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Could KeyMe Come to Brisbane?

Smart technology is helping individuals in nearly every aspect of their daily life. One area which smart technology has not been able to fully assist individuals yet has been when they find themselves locked out of their home. Unless you are one of the very small percentage of residents who uses smart lock technology, then you likely have to turn to a Brisbane locksmith to provide you with the assistance that you need. One American company wants to make this a thing of the past.

KeyMe Not Yet in AU

KeyMe is the American company that has attempted to make it easy for individuals to get replacement keys when they have lost their existing key or have locked themselves out. Initially being tested in New York City, KeyMe is a smart phone application which allows you to take a photo of your existing key in order to store a copy of it in “the cloud”. KeyMe has partnered with 7-Eleven to put their kiosks inside of some franchise locations. The thought being, that New Yorkers who copied their keys using the KeyMe application could simply walk down the street to get a replacement key from the kiosk inside of 7-Eleven. Additionally, KeyMe users can also order a copy of their key from the KeyMe website and have it sent to their address. While KeyMe may have a solid idea, there are definite security concerns which arise.

KeyMe Security Concerns

There are a few security concerns which arise from the use of smart technology to store sensitive information like the exact cuts for your house key, which KeyMe has attempted to address. The first security concern is that anyone who has the application would be able to copy your key with just a simple picture being taken. While KeyMe does require that a credit card be used which has a billing address which matches where the key is being sent, there is no way for their image to authenticate whether you are authorized to make that key or not. Some people may say, ‘the same can be said for a hardware store’, however it is much more difficult for a thief to steal your key and take it to the store than simply snap a picture of it. The second main security concern deals with the way that KeyMe stores the copies of your keys. A skilled computer hacker may be able to penetrate KeyMe’s security and with your information on file they would be able to determine which keys could be used in which locations.

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Above is the KeyMe application scanning a standard key.

For the time being, KeyMe has to plans to expand into the Brisbane area. Since their initial testing is still ongoing it is difficult to judge what the widespread use of a service like this could mean for residents of Brisbane. KeyMe could find a niche as an easy way to get back in when locked out, but only if they are able to remedy some of the security concerns that currently exist. For professional locksmiths, KeyMe should not be too much of a concern. Emergency lockouts certainly constitute a part of their business, but other lock and key services still require the training and experience that only a professional locksmith can bring you.

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Locksmith Discovers Millions in Residential Safe

(VIA NEWS.COM.AU) A locksmith in the United States came across, what had to be, the most valuable amount of objects in a safe that he has ever seen. David Molick, a locksmith in Houston, Texas, was the man who opened a residential safe which was home to about $2.5 million (USD) worth of golden coins. It is rare for a locksmith to find such a haul, especially in a residential safe, and the safe itself presented quite a challenge for the professional locksmith. Fortunately for the family which was in possession of the safe, Mr. Molick was able to get inside to retrieve their valuables.

In early November, Mr. Molick was called upon to open a residential safe. This is quite the common service for a professional locksmith to complete, but not in these circumstances. For many locksmiths it is common practice to request an image of the safe before going to the location of the safe to complete service. This process is completed out of courtesy to the customer. In some cases, the locksmith may be unable to open the safe which is requested, so to save that customer time and money they determine if they are able to open that safe before they ever show up to the customer’s location. In this case, Mr. Molick noticed that not only had someone attempted to pry the safe open previous, but that the safe itself was a high security model.

High security is a light way to put it. Mr. Molick spent over 20 hours drilling the safe in order to open it for his customer. The safe presented quite a challenge; in addition to the high security locking mechanisms that the safe had, it was also surrounded by concrete which was over 15 cm thick. This made it quite the difficult task for this American locksmith. Fortunately for the owners of the safe, the locksmith’s hard work paid off and they were able to retrieve over $2.5 million worth of coins from the safe. As is common practice in the United States when valuables of this worth are recovered, they were first turned over to the police. Houston police later released the valuables to the family which had originally brought the safe to Mr. Molick. The family said that their father had been collecting the coins, but had passed away recently.

Recovering such a high amount of valuables must be a welcomed holiday surprise for this family, especially considering that they had originally planned to scrap the residential safe. It remains to be seen if David Molick will receive any type of cut from the valuables that have been recovered, but the family must appreciate the hard work that this locksmith had completed in order to recover their valuables for them. For locksmiths like our technician at Pronto Locksmiths, opening a safe can be quite the adventure and seeing the surprise on many people’s face when the valuables were recovered is quite the nice reward for a locksmith who enjoys a real challenge.

 

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How to Prevent Being Locked Out

No one wants to find themselves locked out of their home or apartment and, as evidence from just weeks ago will show, some people will go great lengths to avoid paying the cost of a locksmith. If you want to avoid having to call an emergency or 24 hour locksmith there are a few steps that you can take before leaving your home to help ensure that you do not find yourself locked out. While none of these tips may be completely flawless, they can help to put you in a better position to be able to access your residence at any point without having to call a locksmith.

Leave a Spare Key

In the past, many residents would leave a spare key hidden outside of their front door in a spot they would think is “secure”. It is not recommended to employ this strategy with your spare key. Burglars will check all of the common places that a spare key could be hidden outside and can be inside of your home in just a matter of minutes. Instead of leaving a spare key outside, leave that spare key with a close-by family member or extremely trusted neighbor. By doing this you can ensure that your key is both secure and available when you find yourself locked out of your home.

Smart Lock Installation

With the way that technology is completely ingrained in everyday life, it is a lot more common to forget ordinary house keys than it would be to forget your smartphone. Now your keys and smart phone can be one in the same and offer you access back into your home. Back at the beginning of October, lock manufacturer Kwikset began offering the first residential smart lock to the public. Rather than having to carry around an ordinary house key, you are able to easily and conveniently open your lock through an application on your smartphone. Traditional keys can still be used on the Kwikset Kevo smart lock, but with how smartphones have become attached to our everyday lives, it makes it much less likely for you to walk out of the house without your key if you have access through your smartphone.

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The Kwikset Kevo is the first smart lock slated to hit the Australian market on October 1.

Location Apps

In addition to being able to actually open your lock, smart technology offers other avenues through which you are able to keep track of your house keys. Some applications, such as the Tile App, allow for you to locate your keys through an application on your smartphone. Before leaving your home, or locking your door, you can pull up thee location application on your smartphone to ensure that you have your keys with you.

Anytime that you do find yourself locked out of your home, it is wise to have a professional 24 hour locksmith that you know you are able to turn to. Pronto Locksmiths offers just this to the residents of Brisbane and Gold Coast. With an average response time of just 40 minutes and over 15 years of industry experience, Pronto Locksmiths is a locksmith that you can trust to complete any lock service. Contact Pronto Locksmiths today to receive professional advice or to request your locksmith service.

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Reasons to Invest in a Residential Safe

When it comes to protecting your home from burglars, simple lock changes and re-keying can be extremely effective, however having secure locks can not prevent every method that a burglar may use to get into your home. This means that some of your valuables could be exposed should a criminal gain access to your home. By investing in a residential safe, you can ensure that your smallest and most valuable possessions are secure at all times. Even if you do not have a fear of burglary, there are still multiple other reasons to invest in a residential safe. Depending on your needs, any number of different model safes may be best. Contact Pronto Locksmiths today to discuss which residential safe would be best for the needs of your home.

The most common reason that an individual would be inclined to purchase a residential safe is to ensure that the most valuable possessions in their home are safe, even if their exterior security becomes compromised. However, with so many different types available, it can be difficult to understand which safe is best for the needs of your home. Would you benefit most from a wall safe which could be hidden behind a picture, or would a stand-alone safe under your desk suffice? These are important questions to ask yourself before you begin the residential safe purchasing process. In addition to standard safes, there are also models which offer specialized features which lend themselves to certain home security needs.

Fireproof Safes

The risk of fire is not something that homeowners like to have on their mind, but being properly prepared can make your life much easier in the future. Investing in a residential fireproof or fire resistant safe can be the perfect way to ensure that your most valuable possessions, and documents, would remain safe in case of a fire. Birth certificates, certificates of title and historical family documents are just a few of the items wish can wisely be stored in a fireproof safe. While most homeowners do not which to think of the worst case scenario, such as a fire, being proactive and purchasing a fireproof safe could pay dividends in the long run.
fireproof residential safe

Gun Safes

If you are the owner of a firearm, making sure that firearm is constantly secure should be a top priority. Whether it is through theft or accidental use, there can be devastating consequences for not properly securing your gun. The Sporting Shooter Association of Australia highly recommends having your gun secured in a safe whenever it is not in use. Not only will this protect you from a thief being able to steal your weapon, but also keep the gun safe from children who may be in the house. All it takes is one inattentive moment for an unsecured gun to have devastating effects. Multiple models of gun safes can be purchased large and small, which offer different capacities for both firearms and ammunition.
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In conjunction with the use of other residential locksmith services, having a residential safe installed can give you peace of mind that your most valuable possessions will be secured no matter what. Protecting you from much more than burglary, safes ensure that dangerous or otherwise sensitive materials can only be accessed by authorized individuals. Before going to the shop to purchase a residential safe be sure to complete research about the many different types of safes to find the best make and model for your home’s needs. With keyed, combination and touch pad options, as well as stand-alone, wall mounted and floor implanted models all available it is best to contact a professional who will help you identify which safe is best for your home security needs.

 

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