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Watch out for intruders

Posted on 26 April, 2019 at 15:10 Comments comments (1187)

Ways to Reduce Your Risk of an Office Intruder

Office theft runs the gamut from employees stealing supplies to burglars gaining access after-hours. In a commercial building, it only makes sense to be extra-cautious, no matter how comfortable you might feel. Here are some ways that employees, managers, and building owners can work together to reduce the risks.ways to deter office theft

Employees

When you’re at work, keep your personal items safe. Your purse, keys, wallet, cell phone, and other valuable items are small, easy targets. Carry them around with you or lock them in a secure closet or drawer.

Check the identity of anyone you don’t recognize in your office. Ask who they are and who they are visiting. Check your office policy on visitors and make sure they follow the rules, such as signing in or always being accompanied by an escort.

Separate your personal life from your work life. If you are discussing plans for the weekend or your upcoming vacation with coworkers, make sure no clients or visitors are within earshot. Not only is it unprofessional, but you never know what a stranger’s intentions might be.

Try not to take the stairs alone. Don’t get in an elevator with anyone who seems threatening. It’s better to wait a few moments than to put yourself in a risky situation.

Avoid dimly lit stairwells, corridors, and parking lots. If you are working late, let someone know where you are and when you are leaving. Create an action plan to get safely to your car or public transit, and never let a stranger into the office after business hours.

Report broken doors, windows, or locks immediately. Never assume that someone else already did.

Managers

Be careful and diligent in the hiring process. Perform pre-employment background checks on everyone, and periodic checks on employees in high-risk operations. The more thorough your screening process, the less likely you will fall victim to an inside job.

Conduct regular security audits to identify potential weaknesses. Many security companies offer these audits free of charge. Work with a professional to develop a plan of action that fits your company’s needs and budget.

Consider upgrading access control procedures to ensure that the only people who can get into your office are those who belong there. For example, you might use badge scanners on rooms that contain sensitive equipment, an intercom system for visitors, and vandal-proof hardware on exterior doors. Your security professional can help you decide what makes sense for your business.

Think about installing surveillance equipment. You need to be careful not to make your employees and customers feel distrusted, or to do anything that could be considered spying, but a basic camera system can be a deterrent. If you do have an issue, camera footage can help bring a thief to justice.

Conduct regular employee security training. Besides learning to keep themselves and their belongings safe from harm, your employees can also play an important role in protecting your company’s equipment and data. Hold training classes at least once per year, and pass along helpful security tips by email now and then.

Building Owners

Commercial building owners have both moral and legal responsibilities to their tenants. Hire a security professional to conduct a full building assessment and make recommendations. At a minimum, all exterior doors should have deadbolts and all windows must be secure. High security locks or electronic access-control units with secure key bypass systems are even better.

Reduce shadowy areas around the building by adding lights and trimming shrubs, and install both constant and motion-control lighting near access points. Restrooms should have high-security locks, and only employees should have keys or codes. If you have a building-wide receptionist, the desk should be equipped with a panic button.



Key Won't Turn?

Posted on 16 March, 2019 at 11:05 Comments comments (13962)

Key Won’t Turn?

First, double check that you are using the right key. Many keys look similar, and it is not unusual to mix them up. If you are sure the key is correct, the lock could be dirty and filled with debris. During winter weather, it could literally be frozen. Try using a de-icing agent to thaw a frozen lock, or lubricate a dirty lock with graphite. You may need to put the key in and jiggle it around a few times to loosen up the lock.

Another possibility is that the key is worn down. Over time, the edges of a key can become too smooth to turn the lock. If you have a duplicate, see if it works, and then replace the key that is no longer working. Likewise, a brand new key could have rough spots left over from the manufacturing process that could get stuck in the lock. Carefully file down those spots, taking care to remove only the tiniest bit of metal at a time.

Scammers

Posted on 15 March, 2019 at 11:00 Comments comments (993)

This Profession Has a Lot of Scammers

Although most locksmiths are professional, reliable, and trustworthy, the profession does draw its share of scam artists. Make sure the locksmith answers the phone with an actual business name, not just “locksmith service,” and that they have a local address. Ask a few questions over the phone to weed out people who know nothing about the profession. When the locksmith arrives, check his or her ID and request a written estimate.

Facts to Know

Posted on 4 March, 2019 at 0:20 Comments comments (771)

Buying a Locked Safe Is Almost Always a Waste

Who doesn’t love a good mystery, a treasure hunt, and the prospect of riches untold? If you run across an old, locked safe at a flea market or secondhand store, odds are good that it will rouse your curiosity and fire up your imagination. Before you take it home, though, come back to reality. It will likely cost you hundreds of dollars to open the safe, and the chances of finding anything inside, let alone anything valuable, are extremely remote. If you like the safe and plan to use it, and you are willing to part with the money to open it, go ahead. But if you’re expecting to find a lost fortune, back away slowly.


Stamping “Do Not Duplicate” on a Key Doesn’t Stop Duplication

A reputable locksmith will not duplicate a key that is marked in this manner, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Many “do no duplicate” keys are extremely easy to duplicate, and all it takes is an enterprising DIYer or an inattentive clerk at a big box store. Protect yourself by choosing high security locks that cannot be duplicated on standard hardware store equipment.


Common Safe Mistakes

If your safe doesn’t open, it could have a problem. Or you could be doing something wrong. The most common mistakes people make with their safes include trying to open the safe before it is unlocked, spinning the dial too quickly, and forcing it closed. Slow down, back up, and try again.

Alexa Unlock

Posted on 20 January, 2019 at 20:15 Comments comments (1895)

Yale Turns Voices Into Keys With Alexa Unlock

Lock, unlock and check current lock status by just asking Alexa! As the world welcomes Alexa’s voice control convenience into their hearts, homes and businesses, smart lock manufacturers like Yale are turning voices into keys. Yale Locks & Hardware has unveiled support for Amazon Alexa with the addition of voice unlocking for its Assure Lock® […]

When locked out.

Posted on 11 December, 2018 at 13:05 Comments comments (218)

Whether you are stuck in an unfamiliar location or at your place of work, calling a locksmith is your best bet. The other options present a number of problems. Hence, it is best to consider the consequences of the not using a locksmith.

Some people try to “pop” their vehicle lock themselves only to wish they hadn’t once the damage is done. Using an opened wire hanger, a metal piece, or another on-hand option can easily damage your vehicle. In fact, it is always cheaper to call me than to fix damage to your car window or door jam.

Leave Your Vehicle?

Leaving your vehicle behind is an option some consider when they are in jam or have a spare key somewhere else. If the trip to your spare key is quick, this is a pretty good option (especially if your vehicle is in a relatively safe place). However, if leaving your car behind means going away for quite some time you may want to reconsider for two reasons.

If any potential thieves observe that your keys are locked in your vehicle, your vehicle will be easy to steal.

If your vehicle is in an illegal parking area, it could result in a trip to a towing storage facility.

Remember, if you need immediate service for a car lockout, call Amazing Tim Locksmith at (262) 442-7711


Winter is Coming.

Posted on 27 October, 2018 at 11:35 Comments comments (83)

A Little Maintenance Goes A Long Way

When it comes to locks and door systems, the key to avoiding costly problems lies in preventive maintenance. Especially during the cold winter months, when we rely most on our locks and doors to help keep us warm, protect us from snow, wind, and fire, secure us from unwanted intruders and keep businesses open and holiday shopping flowing. But as temperatures drop, worn locks can freeze and door frames can contract, causing alignment to shift, compromising function and hardware. Resulting in a poor fit between the lock and the door itself. Home and business owners may find that they have a hard time getting the key to turn in a deadbolt lock when both locking and unlocking exterior doors. High volumes of traffic can wear out seals, hinges, knobs, and closers on buildings, retail, and commercial doors. If left untreated these problems will only get worse over time and eventually get to the point where they do not work at all.

Tips

Posted on 25 July, 2018 at 15:30 Comments comments (6745)

We all know someone who has been locked out of their house or car at some point. Maybe you have even found yourself in this unfortunate situation. Whatever the case, it’s safe to say that locksmiths know how to save the day.

If you’ve never had to use a locksmith before, finding the right one may seem difficult. There are tons of locksmiths out there, and it’s important to choose one who is best qualified to help with your specific situation. This guide will tell you everything you need to know when choosing a locksmith.

Do Your Research

 

The first step you should take when you begin looking for a locksmith is to do some research. Ask friends and family for recommendations. If someone you know was pleased with the services they received from a certain locksmith, chances are you’ll be pleased as well.

Look for owner operated

Posted on 3 July, 2018 at 15:30 Comments comments (78)

Look for Family-Owned and Operated Locksmith Companies

There are certainly some corporate locksmith companies that are reputable with great customer service, but choosing a family-owned and operated locksmith has a couple distinct benefits. First, working with a family-owned business means you receive services from a professional who is personally invested in the company. Additionally, supporting family-owned businesses means you contribute to and strengthen your local economy

Look for owner operated

Posted on 3 July, 2018 at 15:25 Comments comments (331)

Look for Family-Owned and Operated Locksmith Companies

There are certainly some corporate locksmith companies that are reputable with great customer service, but choosing a family-owned and operated locksmith has a couple distinct benefits. First, working with a family-owned business means you receive services from a professional who is personally invested in the company. Additionally, supporting family-owned businesses means you contribute to and strengthen your local economy


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