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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!

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.

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.

Canberra’s Finest Locksmith

If you live in Canberra and are in need of a locksmith, you’ve come to the right place! Out and About Locksmiths is Canberra’s finest. Here’s why.

Why are We The Best?

Out and About Locksmiths has been providing first class locksmith services to Canberra since 2014. We have the experience in the field to be able to know what to do, and do a quality job quickly and for a competitive price.

Most people think of locksmiths as an emergency service, which is true, a lot of what we do is emergency work, but we also supply a range of other services that you may not be aware of. We can install security systems for your home, or new locks on your windows and doors. We can re-key your locks and make all your locks fit the one key for your convenience. If you don’t have spare keys, it would pay for you to get them made just in case, so if you ever misplace your keys you have a backup copy.

About Us

A lot of people think that a locksmith can’t make car keys due to the transponder technology, but we actually can cut and code new car keys on the spot. We have the equipment.

Our locksmiths are fully insured, and we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our services. You should put our number into your phone so you have easy access to us in case of a lock related emergency – 0431 515 640. If it’s not an emergency, call us any time for an obligation free quote, or send us an email.

Another advantage to choosing Out and About Locksmiths is that we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As you can see, there are many reasons to make Out and About Locksmiths your number one locksmith. Thanks for reading!

Locksmith Services

Our Services

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we offer a reliable, professional, friendly locksmith service that’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer a range of locksmith services that include installing locks, rekeying locks, cutting keys – including transponder car keys. We can even rekey car locks and program transponder keys.

We can set up all of your house locks to use the same key. We service Canberra and surrounds. We respond swiftly to your calls.

Locked Out?

Are you locked out of your house? Locked out of your office? Need to get into your safe? Don’t worry, call us and we can get you back in. If you’ve lost your keys, we can make you a new set. If you need a new deadlock, garage lock, or window lock, we can provide. We can also supply master keys and set up security systems. We can install commercial and residential safes and upgrades.

We are an SCEC (Security Construction and Equipment Committee) approved locksmith. The SCEC is a government committee which evaluates security equipment used by government agencies and departments.

We supply and fit door-closers. Our rates are highly competitive. We are a fully insured and licenced locksmith. We even provide an eftpos unit which we bring to you.

About Us

Our pricing can be flexible, especially if you’re a repeat customer. We like to give back a little, which is something you might not find with other locksmiths. Our locksmiths all have a GPS handy, so we’re ensured to get to you quickly and efficiently. You may have encountered questionable locksmiths in the past, but our locksmiths are all police-checked. You can count on the integrity of the staff here at Out and About Locksmiths.

Call us for an obligation-free quote!

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Locksmithing

General Information

In most countries, the traditional trade of locksmithing requires the completion of an apprenticeship. The formal education level varies depending on the country – from a simple training certificate awarded by an employer to a full diploma from an engineering college. Locksmiths come in a variety of types: commercial (working from a storefront), mobile (working from a vehicle), institutional, or investigational (forensic locksmiths). They may be specialists in one aspect of the skill, like automotive lock specialists, master key system specialists, or safe technicians. Many locksmiths are also security consultants, however not all security consultants have the knowledge and skills of a locksmith.

In the past, locksmiths repaired or constructed entire locks, including their parts, however, with the advent of cheap mass-production, this has become less common. Most locks are simply replaced if damaged. This excepts most high-security safes and strongboxes. Locksmiths also frequently work on existing door hardware such as door closers, frame repairs, electric strikes, and hinges. They also service electronic locks, for example making transponder keys for vehicles, and implementing access control systems.

While fitting and replacement of keys is still an important aspect of locksmithing, these days locksmiths are mainly involved in the installation of high quality lock sets, and the management, implementation, and design of keying and key control systems. Locksmiths are frequently needed to ascertain the level of risk to an institution or an individual, and then advise and implement correct combinations of policies and equipment to create a security layer that surpasses the reasonable threat of a potential intruder.

Out and About Locksmiths

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we offer a mobile locksmithing service that is available 24/7. We install locks, cut keys, advise about security systems and general home security, cater to commercial clients, cut car keys (including transponders), and we are an SCEC approved locksmith. Contact us today!

Don’t Get Locked Out Again

Have you ever been locked out of your own home? It can be embarrassing, and even dangerous. This can be a stressful and inconvenient situation, and it takes time and hassle to get back inside. Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we’ve put together some precautions you should take to avoid this.

Keep Track of Your Keys

This is a straightforward point. Use a system to keep your keys in the same place all the time, for example a key hook by the door.

Develop a Checking Habit

To ensure you never forget important items when leaving the house, make a mental note every time. For example: “I’ve got my wallet, keys and phone”. You will find this greatly reduces the chances of locking yourself out. You can even say this out loud if it helps reduce your anxiety about forgetting.

Hold Your Keys in Your Hand

If you’ve forgotten something inside the house and return to grab it, keep the keys in your hand – don’t put them down on a table or you might forget to pick them back up before you leave again.

Back Up Your Keys

Pre-emptively distribute spare keys amongst friends, neighbours, and family whom you trust. This makes getting back inside a breeze. You can just make a call or take a short walk and you’re back inside. You can also keep a spare key at work or in your car.

Digital Locks

An alternative to keys is digital locks. They are secure, convenient, and easy for a qualified locksmith to install. They can be programmed with different entry codes.

Spare Key Safe

Never just hide a spare key outside your house. This makes it far too easy for intruders to get in. A good option is a wall-mounted safe. These tough, coded containers are a safe backup option.

Although being locked out can be an emergency and we’ve all done it, following some of these pointers should drastically reduce or eliminate the likelihood of it happening again. Make sure you put our number in your phone – 0431 515 640. This way you will always have someone to turn to just in case.

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