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Benefits of a Master Key System for Your Business

Benefits of a Master Key System for Your Business

Master key systems are popping up everywhere and for good reason. They protect your business and increase security measures with just a few small changes to your existing locks. Master key systems are beneficial for businesses with different access needs and multiple employee tiers. A master key system allocates the Grand Master Key to the owner or Senior Management and all other employees are customized to be able to access their specific entry points and inner doorways. How Does the Master Key System Work One key will grant access to all of the areas and buildings on the property. This is the Grand Master Key. After this key, the system allows changes for individuals or groups of people to be key holders, which makes access control more efficient. These key holders are given access to specific areas of the building. Switching From Your Current Locks to a Master Key System Setting your system up is a breeze for a professional locksmith! Cheap Lock & Key can switch your...
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Reasons You Should Install a Smart Lock at Your Home or Business

Reasons You Should Install a Smart Lock at Your Home or Business

As technology advances, so do the ways we can use it in our everyday lives. Smart locks are a great example of technology that home and business owners can acquire to invest in safety and security. Smart locks use mechanisms and codes to lock or unlock the device. They give you greater control over who accesses your premises and also when they are allowed to do so. The Convenience of Keyless Entry to Avoid Misplaced Keys We have all been there! You leave your keys at home or you forget them on your desk at work. Or perhaps your children misplace a key. It is a frustrating and sometimes panic inducing situation. Smart locks remove the possibility of these scenarios, because you now get the convenience keyless entry. All you have to do is remotely disable the lock from your smartphone or use a secret code to disengage the lock right on the keypad. The way you lock or unlock your keyless entry will depend on the type of system you install in the door. Track Who Enters...
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How Long Does It Take to Compromise Your Residential Door Locks?

How Long Does It Take to Compromise Your Residential Door Locks?

Locksmiths have all the techniques and tools to get into your home when necessary, but this information is becoming more and more accessible with the use of the internet. The problem with traditional, outdated, or inexpensive outer-door hardware is that they can be easily compromised. This means your family, home, and possessions are vulnerable. How long can it actually take someone to compromise your residential door locks? These techniques have been around for decades, and are still some of the easiest and most obtainable ways for people to break into your home. What Are Bump Keys For years, professional locksmiths have used bump keys to gain entry into homes for legal reasons. Now, with the use of the internet, anyone can find, create, or obtain a bump key and use them illegally to gain access to your home. A bump key, also known as a 999 key, is a specialty key that can bypass security mechanisms in traditional pin and tumbler locks. These keys are cut to the maximum ...
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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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