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The Amazing Design We use Every Day!

keysWe all want to keep our valuables safe. Locks have been essential to our everyday lives since the days of ancient Babylon and Egypt. Their design has been so successful that we’ve stuck with it. Most people don’t give how locks work much thought, but we are very thankful that they do. Knowing how locks work could be one of the most useful resources you will have.

Let us give you an inside eye on the ever illusive lock and key!

The Key

All keys have different specific notches. Those notches are like fingerprints matching to only one lock. Isn’t that thought amazing? When a notch is worn down or damaged, there is a good chance that it won’t work with the lock anymore. That is why keeping a fresh, unused copy in a safe place is a great idea. This saves you the trouble of having to replace the lock. Even though it’s a pain sometimes to deal with, it’s one of the best ways to keep us safe.

Seven Access Issues You Should Address Immediately!

We all slack off on repairs and maintenance from time to time. Avoiding fixes to your locks can prove to be a costly mistake. Securing your home is extremely important and should never be put off. You don’t want to be vulnerable to an attack or robbery. Take these steps now, and you won’t have to worry later!

forced entry 1. Schedule a date to evaluate your home’s security.

Pick out a monthly/multi-annually day with your family to check out your home’s access points. It’s worth knowing about dysfunctional locks now rather than later. Don’t forget to check windows!

2. Tighten all screws and materials on lock mechanisms when needed.

If your entire door lock cylinder turns with your key, make this quick fix! You might have to remove the faceplate to access the set screws. Tighten the set screws and replace any that need it. After you have done that, make sure you test the lock for firmness.

3. Know who has access.

Some of us have one or two keys to a chain and some of us are cut out to be janitors with a million. They get lost, we lend them out, and some we don’t even know what they go to. For your house though, every key needs to be accounted for. If you move, make sure you replace the locks immediately. You don’t want to have to worry about the former owner’s crazy uncle creeping about.

You'll Never Regret Owning a Safe

safe Most of us have items that need safe-keeping. It could be a will, family memories, or even a family heirloom that was passed down. No matter what it is, a safe can make the difference between those items being there or not. 

Reasons to Invest in a Safe Now

Foresight is always better than hindsight.

Many of us have have lost treasured things that can never be replaced. Take the proactive steps to prevent the loss in the first place. It’s not at all uncommon to respond re-actively instead of proactively. We all are guilty of it. We get so busy with the present that we don’t think for the future. Yet, not taking precautions could set you back into the past.

It's insurance for your valuables.

Most of us would not even consider going uninsured health-wise. The law requires all drivers to have it for their cars. Anything can happen at anytime, no matter how unlikely.  Reduce your stress knowing that your emergency money is secure in a safe and will not go missing. Thinking of the worst case scenario is never fun. It’s best to be prepared by taking preventative measures. Having a safe for your valuables is the ultimate form of insurance when it comes to your belongings.

Know exactly where your treasures are.

We might not dig our valuables out all the time, but old photographs of the family or a will are things we aught not lose. Not all of us are great at being organized. Things tend to go into storage boxes or “safe places” around the house and get forgotten in the long-term. It’s not fun to go on a hunt to find them either. Have a secure safe to keep your treasures in.

What Should I Store in a Safe?

  • Wills and Trusts

  • Family Photo Albums

  • Videos

  • Memorabilia

  • Highly Valued Antiques

  • Emergency Money

  • Heirlooms

  • Pensions/Insurance Documents

What Kind of Safe Do I Need? 

Safes come in all types and price ranges. It just depends on what you need secured. We suggest considering a “fire-proof/water proof” safe. 

All in all, weighing the pros and cons are easy when it comes to your valuable items. If it’s priceless, this one-time buy is worth it. No real dollar amount can be put on being secure. If you have any questions about adding a safe to your home, contact Lang's Locks! 

Moving Into a New Home is Very Exciting, But it Comes With a Big To-Do List

From installing appliances to taking care of the utilities, changing your address and settling in, you end up with a lot on your hands.

In addition to all these things, one important task that you cannot ignore is changing the locks. Changing the locks as soon as you move into a new house is important for your safety. You don’t know how many people were given keys to the present locks and you don’t want to take any chances. Many burglars access homes not through force but with a key in hand. This means that just changing your home locks can make a real difference between suffering the damages of a home burglary or just avoiding it altogether.

Locksmith Working

Change Locks as Soon as You Move In

Most people change the locks of their property as soon as they move into a new place. While this can easily be forgotten in the stress of moving, it should just not slip your mind. In fact, it should be a priority.

New homeowners can never be sure how many people have keys to their new property. Since you are starting fresh, only the people you trust and who are close to you should have access to your premises. The best practice is to always change the front lock of your new house when you move in to make sure that you, your loved ones, and your property is safe.

If you are moving to a rented house and are worried about previous tenants having access to your rented property, you can talk to the landlord and arrange for your locks to be rekeyed or changed. This is for your own safety as most of the landlords fail to change locks between tenancies. It is best to discuss this issue with your landlord and determine if you have permission to change the locks.

Changing locks in a new property also becomes important when the previous locks are too old and you notice general wear and tear. The door lock may be a little tricky to operate or the key often gets stuck in it, leaving you trapped inside or out. The locks may also be rusty, which makes them easy to break.

Whatever the case may be, it is important that you consider changing the locks as soon as you move into a new property.

Choosing a Certified Registered Locksmith

Lang’s Locks is the leading lock service serving the Warren, Butler and North Hamilton Counties. If you are looking for experts to help you change your locks, then we are the people you should contact. We also offer lock repair, lock installation, emergency on-call house locksmith and lock replacement service. Contact Lang’s Locks for a safe, secure and professional lock security service.

Picture this: You just purchased your dream home. The house is almost perfect, just needs a few repairs done. You update the flooring, paint the walls and last thing to do be done is have your locks rekeyed. Being new to the area, you do a quick Google search and call the first locksmith listed. They give you a trip charge of $40 and you say okay.

The locksmith arrives in a plain van. “Hmm..they must be an independent, freelance guy. Hopefully his work is good.” He greets you with just a “You called for a locksmith?” You nod and show him the locks.

“Yeah, this just seems a little too difficult for me to just rekey. You see, these locks are really high-quality locks. We’ll have to do more here than just a simple rekey.”

“How much would this work run me?”

“Upwards of a couple hundred.”

Red Flags

Langs Dog 6922 SQ400When it comes to doing any work and repairs on your home, it’s important to research any contractors you call. Locksmith fraud especially is very common but is 100% avoidable. Since most of us rely on the Google machine to find these kinds of services, you always want to read the reviews. If the reviews look great but the person shows up in an unmarked van or doesn’t state their company name when on the phone, this is a red flag

Don’t be fooled by the cheap trip charges. This is how frauds lure people in so they can charge an astronomical amount for a simple rekey, which a reliable and trusted locksmith will be able to do with no worries and no hassle.

Here at Lang's Locks, we’ve been in business for 40 years and continue to grow. Because of this, we have years of experience and customer reviews to vouch for our quality of work. We even show up to the job with our pups in tow! If you have any questions in regards to locksmith services or our specific work, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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