3 Ways a Kansas City Locksmith Can Save The Day
Why call a Kansas City Locksmith?
Many people hear ‘locksmith’ and immediately think of being locked out of their car or house. That is a reasonable response but lock outs are a very small portion of what a Kansas City locksmith can do for you. Here are a few things your locksmith does that can save you big money and most importantly, time.
1. Your Kansas City Locksmith does Lock Re-Keying
Re-keying means a professional will make your existing locks no longer work on the current key, and instead work on a completely new one. What is the first thing you do when purchasing a new property or firing an employee? I’ll give you a hint: Re-Key Your Locks. Because you never know who still has a key. Also there are lots of people that have the same key to their home they did 10 years ago. From a security stand point that is a BIG no-no! Chances are the longer you go without re-keying your locks the more keys are out there floating around unaccounted for. Keys you lose or loan out are a big potential for major theft and a good rule of thumb is re-keying your home every 5 years or so.
Of the hundreds of calls we receive a week, many are re-key jobs. Those re-key job calls don’t always start as such. Many of those calls are people requesting new locks installed in their homes or businesses. New locks are costly, and usually come with installation fees. Re-keying locks is the most cost effective way to limit access to your home or business. There are three reasons you would need to replace the locks instead of simply re-keying them.
- You no longer like the look of the locks.
- Your locks are damaged beyond repair.
- You are looking to upgrade to a High Security Lock system.
2. Have a Kansas City Locksmith Cut Your Keys So They’ll Work… The First Time!
I can’t tell you how many times a day a customer tells me a story about getting keys cut at hardware stores. The stories always end the same way… With Failure. People get 6 keys cut in hopes that 1 will work, I’ve heard it a hundred times! It’s sad really. Not only do the keys not usually work, it also takes about 15 minutes to find someone that can work the key machine and cut that bad key! This is normal for people?!?
At our shop, we cut keys ACCURATELY the first time and it usually takes less than a couple of minutes. Locksmiths are trained to identify hundreds of keys by sight and can typically stop potential key problems from the get go. It doesn’t matter if your key is bent, worn out, or even broken in half! Your Kansas City Locksmith can accurately duplicate your keys.
3. Protect Your Valuables From Theft and Fire
Safes are more than heavy boxes with fancy locks, they’re what matters most in the event of a fire or burglary. Not all safes are created equally and most lock boxes you see in sporting goods stores are nothing more than sheet metal tool boxes. A real safe is rated to withstand burglars with drills and house fires. Nobody in town knows safes better than your Kansas City Locksmith, and most can even move them inside your house for you too!
Fire safes NEED to have a legitimate fire rating you can investigate. The cheap fire boxes you see in big box stores are poorly rated and easily opened. In most cases the locks are not rated for attempted burglary at all. Did you know that in most cases they’re only rated enough to keep the door closed in the event it falls over! Why pay anything for FALSE security? If your house catches fire saving a few bucks wont console you when the contents of your ‘safe’ are charred to a crisp.
Burglary safes NEED to be the real deal as well. Just because the tag says ‘safe’ on it doesn’t mean the things inside are actually safe. After watching actual pry tests and opening several cheap safes easily with screwdrivers, I cant stress how much you need to do the research! You’re buying that safe to keep your valuables in your possession right? Why skimp on the price only to lose everything? A real burglary safe will be rated in a time rating like TL-15 or a TL-30. This means that it will keep a person that knows what they’re doing outside of your safe for either 15 or 30 minutes. If the person is your typical snatch and grab criminal, it will keep them out. Your average home burglary is over in less than 5 minutes according to the this report and chances are if they see a real safe they won’t waste too much of that time on opening it if it’s well made.
There may be more than a hundred reasons to call a Kansas City Locksmith but one simple fact remains: If any one of them come up, We’re here when you need us.