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Ways to Protect Your Business from Theft

Ways to Protect Your Business from Theft

In today’s world, you can’t be too careful with your business assets. At Cheap Lock & Key, we specialize in helping to protect businesses from theft and illegal entry by providing quality lock and key solutions. Below you will find several tips for those researching how to protect your business from theft in Tampa, Brandon, Wesley Chapel, and other surrounding Tampa Bay cities. Consider installing master lock systems to ensure your business has adequate door locks in place. Unfortunately, business theft is not only restricted to criminals from the outside. Internal theft is an issue that many establishments monitor and attempt to protect themselves against. Master key systems are an intelligent choice because they can reduce the number of individuals who have access to the building after hours. One key can be used to open any lock in the building and the key can be reserved for only the owners or management. Multiple locks can be installed on...
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How to Travel Securely

How to Travel Securely

Unfortunately, people who are traveling are often targeted by thieves. Some criminals assume that travelers are carrying large amounts of money, credit cards, and other valuables. You should also consider home security concerns while you are away. Crafty criminals have been known to “case” houses to see when people are out of town. That’s why the pros here at Cheap Lock & Key have put together a simple guide for how to travel securely to reduce the incidence of theft while you are out of town. Keep your vehicle, trailer, and luggage locked down while traveling. Many people enjoy traveling with their own personal vehicle. Some use large 5th wheels, luggage compartments, and travel trailers to enhance the traveling experience. It’s important to keep your personal items locked down while traveling. You can purchase strong keyed locks to secure your 5th wheel or travel trailer, and you can also use heavy external locks for luggage compartments....
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Smart Locks vs. Traditional Locks for Your Residence

Smart Locks vs. Traditional Locks for Your Residence

When it comes to keeping your home secure, there are many options available on the market. With the ever-growing Internet of Things, people are turning to smart appliances, smart TVs, smart watches, and in some cases, smart locks. Being able to control everything from your phone is definitely convenient, but is a smart lock as secure as possible? Here are our views on smart locks vs. traditional locks for your residence in Tampa Bay areas such as Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and Brandon. How Smart Locks Function to Protect Your Home Smart locks are designed to connect to your smartphone via WiFI or Bluetooth technology. These do not use a traditional key but rather communicate with a special key fob or a smartphone. They are also designed to integrate with other smart features of a home. Some brands also give the homeowner the ability to lock and unlock their homes from a different location, which seems convenient if they forgot to lock the door or need to...
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Should You Change Locks on Your New Home?

Should You Change Locks on Your New Home?

Moving into a new home brings excitement and along with that, a long checklist of things to do that involve getting a moving truck, packing, and transferring electric service. One important thing you should add to that list is to make sure the locks at your new home are changed or rekeyed. At closing, you will get the keys to your new home and that’s an amazing feeling, but you never know how many copies of keys the previous owners had made. Here are some other reasons why you should consider changing or rekeying the locks on your new home located in the Tampa Bay area that includes Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Brandon, and more. Security Is a Major Concern for Your Home You’ve made a huge investment in your new home—so you need to take steps to protect your home and your belongings. The previous owners may still have keys and thus it makes it very easy for them to break into your house if they still have access. Another thing to...
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What to Do When You're Locked Out of Your Garage

What to Do When You're Locked Out of Your Garage

Nothing is more frustrating than heading home from a long day—possibly with kids in tow—then pulling into your driveway to face a garage door that won’t budge. You push the magic button repeatedly, and nothing happens. Whether it’s due to power loss, malfunction, or damage to your system, there are solutions available to people who are locked out of their garage. Keep in mind, many of these solutions WILL take time. If time isn't something you have a lot of, then the best course of recommendation is to call in a locksmith like Cheap Lock & Key to help you get into your garage. Attempt to Gain Access From a Side Door or From Your Home If a power outage or other issue is preventing your garage door from opening AND you do not have an emergency release kit installed, you will need to gain access to the garage from another door. Hopefully, you have access to the keys for the side door to your garage or to the inside door that connects it to your home. ...
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