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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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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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When should you have your locks re-keyed?

Pronto Locksmiths highly recommends having a re-key completed instead of having your locks changed as a way to save money, while still achieving the same outcome that you would like. However, re-keying may only be a suitable alternative in some circumstances and customers should be aware of these to ensure they are always getting the best value for their locksmith services. To understand when you should have your locks re-keyed you first have to understand exactly what a re-key is. When our locksmith completes a re-key he is adjusting the pins inside of the lock so that an new key can function inside of the lock. This allows for a new key to operate in the lock and makes other version of the key ineffective.

1. Moving into a new home or apartment

It is highly recommended to have your locks re-keyed right after moving into a new home. The reason for this is that you can never fully trust who the previous owner gave keys to. By having your locks re-keyed rather than completely changed, you can keep any unwanted visitors from entering your home, without having to spend for brand new locks.

2. After employee turnover at your business

After an employee has left your business and previously had access to sensitive areas, it may be wise to have a re-key completed. By having this lock re-keyed you can ensure that they are unable to enter back into your business even if they made copies of your old key. Re-keying gives you that extra peace of mind that your business is safe.

3. When having a master key system installed

Master key systems are a great way to keep convenient access to your home or business. By re-keying all of your locks (even across multiple locations) our locksmith can  provide you with one master key that opens every single lock in the system. The locks can also be set to easily delegate individual access to just one part of the system. The combinations and customization options for your re-keying service are nearly endless.

To discuss your re-keying options, call Pronto Locksmiths today. Throughout Southeast Queensland our professionals are completing professional locksmith services from Brisbane to Gold Coast.

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