Tuesday, 15 May 2018

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You’re able to receive the best quality of locksmith services in Alpharetta, GA at Atlanta Fast Locksmith. With our expert locksmiths, we are able to provide our customers with the best quality of locksmith services possible. Call us at (678) 225-8555 to learn more about our useful locksmith services. 

We specialize in residential, commercial, automotive and emergency locksmith services at Atlanta Fast Locksmith. Our Alpharetta locksmiths are committed to your total satisfaction call them at (678) 255-8555 when you want your moneys worth. You can also learn about our services by visiting atlantafastlocksmith.com/locations/Alpharetta-locksmith.html. We deliver results!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

WHAT TO DO IF CAR KEY IS STUCK IN IGNITION




As a car owner, the idea of your key becoming stuck in the ignition can be very stressful. It is even more stressful if you actually find yourself sitting in that position. Car owners admit that when they have found themselves in this situation, they are at a loss on how to proceed. You don’t want to leave the car. For one, you will have to leave the door unlocked since the keys are stuck in the ignition. This will make your vehicle easy for any unscrupulous person who happens by to break into. If you are in a rush, perhaps to get to work or an appointment, this can add even more stress to an already stressful day. However, there are a few things you can do to try to get yourself out of this situation.

Check the key’s position

Is the key in the correct position in the ignition? The ignition allows for four positions of use, each providing a different outcome. Position one generally unlocks the steering wheel. Position two usually powers on the accessory components, such as the radio. Position three will allow the car’s fuel injection system and computer to power on. And the last position, position four, starts the engine. Sometimes, the key is in the wrong position for you to be able to withdraw it. Example, the ignition is in position two (radio on), and you are trying to remove the key. It seems simple, but make sure the ignition is actually in the off position. You also should make sure that your vehicle is in park. As a safety feature, automatic cars do not allow the key to be removed from the ignition unless the car is in park.

Move the wheel

This is another suggestion that seems very simple and obvious at its core. Sometimes the steering wheel is locked in an awkward position. Try moving the steering wheel carefully from side to side. There is no need for excessive force here. The issue can be as simple as the position of the steering wheel locking your ignition. When you move the wheel into a new position, try your key. Hopefully you will be able to remove it once the steering wheel is correctly positioned.

Battery Issues

If your battery is dead, it could cause the key to become stuck in the ignition. This feature is only on some car makes and models. If your key is stuck in the ignition, and the battery is dead, your first course of action should be to at least partially charge the battery. You do not want to attempt to remove the key if the battery is dead, as this can lead to the key breaking off in the ignition. Once the charging process is complete, try to remove your key from the ignition.

Household product help

If you find your key stuck in the ignition, and all else has failed, you could try to get the keys out using some products that are found around the house. There are ways you can troubleshoot this issue on your own, but they usually come with drawbacks that could be expensive. One product you can try, usually found in your toolbox, would be a pair of pliers. In some cases, people have been able to use a pair of pliers to remove their keys from the ignition. Please note, if using this method, be sure to avoid moving the key roughly from side to side - you could damage parts inside the mechanism, or you could even break the key in half. This would leave the bottom half of the key stuck in the ignition. Another option is to use a bobby pin. You may be able to remove the cap covering the ignition lock - this will give you access to the inside. Inside, you will find a lock override, and if you press it with the head of a bobby pin, it may release the key. Some people have even had luck loosening the key. To do this, you would need an electrical lubricant or silicone based spray. This may allow enough slickness for you to be able to remove your key. However, this is another circumstance where you risk the possibility of the key breaking off inside the ignition.

Call a Locksmith

This is an option people generally don’t think of. When something happens to your vehicle, the first thought is usually for a mechanic. However, a locksmith can help with all types of locks, including vehicle locks. If you have tried some of the above methods to no avail, then your next call should be to a licensed and insured locksmith. Luckily, there are even some locksmiths that offer 24/7 emergency service, so you can call them at any time of the day or night, unlike auto mechanics that usually work within business hours, and you would have to get your vehicle to their shop. A locksmith will come out to you, and can do it right away. The best part about calling a locksmith is you don’t have to risk doing further damage to your vehicle. This is why I put a caution on many of the above methods. If you are too aggressive in your application, you may end up doing more harm than good. A locksmith will have the correct tools and equipment to get the key out of the ignition. They can also do an assessment to let you know why your key became lodged in the first place, and perhaps they can give you pointers on how to avoid this issue in the future.

If you are in the Atlanta, GA area and are searching for a quality locksmith that also specializes in automotive locksmith services, please call the experts at Atlanta Fast Locksmith. The team will be able to give you speedy assistance, and we also offer 24/7 emergency assistance services. Don’t risk doing further damage to your vehicle - simply give us a call and our experts will come to your location to give you the assistance you need.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Rising Global Temperatures Can Affect Your Lock Security and Your Pocketbook

Atlanta Lock Professional, Wes Anderson of Atlanta Fast Locksmith, has the “key” to fighting the effects of climate change. 

Recent studies show that global warming can become much more personal in the near future. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC; as small as a 5-degree hike in global temperatures can result in a cost to society of between 38 billion, and 115 billion dollars. Much of this massive cost involves deploying additional police and security measures to combat a noticeable rise in crime. Atlanta Fast Locksmith’s Wes Anderson is at the forefront of the local movement to better secure area homeowners against the rise in crime rates due to climate changes.

Global warming is ever-present in national and global news, entertainment channels, and social media. Daily we hear about rising sea levels, warmer temperatures and altered rainfall patterns. Climate change is no longer a possible theory; it has become woven into the fabric of our daily lives. Public policy and consulting firms now report a correlation between the rise in temperatures and a rise in crime rates. Rape, murder, burglaries and home invasions are predicted to rise dramatically over the remainder of this century. The actual predicted numbers are staggering and they paint a dim view for personal and corporate safety and security. The costs of adding security and deploying extra police forces are equally distressing; numbering in the billions of dollars. Violence and conflict are byproducts of destabilized weather and rises in sea levels that go hand in hand with a long established rise in overall crime during hotter temperatures.  

Wes Anderson has locksmith advice for anyone affected by climate change and warming temperatures. He’s seen the effects of hotter climes on both lock hardware and on public attitude and crime rates. Atlanta’s torrid summer temperatures combined with surplus humidity often result in expanding door frames, jammed locks and broken off keys. Conversely, in winter months, dropping temperatures lead to lock contraction resulting in substandard fit between lock hardware and door frame. All is not doom and gloom, however. “We encourage local residents to work with a trusted locksmith professional to ensure that their locks are in healthy shape, not only now, but in the coming hotter years. A simple hardware checkup can pinpoint areas for improvement as well as security weak spots that may not be obvious,” Anderson says.

Atlanta Fast Locksmith is full service and offers home, automotive and business locksmith expertise. Wes Anderson and his 24-hour licensed, bonded and insured locksmith professionals can be reached by calling (678) 255-8555or finds them on Yelp


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Practical and Useful Ways of Securing Your Apartment



Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you will not experience a break-in or that it can’t happen to you. You can experience a break-in anywhere, regardless of where you live. We see it every day at Atlanta Fast Locksmith in Atlanta, GA. This is why we are often called on to rekey locks or replace locks. If you wish to avoid a break-in, there are things that you can do before moving in and even after you’ve already moved into your new apartment. We’ve outlined some of these things for you below.

Things You Can Do ‘Before’ Moving In

Have New Locks Installed

This is important because despite what some management offices will say, they don’t actually change the locks; they simply swap them for locks from another apartment. This isn’t safe because someone still has a key that can open that lock. Make sure that you have the locks of your apartment changed before you move in. This might require that you buy the lock yourself but it is well worth knowing that the locks are not old locks that have been placed on your door from another apartment.

Really Get to Know Your Neighborhood

You should find out all that you can about the crime in the area that you are moving into before moving. Unfortunately, the leasing agents are not always forthcoming in offering this information. Remember, their job is to occupy apartments. They aren’t going to do anything that could possibly prevent this from occurring. That is why you’ll have to take matters into your own hands. Go to the local police department and ask for a report on the crime in the neighborhood. You can also go online to websites, such as, CrimeReports.com and CrimeMapping.com, to find this information.

Check Your Window Locks

This is another area of the home that is often overlooked. Since the window is another way that an intruder can gain entry inside your home, it is a good idea to take a close look at the locks on all of the windows in your apartment. You should especially consider doing this if your apartment is on the ground level of the building. Window locks can be compromised if a would-be burglar were to try to break-in. Since they can be compromised just like a door, it is a good idea to make sure your window locks are of good quality. If they are not, have them replaced. You can never be too safe.

Evaluate the Property Upkeep

Before moving into an apartment, walk around the interior and exterior of the building. Most apartments will make sure that the apartment you are interested in renting is in good condition and that the front of the property is well maintained. However, if you walk around you might notice some alarming things, such as, broken windows, trash in the parking area, lights out, water stains and cracked drywall. This is a sign that the landlord isn’t as concerned with the property as they should be. This in turn means that they are likely not as concerned with the safety and security of their tenants than they should be. Keeping up the basic maintenance of a building is important but not as important as the safety of those who life on the property.

Peephole for Protection

A peephole is a way to see who is at your door before opening it. Someone might identify who they are but it is most helpful to see if they are who they say they are. It is very dangerous to open up your door to someone whom you do not know or are not expecting. If your apartment doesn’t have a peephole, ask the management office if and how one can be installed. This isn’t something that should be ignored and should be discussed prior to moving in.

What Type of Entrance

If you are safety conscience, you might consider moving into a building with access control. Access control means that no one can gain entry into the building without someone allowing them access inside. They might have to enter a code that will then notify a specific tenant. The tenant can allow them inside or not. In some apartments, the tenant is allowed to give their code to their visitors. If the code is entered incorrectly, they will not be able to get inside. This is an added feature that offers greater security to the building.

Things You Can Do ‘After’ Moving In

Purchase Good Blinds/Curtains

The people on the outside should never know what you have inside your apartment. This is advertising what you own. If you have something that a burglar wants, you may be making your apartment the target of a would-be burglar. This is why you should make sure you have good blinds and curtains that you cannot see through from outside. Test them by closing them at night and having someone walking in front of them to make sure that you can’t see through them. This should be done before you being moving in all of your valuables.

Secure Your Patio Door

Most patio doors are sliding doors. The locks that are on a sliding door are generally there to keep the door shut, not to secure the home. You’ll need to purchase a bar lock or put a pole on the inside track to prevent anyone from getting inside. This is the one door that is overlooked most often. Remember to do this if your new apartment has a patio or balcony.

Obtain Renters Insurance

While getting renters insurance doesn’t serve as safety it does give you the security in knowing that if ever your valuables are damaged, that you will be able to get something in return, money. You file a claim on what was lost or stolen and the insurance company will compensate you. Renters insurance protects other tenants against damages they may incur as a result of something in your apartment.

Friday, 3 March 2017

KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM BENEFITS




Locks and keys go together; they always have! Man has been using this lock and key combination for thousands of years as working locks have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs and they are mentioned in Sumerian clay tablets. In the modern world, a new technology has made an appearance; keyless entry systems! Now you can open locks with NO keys at all. Keyless entry has become invaluable in both auto and commercial applications not only here in Atlanta, GA but everywhere else in the world where locks are used. Even residential locks have now adapted to keyless technology and homes, condos and time shares now boast keypads, card entry and even badge readers to make life better secured and convenient.

Automotive keyless entry

Usually when some says “keyless entry systems” people think of cars. This amazing technology has been used in the automotive industry for some time and it is almost standard with some brands especially in the higher price brackets. Keyless entry systems can also include keyless remotes so that the operator can now start, unlock, lock and open his car without even being near it. Some buyer prefer to not have it or use it while others can’t live without it so pretty much keyless entry for cars is a matter of preference. Here at Atlanta Fast Locksmith our automotive lock professionals are highly adept at repairing, maintaining, installing and servicing keyless entry no matter what make or model of car, truck or SUV you drive. You are not limited to our expertise as many Atlanta, GA lock shops offer experienced and skilled keyless entry service on a 24-hour basis and at amazingly affordable rates.

Keyless entry at home

Keyless entry for residential use is rapidly gaining popularity with both builders and home buyers. The act if simply entering a number sequence or swiping a card to gain entry is very appealing as no more cumbersome keys are needed. Imagine going for a walk around the neighborhood with your special someone and not having to lug around a noisy and bulky key chain. With no keys to bother with, there are less incidents of lost keys, broken off keys, copied keys and even stolen keys. Keyless entry is both convenient and secure. Don’t worry; no one is going to stand outside your front door and try number sequence after number sequence until they hit the jackpot! Just like auto keyless entry, the system locks up if the right sequence is not used right away. In some cases, security or the police are automatically called.

With residential keyless entry you don’t have to hide that spare key in the flowerpot or under the door mat anymore. You can also program the lock to accept different key codes for every member of your household so that you always know who came and went and at what time.

When you lose an actual key, you are not only inconvenienced, but your home security is compromised. After all, you don’t know who found your key and what they will do with it! Maybe they know where you live and maybe they don’t, but you can never be sure that a dishonest person didn’t see you drop your key ring and follow you home. With keyless entry, you don’t have to worry about lost keys as your key code or number sequence is in your head!

Keyless entry for business

One of the biggest strides in keyless entry advancement is in the business field. More and more Atlanta, GA commercial operations are using keyless entry to enhance security and streamline operations among staff, customers, contractors and vendors. Using key codes, swipe cards, badges and number sequences allows for better tracking of building access as well as smaller, more specialized locals like cash registers, vaults, offices, lockers, mail rooms, storage facilities, warehouses and even service fleets.

You can find keyless entry systems used in hotels, apartment rentals, museums, hospitals, schools, office parks, retail stores, jewelry shops, laundromats, restaurants, medical clinics, condo associations, high rise residences, government offices, banks, retirement homes, home builders, assisted living facilities, convenience stores and hundreds more!

Keyless entry can be used as a form of access control. Number sequences and key cards can be assigned to key employees and authorized staff members and fraud or misuse can be cut down and almost eliminated by adding CCTV cameras to verify identification so that users are not swapping cards or codes for fraudulent use.

More benefits

If keys are lost, broken or worn, new ones need to be made. With keyless entry, you can simply re-assign the code or change it to fit your needs. Instead of cumbersome key chains to mess with, your “keys” can instead be a thin plastic card or simply a series of letters or numbers.

Advanced forms of Atlanta, GA keyless entry can even include biometric entry systems that work off of fingerprint lock technology. Retina scanners for more high-tech and specialized use are also extensively used in some local applications. As technology advances, expect more and more uses for keyless entry as well as additional forms of it.

Find out more

Can keyless entry add enhanced security and benefits to your life? It just might! Atlanta Fast Locksmith encourages you to find out more. You are always welcome to phone our shop and speak to our full service locksmith staff. They are helpful, knowledgeable and well versed in all of the latest keyless entry methods and technologies. Other local lock and key shops offer keyless entry services, too. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or to get additional details on keyless entry for your Atlanta home, auto or business. Many local locksmiths offer free consultations, free price quotes and professional services that can include all forms of keyless entry available to date.

Keyless remotes and keyless entry are established and emerging technologies that offer enhanced convenience and security for your work, driving and living conditions.