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Have You Performed A Home Security Audit?

Have You Performed A Home Security Audit?

A home security audit is the best way to identify weak points in your physical security. It is absolutely necessary to inspect your home or business by performing a security audit. Sure, homeowners inspect their homes before moving in, but how many actually do inspections years after moving in? Not many. Over time your security [...]


LOCKS: Mechanical vs Electronical

LOCKS: Mechanical vs Electronical

As homeowners, we know you have a lot of decision making to do and the last thing you want to worry about is which type of deadbolt is best for you. There are a ton of things to consider before making a decision such as; durability, style, ease of use, and of course, cost.  Our [...]


Door Hardening – to prevent kicked in doors

Door Hardening - to prevent kicked in doors

Kicked in front doors are a very current problem.  Many front doors are not properly secured against a simple kick.   If the door jamb is not re-enforced with an 18″ or longer strike plate or if the door doesn’t have a Grade I or Grade II commercial deadbolt lock, it probably won’t with stand [...]


DIY Upgrading Your Door Hindges

DIY Upgrading Your Door Hindges

Installing door hinges, whether new or replacement ones, is an easy skill to master and can be invaluable for many homeowners, especially ones who enjoy D.I.Y. projects.


Lock Durability

ANSI/BHMA GRADING SYSTEM The ANSI/BHMA industry standards exist to help identify the quality and durability of lock sets via a series of operational and security tests. Following is a guide to how the standards are set. BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a private non-profit organization that [...]


BBB – How to find a locksmith

BBB - How to find a locksmith

Know the Keys to Finding a Trustworthy Locksmith Being locked out of your home or vehicle is a stressful situation. Unfortunately, some untrustworthy locksmiths will only make matters worse. Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to beware of untrustworthy locksmith businesses taking advantage of consumers across the country. “It is unfortunate that any business would [...]


BBB Locksmith Warning

BBB Warns Consumers of Nationwide Locksmith Swindle :You may have been a victim and not even know it. October 13, 2014 TRACY — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a warning about a locksmith business that has received an F rating from BBB. Pick Squad Locksmith, based in Tracy, has received 11 complaints from [...]


Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms

State of California website link for Smoke Alarms Smoke Alarms CHANGE YOUR CLOCK – CHANGE YOUR BATTERY NEWS RELEASES Time Change Brings Reminder to Check Smoke Alarm Batteries- March 2012 Daylight Saving Ends – CAL FIRE Reminds Californians to Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries - November 2011 CAL FIRE Reminds Californians – Change Your Clocks, [...]


Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide

Link to: State of California website for CO Alarms Carbon Monoxide As of July 1, 2011 the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (Senate Bill – SB 183) will require all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install carbon monoxide detectors within the home. CARBON MONOXIDE CAN BE DEADLY You can’t [...]


How To Dial A Safe

How To Dial A Safe

Mechanical Lock Dialing Instructions Step1 Turn LEFT* Stopping when the first number comes to the mark the 4th time. Step2 Turn RIGHT stopping when the second number comes to the mark the 3rd time. Step3 Turn LEFT stopping when the third number comes to the mark the 2nd time. Step4 Turn RIGHT past “0” until [...]


How to Measure

How to Measure

How to Measure for a Surface-Mounted Security Door Measure the width of the existing wood door.This is the actual width of the door you will order. Measure the height of the existing wood door.This is the actual height of the door you will order. Measure the flat molding on either side of and above the [...]


7 Tips To Avoid Locksmith Scams

7 Tips To Avoid Locksmith Scams

Not all states require locksmiths to be licensed. Be sure to know your state’s requirements when hiring for services. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Patrick F. of Colleyville, Texas) Legitimate locksmith companies may also use similar names to improve their position in business directories, so use the following tips from the Federal Trade Commission to help [...]