You may or you may not realize that locksmiths enter people’s lives in times of stress, panic and embarrassment. So, us locksmiths would like to share some of our adventures with you.
Advisory for Handcuffs
So one Tuesday I’m sitting around in our locksmith shop. It’s a slow Tuesday as many Tuesday’s seem to be, It was just me at the shop. As I am surfing the internet a guy comes into the shop asking me if we have some handcuff and legcuff keys. I said sure and I pointed out to some. He then looked at me in distress and said “I need the best ones you have”. I said alright and sold him the same one.
A few hours later the guy came back and said that the key didn’t work and asked me if I could come with him to undo the handcuffs. Before I agreed I just wanted to make sure who ever is locked up is not running from the law. I refunded him for the key and followed him to his place.
I find a woman hand and legcuffed together with all her limbs cuffed behind her back.
That was probably my most interesting experience at the job.
Here are the even crazier stories!
Being a locksmith I have the privilege of entering peoples lives in the most awkward times, doing the most awkward things. I would really like to share some of these stories with you as many of them are really quite unbelievable. I love my job and the excitement it brings me every day so I would like to share with you my crazy experiences that keep me going and have me looking forward to my daily tasks.
Before I begin: I would just like to make it very clear that we technicians are used to seeing people in vulnerable situations and we do not take advantage of any situation we find ourselves.
Don’t you want to know what goes on in West Palm Beach?
Robberies are scary but they happen, especially in Pompano Beach, Florida. Therefore, I have the most difficult time understanding why most people are not proactively protecting themselves and their homes.
Many times when our customers move into a new home they invest close to $80,000 including the move, new household appliances, new TV’s, a new kitchen and so on. You might find that amount of money shocking, is how they open their homes for robbery.
This might sound funny or obvious, but incase it doesn’t, please take my advice and lock your home CORRECTLY. Prevent the horrible circumstances of a multi thousand dollar robbery as best you can!
Read about the Pompano Beach secret of how to lock up.
Are you living in an older home that was once inhabited by others? Well, guess what- you may have stricken gold. As a locksmith, I have been invited to more than one of these situations as the “treasure-chest-opener”… so from experience, this is how you may find your pot of gold. This style of modern day treasure hunting thankfully does not include pirates or locating the source of rainbow, but more simply ….. (find out the Miami Beach secrete)
During the great depression many people used to hide cash in their floorings and walls. Since then finding treasures in old homes have become urban legends. Apparently, some urban legends come true – especially in Miami Beach!
Us locksmiths do not take credit. This fact may lead us to an unfortunate sequence of events should our clients not have any cash or checks on them. Once I found myself arrested for bank robbery in Fort Lauderdale due to the lack of cash on my clients behalf! I promise I am a good innocent man, but here is my hilarious story!
First of all, you must to know my profile. I am a foreigner, my english is pretty good but I have a very very heavy accent. I am in my late 20s and have darker hair and skin than most. And of course, I am a nice guy who lives in Fort Lauderdale.
This one time I was commissioned for a service by an elder man and the fee was $450. Unfortunately, he did not have enough cash or checks so he offered to go to the bank, take out a bank check and pay me there. I agreed.
(Read More about my Fort Lauderdale story)
You would never think about it until someone told you to, but imagine the kind of situations and places a locksmith finds him or herself in on a daily basis. We find ourselves meeting the strangest people while solving the most peculiar problems.
One day, I received a very typical phone call from a lady who locked herself out of her car. I met her in downtown Miami where rent is high, apartments are nice and the people can be a bit crazy. She was an absolute knockout- blond, beautiful, put together and drove a BMW. I remember thinking to myself that I would never have a chance with that kind of an elegant lady.
I broke into her BMW and she gave me her credit card. The first one declined, the second declined, the third declined and of course she didn’t have any cash. This didn’t seem to come to her as a surprise, she simply picked up her phone and called whom I thought would be her husband.
(Find Out How My Miami Encounter Went)
Useful Locksmith Glossary by Miami Locksmith.
House lock out service:
Do you have a spare key when you are locked out of your home? If no, then stop worrying and call us immediately. Within 15 minutes of your call, our technicians will reach you to handle your issue. At Professional Locksmith, all our technicians are specially trained to provide top class emergency home lockout services. They will reach you and access your house. If you need any key copy, they will provide you so that you can have a peace of mind. Contact us for any other information.
If you are looking for a specialized auto locksmith for your lost ignition key, the Professional Locksmith would you be your first contact. Any situations like locking out of your vehicle, key broken in a car door and all other automotive services are easily handled by our staff.
Panic bars are defined as the handles that are installed to exit doors with the intention to provide an easy exit way to those who are unable to trace the exit way when they are stuck in an emergency fire situation. It is made mandatory to have those bars installed to the doors. Our technicians are trained in this area to install different panic bar hardware. They can also suggest you to choose different hardware from mounting to optional lock boxes including card access entry, fasteners and exterior keyed boxes. Our services ensure that your property is protected from intruders and also protect the safety of your staff. To find out more, contact us today.
Automobile lockout service:
Is your key broken in your vehicles key barrel? Are you unable to move further? Irrespective of your time and location, you can contact our Professional Locksmith services at any time. Our technicians will reach you within 15 minutes to get your issue resolved. Whatever be your issue, they can handle without causing any damage to your vehicle. They are also capable in reprogramming the transponder keys along with a wide range of repairs. All these services will definitely meet your budget without causing any issue to your safety and security. Keep our contact details handy to call us at any time.
Business lockout services:
Being locked out of your property early in the morning is definitely a frustrating situation which has a huge impact on your time as well as your business. To reduce this impact, you can call us and we will be at your service within no time. They also provide re-securing options so that your business is secured again. Call us to know more about our business lockout services.
If you are looking for any expert commercial locksmith services such as installation of master key systems, panic bars, high security systems and other issues, then call us at any time for our expert services.
Did you ever think of making your business cards into something that is more useful, Kevin Mitnick did:
Kevin David Mitnick is an American computer hacker that was convicted of various computer-related crimes, including hacking into the Pentagon computer system. Kevin served his time and after his release established an impressive career as a security consultant and an author.
There are many different methods of securing your property, and with the vast range of products on the market today, it pays to seek advice before you spend your hard earned cash on an expensive security upgrade.
So what features should you look for when purchasing high security locks?
Look to purchase products from reputable brands. The extra money they cost is well worth the peace of mind. For example; the door cylinders on your exterior doors are probably the most vulnerable components of your lock hardware. If an intruder can manipulate the cylinder, they can gain entry to your property. Medeco®is a highly respected, leading lock manufacturer, offering a wide range of pick, drill and bump resistant cylinders that in independent laboratory tests have been proven time and again to be highly resistant to attack. It isn’t worth cutting corners when it comes to your security. Always buy the best quality products your budget will allow.
Are the locks easy to service if something goes wrong? How expensive will it be to cut a duplicate key? Does the installation company offer good customer service if you want to upgrade again in the future? A reputable dealer should be able to answer all these questions for you. Remember, it’s no good investing in a high tech, electronic security system if there are annual or additional costs that make the system unviable.
Special security features:
Do you need the flexibility to adapt your security periodically? Do you require a master key system to be put in place for maintenance staff? Do you want the convenience of a single key to open all the doors on your premises?
Business owners have different security needs to people looking to secure a residential property. Key control is just one aspect of security you may need to consider. For tailor made, individualized security plans at this level, consult the experts. Again, it isn’t worth the trouble cutting corners and trying to do it yourself, especially if you have valuable contents to secure.
Last of all make sure that all your hardware complies with recognized industry standards.
ANSI is the American National Standards Institute which oversees guidelines relating to consumer goods. The body coordinates voluntary standardization to develop and maintain performance standards for builder’s hardware. It introduced the idea of product grades to help identify the quality and durability of locksets through a series of operational and security tests.
BHMA stands for the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. This is the trade association for North American manufacturers of commercial builder’s hardware. BHMA is involved in monitoring standards, safety regulations and other activities that specifically impact builder’s hardware.
Products that are marked as ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 are the strongest available residential or commercial lock products.
Always buy locks that are ANSI/BHMA approved if you want to be sure you’re buying the highest quality locks available.
For advice on installing or upgrading a high security lock system for your home or business, ring 1-877-864-4134 to speak to one of our Miami Locksmiths.
Lock technology has moved with the times and unlike older vehicles from the 80’s and 90’s most new cars are equipped with digital keys and electronic door openers that don’t allow you to lock your keys inside your vehicle. However, these keys can be expensive to replace if they get lost, and in some cases, the vehicle may need to be towed to a dealer who can order a new key.
The tips below are really only helpful to drivers of vehicles with older style locks fitted, but there are some things you can do before an emergency occurs so you’re prepared and know what to do should you find yourself locked out.
If you’re someone who regularly loses your keys, or locks them inside your vehicle, it may be worth considering getting a spare set to leave with a trusted friend. Another option is to purchase a small magnetic key box which can be attached to a discrete place somewhere on your vehicle, so you know you always have a spare to hand in case of emergencies.
If you’ve locked your keys in your vehicle, here’s what you need to do:
1. You need a wire coat hanger, (or the rib of an umbrella will do.) Straighten out the metal rod and make a small hook at the end. You will use this to grab the handle and open the door from the inside.
2. Pry your vehicle door open slightly, and use a rubber doorstop, or some other similar object to act as a lever to keep the door ajar while you work. Make sure that whatever object you use is not going to scratch your paintwork. The door needs to be open about a half inch to gain access to the interior handle.
3. Insert the wire down the side of the door jamb and attempt to hook it onto the handle. Now give it a yank!
Bear in mind that if your handles are recessed, this is going to be quite a tricky manoeuver to perform. In some cases it may be easier to attempt to pull up the little buttons on the window ledge by making a loop with the wire, and hooking it over the top.
If you have an electronic key device, you may still be able to open the door, but if the key is lost, you still have the issue of starting the ignition. Some vehicles have override switches, so it may be worth checking your manual to see if your vehicle can be started by another method.
If all else fails, it pays to call professional help. Professional Locksmiths offer an emergency roadside service which operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We aim to get to you within 15 minutes, regardless of your location.
Tip: Car keys are coded by the manufacturer, so if you have a note of the number and some personal identification, our locksmiths can provide you with a new key. Always ensure you have a note of the number in case of emergencies.
For more information about our vehicle lock out services click here, or call our team on 1-877-864-4134 today.