It’s happened to all of us at one time or another: you’ve locked yourself out of your car or house, or you’ve broken the key off in the lock, or something else has happened that has made you require the services of a locksmith. We know how it goes — money is tight and sometimes, your budget doesn’t take into account things like this.
When something like this happens, you might consider trying to save a few bucks by fixing the problem yourself or hiring someone on the cheap. The problem, though, is that in doing so, you can often open yourself up to problems later on down the road that is much more costly than the service of a reliable locksmith. Consider the five following reasons for why calling a professional locksmith now will end up saving you in the long run.
1) You’re protecting your most valuable possessions.
If we could come up with no other reason, this one should be enough: inside your home is everything — and everyone — you hold dear. Why on Earth would you ever want to skimp on protecting this? Sure, installing your locks yourself might or going with a cheap competitor might save you some bucks now, but those dollars are meaningless if your gamble doesn’t pay off. Why take the chance of having your locks being inadequate or incorrect, and opening up your home to an easy break-in, or worse? It’s just not worth it.
2) Cheap locks from big-box stores are easy to beat
Another reason to call a professional, certified locksmith is that most of the locks that are readily available at your local big-box retail store are merely easy to beat. While they may keep out the annoying neighbor or the petty thief who’s just in it for the kicks, a determined burglar with some know-how can easily defeat most of the locks that you can buy from these types of stores. So you might think your home is secure when it’s open for business to anyone with just a small amount of knowledge.
3) Deadbolts are worthless if not installed correctly.
Here’s something you might not know: deadbolts aren’t as easy to put on a door correctly as you might think. The basic premise is straightforward to figure out, but if the various pieces aren’t positioned just right, it makes it a very easy lock to defeat. The fundamental problem with incorrect deadbolt installation comes when the bolt isn’t positioned so that it extends appropriately. When this happens, it’s a straightforward matter for someone else to come along and just push it back in the door and out of the way. Unfortunately, when contractors or do-it-yourselfers work on deadbolts, this sort of things happens rather frequently, and this can lead homes or businesses open for security breaches later on.
4) Professional locksmiths have an eye for security
Even if you have the proper locks installed on your door correctly, this doesn’t mean your home is completely safe. You might think that all a locksmith knows is installing and replacing locks, but there’s much, much more to it. Professional, certified locksmiths are fully informed on the latest home security technologies and advancements and can help you maximize the security of your home or business.
5) Many locksmiths in the phone book or online scam artists.
Just like any other profession, there are good and bad locksmiths out there. Just because someone shows up in the phone book or online in a Google search, it doesn’t mean that they are reliable or reputable. It’s not an unusual trick to quote one price over the phone, only to show up and claim that your lock is “special” somehow and requires extra work to fix. Another trick is to sell you a lock that you can easily find at any big-box retailer but attach a hefty markup. In other words, calling the wrong locksmith can cost you a lot more than it should.
For all these reasons and more, when you decide that you need the services of a locksmith it doesn’t pay to skimp. By taking a little time to do your research, you can be assured that the locksmith coming to help you out is reliable and able to provide you with the highest quality service. You can also have the peace of mind that can only come with the knowledge that your home, your valuables, and your family are in safe hands and protected.
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