Locks are graded for security based on their performance and durability, and this is typically determined by independent testing organizations such as UL and ANSI/BHMA (American National Standards Institute/Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association). Read More »
A smart lock is a type of electronic lock that can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app or other network-connected devices, such as a smart home hub or virtual assistant. A smart lock typically uses wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to connect to the internet and to other smart devices. Read More »
Rekeying a lock is the process of changing the lock’s internal pins and tumblers to match a new key. Here are some common situations where rekeying a lock may be necessary: Read More »
“Is it cheaper to rekey or to replace a lock?” We get this question several times a day, here’s our take!
Is there a little sticker like this on your door? If you’re not sure, please go check. Some of these stickers are being used by sham locksmith companies in Naples, placed by lowly locksmith scammers who use bait-and-switch pricing to dupe customers into paying $300-700 for a service that might cost less than $100 from a legitimate locksmith. Today, other reasons authorities are now warning about are much more frightening… These seemingly harmless stickers have now been linked to the work of organized criminal gangs across the United Kingdom and the trend seems to be picking up steam in the U.S. as more of these stickers are popping up on doors at homes and businesses in Naples, Estero, and Bonita. If I haven’t convinced you to march outside and peel that sticker off your door yet, keep reading to learn more.
It is possible to create a defensible zone between a brush fire and your home. Here are some tips for reducing the risk of fire destroying everything you own. Read More »
There’s no denying that keyless locks are the future of home security. While the world transitions to electronic locks, today’s manufacturers have merged electronic and mechanical locks to meet the needs for security and convenience demanded by today’s homeowners. Before you buy, learn what to look for in a keypad lock and a bit about the benefits and pitfalls of this emerging technology.
The trend of house squatting is still a problem in southwest Florida, with two Naples squatters behind bars this summer after brazenly entering and living in the vacation homes of seasonal residents. One woman made herself at home, prying through an unsecured garage window and proceeding through an unlocked door between the garage and the home. The woman didn’t just break in to steal a few items, she began living in the home, driving the owner’s vehicle and trashing the house with cigarettes, dirty clothes, and wine glasses strewn about. Another woman broke into an East Naples home and lived there for a week before she was discovered. Like many Naples homeowners, these owners had been out of state for months and now the homeowners are left to pick up the pieces.
With so many security products on the market, did you ever wonder what an actual security expert does to make sure their family sleeps safe at night? Here’s the four secrets locksmiths and other security insiders like me use to effectively (and inexpensively) secure their homes for worry-free living. I’m going to share with you the steps we took to secure our family’s home so you can sleep safer too! Click the links in this article for more details about each topic.