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2 Types of Key Replacements Done by Mobile Locksmiths

2 Types of Key Replacements Done by Mobile Locksmiths

Mobile locksmiths are available whether you have locked yourself out of your car, lost your keys, or simply need a replacement key made. When it comes to replacing keys, the process is much different today, since the use of key fobs is becoming more and more common, than it was even just a few years ago. In fact, consumers do not even need their original key to make a replacement anymore. Furthermore, your key, whether it is a regular key or key fob, can be duplicated without the need to find the key code.

1. Replacing Traditional Keys

In order to create a replacement for your traditional key, your mobile locksmith will require proof of ownership of your vehicle and the VIN (vehicle identification number) of your automobile. With those two pieces of information, the mobile locksmith will be able to get the key code from the manufacturer of your car, which in turn will enable them to make the proper cuts for the new key. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to have the mobile...

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5 Tips on Keeping Your Home Secure While Vacationing

5 Tips on Keeping Your Home Secure While Vacationing

Before enjoying some R&R away from home with your family, insure peace of mind by making your home less susceptible to being invaded by burglars. Whether you reside in a metro area like Tampa or a suburban enclave, there are useful measures you can undertake to discourage potential thieves during your absence.

1. Lock up your home.

To state the obvious: even though you might be using a monitored or unmonitored security system, it won’t be very effective if you don’t remember to lock every door and window. Whether your home features traditional deadbolts and locksets or electronic keypads, physically securing your entrances and exits is naturally of paramount importance. Also, be discriminating about who you’ve entrusted with copies of your keys – closest friends and family only. After all, nearly 50% of home invasions involve the use of a key. And don’t even think about keeping a spare key in a secret hiding spot outside your house, because no...

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Microchip Car Keys - Fact vs. Fiction

Microchip Car Keys - Fact vs. Fiction

Microchip car keys - also known as transponder keys - are designed to protect your vehicle. Each key contains a code that the car must recognize before it will start. Without the code, the car will not start.

You only get one microchip key with your vehicle.

Fiction! Yes, your microchip car key is secure because the coding only works with your vehicle. However, multiple keys can be programmed with your specific code, allowing you to have more than one transponder key. This enables you to have replacement keys, should you need them in the future.

Microchip car keys are difficult to disable.

Fact! Sure, transponder keys CAN be disabled, but not easily. Doing so requires specialized equipment and software that generally only a car dealership or a locksmith like Cheap Lock & Key possess. This is expensive equipment that makes it an unattractive option for even sophisticated, high-tech thieves.

Only the specific auto manufacturer can program a transponder key.

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The Best Locks to Secure Your Home

The Best Locks to Secure Your Home

We don’t live in a Mayberry world anymore. The novelty of leaving your doors unlocked has been replaced with the need for safety and peace of mind. Since your doors are the place your home is most vulnerable, selecting the right locks for each one is vital. But knowing the best way to secure your home can be confusing unless you understand all your options.

Doorknob Lock

The most basic of all the locks is the doorknob lock. These locks have knobs on both sides of the door, one side has a lock, the other has a keyhole. These are common on all household doors, but ideally should be limited to indoor privacy uses.

Doorknob locks are easily damaged with external force. Once the knob is compromised, the locking mechanism is easily accessible, leaving your home vulnerable. Doorknob locks alone are not secure enough on exterior doors unless used in conjunction with a secondary lock.

Deadbolt Lock

Deadbolts are the most popular, widely-used security lock for homes. They...

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How to prevent burglars from compromising your door locks.

How to prevent burglars from compromising your door locks.

Over 50% of all burglars gain access to your home through your front or back door, making them the most susceptible areas of your house. It is important for you, as a homeowner, and for us as your locksmith, to make sure your home is safe and secure by installing and maintaining your locks. Especially living in a bigger city, like Tampa Bay.

Burglars can tamper with your locks in several ways.

Most locks used in residential households are not top-of-the-line secure locks. There are many different ways that burglars will attempt to open your doors. Here are the most common:

Snapping

This common tactic involves literally snapping a lock by force. This can be done with a screwdriver, hammer, or other tools. Once broken, the locking mechanism is exposed and your door can be easily opened in just seconds.

Bumping

Burglars file down the “teeth” on a key, making it resemble a small saw. The key in inserted into the lock and bumped with a blunt object until the...

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