Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Biometric Safe

The most secure way to protect your things from outside eyes is with a biometric safe.

What does biometric mean?
Biometric technology uses unique human characteristics as identification markers. Iris scans, hand and finger prints, facial scans, voice recognition, and DNA testing can all be used in biometrics.
Of course, the most convenient choice of these, is the fingerprint.

We sell and service biometric safes!

Source: Wise Geek

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Commercial Services

Our commercial services include:
  • High Security Lock Installation, Master Keying, Re-Key, and Repairs
  • Keyless Entry Lock Installation (with Audit), and Repairs
  • Access Control Installation and Repairs
  • Safe Sales, Installation, Removal, and Combination Change
  • Buzzer Lock Installation and Repairs
  • Emergency Lock Outs
  • Key Duplications
  • and much more!

Friday, January 6, 2012

What Locksmiths Do

A professional trained locksmith/security professional may do some or all of the following: install locks, deadbolts and other mechanical or electronic locking devices to safeguard homes, businesses, vehicles and other property. Locksmiths also may modify or repair such devices, rekey locks, make duplicate keys or cards, generate or program new keys/cards for locks whose keys/cards have been lost and respond to emergency calls to unlock vehicles, homes and businesses that have been locked accidentally, or whose locks have malfunctioned.

Some locksmiths install and service electronic alarm and surveillance systems. Many locksmiths specify, design, provide, install and service a wide range of electronic access control systems and closed circuit television (CCTV) systems. Because of the integration of electronic security systems with computers and networks, some locksmiths maintain security hardware and software for computer systems.

When new or replacement locks are required, a locksmith assists the customer in determining the correct types of locks needed based on the security risk/exposure, life safety application and frequency of use. The locksmith installs locks and security devices using manufacturer’s templates and/or industry specifications, by cutting or drilling the proper opening in the selected location with small hand and power tools.

A locksmith may sell, service and install safes for home and business use. Banks have many locking devices and related hardware that require regular service by locksmiths such as; vault doors, time locks, safe deposit boxes and teller equipment.

A locksmith repairs a lock by disassembling and examining it to locate worn or malfunctioning parts, then cleans and adjusts the internal mechanisms and replaces these parts with new ones supplied by the lock's manufacturer. On occasion, it may be necessary to custom make some repair parts using lathes, drills, grinders, and other power and hand tools. When the repairs have been completed, the locksmith will reassemble the lock and check its operation.

A locksmith makes duplicate keys using a key-duplicating machine. With the customer's (pattern) key and key blank clamped in their respective vises, the locksmith moves the pattern key across the guide. A rotary cutter cuts the same pattern into the key blank. The locksmith carefully examines the new key to ensure its accuracy.

A locksmith may respond to emergency calls for customers who have
accidentally become locked out of a home, business or vehicle. The locksmith begins by examining the lock(s) to determine the best method to circumventthe lock. These methods may include use of lock picks, bypass tools or other special instruments. Fitting a key by code or other skilled means is also a method of opening a lock. Experience, skill and knowledge dictate the method a professional selects to open a lock. There are times when the quality of the lock, concern for safety of occupants and other factors such as a malfunction of the lock may force the locksmith to use destructive techniques to gain entry. Before performing an emergency opening or certain other sensitive tasks, the locksmith may require positive ID procedures.

For security reasons or because keys are stolen or misplaced, many businesses, hotels/motels and apartment complex owners contract with locksmiths to provide new master key systems, reset combinations and rekey their door locks on a regular basis. Some cities and states require locksmiths to be licensed and bonded. The licensing process may include submitting fingerprints, undergoing a state or national background check, passing an examination, and paying a fee to the licensing agency. A self-employed locksmith must also keep business records and maintain a proper inventory of locks, parts, keys and tools.

Source: Associated Locksmiths of America

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bump Proof Locks

What kind of lock is on our door? A bump proof lock! The same kind should be protecting your loved ones and possessions.

Watch these videos to learn about bump proof locks: Click Here and Here

Tom DeVito says: It's Bump Proof- Really!

The media and general public are having a field day with the whole Bump Key issue. If you haven't done it yet, make and internet search on "bump key" and see what shows up. There are claims of lock bumping by children as young as six and seven. Locks from the US and all over the world are vulnerable. I even saw a video that showed how to do it with a banana. Yeah, the fruit.
Likewise the lock industry itself has become bizarre in its claims. It seems every lock from KW1 and up is Bump Proof. I get calls all the time from locksmiths who remain confused by all the claims. What locks are really bump proof? Here's what I tell them. There are only three technologies that I know of that are absolutely Bump Proof- electronic or pushbutton locks that don't have mechanical override cylinders, locks that use rotating discs (like Abloy), and locks with programmable side bars (like BiLock). These locks will stand up to anyone trying to bump them regardless how much experience or knowledge the thief has. Every other lock technology can be bumped.
The next question is usually "Well what about_____? They are rated high security and have a side bar?" Unfortunately the side bar is usually the same for all keys in a master system. Most times locksmiths use the same sidebar for all of their installations too. So if you have any of the keys in a master system or if you read the dealer's decal next to the door, you pretty much have the side bar issue solved. "But we have angle cuts." I ask them back how many keys in the system have the same angles. After that you'ree left with pins that can be bumped. These may be bump resistant from six year olds and people who use frozen bananas to open their doors. But there are professional thieves and experienced locksmiths who know better. Does the person down the hall or next door have the same key as your customer? Bumping a high security lock may be one of the easiest ways to get in.
"But what about modifying the existing cylinder?" There are tricks that can be played in some cylinders by adding ball bearings, different tension springs, special pins etc. to add bump resistance. Unless your time is free, you are probably better off selling a production solution. Some manufacturers may soon add special pins to their locks to improve protection. In some cases it may make the lock more bump resistant, but probably not Bump Proof.
Today, most of the locks installed in America are not Bump Proof. That includes everything from government housing to single family homes. How many government and commercial buildings still only have a six or seven pin cylinder as their lock system? The bump key issue is a locksmith's opportunity to survey the facility and recommend a package of solutions. However, if they demand Bump Proof you should sell them a high security lock based upon a technology like electronics, Abloy or Bilock.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pistol Safes

Besides being amazing locksmiths who value the safety of your family and possessions, we also sell a variety of safety items in our store. One such product is the pistol safe. Keeping your gun in a safe and secure location can protect your loved ones and curious youngsters from accidental harm and ensure that you are the only one touching your weapon.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Keypad locks

Did you know that we carry 5 different types of keypad locks? You can view a sample of our inventory at our Online Store.

A keypad lock is highly beneficial as it increases the levels of security compared to a standard, traditional lock. With a code needing to be entered into the keypad before access is allowed, you can have control over who comes and goes from your property. The ability to set the system to have a code of your choice and then pass on at your own will is a distinct advantage.

Besides, there's no key to carry or to lose!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tips for home safety

Your safety is important to us. As locksmiths, it is doubly so. And at holiday time, there tends to be more burglaries as your items are often on display and the weakest parts in your home are always windows and doors. We would like to share with you, some important tips for home safety this holiday season.

1. Remember to lock up
It may sound obvious (and it is), but it’s worth mentioning – lock your doors and windows every time you leave or return the house. In most burglary cases, the offenders broke into properties through the doors or windows by forcing the lock or knocking in. Reminders pinned next to all entrances will work well. Don’t forget to hide all keys out of sight. You’d be amazed how many burglars can fish keys left on show out of home.

2. Door security is key
A front door can provide for a warm welcome to our homes, but some doors are more susceptible to attack from unscrupulous thieves. Many doors look safe and secure as they are often made from PVCu or composite, but with a little know-how, accessing them can be easy peasy to thieves. They use a process called lock bumping. The key to protecting your doors is to ensure they are fitted with anti-bump, anti drill and anti-snap door locks.

3. Visibility
A visible burglar alarm with flashing light is always a huge deterrence. So is the Neighbourhood watch sign. Security floodlights with motion sensor will enhance the visibility outside, making you an unlikely target.

4. Hide
We know Christmas is the best time of the year to treat your family and yourself with some sought-after gifts. But remember how heart breaking it is to lose those gifts. So remember always keep all gifts out of the sight, and make sure packaging is disposed of right away. It’s no use hiding your new laptop if you leave the box outside!

5. Stay alert
Bogus callers also known as distraction burglars will try their best to distract your attention in order to get into your home. If anyone unfamiliar or unexpected turns up at your door, you should always check identification before letting anyone in. Remember though, all charity collectors, utility readers should always have identification with them at all time, and don’t feel being offensive not letting them in if they weren’t able to produce legitimate identifications. Equally don’t leave them standing at the door whilst you go searching in the house for something.

6. Enjoy
Well, this isn't a tip for avoiding burglary, but we shouldn’t let burglars spoil our festive season. These simple tips will help ensure you have a risk free Christmas. We would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable 2011 Christmas!

Adapted from PR Web UK