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!
There’s a terrifyingly effective technique that intruders can use to open many doors, including the ones leading into your home, and it leaves no sign of forced entry.
Lock bumping is a technique that uses a special key called a bump key that is inserted into the lock, then ‘bumped’ with a mallet or other device. This forces the pins in the lock to unlock, allowing the intruder into your home without damaging the door or lock in any noticeable way.
Originally used by residential locksmiths in Seattle and other cities to help homeowners gain access into their homes when locked out, the technique has been picked up by criminals because it is much easier than lock picking and leaves no signs of forced entry. It is quiet enough to allow criminals into your home while you are sleeping, leaving you vulnerable to assault.
Bump keys are fairly simple to make and can even be ordered over the internet. A quick search for lock bumping videos will bring up everything a potential intruder needs to know to break into your Seattle area home.
Older locks are actually less susceptible to lock bumping, primarily because the pins inside them don’t move as smoothly as more modern locks. If you are concerned that your locks could be bumped, call a Seattle locksmith to examine them. It’s also a good idea to consider upgrading your locks to bump-proof versions or consider adding additional security measures such as chain latches across doors or a door alarm that sounds any time your doors are opened.
At Hawk Locksmith, we make your home and business security our priority. Let our residential locksmiths and commercial locksmiths help keep your property safe from thieves with lock modifications or new locks that can’t be bumped.
While we pride ourselves on offering only the best, most reliable lock and key services, unfortunately there are plenty of scammers out there who would happily part you from your hard earned cash and leave you vulnerable, too. Whether you need an emergency callout to get you back into your home or car, or if you are just looking to replace a lock in a door or window of your home, these tips will help you avoid becoming the victim of dishonest locksmith.
If your locksmith can’t or won’t provide a realistic quote, the full legal name of their business, and an actual location where they can be found, there’s a good chance they are going to be dishonest. Unfortunately, it’s very easy for criminals to set up fake ‘local’ telephone numbers and addresses online, with promises of low callout fees and quick service, but what you get is just the opposite.
These con artists will often try to bully you into paying hundreds of dollars more than their websites promise, often for shoddy work or cheap locks. If you can’t confirm their name, location and proof that they are licensed, bonded and insured, don’t accept their services.
At the very least, your locksmith should be able to show a valid driver’s license as an ID, but most will have company ID’s issued that can be verified by calling their manager. Also, be wary of locksmiths who arrive in unmarked vehicles. Most legitimate businesses will have a company logo on their vehicle or send locksmiths in uniform.
Before letting any work take place, get an estimate. If the estimate given over the phone is different from the one you get on-site, don’t let the locksmith work on your lock.
Several national news stories have highlighted the problems with locksmith scammers who promise one thing, but provide something else entirely. Instead of a low cost lock refit or emergency service, they try to bully you into paying hundreds of dollars more than you bargained for. Here are just a few videos about the problem.
Unfortunately, there are hundreds of bogus locksmith services advertising online. Don’t leave yourself or your loved ones vulnerable to these pop-a-lock scammers. We hope these tips help you stay safe when you need to call a locksmith!
Sometimes home security can become forgotten about for homeowners and movers. There are many things distracting everyone during a move. The best thing to do is focus on the task at hand and watch out for unsavory characters. Moving your home or business is challenging, so don’t stress and read on for some tips to keep your move safe!
Keep an unpredictable schedule. You never know who your new neighbors will be. For a little while leave your home at different times and come back unexpectedly. Maybe even come home for lunch a couple days a week. If you keep a varied schedule the bad guys will never know when to break in and will move onto an easier target. Don’t be an easy target!
Has your home been lived in before? If so you should consider rekeying the locks. The previous owners might not be the kind of people that you want to have keys! Chances are that they were nice people, but don’t take the chance. Hire a locksmith to rekey all your external locks. If you have important rooms under lock and key inside your home consider rekeying those doors as well. You can never be too safe!
Best of all rekeying won’t break the bank and is a fast fix to a potential hazardous situation. You will also have fantastic working locks that don’t jam up and will work every time after being worked on! The benefits to rekeying out way the cost by quite a lot for a new homeowner. Don’t forget to rekey your shed, cellar, and garage as well.
Crimes happen more often to people who present themselves as victims. After or while you are moving go ahead and introduce yourself to the new neighbors and people around the neighborhood. Make eye contact and present yourself as a strong individual. You will lessen the security threat and make new friends too!
Create a safe environment for your new home and hire a locksmith to rekey!
If you’re like me when buying a new home, you’re excited beyond belief. The furniture is coming soon, your movers have your boxes organized, and the landscaper is outside installing a new garden. You are busy but excited and love the new digs. Life is great and then BAM! Your home is invaded by a stranger and your valuables are taken right from under you. What?! How did that happen?
New home owners are vulnerable to break ins. This is because your locks are not really YOUR locks. The people that lived in your home before you might have lent out keys, kept a key, or know about a window that doesn’t lock. Before calling the landscaper and maybe even before calling the movers you should call a local locksmith. This is very important and it should be the first thing on your to-do list.
What should you have your locksmith do first? It’s simple really, ask your local locksmith to canvas your new home and find the most vulnerable spots. I say you should replace all the outside locks in your home, but listen to what your locksmith professional has to say first. Imagine the sense of relief and security you will feel after installing brand new locks on your home. Safe and secure!
What will a locksmith most likely tell you? Well replacing the locks on the outside of your home will be the most important thing to do first. After installing new outside locks, you might want to install new locks on your windows. Your home security is only as strong as the weakest entry point! There are many options available and ask your local locksmith what new security technologies you can install at your home. You can never be too safe!