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!

 

 

Common Mistakes People Make With Keys and Locks

Common Mistakes People Make With Keys and Locks

keys on bench with coffeeThere are many ways to lock yourself out, and it is almost always accidental. Luckily, locksmiths like Out and About Locksmith Canberra are here to help you in your time of need! We decided to outline the most common mistakes that people make with their keys, be it house, work or car keys.

Car keys

  • Not keeping your spare key on you. Unfortunately, if you lock yourself out of your car, having the spare key at another location not easily accessible makes things a bit harder. Or leaving it in the glove box.
  • Not having a spare key at all. This is a big one. It is definitely worth having a spare key made if you only have one key. This applies to house and business keys as well.
  • Putting your keys down somewhere in your car. Some cars have an auto lock feature or a boot lock only feature. It is very common that you unlock your boot, put your keys down, load the car and then slam the boot shut. Thus, locking your keys inside the car.
  • Not getting remote locking looked at when it first starts playing up. It is always best to get this fixed at the first sign of the battery failing. If you keep putting it off, you’ll be up for a new battery and the locksmith’s services as well.

House/Business Keys

  • Giving keys to children to play with and lose as a result. There has been many times where a small child was given keys as a distraction because of their lovely jingly sound. Said child has gone off and left them somewhere, and is either unable or unwilling to tell the parent or caregiver where they have put them!
  • Another cause involving children is them trying to “unlock” things that shouldn’t and end up getting the key stuck or broken.
  • Not getting “sticky” locks looked at. You don’t want to leave getting this fixed. It will avoid the distress of a child or animal being locked inside a room. Getting them out will require time and probably noise.
  • Not changing locks when you purchase a new property. It is vital to do this, otherwise your safety might be compromised. Who knows how many other keys exist that can unlock your house?

Hopefully this has given you an insight in how to minimise the probability of requiring emergency services of a locksmith. Don’t forget though, Out and About Locksmiths Canberra are here 24/7 if this should ever happen to you.

Locking Yourself Out of the House – What To Do Next

Locking Yourself Out Of the House – What To Do Next

locksmith lock canberraWe’ve all been there. That sinking feeling you get when you close a door behind you, or it blows shut unexpectedly and it locks….and in that instance you realise you left your keys inside.

Depending on your situation, if you want to try and find a way to gain access to your property, there’s a few things to try.

First thing to do is not panic.

Secondly, assess the situation. Is anyone in danger? If small children are locked inside or you are vulnerable, disregard the following and contact your local emergency services.

If there is nobody in danger, the next thing to consider is if anyone else has a key to your property? A partner or housemate? Landlord or real estate agent? Give them a call and see if they can let you in or borrow a spare key to retrieve your own keys.

The next few suggestions, will unfortunately prove if you can get access to your house this way, a thief can too. Not great for security, but it might be end of your troubles.

Did you leave a window unlocked? Can you remove the door knob? This will only work if there isn’t a deadbolt on the door.

If all else fails Out and About Locksmiths Canberra are here to help!

 

How Does A Lock Work?

How Does A Lock Work?

pin tumbler lock actionHave you ever wondered how a lock works? Or why a key has to be cut a certain way to unlock it? The most common type of lock is called a pin tumbler, and requires a key cut to its particular pattern of pins in order to open it.

To demonstrate, we found an infographic that shows how this particular type of lock works.

Remember, if you’re ever in a jam with this type of lock, or any other type; the team at Out And About Locksmiths Canberra will be there ASAP to help you out! Contact us here if you have any questions about the services we offer!

Take Care This Weekend

Take Care This Weekend

It hasn’t been a great time for safety on the roads these last few weeks of the holidays. Take care on your travels this weekend, and don’t become another statistic!

From the team at Out and About Locksmiths Canberra, keep cool and keep safe!

What Type of Door Lock Do I Need?

What Type of Door Lock Do I Need?

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The only thing stopping a criminal getting into your home is your locks!

With so many options available, how do you decide which lock will best suits your needs?

Out and About Locksmiths are here to show you what to look for, and how to choose the right one for your home.

 

Types of door locks

There are two main types of locks on the market.

  • Deadbolts : your main security feature and the preferred lock when it comes to securing your home
  • Knobs/ Levers : usually used more for secondary security and internal doors

 

What to look for?

There are a few reasons you would consider purchasing new door locks. For example, during upgrading your home, new home construction or renovation, or after a break-in. Many people consider style before function but this isn’t always the best way. Your lock is only as good as its quality. Quality, safety and function come first.

 

What Room Needs a Lock?

Depending on which rooms require locks, there are three main functional categories: 1) entry 2) privacy 3) passage.

Defining the main function is the first step in choosing a lock. Function and quality will help determine the level of security and endurance your lock will need to uphold. For instance, a hallway or interior door usually doesn’t require as strong a level of security as your front door. If it’s a high traffic area like the bathroom, you’ll want your lock to hold up longer. Therefore a higher grade of lock is more appropriate.

Quality & Consistency

When you buy a certain type of lock for your home please choose the same lock throughout, with the exception of the exterior lock. Cheapest is not always best, either!

 

Helpful Tips for choosing the right door lock

  1. Always look at the quality not style.
  2. Whichever lock you get, be sure to look for the UL on the packaging.
  3. When you’re securing your home, make sure you’re using a Grade 1 deadbolt to maximise home security.
  4.  If you still aren’t sure what you need, you can call Out and About Locksmith Canberra to secure your home.

Not Just Doors – What Else Can a Locksmith Do?

Not Just Doors – What Else Can a Locksmith Do?

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The first thing you think of when you hear the word “locksmith” is doors. You might be surprised to know that a locksmith range of abilities is bigger than you think! Here are a few things that locksmiths can also do.

 

 

Window Locks – just like doors, windows can also have keyed locks on them for added security.

Key Cutting – a locksmith is able to cut many, if not all types of keys available.

Car Locks – locksmiths can get you into your car if you leave the keys in, but also repair the lock, reprogram remote control keys, change flat batteries or just cut another key.

Security Safes – some locksmiths are able to install and repair locks and cut keys for security safes.

The team at Out And About Locksmiths Canberra can do many of the above services, 24 hours a day. Contact us any time to see how we can help!

5 Common Types of Locks

5 Common Types of Locks

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Although there are well over 10 frequently used locks that are readily available, we thought we’d give you a list and brief explanation of the 5 most commonly used, installed and repaired locks by Locksmith Canberra.

Padlock: The most commonly used and recognised lock. They come in many different sizes and shapes, are opened by either a key or a combination lock and are the only portable lock available.

Deadbolt: Are a fixed lock that comes in three main types; single and double barrel, and thumb-turn/knib. This lock is most commonly installed on external doors, in partnership with a knob lock.

Knob Lock:  Partnered with deadbolts on external doors, as well as on their own on internal doors. They are the most common internal door lock for residential houses.

Lever-handle: are the most common internal commercial door lock, and they are opened by the handle moving downwards.

Cam Lock: Small lock found on objects such as filing cabinets and letterboxes.

 

Whatever type of locks you have around the home or business, you can contact us for any issues that arise, at any time. We are here to help you 24/7.

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