The 6 Best Door Lock Brands

The 6 Best Door Lock Brands

The 6 Best Door Lock Brands

The security needs of home and commercial establishments have undergone tremendous change over the years. Today, companies and homeowners are confronted with complicated issues related to protecting door entry into their property by way of bypassing locks through picking, lock bumping, or forced entry.

6 best lock brands
Who Makes the Best Locks?

To put the user back in control of their property, leading global lock makers have developed and designed a wide range of high security, technology-intensive, and innovative products that address the evolving needs effectively. Besides, re-engineering door locks, superb designing and craftsmanship, and innovative solutions, today’s global lock-industry players have come through a series of mergers and acquisitions. There has been a consolidation of brands at the top level resulting in a few powerful and truly global lock brands.

If you are in the market to find the best door locking solution for your home or office, here is a list of 6 best door lock brands. This should give you a fair idea of the kind of products, which are available in the market, and what to expect from them. Read more

What to Do After a Burglary

What to Do After a Burglary

What to do after a Home Burglary – Locksmith Recommended

Even with the best home security setup, your home can still be robbed. Door locks and alarms are meant to deter burglars and encourage them to look at other houses instead of yours. Most often that’s enough to protect your home, but sometimes it is not. Read more

How to Become a Locksmith

How to Become a Locksmith

Everything You Need to Know to Become a Locksmith

Becoming a locksmith requires training, background checks, certification (in some states), proper tools and equipment and a desire to help people.

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Is Locksmithing Right for You?
How Much Do Locksmiths Make?
How to Become a Locksmith
Educational Requirements to be a Locksmith
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How to Reinforce an Entry Door – 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce an Entry Door – 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce an Entry Door, Affordably, in 6 Easy Steps

How to Reinforce a doorYour home protects some of the most important things in your life: your family and your possessions. But the main line of home defense, the front door, can be bypassed in a number of ways and as quickly as 5 seconds when not reinforced. In this article we address: how to reinforce a door to prevent kick in or other forced entry.

To protect what’s inside of your home by door reinforcement, address the main points of weakness in your exterior doors: the frame, the locks, and the door’s edge.

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Why Reinforce Your Entry Door – Front Door Security
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How to Lock Outdoor Gates – Gate Lock Options

How to Lock Outdoor Gates – Gate Lock Options

Outdoor Gate Locking Mechanisms – How Best to Lock a Gate

A Mechanical, Keyless Gate Lock Option

Residential, community and commercial gates can be secured in a variety of ways. Which is best depends on the type of gate you have, what you are trying to achieve by locking the gate and your budget. Your options to lock a gate are padlocks, standard door locks, gate-specific keyed locks, mechanical key less locks, and electronic / smart locks designed for gates. Read more

Sargent IC Core Pinning Calculator – How to Pin Sargent IC Cores

Sargent IC Core Pinning Calculator – How to Pin Sargent IC Cores

Sargent IC Core Pinning Calculator for 3 Level Master Key Systems

When we received a call from a major sports team to rekey their entire facility we were excited. Then we learned they had Large Format IC Cores (LFIC) and our excitement quickly faded. This customer wanted a three-level master key system: a grand master key that worked everything, a sub-master keys for each division, and change keys (individual keys that work only one door).

If you’ve ever tried to calculate a Sargent IC Core pinning chart with three levels, you know that it is a very time consuming Read more

How Much Does a Locksmith Cost in Arizona?

How Much Does a Locksmith Cost in Arizona?

How Much is a Locksmith in Phoenix, AZ Markets?

How Much is a Locksmith
Locksmith Prices, How Much Does a Locksmith Cost?

During standard hours the cost to unlock a home or unlock a car in Phoenix Arizona will be well under $125. In fact, our company charges under a $100. The national average is a bit higher nationally at $144. This includes the service call (also known as a trip charge) and the unlock fee.

Most locksmith services include charges for a service call and then additional charges for the work performed. Service calls in most major metropolitan areas hover around $75. In the Phoenix, AZ market a service call is less. Expect to pay more when you are in a major city, less when you are in more rural area.

In Phoenix, AZ the average home rekey is around $150. Price for a home rekey varies based on several factors. Many homes are less and some will cost more. Check out our article The cost to rekey home locks.

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The Best Padlocks for 2019 – Locksmith Recommended

The Best Padlocks for 2019 – Locksmith Recommended

What is the Best Padlock for Your Application?


Padlocks come in different sizes, with different ways to open and with different levels of security. They can be priced from just a few dollars to several hundreds of dollars. But which is the best padlock for you? Over the course of 20 years as a locksmith business we definitely have an opinion on the subject.

For those wanting our top picks, our recommended best padlocks are:

  • Best Low-Cost, Low-End Padlock

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Where to Get Car Keys Made

Where to Get Car Keys Made

Where to Get Car Keys Made

Depending on the car you have, the options available to you will be different as there are many different types of car keys. Car key copies are generally the easiest to get, but car key origination (when you’ve lost all of your car keys) can also be done. Read more

8 Things to Try When Your Key Won’t Turn the Ignition

8 Things to Try When Your Key Won’t Turn the Ignition

My Car Key Won’t Turn in the Ignition – What Can I do?

Key stuck in ignition
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 key in, and it won’t turn the ignition. What should you do?

Ignition cylinders are made out of wafers and those wafers bend, crack and break over time. There are usually some warning signs, but like most people, you’ve probably ignored them until it was too late.

If you’ve found this article and the key is sticking in the ignition, you’ve saved yourself some time and money! Get your car to a locksmith. The can repair the ignition before it’s too late.

But when it’s no longer turning, you can try to jiggle the steering wheel and shifter, check the battery, try the spare key, use silicon spray, jiggle the key and hit the key. Details on these techniques to get the ignition turning are below.

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Basic Equipment & Tools Needed to be a Locksmith

Basic Equipment & Tools Needed to be a Locksmith

What Tools & Equipment are Required to Run a Locksmith Business

Fully outfitted locksmith service vehicle.

The tools you will need to become a locksmith are key cutting machines (for key origination and duplication), software for code retrieval, lock picks, and a variety of small tools. This list talks about the basic tools and equipment necessary to get started and perform the most common locksmith services. As you grow your skill set, and start offering additional services, additional tools will be needed. Read more

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?

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? No. Cheap safes are built cheap to be sold cheap. They do not protect their content.

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

The 5 Most Important Factors that Make the Best Safe Are. Read more

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

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

Locksmith Tricks to Save Money on Lock & Door Repairs

Locksmith Tricks to Save 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.

When a door is closed, the bolts Read more

Types of Safe Locking Mechanisms – Which Safe Lock is Best

Types of Safe Locking Mechanisms – Which Safe Lock is Best

Which Safe Lock is Right for You?

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Traditional Mechanical Safe Dials
Electronic Safe Locks
Dual Safe Locks with Dial and Electronic Opening

Quick Answers to Common Questions

Safe dials rely solely on mechanical mechanisms to open a safe. If they are regularly serviced, they will last a lifetime. When they do fail it is either because they have not been regularly serviced or they have been somehow forcibly damaged.
Ease of use and functionality. If you need to get in quick, the electronic is the way to go. They also give you the ability to add time delays, multiple codes, audit trail and other features that mechanical locks can’t provide? This article explains all of your options.
Ease of use and functionality. If you need to get in quick, the electronic is the way to go. They also give you the ability to add time delays, multiple codes, audit trail and other features that mechanical locks can’t provide? This article explains all of your options.
The very first thing to try is to replace the batteries with a good set of high-end batteries. We’ve been to hundreds of “failed” electronic locks only to find the batteries were dead. If this doesn’t work, call your local locksmith.
Biometric Safe Lock

When we sell a safe online (check out our safes for sale) of the choices given to customers is what type of lock they want on the safe. Interestingly, I was born in 1967 and home computers starting making their debut while I was in high school. People older than me prefer electronic locks while people younger Read more

7 DIY Home Security Products You Need

7 DIY Home Security Products You Need

DIY Home Security Products You Didn’t Know Existed but Will Love.

Padlock Keyed to House Key

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?

Cost per Door Graph

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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.

You may also be interested in our article on Best Lock Brands for details on lock manufactures.

What are the best home deadbolts?

ACME Locksmith recommends these best deadbolt locks for homes depending on your budget / goals: Read more

Our 3 Best Electronic Deadbolts for Your Home

Our 3 Best Electronic Deadbolts for Your Home

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:

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Yale and August products have combined to make their new Smart Lock our favorite Smart Lock for remote monitoring. Read this article first and then jump over to the aforementioned link.

What are must-have smart lock features:

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Need a Key Made? ACME Locksmith Makes Them All.

Need a Key Made? ACME Locksmith Makes Them All.

ACME Locksmith Can Make Keys to Nearly Everything

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

Discount Safes Can’t Take the Heat

Discount Safes Can’t Take the Heat

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

The Most Secure, Small Burglary Safe You Can Buy

The Most Secure, Small Burglary Safe You Can Buy

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

App KeyMe Copies Your Key from a Photo…for Anyone!

App KeyMe Copies Your Key from a Photo…for Anyone!

KeyMe Will Copy Your Key from a Photo for Anybody.

The new app KeyMe will send anyone your key to anyone that has a picture of it. In the screenshots shown, I tell KeyMe that I am copying my girlfriends key from a photo to break in to her home when she’s not there, and they’re eager to help me out!

Anyone can simply snap a picture of your home or business key and have it mailed directly to them. Voila! They are in your Read more

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