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Rich or poor, young or old, everyone will need the services of a locksmith at some point. Whether you’ve locked yourself out of your house or car or you need to have a lock changed out or rekeyed; there are many reasons we need locksmiths. Locks are meant to protect us and our belongings and for that reason, it’s important to hire a locksmith that is certified.

Why you Should Hire a Certified Locksmith

1. Highly trained. A locksmith that is certified has undergone extensive training and can get a clean security check. Anyone can call themselves a locksmith but without certification, you might have a criminal as a locksmith. Just because someone can change a lock doesn’t make them a capable locksmith. Certification means we have training performed at registered training organizations to get the credentials and security clearance we need. We learn the proper techniques and installation methods for all the different kinds of locks and can provide the best service possible. And we can crack the most difficult locks without causing any damage. Certification will give you peace of mind that your house is secure along with your family.
2. Bonded and insured. Repairing and replacing locks can be tedious and care needs to be taken. If the locksmith you choose is bonded and insured, it means that if for any reason there is any damage caused while we’re working on your situation the company will be responsible for the damage and not you. Hiring a locksmith that isn’t bonded and insured leaves you holding the bag in the event of any damage.
3. Additional locksmith services. Locksmiths can do more than just change or repair locks. There are many other services we offer. We can install safes, surveillance cameras and security systems and can also make master keys. Certified locksmiths are equipped with the newest technology and know the latest trends like biometric locks that use your fingerprints to get into your home.
4. Reasonable prices. Certified locksmiths charge reasonable rates for the services we provide. We can save you money too as many times we can do repairs over complete replacements and the work performed is guaranteed with parts covered by a manufacturers warranty.
5. Advanced locksmith equipment. Certified locksmiths have all the essential tools of the trade while un-certified locksmiths don’t and will most likely charge more for sub-par work. This will compromise your lock(s) and leave you at risk. Having the right equipment means the work will be done the right way and keep you and your family safe.
6. Reputation & reliability. The risks of hiring a locksmith that isn’t certified far outweighs the rewards, leaving you with a bigger problem than you had before. Companies that are well-established have certified locksmiths on their payroll.

Certified Locksmith Services in Racine, Oak Creek, Burlington & Kenosha Wisconsin

Technology is always changing and certified locksmiths are on the up and up, providing you with all the options available. Certified locksmiths are just a phone call away, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, regardless of day, time or weather. It’s always in your best interest to use the services of a certified locksmith to take care if any issues you’re having. If you need highly trained, knowledgeable, bonded, insured, well-equipped and reliable locksmith services, contact Best Locksmiths today.

In this modern age security is a concern for both the home, commercial business and institutional property owners and managers. Burglary and home invasion are epidemic in high density areas found in larger urban environments like cities. The dividing line between burglary and home invasion is occupancy. If the residence is occupied and is entered by an assailant it is home invasion. If the home or residence is unoccupied at the time of the unauthorized entry with intent to commit a crime, it is burglary. Robbery is when force is used to commit a crime and a common element is that the perpetrator is armed to some degree and either though physical size or number or bad guys use intimidation to forcibly take items in a physical or violent manner and the building either home or business is occupied.

Need to Reinforce a Door Frame from Being Kicked In to Make it Burglar Proof

A lot of effort goes into securing the home or business. Commercial structures generally utilize metal, usually steel for the door and frame. But a typical home has wooden frames and doors. Even with a deadbolt a door is relatively easy to force entry by kicking or using some sort of heavy impact tool. Frames are usually less than ¾ inches and are installed with the wood grain running vertically. The bolt, either deadbolt or the primary latch usually extend only about from 1 to 1½ inches into the frame. When the door is forced open the wood tends to split along the grain causing failure to both the door and frame.

Why You Should Always Lock Your Doors

Home invasion is very dangerous to the occupants, which may suggest locking doors even when you are home. This would be of particular interest to the elderly or a single person living alone. Lone females are particularly at risk. Sexual assault, suffering and distress from physical abuse and of course the possibility of permanent maiming and death have been the end result during home invasion incidents. If you have French double or sliding glass doors you are very vulnerable to forced entry.

Door Frame & Hinge Reinforcement

So, how do I go about protecting me and mine? Think metal, think steel. Doors, door jambs and frames can be reinforced with metal to deter a forced entry. Door reinforcements are wrap-around channels that encase the lock and bolt areas in steel. This prevents splintering of the door if force is applied to the door. The door jamb and frame also receive a metal angle or bar held in place by extra long screws. These screws extend through the door frame into the house framing in the wall. Force is transmitted through these screws to the house frame thus resisting a breach. Windowed side panels around the door weaken security. These sidelites can be broken, and with a reach-through the door can be unlocked. Reinforce window lites, the framed window sections, with either ornamental iron bars or use a polycarbonate or fiberglass panel on the inside.

Best Ways to Secure a Sliding Glass Door

Sliding glass doors provide nearly a simple “walk-in” for the typical felon. These should be secured with pins inserted from the inside and/or covered externally with some sort of metal fabrication to safeguard the entry, usually some sort of wrought iron grill or bars. A drilled pin hole through the inner frame into the door will secure most sliders. Do not over drill to the exterior of the house or the pin can be knocked out from outside. When leaving make sure pet doors are secured from the inside.

Lock Inspections, Installations, Upgrades & Other Locksmith Services in Racine, Oak Creek, Burlington & Kenosha Wisconsin

Home and business security depends on more than locks. The entire structure needs to be customized to provide the property security and mount for locks. Do not forget that structural components contribute to your safety.
Contact your lock and security professional at Best Locksmiths, serving Wisconsin’s southwest region.

Are you one of those people that seem to always be looking for something? Maybe you are forgetful and seem to always be losing things. If this seems like you there is a chance that you have lost or misplaced your keys. If it has happened you know that you are then stuck calling a locksmith. They will need to replicate the keys that you lost whether it is a new car key, garage door key, house key or key for your business. The locksmith may even need to come out and replace the locks on the home or business if a new key is not able to be made. The best thing you can do to avoid needing to replace your keys or locks is to keep better track of your keys. There are some fun ideas to help you!

Best Locksmiths Lists Tips to Help You From Losing Or Misplacing Your Keys

Keep Keys in the Same Place at Home: The best thing that you can do is to keep your keys in the same place when you come home or get in and out of the car. There are many different ways to do that. You can hang a key hook somewhere in your home where you would walk past it with your keys. You can add a cute label or shelf to add a little more decor to the area. If you are concerned about the keys being out in the open you can use the inside of a cabinet in your kitchen or laundry room. This is a great way to have the keys out of sight while still having a place for them to hang. You can also have a latch on the keys to attach them to your belt or handbag so they will be less likely to fall out of your pocket or purse. Getting into a habit of hanging your keys each time you walk in your home or get in your car makes it so much easier to get out the door in a hurry.
Use a Whistle Key Finder: It seems like there is an app for just about anything. There is also an electronic device that does just about everything to make life easier. One of the things that people are turning to is a key finder. The key finder is attached to your key ring that has all your keys to your home, car and office. The device can be set off to alert if you activate it from your smart phone or computer. If you keep an eye on your phone you are sure to be able to locate your keys with this cool device.
Glow in the Dark Key Caps: Sometimes people lose their keys in their large bag or in a dark room. You can actually add a layer of glow in the dark paint to the rubber insert. This way you can see the faint glow of the paint when you can’t get a good look at the key ring.

Residential, Commercial & Automotive Locksmiths in Racine, Oak Creek, Burlington & Kenosha Wisconsin

Best Locksmiths offers lock replacement as well as key duplication and other locksmith services. Contact us for all your lock and key needs!

Lock bumping is the new and popular method used by criminals to gain entry into people’s homes. It is mostly used to open cylinder lock and deadbolts, which is one of the top types of locks used in homes across America. They gain entry by using a specifically designed key called a bump key or a 999 rapping key. Best Locksmiths wants to warn everyone of this new technique and to explain the best ways to prevent criminals from coming into your home.

How Do Burglars & Home Invaders Break In?

Statistics by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Department of Justice say nearly 2/3 of breaks-in happen without witnesses or even any signs of forced entry. Unlocked doors and windows is the largest security risk and poses much of the problem. However with lock bumping on the rise, it will quickly become the next major problem. Lock bumping has gained momentum these past few years due to the quickness, and ease of unlocking doors. With youtube videos and 3d printed bump keys costing around $2, this method is quickly turning this into a problem for many homes. Unfortunately no traditional lock is bump proof with the proper bump key. A burglar can open 90% of locks in less than 20 seconds. Worse, the newer locks seem to be more prone to this method of lock picking. Lock bumping is so simple, even 14 year olds are using this method to burglarize homes. With no signs of forced entry, most burglars are in and out fast, and not until the homeowner returns home, do they even realize that a crime has occurred.

Solutions to Lock Picking

Now there are ways to counteract this lock picking problem. Of course it will depend on how much money you want to put towards securing your home. To start, a cheap and simple way is by installing chain latches to the exterior doors. However this doesn’t stop the lock from being bumped. It just makes it harder for the criminal to get passed the door. Next you can modify your existing door locks. By using a certified locksmith, we are able to modify your typical dead bolt or cylinder locks that use a pin tumbler mechanism. A locksmith can put in additional security pins that will increase the resistance of a bumping key. However this just makes bumping more difficult, not impossible. Changing your locks with a new high security lock may be another option. Abloy deadbolt on our exterior doors with some additional reinforcement door frames and other security mechanisms will greatly improve security of your home. Again these locks aren’t bump proof, just way more difficult. The BiLock offers locks that are difficult to bump as well but not impossible either. You can also install a non tumbler pin lock. These are locks made with a rotating disk lock, or magnetic or electronic lock that can’t be bumped. Electric locks use magnets, solenoids, and motors to activate the lock by giving or removing power. However some off these alternatives can become rather expensive.

Locksmith Services in Racine, Oak Creek, Burlington & Kenosha Wisconsin

Your home security is up to you and how much you want to put into it. Don’t live with a false sense of security. That’s when homes become vulnerable to criminals. Be honest about your homes security. There is no price too great for that peace of mind in knowing that you and your home is safe. Best Locksmith hopes we were able to provide ideas to help protect you, your family, and your home. For all of your lock smithing needs, call us today.

Many homes are equipped with the cylinder lock. They are one of the most popular locks sold and fitted on homes. A cylinder lock is made of a few components such as pins that are lined up into the correct position. When the key is set inside the lock, the alignment allows it to turn and unlock. However, these locks may seem secure but even they have pros and cons as to their use. Best Locksmiths would like to discuss these pros and cons to help enlighten homeowners so they better understand the cylinder locks.

Pros of Cylinder Locks

From a locksmith perspective, there are many pros to a cylinder lock. To start they are one of the easiest locks to re-key. Instead of needing to remove the entire lock from off the door, a cylinder lock can be accessed with only needing to remove a few screws from the lock. This allows a locksmith to re-key the lock in a very short time. Another pro is that it is very easy to reconfigure the lock quickly. Because a cylinder of the lock is easily accessed, a locksmith can adapt the lock to become either a wafer tumbler lock, disc tumbler lock or even a traditional pun tumbler lock depending on the home owner’s preference. Additional benefit to a cylinder lock is you can create a master key to all the locks in your home. If all the locks in your home are cylinder locks, the locksmith can realign all of the pins in each lock to be set for one key. This makes the homeowner’s key ring much lighter. They don’t need to sift though a half a dozen keys to find the right one either. Final pro to a cylinder lock is that if you desire, you can make your single cylinder lock into a double cylinder if you choose to. Confused? A double cylinder lock means you will need to use a key to unlock the door both in and outside of your home. The main reason for this is that a burglar can’t break a small area of a glass window around the door and unlock your door and get in. Yep, this happens a lot folks. However it is risky in the event of a fire or an emergency because getting out is much slower. If you choose to have a double cylinder lock, always have a key near the door.

Cons of Cylinder Locks

One of the cons that always stand out when it comes to the popular cylinder lock is burglars can pick these locks. With the proper lock picking set and by manipulating the pins to their correct alignment, a burglar can get into your home. Same for a bump key. This tool favored by burglars can also defeat a cylinder lock. This method takes very little work and like a lock pick, it can open a cylinder lock in mere seconds. A burglar doesn’t like getting attention by struggling to pick the lock on your door. They want it to look like they belong and a bump key can help them do just that.

Emergency Locksmith, Lock & Key Services in Racine, Oak Creek, Burlington & Kenosha Wisconsin

Cylinder locks have their pros and cons much like anything else in the world today. Best Locksmiths wants to help make our customer aware of their home’s security and where they can improve in those problems areas. Just because a cylinder can be picked doesn’t mean they are not worth using. It’s good to know every product’s faults so you can improve those areas. There are many other products that work well to keep intruders out, and without the need of replacing all your locks with a rather expensive alternative. Best Locksmiths provides many of these services. If you would like help, contact us for all you locksmithing needs.

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