What is the Best Safe – 5 Things to Look for When Buying a Safe

What is the Best Safe – 5 Things to Look for When Buying a Safe

What is the Best Safe to Buy? Consider These Features When Choosing a Safe.

If you’re in the market to buy a safe what should you look for? Is the cheapest safe the best safe? Big-box stores like Costco carry large safes for under $700. But what do you get for that money?

Check out this quick video clip that shows what you get when you buy a discount safe. Is this what you want protecting your money and collections? I took this video at my local Costco.

Finding the Best Safe Brand for You

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How Do Locksmiths …

How Do Locksmiths …

How’d He do That? How Locksmiths Make Keys and Other Interesting Tidbits.

Ever wonder how your locksmith did what he did? How he made a key appear out of thin air or how he opened that lock so easily? Here’s how it’s done. Read more

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Access Control System Overview – The Basics of Access Control

Access Control System Overview – The Basics of Access Control

Access Control System Basics – Components of Access Control

Want to install access control on a door of your business? What components do you need to buy for access control?

All access control systems can be broken down into the following components: Read more

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Locksmith Tricks to Save You Money on Lock & Door Repairs

Locksmith Tricks to Save You Money on Lock & Door Repairs

How’d They Do That – 9 Locksmith Tips and Tricks

Lock Tip #1 – Door Not Closing Correctly – Locks Work Better with Lipstick

Is your door not closing? Do you find you have to pull the door harder for it to latch? Or maybe lift up on the door so it latches? The problem is a misaligned strike.

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7 DIY Home Security Products You Need

7 DIY Home Security Products You Need

7 DIY Home Security Products You Might Not Know Existed but Will Love.

As a locksmith I see new home security products frequently, most of them don’t stand the test of time and fade away, but there are a few that I really like because home owners can realize their value immediately to help protect their homes and families. These DIY security products are of the do-it-yourself variety and easy for most homeowners to take care of. If you do need help, your local locksmith should be more than willing to assist.

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How Much Does Access Control Cost Per Door?

How Much Does Access Control Cost Per Door?


Are you considering access control for your business? There are many advantages to these systems. I am often asked, “What will it cost to install access control?” The answer usually starts with, “What do you want in a system?” but there are some general guidelines.
What does access control cost?
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What Are the Best Home Deadbolts

What Are the Best Home Deadbolts


We’ve published several blog posts in the past about why we like the locksmith versions of deadbolts over the big-box store locks. We are sticking by that article and maintain that the deadbolts sold by locksmiths are better in security and safety. Manufactures are just cutting too many corners to keep the big-box store prices down. But, we recognize some people want the most affordable lock solution, as opposed to the most secure. There is such a thing as “secure enough” for many, and lets face it, residential locks are easily available while the lock versions carried by locksmiths are not.

What are the best home deadbolts?

ACME Locksmith recommends the following, generally available deadbolts: Read more

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Need a Key Made? ACME Locksmith Makes Them All.

Need a Key Made? ACME Locksmith Makes Them All.

People lose keys. It happens. Having a locksmith out to your location can be a very expensive way to replace those keys. The service call can often make the key origination more expensive than simply replacing the object.

If it has a lock, takes a key, or open and closes a door; ACME locksmith can repair it, replace it, or install it. Our technicians must pass yearly certifications to demonstrate their knowledge of the latest lock and security products. Read more

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App Let’s Anyone Steal a Key to Your Home or Business!

App Let’s Anyone Steal a Key to Your Home or Business!

Want Someone Elses Key? Just Take a Picture of It.

New apps will send you an exact copy of a key from a photo you send them. You may say, “So what?” Check out our chat below.

Anyone can simply snap a picture of your home or business key and have it mailed directly to them. Voila! They are in your home or business. This company confirmed that they would send me a key of my girlfriends home from a picture so I could “break in” when she wasn’t home.

Here’s how it works.

Say you have your keys lying on the counter, or on your desk at work, or on a table while out at dinner.

Who ever is with you, that new date from Tinder (who you know virtually nothing about), the slightly more than jealous ex-girl/boy friend that you’re trying to be just friends with, a frenemy from work/school, or a disgruntled employee just snaps a quick photo of that key. They send it to the app and an exact copy of your key is mailed to them. BOOM! They have a key to your home or your business.

This is a gross violation of your safety! Why would they do this? Why would they risk it? They will also provide you the cuts to the key and say “take it to a locksmith to have the key made” for emergency situations.

I can tell you. WE WILL NOT BE CUTTING KEYS FROM THIS APP. I don’t know who that key is for. I can’t verify you have access rights to the property from a photo. If I cut that key, I’m putting you at risk. ACME Locksmith will not do it.

Shame on this company and other like them.


How Can You Protect Your Property?

This is not the only company offering keys made from photos. These services are popping up everywhere. Here’s what you can do:

  • The only way to stop this from happening for certain is to have you home placed on a keyway that is not available to these businesses. They can only perform this service for the most common keyways, not restricted keyways. Restricted keyways can only be copied by credible locksmith copies because they are not readily available.
  • Short of that, keep your keys hidden. Relationships fall apart, employees leave, etc….Don’t leave your keys out so someone can snap a picture.
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What Some Locksmiths Won’t Do for You

What Some Locksmiths Won’t Do for You

I’m the first to admit it, our company can be a pain. It’s true. But this, my friends, is a good thing.

When you call us for a car unlock or a house unlock, we WILL ask you to prove that you have rights to be in the property. Is the title available and in your name? Does the registration match your drivers license? Does your drivers license show the home’s address? Etc…

If you don’t have something that confirms you have rights to the property you’re asking us to open, we’ll ask that someone that does have that right be present when we arrive on site. If that can’t be done, there’s more work to do before we will let you in….faxes, photo IDs, verification with property records…. as I said, we can be a pain when you’re asking us to unlock your home or car.

Why? Because ACME Locksmith protects your property, whether you’re a customer of ours or not. We won’t unlock a car or a home for just anyone that calls us because they could be….well….anyone.

Even with all of our caution, we can’t go far enough. We were once called out to gain access to a safe. We were told it was his father’s safe and that his dad had passed away. The son’s ID showed the address of the property where the safe was located. At that point we knew that the son lived or could access the home. But there is no way for someone to prove that something in the home was bought by them, but legally, if he has access to the home, he could gain access to the safe.

So we drilled the safe open for him. We were contacted by the police several days later. Dad had not died, he had simply cut his son off from his money. So, the son robbed him. We presented the documentation the son provided us and we were off the hook, but I’ll never forget that, and we will never gain access to a house or a car (where we can verify ownership) without authorization or legal documentation.

We also don’t accept “phone authorizations” because it can be anyone on the phone. We don’t accept email authorizations, because anyone could have sent the email. We do this for you, the property owner, to protect your property from someone trying to get into it.

Sometimes, potential customers complain about their having to provide this information before we will let them in. Sometimes they simply hangup and call someone else, we know of many companies that will let just anyone in. Yes, we lose the business, but that’s OK. Because that’s a red flag. We won’t risk your property.

We're professional locksmiths. Not this guy.
But most of the time customers understand the need. They get it. We’re protecting them. We’re professionals. We’re not just a guy showing up in a t-shirt, shorts, in an unmarked vehicle to make a buck.

And that’s what the other locksmith companies, the ones that will let anyone in without requiring proof of ownership or access rights, aren’t doing for you.

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