Downsize Your Key Ring

Keys are one of the most commonly misplaced items. On average, most people have about five keys on their key ring. One for their car, one for their car doors and trunk, one for the front door of their home, one for the back door of their home and another for a place of employment.

Other people may be carrying around additional keys for boats, ATVs, storage units, sheds, extra vehicles, work vehicles, safety deposit boxes, mailboxes and more!

That’s a lot of keys.

The good news is you there are ways to downsize your keyring and make keeping up with all those keys more manageable.

A great way to downsize your keyring is to change or rekey all the locks in your home to fit one master key. Your front door, back door, patio door can all be switched over to this one key system, allowing you to rid yourself of the hassle of keeping up with three or four separate keys and fumbling to find the correct key when you need it.

This one key system is also a great choice for businesses as well, in situations where multiple people need access to a particular area or unit of the property without having to wait for the main key holder to show up and provide that access.

Usually, all the locks can be left in place and simply retrofitted or rekeyed to fit a new key. However, changing all the locks to one standard kind or brand may be required. Either way, it’s a simple process that saves you the headache of replacing several different keys in the event that you ever lose your keyring.

 If you are wondering whether one key system is right for your home or business, we are here to help. Safe House Locksmiths provides rekeying and other locksmith services in Perth and surrounding areas and provides definitive solutions for all your lock and key needs.

Call us at (08) 6311 7651 to discuss your options today.

Top 5 Tips When You Loose Your Car Key

Apart from the obvious costs that are involved the inconvenience of losing your car keys is significant as well.

Here is what we recommend you do if you think your car key has been lost:

1. Stay calm

The first reaction most of us have when we can’t find our keys is panic. But don’t, this makes it harder to think clearly to find the best solution. Think first about where you last saw your electronic car key, maybe it is not lost just misplaced. Retrace your steps and see if you can find it in one of the places you have just visited.

Check the ground in case you have dropped it and ask at the “Lost & Found” department if you are in a shopping center.

2. Accessing your spare electronic car key

Do you have a spare key? The short term solution is to get your spare key from home if you are out or use the spare until you can find the original if you are at home.

3. Calling your car dealer

If you don’t have a spare key or you need a replacement you can call your local car dealer and they should be able to help you with a new electronic car key. However, it will generally cost you much more than if you call a locksmith and you will have to go to their premises.

4. Phone a locksmith

Electronic car keys have been around for years and locksmiths are able to replace them easily. Make sure that the locksmith you call has the expertise to organize an electronic car key, and ideally has a mobile service, and can come to you.

They will need to know the make, model, year and VIN number of your vehicle. Also, check what identification they need from you before cutting a new key such as proof of vehicle ownership.

Remember to ask what the cost will be on the phone. Get the locksmith to confirm it when they arrive as well to avoid getting any nasty surprises when it comes to payment.

 5. How we can help

At Safe House Locksmiths, we have the experience to help you if you lose your electronic car key. We have mobile units that can help you wherever you are stranded. Call us on (08) 6311 7651 for a replacement car key in Perth or any other automotive locksmith needs you may have.

Security Tips for a Truly Relaxing Getaway

You’ve planned your itinerary, you’ve packed your bags and now it’s time to consider smart home security before hitting the road for your weekend away with the family.

Smart home technology, like smart locks, smart lights, and home automation, are convenient solutions that help homeowners protect, control and monitor their homes from anywhere in the world. Smart home security is more accessible than ever and here are our tips on how to keep your home safe, without sacrificing that vacation state-of-mind.

LIGHTS ON, LIGHTS OFF

The number one tip to keeping petty criminals away is tricking them into thinking you and your family never left. Turning lights on and off in a couple of rooms is an easy way to ward off any potential home security threats.

Depending on your budget, we recommend investing in lamp timers or smart lights. Lamp timers are a cheap and easy DIY home security solution for a weekend vacation, but for the longer family trips, consider spending a bit more on smart lights. Most smart lights offer remote control allowing you to turn on and off the lights from anywhere in the world, giving the impression that someone is home.

CONTROL ACCESS TO YOUR HOME

You’ve asked the dog walker to stop by, your neighbor to check in on your house and your in-law to water the plants, but you’re worried about keeping track of when people are coming and going while you’re away.

Knowing who has access to your home provides the ultimate peace-of-mind. Thanks to smart locks, homeowners can schedule and distribute electronic keys (eKeys) and set notifications to control and know who has access to your home and when they have access to your home.

You can instantly know who’s coming and going… all while enjoying time on the beach with a drink in hand!

GET CONNECTED

Creating a fully connected smart home is easier than it sounds with home automation platforms. Homeowners with compatible smart home products can create a fully connected home that allows for the ultimate remote monitoring experience.

Homeowners are able to remotely monitor and control their front doors, giving them the ability to know when the door is open, who opened the door and double-check to make sure the door is actually locked, and lock it if it isn’t.