Where Are Our Locksmith Services Located?

Where Are We Located?

 Out and About Locksmith services are located in the heart of Canberra and service a wide range of suburbs. We can help you out with most residential locksmith services. This includes locks rekeyed or keyed alike (a master key), emergency lockouts, repairing and replacing broken locks, fitting multiple varieties of locks, the list goes on.

Don’t forget, we also do a range of car and truck key repairs, replacement keys for ignition and doors, key battery replacement, key reprogramming, almost anything you need!

You can find us on Google Maps, where you can also check out our Google Reviews!

Need any locksmith services? Don’t hesitate to contact us via our contact form or phone us on 0431 515 640.

 

 

 

 

How Unique Is Your Lock and Key?

How Unique Is Your Lock and Key?

locksmiths, locksmith services, locksmith australia, Have you ever wondered how many unique combinations of lock and key there are in the world? Or considered that someone around you may actually have a key that will open your front door?

Well, while it technically is possible, particularly if it’s a popular brand of key and lock, the chances are still quite small that you’ll come across someone who can randomly access your locks!

Generally speaking, a cheaper, simpler lock will have a smaller range of unique combination. A basic 3-pin tumbler lock can have just over 200 different combinations. This is because of the number of “pins” required to turn the lock. Heavier, more secure or customised locks with have more pins and therefore more combinations available, over 19, 000! The better the lock, the more secure it is, for more than one reason!

If you want a lock installed correctly and for maximum security, then Out and About Locksmith Canberra have you covered. We can supply and fit locks for every need and desire at competitive prices. Similarly, Out and About always stay up to date with new advances in security and will be able to help you out if you find yourself stuck and locked out in the Canberra-wide area. If you’re thinking of upgrading your locks, get in contact with us today so we can show you how to stay safe and secure!

 

Tips For Keeping Car Keys Safe

Tips For Keeping Car Keys Safe

lock in car Statistics say that 20% of car theft cases are because the car was left unlocked with the keys either in the ignition or on the seat. It is vital for the safety of your keys and car, that you always keep the car locked when not inside it. Always keep the keys on you or well-secured.

Out & About Locksmith Canberra take car locks and safety seriously. We have provided a few tips for you to stop opportunistic thieves from stealing your keys and most likely, your car:

What to do:

  • Remove keys from the ignition if your vehicle is parked or unattended. Even if you think you’ll only be gone a minute or two. That’s all it takes for someone to grab the opportunity.
  • Take your car keys with you if you are going out. Even if you aren’t taking your car and it is left at home.
  • Don’t leave car keys lying around on tables, benches, bedside tables or key hooks – keep them out of sight. Either on your person/in your bag that’s with you is the best option.
  • When parked in a garage, ensure both the garage and vehicle are locked and the garage door remotes (if applicable) are secured.
  • Always lock your vehicle including the boot and sunroof. Remember to fully close the windows. Even leaving the slightest crack open could be what makes a thief choose your car to steal.
  • Remove or place out of sight all valuable and personal documents. As easy as it is to just leave things on the seat next to you, it only takes a second. Someone sees the opportunity to steal.
  • Don’t hide spare keys on or around the vehicle – thieves know where to look. Keep your spare as far away as reasonably possible, even with another person.

We hope these few tips have given an insight on how to protect your car keys from being lost or stolen. In the event it does happen, the team at Out & About Locksmith Canberra will be happy to help you out, 24/7. Contact us now.

Why Install Home Security Cameras

Why Install Home Security Camera

cctv camera, security camera Technology has come a long way very quickly, especially when it comes to home security. Ten to 15 years ago, only higher income homes would have security cameras installed. These days, buying and setting up a home security camera is fast, easy and affordable. While a cheaper system might not have every bell or whistle, it can do a perfectly adequate job of protecting your home. Camera systems can also be known as surveillance or CCTV. Here are a few things to consider when installing a security camera in and around your home.

  • Find out the areas that a camera would be most beneficial. Obviously, you can have more than one installed but it would be a bit hard to get the whole 360 degrees of your house under camera guard. Look for hiding spots that could be missed by the naked eye. These areas are where an opportunistic thief could take advantage of not being seen.
  • Be aware of privacy laws. Where you position your camera could have an effect on your neighbours’ privacy.
  • You might require inside security cameras as well, which can add to the cost, but also the security of your home.
  • When in doubt, get a professional to give guidance. This will ensure your system complies with laws and gives max protection.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this brief overview of home security cameras. Don’t forget, if you ever have an issue with locks as part of your system, you can give Out and About Locksmiths Canberra a call any time. Contact us now.

Tips For Tracking Down Missing Keys

Tips For Tracking Down Missing Keys

keys on bench with coffee It’s inevitable that at some point you will misplace your keys. Obviously, this can cause different degrees of panic, which is where Out & About Locksmith Canberra can come in and save the day.

If you aren’t locked out, but can’t remember where you put your keys, we’ve put together some tips to help jog your memory.

  1. Try to remember the last place you know you definitely had them. It may not be even the same day you lost them, but it can help you process the steps of what happened after.
  2. Go back to all the areas you’ve been since you last had them, or if you can’t physically go back then get in contact with someone else in that location to check if they were left there.
  3. Check the most obvious places first
  4. Clean up as you go along so you can see where you’ve looked
  5. Ask others if they saw your keys and maybe picked them up to return later
  6. If all else fails, contact a reputable locksmith like Out and About Locksmith Canberra.

Once you either find your lost keys or get a new set, make sure to take steps to keep them safe. We will cover this in our next blog post. In the meantime, if you have any inquiries or questions, feel free to call us or use the contact us form for unbeatable service.

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 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.

Safes

  • 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.