Security Blog: Articles & Product Reviews

ACME Locksmith Blog & Security Articles

Our Locksmith blog contains security articles, how to articles, and product reviews for safes, residential, automotive and commercial businesses.

If you’re looking for anything lock and/or key related and you’ll likely find that information here. Just enter your query into the search field or select the category you’re interested in.

For product reviews on safes, door hardware, locks and keys that you can purchase from Amazon, visit our Amazon Locksmith Recommended page.

If you prefer video checkout our YouTube channel Locksmith Recommended. We have many product reviews, “How to” videos, and videos demonstrating security flaws that you can address on your own to geratly improve your home and business security.

ACME Locksmith in Phoenix Arizona has been providing locksmith services for over 30 years to the Phoenix valley. We hope you find their knowledge and information valuable.



How Do Locksmiths Replace Lost Keys?
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How Do Locksmiths Replace Lost Keys?

How Do Locksmiths Replace Keys for Locks that Have No Working Key? You've lost that last key to one of your locks or cars. How will your local locksmith make a duplicate key without the original? First, a bit of...
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How Do Locksmiths Cut Laser Keys?
Auto Locksmithing - Keys, Remotes, Ignitions, Locks Safety & Security Blog

How Do Locksmiths Cut Laser Keys?

How to Get a Laser Cut Key If you've bought a newer vehicle in the last decade, you may have noticed your car key was remarkably different than your key from older vehicles. This newer key style is known as...
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How Do Locksmiths Program Car Keys?
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How Do Locksmiths Program Car Keys?

The Art of Programming Car Keys Automotive technologies have come a long way in the past 40 years, and the ignition system is one area where great changes have been made. Gone are the inexpensive mechanical-only keys which you can...
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How Do Locksmiths Open Locked Cars?
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How Do Locksmiths Open Locked Cars?

If you are currently locked out of you car right now, and trying to figure out how to get in cheaply, stop. Call your local automotive locksmith. The time you spend, money you spend, and damage you may cause to...
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Arlo Pro Camera Review – How Good is an Arlo Camera System?
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Arlo Pro Camera Review – How Good is an Arlo Camera System?

  Is the Arlo Pro Wireless Security Camera System Recommended by ACME Locksmith? Outdoor home security cameras are becoming more and more popular as the technologies continue to improve, prices drop, and features get added and enhanced. In fact, they...
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Why Does My Schlage Electronic Lock Unlock When I Press the Schlage Button?
Home Door Locks & Products How to... Keyless Entry / Access Control Safety & Security Blog

Why Does My Schlage Electronic Lock Unlock When I Press the Schlage Button?

  The Schlage BE365 electronic deadbolt is a great, affordable basic electronic deadbolt. We've sold and installed a lot of them over the years. It's so affordable now, that many people are buying and installing it themselves. However, they often...
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How Do Fire Safes Work?
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How Do Fire Safes Work?

  I've written articles about fire-rated safes before, What do Fire Safe Ratings Mean and How Much Fire Rating Do You Need in a Safe, to assist you in determining your needs when it comes to protecting your documents in...
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How Much Fire Rating Do You Need in a Safe? A Locksmith Explains
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How Much Fire Rating Do You Need in a Safe? A Locksmith Explains

  What Fire Rating Should a Safe Have? As with any security product, the amount of fire rating you need in a safe depends on your specific needs and circumstances. Your needs are based on what you are putting into...
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What Are Safe Fire Ratings? A Locksmith Explains.
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What Are Safe Fire Ratings? A Locksmith Explains.

  UL Fire Rating Label UL? KIS? JIS? 30 minute? 1hr? 2hr? Drop test? What do all of these safe fire rating classes mean? A safe fire rating is a rating indicate how long the internal content of the safe...
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Biometric Lock Review SecuRam Touch Smart Lock
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Biometric Lock Review SecuRam Touch Smart Lock

  SecuRam Touch Smart Lock Reviewed ACME Locksmith is always on the lookout for new products to review for our customers. SecuRam contacted us and asked us if we'd be willing to review their new biometric smart lock, the SecuRam...
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What is a BHMA Lock Rating?
Home Door Locks & Products Safety & Security Blog

What is a BHMA Lock Rating?

BHMA vs ANSI Lock Grade Ratings We wrote an article ANSI Lock Grades Explained previously, but there is another increasingly common door hardware grading system in use that is appearing on new products called the BHMA rating. What is it,...
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Why is it Hard to Turn Key in Ignition
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Why is it Hard to Turn Key in Ignition

  Why Is it Hard to Turn My Key in the Ignition? If you've found this article consider yourself lucky! When your car ignition is hard to turn, or when any car lock is hard to turn, this is the...
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8 Things to Try When Your Car Key Won’t Turn in Ignition
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8 Things to Try When Your Car Key Won’t Turn in Ignition

My Car Key Won't Turn the Ignition - What Can I do? Key Won't Turn in Ignition It's the worse possible scenario and it always seems to happen at the wrong time. You head out to your car, put your...
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Kwikset Halo Touch Review – Locksmith Recommended
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Kwikset Halo Touch Review – Locksmith Recommended

Is the Kwikset Halo Touch the best fingerprint lock available? Is the Kwikset Halo Touch the best fingerprint lock available? ACME Locksmith is always looking at the latest trends in residential security, including smart locks. Biometric smart locks (that open...
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How to Unlock a Bedroom & Unlock a Bathroom Door
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How to Unlock a Bedroom & Unlock a Bathroom Door

5 Ways Get Unlock a Bedroom Door or Bathroom Door (Privacy Lock) You've probably done it. We've definitely have done it. Almost everyone with kids has likely had it done to them. How do you unlock a bathroom door or...
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What is the Best Lock Lubricant – Locksmith Recommended Lubricant
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What is the Best Lock Lubricant – Locksmith Recommended Lubricant

What Lubricants are Best for Locks? This is one of the most frequently asked questions locksmiths hear. And most people we talk to know about graphite as a lubricant. But it’s 2022, and there are several superior products for auto...
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How to Find a Locksmith Near You – Don’t Get Fooled
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How to Find a Locksmith Near You – Don’t Get Fooled

When You Search "Locksmith Near Me" That's NOT What You Get When you search for a locksmith near you or any other 'near you' search term, you're likely looking for one of two things. Fast service (a company that can...
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Best Combination Padlock for 2021
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Best Combination Padlock for 2021

Our Favorite Combination Padlock of 2021 Combination padlocks are notorious for being less secure than other types of padlocks, but for locking up bikes and such for short periods of time, the combination padlock is really one of the best...
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Can I Rekey a Lock to Match an Existing Key?
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Can I Rekey a Lock to Match an Existing Key?

How to Rekey a Lock to Match an Existing Key You may find yourself in a situation where you've bought a home, but there are one or two locks in the home that work off of a different key than...
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How to Factory Reset Schlage Smart Lock Deadbolts
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How to Factory Reset Schlage Smart Lock Deadbolts

Schlage makes several several smart locks and the factory reset for several of the Schlage smart locks vary depending on which lock you have. We discuss the most common factory reset options for the Schlage electronic deadbolts. It can be...
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