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How To Find A Locksmith

How To Find A Locksmith

We recommend that you take the time now to pre-screen a few local locksmiths that you feel comfortable with calling in a time of need. Don’t wait until the last minute to find a locksmith you can trust because the probability of doing so when you need a locksmith in an emergency situation drops to […]


Holiday Safety tips

Holiday Safety tips

At Home – Make sure to keep big expensive presents out of the windows (especially if your tree is in the window). – Be cautious when disposing empty packages or boxes, so that you are not advertising high-dollar purchases or gifts. – Trim shrubs so a burglar can be visual from the street. – Burglars […]


Spring & Summer Safety Tips

Spring & Summer Safety Tips

Keep your home safe during this Spring and Summer! ‘Tis the season when days get longer, which means you and your family are going to be enjoying more outdoor activities including vacation.  Intruders and burglars rev up their activity in warmer months and we want to help you prevent theft. 1. Visually check your door for […]


Fall & Winter Security Tips

Fall & Winter Security Tips

The Fall and Winter seasons are the time of year where we have more darkness, which bad guys love oh so much.  We want to be sure that your family and home will be protected at all times.  Here are a few tips that we want to share with you: 1. Regularly check your alarm […]


When Should You Replace, Re-Key, Or Change Your Locks?

When Should You Replace, Re-Key, Or Change Your Locks?

As a homeowner sometimes you wonder when you should Retrofit, Change, or Re-key your locks. Here are some tips to help guide you. When to Retrofit locks: Retrofitting is when the guts of a lock that you want to keep is upgraded to ensure proper functionality. When you like the way the trim on the […]


States With Locksmith Laws

15 states require locksmith licensing: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. New York City and Miami have their own licensing laws. Be skeptical of locksmiths who claim to be licensed in states that don’t require a license. Verify a locksmith license by calling […]


Do Electronic Locks Leave You Feeling Uneasy? Here’s 7 Reasons Why They Shouldn’t

Do Electronic Locks Leave You Feeling Uneasy?  Here's 7 Reasons Why They Shouldn't

Most people are skeptical of ditching their traditional locks for electronics locks, and we get it. There are a few concerns that keep people from making the switch.  Our friends over at Schlage break down myths associated with electronic locks and how you can embrace a keyless lifestyle. 1. “The Lock Will Fail When The […]


Have You Performed A Home Security Audit?

Have You Performed A Home Security Audit?

What is a home security audit? A home security audit is the best way homeowners can identify weak points in your physical security at your residence. 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 annual […]


LOCKS: Mechanical vs Electronic

LOCKS: Mechanical vs Electronic

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 Hinges

DIY Upgrading Your Door Hinges

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.


Safe Protection Ratings

Safe Protection Ratings

The following safe ratings are designed to help you make decisions about what type of safe is right for your needs. UL Rating UL stands for Underwriters Laboratories, an independent organization dedicated to educating businesses and the public about safety and performance of products in a wide spectrum of industries. UL has been testing and […]


Lock Durability

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 […]


Alarm Permits

Alarm Permits

If you own a monitored security alarm system, you may need to obtain a valid alarm permit. It is very important to know what your city’s alarm permit requirements are to avoid the unnecessary cost of fees associated with not having an alarm permit when required.   Here you will find a list of alarm […]


Know Your Locksmith

Know Your Locksmith

Accidents happen.  It’s just a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to be unprepared for them. Locking your keys in your car is one of the most common types of vehicle-related accidents and one has to tell you just how frustrating that situation can be. Because this frustrating mistake is unfortunately frequent, […]


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

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in homes without working smoke alarms. Since most fatal fires occur at night, it’s essential that every home have working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent. Placement Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, […]


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 […]


Protect Against “Lock Bumping”

Protect Against "Lock Bumping"

“Lock Bumping” is a simple easily learned method used to open common locks without the correct key.  The technique and the tools are promoted heavily on the internet.  For an investment of a few dollars and an hour of time anyone can learn the technique.  Not only can common locks be easily and quickly opened […]


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 […]