Just moved in? Don’t forget to change the locks

We asked our Miami Beach Locksmith when do customers should change their locks but not always do, here is his reply:

  1. When moving into a new office/home

    People are spending hundreds of thousands of Dollars to buy their home, renovate it and fill it up with their valuable belongings. However, while many people invest heavily in almost every corner of their house they forget the most important one for their security, locks. Why do they need new locks if they just bought a new house? Because other people has the key too including real estate agents, previous tenants and contractors who worked on the house.

  2. Divorce/break up

    divorce or break up are extremely tough on many people and may make them do foolish stuff. Don’t trust a partner with a broken heart, even if they gave you all their keys. The safest way is to change the locks or get it rekeyed.

  3. Upgrading your house security level

    Security companies like Medeco and Multilock provides high security locks that makes it extremely hard to break. Ask you local locksmith for available options and prices. If you located in South Florida call our office at 1(866) 374-4840

3 Museums to visit in Fort Lauderdale by a local locksmith

As a Fort Lauderdale locksmith I have seen every corner of this city. From the richest restaurant to the poorest street, I’ve probably installed a lock, opened a door or replaced someone’s mailbox.

There are many places to visit in South Florida, today I will focus on some great museums in Fort Lauderdale for a day for the whole family:

  1. Museum of Discovery and Science

    Building Front webThe museum offer two floors of fascinating interactive exhibits. You can see the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity, sharks, bats, snake (12-foot!), alligators and much more.
    You can try your pilot skills in cookpit simulators and learn about Florida Everglades. They also offer a space exhibit where you can simulated traveling to the moon and Mars.
    This place is heaven for the thinking kid.

    For more information go to: Museum of Discovery and Science


    Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The 83,000 Sf building contain 25,000 sf of exhibition space, the museum was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Also, because of its location, which is in one of the fastest growing areas in the US, there are restaurants, shops and galleries a walking distance away.

  3. For more information go to: NSU Art Museum

  4. Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

    Antique Car Muesum

    This is not most people typical Museum but if your heart is into Antique cars, this is the place for you. The museum was established to preserve the history of the Packard Motor Co. as well as to display an exhibition for the development of American engineering. The museum present collection of pre-war Packard automobiles and other memorabilia.

    For more information go to: Antique Car Museum

Why You Should Not Try to Pick a Lock Yourself

It happens to the best of us. You juggle the kids, the diaper bag, your purse, twist the lock on the door, and close it. Then realize you’ve locked your keys in the house. Not only can you not get back in, but your car keys are on the same ring and you can’t leave to go get help. You might be tempted to try to pick the lock yourself, or get a neighbor to help you.
This is a huge mistake. You should never try to pick a lock yourself. It is always best to call a locksmith for assistance. For most locked door knobs or deadbolts, it can be extremely difficult to pick the lock. You could spend hours trying to get in and have little or no success. If you have kids in tow, the longer it takes to get inside the worse the situation becomes.
Not only will you have trouble getting inside, you could damage the lock in the process. Even if you get inside, your lock could be damaged beyond repair. Your key may no longer work afterward, or the door may no longer be secure.
The most troubling thing about a damaged lock is that you may not know that it is damaged. If your key still works, you may just assume that you successfully picked the lock and got into your home. You were lucky, and now you can go about your business. But there could still be damage to the inner workings of the lock, damage you can’t see. Only a trained locksmith will be able to tell if the lock is still working well enough to be secure.
This damage makes your lock easy to pick by anyone who comes along. It puts your security and the security of your home in great jeopardy. If you have a weak lock it can be more easily picked or broken by someone wanting to gain access to your home.
For all of these reasons it is best to get a professional locksmith to open your locked door. A professional, trained and certified Boca Raton locksmith can gain access to your home without damaging the lock or making it weak. This maintains the integrity of the lock and keeps you, your family and your possessions safe.
If you or someone else has already picked your lock, you should have it replaced immediately. A locksmith Boca Raton FL can help you choose the right lock and get it installed properly. They can also help you understand what to do in case you get locked out again.
Don’t take chances with your security. Always get professional assistance with any lock, and you will have the peace of mind knowing that your family is safe.

The Best 3 Ways to Hide a House Key

There are a lot of reasons people hide house keys. They might want to be able to allow children, teens, maids or house guests access to their house without worrying about making a lot of copies. A Miami Beach locksmith can rekey your locks or replace them, but you want to avoid this if possible.

It is important that if you hide a key on your property it is not in an obvious place. Unfortunately, most of the old standbys are no longer safe. You cannot just hide your key in your mailbox, under the door mat, or in the flower bed next to the porch. If you want to keep burglars out but let family in, you’re going to have to be very clever about your hiding place. A Miami Beach locksmith can give you some ideas.

Luckily there are a lot of products out there these days designed to make hiding your house key very easy. However, many burglars are familiar with all of these devices, so they know where to look. Instead of relying on these products alone, you have to get fairly creative. A good Miami Beach locksmith can help you come up with new ideas and safe ways to hide house keys. In the meantime, here are the three best ways to hide your house key.

Fake Sprinkler Hide-A-Key

rockThis product is fairly new and visible online. It is a great way to hide your house keys in plain sight. However, you need to be cautious when using this method. If the sprinkler system at your home looks nothing like this product, it will be easily spotted by anyone looking for a way in. You might want to purchase several of these and hide the key in only one of them, making it a more plausible hiding place.

Outdoor Thermometer

rockThere are hide-a-key products that are outdoor thermometers that open up to hide a key or two. These are excellent, because they look and work just like any other outdoor thermometer. If you place it just outside your door or window where someone would likely look at a thermometer each day, the potential thieves will never look twice at it. A great advantage to this one is that you can put it right by the door. The person getting into the house can get the key while blocking what they are doing from view of the street. As far as anyone watching knows, that person had the key with them. No one will ever realize they are getting the key out of the thermometer.

Fake Rock Combined with a Lock Magnet Key Case

rockA hollowed out rock placed next to the porch is a common hiding place for house keys. However, because it is common, many thieves will look in that area first. If the rock looks out of place or different from others, it will be easily spotted as a key holder. Protect your key further by putting it in a lock magnet key case. This case requires a combination to be used to unlock it to get the key out. It will fit within the hollowed out rock for dual protection of your key. A Miami Beach locksmith can provide you with additional products that fit within the rock to protect your key from unauthorized use.

Locksmith Tip of the Week!

Hey guys, Locksmith here.

We want to start a new series with you of weekly locksmith tips in order to make sure you are as protected as you should and can be.
Make sure to stay posted and refer back to this blog to gather your weekly tips 🙂

This week we want to talk about the importance of locking up your windows. I know this may seem like an obvious tip to you but, 80% of windows do not have nailed locks protecting from a breakin. Although many windows come with the manufactured lock system, a burglar can learn how the system of a certain lock works and develop a way to break in from the outside.

Therefore, we stress that you add an additional locking system onto all of your windows in order to provide extra protection incase of a breakin.

You can screw these lock attachments on yourself, or call a locksmith and we would be happy to help you out. If you are looking for a particular color lock to be able to match your existing window trim, do not fret as you should be able to do so.

Here is the tricky part, once you have got your locks installed, make sure to use them 🙂

We have seen instances where families will go the extra mile to add the additional protection onto their windows but then not use them. We do understand that it is an extra hassle to lock and unlock and extra piece of your window, yet we cannot express the importance! Plus if you already have it then why not use it!

Once again, should you have any questions as to how to lock up or install your window lock, make sure to contact us and we would be happy to help out!!

Also don’t forget to check out all of our locksmithing tips! For more information check this page out!

Bye for now!

How Far in History does our Locksmithing Profession Go?

Locksmithing has been dated back to nearly the start of civilization yet our profession took a tern when it came to the medieval times considering medieval technology. We were once the “high tech” in our times, consistently crating, working together, locksmithing and so on. Of course we still do all this stuff but the times and our environment has changed!

Read this and learn about medieval technology!