Keep These 3 Tools on Hand to Remove a Broken Key

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A broken key is something that happens on a pretty regular basis, especially during the winter. The lock may jam or freeze up causing the key to become stuck and break off when you try to remove it. This creates a potentially dangerous situation if you’re home alone and can’t leave the house with the key in the lock – a burglar can just as easily use these tools to gain entry to your house the same way you can. Call Bob’s Lock and Access Systems if you’re in need of a locksmith in Harrisburg or the surrounding area.

Screwdrivers

Use a flathead screwdriver to turn the lock back to its normal vertical position before using the needle-nosed pliers or saw blades as mentioned below. Please keep in mind that you can damage your lock if you are unfamiliar with the way locks work or if you use the pliers or saw blade incorrectly.

Needle-Nosed Pliers

Needle-nosed pliers are very thin and are often the best tool for removing a broken key from a lock. All you have to do is make sure the lock is in the vertical position, slide the pliers into the mouth of the lock so you can clamp the key, and slowly pull the key out.

Saw Blades

Jigsaw blades are very small, long, and thin. They’re very similar to the tools that a locksmith uses to retrieve broken keys from a lock. You should be able to slide the saw blade into the lock teeth-down beside the key, hook the key with the teeth and pull it out slowly. Please remember that a saw blade is very sharp and will cut you if you aren’t careful.

Don’t Fully Unlock the Door with the Key Broken off in the Lock

Your first instinct will probably be to finish unlocking the door and open it if possible. But the unlocking action will push the snapped fragment of key further into the lock and cause unnecessary damage to the lock itself. Call us if you’re unable to retrieve the key using the three tools listed here. You will need to replace the lock if it is damaged by the key or the tools used to retrieve it.

Call Bob’s Locksmith Service in Harrisburg

Bob’s Lock and Access Systems is located in Harrisburg, PA. Check out additional information on our Facebook page. Make sure to like us on Facebook so you can keep up to date with the latest in locksmith services in Harrisburg. Give us a call at 717-566-5657 if you’re in need of our locksmith, security, or access services.

5 Ways to Safeguard Your Child’s House Key Plus Additional Key Safety Information

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A lot of parents in the Harrisburg area work regular 9 to 5 jobs, which means their kids either go to after-school care or home alone with a key. A child that is old enough to stay home alone using their own key to access the house needs to be responsible enough to keep their key safe. But we all know how easy it is to misplace a key, even as adults. So that’s what we wanted to address today – keeping your child’s house key safe and ensuring that your home is safe as well.

Keep the Key Safe on Your Child’s Person

The best place for your child to keep their house key is somewhere that they will remember it. A pocket or backpack may work, but it’s very easy to accidentally drop a key out of your pocket if you’re looking for change or simply putting your hands in your pockets. Here are a few great ways to keep the keys safe with your child:

  1. Keychain: Keychains make noise and can be customized as something your child enjoys. You could, for example, let them choose a keychain that represents their favorite cartoon character, sports team, or some other favorite object. This will personalize their house key so that it is easier to identify if it ends up in the Lost and Found or principal’s office.
  2. Key Lanyard: Lanyards are very popular among professionals and college students who carry an ID card, and are becoming more popular among younger children as well. They’re as customizable as keychains and can be personalized with your child’s name if you wish.
  3. Retractable Keychain: This little beauty latches onto something stable like a backpack or belt loop and holds the keys securely in place. Your child would simply pull the key out, unlock the door, and allow the keychain to retract the key back to safety.
  4. Key Jewelry: A key on a chain can be worn in a variety of ways including a necklace, bracelet, or ankle bracelet.
  5. Hidden Pockets: Keys can be hidden and secured in hidden pockets sewn into jeans, shirts, jackets, or backpacks.
Specify a Spot for Keys at Home

Everyone needs a spot to hang their keys as they enter the door. This creates a habit from a young age and teaches your child to be organized where important things are concerned. Hang a key rack by the entry door and require that all keychains hang there immediately after the keys are used.

Hide a Key on the Porch

This is not always a safe thing to do; use your best judgment. Should you decide to hide a key somewhere near the house, look for a spot that’s well-hidden and use an everyday item such as a planter or decorative item to hide the key. Again – at your discretion.

Call Bob’s Locksmith Service in Harrisburg

Bob’s Lock and Access Systems is located in Harrisburg, PA. Check out additional information on our Facebook page. Make sure to like us on Facebook so you can keep up to date with the latest in locksmith services in Harrisburg. Give us a call at 717-566-5657 if you’re in need of our locksmith, security, or access services.

 

Locked Your Keys in the Car? Here’s How to Get Your Car Unlocked Fast

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We get it. We’ve all been there. You’re trying to grab everything you need to run into the house, store, or office as quickly as possible – slam the car door and immediately regret that decision. There are your keys; teasing you relentlessly from the dash or the seat. So who is the first person you call when you’ve locked your keys in the car in Harrisburg or the surrounding areas?

Do you happen to have a locksmith on speed dial? Most people answer no to that question. Did you think ahead and give a parent, significant other, or close friend a backup set of keys? Most people also answer no to that question. Some people even confess that their second key is on the same key ring or hanging by the door at home.

Here’s How to Get Back into Your Locked Car

Walk around the car to make sure all doors are in fact locked. You may discover that the trunk, hatchback, or the back doors are still unlocked. That would be too easy, though, wouldn’t it? You may be able to unlock the door by using a wire coat hanger and going through the top of the window. Do people still use wire coat hangers? And why would you happen to have a wire coat hanger on you, anyway?

The best way to get back into your locked car is to call a locksmith. You can cause serious damage to the car or to the window if you try the coat hanger trick. But everyone has a smart phone and the ability to call us here at Bob’s Lock at 717-566-5657.

Describe the Situation

Every locked vehicle situation is different. We’ve seen keys locked in running vehicles during a thunderstorm just as often as we’ve seen them locked up on a pretty day when you’d rather be doing anything else instead of waiting for a locksmith. We’re a 24/7 locksmith company, and we’re conveniently located, so we can generally respond within the hour. Describe your unique situation to us when you call – especially if:

  • Your car is locked and your child or pet is inside. We consider this a true emergency situation and will be there as quickly as possible.
  • Your car is locked and the engine is running. This is especially dangerous if you’re in a garage or parking garage. Don’t wait for us beside your car. Step outside so you have fresh air. Carbon monoxide can build up quickly. Don’t compromise your health.

We will need directions to your location. Look around for the name of the nearest store or street corner. Give us the address if you’re at home. Yes, people do lock their keys in the car at home as often as they do in the parking lot of their local supermarket. We understand you would probably feel silly sitting outside your home waiting for a locksmith to unlock your car so you can go inside where your second set of keys is hanging on the key ring beside the locked front door, but believe us – stranger things have happened!

Call Bob’s Locksmith Service in Harrisburg

Bob’s Lock and Access Systems is located in Harrisburg, PA. Check out additional information on our Facebook page. Make sure to like us on Facebook so you can keep up to date with the latest in locksmith services in Harrisburg. Give us a call at 717-566-5657 if you’re in need of our locksmith, security, or access services.

4 Common Mistakes that Invite a Thief to Steal Your Car

We all like to think that we are safe when it comes to our vehicle and our home. Yet there are four common mistakes that we all make from time to time that may as well be a steal me sign on our car. Some cars are already easier to break into than others, we don’t need to make it easier to be vandalized or stolen from. Here are the four common mistakes that invite car theft:

Valuables in View

An empty car isn’t quite as much of a temptation as a vehicle that has a camera, cell phone, purse, or other expensive item lying in the front seat. Always hide your valuables, including aftermarket music systems and speakers. These are high-dollar items for people looking to steal something they can easily sell for a big profit.

Unlocked Doors

We often feel safer about leaving the car doors unlocked if all of our valuables are hidden away or inside the home or office. Unfortunately, unlocked car doors put your car at risk for being stolen. You may think your car is safe from theft because you live in a good neighborhood with great neighbors, but all it takes is for someone to notice unlocked doors, split a few wires, and be on their way.

Secluded Parking Location

Accidents happen in busy parking lots. You may decide to park your vehicle at the end of the parking lot with sketchy lighting, in a neighboring alley, or in a parking garage to avoid damage. Unfortunately, these are ideal spots for a car thief to discover your car, break in, and steal it.

Spare Keys in a Hide-a-Key Box

We understand the frustration of locking your car keys in the car; we see it every single day. One of the best ways to come to your own rescue if you’ve locked yourself out of your car is to have a spare key in a hide-a-key box somewhere in the body of the car. Unfortunately, this is also an invitation for someone to steal your car without even having to break in. All they have to do is see the hide-a-key magnetic box, borrow your key, and they’re off.

Call Bob’s Locksmith Service in Harrisburg

Bob’s Lock and Access Systems is located in Harrisburg, PA. Check out additional information on our Facebook page. Make sure to like us on Facebook so you can keep up to date with the latest in locksmith services in Harrisburg. Give us a call at 717-566-5657 if you’re in need of our locksmith, security, or access services.

9 Tips to Prevent Break-ins at Home While You’re Out

You can generally get to the phone and call the cops when you’re home and someone breaks into your home. But it’s a different story when you’re at work or otherwise out of the house. Burglars always try to hit homes that are empty and unguarded. Here are 9 tips to prevent break-ins at home while you’re not at home.

Alarm System Sign in the Yard

So many people have alarm systems now that you may not even really need the system itself; just the sign. We do recommend following through and installing an alarm system, but if you’re looking to protect your home on the cheap for now, a sign may well do the trick. Remember, burglars are usually looking for an easy-in. They don’t want to risk sounding the alarm.

Home Burglary System

An actual home alarm system goes well with the sign in the yard. You can go as elaborate as a fully CCTV camera system or as simple as an alarm that alerts authorities for you.

Install Motion Detector Lights and Cameras

Late evening and early morning are popular times for burglars. Motion detector lights and cameras will help deter camera-shy burglars who would rather not have their pictures taken.

Get a Dog

Dogs are a great way to deter burglars. We’re not talking about professionally K-9 trained guard dogs; a Yorkie or Chihuahua would do just as well. You’re looking for the noise, not necessarily the teeth. Your neighbors are sure to look out to see what’s going on if they hear a dog making a fuss about someone they don’t know entering their home.

Improve Your Landscaping

Burglars look specifically for homes with great places to hide. Shrubs or bushes near the windows, privacy fences, and other obstructions allow easy access to your home.

Befriend Your Neighbors

Wave, smile, and be cordial to your neighbors. Some neighborhoods have Neighborhood Watch programs that you can join. This is generally a volunteer group that walks the neighborhood once or twice a day to make sure everything is safe and secure. Share your phone number with a trusted neighbor so they can call you if they see something strange going on at your house.

Secure the Garage

It may go without saying that you need to make sure your garage is securely locked before you leave home. Unfortunately, some garage door openers aren’t quite as secure as you would expect. Some will open on a frequency that is often used in children’s toys.

Secure Your Valuables

Don’t hide expensive jewelry in the jewelry box with costume jewelry and don’t keep the silver out on display. Secure your valuables in a safe or some other area where burglars don’t think to look.

Make Sure to Lock Up

Again, this may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure to lock that window that you had open for fresh air. Make sure all doors are locked before you leave home. Make sure the basement windows are locked and the door that leads from the basement is also locked. Create as many stopping points as possible to protect the contents of your home.

Call Bob’s Locksmith Service in Harrisburg

Bob’s Lock and Access Systems is located in Harrisburg, PA. Check out additional information on our Facebook page. Make sure to like us on Facebook so you can keep up to date with the latest in locksmith services in Harrisburg. Give us a call at 717-566-5657 if you’re in need of our locksmith, security, or access services.

8 Ways to Prevent Locking Your Keys in Your House or Car

We all know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But we all also know that accidents do happen. As locksmiths in Harrisburg, we’ve seen several unusual situations that involve keys being locked inside the car or forgotten in the house or office as the door slams shut. We can’t prevent every single lockout, but we can offer you 8 pretty amazing tips to prevent locking your keys in the car, the office, or the house.

1. Add Noise – Noisy key rings get attention. Add something to create noise on your keychain, so if you drop it as you’re rushing out the door you’ll likely hear it in time to stop the door from slamming shut.

2. Check and Double Check – Add a triple check in there if you’re not sure. Check to make sure you have your keys in your hand or on your person multiple times before you close the door.

3. Stash an Extra Key – Most people are more confident that they have their wallet, purse, brief case, or other type of bag before leaving home. Put an extra key in that one bag or wallet that you never leave home without.

4. Hide an Extra Key Nearby – Hide a key in a secure location near the front door or in a magnetic box under your car. You can buy decoy rocks or other items that are actually great spots to hide a house key. Just don’t make it so obvious that anyone who watches daytime television can figure it out and break in while you’re out.

5. Wear Your Keys – Use a key ring that you can attach to your belt, wear as a lanyard, or even wear as a bracelet until you’re in the clear.

6. A Family Member or Trusted Friend – We all have at least one person we can rely on for a quick response in a dire situation. Trust that person with an extra set of keys to your home, office, and vehicle.

7. Set Up Keyless Entry – Keyless entry is available for home and office use as well as vehicle use. All you need is a key card or a pass code to open the door and regain access to your home or office.

8. Put Us on Speed Dial – Okay, this isn’t necessarily a way to prevent locking yourself out of the house, office, or car, but it’s a great idea anyway. You need to make sure that all of your bases are covered and you have an easy way back in if you get locked out.

Call Bob’s Locksmith Service in Harrisburg

Bob’s Lock and Access Systems is located in Harrisburg, PA. Check out additional information on our Facebook page. Make sure to like us on Facebook so you can keep up to date with the latest in locksmith services in Harrisburg. Give us a call at 717-566-5657 if you’re in need of our locksmith, security, or access services.

Bob’s Lock Overview: Locksmith and Security Services in Harrisburg Pennsylvania

A locksmith’s job entails much more than just unlocking accidentally-locked vehicles or helping you gain access to your home because your keys are still on the key ring hanging by the front door. Most property owners don’t realize that we also help with video surveillance, specialty door locks, intercom systems, and even wireless entry systems. Here’s a brief overview of our locksmith and security services in the Harrisburg area for both homeowners and commercial property owners.

Residential Locksmith and Security Services

Homeowners understand the importance of protecting their primary investment – the home. The more important part is protecting the inhabitants of your home. We agree that your possessions are important, but your family is even more important. That’s why we focus on home security, access control, monitoring products, and reliable name brand locking mechanisms. Here are a few of our home security and access control devices:

  • Door Hardware: This includes a variety of locks and alarm systems. We install deadbolts, keypads, magnetic locks, card readers, and many other home access systems.
  • Easy Access: This includes proximity entry systems, wireless access, and other door entry systems that are designed specifically for people who need quick and easy access to their home.
  • Alarm Systems: Home alarm systems are designed to keep your family and your belongings safe from intruders.
  • Surveillance Systems: We install video surveillance systems and video intercom systems as well.
  • Emergency Locksmith: We respond as quickly as possible to emergency lockout situations. We understand that accidents happen and you may lock yourself out of your home or your vehicle. Don’t take a chance on breaking windows or damaging your property – give us a call at 717-566-5657 for emergency locksmith services.
Commercial Locksmith and Security Services

Commercial property owners face unique security challenges based on the type of property they own. Rental units such as apartments and commercial rental units require rekeying, lock changes, and security system improvements on a somewhat regular basis. We provide the following locksmith and security services to commercial property owners:

  • Indoor and Outdoor Surveillance: Our video surveillance systems include black and white, color, and night vision cameras. We offer covert camera systems that are zoom capable to ensure that your property is well-covered visually. Our camera systems can be recorded digitally or using a CD/DVD-R recording system.
  • Online Monitoring: We can set your video surveillance system up so that you can monitor it from anywhere using your smart phone, tablet, or computer. You can even take pictures remotely as needed.
  • Intercom Systems: Intercom systems offer several modes of functionality from access control video and intercom systems to the convenience of having your voice heard simultaneously throughout the property.
  • Lock Installation and Repair: We install and repair deadbolts and a variety of other types of locks. We deal primarily with top quality, name brand locks, so we can better ensure the quality of work and materials we use.
  • Emergency Locksmith: Accidental lockouts happen more than most people realize. Give us a call at 717-566-5657 for all types of emergency locksmith services.

Thanks for stopping by the website today! Check out additional information on our Facebook page, and make sure to like our page so you can keep up to date with the latest in home and office security systems. Give us a call at 717-566-5657 if you’re in need of our locksmith, security, or access services.

Car paperwork storing

Important papers left in your car can give a thief way to much information.
If leaving your owners card and insurance card in your car, don’t place them in the glove box. It is best to put them in a plastic pouch and put them under a seat or in the trunk of your car. The best thing to do is take a photograph of them, and store them in a file on your phone. Leaving to much information in your car could allow a thief the opportunity to go to your residence if your car is broken into and see if anyone is home. At this point they may have the opportunity to hit you twice in one day.
Also when programming your home address into your GPS, don’t use your exact address. Use a destination within a proximity of your home such as a gas station, park, grocery store or some other location. This will again keep a thief from being able to check your residence if your car is broken into away from home.
For all your security needs call us at 717-566-5657 or go to our website boblock.com

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