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Properly Securing a Building Starts with a Good Locksmith

Feeling safe at home and work is important. Unfortunately, many people assume they are secure without taking the proper steps to ensure that their house or place of business is truly as safe as possible.

Properly Securing a Building Starts with a Good LocksmithIt is easy to overlook certain aspects of securing a building and those oversights can lead to costly breaches. The good news is that, with the help of a good locksmith, areas that the lay-person would not give the proper attention to can be brought into focus and handled with the attention required.

By following certain steps with a good Vancouver locksmith the security desired when at home or work can be fairly easily acquired.

Change Your Locks

This may seem obvious to some, but it is often not considered by new homeowners or building managers. When moving into a new home or place of business, it is always a good idea to double check the state of the new building’s current locks. All the main entrances, such as the front and back doors, should have a secure deadbolt, ideally a double cylinder deadbolt. Check all windows, and skylights and make sure that they also have locks on them.

If moving into a new space that was previously owned by someone else, it is a good idea to get the locks changed. While the previous owners may have been honest in turning over all of the keys, they could have easily forgotten about a spare they once gave out.

If moving into a newly built home, many builders use construction locks during the building process. They often key the permanent locks shortly before the new homeowners move in. It’s best to not assume this was the case and to double check with the realtor. If this is the case, it is not necessary to change the locks. However, if the locks on the newly built home were often used by tradespeople, then it is a good idea to get these locks changed.

Changing locks doesn’t have to be expensive. Instead of replacing every single lock in the newly acquired building, get those locks rekeyed. A Vancouver locksmith can come to the home or place of business and change the locks so they can only be opened by a different set of keys. This is far cheaper and easier than replacing every single lock.

It also allows for the option to have all locks to be opened by one key, avoiding having to carry around a keychain with half a dozen keys.

Make a Plan

It is important to have a “security solution” in place that prevents anyone from walking into the property and damaging it, or making off with something that does not belong to them. In order for this to be effective, however, it is crucial to use the right locks so that the building’s security is not vulnerable.

There are some brands that security experts prefer over others, so taking the time to do the adequate research is imperative. If time for research is simply not available, a professional can provide the insight needed to make an informed decision.

It is also important to consider other factors where a professional locksmith can help ensure that a security investment is truly secure. If installed in the wrong way, if an incorrect lock is used, or if a lock is improperly maintained, there is an increased chance that the lock will be ineffective to intruders.

Light, Light, Light

Exterior lighting is important for anyone that wants to improve their security. Many burglars and criminals prefer to operate under the shroud of darkness. Therefore, if a property has poor exterior lighting it is more vulnerable to security breaches than a well-lit building. Lighting may sound like a decorative add-on, but it is an essential part of effective security solutions.

Consider Commercial Locks

The importance of commercial door locks cannot go unsaid. While the perimeter is the first point of access, the door’s locks are the cornerstone to any building’s security. If there are no door locks in place to bar access or grant access, then all the other aforementioned security measures will hardly be important.

There should be no mistake that commercial grade door locks are different than residential door locks, and any locksmith will tell you as much. Commercial grade door locks are built to last longer, due to the fact that they normally come into contact with more people. This means that they deal with much more foot traffic, which equates to more rotations and cycles by the door lock, so it has to be built to last much longer than regular house locks would.

Also, many commercial door locks have built-in measures that make it much more difficult for burglars and criminals to bypass. Many of these locks are anti-bump locks, as well as anti-pick and snap proof. In choosing your commercial door locks pay attention to the various access points. Remember that almost every access point will need a lock and this goes for offices, emergency exits and gates alike.

It is also important to take into account the medium that the lock is being used with, as well as the manner in which that particular access point is used. It is important to not use the wrong lock. While most doors, especially within an office-like environment, would be best suited to install grade one commercial locks, with some variation between the interior and exterior doors, this may not be the case for all doors and is another area where a professional locksmith’s expertise will prove invaluable.

Feel, and Be, Secure

Protecting a property can seem like an overwhelming task. However, with the help of a professional Vancouver locksmith, the key aspects to improving a building’s security can be addressed fairly quickly.

There is a difference between feeling safe and secure and actually being safe and secure and that difference can often be found in the time, care, and expert attention that has been paid to a building’s security, especially the locks.

What Services Can a Commercial Locksmith Perform?

The craft of locksmithing is ancient, dating back to the early days of civilization. From Egypt during the days of the great Pharaohs to the Roman civilization, and from the industrial revolution to the digitization of the modern age, it is a craft that has proven itself invaluable to human progress.

What Services Can a Commercial Locksmith Perform

Think of the word locksmith and chances are you will think of their trusted partners, keys. Generally, key cutting and lock repairing are thought to be the standard service provided by every commercial locksmith, and so they are. However, there are a wide range of locksmith services that the best and most trusted locksmiths perform and help provide you with the strongest line of security. These can be categorized within commercial, residential, automotive, and ADA services.

Let us now examine the commercial services provided by professional and licensed locksmiths such as us at Harry’s Locksmith.

Commercial Services

Commercial spaces generally require security systems that are a different standard to residential or automotive serves. Commercial locksmith services are performed by highly trained professionals skilled at the particular kind of locks used in establishments and corporations.

Master Keying

This eliminates the need to carry an unnecessarily large number of keys. A single master key can be created to enable access to every lock in your establishment.

Re-keying

This is a common practice of rekeying the cylinders of a lock so that the original keys do not work on it anymore. A new key is created to match the reconfigured lock. This is a cost-effective method that eliminates the need to purchase new locks.

Door Services

Door services by trained locksmiths ensure a functional, aesthetically pleasing solution to door related problems. Installation, repair and replacement of door closers, door frames, hinges, emergency exits, and handicapped exits are also possible. These can be for wooden, metal or glass doors.

Cylindrical or Mortise Locks

These are the usual lock systems installed on doors around the world and offer varying levels of protection. Professional locksmiths are capable of providing high-quality locks of either kind.

Mortise locks include a deadbolt and use the globally known thumb latch handle. They are usually made from brass. These locks can be difficult to install as their components have to be individually carved and drilled onto the door. However, they provide a good security option owing to the presence of a deadbolt.

Cylindrical locks are more common in newer buildings and have a simple system involving two holes drilled to the door involving the lockset and latch. These locks do not, however, come with a deadbolt.

Access Control

Proper security means knowing who has access to what part of your establishment and maintaining strict controls over it. Access control systems help in detailing and monitoring precisely this, enabling greater safety and providing information like security logs and other data.

High-Security Locks

High-security locks are extremely time consuming and expensive to break, and act as a strong deterrent. These are typically required by businesses which require top security and it is highly advisable to go through trained, licensed, insured and verified locksmiths.

Safe Installation, Servicing and Combination Changes

Businesses that require safes on site to protect their cash, documents and similar valuable materials are also required to undertake their regular servicing. Safes have moving parts that need upkeep otherwise the safe could malfunction. Safe owners should also change their combinations regularly, a task that should be undertaken by professional locksmith services.

Cabinet and Desk Locks

A large number of offices regularly suffer from a cabinet and desk lock-outs or malfunctions. Professional locksmith services should be employed to repair or install these locks.

Electrified Strikes, Panic Hardware, Mag Locks

Electric strikes are one of the more common locks used in office spaces today. These locks are designed to manually or automatically lock and unlock doors. For example, they enable security or a receptionist to open doors through a release switch or allow employees into office spaces through their access cards. The doors then automatically lock once they close.

They can be installed in conjunction with close circuit cameras or intercoms to enhance security.

Panic bars are usually installed horizontally or vertically on emergency exits and are designed for a quick and easy release. These are also typically deadlatched, and do not enable access from the outside, thus adhering to security norms.

Mag locks or magnetic locks rely on the power of magnets to secure doors creating lock systems that can be extremely difficult to break. These can be via electromagnets, i.e. in conjunction with an electric source, or through permanent magnets only.

Other Commercial Services

A large number of commercial locksmith services have problems that house owners also face. Lockouts, lost keys, lock repairs, lock installation and hardware upgrade requirements could be the issues faced by any commercial establishment and it’s wise to trust a licensed, trained locksmith for these, as opposed to an untrained individual or store.

Key Cutting

Creating copies of your existing key is a smart move and professional locksmiths can create accurate, high-quality copies in little time. Similarly, they can create a copy of your lost or stolen key (if there are no copies) from the lock itself. This can help save on the cost of a new lock and provide peace of mind to the owner.

Lock-Out Assistance

Lock-outs can be stressful and annoying, but a trained locksmith should be able to pick the relevant locks for your commercial space with a high success rate. If in case the lock needs to be broken and a new one installed in its place, they can provide you with a quick solution to that particular problem as well.

Conducting due diligence when employing a locksmith to secure your workspace, establishment, residence or automobile is an important part of the process. The locksmith you choose should have proper licenses, credentials and customer referrals.

Many locksmiths can be valuable partners and provide services like facilities upgrade, giving you peace of mind and security, and enabling you to focus on your business.