want to waste time searching for one that will only come out after hours for an exorbitant fee. You are much better off starting with a guaranteed 24/7 commercial locksmith who will always be ready to meet your business’ security needs.
Contact usany time to discuss ways we can help you make your business more secure. We’ll make your security our priority!
When it comes to choosing a locksmith in Seattle, you certainly have plenty of choices. Just look online, where you’ll literally find hundreds of locksmiths ready to provide you with their services. However, it’s important to understand just how ‘local’ some of these so-called ‘local’ locksmiths really are.
Imagine being locked out of your car late at night, in a part of town you aren’t really all that familiar with, by yourself. It can be scary and even dangerous, so you want to know that whatever emergency locksmith service you call is located relatively nearby so they can get to you quickly.
You pull out your smartphone, Google your zip code for a locksmith, and call the first one you see who services the area. They must be close if they show up in your zip code, right? Wrong. Scam artists posing as reputable locksmiths use dummy phone numbers that call into answering services in a completely different part of the country to get your business. You place a call in Seattle, someone in New York or Georgia or who knows where answers, and ‘dispatches’ a locksmith.
Some time later, an unmarked van pulls up, and the locksmith agrees to ‘help’, but for a much higher price than you were just quoted on the phone. Sound fishy? It is, and it’s dangerous.
Many times these scam artists are just trying to get as much money from you as possible, and they often will tell you that they either can’t get into your car, or they need to damage it in some way to gain access.
Even if the service center you call is a genuine, reliable company, their fees are likely to be higher because they have to cover the cost of both running their call center and paying the sub-contractor who eventually comes to unlock your car.
If you aren’t hiring a locksmith for an emergency, you still benefit from using a local Seattle area locksmith because A) they know the area, so can recommend products and services that will most benefit you, and B) they can meet with you before they ever provide their locksmith services and answer any questions you may have.
If your local locksmith happens to have a physical address, you may even be able to drop by and take a look at any locks they sell, get answers to security questions you may have, and most importantly, establish a real relationship with the person who is going to be improving the security of your home or business.
Hawk Locksmith provides reliable locksmith services to the entire Seattle Metro area. We are always happy to answer your questions about securing your home, business or vehicle, and we are always on hand to help in an emergency lockout. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help show you exactly why using a local locksmith is so important!