When choosing a locksmith, there are some facts to be aware of. Many companies are not what they appear to be in their ad, they are what is called ,”phony locksmiths.” Phony locksmiths can have very damaging results to your home, vehicle or commercial facility. Our company was once called out to assist a customer who fell victim to a phony locksmith. The customer broke her key off in the ignition and called a locksmith company to come help her. When the so-called locksmith showed up, it quickly became an unfortunate situation for the customer. The “locksmith” arrived in his personal vehicle with ragged blue jeans and a T-shirt, clutching a small, dirty, brown bag, with what appeared to her to be some old screw drivers. After working on her vehicle for 45 minutes, he told her that he was unable to retrieve her key from the ignition. After the “locksmith” left, she realized that not only was this guy a phony, but he severely damaged her ignition system by trying to pry the ignition lock out with a screw driver. To cover up the severe damage due to his lack of skill and experience he then tried to use super glue to fix the steering column in a clumsy attempt to conceal the damage he caused to the ignition housing. Don’t fall victim to these scam artists who are untrained, unskilled and unlicensed. Phony locksmiths are not hard to identify. Here are some helpful tips, and what to look for:
- An individual who arrives in their personal vehicle
- Someone who does not prominently display an id badge or offer identification
- Anyone wearing street clothing and not a uniform
- A person who starts work without discussing price before they begin the job
At some point in our lives, we’re all eventually going to have to call upon the services of a locksmith. Whether it is because we’re locked out of our house, have bought a new house and need to change the locks, or find ourselves having locked the keys in the car, choosing the right locksmith is a task not to be taken lightly. Scanning the phone book or internet yields dozens of companies, but how can we tell if one is reputable or not? Choosing a certified service is the only sure way to know that the locksmith is highly trained and reputable.
Here are four reasons for using a certified locksmith service.
- Certified locksmiths go through rigorous training and security clearances to assure customers that they are reputable and qualified. In most states, anyone can call themselves a locksmith including criminals and people who will try to take advantage of a customer’s bad situation. By hiring a certified locksmith, the minds of customers can be put at ease knowing that they have hired a highly qualified and ethical professional.
- Certified locksmiths are insured and bonded. This means that should any damage occur as a result of the technician’s work, the homeowner is off the hook for the cost of the repairs necessary to fix the problem. If an uninsured locksmith is used and damage to property occurs, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to pay for the repair.
- Locksmith services do more than change locks. Naturally, locksmiths can change simple locks and open them should customers get locked out of vehicles or homes, but they can also install security systems, surveillance cameras, and safes. Many certified locksmiths are up to date with the latest technologies to help secure a home such as panic buttons, high tech security entrance, and biometric locks that use fingerprints as “keys.”
- Certified locksmith services are often trained and experience with how criminals think. Locksmiths can help property owners evaluate the safety of their homes and vehicles and develop plans to help safeguard them from criminals. Many locksmiths are called to duty after robberies to change locks and to make sure homes are more secure and have experience in dealing with and how to thwart would be criminals.
Top Home Security Tips You Can’t Do Without
Every home owner should be aware of how important home security is. Without implementing the necessary steps to prevent burglary in your home you are taking a massive risk. Follow these top tips to keep you safe from harm and remember – take action now – before it’s too late.
- Make sure garage, shed and property gates and fully secured after every use. Purchase more secure locks if necessary.
- Expensive gardening equipment should be security locked away such as lawn mowers.
- Be sure all garage doors are locked when leaving the house
- If you have a door connecting the garage to the house it should be solid wood or metal and secured with a strong lock and dead bolt.
- Your garage door should be fitted with a strong security lock which is preferably secured to the floor.
- Get into the habit of always locking your car door when you come home at night.
- Bicycles and motorbikes should be secured or locked away safe.
- If you own ladders make you these are all secured or locked away. Don’t allow drain pipes to be used to gain access to upper floors.
- Shrubs, trees and bushes should all be pruned so the burglar cannot hide.
- Install exterior security floodlighting that works with a motion sensor.
- Be sure any outdoor lighting is switched on in the evening.
- So an emergency service can find your house in an emergency, make sure your house number or name is clearly visible
- Imagine you have locked yourself out – how easy could you break in? Fix any weaknesses that can allow an easy entry for the burglar.
Exterior Door Security
- Your external doors should be of solid hardwood or metal construction. Glass panels should be reinforced. Fit a peep hole for viewing visitors.
- Fit a deadbolt lock into the frame of the door.
- Always make sure exterior doors are locked, even if you go out for a couple of minutes and especially at night.
- Give extra keys to a neighbor you can trust and never hide them under the front doormat or in a flower pot.
- Check for rotting window frames and replace if necessary.
- Secure every window in the house with a high security window lock.
- Consider security window bars if you think your windows could be smashed in order to gain entry.
General Security Around The Home
- Use interior timers for your lamps. This will give the impression someone is at home.
- Use a security safe for all your valuables or deposit them in a bank.
- Keep firearms security locked in an appropriate firearms cupboard. This should be fitted with a trigger guard lock.
- Keep an up to date inventory of all of your possessions. Take digital photos of your possessions and valuables and burn the photos to DVD. Put the DVD in a bank safety deposit box.
- Have emergency telephone numbers next to your telephone.
- Make sure your whole family is aware of an evacuation procedure in the event of an emergency such as a fire.
- Let trusted neighbour know that you are going on vacation so they can watch over your property.
- Security mark all valuable items such as your computer, TV, Hi-Fi etc… with an appropriate identification mark as recognized by your local police.
- Cancel deliveries and papers when on vacation
- And of course, activate your alarm system when leaving your property.