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Lately, the Cincinnati real estate market is growing like crazy.

replacement door locksHomes are selling left and right, which means there are lots of new homebuyers in the market. Homeownership can be an exciting experience, especially for first time buyers. There are so many things to consider when buying a home. It can be easy to get preoccupied with the challenges of moving homes. From budgeting to painting and decorating, there are hundreds of items on your to-do list. But, when it comes to what’s truly important, securing your home and protecting your new house usually get forgotten. It’s important to stop and think about changing or rekeying the locks of your new home as soon as you’re handed your new set of keys. With all of the running around, this step is easy to delay or put off. Thankfully, Lang’s Locks has been helping people keep their homes safe and secure since 1976.

When you move into a new home, you never know who has access inside. If previous owners made copies of their keys, there’s a strong probability that there’s a spare key floating around. It’s good practice to change or rekey your locks. This is especially true if a family member loses a key, a key goes unreturned by a serviceperson, or if your locks are old.

Here are a few situations where you should consider contacting a locksmith: 

• Your keys are stolen

• You lose your keys

• Your key often gets stuck inside of the lock or the lock is difficult to unlatch

• You want to consolidate your keys and have only one master key for the whole home

If you’ve experienced one of these situations, you might consider your choices:

Rekeying your home’s locks: Rekeying your locks means changing the notches within the lock and the corresponding key. This uses the same locks, but manipulates them so your existing keys won’t unlatch the lock. Moving into a new home comes with a lot of expenses. If you’re looking for the most affordable option, rekeying is a practical choice.

Replacing your home’s locks: While rekeying is a secure choice, there are some scenarios in which changing the locks completely would be a better option. Although it might feel like big investment, what price are you willing to put on your family’s safety? We recommend changing locks if the existing locks are old. It’s wise to invest in newer, more secure locks. This requires the removal of your existing locks and replacing them with a new version that ensures you’ve secured your home.

Whatever your need might be, Lang’s Locks has the experience and commitment you’d want in a locksmith. With more than three decades of experience, Lang’s Locks has access to a large variety of inventory at especially affordable prices. Whether you need standard door or patio locks, or high-security control, we’re committed to helping you keep your home safe.

Our emergency service sets us apart from the rest, but don’t wait until it’s too late to feel secure.

Avoiding Locksmith Fraud

It's Good To Know a Locksmith Before You Need a Locksmith:

Each day, up to 250,000 Americans make emergency calls to locksmiths. Despite reasonable quotes over the phone... so called locksmiths are playing the bait and switch game and charging exorbitant fees after a blank business agreement is signed.  

Lang's Locks in a member of The Associated Locksmiths Of America (ALOA).  

ALOA's certification program (PRP) provides a standard of knowledge and technical proficiency by which locksmiths can be recognized. All members go through a thorough background check and extensive training. Credentials and Credibility lead to Knowledge and Integrity. 

Langs Locks has been a locksmith company since 1976. When you call Lang's Locks - We ensure your security needs are met and your expectations are exceeded.

Checklist For Detecting a Locksmith Scam:

ALOL Certified LocksmithALOA has also created a 10-point locksmith scam check-list for detecting a locksmith company that may be engaging in this scheme. Many of the items in this checklist are legal by themselves, however, if several are used together, you may be dealing with a con artist:

• Not Familiar with Your Area . To ensure that the company is local, make sure that they are familiar with your area of town .

• "Locksmith Service." Unscrupulous individuals often operate under many business names/aliases. Thus, they must answer the phone with a generic phrase like, "locksmith service." If the call is answered this way, ask, "What is the legal name of your business."

• ALOA Logo. Does the Yellow Pages ad contain a logo that makes them appear to belong to ALOA? While many locksmiths do belong to the Association, some unscrupulous individuals trick the consumer by falsely using the ALOA logo. You can always check to see if in fact these businesses are members by calling ALOA, (800) 532-2562 or www.findalocksmith.com .

• Unclear Business Name. Look closely at the ad(s). Is the specific name of the business clearly identified? Does it appear that the dealer actually operates under several names? If a Web address is listed, does the name on the Web site match the name on the ad?

• "Under Same Ownership" This confusing statement, often found in small print at the bottom of a full-page ad in phone directories, give consumers a sense that the firm has been in business for awhile. The statement itself may be a warning sign that the company operates under several aliases. Also, the ad sometimes lists association memberships for organizations that do not exist, (i.e. American Locksmith Association).

• Service Vehicle. Some legitimate locksmiths will work out of a car or unmarked van for quick jobs, but most will arrive in a service vehicle – a van or truck that is clearly marked.

• Identity. A legitimate locksmith should ask for identity and some form of proof that you have the authority to allow the unlocking to be done. You have the right to ask for the locksmith's identification as well. Does he have a business card? Does he have an invoice or bill with the company name printed on it? Does it match the name on the service vehicle?

• Estimate. Find out what the work will cost before you authorize it. Never sign a blank form authorizing work.

• Invoice. Insist on an itemized invoice. You can't dispute a charge without proof of how much you paid and what the payment was for .

• Refuse. If you are not comfortable with the service provider, you can, and should, refuse to work with the locksmith.

Call the Lang's Locks locksmith company today, and we'll try to have you secured tonight!

Spring Cleaning To-Do List: Reduce the Risk of Home Burglary

west chester oh locksmith servicesAs the waters recede and rain turns into sunshine, Cincinnati homeowners will start to prepare for their spring cleaning and landscaping routines. The promise of longer days and sunny weather motivates a lot of home improvements, and home security should be at the top of the list.

Plant Barriers

Professional landscapers can guide important decisions about how to reduce the risk of home burglary. One important element of a home’s landscaping plans should be home security. Keeping shrubbery, bushes, and dense trees away from windowsills eliminates hiding places. Burglars no longer have an easy access point to windows or doors. Greenery near windows or home entrance points is important for exterior aesthetic.

Landscaping and exterior home improvement projects often focus on adding color and visual interest through flowers, shrubbery, and greenery. Landscapers can select thorny variations that add a new layer of security and protection. Thorny variations changes cannot prevent a home from being robbed. The home improvement changes often dissuade a potential burglar from identifying a home as an easy target.

Increase Lighting

Adding several types of outdoor lighting or motion-sensor lighting can also be a deterrent to a burglar looking for an easy target. Have your home’s entire lawn or landscape is visible at night. Unfamiliar people or objects are going to be far easier to identify and see from inside the home or by passersby. Keeping a home well-lit is also a great security measure. Interior lighting provides the sense that people are inside and at home. The increased lighting makes the house a less practical target than a vacant home.

Check Windows and Doors

Every home should have fundamental window and door security measures in place. During the popular spring-cleaning season be sure to have a locksmith you trust check padlocks, door handle locks, and windows. Lang's Locks can help you to ensure the locks are secure. Spring is also a great time to review house keys and garage openers. Are your keys all accounted for and working?

Cincinnati Home Security and Locksmith Solutions

If a lock is broken or a key is missing, we can help! Lang’s Locks offers several ways to increase the security of a home. Rekeying a home with an entirely new set of keys and locks for ultimate security and peace of mind. New locks ensure that any previous lost or compromised keys are ineffective. Previous home owners, cleaners, or other people with access to a home are no longer able to enter without making arrangements for access. Emergency 24-hour locksmith services can assist in the event of a break-in or if a homeowner is locked out of his or her home with no other form of entry.

Lang’s Locks offers service to Butler, Warren, and Northern Hamilton counties. Our expert locksmiths with more than 35 years of experience are available! Contact 513-860-0222 for more information or to get 24-hour locksmith services today.

Door SafetyAs your first point of contact with the outside world, your front door deserves extra security. To make break-ins as difficult as possible for a would-be intruder, professional locksmiths recommend taking certain steps. Preventing crime on your property can be as easy as following these five tips.

1. Invest in Bright Outdoor Lighting

A criminal’s illicit activities are especially likely to be witnessed in well-lit areas, so thieves are more likely to bypass your home if you have a bright porch light, which would highlight their illegal activities.

2. Buy a Surveillance System

Proper lighting illuminates your door area, but if you want to keep tabs on everyone who approaches your front door, install a security camera. Many systems easily integrate with mobile devices, allowing you to monitor your home no matter where you are.

3. Upgrade Your Front Locks

Not all locks are made equal. If you recently moved in and haven’t changed the locks yet, you might not be the only person with access to your front door. For improved security, have a locksmith replace—or better yet, upgrade—your locks.

4. Install a Stronger Door

Locks are important, but they mean little if your door could be broken down. Look for exterior doors with solid iron or steel cores, which are difficult to drill into or break.

5. Protect Your Windows

Maybe your front door itself is secure, but what about the windows next to it? If you’re concerned about someone breaking through the glass, consider installing metal bars over them for heavy-duty protection. If you find that idea unsightly, though, you could also use clear security film, which makes windows harder to shatter.

If you’ve lost your only key, you’ll need to hire an experienced locksmith to make you a new set. But how do they do this using only a lock? We can explain it in just three steps

New Key Made

1. Use the Key Code

To make a new key, a locksmith will usually refer to the key code your lock comes with. The unique “bitting code” provides a map of the key’s contours, as it translates to particular settings on the professional’s code machine. However, the method only works if you’ve kept the key code card. If not, they can sometimes access the bitting code by determining the make and model number of the lock. They would then contact the company to request the code.

 2. Take a Lock Impression

If they can’t figure out the key code or there’s an emergency, a locksmith can take an impression of the lock to create a new key. The process is quicker, as they can complete the job without having to disassemble anything. First, they insert a blank key into the lock and turn it several times to allow the pins of the locking mechanism to bind with the key. After it’s marked, the locksmith will file it down until it works smoothly.

3. Disassemble the Lock

When a professional can’t fashion a key from the lock’s key code or get a working impression of it, they’ll take it apart and use the height of the pins as a reference point to create the new key. The process requires a great deal of skill and tact, as the lock must be dismantled properly so as not to damage its components. Otherwise, they won’t be able to fashion a working key from it.

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