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.
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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!