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What to Do if You Lost Your Keys

Many of us have been locked out of our houses a lot of times but what is even worse is the risk of losing the key itself. People face many challenges before they’re actually in a position to step back inside their homes. While some people have spare keys hidden in an alternate place in case of scenarios like these that they probably predicted prior to it happening, the rest missed to create a backup option or an override. It is very common for people to forget their keys in their jacket pockets or leave them on the table, there surely is a way to tackle and solve this issue. Given below is a list of steps that could be followed in order to face the key loss crisis more efficiently. Recalling your past and most recent activity: Reiterating the last performed activity helps recalling the possible places you’d have probably misplaced your keys at. Hence always retrace the last place and try to think of the last time you saw the keys. Redialing the last few places visited to query regarding any keys that you left behind is a very useful tool in these cases. It is easy and more importantly time saving. Notify the neighbors: Letting your neighbors know of the lost key incident is a very effective method to keep a watch on your house until you’re back. The neighbors will be at a lookout for any suspicious strangers lurking around your house and will inform you the same. Implementing new locks: This is a very important step as this solves about the entire problem. Changing...

Dinner Time Burglaries – Crime Prevention

Dinnertime burglaries are a familiar occurrence in recent years. More than 40% of home burglaries occurred during these hours through unlocked doors and windows. Using caution and common sense can prevent most of these burglaries. Crime does not discriminate; anyone can become a victim. By making a small investment of your time and money you can make your home safer and less of a target for a “would be a burglar”. Secure your home prior to leaving by locking all doors and windows and if you have an alarm use it, and set it. Make your home appear occupied, use timers on lights, radios and televisions. Advertise your home as being equipped with an alarm system by using window stickers and yard signs. Alarms should be audible and loud enough to alert neighbors on all sides of your home. Your immediate family should be educated in the home security program and advised of any changes, i.e. alarm codes, re-keying of locks. Supplemental security devices such as pressure sensitive mats can be added to each room. These mats are useful and are easily disguised alerting you of any entry into the home. All exterior doors should be made of metal or solid hardwood at a minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inch. Hardware should include quality strike plates, hinges and single cylinder deadbolt locks with a minimum of 1-1/2 inch throw bolt. Sliding glass doors should be secured with commercially available supplemental locks or at minimum place a one-inch thick broomstick or wood dowel in the lower track. Install shims or self-tapping screws in the upper track above both doors to prevent...

How to Choose a Reputable Locksmith

Every household, business or institution will require the services of a professional locksmith at one time or another. Whenever you just need security upgrades, repairs, or are locked out it is very important to make sure how to choose a reputable locksmith company. By choosing a trustworthy, reputable, legitimate, professional locksmith company you will help to ensure quality in your service & material. Whether the job is big or small, it’s important to do your homework. Emergency situations are not the time to choose a Locksmith. A Locksmith will have complete access to your home or business leaving you vulnerable if the job is not done right. Locksmiths in general are an unregulated trade without requirements to belong to any organizations. Currently, the State of Florida currently does not require Locksmiths to be licensed (like a contractor) and that is scary. There are many scammers out there that take advantage of unsuspecting customers. They may, or may not do the work, but if they do, many times it is for much more then they originally stated on the phone. And later, if problems arise you can no longer reach them. Here is a list of what to look for when hiring a locksmith Listen to how the company answers the phone Find out how long they have been in business Verify the location of the locksmith Check to see if they have a storefront Check if they are BBB certified Confirm company is bonded, licensed, and insured Vehicles marked with company logo/info Request a Free Quote Ask about what tools they use/have Check if they have 24 hour Emergency Services. If...