Thursday, 14 June 2018


If you could afford it, of course, you’d install an alarm system, since it’s an excellent way to protect your home. But if you don’t have that kind of money, there are still inexpensive ways to secure your place of residence ~ numerous steps you can take yourself, and others you’ll want to hire a professional to do for you.

No property is completely impervious, but you can adhere to one main goal: Keep out potential intruders as best you can, and make it as difficult as possible to prevent a burglar from entering. Here’s how:

Establish home rules. Set up a brief list of rules, and involve everybody in the family, so everyone can cooperate to make your home safe and secure:

·         Don’t answer the door, unless you know the person. (Install a peephole if you don’t have one already.)
·         Whenever you’re not using your garage, keep the garage door closed and locked. Leaving it open tempts a potential prowler.
·         Whenever you leave, and before you turn in for the night, lock all the windows and doors.

Replace worn-out and weak locks. Deadbolts provide extraordinary security. Install grade-2 deadbolts, which penetrate the door frame.

Don’t have a “hidden” key. A thief will locate that extra key you stash inside the mailbox, above the door, under the mat, or beneath the flower pot. Even if you have a fake-rock keyholder, a burglar will probably already know what it looks like. It’s better to trust a neighbor or friend to keep aside a spare key for you.

Don’t keep keys and remotes next to the door, visible to someone peeking in. Instead, hang them on hooks inside a cupboard door or hidden in a drawer.

Install outdoor lighting. Install a light at each door, and surrounding the perimeter of your property. Better yet, put them all on timers. Motion-sensor floodlights illuminate anytime anyone passes by. Some exterior lights respond to fluctuations in temperature, sound, and daylight. Some light systems can be connected with your smart device so you can be alerted to any suspicious activity and immediately respond.

Keep some indoor lights on whenever you’re away. If you’re gone during the day, or out for a longer time, you can make it seem like you’re still home by attaching timers to lights, TVs, radios, and stereos. You may want to add smart-device capability, so you can monitor all household activities, and make it look like it’s occupied the whole time you’re out.

Bolster your air conditioner. You can prevent an intruder from getting in through an unsecured window by adding corner braces, a bracket, or a sliding window lock.

Inside, keep your valuables out of sight. Shut blinds and drapes and if you have unusual possessions. Keep expensive jewelry, treasured objects, and emergency cash hidden in unexpected locations.

Outside, don’t put valuables on display that would attract a potential robber. For instance, if you have a luxury car, store it inside the garage.

Don’t be obvious. A criminal will case your neighborhood before pulling a job, staying on the lookout for everyone’s comings and goings. If they notice that you’re home during the daytime, they’ll likely go on to the next house. Compare your place to your neighbors’, and tone down your home’s fa├žade accordingly. Display only modest responsible upkeep rather than extravagance.

Don’t have windows near or on your doors. Windows obviously increase the risk of a break-in, because glass can be shattered. If a door has glass, install premium-quality deadbolts. If you have a sliding glass door, a latch lock actually isn’t worth much. Enhance your security by adding a wooden dowel cut to exact size, or an adjustable safety bar, in the floor track. You can also put in a floor bolt.

Reinforce the doors. A hollow door is susceptible to break-in. A solid-core door made of wood or metal is far superior. 

Make it difficult for a prowler to hide. You don’t want a trespasser to be able to hide, so keep your shrubs, trees, hedges, and all other plants trimmed. Avoid tall fences, also.

Don’t leave your ladder out in the yard. A crook could pretend to be a contractor or handyman, and climb up your ladder to enter through your balcony or a second-floor window.

A guard dog can be a good deterrent. If you don’t have a dog, play a recording of a big dog barking whenever you’re away, and post a “BEWARE OF DOG” sign.

Put up warning signs. Post a “NO TRESPASSING” or “TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT” sign. You can even stick an alarm company logo on the front door or front window (even if you don’t really have an alarm system).

The following measures are more costly, but worth considering. If you want additional security at your property, there are some more measures you can take:

Install an electronic gate. Depending on your living situation, investing in a security gate can enable you to approve which individuals can enter your property. With a keypad, an intercom system, or even more sophisticated features such as biometrics, it’s possible to select various security clearance levels.

Buy a home safe, especially one that anchors to the floor, which will guard important documents, emergency cash, and irreplaceable valuables. Choose one with an appropriate level of fireproof and waterproof certification.

A video surveillance system might be worth the investment, depending on your circumstances and location. Decide on the level of image resolution you desire, and think about additional technical aspects. Do you want to record 24/7 footage? What about software with capture capabilities ~ time-and-date stamp code, vehicle number plate recognition, facial recognition, and so on? The decisions you make will depend on your environment, your budget, and your property. When people with criminal intentions see any aspect of your access control system, they’re liable to think twice and move on.

Do your research. There are so many ways to augment your home security. If you live in Atlanta, Georgia, you should hire a reputable locksmith company such as Atlanta Fast Locksmith, where expert staff mobile locksmiths work 24/7 to assist you, and free consultations are available.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018


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.

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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, and, 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.