Why You Should Have An Automotive Locksmith On Your Quick Dial

When most people see a locksmith service, they think about residential or commercial locksmith services in Tucson. While these are common areas where we provide our skilled services, there is one other critical sector that many forget about. And that is automotive locksmith services. And this is where we provide our services to vehicle owners. If you own a vehicle in Tucson, we can be of great help on a number of areas as discussed below. And as you can imagine, it is better to have a locksmith in mind (or better yet on your quick dial) before you are in need of them.

Lock-outs!

In the same way people find themselves locked out of their homes or business premises, they also do find themselves locked out of their vehicles too. A car lockout situation can happen due to a number of reasons:
• Misplaced keys
• Stolen keys
• Keys locked inside car

We can get you out of a car lockout situation safely, quickly, and without any damage to your vehicle.

Car key programing

Can a locksmith program a car key? Yes, we can. And we offer this service here at OR locksmith Tucson. A programmed key offers much better security for your vehicle compared to a traditional key. A programmed key is equipped with a unique computer chip that communicates with the car. If you need a spare or replacement programmed key, we can help you out.
Can you program a car key yourself? This is not possible because the programming process is sensitive for security reasons. Only a locksmith service or a car dealership can offer you this service. And the former is usually cheaper than the latter.

Key duplication

It pays to have a duplicate key of your vehicle. For one, should you ever misplace your key or lock yourself out, you can use the spare to gain access in your car. The same applies if your one key gets damaged. Duplicating your car keys is also convenient if the automobile is shared among several family members or co-workers since each party can have their own copy. Do you have a duplicate copy of your car key?

Changing car locks

If you would like to enhance the security of your vehicle and make it harder for burglars or car thieves to get their hands on your cherished automobile, changing the locks is a smart move. This is ideal if you live in a crime-prone area, you just bought a second-hand vehicle, or if theft attempts have been made on your vehicle in the past. Premium car locks are harder to tamper with. Your automobile locksmith can safely remove the old locks and install new aftermarket upgrades. They can also advise you on the best or the safest car lock brands in the market.

Keys stuck or broken inside locks

In the same way keys get stuck inside home locks, car keys can sometimes get stuck (or break) inside their locks. This can be a frustrating experience if you don’t know who to call for help. As automotive locksmiths, OR locksmiths can help you with this problem. We can remove the stuck or broken keys without causing damage to the locks.

Do you have OR Locksmiths LLC on your quick dial yet?

What to Do Immediately After A Home Burglary

Victims of a home burglary will tell you how much it affects their piece of mind. It is a jarring experience that makes you question the safety and security of your family and belongings. While the terrible ordeal may leave you counting loses, your actions from here on determine how things play out immediately after you realize you have been robbed. The following steps will help you stay safe, recuperate from the ordeal, and restore the security of your home.

Contact the authorities

It is not unusual to freeze in your tracks the second you realize you have been robbed. However, as a home owner, it is critical that you alert the authorities immediately. The police have a reliable emergency response time. If lucky, they can even apprehend the burglars if they hadn’t escaped yet. For your safety, it is imperative that you find a safe place to make the 911 call, preferably outside the house. For all you know, the burglars could have run into hiding the second they heard you pulling into your house. It is best to avoid any alteration with burglars, especially if they are armed.

Determine what’s missing then call your home insurance agent

Once the police arrive, proceed into the house and make a quick assessment of what is missing. The most common items stolen in a home burglary are, but not limited to, jewelry, cash, electronics, guns, prescription medication, computers, laptops, and identity documents. After an assessment of what is stolen, call your home insurance and articulate the entire situation down to the letter. Also inform your insurance agent of your plans to seek locksmith services and find out whether they will finance the lock repairs.

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Assess your security protocols

The fact that your home was broken into is reason enough to warrant a quick assessment of your security protocols. This includes checking the front and back door locks, the garage door, the state of the alarm system as well as any home surveillance cameras you have installed. Any information you could get from your security protocols could aid the authorities gain insight of how things transpired. It also gives you insight of which security measures need replacing and which need reinforcement. It is critical that you do a thorough job as research shows that burglars target the same home a couple weeks after they have robbed it.

Call emergency locksmiths

However terrible the ordeal, life moves on. You’ll have to leave for work or school the next day. You therefore need to call a locksmith in Tucson to assess all your exterior doors, install new locks, and reinforce any weak hinges or compromised garage doors. Locksmiths offer emergency services and can make their way to your home even if it’s late into the night. You may have to finance the installation of better front door locks such as deadbolts, and later file a refund claim from your home insurance, if they cover such expenses.

For those who have been victims of home burglary, the above measures should restore your confidence in your home’s safety and make your property even more secure than it was before. And even if you haven’t been through such a scenario, some of the tips provided here could help ensure that you never have to.

 

 

Locksmith Tucson Q&A

Secure Locks

How would I know if my doors and locks are secure and working properly?

There are many factors to take into consideration when checking all doors for security purposes and not one simple check to see if everything is tight and secure.  There are many ways to get into a lock.

In your own best interests, if you are not a trained professional you will not know what to look for.
It’s best to have your local locksmith check this for you.

Don’t let someone simply give you advice over the phone or simply tell you that everything SOUNDS right!

Do You Need To Rekey Or Change The Lock

When it comes to all things locks and keys-related, a locksmith is the one to contact and ask for help, no matter what your problem and its level of complexity is. A short conversation with a qualified locksmith can spare you lots of time and money and help you make the right decision when you need to decide whether you need a lock change or a lock rekey, or anything else!

Lock change is not necessarily a worse option than a lock rekey, but it’s totally unnecessary for those who only need to limit access to their property for strangers, who might be having the keys., as this can be done easily through lock rekeying. However, lock change is a must in case that your lock is broken, or if you’ve experienced a burglary and need a safe lock to get higher protection level.

What’s the difference between a lock change and a lock rekey, and what does a “lock re-key” mean?

Lock rekeying is a process performed by a Locksmith, which changes the tumblers inside the lock, thus turning it stranger to the key that used to fit that same lock before. This option is great if you have a properly working lock and it’s a good enough lock to protect your property. Locks rekeying will save you time and money, it can be done 24 hours a day and it requires less time and parts used! It’s very recommended to rekey your locks when you move to a new home!

Car Security

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Stopping Crime on Your Vehicle

Locking wheel nuts can help keep your alloys safe

Deadlocks

Deadlocks stop the door from opening, even if a thief breaks the window to use the interior handle. ‘One- touch’ deadlocks are set whenever you lock the car.

Marked parts

Have the glazing etched with the vehicle identification number (Vin). Better still, go for a traceability scheme where the glass and other parts are marked and recorded on a secure database. Future buyers can then cross-check the car’s ID with the database.

Secure storage

Genuinely secure, lockable cabin storage is still rare, meaning you have to remove all valuables when you leave the car – a real nuisance if you’re only going for a quick loo break.

Secure stereos

Becoming the norm on new cars, but check that the stereo is Pin-coded, vehicle-specific (won’t work in another car), or multi-part (display is separate from main audio unit).

Locking wheel nuts

These need to be better than the two-pin socket-secured parts some car makers supply. Go for locking wheel nuts with a laser-cut groove to make it harder for thieves to pinch your alloy wheels.

Laminated side-glass

This ‘security glass’ isn’t impregnable, but it takes much more time and energy to break than standard toughened glass. The extra disturbance also increases the chances of a thief getting caught in the act.

Tracking devices

Tracking devices can be invaluable if a car is stolen, but remember they usually need an annual subscription – you won’t have any protection if this isn’t paid.

Physical locks

If you have a driveway, consider a lockable bollard. If not, a wheel clamp can make life more difficult for thieves. Always lock car doors and boot, and close windows (even when paying for petrol or other quick activities). Take your keys with you.

If your car doesn’t have an electronic immobilizer, consider using a strong steering-wheel lock to help safeguard your car overnight.