Pronto Locksmiths: Professional and Affordable Service in Ipswich

Pronto Locksmiths is a name that you trust for professionally completed locksmith service. With a mobile technician who comes directly to your location to complete services, Pronto Locksmiths makes it extremely convenient to receive professional services right when you need them. One area that can count on our professional technician for service beyond reproach is Ipswich. Our Ipswich locksmith services are available to be completed 24/7 and our locksmith responds with an average response time of just 40 minutes. Contact us today and our locksmith will be happy to provide you with a no obligation price quote for the lock or key service that you are in need of. From replacement car keys to access control and even emergency unlocks, Pronto Locksmiths is here to help you with a comprehensive range of Ipswich locksmith services.

Ipswich Automotive Locksmith Services

Automotive locksmith services, which we complete in Ipswich, not only offer you a great deal of convenience, but can save you money as well. Rather than having to deal with the dealership’s pricing and a costly towing trip to their location, our Ipswich locksmith comes directly to your location to complete the services that you require. Even transponder car keys can be cut and programmed by our locksmith without the need for towing. Other automotive locksmith services that you can receive in Ipswich include remote programming, lock re-key and emergency unlocks. Available 24/7, Pronto Locksmiths is the perfect choice to turn to for emergency locksmith services. Our technician is always willing to work around your busy schedule, so call today and he will be happy to schedule an appointment time that works best for you.

Securing Your Home and Business

Securing your home or business in Ipswich is much easier with the professional locksmith services that Pronto Locksmiths offers. Not only does our professional technician have a comprehensive range of services that he is able to offer, but also offers affordable pricing which allows you to secure your location without having to blow your budget. Some of the professional security services that our Ipswich locksmith is able to provide for you include master key systems, high security lock installation and safe services. Master key systems are a convenient way for business owners to secure access to every room in their business. Through a series of re-keyed locks, our locksmith creates a system in which every lock can be opened by just one ‘master key’. In addition to this master key, our locksmith can cut additional keys which are only authorized to open certain locks within the master system. This allows for you to keep the sensitive areas of your business secure, while still maintaining convenient access for those employees who need it. For homeowners our locksmith offers a comprehensive range of standard Ipswich locksmith services include re-keying, emergency unlocks and lock installation, but the safe services that he offers are the greatest potential addition to your residential security. Whether you need a safe installed, opened or repaired contact Pronto Locksmiths today to see if service is available for your particular model.

No matter the reason that you have to make the call to Pronto Locksmiths, you can trust that our professional technician will do his best to offer you the service you need at the lowest price possible. Emergency service is available to be completed in Ipswich 24/7 and with an average response time of just 40 minutes our locksmith is the number one call to make whenever you are in need of emergency services. Call today to schedule an appointment or to ask our technician for free professional advice. Our comprehensive approach to offering professional locksmith services is why we are able to offer ‘service beyond reproach’.

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New Zealand Couple ‘Close to Death’ After Lock-In

Advancements in technology were meant to not only make our lives more convenient, but also more secure. That is what car manufacturers had in mind when they began offering ‘keyless’ remote fobs in newer model vehicle, rather than your traditionally cut key blade. For one New Zealand couple, this advancement in technology was nearly deadly, although; their keyless entry fob was not technically at fault. The elderly couple became trapped in their Mazda 3 after leaving their keyless fob outside of the vehicle in their garage.

The couple believed that without their keyless fob, that they would be unable to operate the locks on their car. After 13 hours inside of the car they were finally rescued by neighbors. When the neighbors found the couple, the Smiths, Mrs. Smith was already unconscious and Mr. Smith was struggling to breathe. Emergency responders said that, during that time period, the couple had used up all the oxygen inside of their vehicle and the whole situation would have likely been fatal if the could had spent another half hour inside of their locked vehicle. After being told that they could have manually used the door handle to open the car door, the couple was left slightly embarrassed. They still believe that the car salesman should have given a more detailed explanation, so that they would have known that manually unlocking the door was an option.

The General Manager of Mazda New Zealand, Glenn Harris, said that it was not a flaw in the design of the car that left this couple locked inside. He stated that for any technology like their keyless fob, there is always a manual override to ensure safety, but that salespeople should be sure to explain the technology in its entirety to customers. The hope being that an explanation of all of the features would avoid a situation like this in the future.

Why Have Manufacturers Turned to Keyless Ignitions?

In their continued quest to provide increased security and convenience to customers, car manufacturers have turned to keyless ignitions in their newest models. Keyless ignitions are much more difficult for an automotive thief to compromise than your traditional car key. With a traditional bladed key, it is possible for a thief to copy your existing key to steal your vehicle. Since a keyless ignition fob uses a transponder chip rather than a keyblade, the thief would need a programmed fob in order to steal the vehicle. This is next to impossible for a thief to do and also very rare for even a locksmith to complete. Programming a fob not only requires access to the vehicle’s computer, but also a good deal of training and expensive tools. This added security, in addition to the convenience that a fob offers, are the main reasons that car manufacturers have made a shift to keyless ignitions.

It makes sense that manufacturers want to increase the amount of security through any means possible, but they must also realize that their vehicle sales are to a diverse range of people. Not only are tech-savvy people of the younger generation going to be purchasing these vehicles, but also individuals who may not be as technically inclined as others. This means making a commitment to teaching customers about new technology crucial to avoid situations like this from occurring in the future.

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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.
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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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Locked Out Darwin Resident Attempts to Rappel Into Apartment

(VIA ABC) In a scene that could be taken straight out of the Mission Impossible movies, a man in his mid-20’s was ready to rappel down the side of his apartment block after locking himself out of his apartment. Early Tuesday evening, police received a call about a suspicious man on top of an apartment block ready to jump. Once police arrived on the scene they could see the man attempting to count the number of floors and preparing to jump. Wasting no time, the police rushed to the apartment roof to discover what was going on. To their surprise, once of the roof, they witnessed the man with a rope tied around his waist, with the other end tied around a pole on top of the apartment building.

After some quick urging, police were able to get the man to back away from the building’s edge. Much to the police officers’ surprise, the reason that the man was attempting to jump from the roof was to rappel onto his balcony to re-enter his apartment. Fortunately police were able to get there before this Darwin man had a chance to try his plan in live action. By simply not wanting to pay for the services of a locksmith, the man was putting his life, and possibly the lives of others, in danger. The police did say, “to the man’s credit”, that he had decided that the stunt was too dangerous to pull off and likely would not have gone through with the action anyway.

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Having at least seven floors to contend with, this man’s daring reentry to his apartment could have easily turned to a tragedy.

Obviously there are much better options than trying to rappel down the side of a large apartment building, and calling a locksmith is chief among them. Darwin police Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen gave the following alternatives, “having a spare key or utilising the services of a locksmith would be a better idea in the future should he unfortunately lock his keys inside again”. While we highly recommend calling your local locksmith whenever you are locked out, there are certain security concerns that having extra spare keys can lead to. Leaving a key hidden outside of your residence is an easy way to give a potential thief access to your home. Thieves are aware of some of the common hiding spots for spare keys and could easily find your spare and access your home. Instead, leave your spare key with a trusted neighbor, or a nearby family member. Doing this will allow you to keep your home, business or apartment safe while also eliminating the chance you have to rappel down your apartment building. While Pronto Locksmiths does not offer services in the Northern Territory we hope that any residents in Brisbane or Gold Coast who are locked out decide to call our professional technician to complete their emergency locksmith service, rather than having to put themselves in danger. To learn ways to help protect yourself from being locked out, review our blog posts, or call to speak with our experienced locksmith.

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Lock Bumping: A Threat to Security

When it comes to your home, or business, security is paramount. One of the most commonly used techniques for a thief to compromise the security of your residential or commercial lock is lock bumping. For many years lock bumping has been a commonly used tactic for thieves because it allows them to disarm your lock in just a matter of seconds, with very minimal effort. There are a few simple improvements to your security that can be made to decrease or eliminate the threat that lock bumping poses. First it is important to understand exactly how lock bumping works.

What is Lock Bumping

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View the animation above for a demonstration of just how easy it can be for a potential thief to render your lock disarmed.

Lock bumping takes advantage of the pin and tumbler system that most residential and commercial locks use. With the help of a little simple physics, a potential thief can use a bump key to get inside of your home in just a matter of seconds. A bump key is a regular key which has been cut and sanded down so that it fits beneath the locked pins (as illustrated to the left). Once the bump key is inserted inside of the lock, the thief only needs to apply force to the end of the key. The energy from this “bump” knocks the pins temporarily out of their locked position. After inserting the key and bumping the pins up, it just takes quick timing in turning the doorknob for that potential thief to be in your home or business. Due to the ease with which a lock can be bumped, it only takes a few minutes for one to learn this technique which is why it can present such an ever present threat. There are a few products that home and business owners can purchase to completely eliminate the threat of lock bumping for those who are looking to ensure the security of their residence or business.

How to Prevent Lock Bumping

As mentioned above, there are ways to protect your locks against lock bumping by simply taking some preventative steps. One of the least expensive preventative measures you can take is adding a secondary lock. Utilizing a secondary lock is effective in preventing lock bumping if you are occupying your home or business at that time, or if you are able to use another exit. By having a secondary lock armed you completely eliminate the threat of lock bumping since there is no way to disarm the secondary lock. However, this is not an effective method if you need to exit through that same door, which is a slight limitation to say the least.

If you want to maintain the current convenience of access you have at that entrance, then investing in a bump-proof lock may be the best way for you to eliminate the threat of lock bumping. In order to combat the issue of lock picking, lock manufacturers have produced a number of bump-proof models which vary in their defensive mechanisms. Due to the range of bump-proof locks and other lock bumping defenses, it is wise to consult a professional about the best plan of action for your home or business. Pronto Locksmiths is a perfect place to turn for just this information. With over 15 years of experience and product knowledge Pronto Locksmiths is the number one place to turn for any type of lock or key advice. Depending on your home or business, there may be no need for a bump-proof lock, before proceeding with any installation check with a locksmith. If you do choose to have a bump-proof lock installed professional installation is a must. The importance of a professionally installed lock can never be understated and without professional installation you leave yourself vulnerable to other break-in methods.

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