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Forensic Locksmithing – Security Investigations

Let’s assume that we are on the police force. There has been a breaking and entering, tables are over turned, the window is smashed, and the alarm is sounding in the background. This looks like someone has broken into the home. That is where the problem lies, would a criminal break into a location and leave evidence of it all over, or would the criminal simply open the door and walk in? When security needs to be validated everyone from businesses to police officers, look for one specialty, forensic locksmithing. What is Forensic Locksmithing?  Forensic Locksmithing is also known as investigative locksmithing. This specialty is designed for people who are masters at locks and their formation. They have mastered the layout of locks and intimately know when places are out of place. Their primary task is to tell if a lock was tampered. Locksmithing is complex, the glossary of specific locksmithing terms is nine pages long and very specific. But it’s important to understand them because there are a lot of specific details that go into lock production. For a low-level lock that would go on a standard door, there are at least six parts that are within the lock itself. The forensic locksmith would examine the lock from exterior to interior, and there are tell-tale signs of when a lock has been tampered with. Irregular scratches, loose screws, rotated gears, loose key cylinders, shifted tailpiece receivers. There are countless ways to manipulate a lock be it malicious or not. The challenge of forensic locksmiths comes when they have to determine whether or not it was intentional or not, scratching can be performed when a user misses the mark, which is incredibly common, loose screws could be a heavy-handed resident, and general wear & tear can move any part from the inside. LockTechs LockTechs in San Diego honors all of the forensic locksmiths in the field and is proud to be locksmiths as well. If you ever need a locksmith for your home, business, or vehicle, give us a call today at (888) 664...

Locked out of your Car?

Being locked out of your car is a scary situation that nobody wants to endure. However, LockTechs has created this comprehensive guide to keeping you sane when you are locked out of your car! What to do when locked out of your car Step 1: Call the Locksmith – First thing you have to do is call the locksmith. After you’ve finished fumbling for your keys that aren’t there and calling your friends who don’t have a spare, the best thing you can do is just call the locksmith. Once the locksmith has been called, they will be on their way, and if you called Lock Techs, we would be there in less than twenty minutes! Step 2: Find a Safe Place – Once you’ve called a locksmith, they are now moving to your location. So relax, you’ve done everything you can do, and now it’s just a matter of waiting. So find a place to relax that isn’t your car. Find a corner store or a library or a movie theater. Don’t lose sight of your vehicle, but also don’t worry. When the locksmith arrives, they will call you and ask where you are, and you will reveal yourself. Step 3: Find a mode of entertainment – It’s best to keep yourself distracted for this. You’re going to spend money on the locksmith, it’s going to happen, so enjoy yourself. You don’t want the day to be remembered as the time you were locked out of your car, so try to find a way to make the day unique. This will make you feel better and stop kicking yourself. LockTechs When you are in San Diego and you are locked out of your car, there is only one number to call, ours. We promise to be there as fast as possible and guarantee that you will receive the best service from the most honest locksmith in San Diego. If you need locksmith services, give us a call at (888)...

Introduction to Locksmith Tools

Being a locksmith is a tricky profession. Most people discount us because they feel like if they have a shady family member that they wouldn’t need the trade at all. But, there is an art to locksmithing and like every great artist or engineer they need tools. To explain, we’ve assembled the list of essential locksmith tools (credit cards not included.) Locksmith Tools  Key Making Machine – The most iconic piece of machinery that every locksmith has is the ‘key making machine‘. This massive tool ranges from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand depending on your volume of work. It is the most valuable tool for general business. Lock Gun and Slim Jim – Most people are familiar with the slim jim, which is the long skinny piece of metal used to lift the door handle. While that is still used for older cars, it is much easier for us to use our lockpick gun, which automatically ties different methods to jiggle and open the door for us. That being said, most contemporary cars with computers in them can be remotely accessed by your manufacturer. Decoder and Cap Remover – The decoder is an individual chart that is sold by lock making companies exclusively to locksmiths. These decoders show the average combinations for lock tumblers. These aren’t tremendously useful, but they are a very valuable resource. The most important device are cap removers, which can help increase the amount of room our lockpicks have to enter the keyhole. The Internet – Finally, the biggest resource we have is the internet. There are so many communities of locksmiths online that help each other and give each other pointer. This is a tool of unity that not only makes us better as a profession but makes it easier for us to access information. This unity makes the quality of your locksmith service much better. Lock Techs San Diego Lock Techs San Diego is the leading provider of locksmithing services in the coastal city. We believe that knowledge is power and the most trusting gift a company can give. If you ever need a locksmith in San Diego, make sure to give us a call at (888)...

How does a Key Copy Machine work?

Plenty of people come into the shop every year looking to have their keys duplicated. While there is always an element of fascination to the machine, nobody ever asks about how the key copy machine works. So, today at LockTechs, we are going to tell you just how this beautiful machine operates. Fundamentals of Key Copy The Alignment – The first thing you’re going to do is set up your blank and original on the alignment. By using complementing vices, we are able to lock the keys up in perfect synchronicity. The key that is housed will be the one that is cut and the original will be shown in the front. The alignment has two elements that are equidistant apart, the guide and the cutting wheel. These rest on the same track as the alignment so that both keys are never moved during operation. The Wheel and Guide – The two parts of the machine that actually to the work. Everything else so far has just been about safety and organization. The alignment keeps the two keys in perfect distance from each other and the wheel and guide. While the guide follows along the grooves of the original key, the cutting wheel (being the same distance apart) mimics the exact movements on the duplicate key. Thus, the cutting wheel grinds into the duplicate key, the exact same pattern as is guided from the original. The Buffing – After the key has been cut, most of the work has been done. However, this is the moment where the locksmith would add a little bit of polish. They will buff the sharp edges with brass wool or harsh wire, then maybe run it through a cleaner so it shines nicely. LockTechs So there you have it, t he elements that go into every key copy. This is the work we do every day, so we hope you enjoy! If you ever need a locksmith in San Diego, give us a call at (888)...

Need locks replaced again? Try the Master Key System!

Never need your locks replaced again! If you’ve ever owned a small business or purchased an apartment from a previous owner, then you’ll know the importance of keeping your locks up to date. But repeatedly changing the locks can be a strain on your brain and your wallet. If you are tired or getting your locks replaced, perhaps it’s time you try the master key system. The master key system is a tried but true method of maintaining multiple locks and doors. The concept is simple, design a series of locks around one key. Each lock has their unique groove that is accessible by the one key. You create dummy keys for each lock, but only one key can open all doors. No longer will you need to change all of the locks in your establishment, but rather one set of locks or simply one set of keys. What are the benefits of a master key system? One of the main advantages of having the master key system is to have an easily trackable inventory of keys. Since keys are easy and cheap to replace it increases the awareness and availability of the keys to your discretion. It also lowers the security risk because their keys carry less weight regarding the amount of use they have. It decreases cost and increases security for your establishment. This system also makes your locks much more manageable. If your institution has three locks, then without the master key system, you would be replacing three locks and dealing new keys every time you need to replace them. However, with the master key system, you only need to change one lock at a time which is the major spending amount when validating establishment security. Lock Techs Lock Techs has been servicing San Diego for many years. We have been in business because we offer the best services and top customer relations. If you find yourself needing any of our services including the master key system, give us a call at (888)...

Getting the most out of your San Diego Locksmith

Finding your San Diego Locksmith If you haven’t lived in your residence long or are just looking to perk up your home security, you should do so with a locksmith. But which one would be the best one for you? Well, we already know that a great locksmith is honest, available and awarded. But when you’re searching for a San Diego Locksmith look no further than Lock Techs, born and raised right here. At Lock Techs we offer a large variety of services, but our most overlooked service is our home security. When people are investing in home security, often they will get in over their heads and need to call us anyway. Let us do a walk through for you, assess what you need and install it for you. At Lock Techs we always believe in making our customers informed and safe. Bolstering Home Security with your Locksmith First, your locksmith will perform a ‘walk through.’ The locksmith will move through your house, identify features in your house that can be improved and then make note of it for you. After the walkthrough is complete, we will sit down and show you our findings. Usually, we will offer to upgrade your locks. Now there is a lot of confusion regarding what locks to buy and why but the answer is surprisingly simple. The American National Standards Institute provides three grades of locks and we will always recommend that a house has grade 1’s across the board. Anything higher than that will usually be excessive. Finally, after the pricing has been sorted out and the features you want are added, we perform the installation. Usually, the services will be lock replacement, security system installation and key duplication. This ensures that you have the only set of keys that the house has ever owned. You are there for the installation of the security system, and you know how it works, and the appropriate amount of keys are created to ensure that nobody can access your home with previously dealt keys. Lock Techs When you are ever in need of lock repair or locksmithing services in San Diego, make sure to call us at Lock Techs. We offer free quotes and consultations over the phone at (888) 664-4073....

Alternative Services for your Commercial Locksmith in San Diego

Commercial Locksmiths in San Diego Being locked out of your business is the main reason why people call locksmiths. Locksmiths help when we are locked out and are then disregarded. However, with robbery crimes on the rise in San Diego, it’s time to call the locksmith for preventative purposes. LockTechs in San Diego offers a selection of services beyond the basic assisted entry options. Our line of commercial locksmith services functions as ‘preventative security.’ We provide services such as consultations or walkthroughs, swapping locks and rekeying, and full security system installation. Commercial Locksmith Services We also offer a service to determine the quality of your security system, by having one of our locksmiths conduct a ‘walk through’ of your establishment. The Locksmith would survey your facility, note the types of locks you have and their ANSI rank, as well as check the integrity of your security system. After they have made their assessment, they would then have a quote of what services and installations that suit your needs. One of the most common services we provide is lock replacement and rekeying. When a manager or supervisor leaves a company, it is typical for an establishment to switch out the locks. The majority of robberies and crimes committed against institutions are typically ex-employees. To combat this possibility, companies usually ask for their locks to be changed and for new keys to be created for the remaining managers. Companies need to be able to protect their assets and because of that we offer installation of security systems. With sensitive information so readily available, it’s hard to trust locks and alarms to deter thieves. LockTechs provides complete security system installations with your choice of silent alarms, direct 911 dial-outs and CCTV installations. If you ever fear that your establishment has the potential to be robbed, let LockTechs secure your assets. LockTechs have been the best locksmiths in San Diego for many years. Our wide range of services and competitive prices have kept us in service because we believe in what we offer. If you ever need locksmith services in San Diego, make sure to call us at (888) 664-4073....

Finding the Best Locksmith in San Diego

  Best Locksmiths in San Diego To find the best locksmiths in San Diego, you must find which person has the best traits. All of the services are competitive, all of the reviews are there. Here at Lock Techs, we strongly believe in Four Traits that every locksmith should contain. Skill, Accolades, Accessibility and Honesty. Finding the Best Locksmith Skill – Almost every locksmith right now is the best. Most of the locks are easily opened by any of the shops available in San Diego right now. There is no changing the fact that skill is an important part of what makes a great locksmith. When you are viewing and comparing the different locksmiths, it is important to note that skill and experience are two separate things. Try and find reviews that talk about speed. Accolades – Has the company ever achieved anything amazing? Usually, accreditation from the ‘Better Business Bureau’ stands for a great deal in the business community. But has the individual locksmiths or the company itself won anything great that makes it stand apart? Accessibility – Being a locksmith is not an occupation of convenience. You are doing your absolute best to be there for somebody who is in need, someone who is scared. When you are looking at their website, make sure to see their hours of operation and contact hotline. 24-hour service should be the standard and for some locksmiths, they tend to be locksmiths who think it’s a 9-5 job, and it just isn’t. Honesty – When all is said and done you are paying someone to know that there is a security vulnerability in your life. Whether you are locked out of your car or your home you are paying this person to break into something for you. While most locksmiths are honest and good people, it is extremely important to talk to the person. Get a feel for them; this is an occupation where receiving a ‘bad vibe’ from someone is understandable. The customer feels vulnerable and scared, and we as locksmiths should do our best to make you feel safe again. Lock Techs San Diego That’s it, whenever you are considering finding a locksmith in San Diego, consult this list and find the people who can help you the best. We hope that you trust us, and if you ever need a locksmith in San Diego you should give us a call at (888) 664-4073, we are open 24 hours a day and have a special emergency hotline because we want to be there for...

Two Tips to never need a Car Locksmith in San Diego

San Diego Locksmith Losing your car keys is an awful feeling, locking yourself out of your vehicle is even worse. Even though we love it when you do, Lock Tech Car Locksmith is always looking out for the customer. So here are a few tips that can help make sure that you never lose your car keys ever again. Tips to Never Lose Your Keys Again 1) Car Key Duplication – The easiest way to never lose your keys again is to have backups of your keys. This at least acknowledges the fact the possibility that we are human and make mistakes. We always advise owning three keys. One would be your everyday grab and go key. The second you would leave with someone you trust who has the mobility to be there if you need it. The third would go somewhere secret but attainable. I’m not saying you should make sure that you have three or four garden gnomes take your car for a joyride, but find a secure location outside of your home that you can easily find the key and no one else can. 2) Bluetooth Tracker Alarm – There are devices that you can purchase that are nondescript trinkets for your keychain. They are tethered to your phone (so don’t lose your phone), and you can activate the tracking signal and find your keys due to a tracking beep. If you lose your keys outside of your car, this will give you the opportunity to find your keys easily and calmly. Plus, it’s a rather attractive piece of hardware. Car Locksmith in San Diego I wish we had more advice for you, but there aren’t a lot of alternatives to remembering your keys. We hope that these work for you because there is such a strain when forgetting your keys. Luckily, if you ever need a locksmith in San Diego, look no further than us. Our emergency number is (888) 664-4073, and we can have somebody to your location within the hour. For our other services, such as car key duplication and replacement, make sure to call our number and receive a quote on our...

Locksmith San Diego

LockTechs – Locksmith San Diego Services LockTechs is your locksmith San Diego service provider. We have been in business in San Diego for years, and are one of the most trusted locksmith providers in the area. We offer high quality, high skill, and high professionalism no matter how big or small a lock and key job may be. Our locksmith San Diego technicians know the entire city and county like the back of their hand, so no matter what time day or night you need our help, we will be there for you! The best part about our company is our dedication to quality, affordability, and quick service. As a Locksmith San Diego company, we work in a highly competitive environment, so all of our services need to be of stand out quality. Let us help you with whatever your problem may be. Locked out of the car? We can help! Lost your motorcycle keys? We got you! Need to change the locks to your home or office? No problem! LockTechs Locksmith San Diego is the best around Contact us today if you need any advice, maintenance, or installation services. We would love to connect with...