Monday, August 17, 2015

Changing Locks

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Making a decision of what type of locks to get for your home is always the toughest. With so many types of locks in the market and places you can get them, you don't want to fall short because after all, it is the security of your home we are talking about here. There is a commercial floating around about a guy in a hardware store looking to buy a lock for his home. The store employee then offers him a Schlage lock which is one of the leading brands in the market.

Upgrading the locks is a good idea, especially if you have an old lock that was used for many years. Just like any other mechanical item, locks tend to wear out in time to the point of beyond repair, so a new lock would be necessary not to mention from one of the leading brand names in the market. However, any professional in the security and lock industry would tell you that it is not recommended to get a lock at the local hardware store.

Locksmith Reno Schlage Grade 2 lockWhat most people don't know is that that most of the locks sold in hardware store are categorized as Grade 3 locks. These are normally low quality locks that may not be a good security fit for the front or back door of your home, but mostly for indoor use such as a bedroom or a bathroom door. This is another reason why these types of locks are normally cheaper than the ones that professional locksmith technicians or companies carry.

For high quality locks, nothing beat going to a professional locksmith where they always have in stock grade 1 and 2 locks that are high quality and secure enough to protect your home. In addition, a professional locksmith will be able to provide a professional installation as well that will be backed with a warranty on the lock and service provided.

For more information about locks for your home, contact NorthWest Locksmith Reno.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Retail Business Security

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Theft is the #1 enemy of retail businesses. Many retail businesses constantly have to deal with theft on a daily basis. Theft such as from customers, employees, or even intruders after business hours. However, there are several different ways a retail business or other type of commercial property can combat against theft. Even though many of the methods are not "bulletproofs" the prevention rate of theft will decrease significantly.

CCTV is one of the methods used by many retail businesses, large and small. It has proven to be very efficient in catching shoplifters in the act. The problem in many retail business is that you can't have an employee in every corner of the store. That is why having a CCTV helps with covering all the property or at least all the dead spots. The benefit in a CCTV is not only the ability to observe live at what is going on in the store, but also the option to go over recordings in case there is a suspicious of a product missing whether it was during business hours or after.

When it comes to emergency exits, safety equipment such as exit devices are required by law. However, because this type of equipment allow for an easy access, many shop lifters can take advantage in order to easily escape the property without any detection. That is why exit alarms are very important to have as well. There are many exit devices and panic rims in the market that come equipped with an alarm where it will be sound immediately when the door is accessed.

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Last but not least is tracking your employees. Especially for a large retail business, tracking the employees can be very crucial in preventing any employee theft. In addition, limiting their access to specific rooms and specific hours can help as well. That is where a Master-Key or Access Control System come into play. With a Master-Key system you can easily limit employees access to certain rooms and areas in the property. However, with an Access Control system you can even track and monitor their access.

For more information about the best ways to protect your retail business, contact NorthWest Locksmith Reno.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Lock Change or Re-key ?

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When it comes to home security, one of the biggest debate that comes to mind is changing the locks at your home vs re-keying them. There are many factors that will come into play when making the final decision. That is why, you can always contact a locksmith for an additional opinion and recommendations for what you should do. However, in the mean time, you can take the following information into consideration.

Re-keying the locks are normally the more affordable way to ensure the security of your home in several situations. Imagine that you or another member in your household lost the key or had it stolen. In other situations, you might have a member in your household that no longer a resident in the house, but still has access to it. Most of the time, the preference of the home owners would be to keep the existing locks which in this case re-keying them would be the best solution.

In the process of re-keying the locks, they will be removed from the door and disassembled almost completely in order to get to the plug inside the cylinder and re-pin it. Re-pinning the plug with a different combination of pins will match the cylinder a new key making the old one useless and you free of any worries.

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In similar situations where the security of your home got compromised, replacing the locks is also an option in order to secure your peace of mind. Although the cost of getting new locks can add up and be more expensive than a re-key, a locksmith professional would be able to do it the same day just like a re-key service. When picking new locks, we recommend paying attention to the lock's grading system and get at least Grade 2 for residential applications. This will ensure the locks are made from high quality material and can withstand most break in attempts. It is a good idea to change the locks in case you suspect the current locks are old and may be starting to wear out in which re-keying them might be a waste of time and money.

For more information or advice regarding changing or re-keying a lock, contact NorthWest Locksmith Reno.

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