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“Hot Car Challenge” Can you survive?

As we have previously discussed vehicular heatstroke is not joke! Every year children and pets are left to die in hot cars, it is the goal of Los Angeles Locksmith to educate as many people as possible on this issue so we can start to see a decrease in lives lost from this epidemic.

Another organization Kars4Kids is also determined to help prevent as many of these cases as possible with their efforts on informing the public of the risk of leaving a child or and animal in the car during the hot summer months. They are now conducting a “Hot Car Challenge” where they are asking adults to remain in a closed car for 10 minutes, if they are able to complete the challenge they can win $100 so far no one has been able to remain in the car for that long. They have developed a safety app you can download here to assist parents and care takers to always remember to look before you lock!

Kidsandcars.org is another organization who is fighting non stop to educate the public on the dangers of leaving a child in a hot car. According to their studies at least one child dies every week after being left inside a hot car, let’s work together to put a end to this tragedy.

Here are a few tips on how to help you remember to look before you lock:

1. Place a personal item in the back seat that you would not leave the car with out like your cell phone, purse or briefcase or even your left shoe! This will ensure that you will go into the back seat before you leave the vehicle and could save your child’s life.

2. Use a stuffed animal and place it in the child’s car seat when they are not in it and in the front passenger seat when they are. A big purple stuffed bunny will be a visual reminder that someone is in the back.

3. If you drop your child off at a day care have the childcare provider to call you any day your child was not dropped off at daycare. This phone call could save your child’s life if you forgot to drop them off.

And to make sure you never forget be sure to download the App from Kars4Kids!

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Self Latching Locks To Get Your Pool Up To Regulation

poolsafetyNow that the hot summer months are upon us it is time to start thinking about getting your pool up and running so you, your family and friends can enjoy it all summer long. While getting the pool ready for guest you must also take into account the unwanted guest you must keep out; the neighborhood children roaming around, pets or stray dogs and cats and anyone else you do not authorize to use your pool. The easiest way to prevent unwanted pool crashers is by installing a fence around the pool itself or the entire yard, and on that fence you will need a lock. The Swimming Pool Safety Act of the California Health and Safety Code states the specifics of what fences are required even for spas and hot tubs, but in addition the the fence you must also have a self latching lock installed. This is where our experts at Los Angeles Locksmith come in.

Our professional locksmith technicians are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and are always just a short phone call away which is great if you are in need of emergency locksmith service. They carry all the tools and parts they will need to complete any one of the many locksmith services we offer in our mobile service units, which allows us to focus solely on the task at hand and not about how or when we will get the part you need to complete the job. Carrying all the tools and parts required for our top of the line locksmith services also includes carrying many different types of self latching locks for your fence or gates.

Installing a self latching lock for your pool or spa fenced area can provide you with the peace of mind that no matter who it is who was the last person in or out of the pool area the gate will be securely locked behind them. With this added convenience you are also able to fully comply with the laws regulating pool safety for the entire state; while each city and municipality may have varying regulations one thing is certain they all require a lock on the the gate or fence and our Los Angeles Locksmiths are the most trusted company to turn to when it comes to installing them correctly.

In addition to assisting you get your back yard oasis up to code with the installation of the self latching lock on the gate our highly skilled professional technicians are also able to perform a wide array of various other lock and key related services for you. From installing new locks on your home or office, reprogramming a new remote for your vehicle, completely replacing your lost or broken vehicle key with our on the spot car key replacement service, installing new CCTV cameras or monitoring equipment or simply unlocking your pool shed that you no longer know where the key is. There is no job considered too big or too small for our professional Los Angeles Locksmith technicians to handle.

For more information regarding the locksmith services we offer please contact our customer service team 24 hours a day 7 days a week so we can send the most skilled technician right out to your location to take care of what ever locksmith emergency you are dealing with.

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Tips to avoid Vehicular Heat Stroke this summer

As the summer months are approaching it is time we bring up the our Los Angeles Locksmith tips and tricks to help in lowering the amount of unnecessary vehicular heatstroke deaths suffered by young children and pets this year. Just last year we lost 31 lives to this epidemic which could have easily been avoided had the care givers just taken a few extra seconds to follow our list of tips to save a life.

Something as simple as placing your purse or briefcase on the floor in the back seat can help you always to remember to check the back before you lock; with many of us running around each and every day trying to meet deadlines and avoid the traffic jams we can become so consumed with the task at hand that we simply forget to look in the back seat to make sure there is no child left behind. Here are a few of our tips to help you always remember to look in back:

  1. Leave your purse or briefcase in the back seat on the floor when you enter the vehicle, upon exiting you will have to go back to get it where you can make sure the child seat is empty.
  2. Use a stuffed animal to fill the child seat when the child is not in it and place the stuffed toy in the passenger seat while the child is in the seat. ( a huge pink teddy bear sitting next to you will remind you the child is still in back)
  3. Place your cell phone on the floor in the back of the vehicle not only will it force you not to text and drive but also you will have to open the back to get it when exiting.
  4. Have your child’s caregiver give you a call if the child is not dropped off as scheduled be sure to provide your home, cell and office number

With new parents there are many factors that can cause a lapse in memory from the lack of sleep, stress, fatigue and distractions is easy to become overwhelmed we hope that these tips will assist in getting you in the habit of always looking before you lock.

Another issue we see with vehicular heatstroke deaths is parents or care givers who think it is acceptable to run into the store while the children or pets are in the vehicle still. What many people do not realize is how quickly a car can turn from a comfortable temperature to an oven. Even when the temperature outside is in the 70’s or 80’s the interior temperature of a vehicle can rise 10-30 degrees in just a matter of minutes. In addition to children and pets body temperature rising quicker than most adults a quick trip into the store can turn in to a disaster. Although it can be inconvenient always be sure to bring your child into the store with you and if you have a pet in the car take them home if they are not allowed into the store with you. Try to use drive thru’s if available and use your credit or debit card to pay for gas to avoid leaving the vehicle.

If you do see a child or pet trapped inside a vehicle unattended call 911 immediately and then give us a call so we can dispatch a technician to the location to unlock the car free of charge. Depending on who arrives first the police or our locksmith the child or pet will be freed so they can obtain the medical attention they require if needed.

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Advantages of hiring an Auto Locksmith in Los Angeles

Auto Locksmith ServicesHave you ever been searching through your home or office for the keys to your vehicle? Trust me we all have been there, it is not only a frustrating time but depending on what was scheduled for your day it can be quite the stressful and inconvenient time as well. Since our auto locksmith service became readily available to the Los Angeles area when you lost or even worse broke your vehicle key the process to get a replacement was extremely long and expensive. No more waiting for a tow truck to take your vehicle to the dealer only to have to pay outrageous fees and wait for the part to come in. Now that our auto locksmith in Los Angeles is on call and ready to go 24 hours a day 7 days a week you can rest assured that not only are we going to be able to make the key you need to get back on the road once more but we will arrive to your location in as little as 20 minutes from the time you place your call to get started on the work and in most cases have your new car key in your hands in under one hour.

Aside from car key replacement service our auto locksmith in Los Angeles is also able to perform a wide array of various services one of the most common being ignition replacement or repair. With so many different reasons as to why you might need our professional auto locksmith in Los Angeles assistance with your ignition change; from a broken key stuck inside, normal wear and tear, your kids trying to start the car with an action figure or whatever the case may be you can be confident that our technicians not only are guaranteed to have the ignition you need in stock in their mobile service unit but also have the training and experience to perform the job the correct way in the shortest amount of time possible. No need to take the car to a mechanic who is not only untrained in the methods of auto locksmith service but also will charge you by the hour for them to figure out how to fix your problem. One quick call to our auto locksmith team is all you will need to do to save not only your valuable time but also your hard earned money.

Of course the most common auto locksmith service call we receive is for our emergency vehicle unlock service, we have all done it at one time or another rushed out of the car to run into the store for some milk only to return and see our keys sitting in the vehicle ignition as the doors are locked. This is the main reason we keep our full line of auto locksmith in Los Angeles technicians on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week constantly roaming the streets of our city to ensure that we are able to arrive to your location in as little as 20 minutes to unlock your car door allowing you to get back inside and on the road before the milk goes sour.

No matter what type of locksmith service you are in need of our Los Angeles Locksmith team has the highest skilled professional technicians on staff and ready to go 24 hours a day 7 days a week. For more information regarding the types of locksmith services we offer please visit our website or contact our customer service center 24/7 365.

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How Commercial Locksmith Can Help Secure Your Business!

Commercial Locksmith ServicesProtecting yourself from all types of loss is extremely important as a business owner. Whether it is from internal or external forces it is important for business owners to arm themselves before a loss or theft occurs. By contacting a commercial locksmith from Los Angeles Locksmith you can help to protect yourself from burglary and thefts that could occur from outside individuals or employees. With a range of services to offer our commercial locksmith is a great resource to pull from when attempting to upgrade your commercial security. All day and night our technicians are ready to assist business owners with service that fits perfectly into a busy business owner’s schedule.

Upgrading your commercial security now can help you to save a lot of money in the long run by preventing unforeseen losses. With a range of services at varying prices our commercial locksmith is sure to find the protection that can fit to your business’s budget. With years of training and experience our locksmiths have seen just about every way that a burglar can attempt to compromise your security. Having one of our commercial locksmiths complete a diagnostic check of your business’s security can help to identify weaknesses that burglars and thieves may try to take advantage of. Using this information our technician can devise security upgrades that will be able to strengthen any weak spots and prevent burglaries and thefts from occurring.

A commercial locksmith from Los Angeles Locksmith can use their diagnostic check to set out a range of security plans that vary in costs so that the business owner can make an informed security decision. Some of the services which may be recommended by our commercial locksmith include, but are not limited to, closed circuit television (CCTV), re-key or high security lock installation. Closed circuit television acts as a business owner’s constant eye in the sky, looking after the business location even when no one is around. By having security cameras on location you can not only identify burglars or thieves after they strike, but also deter them from striking your business in the first place. Re-keying is an effective service to use that is also economical. Re-keying is an ideal service for a business which had recent employee turnover. Our commercial locksmith can adjust the lock cylinders of your business so that all previous versions of the key are no longer effective, ensuring that no former employees have secure access. In addition to increasing your security re-keying your locks can also offer convenience when a master key system is installed, make sure to inquire about a master key system with our commercial locksmith.

No matter the service that your business needs Los Angeles Locksmith’s commercial locksmiths are standing by 24/7 to assist you with a range of services. With years of experience our commercial locksmiths are the perfect professionals to help you ensure the security of your business. Los Angeles Locksmith offers generous discounts to repeat commercial clients in addition to discounts for service being done on more than three locks. Call today to learn what a commercial locksmith can do for you!


Secure Windows and Doors to Make your Home Safer

Windows and doors are two of the most common entry points for burglars, making it necessary to secure them to make your home safer. It is important to detect potential threats in your home and then address them.

There are some simple measures that you can take to make your home more secure. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, a burglar will only spend a few minutes trying to break into your house. This means that if you take a few simple measures that make it difficult for them to access your house through the windows or doors, the burglar is more likely to give up.

Keeping your home secure can be a daunting task for the general public as there are many methods and types of locks & windows you can use.

It’s best to let the professionals advise you on what products are perfect for you and the security of your property. This way you can ask all the questions you want and get the right answers.
Sliding Patio Doors

A sliding patio door can be a great addition to your home, making it easy for you to access your patio. But it also poses a security risk and this makes it necessary to secure it. One of the best ways to do this is by installing keyed locks.

These locks should be installed at the bottom and top of the sliding door. Reinforce the glass on your doors by installing some polycarbonate panels to make it difficult for them to shatter when they are kicked in or hit.

Exterior Doors

Your exterior doors also pose a risk if they are not well secured. To secure these doors, contact an experienced locksmith to install dead-locks. This is an extra lock that is designed to offer additional security for your home. You only use this lock when you are home because it does not come with an external key.

The lock is usually visible from outside but it will be difficult for a burglar to break into it unless they destroy the lock or door. This lock should only be used as part of other measures that you take to secure your house because it does not offer additional protection when you are outside.

These locks are used mainly on the elderly residents or residential care homes.

You can also install some deadbolt locks on your exterior doors to make them more secure. The deadbolt locks are used together with the lock that is built into your doorknob. This lock should be at least an inch long and made of solid metal. Low quality deadbolt locks are not effective.

Shatter-proof Windows

To make it difficult for people to access your house, you can shatter-proof your windows. This will make it difficult for them to break when they are hit. You can install an invisible security film on the windows. The film is specially designed to hold the glass together when it is broken. This means that it will not fall out, making it difficult for a burglar to crawl into your house.

Although these are not on the high list of priority of security measures as burglars will tend to make as less noise as possible but as the old saying goes it is better to be safe than sorry, especially when you have to protect prized possessions.

Window Locks

These locks are becoming increasingly popular as the window the main entry a burglar will try and force entry. People in suburban areas tend to install window locks. You can just ask your window installer or locksmith if you have any questions regarding the best lock for your window.

If you have sliding windows, you can install locks on them to deter burglars. You can use a device that is similar to a door bolt to close the windows. This device operates with a key. There are several companies that make locks specifically designed for sliding windows. If you have double-hung windows, a locking pin can secure them appropriately.

Once you take these measures to secure your windows and doors, it will be more difficult for someone to break in, making your home safer.


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Home Security Tips for the Summer.

The time of year we all look forward to is finally here: Summer Time, for those with children it means no more early morning drop offs to school but instead fun filled days at the pool, for the rest of the world it means life as normal but with that one week we get to relax and get away; vacation time!

You have worked hard all year long to save up to take the family or just yourself on that coveted vacation, leaving the stress of daily life behind for a week filled with adult beverages, late nights and making memories. So the bags are packed and your ready to go but before you embark on your vacation we have a few tips to ensure that when you return your home will be just as you left it.

Many thieves stake out neighborhoods during the spring months into the summer to get an idea of what cars belong to what homes, is there dogs at the residence, are the neighbors active outdoors and what time of the day there is never anyone around. This is how they decide what house is going to be an easy break in, since it only takes a week to get down the schedule of their prey it is very easy for them to spot the time when your vehicle has not moved from the driveway or your mail is piling up; time to strike.

Coming home from your vacation to see that your home has be burglarized is and awful feeling, even worse is having the police department call you while you are away to inform you of the events that have taken place. There are however a few tips that will keep the thieves guessing as to whether or not the time is right to break in.

The obvious tip is to install a home security system; yes seeing the little sign on the front lawn might deter the less tech savvy thieves but for a more advance criminal bypassing these systems is not all that difficult. A home security system is a great benefit for all who use them, giving you the added sense of security that when you activate the alarm and walk out of the house to enjoy your getaway you know if anyone enters the home the alarm will sound and the police will arrive. This is great but in the next few paragraphs we will cover some other helpful tips on how to keep your home safe while you are away.

Aside from installing a home security system the next most obvious tip is to have the post office hold your mail until you come back home, simply go to your local branch and request a hold give them the day you are leavening and the day you will be back to pick up the mail. An over flowing mailbox can be a dead give away to even the most uneducated thief that no one is home. By keeping your mailbox empty you are giving your home a better chance to stay UN entered while you are away.

The next tip is to invest in an automatic light timer; this device will cost you a few dollars and can save you a ton in the future. Simply install a few in your home one in the kitchen and one in the bedroom to go off at different times throughout the day. If it seems to a thief that there has not been any activity at the home in a few days they will be planning their break in but when they arrive and see that there are lights on inside the home they will quickly decide against the idea to try to come in.

Another tip if you trust your neighbors with the keys to your vehicles is to have them sporadically move them around in the driveway then out to the street and so one for the time you are away. This also give the false sense that someone is home and obviously moving around, like we stated before it only takes about a week for a thief to get your schedule down to a t and if they see that the vehicles keep changing position they will quickly move on to the next house.

If all else fails and the thief are still targeted on your home we have the one method that will keep them out; your home door and window locks. By installing high security locks on your home you are able to ensure that even if all other methods have failed the criminal will not be able to gain entry to your home easily. You see most common criminals know that the locks on most doors are sold at popular hardware stores, where they too can purchase them and figure out the quickest easiest way to bypass the locking mechanism giving them access to your home. By calling a professional locksmith company you can set up an appointment to have them come to your home and install brand new high security locks on all the entry doors and windows to your home. These types of lock are considered pick and bump proof meaning that the easy ways to bypass other less superior locks will not work on your new high security locks. The only way to unlock these locks is to use the key or to drill out the locking cylinder which is not an easy, quick or quiet way to break in to a home.

Our advice is to call a locksmith shop have them install the new locks on your home, install a security system as well since that will help you feel secure all year long, go to the post office and stop your mail and invest in some automatic light timers. If you follow all these steps you can be sure that while you are away on vacation your home will be safe from any unwanted visitors.