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.
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.
In the past, it was not common to find a mobile locksmith to complete services for you. When you needed a lock or key service completed, you would have needed to get yourself, and your equipment, to the locksmith’s shop in order for him to complete the service that you needed. One obvious drawback to this was that emergency services could not be completed in an effective manner. This is why many locksmiths, such as Pronto Locksmiths, have made the change to offer their services in a mainly mobile fashion. Being a mobile locksmith allows for technicians, such as our professional, to offer a much wider range of services in a much more convenient fashion.
Car Locksmith Services
Perhaps the biggest area that customers benefitted from the move to mobile service from locksmiths is through the automotive locksmith services that these professionals were able to offer. Before locksmiths made the move to operating in a mobile fashion you would have needed to get your vehicle towed to the local dealership in order for them to provide you with replacement car keys or ignition repair. This left you footing a hefty towing bill before any service was completed and often left you without a vehicle for an inconvenient stretch of time. Now for Brisbane residents it is as easy as making one call to a car locksmith like Pronto Locksmiths to have services completed at your car’s location. A true professional, like Pronto’s Brisbane locksmith, comes with all of the tools and parts necessary to provide you with service right on the spot. Even transponder car keys can be cut and programmed to your vehicle without the need for going to your local dealership. Of course, operating in a mobile fashion allows for locksmiths to cover a larger area than they would have otherwise, while also offering faster response times. This allows for customers who are locked out of their car to get emergency locksmith services extremely quickly.
Mobile Locksmiths Offer Convenience
For home and business owners the most palpable change that was felt when locksmiths made the move to operating in a mobile fashion is that they were able to receive the services that they needed in a more convenient way than ever. Lock installation is one service which became extremely convenient to have completed. Rather than having to drive around to multiple hardware stores looking at models and discussing your needs with employees, a mobile locksmith is able to bring a better selection of locks directly to you. Since the one bringing you the locks is also a trained professional, they are the perfect individual to provide professional recommendations based on your use and needs. This cuts out a large amount of hassle, especially for business owner who does not want to interrupt their normal flow of business. Just like with car lockouts, it is much easier for a locksmith to respond to a business or residential lockout when he is already inside of his service vehicle. This allows for you to get back inside, and back to your original plans, much more quickly.
Transponder car keys are no longer a hassle to get replaced. Simply call a mobile Brisbane locksmith!
Just because locksmiths have made the move to providing services in a mobile fashion does not mean that there are not benefits to visiting the locksmith’s physical store. For any Brisbane locksmith, including Pronto Locksmiths, it is much cheaper, and likely easier for the customer, to come directly to the locksmith shop to have a regular house key copied. Additionally, it can be helpful in avoiding locksmith scams by ensuring that the locksmith that you are choosing does have a physical storefront that you can visit. By having this storefront information you can rest with peace of mind that if there are any residual problems with the service you receive, that the locksmith company will stand behind the work they have completed. When you need a locksmith, turn to the mobile locksmith at Pronto Locksmiths for any of your automotive, commercial or residential needs.
It can be difficult to find a professional locksmith that you trust. What makes this more difficult is trying to find a professional locksmith who is also available to complete services 24/7. You never know when you may find yourself locked out, or in need of replacement car keys, which is why it crucial to have a professional 24 hour locksmith to turn to. In Southeast Queensland, a professional that you can turn to around-the-clock is Pronto Locksmiths. Pronto Locksmiths is not only a professional locksmith, who is available 24/7, but also a mobile locksmith service. Our professional technician comes directly to your location to complete any one of our services.
Professional Quality Locksmith Services
Choosing a professional locksmith to complete your service is key to ensuring the you are getting the most for your money. By having an unprofessional contractor complete service, or specifically install a new lock set, you could be facing necessary repairs sooner than expected. Just a minor misalignment during installation can result in the malfunction and ineffective operation of even the most secure and expensive lock. Choose a professional locksmith, like Pronto Locksmiths to ensure that your locks are properly installed during the first service visit. Thanks to years of professional training and experience, our locksmith is able to complete a comprehensive range of services. From re-keying on the most basic of lock sets, to the installation of a large access control system there is no service need that is too big, or too small, for Pronto Locksmiths to complete.
Pronto the Right 24 Hour Locksmith
If you are looking for a professional 24 hour locksmith in Queensland, then you have to look no further than Pronto Locksmiths. Around-the-clock our comprehensive range of locksmith services are available for completion. This means that replacement car keys can be completed anytime of day or night. As a mobile locksmith, we are able to provide you with replacement car keys without the needs for towing your vehicle. By completing new replacement car keys at your vehicle’s location we cut out the need for a potentially expensive towing trip to the dealership. With all of the latest tools and training on-hand, our locksmith can even cut and program transponder car keys for your vehicle. Other, less professional locksmiths, may not have the tools or training to handle such an advanced service, but Pronto Locksmiths does. Our other emergency locksmith services, like unlocks, can be completed with an average response time of just 40 minutes, getting you back to your day as quickly as possible. Less professional locksmiths may attempt to drill your lock when locked out, this is unnecessary and leaves you footing a much higher bill than needed. Our professional locksmith has a 99% lockpicking success rate and guarantees that no damage will be caused to your vehicle in the case of a car lock out. Our impressive combination of professional quality service, lightning fast response time and 24 hour locksmith availability makes Pronto Locksmiths the only 24 hour locksmith you need to call.
For immediate service from Pronto Locksmiths around-the-clock call us now. You can request immediate service, ask for a price quote or schedule an appointment that works best for you. Our professional technician is always happy to share his professional knowledge and recommendations with curious customers. Make the right choice and save Pronto Locksmiths to your mobile device as the only 24 hour locksmith you will ever need.
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.
The Kwikset Kevo is the first smart lock slated to hit the Australian market on October 1.
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.
(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.
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.