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What is a key code? Can it save me money?

Most factory keys have a code stamped on them. If you lose your keys and have that code number, then you can contact a professional locksmith and have them make you a key. It is normally less expensive than having a new key from scratch. When you get a new lock, if it has a key code write it down future reference! "Like Us" @

Do I have to go to the Dealer for a copy of my car key?

Question:I have a new car; it has a “computer chip” inside it. Do I have to go to the dealer to get a copy?
 
Answer:NO. Most locksmiths can duplicate these keys. In nearly all cases, a locksmith will save you money over “the Dealership”. Ask your local locksmith, “Do you have the equipment required to program “computer chip” keys?” If so, schedule an appointment. Remember it’s cheaper to make a copy of your key than to make a whole new key from scratch.www.facebook.com/alcatrazlocksmith

“Never lose your car keys again!”

Keeping Your Keys SafeTry to get into the routine of placing your keys in the same place as soon as you walk through the door but keep them safe at night and out of view of potential intruders.
 
We recommend moving them to your night stand for safekeeping while you sleep. This way, you definitely know where they are when you wake up first thing in the morning and you won’t have to begin the day with a “where did I leave my keys?"

Going on vacation? Here are some helpful tips

Helpful Tips Post ItWhen going on vacation you might want to consider doing the following:
 
1. Shut & lock all windows and doors.
2. Set up a timer to turn on your TV or radio to appear that someone is home.
3. Leave porch or front light on and one light on inside to appear as though someone is home.
4. Keep a car parked in your driveway or ask a trusted neighbor to use your driveway while you are gone.
5. Ask your local Post Office to hold your mail or have a trusted person collect your mail if you will be gone for an extended amount of time.

What to do if your vehicles remote no longer works?

Various Automotive RemotesIf your vehicle remote no longer works you can take it to your local locksmith to have the battery tested. That would be the least expensive solution if that is the problem. If that does not solve your problem you can inquire with your local locksmith regarding a replacement.
 
Most auto dealerships try to say that they are the "only ones" that can replace factory remotes and keys which in most cases is no longer true. Locksmiths have the equipment and access to programming both remotes and transponder keys.

How to verify that a locksmith company is licensed?

Bureau of Security & Investigative ServicesIt is very important to know whether a locksmith company is state licensed or not. When a locksmith company is licensed, that means that they have been finger printed and have had a background check for your safety. Click on the link provided to ensure your family and/or business is safe.

I just purchased a "New Home", should I rekey it?

Residential House KeysIt’s highly recommended that you rekey your house locks once you move in do to the fact that either the previous homeowner or tenant might still have keys to your home. To ensure you and your families safety, you should call your local locksmith and have your entire home rekey. It's better to be safe than sorry!

Why call a "Professional Locksmith" company?

Locksmith Scam AlertYou should always use a licensed and insured locksmith company to insure that you are getting a reputable locksmith with integrity. We are continually hearing of "fly-by-night" locksmiths that drive "un-marked" vehicles and charge unheard of rates. Click on the "Scam Alert" icon and see for yourself.
 
 

What is a "Transponder Key"?

Assortment of transponder keysIn vehicular-use transponder keys, introduced in 1995, the transmitter unit consists of a small microchip in the plastic part of a key. The microchip has a unique serial number, which is set during its initial programming. When a person wants to unlock or start a car, the chip sends a request to the car for it to validate the serial number and turn off the engine immobilizers. If the car doesn’t recognize the number, it will remain locked and immobilized. A key that has not been programmed can still turn the engine over, but it won't be able to start it, since the immobilizers will still be activated.

What is a "Locksmith"?

Professional LocksmithLocksmithing began as the science and art of making and defeating locks. A lock is a mechanism that secures buildings, rooms, cabinets, objects, or other storage facilities. A key is often used to open a lock. Means of opening a lock may include a security token or two-factor authentication for greater security, such as requiring both something a person knows (a combination) and something they have (a key or keycard).