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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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Deadbolt Locks: Simple yet Secure

Deadbolt locks have been a staple in residential and commercial security for years and they are not likely to go anywhere in the near future. The reason for this is the relatively high amount of security that they are able to offer at a surprisingly low cost. Almost every door has a simple knob lock fixed to it, which can be easily compromised by an experienced lock pick. Some home and business owners who are victimized by burglars are surprised to hear that simply having a deadbolt installed on their entry door could have prevented their loss from occurring, yet it is true.

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Deadbolts are an inexpensive and effective addition to commercial and residential security.

A standard knob lock can easily be bypassed using a credit card or other flat object. Thanks to the nature of the deadbolt lock, this is not an effective way to disable it. It is highly recommended to have a deadbolt installed on any entry door which only currently uses a standard knob lock just for this reason. Without a deadbolt that is properly installed an experienced thief can disable a knob lock in just a matter of seconds, leaving your home open to burglary. By having and arming a deadbolt lock on your exterior doors, you can achieve a much higher level of security than with just a standard knob lock.

While simply having a deadbolt does increase the amount of security that you have on your door, receiving professional installation is key to ensuring that your lock functions properly. Having your lock just slightly misaligned can cause wear and tear or even worse, malfunction. By choosing a professional locksmith to complete the installation of your deadbolt, you can prevent yourself from needing further lock service in the future.

When it comes time to choose a professional locksmith to complete your deadbolt lock installation, consider Pronto Locksmiths. Pronto Locksmiths is available 24/7 and services wide range throughout Gold Coast and Brisbane. With over 15 years of professional experience Pronto Locksmiths should be your number one choice to complete your lock or key service. Choosing an unprofessional contractor can leave your security vulnerable and also lead to further repairs down the road. By choosing a lock professional such as Pronto Locksmiths you can have peace of mind that your locks are going to function properly.

The Future of Deadbolt Locks

Deadbolt may be a simple technology now, but in the near future, it may be more common to find smart technology in your deadbolt locks. Today Kwikset debuted their Kevo smart lock to the Australian market. The Kevo is a deadbolt lock which can be armed and disarmed through an application on your smart phone. This could become more common in the future, as technology because cheaper to mass produce, which could lead to a dynamic future for deadbolt locks. In the meantime, a standard deadbolt lock will help you to make your home or business more secure, without having to break the bank.

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