As a home owner or renter it is a priority to insure that your property is adequately secured, but how do you go about doing this? The best solution would be to contact a professional in the field such as a locksmith. Unfortunately few know about all the services that locksmiths can provide. Therefore, in the following we will illustrate all the ways by which ones security could be enhanced through the use of a qualified residential locksmith technician.
One thing that most people do know is that a residential locksmith can get you into your home in the case that you have been locked out. But what if you have lost the keys all together, then what? Once inside the house a locksmith can take the lock cylinder apart and decode the pins. From this information an original key matching the one that was lost can be produced. If need be a mobile locksmith can then make as many key copies or key duplicates as one requires.
Another service that many may already expect a locksmith to be able provide is that of lock replacement or lock upgrades. Because it is the unfortunate nature of a lock to wear out, whether it is the finish fading in the sun, the lock cylinder getting worn through heavy use or the latch/bolt breaking from retracting one too many times it is the destiny of all locks, that at some point, they will need to be either repaired or replaced. Since they are submerged in the security industry daily, a locksmith is the ideal candidate for such a service call. A professional locksmith will be up to date on all the contemporary lock designs as well as the residential security concerns and considerations. For example, a quality locksmith would be aware of the security risks that lock bumping poses and thus, would, in order to help insure that you locks are not compromised in this fashion, recommend a driver pin upgrade. This would be accomplished by replacing all of the standard driver pins in your locks with the spooled or mushroomed variety. In order to save you money the ideal time to complete this security upgrade would be when the locks are being rekeyed or replaced.
One service that many may not of considered or be aware of that a, residential locksmith can perform, is the fresh installation of locks and hardware. In order to cut costs contractors oftentimes build homes with only one knob or lever handle securing either one or both of the garage doors. This represents a security risk due to the fact that the dead latches on knobs as well as lever handles do not extend far enough into the door jamb and thus can be compromised quite easily. The solution for this is the fresh installation of a deadbolt above the knob on all exterior and garage doors. A locksmith is the ideal candidate for such a lock installation; they will have all the necessary tools to get the job done right the first time. While the installation is being performed the locksmith can also install security strike plates with 3 inch screws to help reinforce the door jamb against kick in attacks.
Another fresh lock installation that a locksmith can perform is cabinet door locks. The primary function of these locks is to keep people out of cabinets that they should not have access to. One example would be keeping small children away from chemicals and cleaning products. Another would be keeping teenagers away from liquor. In either case a professional locksmith is fully equipped to install cabinet door locks without ruining the cabinet doors.
One skill set unique to locksmiths is the ability to work on and open safes. Perhaps the combo has been lost through a lapse in memory or a loss in the family has occurred and they took the combo to the grave or maybe the combination just no longer opens the safe. No matter what the reason a professional locksmith should be able to open the safe for you and then repair it back to its original security level. To help prevent this problem from occurring in the future in may be advisable to replace the combo style lock with a contemporary digital electronic lock. The advantages of this safe lock conversion would be ease of entry and the ability for the user to change the combo themselves. That is unless one wants a locksmith to come out and change it for them in which case it is certain that they would be willing and capable.
The last and probably most important service that a professional residential locksmith can provide is a home security risk assessment. If one requests a security assessment the locksmith technician will walk through the house and point out all of the vulnerabilities that are present. These may include such things as windows next to single sided dead bolts, doors with only knobs on them, sliding glass doors that are not adequately secured, insufficient strike plates, the lack of spooled pins in the cylinders or areas around the house that offer little visibility providing cover for a burglar to break in and the list goes on.
As has been shown a professional residential locksmith is trained and equipped to deal with a vast variety of home security issues and concerns. However, not all locksmiths are of the same caliber, so when it becomes necessary to choose one be sure that they are certified and licensed thus insuring that they can provide the level of service and expertise that is expected deserved.