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Not all locksmiths are created equal. Look for certified technicians who have had more than 40 hours of hands-on training from a company that adheres to strict hiring standards. (Only 1 in 10 applicants meet our high standards!) Only accept service from someone in a branded vehicle who can show proper identification. Your locksmith should have a standardized audit to identify potential security threats and use the latest technology to meet your security needs. Hiring a locksmith accredited by the Better Business Bureau provides another level of guaranteed satisfaction.

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Problems with automotive locks range from loose or broken rods, to burnt-out actuators and bad switches. Auto repair shops typically charge $200 for this service. Car dealerships charge up to $600 – not including the cost of replacement parts! For these automotive-related businesses, lock repair is considered a hassle and an add-on that goes over and beyond their standard offerings. The best way to save money is to go with a trained technician specializing in lock repair who can help you quicker and for much less! 

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Oops! It happens to the best of us. A child or animal trapped inside a vehicle is no joke and can result in death. The Pop-A-Lock PALS Saves Kids program was founded by law enforcement officers in 1991 to deliver FREE car unlocking service to caregivers. Our franchise supports local police officers to rescue more than 350,000 trapped children and pets each year. 

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Reports show that 90% of pin tumbler locks can be picked in less than 30 seconds. Are you at risk? If you purchased your locks from a local hardware store or big box store, the chances are high. Mass-produced residential locks are most common, but also the easiest targets for lock-picking thieves. There is no such thing as “a perfect security system”, but contacting a locksmith to install a high-security lock and assess your security needs is the best way to protect your family.

A: Locksmiths also service businesses with a variety of emergency and strategic security needs. They can help employees who are locked out of their place of employment, re-key dysfunctional lock systems, change commercial locks to meet security threats, extract broken keys, replace lost keys, repair file cabinets, install keycard systems and deadbolts, repair access controls, repair or install door locks, add master key systems, and assess security needs with a comprehensive audit.
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Pop-A-Lock partners with world class vendors to offer the latest technology when creating keys for any vehicle. Our mobile technicians arrive fully trained with all the proper tools needed to produce a virtually identical replacement key, whether you have a computer chip in it or not. 

A: A "Do Not Duplicate" message stamped onto a key will make little difference to key cutters. Most will still make a copy if the client is willing to pay! In order to have some measure of security to prevent key duplication, you will need something called a “restricted” or “proprietary” key. These keys can still be cut due to 3D printing advances, but the electronic component in these keys adds protection and makes it more difficult.
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Many new homeowners mistakenly presume that the only way to fully secure a new home from past owners or tenants who may still possess keys to the home is to install new locks. However, it is possible for a legitimate locksmith to rekey the existing locks so old keys will no longer work.

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Pop-A-Lock technicians can generate a vehicle key to your vehicle from scratch, program it to your remote and allow you to enjoy full functionality for unlocking and driving again. In fact, this is one of our most popular services!