Who would ever think to call up a locksmith when doing their holiday shopping? It’s not flashy, it’s not romantic, and a new key usually doesn’t come with a big shiny bow on top. But we all know that it’s the thought that counts, and what could be more thoughtful than taking care of the small-but-hugely-important details that nobody wants to deal with themselves? If your wife has been fretting about a recent string of burglaries, then maybe the gift of a brand new, up-to-date set of house locks will be just the ticket to soothe her worries. Husband lost his back-up car key fob but doesn’t want to pay exorbitant dealer prices for a new one? This is the perfect way to say “I notice and care about your concerns.” Your teenager just got their license? A copy of the family car key for themselves might seem simple, but it’s a beautifully symbolic way of helping them celebrate this rite of passage into adulthood.
We love helping you figure out when you need a locksmith, explaining how locksmiths can help your personal and business security, and showing you common safety issues you may not have realized. But what happens after you decide you need that locksmith? How do you find a trustworthy, dependable, affordable local locksmith when there are so many options and (sometimes) so little information available? Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has put out a helpful list of tips for avoiding scams, rip-offs, and inferior service. And while we’d obviously love for you to choose us for your business, these tips are applicable wherever you live and whichever service you choose to use.
Let’s not mince words here; rekeying your house is one of the easiest, fastest, and cheapest ways to greatly increase the security of your beloved home. We’re always surprised to learn how many homeowners don’t even realize that rekeying is an option! The concept is simple: rekeying is basically just the act of changing a house’s locks so they accept new keys, while rejecting any older keys that may have worked in the past. It isn’t as labor intensive as replacing locks, and the parts are significantly less expensive, meaning that it’s an easy and cost-effective way of making your home safer.
We’ve written in the past about how you as an owner can keep your business safe through building upgrades like secure door locks, built-in wall safes, and more. However, what if you aren’t an owner? Maybe you’re an office administrator or office manager and your responsibilities still include business security, even when you don’t own the building and can’t make changes on a structural level. Your job might include tasks ranging from resetting entry passcodes whenever there’s a new hiring or firing, changing safe codes on a monthly basis, or securely disposing old documents. What can you do to keep the business you work for secure and safe during your regular duties?
It’s summer—finally (or unfortunately, depending on who you ask)! In 2018 alone, us Minnesotans have survived harsh cold, freak April blizzards, hailstorms, a disturbing lack of temperate spring beauty, and now we’re thrown right into the thick glaze of summer heat and humidity. In the cold wind and snow, we don’t think twice before grabbing our keys and hopping into a warm car for even the shortest travels. But now it’s much easier to take a quick walk, and without the need to start a car, this means it’s much easier to leave our keys on the table and lock the door behind us. Oh no! Getting locked out of your house is a pain, undoubtedly. Neighbors you’ve never seen before eye you with suspicion as you try to break into your own house. Minutes turn into hours, and now that beautiful summer afternoon is turning you into a dehydrated mess. And you know what your phone contact list is missing? A reliable, fast, and not-too-expensive locksmith to keep a tiny mistake from ruining your day.
The sun is starting to peek out, the snow is finally melting, and we’re already saving daylight! Spring is starting to sneak up, and if you’re one of the nearly three-quarters of Americans who do some form of yearly Spring Cleaning, you know that it can be a handful. This is the big one: the time of year when we deep clean our houses, de-clutter our living spaces, and hopefully, finally, organize all the random items we build up in our basements, garages, and storage units.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, jewelry sales will be skyrocketing as always. In 2017, consumers spent an estimated $4.3 billion on jewelry for their loved ones and themselves. And as of 2016, jewelry was the fifth-most common target in home robberies. We don’t need to do the math for you; these valuable symbols of your love need to be protected.
When the snow’s falling as fast as the temperature, many of us finally start doing what we should be doing all the time: parking our cars in the garage, where they belong when not being driven. The security benefits of keeping your car in a locked garage require no explanation, but is your garage really as secure as you might think?
The holiday season is finally here, which means that it is time to enjoy the season with family and friends while getting into the spirit and shopping the day and night away. It is surely one of the most hectic times of the year; however, it is also full of great love and cheer. If you are like many families, you are busy buying the perfect present for friends and children, and often end up ignoring your own needs and wants in the spirit of giving. This year should be a little different. Instead of crossing yourself off the list, you may consider a gift that is great for both you and your family.
If you own a newer car, it is likely equipped with a smart key. This is a key that has a series of sensors and microchips, which allows the doors to lock, unlock, and even start without the use of a traditional lock and key. These devices typically serve as a larger part of an anti-theft system that is built into vehicles, wherein the vehicle performs these functions with the smart key being in close proximity to it.