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Protect Your Identity by Locking Your Mailbox
AAA Locksmith Benefits?
Tips for buying Residential Locks
Are you looking to purchase a Safe?
Moving Day!, but don't forget...


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Protect Your Identity by Locking Your Mailbox

Alcatraz Locksmith would like to forward this important information from the US Postal Service. 

Postal Inspectors across the country work hard to protect your mail. But with deliveries to more than 100 million addresses, the Postal Inspection Service can't do the job alone.

Here's what you can do to protect your mail from thieves:
  • Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.
  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight.

AAA Locksmith Benefits?

Most AAA Members know that AAA Roadside Assistance provides: Towing Benefits, Emergency Fuel Delivery, Lockout Service, Battery Jump Starts & Replacements and Flat Tire Service. One service that is also covered is Locksmith Services which includes: Automotive Key Replacement, Ignition Repairs or Replacement and Club Removals. In some cases they cover 100% and in other cases they cover $60, $100 or $150 towards these services depending on the level of membership. For further questions contact AAA for more information.

Tips for buying Residential Locks

Buying locks for your home can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing a new lock:(1) You get what you pay for, the higher the price the more likely it will offer better security.(2) Know the brand; some common brands have a better reputation of both durability as well as security. (3) Know what type of lock you need, typically you find two types of locks on homes. A door knob and/or a deadbolt, knowing what you have and want is a major key in buying the right lock for you.

Are you looking to purchase a Safe?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when purchasing a safe. (1) Sadly the price for safety is high, so when looking for your safe, have a price range in mind. That way you can see all your options. (2) What are you planning on putting in your safe? Size is important, from birth certificates to something much larger like a gun. Having an idea of what you want to put inside makes the shopping process much faster. (3) Lastly, the function of your safe. Only you know yourself, whether it’s forgetting the combo or misplacing the keys.

Moving Day!, but don't forget...

"It's a great feeling when you finally get handed the keys to your new home. Walking to the front door with your head held high, nothing can ruin this moment. Until, you think of ALL the other people that may have lived there at one time or another. Yet with every problem there is a solution, one word "Rekey!" We recommend to at least rekey the perimeter door locks. Make your moving day, a safe one."

Tips to avoid losing your keys

We all have those days where losing our keys are inevitable. Here are three easy tips to help you. (1) give a spare to a friend and/or family member. Knowing someone you trust has a spare key gives you reassurance and a piece of mind. (2) always have a copy of your key(s) in your purse and/or wallet. That way if you’re in a hurry, you have a backup. (3) purchase a "Hide-A-Key". This is one of the oldest methods but still effective. You might not see the need now but down the road it’s going to save you time and money!

Can (2) keys work the same lock?

The answer to that question is "Yes!" For example, you can  be renting out a home or managing properties and have the convenience of a "master key" (this would override each lock) and still have a separate key for your Tenant. Alcatraz Locksmith specializes in Master Key Systems. You no longer need to carry a heavy ball of keys. Look at it as, "Simplifying your keys without compromising your security."

How Burglars gain access...

Statistics show that more than 34% of Burglars use the front door to get access inside.  Also be sure to lock and secure allwindows, over 23% of Burglars enter threw first floor windows.

Also, avoid posting on social media sites that your house is/or will be empty. This generation does everything online. So the first thing they look for is anything suggesting “Leaving” or “Going Out”. So be safe when updating a status or posting online (Facebook, Instagram, etc.). Sometimes it's safer to "late post" rather than giving "real-time" info.

I have a key marked "Do Not Duplicate", can I get a copy?

Keys marked "Do Not Duplicate," "Do Not Copy" or "Unlawful to Copy" may be duplicated by a professional locksmith. Most locksmiths require the following items on a company letterhead from the owner or upper management: (1) Identify the keys to be made (2) the quantity of keys (3) and the person who will be authorized to have service rendered. Please check with your local locksmith for their requirements.

Buying Transponders Keys & Remotes Online

Be cautious of purchasing automotive transponder keys and remotes online. Make sure that the company or seller can verify the item you are purchasing is compatible with your vehicle by year, make and model. If you have an existing remote and you are looking to buy a 2nd one, you should check the "FCC #" on the back to confirm that it matches to remote you are buying. "Like Us" @