Friday, October 6, 2017

Determining When It Is Appropriate to Change Your Locks

Many of the homeowners we serve ask us when they should have their locks changed. There are all sorts of reasons to change the locks of your home. Let us start by telling you that this is something that should be a part of your routine maintenance program. If your safety and security is important, we are certain you won’t mind adding one more thing to your list of household responsibilities. If you have a family, this is all the more reason to make sure you evaluate your locks and have them changed annually. Keeping you and your loved ones safe is of high importance to everyone at Avondale Locksmith Stars in Avondale, AZ. We have included a couple of additional reasons for changing the locks of your home.

  1. Moving Out

If you have someone living with you, such as, a roommate or border, it is important that you change your locks after they have moved out. No matter how much you trust them, you never know who may have had the opportunity to get their hands on their keys and duplicate them. Don’t take any chances; change the locks. You can never be too safe when it comes to safety and security.

      2. If An Attempted Break-in

When you think that someone has tried to break into your home, this is undoubtedly a good reason to have the locks changed. Although they didn’t succeed in gaining access, it doesn’t mean that they may not try again at a later date. Now that the lock has been weakened, they just might succeed the second time around. In some cases, an intruder may try to gain access into your home through your garage. If your garage door lock looks as though it has been tampered with, it is also a good idea to have the lock changed also. Don’t waste time overthinking the situation. Contact a local locksmith to change your locks today.

    3. Worn Out Locks

Any time you have locks that are dated and worn out, you should have the locks changed. Locks that are worn can be broken more easily. In addition to the locks being weakened, they may no longer work the way they are intended to. This would also leave you susceptible to a home intrusion. Contact Avondale Locksmith Stars when you have locks that look worn no matter if the locks are on your windows or doors. We don’t care how old the locks are, we are happy to change the locks for you.

    4. Old Locks

Some homes that we serve have the same locks that were installed when the house was built. In some cases this could be more than 50 or 60 years ago. These old locks might begin to show signs of how old they are by becoming ineffective when you try to use them. This is a problem within itself. Locks that are old are easier to compromise since burglars are more skilled at what they do. Your old locks will not be a problem for a career criminal who has the skills to break a variety of current locks. Don’t make it easy for a burglar to get inside your home. Have any old locks that you may have, changed as soon as possible.

    5. Whenever You Move

This is something that you might not think we should have to mention but you might be surprised to know just how many people do not have locks changed before moving into a new home. While this is supposed to be done prior to your moving in, it is up to you to make sure that the job has actually been carried out. Besides, it is your safety and security at stake, not that of the contractor who’s job it is to change the locks. Don’t take unnecessary chances by moving into a home that has not had the locks changed. This includes windows and doors.

    6. Keys That Have Been Lost or Stolen

Anytime you lose your keys or they have been stolen, immediately change the locks. You never know who’s hands your keys may have ended up in. While you may assume that you have simply lost your keys, they may have actually been stolen. In this case, it would best to change the locks just to be on the safe side. If the keys are stolen, they may undoubtedly know exactly where you live. This is not a chance that anyone should take. Call a locksmith the moment your keys go missing to have them change your locks.

    7. Any Time You Had Your Keys Over

When you are unable to be at home during a service call, it might be necessary to hand your keys over to a service provider. Any time your keys are out of your possession, you risk someone duplicating them. Even if the specific person the keys are handed to doesn’t make a duplicate copy, someone else could do this. That is why it is a good idea to change the locks as soon as possible. Avoid anyone coming into your home uninvited.

    8. Someone Has Tried to Break-in

When you arrive home only to see that someone has tried to break into your home, don’t hesitate to contact a professional locksmith to change your lock. Not only should the locksmith change the lock in question, they should also evaluate the other locks of your home to see if the intruder has attempted to break-in through another access point. If they discover that there has been an attempt, these locks should also be changed. The locks are likely weaker and now easier to compromise. Don’t allow someone to come back to finish the job. Have the locks changed as quickly as possible.

The more proactive you are the better chance you have of avoiding an intrusion. As we always say, ‘It is better to be safe than sorry’. Do yourself a favor and have your locks changed whenever your locks look tampered with.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Loss of a Transponder Key

If you have ever lost our transponder key, chances are, that you immediately became upset and outright frustrated. We’ve come to realize just how much we actually depend on our transponder key once we no longer have it. Our transponder key enables us to lock and unlock our garage door without our placing a key in the door. It also will enable you to start your car without the key in the ignition. If you are without your car, you might not know if you have lost your transponder key or if it has been stolen. Lets just say, you can’t find your key at the moment. We have come to appreciate the convenience that this type of key offers us. In addition to its benefit of convenience, owners of a transponder key do not have to worry about their car being stolen. The chip inside the key is programmed to only work when your transponder key is in range of your dashboard. It has to communicate to a central computer before it will start. If the correct code is not picked up by the system, the car will not door will not open and the car will not start. The problem is when and if your transponder key is no longer in your possession. If it is in the hands of someone else, they can get into your car and the possibility of it being stolen increases. This is why you should make sure that you take immediate action when you no longer have the key in your possession. The fastest and most logical thing to do would be to give us a call at Evans Pro Locksmith in Evans, GA to come and program a new transponder key for you. We would need to make sure that no one is able to steal your car and the only way to do this is to reprogram another key so that the current one will be inoperable.

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Below you will some other things that you can do when you lose your transponder key. These helpful suggestions have helped many of our local customers get the peace-of-mind they needed in knowing that no one would be able to steal their vehicle.

  1. Get Another Key Made

If you do not want to experience the inconvenience of losing your transponder key, the best thing for you to do is have another one made in case you do. The spare key would need to be programmed but not with the same programming as the previous key. Your previous key will still be operable until your new key is programmed. If you do not want anyone to steal your car, make sure your new key is reprogrammed and the other key is made inoperable. When you have another key, you are less likely prone to panic. Keeping a cool head will allow you to make smarter decisions.

       2.  Getting a Spare Transponder Key
We know what you might be thinking. The last time you inquired about getting a spare transponder key, the dealership told you it would be more than $150. In that instance you declined. However, you might be happy to find out that you can purchase a transponder key online. Yes, you read that right, online. Some of our customers have told us they were able to buy their key online at eBay. Once you purchase a transponder key, it can be programmed by one of our qualified locksmiths. If you buy a key online, just make sure you check their rating to ensure they are a reputable seller. You don’t want to buy one from someone without a good rating simply because it is cheaper. Take our word for it.

3. Lost chip 
 
If you thought you lost your key and suddenly found it again, you might notice that something is missing and assume that it is a battery. In actuality it may have been your key chip. Without a chip, your key will not be of much use to you. One of our qualified locksmiths will be able to replace your chip. You could certainly call on the services of an auto dealership to provide you with another key. However, you should know that they will likely charge you far more than a locksmith will. In addition to the cost they will charge you to replace your chip, you’ll have the added expense of having your car towed to the dealership. When you depend on the services of a locksmith you will not have to worry about having your car towed. With our mobile services, we are happy to come to you to provide you with a new chip.

4. Stay With Your Car

If you cannot find your transponder key, don’t leave your car. Try to stay by your car until help arrives. If you do not want to stand outside with your car, perhaps you can have someone join you and the two of you can sit by the car. The purpose in doing this is to ensure that no one is able to use your transponder key to steal your car. It won’t take too long for help to arrive if you depend on the locksmiths of Evans Pro Locksmith.

5. Hire a Reputable and Reliable Locksmith

If you have lost your transponder key, you will need the help of a reputable and reliable locksmith. A reputable locksmith will not leave you hanging. In fact, most will have 24-hour servicing and can assist you whenever you need them. They are reliable because they often come with all the necessary tools and equipment to handle the problem for you, right on the spot.
When you have lost your transponder key, heeding some of the suggestions above is sure to prove beneficial. We wouldn’t have made these suggestions if they didn’t prove effective. Get the help you need immediately upon discovering that you no longer have your transponder key in your possession if you do not want your car stolen.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Need To Hire A Locksmith? Read These Tips First



Why do you need a locksmith? The reason you need one is not important, only that using these tips helps you find the best professional. The advice here will assist you in finding help with your home security.

Preparation is key, even if you don’t think you’ll hire a locksmith down the road. Find a qualified professional who will be there in an emergency situation. Put the number of the locksmith into your phone so you can speed dial them if something happens.

Be certain to always get a receipt for services performed by a locksmith. While a lot of locksmiths can be trusted, there are people out there that try to scam other people. Get proof that you paid for the service before the locksmith leaves. Place your receipt somewhere safe in case a dispute should arise.

Business Hours

Avoid additional fees by using a locksmith during regular hours. After business hours, locksmith rates can vary greatly. The after hours fees can often be double the fees charged during normal business hours.

Make sure you check with the Better Business Bureau to ensure that you are working with a reputable locksmith. This can help you identify any person trying to scam you. Also, ALOA.org is another great organization that you can check to verify any locksmith you wish to use.

Before you trust locksmiths with your home’s key, call some current customers. Most legitimate businesses will be more than happy to provide a list of references. You should actually check these references out as well. Determine the locksmith’s reliability and trustworthiness this way.

You may need them to help you get back into your home after being locked out. If your property needs securing, you will need help. Whatever your reason for needing a locksmith, it’s important to use the top choice. What you have read here will assist you in finding the right pro for you.

Having problem with your home security? Need to hire a locksmith? Visit Evans Pro Locksmith anytime!