Rochester, NY Local Locksmith Blog

Look Before You Lock -- Even in Winter

After some incredibly mild months, winter has finally arrived in Rochester. Icy roads and low visibility aren't the only winter driving dangers. Everyone knows to never leave a child in a hot car.

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Why Should a Homeowner Hire a Locksmith?

DIY projects are all the rage. Just look at the popularity of Pinterest, the DIY Network and HGTV. It seems like there's an online tutorial for almost any project a homeowner would want to tackle,

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Ordering Keys Online -- A Money-Saver or Risky Business

If you've ever lost your car keys, then you know it isn't cheap to get a new key made – especially if you want a key with buttons on it (a “remote head key,” in locksmith lingo). Perhaps you've

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More Tips on Avoiding Scammers

Over the weekend, the New York Times took a look at the rise of scammers in the locksmith industry. These scammers create fake business and map listings online for several locksmith companies in one

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How to Hire a Legitimate Locksmith

One of my neighbors needed a lock replaced on her front door. We were fully booked that day, so instead of waiting until the next day, she called another locksmith she found online. The person who

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Should I Rekey or Replace my Locks?

One of the first things you should do when you move into a new house is to change your locks. While the previous owner does provide you with a set of keys, you have no idea how many other people have

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Deadbolts: One Side or Two?

Customers have been calling recently to inquire about installing double-sided deadbolts. For those of you unfamiliar with this type of lock, a double-sided deadbolt requires a key to lock or unlock

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National Child Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention Day

As of May 25, nine children have died this year from heatstroke caused by being left in a vehicle. While that figure has been decreasing since 2013, even one death is too many. Sadly, some parents

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I Just Want a Quote for a Car Key

If you've lost the keys to your car, you will probably call a few different locksmiths and the dealership to get an estimate to replace your keys. The dealership usually only needs your VIN to

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Don't Let a Power Outage Lock You Out

Last week’s windstorm is a prime example of why it’s important to have a backup plan. When you think of losing power, you worry about not being able to heat your house, your phone dying, whether you

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Spring Cleaning for Your Locks

Winter is finally over in Rochester. That means it's time for some spring cleaning. As you replace the storm windows and doors with screens, don't forget to check out your doors and door hardware.

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Do You Need a Master Key?

If you own or manage rental properties, you've probably heard the phrase “master key.” But do you really know what it means? Many times when a customer asks us to master key their property, what they

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