Tips For Keeping Your House Secure

Tips For Keeping Your House Secure

 Out and About Locksmith Canberra, for today’s blog post, are giving you some tips on how to keep your house secure. Some of these tips are probably ones you’ve thought of but haven’t done. Or, you may not have thought of them at all.

The first tip is to never hide your spare key close to where your door lock is. Back in the olden days, it was safe to leave the door unlocked or hide the key under the doormat. Some other options were in a pot plant, under a rock or somewhere else within close proximity. This is a very bad idea. If you absolutely must hide a key somewhere, try and make it as far away from the front door as possible, and well hidden. Just don’t forget where you put it! Another option is to give the spare to a trusted friend/neighbour or relative.

The second tip is if you need to hire a locksmith in Canberra or anywhere else, make sure you choose a reputable one. Choosing the first person who advertises on Gumtree/Facebook or the like could possibly put your security at risk.

The best kind of lock to have on your external doors is definitely a deadlock. Preferably one that also requires a key to open it as well. This is important if there is a window near the door that could be smashed to unlock the deadbolt from the inside. Along with a deadlock, you want your external doors to be extremely solid. A lock won’t do much if the actual door itself can be broken with a well-aimed boot or implement.

The last tip is always get all new keys and locks when you buy a house. While it would be ideal to do this when you rent, you would need permission from the landlord and it could be a frequent and/or expensive job for a short-term period.

We hope this has given you some ideas on how to keep things more secure. Feel free to contact us with any enquiries about the services we offer!

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Services By Out & About Locksmiths

Services By Out & About Locksmiths Canberra

keys Out and About Locksmith are your one stop shop for any locksmith requirements in Canberra. Here is an in-depth look at the wide range of services we provide. All services come with an no-obligation free quote.

Residential Lock Services

  • Locks re-keyed or keyed-alike. Also known as a master key, these keys open every lock within a home.
  • Lockouts, both emergency or at request of law enforcement. We are available 24/7 for emergency lockouts in the home or business.
  • Locks supplied and fitted to windows, doors, garages. Many different types of locks and keys available for installation. We can discuss your needs at the time of enquiry for a solution that suits you.

Automotive (Car) Lock Services

  • Repair and re-key locks damaged by break-ins or attempted break ins, or when keys have been lost or damaged.
  • Cut spare keys. Both standard and  newer-model transponder keys are available for cutting and programming.
  • Key creation for most makes and models of car when no original key is available.

Commercial Lock Services

  • Locks re-keyed
  • Locks and Door Furniture supplied and fitted
  • Repair and/or replacement of locks and keys
  • Master key and security key systems
  • Padlocks supplied, fitted and keyed.


  • Supply and installation of safes
  • Change of combination lock codes
  • Service of existing locks
  • Safe Upgrades

As always, you can contact us any time with enquiries for your safety and security needs.

How Do Intruders Break Locks?

How Do Intruders Break Locks?

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We all know the best way to protect  your family and possessions is to ensure that your home is properly secured. If not, today we will explain what are the difference of picking door locks, breaking door locks and bumping door locks means. So that you can keep valuables in.

Locks are usually placed on doors and windows, with the homeowner having a couple of keys on them.

Most people don’t want to have to hire locksmith Canberra . They protect themselves and their property by having more safe door locks. Some even go to the extent of using multiple lock systems for even greater protection.  Traditional locks are still the preferred system as they are more reliable, flexible and do not rely on electricity for their locking potential to be used.

Electronic door locking systems offer great value and convenience. This is because you do not need to carry your keys and less chance to lose keys.

One Lock or Two?

Traditional locking systems are purely mechanical and rely on a combination of simple machines to work. Traditional locks have few disadvantages which includes being easy to pick and owners consistently losing their keys and that is when you can call locksmith Canberra.

Several homeowners add multiple locking systems to compliment their traditional doors and they also order extra sets of keys just in case they lose their keys when they go out.

Many homeowners rely on their door locks as the main line of defence against robbery. However, with so many new resources available on picking, breaking and lock bumping, it is normal to have questions about your home security system. Our locksmith Canberra team will explain them today.

This article will walk you through the different ways intruders breach locks, and share top home safety tips on how you can protect yourself against security breaches.

There are three main ways that intruders can breach your door lock:

  • Picking
  • Breaking
  • Bumping

Lock Picking

Picking locks is one of the oldest ways to gain entry into homes. Using household items or only a few tools, thieves can manipulate the components of a lock to open it without a key easily.  The lock picking tools are able to manipulate the pins within the lock to turn the lock to the open position without causing damage.

With this method, many expert locksmiths practice lock picking in order to help homeowners enter into their home after they have lost their keys. Doing this grants access without damaging the lock.

Lock Breaking

Lock breaking is another tactic thieves use to gain access to your home and breach your door lock. Using a set of tools such as a screwdriver or hammer, they damage the lock to open the door. Blunt force can also be used to damage the lock and entry way of the door to gain access.

This process of lock breaking damages the lock permanently. This requires the homeowner to replace the lock and door frame too.

Lock Bumping

Is similar to lock picking, except that it uses a “bump key”. This is a universal key that allows access to almost any lock it is used on.  Bump keys can be made at home with only a few tools. They are used to gain illegal access into homes by intruders. Bump keys are most commonly used on pin-and-tumbler design locks.


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How Do Transponder Car Keys Work?

How Do Transponder Car Keys Work?

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A transponder key is a car key with an inbuilt chip that is needed to deactivate an engine immobiliser. Most cars post-1995 have these immobilisers.

The engine control unit (ECU) of the car sends an electronic message to the key when the ignition is turned to on or run. The car will only start if it receives the correct message back from the key.

Transponder is the words “transmitter” and “responder” combined. The word emerged at around 1945. A transponder is a small electronic chip that has a “non-volatile memory” which doesn’t need constant electricity for data retention. A transponder also features a set of windings, or coil, which is made of fine wire wrapped around a tube. This is similar to the windings in an electric motor.

There are two kinds of transponders – electric coupled systems, and magnetic coupled systems. Electric coupled systems can transmit data anywhere from a few inches to many miles, such as those used in aeroplanes and satellites. They require significant amounts of constant energy to function. Magnetic coupled systems, in contrast, are passive – they do not need constant energy or a power source. They transmit and receive data on the 125kHz bandwidth. Because they are un-powered, they have a limited transmission range – anywhere from 1 to 15 centimetres. This radio transmission can penetrate certain materials such as the plastic surrounding the chip built into a car key.

How it Works

Most car transponder chips have a similar process for key identification. There is an induction coil mounted around the ignition lock. This generates an electromagnetic field when a key is inserted into the ignition and turned. The windings in the key absorb that energy and use it to power the transponder chip which then emits the code signal to the ECU. The signal is most often an alphanumeric code. This process allows the electronic components in the car to function which in turn allows the engine to start or continue running.

Transponder keys can be cut and programmed using our special equipment here at Out and About Locksmiths.

How Out and About Locksmiths Can Help You

How Out and About Locksmiths Can Help You

locksmith canberra services As a house owner, you primary concern is ensuring that your property and family are safe. However, this can only be achieved by using residential locksmith Canberra  who service all types of residential locks. Since your house and family are the priority, it is essential to ensure that it has high level security in order for you and your family to feel 100% protected. Therefore, it is important to understand all the services you can get from the residential locksmith experts like Out And About.

When should you call residential locksmith services?

A residential locksmith can help you get into your property safely and conveniently in case you are locked out. If you have lost your keys the locksmith will simply take your lock cylinder apart in order to decode the pins and use this information to produce a matching key. Out and About Locksmiths can make as many key duplicates as you need.

We Do Lock Replacements and Upgrades

Locks can wear out just like any other thing. If your lock cylinders are getting worn out due to heavy use, the finish is fading or cracking in the sun or the bolt/latch breaking from retracting too many times, all locks will need to be repaired or replaced at some point. Residential locksmith services are ideal for such tasks as they are usually submerged in the dynamic security industry on a daily basis. Professional locksmiths are usually fully trained and up to date with numerous contemporary lock designs and various residential security consideration sand concerns.

Fresh installation of locks and related hardware

After moving in to a new property, it is vital that all locks be changed. Using the same locks and keys poses a major security risk to the home. Getting the help of residential locksmiths helps as they have the proper tools and are also well qualified for the job.

When choosing residential locksmith services, choose experienced technicians who are fully trained, licensed and certified.

This is a good way of ensuring that they will deliver the level of expertise and service required. Call Out and About 24/7 on 0431 515 640 or contact us.

What To Look For When Choosing A Locksmith

What To Look For When Choosing A Locksmith

locksmith CanberraIf you’ve ever needed to find a trades person to do a job, you’ll know how overwhelming it can be. Who do you choose? Is their price reasonable? Will they rip you off? Is their work guaranteed? While we can’t speak for other trades, Out and About Locksmith Canberra will give you the inside scoop on what to look for when choosing a locksmith for your security needs. It might be a bit of a job in the beginning, but when it is your family’s safety on the line, being thorough is a must.

  1. Ask for proof of certification! A reputable locksmith will be a member of the Locksmiths Guild of Australia and Security Construction Equipment Committee (SCEC) approval.
  2. Personal recommendations. Ask family and friends if they know and can personally recommend someone. Word of mouth is the best advertising for services, either good or bad.
  3. Ask for itemised quotes for the work you need done, and get more than one quote.
  4. Check for proof of insurance and guarantee of work
  5. When enquiring, check their professionalism over the phone. Do they use a business name when answering the phone, do they take the time to listen to what you require and are they happy to provide an itemised quote.
  6. Check if the person you are talking to is the person who will come and complete the job.

We hope these few tips give you an idea what to look for when requiring the services of a locksmith. Out and About Locksmith Canberra fulfil all these criteria, you can check out our services and certification here. If you have any questions, you can message us any time and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


When You Need More Than a Guard Dog

When You Need More Than a Guard Dog

guard lion home security Out and About Locksmiths Canberra are the people you need when it comes to home security solutions. If you’ve just bought a new house, you should definitely consider having new locks installed. Who knows how many other people have previously had keys to your house? It’s a risk you just don’t want to take. Contact us now to get your property secured!

Safety Warning – Kids, Animals and Cars

Safety Warning – Kids, Animals and Cars

dog looking out car window During the summer, we all like to get out and about and enjoy the nice weather. Enjoying it with our families and pets is even better. For whatever reason though, a growing number of incidents are occurring with dogs and children being left unattended in cars. Quite often, particularly with animals, the end result is devastating.

Out and About Locksmiths would like to stress the importance of never leaving your pets unattended in a locked vehicle. The temperature can soar inside cars at an alarming rate, way past the actual outdoor temperature.

Never give your young children your car keys to play with, on the off-chance they manage to get themselves into the car and be unable to get themselves out. Leaving children to sleep in a car while you do other things is also a recipe for disaster. It really is a risk you do not want to take with their lives.

This safety reminder is brought to you by Out and About Locksmiths Canberra, your professional local locksmiths.

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day!

 The team at Out & About Locksmiths Canberra hope you all have a safe and enjoyable long weekend! Don’t forget, if you’re going out and end up stuck without your car or house keys, we’re available to come out and rescue you! Yes, even on a public holiday! You can contact us any time for quotes or questions as well! Have a great weekend.