Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Personal Locksmith Services for Your Home and Business

Personal Locksmith Services for Your Home and Business
It's two o'clock in the morning and you have locked yourself out of your house. You call up a locksmith in your area and wait for him to arrive. You’ve never had a reason to call a locksmith before so you're really not sure what your options are at this point. Once he arrives, he explains what can be done, the cost, and how long it will take.

This is the type of scenario that most people imagine when they think about a locksmith and the services he can provide. While this type of professional can certainly help you when you find yourself locked out of your vehicle, business or home, there are many other services that these professional companies offer that you may not know about.

Why you should use a locksmith professional to install your new lock
It's never a good idea to purchase a lock from a hardware store. These locks are mass-produced and some of them use the same key. Many of the locks within a batch lot come from the manufacturer with the exact same key. It's definitely possible that your key matches one of your neighbours' keys! In most cases the criminal is not going to be carrying around a lot of different keys to break into a home but at the same time there's a chance that one of your neighbours can access your home using his own key. When you use the services of a locksmith company, however, you won't have to worry about other keys fitting into your lock.

As well, it's easy for a thief to defeat the cheap type of locks that you can purchase from the big box stores. Most of the locks offered at these stores have been mass-produced by manufacturers that are reputable but the standards on these locks are very low. A locksmith will install high-quality locks on your home that provide the true security you need to protect your family and your assets.

Contractors are far from being professionals when it comes to installing dead bolt locks on a door. If a lock isn't installed correctly, you won't be protected. A locksmith has the experience and the tools to install custom locks and deadbolts that will keep your home safe.

High-quality locks are a necessity
If there is a window placed on your door or near it, a deadbolt that uses a thumb turn won't keep you protected. A thief can knock the glass out of the window and stick his hand in to turn the lock. The best type of deadbolt system is one that has a minimum "throw" of 1 inch and a security plate that has screws measuring a minimum of 3 inches in length that go into the wood frame of the door. The lock should have a double cylinder on it with a key that secures the lock from the inside.

The same holds true for window locks
For the same security reasons, your window locks should also be fitted by a licensed locksmith. If a thief discovers that it's difficult to break in through a door, he will often turn to the windows next. Once you have your doors handled, you should also look into your options for secure window locks.

Rekey your home after a purchase
When you move into a home one of the first calls you should make is to a locksmith. You have been given the keys to the new home but you don't know who else has the same keys. There's a good chance that the previous owner made extra copies and handed them out to family members, neighbours, contractors working on the home etc. When you get settled into your new home, you'll never really know who could walk in unannounced.
  • You should also consider changing your locks for the following reasons:
  • Your house has been burglarized
  • You have lost your keys
  • Your current security lock is worn out or not working properly
  • You’re using a builder's grade of lock and require something more secure
  • Someone has stolen your purse with the keys in it
  • You can no longer keep track of all the service people, neighbours and contractors that have been given keys to your home
Locksmith services for businesses
If you own any type of business, you need to protect your assets. A professional locksmith company has all of the latest technology available for commercial locks. Professional locks can be installed on both the front and back doors and on cabinets, office doors, desk drawers and more. Total security packages are available for large industrial and commercial businesses as well as for smaller companies.

Whether you have just purchased a new home in a brand-new subdivision, have lost your keys or simply need to upgrade, you need to hire a professional locksmith to get the job done correctly the first time. If you're not using the right locks with a proper installation, your home or business simply isn't as secure as it should be.