What Makes a Residential Locksmith Different from a Commercial Locksmith?

While the main difference between a residential locksmith and a commercial locksmith is just what you’d think – the residential locksmith installed locks on homes, and the commercial locksmith installs them on offices, stores, and warehouses – it may come as a surprise that some homeowners and business owners don’t make a point of finding someone who specializes in their needs. More often than not, a request to just “send someone out” without clarifying the work is the standard. Fortunately, AllSafe Lock & Key here in Reno specializes in both residential and commercial locksmithing. Commercial & Residential Locksmithing Services By contacting a locksmith who specializes in both kinds of locksmith services, you’re eliminating the concern that you may be speaking…

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How to Find a Good Locksmith in Reno and Sparks

Reno, Sparks and the greater northern Nevada region seem to have no shortage of locksmiths. From the rekeying options and selection of residential and commercial door locks at the big box stores to the dozens of “local” locksmiths that appear with a quick Google search, what’s a home or business owner to do? How can you narrow down your options to an honest, reliable and truly local locksmith in Reno and Sparks? Here’s what we suggest. Don’t Assume Online Search Results are All Local It seems safe to assume that looking online for local locksmiths means you’ll be reviewing, well, local locksmiths. But some companies geo-target their online ads to a variety of locations. When you contact these companies, which…

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Four Tips for Avoiding a Locksmith Scam

When you’re in need of a locksmith, most of us search online for the first name that pops up. We recommend finding a good locksmith before you need one, but we understand that doesn’t always happen. The next time you are locked out in Reno, Sparks and the surrounding areas, we hope you’ll remember AllSafe Lock & Key and these four tips for avoiding a locksmith scam. Seven Tips for Avoiding a Locksmith Scam If your call is answered with a generic phrase referencing locksmith services instead of the company’s name, proceed with caution. The person on the phone should be willing and happy to share the business’ legal name. If it sounds like you’ve reached a call center, your…

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5 Ways Your Home Security Probably Isn’t Up to Snuff

Many of the upgrades we make to our homes are designed to boost curb appeal, home value or convenience. But some of these features are the kind of thing home invaders can use to their advantage. Awareness is one of the best ways to take steps to protect your home, so read on for five ways your home security probably isn’t up to snuff. You Have a Hidden House Key A spare key over the door jamb, under the mat, in the nearby flower pot isn’t uncommon, but these common hiding areas are among the first places a burglar will check. Stashing a key nearby is driven by convenience, but it’s easier than you think to assess an area and…

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Pros & Cons of Keyless Door Locks

Keyless door locks are growing in popularity, and the convenience factor alone makes it easy to understand why. But are they just as secure as traditional deadbolts? In most cases, the bolts in both kinds of locks are basically the same. If you’re ready to learn more, here are the pros and cons of keyless door locks. Pros of Keyless Door Locks Versatility and convenience are the biggest selling features of keyless door locks. Codes are simple to change, and some locks include a feature that allows temporary codes with a designated time period for activation. That makes it easy to grant limited access to your home. Some keyless locks will automatically lock after the door has been closed, while…

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Six Tips for Hiring a Good Locksmith

No one likes a scam artist, and it’s unfortunately true that the locksmith industry has its share of scams. If you’re searching online for a locksmith in an emergency lockout situation, you’re at an even greater risk of falling victim to these fraudulent locksmiths. Here’s how they tend to operate, plus six tips for firing a good locksmith the next time you need one. How to Spot a Locksmith Scam If you search online for local locksmiths, you’ll likely find a surprising number of businesses. Be wary, as many of these are fraudulent listings, and anyone who actually comes out on a call is neither licensed nor certified. Emergency locksmith scams often involve upcharging – with very low prices quoted…

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The Single Best Way to Improve Your Home’s Security

We’ve written before about a simple method of improving the security of your home’s sliding doors and windows. But can you guess the single best way to improve your home’s security? If you’re thinking a well-trained guard dog or a pricey home security system, think smaller. It’s a working, high-quality deadbolt – one you remember to use. Preventing Forced Entry In many home burglaries, intruders use force to get inside. Inadequate or poorly functioning deadbolts – or those simply not in use – can be bypassed with a strong shoulder or front kick to the door. FBI statistics from a few years ago reveal that of the 1.9 million burglaries in the United States, 59% included a forced entry. Even…

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You Need a Good Reno Locksmith – And It’s Not Because You’re Locked Out

Of all the mechanical devices in our homes, it’s probably our door locks that we both use and neglect the most. What sort of maintenance and care do you provide to your locks? If you’re like most people, the answer is little to none. And yet, you probably also expect those same locks to function well and do their job properly. That’s where a locksmith comes in. The truth is, you need a good locksmith here in Reno (or wherever you live), and it’s not because you’re locked out. General Lock Troubleshooting Sometimes, a lock that looks just fine has internal problems that can lead to failure. Some of the more common issues include: Deadbolts that don’t fully extend Uneven…

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