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Best Locks for Your Buck

In today’s day and age locks are sometimes more than just the typical deadbolt lock and key that most people are use to, there are even smart locks coming to market that work via Bluetooth! As you can imagine the prices of these new locks could be steep but are they worth it? With the variety of new locks and their prices increasing you might be asking, what is the best bang for my buck in the realm of locks?

Here are the Top 5 Best Locks for according to asecurelife.com

Best Deadbolt: Kwikset 985 Double Cylinder
Best Entry Locksets: Handleset: Kwikset 992 Juno Entry Knob
Best Keyless Door Lock: Kwikset 914 SmartCode Deadbolt
Best Mortise Lock: Prime-Line Products E 2293
Best new Technology: Kwikset Kevo 925 Bluetooth

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The History of Locksmiths

There are many things that we have nowadays that we did not always have available to us. Things like phones, motor vehicles, laptops, and other items that make life more convenient. But one thing that people did have back in ancient Egypt and Babylon, were locks and keys. Locks were used for the same reason they are today, to keep possessions and goods safe from thieves.

The First Locks

The first locks were wooden with large wooden keys. According to History Cooperative, this early lock and key method was adopted by ancient Greece, Rome, China, and more. Wealthy Romans would use locks and wear the key as a ring, keeping it close and showing status.

Metal Locks

Then the metal locks started showing up. In about 900 AD, the first metal locks were made of iron or brass and soon spread through Europe. Between the 14th and 17th centuries, locksmithing had become a profession and they were beginning to get crafty with their metal work. Locksmiths would work on locks and keys with special and beautiful designs for nobility. These intricate locks were often designed to resemble royal symbols and crests.

In the 18th century, locksmiths began making more locks and keys that were more durable and secure, improving the technology right along with the aesthetics. It was during the industrial revolution, when locks and keys finally saw improved complexity.

Robert Barron perfected the lever tumbler lock, this was a sophisticated lock that was more secure and was better at keeping intruders out. This type of lock requires the lever to be lifted to a specific height, not too high and not too low. This lock structure is still used today.

In 1817 Jeremiah Chubb designed a lock that was difficult to pick and would actually show signs that it had been tampered with. Chubb and his brother started a locksmithing business and designed locks that were even better. They invented the lock that used six levers rather than four. They also created the disc that went around the keyhole to keep pickers from seeing the levers inside.

Locks Today

Another few lock designs were created and used and in 1848, Linus Yale created the modern version of the double-acting tumbler lock that we still use today. This design used different length pins, which will stop locks from opening without the correct key.

While locks have improved majorly throughout the centuries, locksmiths will never be out of a job. Many locksmiths work their own business, doing residential and car locksmith tasks. They have the ability to fix our locks, make us new keys, and unlock our homes and cars if we ever get locked out. Many people take locksmiths for granted, until we need them. Luckily, you will always be able to find the help you need. At 24/7 Emergency Locksmith, we can help you with your car and home lock issues. Contact us today, we will be there to help!

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Four Tips for Taking Care of Your Keys

Our car and house keys are one of the most important things that we carry with us each day, but we may not give them the proper respect that they deserve.

Here are a few tips on how to properly take care of your keys and get the most out of them over the long haul.

1. Security

Car keys are one of the first things that a burglar will target in someone’s house. Do you have a safe place to store them that isn’t inside a basket or on a hook in the front door? It’s a good idea to keep them in the same place each and every night. Not only will it make it harder for you to forget them, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that they are safe.

2. Got a Spare?

Having a spare key is a great idea, and one that some people tend not to undertake. Have a spare key hidden somewhere on your property that isn’t under a flowerpot in your front yard. Also, it’s smart to give a spare key to a relative or loved one if you are locked out or if an emergency arises.

3. Take a Look

Keys may seem sturdy, and most are, but they can easily bend or break like anything that’s used on a daily basis. If you notice a bit of a bend on your keys or they aren’t turning like they used to, it’s time to give us a call.

4. Did We Mention Security?

Treat your keys like you do your wallet. Make sure that they aren’t visible when you go out and make sure that you keep them in a safe and secure place on your person. If you do know that your keys have been stolen or lost, we’re here for you. Contact 24/7 Emergency Locksmith.

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Stolen Car Key Help

Your car keys are an essential part of transportation. Even pus to start cars require the keys to be in the car before it will actually start. In our last blog, we discussed the worst places to lose your car keys. But what if you don’t lose your car keys at all?

Imagine your friend comes to visit you from Philadelphia for a weekend of fun. As you sit on the patio of your favorite restaurant, enjoying your friends company on her last night in Allentown, you decide you need a picture to remember this weekend. You ask someone at the table next to you to snap a photo and as you are standing against the aged brick wall smiling big, a passerby snags your friends purse from off your table without anyone noticing. Suddenly your friend is left without a phone, I.D., and car keys. And unfortunately you are going to have to pay for dinner.

When your car keys are stolen, you always must worry about your car as well. Especially with fob keys unlocking a car with a loud beep from a distance away, finding your car is easy. If the thief was simply after your money, they may not even realize they have the opportunity to take your car as well.

After reporting to the police that your keys have been stolen, you want be sure that your car doesn’t get stolen as well. You should always know where your spare key is, you never know when these situations are going to occur.

But now you are faced with another dilemma. You friends spare keys are in a known location, but in Philadelphia, over an hour away. You know that getting her spare is one of the best options and hopefully her car will still be there by the time the spare keys are retrieved.

Driving an hour to get a spare key is not your only option though. 24/7 Emergency Locksmith can have a new car key cut for you in no time at all! If your keys are stolen and your spare happens to be somewhere buried in boxes scattered throughout your basement, or driving an over an hour to retrieve that spare doesn’t sound like a good use of time or resources, let us help. We will come to you, cut you key, program them, and have you on your way in no time! Contact us today to get help with car or home lockouts, key replacement, and any other locksmith service!

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How to Break Into Your Car After Locking Yourself Out

You locked yourself out of the car. Now what? There are ways to break into your car and retrieve your keys that are so simple, they even do it in movies, if an actor can break into a car, so can you!

Now, you could do the smart thing and call 24/7 Emergency Locksmith, but that doesn’t make as exciting of a story, does it?

So let’s go back to breaking into your car. First off, make sure it is your car, do not go around breaking into other people’s cars, that will get you in trouble. We are trying to help you with your car problems, not get you in even more trouble. Only use these tips on your own car.

Method 1

The first step is to get the car door wedged away from the car. This means you need to have some sort of wedge, good luck finding something that will squeeze into that tight space between your car and the door to create an opening. You will also need a thin metal rod or something that you can slide into this crack and unlock the door. Don’t have a wedge type object or a rod? Well this is not the method you should use.

Method 2

You could call 24/7 Emergency Locksmith. They will be there as quickly as possible, no matter the time of the day, it’s even in their name. But this method has no risks, so we will move on.

Method 3

You could go with the window trick, which you typically see in movies. You somehow jimmy a metal rod, ruler, hanger, or something along those lines, in through the window and magically connect the end to the lock and voila, you are in. Oh, right you don’t have a rod or hanger or any other tool to jam in the window.

Method 4

Alright, this is a technical method. It takes skills, concentration, and patience. You are going to find something large, heavy even. The heavier the better. Then, with great force, throw this object straight at the window. With luck, it will shatter and you will be in your car! But you don’t want to shatter your window? Okay, let’s go to the last method.

Method 5

Call 24/7 Emergency Locksmith! This is the best way to get into a car after locking yourself out. It’s fool proof, requires minimal instructions or tools, and will get you on the road again without injuring yourself or your car.

If you ever lock your keys in the car, don’t fuss with trying to break into your car on your own. 24/7 Emergency Locksmith can help you in no time. Give us a call to get help now!

 

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Times You Absolutely Need to Schedule a Rekeying

Having locks entirely redone is such a hassle, so we understand why it is that people put the task off for so long, but there are certain times where rekeying a space is an absolute must. At 24/7 Emergency Locksmith, we have the tools and experience that you need to safely and efficiently re-key your establishment or home without turning it into a hassle. Here are a few of the times where we believe that you absolutely must have your lock rekeyed.

Moving to a New Home or Building

Whether it is you and your family moving to a new home, or your business moving to a new building, it’s always a good idea to have the space re-keyed. This is the ultimate way to guarantee your safety. This is also a great way to assure that no one else has access to your home unless you directly provided them with a key. Where we often see serious issues with this is when homeowners downgrade the lock that was on the door prior, and in doing so lessen the safety levels of their home. Trust our team of locksmiths to provide you with a guaranteed, safe solution.

Change in Staff

In the case that you are a business owner that distributes keys to your employees, you’re going to want to change your keys when there is a turnover in staff. This sounds like a tedious task, but the fact of the matter is that these employees have the chance to go and make duplicate copies on their own, and then still have access to your business. Rather than risk any form or robberies or destruction because of a bad experience with your employees, get the place re-keyed and ensure that the safety of your establishment is prioritized.

There are plenty of other circumstances where re-keying a building is the better option. If you’re in need of an emergency locksmith, we’re the company to call. We can schedule your re-keying as soon as possible.

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What Kind of Car Key are You Sporting


carkeyThe craftsmanship of a locksmith has evolved quite a bit over the last couple of decades. With the strides that are made every day in science, it goes without saying that cars are always finding new features to add and different accessories to incorporate into the designs. One of the parts that we as locksmiths deal with on a regular basis, and had to evolve alongside, are the ways that keys have changed. While standard keys made it pretty easy to understand a model and make and determine what the best plan of action for opening the car would be, that’s just not the case anymore. For the most part, there are a few cars that had their keys made in the transitional period of these keys, so while the make may be newer, the key still has the older design. Here are the different types of keys that we work with and how to determine whether or not this is the type of key that your car uses.

Mechanical Key

A mechanical key is the most traditional form of car keys that we work with. These keys look very similar to your house key in the way that they have the teeth of a key and one major part of plastic or metal at the head of the key. If it’s a mechanical key that you’ve lost, you’re in luck, because they are the easiest to replace as well as the most cost effective. While most newer cars are using different types of advanced and electronic keys, there are a few automotive brands that are still using this particular type of key.

Smart Key

If you’re driving a fairly new car, then there is a good chance that you have a smart key. These are created in the form of a fob, meaning that they don’t have any teeth to insert into a lock. These fobs can be carried in a purse or left in a pocket and still unlock, and lock, the car doors. Once inside the car, a simple push of a start button is all that it takes to get the car’s engine started. These keys are definitely going to cost a bit more to get replaced, and do make it much more difficult to get the car unlocked because of the hard wiring that is a component in the design of the car and they key.

carkey2Transponder Keys

These keys are not determined by the way they are cut, rather the chip that is placed inside the key. The chip is found inside the handle of the key and can make replacing these types of keys much more difficult. In these instances, the chip is required in order to open the car, so a replacement key that is simply the teeth of the key is not going to provide the required means to get your car running. The only way that you’ll be able to get the chip replaced is by going to a locksmith that can handle the task.

Now that you have a better idea of what your car key looks like, you can call the team at 24/7 Emergency Locksmith for any questions that you may have or any help that you need getting into your car. We do our best to provide you with the speedy and thorough services that you need, when you need them. Call our locksmith today for any questions you may have about your car key.

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Tips to Help You Remember Your Keys

24 hour locksmith AllentownOur 24-hour locksmith service in Allentown receives calls every day from people who have forgotten their keys and locked themselves out of their home, office, or vehicle. It’s easier to do than you might imagine, but for some people forgetting their keys is a chronic issue. If you feel like you are always leaving your keys behind, we have some tips that can help you remember to grab those keys when you head out the door!

Use These Tips to Keep Your Keys Close

Always put them in the same place.

We’re creatures of habit. If you put your keys in the same place every day and make a point to pick them up from there before you head out the door for 30 days in a row, before you know it the action will just become a habit. Set up a key rack by your front door or have a bowl where your keys always go when you walk inside.

Put a post-it note on the back of the door.

Make a brightly colored reminder and put it on the back of your door or other location where you won’t miss it before you head out. Make yourself read the note fully and check that you have each item on the list. Useful for remembering things like wallets and umbrellas, too!

Add a clip to attach to something you never forget.

While many of us will forget our keys, for some reason we never forget our phones! Or maybe you don’t go anywhere without your trusted Kindle. Or perhaps it’s the baby seat you wouldn’t leave behind. Whatever it is, add a carabiner clip to your keys and attach them to that thing you don’t leave the house without.

Call Our Team When You Are Locked Out

Even if you put all of our tips into action, chances are you’ll end up forgetting your keys from time to time. That’s okay! When you do, just give our 24-hour locksmith in Allentown a call. We can be on site in 20 minutes or less so your day isn’t ruined because you forgot your keys. Get in touch with us today by filling out the form below!

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3 Reasons to Choose Our 24-Hour Locksmith

24 hour locksmith AllentownWe know that we aren’t your only choice when it comes to 24-hour locksmiths in Allentown, but we do think we’re the best choice. If you are searching for a reliable, quality locksmith in the area, we have three great reasons you should make us your first call for locksmith services.

Why We Should Be Your First Call

We Can Be There in 20 Minutes

Not only are we available 24 hours a day, we make a commitment to our customers to do our best to be at your site within 20 minutes. That’s because we know how stressful it can be to be locked out of your car or home, especially in the middle of the night. We don’t waste any time when it comes to getting to your site and helping you get back into your vehicle or property so you can stay safe and carry on with your day. You’ll appreciate how quickly we can be there when you need us!

Highly Trained & Professional Locksmiths

Our locksmiths are a group of highly trained individuals who love with they do. They are friendly, professional, and know exactly what needs to be done to get whatever lock you are dealing with unlocked. People know they can trust our team of locksmiths when they need help and our team is committed to giving each customer the best possible experience.

Highest Standards in Customer Satisfaction

We know this is about more than just unlocking something quickly. While our skills with a lock are top notch, so are our customer service skills. We believe in providing the highest level of customer service to each and every one of our customers. That’s how we’ve built a reputation as a locksmith in Allentown who genuinely cares about our clientele, wants to provide you with the locksmithing services that you need while also assuring you that everything is under control. We’ll not only get your door unlocked, hopefully, we can make what could be a stressful situation into a pleasant experience.

Call Us When You Need a Trusted Locksmith

Find out for yourself why so many people are using our company as their preferred 24-hour locksmith in Allentown. Next time you find yourself locked out of your car or home and need to get inside, contact us. We’re available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week and we’ll be there when you need us. Click on the button below to contact us now for all of our locksmithing services.

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