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Garage Door Remotes | Garage door

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Whether you have a roller door remote, tilt-a-door remote, or a panel lift, all Garage door remotes come in a huge range of brands and frequencies. It is imperative that you choose the correct remote for your motor and receiver, purchased from a reputable stockist. Buying Garage Door Remotes online can be costly if the incorrect remote is selected for your requirements.

Adding and deleting Garage Door Remotes can be a simple process, and providing the correct remote is selected it can be a DIY job to reprogram. Or for peace of mind have a trained technician from Toowoomba Locksmiths to clear your receiver’s memory and add remotes as necessary.

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The Garage door is often overlooked when changing locks on your property which can mean anyone carrying old remotes may have unauthorised access to your home or garage. Be sure you know who holds remotes for your garage door – Old tenants or property owners, unwanted family members or old tradespersons may have these garage remotes and could potentially access your property without your knowledge.

Deleting old remotes is Easy and highly recommended whenever you are unsure who may have remotes, anytime you move into a new home, or if someone you know has a remote unlawfully.

Remotes can operate a large range of openers. For instance, Roller door remotes, tilt-a-door remotes, panel lift remotes, and even some auto gates, could possibly all use the same remote. Selecting the right remote means you could have one remote that operates different garage doors and gates without having to carry more than one remote.

If your remote is no longer working it can be due to a few reasons:

  • The battery is old and may need replacing
  • Sometimes there may be an issue with the receiver or motor
  • You may simply need a new remote if there is an internal fault

This can be diagnosed by contacting any of the knowledgeable staff at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

Security screen and Security Door Locks

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28.07.19

Security screen, commonly known as screen door locks are often the most heavily used doors in your home. Each time your main door is used the security screen is often used as well. Not only do they offer additional security to your home when locked in conjunction with your main glass or timber door but they offer the ability to secure your home while still offering fresh air to flow through.

Security screen and Security Door Locks

There are 4 main brands of security Screen door locks commonly used in the Toowoomba Region, these are Whitco, Lockwood, Doric and Austral. Toowoomba locksmiths stock a wide range of these brands for both Sliding Security Screens and Hinged Security Screens. Whitco and Lockwood are the most common and longest used brand of Security Door Locks and although are no longer manufactured in Australia are still both high quality and affordable. It is important the correct brand and model is selected to ensure smooth replacements and correct security requirements.

If your Security Screen Door Lock stops working, there can be many reasons for this. Like any mechanical item, Security Door locks are not designed to last forever however with care and servicing, you can be sure they will keep your home secure for many years. There can be many reasons why your Security Door Lock has stopped working, these can include but are not limited to:

Reasons your Security Screen Door Lock May stop working

  • Ground movement causing the lock to no longer meet its strike correctly
  • Attempted or successful break-in
  • Incorrect fitting
  • A build-up of dust or foreign objects either inside the lock
  • More commonly inside the hole in the frame of the door

If you are replacing one of your screen doors locks and want to use the same key with the new lock, this can usually be easily achieved as the cylinder can most commonly be removed from the old lock and work well in the New Security Lock.

It is easy to mistake a broken Screen Door Lock with a repairable fault. The best way to establish if you need a new security lock or if the lock can be repaired is to contact one of the Knowledgeable locksmiths at Toowoomba Locksmiths.

Why you should change locks on your house

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28.07.19

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Have you recently had concerns about the security of your house, but don’t have the funds for replacement locks?

A common misconception to house owners is that to change locks on their house, the only option is replacement locks. However, you don’t have to replace the whole lock to maintain confidence that your house is secure, simply rekey your lock cylinders.

Changing locks may seem like a large and expensive task but actually, for a knowledgeable locksmith, it is quite fast and efficient. Changing lock barrels is significantly cheaper than replacing locks as you can reuse the lock handle etc. We simply just take apart the lock, adjust and rearrange parts inside ensuring the old keys will no longer work and therefore be able to unlock the door. A new set of keys are then cut to work with the reconfigured lock on the inside.

Why you should change locks

There are several reasons why you would want to change your locks. We commonly have people contact us when they have their keys lost or stolen. Lost keys may be able to be tracked back to your property, leading to you feeling that your house and family are not secure and safe. We recommend changing locks in this situation to stop any intruders being able to possibly gain access into your property.

Why you should change locks on your house

Moving into a new house

Moving into a new house maybe another scenario why you might consider changing your lock barrels. You can never be 100% sure that previous owners and tenants have returned all the keys. Builders and subcontractors from a newly built house might be a factor as well. More commonly then not builders and subcontractors would have at some point in time, required keys into your house to perform tasks. Changing the locks will eliminate them from gaining entry later.

Unfortunately, there are also sometimes family break downs in play, with upsetting circumstances. Sometimes a broken family may have some issues where you no longer want to have a family member to have access to your house for whatever reason. Rekeying your locks will eliminate this person being able to access the property with old keys they may still have, ensuring the safety of your family.

Replacing garage remote

Don’t stress about a garage remote in the wrong hands either. A garage remote and motors can be easily reprogrammed. You can eliminate remotes that may be in the hands of someone you wish not to have access. We reprogram the motor to no longer recognise any remotes, then re-introduce the remotes possessed by the homeowner, meaning any old garage remotes that use to work that haven’t been reprogramed will no longer be able to open the garage door.

Got questions about your locks? Let us help you

Security Surveys – Don’t be caught out when you least expect it

How To Prevent a Break In at Home

Posted by Irene Pollak in Home Security | 0 comments

We never expect to be broken into, we always think that these things happen to other people and honestly we hope you never have to experience a break in.  The main comments made by people is that they feel like they have a sense of invasion, that someone they don't know has gone through their home and things.

Nothing we suggest to you here will guarantee that you won't be broken into, but it will definitely decrease the possibility of it happening, the main things that amatuer crims are looking for are easy and quick money, so what we offer is deterrants and inhibitors.

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How to prevent a Break in top tips;

Cheap doorlocks = quicky entry, so the money you think your saving by buying a cheap lock won't be worth it in the end, deadlock is what you will need to be insurance compliant so keep that in mind when upgrading your main entry point security.

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Sensor lights - anything that reflects human behaviour will scare most amatuers, along with the front door being visible from the street.

Visible security camera - there has been much talk online that even a fake camera will work, and yes it will to a degree and for some people this act alone will be enough of a deterrant.  But depending on your security concerns the technology in cameras are increasing and the prices are becoming more competitive.  So choose the solution based on your needs.

Spare keys - if you are not interested in having a digital door lock for your home so everyone has their own code, then we have solutions that can allow you to securely hide the spare key.  Check out our Key Safes post, these are little iron nuggets, they can try and break into but they will loose.  (insert belly laughter)

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Security Screens - on both the doors and the windows, especially the ground floor and keep shrubs away from ground floor windows, unless they are thorny, then keep those ones definately.

Dogs - ok so there is a debate on this one, a good guard dog looks scary and does not wag its tail at just about anyone who uses that tone of voice that we all use to say hello to dogs.  If they respond like that then your dog will not suffice to be a guard dog.  Don't be fooled by big dogs either they can sometimes be the most gentle, we had a story of how a Doberman not only let a thief in but the thief took his collar for a bit of a cheeky call out.  Criminals will assess your dog prior to a break in to determine whether they are a threat.

Neighbourhood Watch - being close to your neighbours is one of the best security measures.  They know your habits, the sound of your car, if you are away and help you with your security measures while away.  (click image below to go to Toowoomba Police Neighbourhood Watch page.)

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Another measure is to keep valuables away from the windows; computers, large TV's, handbags, things that make your home become a target.

We did a little search around the web to find some other tips from different countries and some were hilarious and we should have kept the link but we were looking for quality.  This blog on how to prevent a break in, has some great tips that we haven't mentioned that may be a worth a read.

Mistakes That Compromise Your Home Security

Posted by Irene Pollak in Home Security | 0 comments

08.09.15

The fact is that criminals are getting more creative in identifying houses that have weak links in their home security not only by what they can see by driving by your home, but also by what you do online, what you talk about out and about and key signs that someone is about to go on holidays or works away from home, and your every day patterns.

Alarm systems, sensor lights, good security screens and not leaving your spare keys in obvious places are all simple steps to upgrading your home security.  This all has to be taken into consideration in relation to your neighbourhood, whether you live in a cul de sac or a busy street.

What are the easiest steps you can take to improve your home security?

Sensor lights; solar powered is ideal or hard wired by an electrician.

Security screens without the keys left in them and a security guard on your screen door so the fly screen can not be cut for easy access.  Also look at improving the security on the ground floor windows of your home if they do not already have bars on them.  Although at a recent security event we were told how some crims cut the bars off to gain access to the home, so it is a networked security solution that is definitely required.

An external/internal alarm/cctv system that allows you to turn on the sensors in the part of the home you are not in, controlled through your smart device; tablet or phone.

Digital Door locks; with custom codes for trades people, visiting extended family members, the kids, with an app notification to your phone which also allows the ability to revoke access anytime.

If you have spare keys for visitors or tradies, consider a Key Safe - link to blog post here.

ALWAYS LOCK YOUR GARAGE; no matter what, lock it.  Opportunity = risk.

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For security solutions when you are travelling please consider these suggestions;

holiday security measures you can do

holiday security tips

The biggest things to remember is, don't leave things on the front deck or with the windows open (curtains/blinds open) so that opportunists can't easily identify if your home is a worthwhile risk.

If you have some concerns with your home security, we would love to nut out some solutions that are custom to your lifestyle and location.

Call Nathan and the team at Toowoomba Locksmith, we have an inside view of what is going on in Toowoomba, night and day in regards to security.

Home CCTV Solutions That You Can Check In On Remotely.

Posted by Irene Pollak in CCTV | 1 comments

12.06.15

Home CCTV systems are being pushed more and more by insurance companies in a bid to lower the chance of you making a claim and they reward you for your installation of a home CCTV system, that you can check in on remotely or has a recording facility, by lowering your annual premiums.  Although in saying this, the increase in conviction in crimes has increased in Australia with the Federal and State Police attributing this outcome to the use of home CCTV footage.  This makes a lot of sense, as criminals are quick to identify government and business sercurity systems and adjust their crimes around that, but to be adept with each homes security systems in the area would be near impossible.

So with this demand there has been an influx of systems that are DIY's from JB HiFi and JayCar and Ebay, but most times there is a little twist to installing it, this ends up being installed by a locksmith or not properly at all.  We get it though, if you are savvy enough to set up the camera system, position the camera and get everything going smoothly on your own these systems are great, the only concern after that would be replacement parts and upgrading of technology.  This leads to a long term issue with these systems is that it is tricky for locksmiths to be able to adequately service a store bought alarm/CCTV system and replace parts that will support it, so sometimes (when the main port of the system is compromised) the system may need to be replaced.  With our experience in the security industry we have seen a lot of these DIY camera systems come and go. A product that we have been excited to use is the ABUS CCTV security systems.

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We install and service the ABUS 7"/3"  MONITOR & 1xIR DIGITAL WIRELESS CAMERA 2.4GHz; it has a high pixelation in that cameras, can record to an SD card and can be used through an app on your phone or ipad.  This system supports a 4 camera usage system that will allow adequate external and internal visibility of your property whilst you are home or away.  This system is ideal for private homes, restaurants, offices, and small businesses.   This system allows remote access wtih the image and sound being transmitted between the camera and monitor on a secure basis. This excludes the possibility of third parties viewing the images or listening in.

We can install any part of the ABUS security range, for further options for what you may need for your home we have included a link to the main supplier site.

Then contact us to inquire about what would be the best solution for your home or small business.abus 7

Features

  • Complete set consisting of an IR wireless outdoor camera, monitor, and docking station.
  • Video transmitted using encrypted digital radio.
  • Compact IP66 outdoor camera with infrared night vision function and 640 x 480 pixel resolution.
  • 7" colour touch-screen monitor (operates on rechargeable batteries).
  • Easy to operate.
  • Mobile access via iPhone, iPad app.
  • Remote access via LAN using the docking station (battery for monitor charged at the same time).
  • Can be extended to include up to four wireless cameras (TVAC16010).
ABUS 7" monitor system; TVAC16000 User Manual

Smart Investors, Buy a Good Safe

Posted by Irene Pollak in CCTV, Home Security, Safes | 0 comments

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With the announcement of a deposit tax by the Abbott government in recent weeks this will see an influx in demand of home safes.  Not because we are all going to keep our money in the safe but because the time to look beyond the bank for investment purposes has just become more prevalent.  It will not only be inspired from this tax but in protecting our investments in the future as savvy investors will be keeping their eye on the horizon for any other changes to taxes and super contributions.  To be on top of this, smart investors will not only be looking at what to invest in but in determining what factors meet the criteria for keeping those investments safe, hence we are advising you in this post on how to buy a good safe.

The opportunity to look beyond cash, to invest in good stock items that will accrue value without you having to watch the stock market are a good way to diversify your investments and with that you need to look at a good sturdy safe.  Now, any safe that can be picked up and taken with the would be criminals offers you not much extra security either.  What is recommended when you choose a safe that fits your items, cash rating requirements and fit for your home, is to make sure it is fitted by one of our licensed technicians who will fix it to the wall or floor to ensure optimal security.  We do sell angle grinder proof safes, Guardall BFG range, that have been tried and tested to deter any semi or professional criminals, you will be confident that you have given your home security the best options.

We also advise that you look at home insurance policies and excesses and premiums, as this is also a good idea to look at the idea of also installing a CCTV or alarm system in your home.  There are some great DIY alarm installations on the market like the Yale DIY Alarm system, ask us about this system for your home.  When a safe is installed with a supported security system, CCTV or Alarms or both, then your insurance premiums will reduce, please check with your insurance company to compare the price points.

Call us to talk about what you may need for security for your valuables and investments.

07 4362 60 60

Read the article here about Abbott's Deposit Tax; don't forget to go through the comments as this will clarify the impact that this tax will have on Australians.

Re-keying Locks

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Thinking of changing your locks?

Did you know that instead of replacing the entire lock you can save money by re-keying locks existing on your premises?!

Re-keying locks is when a locksmith alters the lock in order to make sure that only new keys can operate the lock.

If you are concerned about that someone may have a key to your home you can consider re-keying existing locks! This ensures you know who has a key and is a cheaper alternative to replacing the locks, therefore SAVING YOU MONEY!

Toowoomba Locksmiths has a team of professional locksmiths that are happy to help with any questions you have regarding changing, replacing, or re-keying your locks!

Call us today on 07 4632 6060.

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