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6 clues it’s time to call a locksmith

How many times in a typical day do you think about a locksmith? Probably none.

But if you got home from a trip, and the front door would not open, how quickly would you think about a locksmith? Two seconds? Yep.

This is not to discourage people who like to solve their own problems. Do-it-yourself is a honored tradition. It’s part of the Great American belief in rugged individuals.

But, there may be a point in your struggles with the locked door that you just need a solution … right now!

Especially in Tulsa County; asking “locksmith near me” leads to Holder’s Total Security. Need examples?

1-  Call a locksmith about an older house

Now, not every call-a-locksmith involves a burning emergency. For example, if you own an older house, you have probably seen old locks that no longer work.

Maybe the knob still turns, but the latch bolt will not align with the strike plate. As a result, you can’t get interior doors to stay closed or secure. How frustrating!

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And, what about general household or business security? When you enter your home of business, have you noticed one of the doors looks kind of rickety? Would it be easy to break into?

If you have noticed a weak point in your security, then you can bet a burglar has also noticed it!

But the potential intruders don’t have to be professionals. Even curious local children could cause a lot of problems or hurt themselves if they get inside. It is in everyone’s interests to make your home or business secure.

2-  Call about worn-out keys

A locksmith has tips and ideas

Reach into your pocket or purse and take out your key ring. Is any one of those keys starting to show obvious wear? Even worse, has it taken extra effort recently to get that key to open a door? If you call a locksmith, she/he can advise you on how to get a new key made! You’ll feel much more confident knowing that years of use remain in your new key.

3-  Call about your new apartment or rent house

Moving into an apartment is similar to moving into a new home. You have no idea who else has a copy of your keys.

For instance, if it’s an old or existing apartment, it’s highly likely that there are multiple copies of the key out there. Previous tenants might have copies of the key.

However, even a new apartment might have similar issues. If you have just moved into a new apartment, talk to the property manager and ask them to have a locksmith re-key or replace the locks.

4-  Call because summer arrived!

Time of year can bring on problems

How does that work? Well, summer means people are mobile; about and energized. The Bureau of Justice Statistics states that seasonal patterns existed in household larceny and burglary victimization rates. Rates of these household crimes tended to be higher in the summer than during other seasons of the year.

 

When seasonal variations in household property victimization were found, the differences between the highest and lowest seasonal rates were less than 11%. Though rates of motor vehicle theft tended to be lower in the spring than in the summer, there were few regular differences between summer, fall, and winter rates.

Aggravated assault rates were higher during the summer than during the winter, spring, and fall. In comparison, simple assault rates were higher during the fall than during other seasons of the year.

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Most types of crime are most likely to happen in summer. But you might be surprised by what sorts of crimes are “summer crimes,” and which ones are most common in other seasons — or aren’t dependent on the season at all.

In a 2014 study, researchers found that “serious violence was significantly higher during the summer than during the winter, spring and fall seasons.” That includes rape and sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. Among adults, simple assault is also more common in summer than in other months.

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5-  Call when property stolen from porch

A locksmith has useful ideas

Items missing from your porch or yard may indicate a bad guy is gaining confidence or sees your home as an easy target.

It’s easier to remember this during Christmas holidays, when gifts and similar deliveries arrive.

But what about spring, summer and other times of the year? You still want to be safe on those days, right?

After you report the porch theft to local police, also call a locksmith for their input. That professional has ideas about increasing lighting or surveillance on or near your porch, and a locksmith has valuable information for you.

  • Step 1: Track the package. If you suspect your package was stolen, the first thing you should do is check your purchase confirmation email for tracking information. If the item is listed as having been delivered, continue to step 2.
  • Step 2: Check if your neighbors saw it or held onto it for you
  • Step 3: Contact the seller or retailer
  • Step 4: File a claim with the shipping company
  • Step 5: Use the purchase protection features on your credit card
  • Step 6: Claim high-value items with your homeowners insurance

Full article at ValuePenguin (new tab/window)

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6-  Call about forgotten combination or electronic lock

A friendly voice at Holder Security can guide you to a solution. It’s a relief to talk with someone who has already dealt with the same problem before.

The team at Holder’s wants to earn your trust. They can even point you in the right direction if the manufacturer has online tools.

BONUS-Call about any security problem!

You know your problem, and you know it requires a pro. The next step is to call Holder’s Security for assistance.

This is our bailiwick. We know the territory when it comes to security.

External resource

Article at VOX details about being more alert in summer

 

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Lock diagram courtesy of Medeco / Assa Abloy

 

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