• What You Should Know About Monitored Security Systems

    Home security has come a long way since the days when women living alone were advised to buy a big dog and a strong deadbolt. Today, there are numerous high-tech security systems on the market, and monitored systems play a vital role. A monitored security system may be constantly monitored through a video feed, or security professionals may be notified when an alarm is tripped. Here is what you [...]

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    8 Things All Great Locksmiths Have in Common

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a locksmith? Are you interested in becoming a locksmith yourself, or just curious what draws people to the job? Here a few things that all truly great locksmiths have in common. Manual Dexterity Locksmiths spend most of their time working with their hands and fiddling with small tools. A decent working knowledge of mechanical principles is useful,[...]

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    Kids' Keys: What to Consider

    In today’s busy modern world, both parents often need to work, leaving children to arrive home alone and let themselves into the house. While this can be an excellent way to build independence and responsibility, giving your kids keys to your home can open you up to some potential security risks. Here are some things to consider. Risks of Kids Handling Keys There are two major risks to [...]

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    5 Ways to Minimize the Risk of Losing Your Car Keys

    Small and relatively flat, car keys are incredibly easy to misplace. And naturally, they always get lost at the worst possible time, such as when you’re late for work or trying to head home after a long day. While there is no way to guarantee that you will never lose yours, following these simple tips can go a long way towards minimizing the risk. 1. Make a Designated Spot At home and at the [...]

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    It can be tough to know exactly when to change your locks. Some people err on the side of caution, changing them when there is even the most remote risk of someone unauthorized having a key. Others throw caution to the wind and skip the change even when the risk is high. To strike a reasonable balance, here are 6 times when you simply MUST change (or, more accurately, re-key) your locks. Employee [...]

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    Stuff happens. Things get lost … even important things. One of the worst things you can possibly lose is your keyring. Your keyring allows you access to your house and to your car. While many people have an extra house key hidden someplace in case they accidentally lock their keys inside their house, the same isn’t always true of car keys. Most people don’t keep a spare key hidden on their [...]

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    5 Steps to Take After a Burglary

    Having your home or office burglarized is terrifying. It can leave you feeling vulnerable and violated, in addition to the sadness and anger that often accompany losing some of your most treasured items. In the aftermath of a burglary, channel your feelings into productive actions. Here are 5 steps to take after a burglary. Call the Police As soon as you realize you have been burglarized, it is [...]

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    3 Lock Problems That Aren't Caused by the Lock

    Trouble locking or opening a lock is surprisingly common. When you start to have issues with a lock, your natural tendency is probably to head to the hardware store or big box store to replace it. Yet did you know that as many as 80 percent of all lock problems aren’t actually caused by the lock itself? Before investing in a new lock, consider these common issues. Bad Keys A lock operates [...]

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