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!

Speaking of Security

Speaking of Security

There is no doubt that some heavy duty security will be needed for this exhibition! Currently featuring at the National Gallery of Australia is a wide range of jewellery pieces created for some of the biggest stars by Maison Cartier.

An excerpt from the event pages states; “From Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara, to Grace Kelly’s engagement ring, and Elizabeth Taylor’s ruby necklace, Cartier: The Exhibition features more than 300 outstanding necklaces, brooches, tiaras, watches and ornaments, alongside rarely seen archival drawings, photographs and ephemera.”

If you’d like to know more about this event, you can follow the link to the page HERE. While the security needs of such an event are a bit out of our league, Out & About Locksmiths Canberra are the people to see for all your home security and safety needs. Contact us now to see how we can help you!

 

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

 If you have, or know of someone with a physical disability, you will recognise how difficult it can be to access public disabled facilities from time to time. Sometimes it’s outside normal hours and the council has locked up for the night or weekend. Or, the facilities are closed due to the risk of vandalism.

Did you know that with official documentation, you can access these facilities any time to want. You can apply to the Master Locksmith’s Association for a Master Locksmith Access Key. This key is provided to the applicant, giving them the ability to unlock public facilities such as toilets or special playground equipment. How awesome is that!

If you decide you would like to apply for one, click the link above. It gives information and links about where to find MLAK services are enabled around Australia.

There are strict eligibility requirements to have one of these keys. If you meet these requirements and the lock system is in use in your area, this can open up many opportunities that wouldn’t be possible. Out & About Locksmiths Canberra can provide you with one of these keys. This applies for services in the Canberra area. Just another thing that makes us the superior local locksmith. Get in touch with us today!

How Do Intruders Break Locks?

How Do Intruders Break Locks?

locksmith canberra, residential locksmith canberra

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.

 

If you have more questions, why not visit our Facebook page. 

Car Theft Is At All-time High

Car Theft Is At All-time High

car theft If you are thinking that the prevalence of car theft is getting higher these days, you’re not wrong. While some people put it down the social media publicising things more, car theft is definitely on the rise. That is why it is absolutely essential to make sure your car is locked and your keys are safely put away. This is also very important for insurance purposes. If your car still manages to get stolen even after precautions are taken, you know you did everything possible.

In the event your keys go missing or the battery to the transponder stops working, don’t worry!  Give Out and About Locksmiths Canberra a call on 0431 515 640. We can make a new set of keys or replace batteries for you and get you back in your car safely and securely. No one wants to be a statistic of car theft!

 

April 1st – Check Your Batteries!

April 1st – Check Your Batteries!

cctv camera, security camera April 1st, aside from being April Fool’s Day, is also the national day for people to check their smoke alarm batteries and replace them. Doing this small thing can save a lot of heartache down the road. While it was a couple of days ago, there’s no time like now to do a check.

While you’re at it, why not check other vital batteries around the home? If you have any surveillance cameras that run on batteries, your car key transponder battery, the battery that runs your car. Essentially, any battery that if it failed could leave you with a problem and a bill. While we are always happy to help out when needed, prevention is the best form of protection when it comes to being locked out from a dead battery.

Out and About Locksmiths Canberra are also happy to come and do an audit of your home security system and make recommendations on how to protect you and your family. Why not contact us today to see what we can do for you?

What Are Keys Made Of?

What Are Keys Made Of?

key inside hole It’s common knowledge that the majority of door and car keys are made out of metal. If you weren’t sure exactly what metal they were made of, or even how they were made, then you’re in luck! Out and About Locksmith Canberra decided today we would share this information with you.

The majority of house keys are made out of a combination of nickel and silver, or brass. While most keys come in either silver or brown colouring, they are able to be plated in assorted colours as well. This plating will wear over time as it is just a coating.

When keys are manufactured, it is in a machine called a Mill. The process of the key being created itself is known as milling. Finally, the key, before being lasered/cut into its unique pattern, is called a blank. During production, it is even possible to have a company’s brand or logo embossed on the head of the key.

Key barrels, cylinders and locks are manufactured in a similar fashion, in a production machine called a lathe. While we don’t manufacture keys, for all your locksmith needs, you can call on the services of us here at Out and About Locksmith. You can contact us anytime for a quote on a complete security system for your home. We even do emergency services if you lock yourself out of the house or car.

We hope you have a fantastic rest of the week and we’ll see you Out and About soon!

 

 

Tips For Securing Your Property

Tips For Securing Your Property

silver padlock No matter how “good” of a street or suburb we live in, break-ins and theft still happen. By making sure you properly secure your home and cars, the less risk there is of you being affected.

Here at Out and About Locksmiths Canberra, we are all about security! Today we decided to give you some tips and tricks on securing your property and protecting your family.

7 Tips for Home Security

 

  1. Always, always ALWAYS lock your doors. It’s amazing how lacksadaisical we can get when it comes to locking our doors. Especially when you think you’ll “only be gone for less than an hour”. It won’t take that long for an opportunistic thief to see you leave, jump in and take your wallet, keys, small electronics. Don’t risk it!
  2. Make sure the locks fitted on your doors are strong, and working properly. Front doors should have a deadlock and screen doors should have working locks with the mesh intact.
  3. Get security screens fitted to your windows , if not locks. Not only do they help secure your property, they also act as a bit of protection for your window glass.
  4. Don’t forget to secure your sheds and garages as well! No doubt there will be property stored in them that is a target for thieves.
  5. Introduce yourself to your neighbours. Getting to know each other is an important part of neighbourhood safety, and identifying who lives in the area and what could be considered suspicious activity always helps.
  6. Get an alarm installed, or alternatively a guard dog. Either will alert you or your neighbours to anything out of the ordinary on your property.
  7. Never leave your keys out in the open where someone could take them. Have a few sets handy in safe places in case one set gets lost, and change the locks as soon as possible. This applies to homes and cars.

We hope these few tips have provided some information on how you can keep all your valuable things in your possession. By doing this, you also keep your family safe from the trauma of intruders entering your house while you’re there.

 

The Winter Olympics Are On!

The Winter Olympics Are On!

 The 2018 Winter Olympics are being held right now in PyeongChang, China.  In light of this big event dominating the media, the team at Out and  About Locksmiths Canberra thought we’d share some information about it. Most people already know the Olympics are held every 4 years in various countries. What might not be known, is that there are two categories of Olympics, Summer and Winter, which are staggered. This means that if you include both categories, they are held every two years.

Sports are divided in to two categories, summer and winter. Winter events include sports like bobsledding, various forms of ice-skating and skiing, snow boarding and ice hockey. Although Australia has hosted the summer Olympics twice (1956 & 2000), it has never held a winter Olympics to date. While it is quite popular, Winter Olympics gain less attention than the Summer ones, possibly due to a less broad range of sports.

Interested in keeping track of what’s happening during the event? We’ve included a live link here to help keep you up-to-date.

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!