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Locksmith Tips and Tricks


If you want the key to home safety, who better to ask than a locksmith? With their experience making and repairing locks and their home security expertise, there is no one better to advise you. So today, we’ve compiled a list of locksmith tips and tricks. Whether you’re a new homeowner or an old hand, it never hurts to refresh your memory and remind yourself of important security advice. You never know—you just might learn a thing or two!

1. ON NEW HOMES. Always rekey or replace your locks when you buy a new house. The previous owner could have extra copies of the keys, or they could have given spare keys to neighbors, family members, friends, or even contractors. If you don’t want strangers to have access to your home, you need to replace your locks (the pricier, more complicated method) or rekey your locks (which is quicker and cheaper).

2. ON DEADBOLTS. Install a deadbolt lock for superior home protection, but make sure that it’s installed correctly. Many contractors don’t know how to install locks the right way, so call a locksmith for best results.

3. ON WINDOWS AND LOCKS. If there is a window near your deadbolt lock, realize that a criminal could easily break your window and unlock the deadbolt. To avoid this simple mistake, use a double cylinder lock that needs a key instead. And don’t leave the key sitting in the lock!

4. ON HIRING. Looking to hire a new locksmith? Take your time. Many “locksmiths” out there are scam artists who will charge you far more than they quoted and far more than the service is worth. You need to find someone trustworthy, reliable, and experienced, so don’t call up the first name you see in the yellow pages. Use our tips to find a locksmith you can trust.

5. ON STURDY DOORS. Use sturdy, solid doors made of solid wood or steel. If the door is made of a weak, flimsy, or hollow material, it can easily be kicked in or broken. A great lock needs a great door.

6. ON HIDING PLACES. Never hide your door key under the mat! Do you really think you’re the first person to think of that hiding place? If a criminal wants to access your home, they will usually search obvious places in the 10 feet surrounding your door. Doormats, pots, planters, mailboxes, rocks, and fake rocks are all common hiding places. Choose somewhere 15-20 feet away from the door that is unusual and protective instead. Or better yet, give your spare key to a friend or loyal neighbor!
I hope these locksmith tips and tricks come in handy. Be sure to share them with any new homeowners you know, as well as your friends and loved ones.

If you’re in need of a locksmith and you live in or near Aurora Co, contact Atito's Locksmith Services. We’ve been providing the Aurora area with a variety of locksmith services, including mobile service, automotive replacement keys, commercial and residential re-keying, the change and installation of locks, and ignition service and repair.



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How to Find a Locksmith You Can Trust


Hiring a professional to work in your home is always a bit nerve-racking. How can you know that this person is trustworthy? This is especially true when you’re hiring someone to fix, change, or replace your home’s keys and locks (that is to say, a locksmith). You need to find a locksmith who is not only capable of completing the task at hand, but also dependable, affordable, efficient, reliable, and kind. If you’re wondering how to find a locksmith, use the tips below to ensure that you find a true and trustworthy professional, not a thief or a fraudster.


How to Find a Locksmith
1. Ask your friends and family. In an ideal situation, a friend or family member will give you the number of a trusted locksmith who they have worked with numerous times. A personal recommendation is far more reliable than an online listing when you’re wondering how to find a locksmith for the first time.

2. Find a local locksmith. Some disreputable locksmiths will list a street address on directories or websites, so that you think they’re a local business operating nearby. In reality, the address will belong to another business or contain a vacant lot. Verify online that the company’s phone number matches their street address or drive to the address yourself. If the company doesn’t have a storefront, they’re probably a mobile business attempting to get business in multiple areas (and they may charge a traveling fee). Find someone local for best results.

3. Ask for identification. When the locksmith arrives, ask for identification and a business card. Also look at the side of their vehicle and the invoice/bill. A reputable, experienced company will have their name or logo in all of these locations. In addition, you should expect the locksmith to confirm your identity, to ensure that you truly own the house or car that is in need of a locksmithing service.

4. Find a good locksmith before an emergency. In an emergency situation, it’s easy to get impatient and foolhardy, but learning how to find a locksmith takes time. So instead of waiting until you’re locked out of your home to find a locksmith, research companies before an emergency. Then, once you’ve found a reputable company, keep their number in your phone or wallet so that you’re always prepared.

Are all of these qualifications necessary? No. Will you feel more comfortable with a company that has them? Definitely. The fact that the company is insured and bonded will protect you and your property. The fact that they are licensed will help prove that the company is made of trustworthy and experienced professionals.

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Learning how to find a locksmith that you can trust is incredibly important, so take your time and be cautious. If you’re wondering how to find a locksmith and you live in or near Aurora, Co, contact Atito's Locksmith Services, we’ve been providing the Aurora area with a variety of locksmith services, including mobile service, automotive replacement keys, commercial and residential re-keying, the change and installation of locks, and ignition service and repair.

 
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