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!

It’s Superbowl Monday!

It’s Superbowl Monday!

 While it’s just another Monday morning here in Australia, one of the biggest sports matches of the year is happening in the United States. The Superbowl is renowned for being the most watched sports games of the year. Advertisers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote their products during the match screening, due to the audience numbers. It is also the game that has high-profile celebrities attend and perform.

This year’s match is the New England Patriots vs Philadelphia Eagles. While the team at Out & About Locksmiths Canberra are securing your property, you can find live score and news updates here.

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.

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

 From the team at Out and About Locksmith Canberra, we hope you have a safe and fun weekend! Don’t forget that we are available to help you out, whenever and wherever you need it! Whether it’s an emergency or just upgrading your home security, we can do it at a reasonable price. You can contact us for any other information you need!