The Importance Of Using A Local Seattle Locksmith

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When it comes to choosing a locksmith in Seattle, you certainly have plenty of choices. Just look online, where you’ll literally find hundreds of locksmiths ready to provide you with their services. However, it’s important to understand just how ‘local’ some of these so-called ‘local’ locksmiths really are.

Not as close as you might think.

Imagine being locked out of your car late at night, in a part of town you aren’t really all that familiar with, by yourself. It can be scary and even dangerous, so you want to know that whatever emergency locksmith service you call is located relatively nearby so they can get to you quickly.

You pull out your smartphone, Google your zip code for a locksmith, and call the first one you see who services the area. They must be close if they show up in your zip code, right? Wrong. Scam artists posing as reputable locksmiths use dummy phone numbers that call into answering services in a completely different part of the country to get your business. You place a call in Seattle, someone in New York or Georgia or who knows where answers, and ‘dispatches’ a locksmith.

Some time later, an unmarked van pulls up, and the locksmith agrees to ‘help’, but for a much higher price than you were just quoted on the phone. Sound fishy? It is, and it’s dangerous.

Many times these scam artists are just trying to get as much money from you as possible, and they often will tell you that they either can’t get into your car, or they need to damage it in some way to gain access.

Local locksmiths can save you money.

Even if the service center you call is a genuine, reliable company, their fees are likely to be higher because they have to cover the cost of both running their call center and paying the sub-contractor who eventually comes to unlock your car.

If you aren’t hiring a locksmith for an emergency, you still benefit from using a local Seattle area locksmith because A) they know the area, so can recommend products and services that will most benefit you, and B) they can meet with you before they ever provide their locksmith services and answer any questions you may have.


If your local locksmith happens to have a physical address, you may even be able to drop by and take a look at any locks they sell, get answers to security questions you may have, and most importantly, establish a real relationship with the person who is going to be improving the security of your home or business.

Hawk Locksmith provides reliable locksmith services to the entire Seattle Metro area. We are always happy to answer your questions about securing your home, business or vehicle, and we are always on hand to help in an emergency lockout. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help show you exactly why using a local locksmith is so important!

Protecting Your Seattle Area Home From Lock Bumping

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There’s a terrifyingly effective technique that intruders can use to open many doors, including the ones leading into your home, and it leaves no sign of forced entry.

What is lock bumping?

Lock bumping is a technique that uses a special key called a bump key that is inserted into the lock, then ‘bumped’ with a mallet or other device. This forces the pins in the lock to unlock, allowing the intruder into your home without damaging the door or lock in any noticeable way.

Originally used by residential locksmiths in Seattle and other cities to help homeowners gain access into their homes when locked out, the technique has been picked up by criminals because it is much easier than lock picking and leaves no signs of forced entry. It is quiet enough to allow criminals into your home while you are sleeping, leaving you vulnerable to assault.

Bump keys are fairly simple to make and can even be ordered over the internet. A quick search for lock bumping videos will bring up everything a potential intruder needs to know to break into your Seattle area home.

 

 

 

How to protect your home from lock bumping

Older locks are actually less susceptible to lock bumping, primarily because the pins inside them don’t move as smoothly as more modern locks. If you are concerned that your locks could be bumped, call a Seattle locksmith to examine them. It’s also a good idea to consider upgrading your locks to bump-proof versions or consider adding additional security measures such as chain latches across doors or a door alarm that sounds any time your doors are opened.

At Hawk Locksmith, we make your home and business security our priority. Let our residential locksmiths and commercial locksmiths help keep your property safe from thieves with lock modifications or new locks that can’t be bumped.