As our children grow they get to have more and more responsibility added to their plate to prepare them for not only becoming a teen/young adult but also in providing them with opportunities to develop confidence in themselves. Engaging our kids in more and more of the household daily gigs, gives them the ability to know how to handle different situations in not only home life but in personal life and security as they become more independent.
Every home has different levels of 'normal' and we know that transition from child to young adult is differnt for each family. As our children mature, their world is filled less and less with fairies and turtles that can do awesome ninja moves to zombies, boys/girls, getting home on public transport, riding their bikes to and from school or getting a lift with other families. Whatever the situation the time will come when the talk and solution for home security in regards to keeping keys safe, not allowing strangers into the home and the responsibility of having friends over without parents being home. Key and home security is an important conversation and strategy that each family will eventually develop into the smooth running of your household.
As kids have a tendency to overshare in their younger years, which was once an endeering part of being a kid has to take a different perspective as they get grow. This is especially relevant in the context of taking care of the house keys. The beauty of evolutions in industry is that today in the market of Locksmiths and home security there are some super basic solutions up to the digital evolution of home security.
Here are some of our suggestions on key security for your kids and family.
Some solutions in key security;
A well placed key hider/safe which is coded with a 2-4 digital combination that can be kept near the front door and allow your child to have the freedom to let themselves. We have written a blog about Key Safes if you wish to investigate this option further.
Digital Door Lock;
The Kevo Digital lock is installed to easily replace the standard door key, Kevo, Lockwood and other digital security companies are developing digital door locks to piggy back on the growing trend of home automation.
Lockwood Wireless Deadbolt; be aware that the locks that you buy at Bunnings and hardware stores are no where near the quality that we buy for Locksmiths. This lock can be integrated with Z-wave a very popular system in Australia for home automation. The key to digital locks for security for your children, is that every person in your household gets their own code and when that code is entered you will get a text to your phone to notify you that your little version of you has made it home. That is a peace of mind that is worth every bit of your time to look at for an option for home security.
If you are either looking to upgrade your home security, make a system of entry for your kids that will allow you peace of mind please talk to Nathan or the boys at TL and we will give you our advice based on your situation that empower you to make the right decision for home security. We are locksmith nerds and love what we do.
The simplicity of Key hiders and Key safes allow you to have a place to store the spare key for staff, family or the kids with peace of mind that no one will be able to find and use the key if they happen upon it. These key safes are not based on technology but simple robust back ups for when you need a place to store the spare keys.
It can have a 2, 4 or 6 digit passcode and is easy to set and change. It takes a drill and screwdriver to fix it to the wall anywhere outside the house and it even if it is knocked off the wall it is made of robust materials to make it a delayed entry to access the keys. The key to keeping your house secure is to make it as unappealing as possible for want to be criminals to try and break into your home. This is the best measure for home security, deterrence, rather than solely a good insurance policy. Making it challenging and disruptive for criminals immediately makes your home less appealing for opportunistic break ins.
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!
When you have moved in to a new home that is the best time to consider changing the locks on a house. You cannot be sure who may have a copy of the keys to your house unless all locks are re-keyed or replaced!
If you are worried about people gaining access to your home or breaking in, talk to our locksmiths about our different systems that can help increase the security of your home. Toowoomba Locksmiths is passionate about home security! We have options that restrict who can cut keys, digital locking systems, bump resistant options and CCTV camera systems that can be used in order to create extra home security. These systems may initially cost more than off the shelf locks, however the added security helps ensure no unwanted visitors can enter your home!
We also recommend that you change the codes to any alarm or locking systems that require codes as soon as you move in, as well as, on a regular basis.
We suggest adding other forms of security such as, CCTV, door chains, and deadbolts. This will help enhance home security and will deter intruders. The harder it is to get in the less likely an intruder is to try.
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After we install your new security system ask us about obtaining a
I am sure you have heard Locksmiths referring to Transponder Keys, but you may not know exactly what a Transponder Key is!
Since 1995 the majority of new cars have used transponders within the key, which works by sending a radio signal needed in order to start the vehicle. The transponder is a small microchip in the head of they key and if a key for the vehicle is cut without programming the transponder the key will not allow the vehicle to start, although it will still turn the engine over. This is because the immobilisers will still be active.
The transponder creates additional security for new vehicles, but it does come with the disadvantage of high costs and long waits when a key is lost and a new one is ordered through a car dealership. A transponder key is essentially a key with a code transmitter embedded that sends a unique alpha-numeric code to your ignition. When received, the transponder in the ignition tells the car that it is okay to start. Programming or reprogramming a transponder key depends on the make and model of your vehicle. For domestic cars with a vehicle identification number (VIN) that starts with 1 or 4, the keys can be reprogrammed by simply taking the keys out to your car and entering the program mode.
This is where, here at Toowoomba Locksmiths, we can help! With Automotive Locksmith technology we can cut and program 90% of transponder keys using your current key! This way you can store your additional key in case you loose your current key. Using a local locksmith will significantly reduce the cost of additional keys and ensure you are supplied with a copy of your key instantaneously, bypassing long waits.
As your local locksmith in Toowoomba we always recommend keeping at least two transponder keys on hand because, if no current key is present, dealership replacements are generally expensive and incur long waiting periods.
A transponder key is essentially a key with a code transmitter embedded that sends a unique alpha-numeric code to your ignition. When received, the transponder in the ignition tells the car that it is okay to start. Programming or reprogramming a transponder key depends on the make and model of your vehicle. For domestic cars with a vehicle identification number (VIN) that starts with 1 or 4, the keys can be reprogrammed by simply taking the keys out to your car and entering the program mode.
Just a reminder that, when we you have a lock installation via Toowoomba Locksmiths, we service and repair all our locks so that the lifespan of your lock is extended beyond a lock that you would buy and install from a hardware store.
We offer a wide range of locks for business and commercial use with our services including:
Lock bumping is becoming a real security risk and is a quick way for criminals to break-in or enter your home undetected. Lock bumping is a risk to security and can be hard to detect until the owner re-enters their home because it shows no signs of forced entry!
To be sure your home is secure; Toowoomba Locksmiths have a range of bump resistant security options. Digital key locks, electronic locks or keyless entry are becoming a more secure way to protect your household. In addition, surveillance cameras can provide further security and comfort in knowing who has attempted access to your home and at what time.
Due to the design of digital key locks, electronic locks and keyless entry, they are unable to be unlocked using a bump key, giving you piece of mind that your home is secure.
Here at Toowoomba Locksmiths we love to help and protect our community. As a local locksmith in Toowoomba we are passionate about local security. We are happy to organise security assessments, provide advice and supply quotes regarding our bump proof security options.
Unsure about the risk of lock bumping? Please watch the attached video!
We are passionate about your security. Here at Toowoomba Locksmiths, your security is our business. We are looking forward to arranging a quote for our more secure digital locking systems. Please call Nathan, Mitch or Nick on 07 4632 6060 to find out about products that will best suit your needs and your budget!
Due to the increased ability of criminals; including the ability to lock bump, smarter ways to lock your homes are emerging…
Kevo Smart Door Locks technology offers superior security and turns your smartphone into your key! Don’t have a smartphone? No worries, Kevo smart door locks come with included key fob that works just like keyless entry on modern cars. Talk about security entering the future! Kevo Smart Door Locks also eliminates the need for key cutting and supplying numerous copies of your key to tradesman, family and friends which can jeopardise the security of your home. You can send electronic keys (eKeys) via your smart phone! This feature also incorporates key user tracking and gives you the ability to enable, disable or delete key users at your own discretion! Kevo is engineered for both maximum security and maximum performance!
If enhancing your security and bringing your home security technology into the future is important to you, call us at Toowoomba Locksmiths on 07 4632 6060 . We are passionate about securing your home and family. Here at Toowoomba Locksmiths, your security is our business.
Install Kevo Smart Locks into your home is easy with our professional team of technicians and it is one of the best products on the market for home security for the front and back door.
Here at Toowoomba Locksmiths, your security is our business! We want to make sure our customers are aware of the best security options for their home!
Is your family protected?
Is your home secure?
Do you know who has access to your personal life?
When moving into a new residence it is impossible to know who has been supplied with copies of the keys to your new home! This can be a security concern and here at Toowoomba Locksmiths we provide home security reviews and recommendations to ensure our customers have access to the best available security lock options for their home! Not only do we provide a range of traditional locking and digital locking systems, we also provide surveillance camera systems to ensure you know who is attempting access into your personal life! We have a range of novelty keys that can be provided for existing locks or supplied in addition to standard keys on new locks. They also make the PERFECT GIFT.
It is always recommended to change all locks on your home when moving into a new residence to ensure security! Make sure you are in control of who accesses your personal life! Call your local locksmith today on 07 4632 6060 and organise your home security review.
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Here at Toowoomba Locksmiths we are a small team of dedicated security professionals and we aim for high service and quality products every time.
There are so many interesting things that happen in the locksmithing industry and from the experience we gain, we have started to write about tips and resources that can help with your safety concerns. READ OUR BLOG
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