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Where To Keep Your Spare Key

Locking yourself out of your house is never fun, but how do you make sure that you’re able to get back into your house if you do lose your key?

An age-old method has been hiding a spare key somewhere, where are the best places to hide a key or what is the best thing to do with a spare key? Let’s take a look.

With Someone Else

Putting your key with a trusted friend or family member is probably your best bet. Sure, they may get annoyed if you’re calling them at 2 a.m., but it’s a safer option than to keep it on your property.

Get a Smart Lock

Yep, this one has nothing to do with hiding your key. There are other alternatives out there that can get you into your home without needed a key. You’ll either need your phone or a passcode and you’ll be good to go.

Not On Top Of Your Door

Many people leave a spare key ridiculously close to the door they are locking. For example, leaving a key on top of a door jamb or under a welcome mat is the same as leaving a key in the first place anyone is going to look for them. If you must leave a key on your property, you want it to be a place that someone is genuinely not going to look or is going to have to work so hard to try to find it that it’d be very noticeable.

Behind a license plate

This is a pretty nifty trick (top photo).

Under a rock


Don’t put it under the rock directly next to your front door, but one that only you or your family members may know about.

The bottom line here is that it’s not the best idea to keep a spare key around your home, but if you must do it, make sure that it’s in a place that absolutely no one else would think to look for. And, if you do get locked out, be sure to call us at (484) 891-1922.

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How Do You Know If Your Ignition Has Gone Bad?

Your ignition switch takes power from your battery and supplies it to many of the electronics throughout your car.

You can see why a faulty or dying ignition switch would be a pretty serious problem. No worries, though, 24/7 Emergency Locksmith solves 99% of ignition problems same day and same hour from being called. Our prices are far cheaper than dealerships and far faster than mechanics. When you are stuck, cannot or do not want to wait, call us for immediate help.

Here are some things to look for if you think your ignition is failing.

Your engine simply dies

Your engine can stall if worn switch contacts lose voltage. It’s a common symptom of a bad ignition switch.

Your engine wont’ start

If your ignition switch fails, it won’t be able to supply power to the starter motor or other controls. If these systems don’t get power, your car isn’t going to start.

Your lighting or accessories go off briefly

An ignition switch that is starting to fail can result in temporary loss of power to your car’s electronics. Flickering dashboard lights are a very good sign of this happening.

Trouble removing your key

If you’re having a hard time getting your key out of your ignition, your switch may be going bad. It’s time to give us a call: (484) 891-1922

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These Locksmiths Helped Their Community During a Time of Need

Firefighters, EMS, and other first responders are some of the most respected and brave members of our society. They work any and all hours of the day and night and put themselves in harm’s way to protect those in their community.

That’s why it was so special to us to see this recent article detailing how locksmiths in one local community came together at the behest of its first responders to help in a time of need.

     “Amid the fire trucks, police cruisers, and gas service vehicles, they pulled up Friday in two red vans. One labeled Patriots Lock, the other Brinks Lock.

    They are locksmiths, what they called a dying breed.

    As emergency responders went door to door Friday to make sure gas lines inside homes were shut off after the Thursday afternoon explosions that rocked the area, locksmiths’ services were in high demand.

    “It’s the safety of the community,” he said, wiping sweat from his brow.

    Ed Fenby, deputy fire chief in Quincy, said gas company representatives got into most of the houses Thursday night, but they were double checking on Friday for safety reasons. He estimated that they will have to check 8,000 homes.

“”Wer’e still going to have to make sure there is no gas, safety is the key,” he said. “The gas company is looking at all the meters.”

    After the number of fires and explosions that rocked the area, he said, “they want to preclude that from happening again.”
In only a matter of hours, Colonna and his brother David MacEachern, who owns Patriots Lock, had picked dozens of locks to empty homes. And they expect they will have to pick countless more, as authorities work through a broad swath of houses to confirm that gas lines had been shut off.

    “This is nothing I’ve ever seen before; it’s chaos,” said MacEachern, who recalled picking locks in Lexington for a week in 2005 after a gas explosion at one structure.” SOURCE: BostonGlobe.com

Here’s to first responders and also to those who understand the value of community. We’re proud of you!

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Keep Your Home Safe While You’re on Vacation

Vacation is supposed to be a relaxing time, but stressing over whether or not your home is safe may keep you from enjoying it to the fullest.

Here are a few tips to give you some peace of mind while you’re away on vacation!

Ask Someone to Check in On Your Home

Getting to know your neighbors is always a great idea and even more so when you’re not going to be around for awhile. Let a trusted neighbor know that you will be away on vacation and ask them if they wouldn’t mind just keeping an eye on things while you’re gone. If you don’t have any neighbors or aren’t comfortable asking them, ask a family friend or family member to drop in on your home once in awhile while you are away.

Drop in Remotely

You have your choice of home security cameras and many of them are quite affordable. Most of these cameras also give the option of viewing them on an app or your computer from anywhere in the world!

Install Timers on your lights

Much like the newer security cameras, there are a slew of electronic options to put your lights on timers to make it look as though you are home. If you’re not too keen on the digital route, you can even install the old time timers that plug right into an outlet and work off an analog timer.

Stop Your Mail

If you know you’re going to be away for awhile and your mail is usually left in an outside mailbox or at your door, contact the United States Postal Service and let them know you’ll be away. They can stop delivery for a period of time. Also, avoid purchasing items on sites like Amazon.com leading up to your vacation.

Don’t Leave a Spare Key Out

Is your spare key under the flower pot on your front porch? Many spare keys aren’t well hidden. Bring them inside when you’re going away for awhile or give them to someone you’ve asked to check in on your home.

/Hide Your Valuables

If your house is broken into, make it even harder for thieves to get anything good by stashing your most valuable or prized possessions either in a very safe place or in a safe itself.

No matter where you’re headed this summer, have a safe time on your vacation!

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We’re Your Professional Local Emergency Locksmith

Our Locksmiths Are Standing By To Help

CALL US: (484) 891-1922

ON SITE IN 20 MINUTES