Wednesday, December 31, 2014

5 Things Your Locksmith Should Tell You

The locksmiths play a fundamental role in the society. They are the professionals who will help you get into your house when you misplace the keys and also help with the replacement of locks. It does not matter whether you forgot the combination of your safe or you locked your car keys in, a locksmith will help. The important thing, however, is to hire someone you can trust.

The number of professionals in the locksmith business has increased. Some are out to make money while others genuinely want to help you. Considering you will be inviting them to your home and entrusting them with your locks, you have to be vigilant prior to hiring. The important areas to focus on when choosing a locksmith are their experience, reputation, certification and cost. Away from that, let us look at some of the things your locksmith may not be telling you.

1.     A properly installed deadbolt is the best lock

Most people trust the dead bolts. What they fail to understand is that how well the lock is installed will determine whether your house is secure enough or not. A properly installed deadbolt will have a 1 inch ‘throw’ as well as a security plate that comes with screw on the ‘strike side’. Needless to say, the door frame must also be strong enough.

2.     Remove the window that is near or on the door

If you plan on installing a thumb-turn dead bolt, then the first thing you have to make sure is that there is no window near the door. Burglars usually break the glass then stick a hand in to unlock the door. If you really need a window, it is best to install a double cylinder lock that is only opened with a key, from the inside.

3.     Think twice before buying a used safe at the flea market or auction

It is possible to get a good quality safe at the flea market, auction or estate sale. The first thing you should make sure of before bidding is that the safe’s combination is available. More often than not, when there is no combination available, it will cost you an excess of $300 to get the safe opened. Chances of finding treasure in locked safes today are zero. If you are thinking of buying a safe for what is in it, don’t buy it.

  1. Always replace the locks of your new house
Having the locks rekeyed is highly recommended once you buy a new house. If you don’t, there is probably a master key that can be used to open all the locks with ease. Hire a locksmith to rekey all the locks.

5.     ‘Do no duplicate’ keys are always duplicated
The fact that a key has been stamped as ‘Do not duplicate’ does not mean it can’t be duplicated. If you want a high-security lock, ask your locksmith for locks that come with keys that cannot be replicated.

The more questions you ask, the more you will learn about the locksmith and the better the services you will get. Do not hold questions back.

Posted By: DPW Lock 

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