The Most Expensive Home Door Locks On the Planet

The Most Expensive Home Door Locks On the Planet

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Locksmith |

Most home insurance companies advocate that homeowners should purchase American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Grade 1 locks from a first-class renowned brand since they are better placed to withstand housebreak attempts. As technology advances, techniques of breaking into houses and offices have also gone a notch higher. Consequently, locksmiths have devised sophisticated and state-of art locks to respond to these security threats. Today we are seeing new technology of locks that use Bluetooth or Wifi to allow access. Most of the most effective, stylish and latest products also happen to be the most expensive home door locks on the planet. Here are a few and also, if you happen to be in or around Atlanta, click here to check out ATL Locksmith Pros.

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This is the most vouched for smart door lock. It is compatible with majority of cylindrical lock types. It uses a Bluetooth device and detects as you approach. In case you run out of battery, you can still use a key. iPhone owners can enjoy the Apple HomeKit so that the wrist worn device will allow you lock the door, view activity log, and get instant alerts. It is currently retailing for between $230 and $250.

Medeco Locks

Medeco is one of the most reputable locks and one of the most expensive home door locks on the planet. They have been used in government offices globally including the White house. Still available in Deadbolts, Medeco is available in arrange of features. The features will determine how much you are going to pay ranging from $170 to $379.

Mul-T-Lock ENTR

This is the Rolls Royce of the door locks industry. Its biometric feature stands out as it enables you open the door using your fingerprint ID. There are several mod-cons with Mul-T-Lock ENTR for instance access through smartphone, an app for temporary access) or a PIN code. It three barrel multi-lock technology makes it the most solid in the market. It is smooth to use and invisible from outside. Depending on where you are going to purchase it, it ranges between $300 and $320.

The Goji Smart Locks

This door lock has its own own-lock welcome screen. It works with a Bluetooth for Smartphone, fob proximity opening plus Wi-Fi for remote control utility. It has a customer service call center incase you lock yourself out without a Smartphone. It comes with 4 electronic keys and 2 mechanical backup keys. The Goji Smart Lock is offered in Copper, Silver and Gold finishes. It retails for about $299. You can get extra keyfobs for $40 each or $75 a pair.

Haven

Haven is fastened to the base of the front door which is its strongest point. It acts as a mechanical entry barrier. It released through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It also comes with a physical footplate with the ability to release the lock in the event of an emergency. Haven is compatible with a number of devices such as Nest Thermostat, Apple Homekit and research with Z-Wave is still ongoing. It is currently available for $219.

Kwikset Kevo & Kevo Plus

kwikset-iphoneThe Kwikset Kevo is somewhat discreet for a smart door lock. It almost resembles a standard deadbolt except for the blue ring lights around it. It’s a Blue-tooth only lock and works by touch. When you tap the lock, it unlocks as long as the Smartphone or keyfob is close by. It comes with 2 physical keys and 2 ekeys (electronic), plus free unlimited 24-hour guest keys. The upgrade –Kevo Plus is available and comes with a Bluetooth Gateway to connect Kevo to your home Wi-Fi or internet. This will enable you unlock the door remotely and get real time updates on any visitor to your home or office. You can get the door lock in Satin, Nickel, Venetian Bronze and Lifetime Polished finishes. At Amazon, it retails at $219 each. It offers effortlessly simple operation with the best combination of security and convenience.

Yale keyless connected

Yale is a trusted brand in the door locks industry. It is key-fee and you have an option of connecting it to your Smartphone. It can use a code, key fob or card. You can get one at $200.

The Schlage Sense

schlage-senseThe Schlage Sense allows you access by tapping an access code on your iPhone or through the fitted touchscreen. It has a deadbolt setup and with a compatibility with Apple HomeKit. It is going for about $230.

When compiling a list of the most expensive home door locks on the planet we are considering the initial cost of acquiring the lock, technology required and cost of replacement.

 

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When Should You Replace Your Locks?

When Should You Replace Your Locks?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Locksmith |

New and modern locks should be your first line of defense against break-ins into your house. Locks play a very important role of keeping your belongings and family safe.

There is no point of compromising your security as well as that of your family because of old or broken locks. Just like any other maintenance job, replacing the old locks in your home should be done routinely. There are various signs that indicate your locks need to be replaced.

There are many occasions when it is important to consider changing old locks and thanks to Chandler Locksmith Pros, here are a few.

When you’re moving into a new house

Consider changing the door locks when moving into a new home and have new keys. Chances are that the previous owners will have keys to your doors. It’s better to take precautions and replace all the locks with new ones.

When you lose your keys or they are stolen

You can drop your keys anywhere. Of course when this happens, you don’t have to take anything to chances. The first thing you should do is replace the locks on your home immediately. Even if you find the keys afterwards, it’s possible that they could have been duplicated.

When your house is broken into

BurglarThe first thing to consider once your house has been broken into is replacing the old locks. This is true especially when there was forceful break-in into your house which might have interfered with the mechanics of the locks. Damaged locks compromise your security a great deal and render the locks prone to mechanical failure. Therefore, it’s advisable to assume that your keys might have fallen into the wrong hands and consider replacing all your old locks to avoid security risks.

When the locks are worn out

Locks wear out especially when they have been used for a long period of time. Worn out locks pose a serious security risk as far as home security is concerned given that they are easier to pick and break. Moreover, you will find that over time it may become difficult to lock and unlock your door using the key. Locks with visible signs of wear and tear should be replaced immediately to avoid inconvenient malfunction.

When you have a new roommate

If you rent space in your house to another person, it’s a good idea to replace your locks whenever a new tenant moves in. This will guarantee you security and protection from unwanted people who may still have a copy key to the old locks. Even if your latest tenant returned in their keys, it’s possible that they may have made a backup copy.

When you are experiencing a break-up or divorce

Divorce 2If you are going through divorce, changing your door locks should be the first thing to do. Breakups are hard. You cannot trust the other person given that possessions are a major area of contention in cases of separation. The other person can sneak in and break into your home. Take immediate caution and change your locks. Remember, the same case can apply to roommates and friends too.

If you had given out your keys to repairmen and not had the keys returned , or had them returned later than you expected, change your locks.

You leave the keys with your children

Children may not take proper care of keys when in their hands. They can lose the keys leading to them being duplicated. Therefore, if you usually leave the keys with your kids, consider replacing the locks frequently.

You gave someone your keys to check on your house while away

In some instances you may leave your keys with a person you trust but someone else gets hold of the keys and makes a copy. When this happens, you should consider changing your old locks to be on the safe side.

Generally, it’s a good idea to change your locks every few years , even if you haven’t experienced the above-mentioned situations. Locks can become obsolete especially in the current world where security technology is fast-evolving. So keep up with the changes so as to protect your home and possessions.

Your safety and that of your family should always come first. If you feel that the safety of your home is threatened, consider making changes right away, starting with replacing your locks. In order to get top-notch locksmith services, consider hiring a professional locksmith.

 

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Why Use A Master Key System

Why Use A Master Key System

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Locksmith |

Master keys come in handy when you want to access many rooms at the same time. There are many types of these keys and they vary depending on the level of the system. For example, there is the 2-level key system that has two levels of keying.

It’s considered as the lowest level as it produces less powerful keys known as change keys. Keys under the 2-level system operate only one lock. They can also operate a group of locks that are the same. The most power unit under this system is known as the master key.

Master Key systemThere is also the 3-level key system that is basically a system of 2-level systems that have been tied together. The most powerful unit here is known as the grand master key.

The final system is the 4-level system which ties two or more 3-level systems tied together to form a great grand master key.

Benefits of Having a Master Key

master key2The main advantage of having a master key is that you are able to access the various units of your building with the same key. This is important when there is an emergency. For example, when there is a fire outbreak. The keys are also important when you want to access many rooms in a building in order to repair a large electrical or plumbing mishap.

If you are a business owner, having the system allows you to give managerial roles to different people. For example, you can give the main key to the store manager and then give the sub-keys to the people down the hierarchy so that they can have access to the different rooms in the building.

Disadvantages of a Master Key

While the key has many benefits, it also has a number of disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is when you lose the key. If the unit gets in the wrong hands you can lose a lot of property as the person with the key has the ability of accessing all the rooms or offices within a very short time.

If you notice that the key is in the wrong hands you should contact a professional locksmith immediately in order to replace all the locks. It’s good to note that while this will solve the problem, it’s very time consuming and expensive. To avoid this you should be very careful with the keys and ensure that they don’t get into the wrong hands.

How it Works:

If you have already read my “How Locks Work” article, then you know that locks work off of pins and tumblers. The varying size pins line up with the cuts on a key to allow the plug to turn and activate the lock. So, if a lock has pins numbered 3-5-4-2-1 then the cuts on the key must be 3-5-4-2-1.

But how does the Master Key come in? If we add another set of pins into the equation then a lot of possibilities open up. Let me give you an example with a master pin in just one cell:

The lock is pinned 3-5-4-2-1 with a #2 master over the first #3 pin. Now the original key works cut to 3-5-4-2-1, but a second shear line is available at 5-5-4-2-1 (just add 2 to the first #3 pin). Two keys will now open the same lock. By manipulating these pins and combinations all sorts of possibilities open up.

The Good:

Master Key systems allow for a variety of useful situations:

The manager can have one key to enter any unit in an emergency.

Maintenance personnel can be given a key that only opens maintenance or storage doors

Keys can be made for specific vendors like the pool, elevator, or alarm companies to give them restricted access to only the areas they need.

Common area locks can be set-up so that any property key will open the lock. This is useful for pool gates or common storage rooms.

A well designed Master Key system can remove frustration, increase security, and allow for quick access in an emergency. In fact in some areas Emergency Services require Master Key systems to ensure access in the event of fire, flood, or medical emergency. When the worst happens, then quick access can save lives and property.

With today’s technologies, there is no longer a need for those large key-rings with 50+ keys on them. Contact avondalelocksmith.org for a quote and review your property’s needs with them. Many locksmiths will offer a free security review of your property and will give you a free quote on upgrades and repairs. This way you will have the knowledge and tools to increase the security for the homeowner’s on the properties you manage.

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What Exactly Is Rekeying A Lock?

What Exactly Is Rekeying A Lock?

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Locksmith |

Lock rekeying is the process of changing the lock code. The lock is taken apart and the locking pins are replaced with new pins and springs, then new keys are cut to match the new locking pins. At this point the old keys will not operate the lock.

The reasons for rekeying a lock are many, but they should all revolve around security and key control. Let’s say that a bank has 5 keys that open the bank doors, when they do an audit it is discovered that they cannot account for one key. They have two choices: replace all the locks that the lost key opened or rekey all those locks. If the door hardware is in good condition then the choice should be to rekey. A locksmith like beverlyhillslocksmith.org can do this job at the bank and cut new keys to match the rekeyed locks.

Key control is the process of knowing where all your keys are and who has them. If you can’t account for even one then rekeying should be your first action. Remember, without Control you do not have a secure facility. Most quality locks can be rekeyed and if the lock happens to be high security, then when it is rekeyed you will get a new registered code with registered keys.

 

professional locksmith1Rekeying has an advantage if you want to change the keying sequence of your building. For example, if you have multiple doors that work with a different key (keyed different) and you want these doors to all open with the same key (keyed alike). All of these locks can be taken apart and rekeyed so that they all open with the same key. To take this a little further you can create a master system. This is when all the doors open with different keys, but you have one (master) that will open all the doors.

To rekey a lock, the cylinder must be made so that it can be removed from the padlock. Once removed the combination pins are changed to a new configuration and keys are cut to match. This process can be done many times. Not all padlocks are rekeyable though, it depends on the manufacturer, the manufacturing process and the cost. Most padlocks sold at big box stores are not rekeyable.

If you lose your keys and you want to make sure that your stuff is still secure you either have to purchase new padlocks or rekey them. The rekey process is much cheaper. For years high security padlocks were manufactured to be rekeyable. With these locks the rekey process is a little different. These types of locks use restricted lock and key codes. This usually means that only you will have those lock codes and therefore the keys to open those locks.

For businesses these types of locks offer many benefits:

rekeyingThe ability to change the lock codes quickly if keys are lost Padlocks can be keyed alike in groups from two to thousands There is the ability to create a master system Key control, you know where your keys are and who has them

There is another type of lock cylinder that go into padlocks. These are called removable core, SFIC or changeable. With these the complete lock cylinder is removed from the padlock and replaced with another one. The core can then be rekeyed and made ready for use in another padlock. The benefit to these types of locks is that anyone can change the padlock core. This helps to regain control of your keys immediately. Removable core padlocks are usually available only at service centers or locksmith stores and cost more than standard padlocks.

So how can you tell if a lock is rekeyable? For the average person it could be tough. If you go to big box stores the padlocks are usually carded, sealed in plastic and hung on a hook. Unless it is stated on the packaging it would be difficult to know. I don’t think that store personnel would be any help. If you want this type of padlock go to a professional Service Center.

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Smart Locks Add To The Safety Of Your Home

Smart Locks Add To The Safety Of Your Home

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Locksmith |

Many homeowners are working diligently to transform their home into a futuristic environment, because they are striving for a more modern style. One of the best ways to start is with Smart Home electronics. While you will find a limited array of the products on today’s market, it is important to note that they are a work in progress, but they are the future. Thanks to the guys at centenniallocksmith.com for their help on this article.

Full Control

august smart lockNot having the capabilities to control what goes in your home, while you are away at work on vacation can be very troublesome for a homeowner. This issue will become a thing of the past once your home is transformed into a Smart Home. Many individuals are most likely unfamiliar with this term, which is why it is important to educate yourself on this home automation technology. Smart Home devices not only off full control of your home, but it can offer an abundance of convenience.

Effortless Access

Have you ever been away on vacation and had to deal with a devastating occurrence in your home, but was unable to resolve the issue, because you could not permit someone access into your home? This happens more times than you could imagine, since millions of individuals work outside the state or country that they reside in. You should not be deterred by these infrequent occurrences, nor should you be forced to find another employment option. Instead, you should invest in a Smart Lock. These locks offer so much convenience and peace of mind, because they allow you to create an E-Key, which can be sent to any inbox, within a matter of seconds. Once the recipient receives the E-Key, they will be able to gain instant access into your home.

Bluetooth Capabilities

BluetoothMost electronic devices are being equipped with Bluetooth chips. This technology allows two Bluetooth devices to be able to communicate with each other. The Smart Lock is equipped with the Bluetooth chip, so it can communicate with your iOS and Android devices. The Bluetooth range will vary from device to device, but with the Smart Lock, you will find the range to be somewhere between 40-60 feet.

Most Smart Locks are now equipped with the Auto-Unlock feature, which basically means that once your source device is within the Bluetooth range, the Smart Lock will automatically unlock your door. This is amazing technology that cannot be ignored, since it offers the homeowner effortless access into their home.

Home Automation Systems

With the ever-increasing popularity of the Smart Home devices, many companies are developing software that allows all users to combine all of their devices together. This software allows you to control all of your devices through this one app, while you will find some home automation systems more technological, this is the pure basic form of this type of service.

You may not see the home automation benefit, as of yet, but consider how difficult it is to control each of your Smart Home devices individually through separate apps.

 

While Smart Locks have been installed in vehicles for many years now, they have just now made their way to residential and commercial businesses. Take the time to do a bit of research on this amazing technology, but remember it is still a work in progress.

Today, new technology allows for the opportunity for us to have more control over the entrances to our home. Through smart locks, there is no need for keys. The locks are completely powered with a dial pad that can be reached from a smart phone. Essentially this means, no matter where you are, you can have access to your home as long as you have internet. You can be laying in bed, and lock or unlock all doors in your house, you may be out to dinner and think is my door locked? You can lock your door just by reaching for you phone and giving a command. Even better, you can have the door always locked and only those who can enter either have to have a code, or someone within the home must open the door or unlock it with the opener or your phone.

Essentially, you have more control and only you can give codes to people to enter the house. They can’t be duplicated and if people learn the code, you simply change the code. With the smart lock, you can even program your phone to alert you when people enter the house. If you give different codes to people such as your children, you then can monitor when they come into your house, right from the bedroom or even if you are at work. Essentially, this system takes you out of the past and right into the future of technology.

The smart lock also offers additional security apart from locking all doors, and monitoring the home. There is a technique known as lock bump, which is a special key that can be used in dead bolt locks to open the door. Utilizing the smart lock system, there are no keys involved, therefore lock bumping is not possible, further securing your home from intruders.

Another form of control the smart lock offers to people is emergency control. Do you have an elderly person in a home who might fall frequently, or someone who could be employed in a position, where someone might attack for revenge? If so, the smart lock may also help in this regard. Many times, emergency responders will walk the perimeter of the home looking for a break in, before entering. Then, they will break down the door. If something happens within the home, such as someone falling or a sickly person, or perhaps someone thought an intruder was breaking in, the locks may be unlocked from within the house or through the internet or smart phone, so doors don’t have to be broken down and there is easy access for emergency personnel.

The smart lock transforms our lives into the future. They offer us more control over our homes as well as make us live more comfortable without fear of possible situations. The time has come to turn in our keys, move into the 21st century, and engage in the technologies available. Smart locks is the answer for peace of mind and additional security over the home.

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8 Tips For Home Security

8 Tips For Home Security

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in House, Locksmith |

Admittedly, every homeowner wants to feel secure and safe in their homes. Unfortunately, most homes today are a target for thieves who either want to harm or steal from the residents. Does that mean despair? No. Many measures can boost your home security and take your safety to the next level, according to Chandler Locksmith Pros. Let’s look at them;

1. Install security cameras

Whether you install indoor or outdoor cameras, you will have a priceless sense of security. The cameras ensure that your home is not an easy target for criminals. They are the best deterrents. However, security cameras can be expensive, and an average man may not afford to install them in their homes. In that case, you can go for “bogus” cameras; they can act as real deterrents as well. The camera should be installed all over the compound for easy tracking of criminals.

2. Remember to lock your doors

This is the most obvious security tip which is overlooked by most homeowners, however. Once you get out of your house, you should ensure that all the doors are locked properly. If you buy a home from somebody, you must meet a locksmith to change the locks on your new home. There may be malicious people out there with spare keys to your home; they can be dangerous. However, changing locks will give you the peace of mind since you will not be worried that somebody may have a copy of your keys.

3. Install an alarm system

Alarm SystemHaving an alarm system installed is a perfect way to scare buglers away from your home. While security cameras are real deterrents, a home alarm system is handy. While shopping for an alarm system, remember to check the response time of that company to ensure that you are fully covered from crime. An alarm system performs the following duties; Alerts the police about an ongoing crime• Deters criminals from accessing your home• Limits what a thief can steal. Your alarm should be engaged at night or when you are away from your house.

4. Protect sliding glass doors

Needless to say, sliding glass doors are vulnerable to burglary because they are very delicate – thieves can easily break into your house through them. Installing security bars can make the access through these doors a little bit difficult, enhance the safety of your home as a result.

5. Install strong doors

door inspectionnnWeak doors can encourage thieves to break into your house at any time. Install doors that are constructed from quality materials to make it hard for criminals to kick them in. Customer reviews and listening to what your friends are saying can give you a gist of the best doors in the market. Moreover, you can visit your local locksmith to get invaluable advice on the kind of doors you need in your home.

6. Don’t share your private information with everybody

If you are going for a vacation, you should never allow thieves to know about it. Many criminals break into people’s homes when the homeowners are away. Therefore, if you are going out, let it remain a secret. You can even call a trusted friend to stay at your home for the time you will be away.

7. Get regular home security checks

Taking advantage of your local area police service is important. There are areas in your home that needs security improvements, but you may not be aware of them. Calling the police department for a security check can help you identify those weak points (which are targets for criminals) and make necessary adjustments on them. The police officers will inspect both the inside and outside of your compound to ensure that you are safe.

8. Employ a private security guard

If you hire a professional residential security guard, you will be sure that your family and property is safe. These people are highly trained, and the fact that your life is in their hands makes them vigilant to any suspicious person around your home. The security guards patrol all the areas of your home and ensure that everything is in good condition. With a professional security guard, you can have the peace of mind.

The bottom line You don’t need to spend a lot of money to protect your family and property from buglers. The simple tips in this article can solve your security concerns. Try them!

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