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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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When Do You Need to Rekey Your Property

When Do You Need to Rekey Your Property

In today’s world, security is paramount. The need for home and building security has never been greater, so it’s best to rely on experienced professionals to manage a rekeying job. Rekeying a property is a more cost-effective solution than completely changing all of the locks. A professional locksmith can accomplish a rekeying job without the need to purchase new locks. It’s also important to know when you need to rekey a property in the first place. Below you’ll find a few guidelines compiled by the experienced locksmiths at Cheap Lock & Key. Rekeying is the Process of Adjusting Mechanisms Inside Locks for Use With New Keys Locksmiths are able to adjust the internal parts of your locks to work with a different key moving forward. The same settings are applied to every external lock, and new keys are made. The keys are distributed and the building is considered rekeyed. The process prevents the need for new locks and renders old keys useless. The same...
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Ways to Keep Your Backyard Secure

Ways to Keep Your Backyard Secure

It is common sense that when we leave our homes to go to work, run an errand, or go on a vacation that we need to lock up. Keeping your home safe when you are there and when you are gone is critical. It deters burglars and unwanted guests from entering your property and destroying it or stealing your possessions. When we think of keeping our homes safe, we tend to remember our front entryways and our garages as the two main points of entry to a house. What about the backyard? Security for your sliding doors and fences is just as critical as your front door locks. Backyards tend to have less lighting, which makes them a targeted area for break-ins. Securing Fences and Sheds with Padlocks or Other Locks At Cheap Lock & Key, we have the tools and experience to keep your home safe. There are multiple options for homeowners looking to keep their fences secure. The most common options available are Padlock Keyed latch Keyed door hardware Pool gates Coded...
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