7 Great Home Security Products You Might Not Know Existed but Greatly Improve Home Security.
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 products are of the DIY (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.
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? Access control pricing varies Read more
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
As a professional locksmith company serving the Arizona market for over 20 years, we’ve seen product come and go. But we do really like the new home electronic, keyless deadbolts. Let’s cut to the chase. Which are the best electronic deadbolts?
Our recommended best home electronic deadbolts are:
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
When You Want to Protect Something Important, You Want an American Security / AMSEC Safe
Unfortunately, this home was recently lost to the Carr Fire in Redding, Ca. Upon returning the owners discovered complete devastation. The house had burned HOT and was still smoldering several days later.
But then…there was this safe…still standing…Read more
Sometimes, not often, but sometimes we hear from customers,
“Why Did It Cost So Much When It Went So Fast?”
Usually this comment include something like “It only took you 10 minutes to do this job.” or “You’re right down the street.” We discuss real locksmith prices based on the national locksmith averages and how and why locksmiths price like they do, even though some jobs go very quickly.
There has always been a big hole in product offerings in the safe industry–small yet secure safes. So customers with small spaces have always had to choose between size or security. It’s just plain hard to build security into a small safe and keep the price point down. Anytime someone walked into our shop and said, “I want a small safe, but it has to be fire rated and burglary rated,” I knew I was in for trouble. We didn’t have any, no one did. But there is a big demand for a small yet secure safe, especially for jewelry.
Now, we have an solution we can be proud of. The first affordable, small home safe we carry that has a 3/8 inch solid steel plate in the door, inner locking bolts, anti-punch bolt work, and more. Though small, this safe is burglary rated and is built as tough as the larger safes. The security features are incredible! Read more
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.
Keyless entry has made it’s why to the residential market. There are a number of good home electronic locks out there, our favorite is from Yale (shown below). The Yale lock is sleek, has a beautiful look, secure, and comes with voice guided programming instruction. It’s the deadbolt I have on my home and the one used by our locksmiths on their home. Like this lock? You can buy this Yale electronic deadbolt here.
Why would you want an electronic for your home?
You’ll never be locked out of the house. If you’ve ever been locked out, you know what a hassle it can be. First you check all the doors seeing if you left one unlocked. Then all the window. Eventually you call a locksmith and wait for them to arrive. Avoid all that hassle by using a code to get in. No key required.
Do you have children walking home from school? They’ll never be locked out, and you can be certain they’re safe.
Dog sitter, house cleaner, boyfriend/girlfriend? Should any of those relationships turn sour, just remove their code from the system, and you and your home are instantly protected.
Call ACME Locksmith today to have your lock installed and programmed. There are touch screen deadbolts with optional bluetooth and wireless capabilities available or the more affordable push button style. We love the Yale touch screen deadbolt and our drivers carry it in Satin Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze. It has the following lock features:
Voice guided programming (including Spanish)
Optional bluetooth and optional wireless capability for quick code changes
Modern look and feel
25 user codes
Programmable without removing the back side of the deadbolt
1 year electronic warranty
Lifetime mechanical and finish warranty
Key override. Should the batteries ever go dead or the lock malfunction, you and your children will still be able to get into the home.