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5 Quick Ways to Increase Your Building’s Security

If you’re concerned about the security of your office or warehouse facility, you should be. Thieves consider office buildings prime targets due to their relative ease of access, despite security systems and industrial grade locks. With so many people coming and going on a daily basis, a skilled thief could easily get access to the building during operating hours and prepare for a theft once everyone leaves for the night. Fortunately, a few quick and easy changes to your office could make a big difference in your building’s security and help ward off would-be intruders.

1. Limit Access Points

Buildings with multiple entrances make it much harder to identify intruders, as the means of access are varied. With only one or two entry points, it makes any security measures you implement much more effective, as every person who enters the building must pass by a camera or physical guard. This also allows you to fortify these entrances with higher-grade doors and reinforced glass.

2. Label and Register Office Equipment

Many police departments will take down serial numbers on electronics, including computers and televisions. Take a look around your office: what would you steal if you were looking for valuable items? Labelling electronics with your company’s logo and contact information as well as registering their serial numbers with police will help the recovery process if stolen. Thieves are also less likely to take equipment that’s been labelled, as they’re more difficult to sell in secondary markets like pawn shops.

3. Ensure Your Perimeter and Parking Areas Are Well-Lit

The more likely it is that someone will spot an intruder trying to access your building, the less likely it is that one will try. Thieves look for weak points and areas of easy access when scouting a potential target and darkened doorways or burned-out light bulbs are prime targets for forced entry. Keeping outdoor areas well-lit and monitored will help deter the skilled thief.

4. Use a Sophisticated Key System

Master key systems are nothing new, but they’re the best way to distribute and control access to different areas of your office. A professional locksmith company can devise a system composed of servant keys, maintenance keys, sub-master and master keys as well as a principal (or grand master) key. This makes things easy for owners and building administrators and allows them to limit access to certain areas.

5. Replace Your Locks

Your building should only use Grade 1 locking mechanisms because of their resistance to physical attacks, fire, and forced manipulation. These locks contain no plastic parts and boast the highest levels of fit, finish, and operation. These also tend to offer certain features to ward off sophisticated lock picking systems and drills, but tend to be much more expensive than the more common Grade 2 locks.

If you’re concerned about the integrity of your facility, contact Hawk Locksmith. Our experienced security experts can assess your building’s security standards and detect any weaknesses, making the necessary changes to prevent an unwanted intrusion. Give us a call at 206-725-1200 or use the contact form to get in touch.

How Secure is Your Home? 9 Home Security Tricks to Keep You Safe

Your home is more than your most valued asset – it’s the psychological safe haven for you and your family. When an intrusion or break-in occurs, that illusion of security is shattered and often irreparable. There are several methods to increasing your home’s security and while these have been covered extensively, it’s wise to consider a home security analysis from a professional locksmith and safety specialist. Here are 10 factors to test the security of your home:

1. Check Your Locks

Not all locks are made the same. There are three basic grades for locks: Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3. Grade 3 locks are among the most common and only provide minimal security precautions, whereas Grade 1 locks, while more expensive, offer sophisticated protection against manipulation and door strikes. If you’re unsure of the quality of your lock, find the make and model information on the casing and search for the manufacturer. Upgrading your locks to higher grades will demonstrate to the sophisticated thief that you’re serious about home security and ward off any amateurs expecting a flimsy lock.

2. Where are the Spares?

Placing your spare key under the doormat or nearby potted plant is basically an invitation to home invaders. Instead, secure your spare key in a combination lockbox secured to a metal bar or fixture near your home. This keeps your spare key within easy access to homeowners and prevent burglars from stumbling across your spare key. 

3. Reinforced Windows and Sliding Doors

If you’ve got sliding doors and windows in your home, you’re at higher risk for a break-in. Locks for sliding doors and windows are notoriously easy to crack, but sometimes the simplest remedies are the best ones. A solid metal bar or wooden dowel placed in the window’s or door’s runner will keep a physical barrier between your home and the thief, even if they do manage to force open your lock.

4. Check the Perimeter

Thieves love untrimmed hedges and tall fences for exactly the same reason you do: neighbors’ views of your home are obscured. If you do have tall fences and thick hedges or shrubs around your property, consider installing some perimeter lighting as a compromise. Both you and your neighbors will have a better chance of spotting would-be intruders before they can enter your property.

5. Burglar-Proof Your Home

Home security alarms only go so far. While these are a great deterrent to an unskilled thief, experts will be able to trick your alarm with a little time and patience. Don’t give it to them. Make your home a tough enough nut to crack and a patient thief will move onto the next target. By staying vigilant and making a few smart decisions before leaving your home for an extended period of time, you can prevent opportunistic thieves from breaking into your home. First, ensure your mail delivery isn’t suspended, but attended to by a neighbor on a daily basis. Your landscaping should be kept up with on a weekly basis, but going the extra mile and lowering your telephone’s ringer volume, installing timed lights and automatic curtain mechanisms, and staying mum on social media until you’ve returned home will keep even the most expert thief guessing.

6. Test Your Door

Your front door should be the sturdiest door in your home, but burglars also look for weak entry points. A mail slot or Grade 3 lock are prizes for experienced thieves, as the structural integrity of the door is compromised with a mail slot and Grade 3 locks can be broken with a swift kick to the strike plate. If your door or door frame isn’t up to snuff, it’s time to opt for a reinforced entryway.

7. Rethink Your Security System

While there are dozens of companies offering home security solutions, knowing a few security essentials will help you choose which provider you’d prefer. An experienced thief will locate your keypad and attempt to visually steal your passcode to make entry easy, so installing your keypad in a concealed location (such as a coat closet or behind a support beam) can be a great precautionary measure. Furthermore, finding a company that offers unified fire and flood protection systems will ensure a cohesive security environment in your home, adding to your overall sense of security.

8. What Are Your Deterrents?

Walk around your home and ask yourself the following question: what would prevent me from breaking into this home? Find your home’s weaknesses before a burglar can and fix them. Weak window panes, lack of security systems, and absent homeowners are all perks in a thief’s eyes, so if your home has any visible shortcomings, it’s time to upgrade. Reinforce your doors, windows, and locks to show a would-be intruder that you’re serious about your home’s security.

9. Only Use a Trusted Locksmith

As with any professional service, it’s critical that you select a locksmith with integrity and experience, but also one that’s licensed and bonded. Whether you require 24/7 emergency service or a comprehensive home security analysis, Hawk Locksmith has the professional technicians and state-of-the-art tools and equipment you need to keep your home and your family safe from harm.

To schedule a re-key, security assessment, or lock replacement, contact Hawk Locksmith by using the contact form or calling our Seattle office at 206-725-1200 today!

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How to Prevent Against Seattle Car Prowls

Seattle’s had its fair share of car prowls pop up in recent years and it always seems to be getting worse. In October 2014, the Queen Anne neighborhood experienced a record-high 87 car prowls – and those are just the ones that get reported.

It’s an obnoxious crime that can add up for car owners, even if there’s nothing valuable within the car itself. And because it’s such a difficult crime to enforce, there have been numerous complaints about police response. So what can people do to prevent car prowls in their neighborhoods?

According the Seattle Police Department, residents can do the following to offset the chance they’ll become a victim of a car prowl:

– Park in well-lit, visible areas. If your parking space is not both well-lit and within eye-shot of your home, consider a security monitoring system, installing new lights, and trimming any trees or shrubs that might obstruct your view.

– Clean your car. Prowlers tend to target cards with white Apple chargers in view, wallets, money, electronic devices, purses – even clutter and garbage. If there’s something obstructing the view of your floor or seats, thieves tend to think there’s a chance of something valuable underneath.

– Lock your garage and vehicles. The more you can do to deter thieves, the better the chances they’ll skip your car for a much easier target.

For more personal property security solutions or for our automotive locksmith services, contact Hawk Locksmith today to find out how we can help you.

Perks of our Seattle Locksmith Services

Hiring a locksmith seems like a pretty straightforward process, but with hiring someone to access and protect your most important assets, you need to know the locksmith you’re hiring is trustworthy, professional, and experienced. Hawk Locksmith prides itself on the highest possible customer satisfaction and the value of building relationships with our clients. Here are a few perks of hiring Hawk Locksmith and utilizing our Seattle Locksmith Services:

Timely Response

We have 24/7 emergency locksmith services. Whether you’re a victim of a break-in, need help changing your locks after you move, or simply locked yourself out, we’ll be there in no time. We serve the entire Greater Seattle area, so no matter where you’re located we can send a technician out to you and solve your problem ASAP.

Professionalism

Hawk Locksmith is proud to serve our customers. We have a BBB rating of A+ and we’re fully bonded, licensed, and insured. We offer 24/7 service for all types of locksmithing issues and we can even help assess your security needs for buildings, homes, and offices.

Reliability

If you decide to call us once, you’ll be sure to call us again. We rely on repeat customers to help our business grow and help us gain referrals, so if we can provide every single customer with the best service we can offer, we’ll be successful. It’s an old-fashioned, small-town approach that’s rare in the 21st century, but one that we believe in.

Contact Hawk Locksmith to find out more about our services and be sure to save our phone number in the event of an emergency.

Seattle Locksmith Best Practices: When Re-Keying is Required

According to the Seattle Police Department, the total number of burglaries reported in 2013 rose 12% from the previous year and robberies rose 11% from 2012. With the increasing criminal activity citywide, security for your home and commercial buildings has never been as important as it is right now.

Hawk Locksmith is dedicated to protecting your building from break-ins, invasions, and unauthorized personnel access. Through our experience in the residential, automotive, and commercial locksmith industries, we can offer guidance as to when re-keying in required.

Lost/Stolen Keys

The feeling of insecurity that comes with a lost or stolen key can be even worse than losing the key itself. For safety, it’s not always a good idea to simply replace lost or stolen keys. Though the chances of the key holder finding and getting access to that specific lock are pretty slim, you’ll sleep better knowing there’s zero chance of that happening with new locks or re-keying.

New Homes/Apartments

If you’ve just moved into a new place and want to ensure the old tenants don’t have access to your personal belongings, getting a re-key or lock replacement is the only way to make sure they don’t have access in the future. We can help you re-key your existing locks or upgrade them to a higher-quality lock system.

Worn or Broken Locks

That fiddly lock isn’t “just like that.” It’s wearing down and the pins aren’t catching like they should. A weak lock is a target to burglars and won’t protect against forced entry as effectively as it should. Rekeying the lock or replacing it with a better quality one is the safe way to go.

Previous Forced Entry

If you’ve recently had a break-in or attempted break-in, it might be a good time to beef up your security and add a more durable security lock. At Hawk Locksmith, we can offer electronic locks, keypad locks, biometric and keyless entry systems to fit all budgets and security needs.

To discuss the security in your home, car, or business, contact Hawk Locksmith for a consultation or to inquire about our replacement and rekeying products and services.

 

Seattle Locksmith Best Practices: When Re-Keying is Required

According to the Seattle Police Department, the total number of burglaries reported in 2013 rose 12% from the previous year and robberies rose 11% from 2012. With the increasing criminal activity citywide, security for your home and commercial buildings has never been as important as it is right now.

Hawk Locksmith is dedicated to protecting your building from break-ins, invasions, and unauthorized personnel access. Through our experience in the residential, automotive, and commercial Seattle locksmith industries, we can offer guidance as to when re-keying in required.

Lost/Stolen Key

The feeling of insecurity that comes with a lost or stolen key can be even worse than losing the key itself. For safety, it’s not always a good idea to simply replace lost or stolen keys. Though the chances of the key holder finding and getting access to that specific lock are pretty slim, you’ll sleep better knowing there’s zero chance of that happening with new locks or re-keying.

New Homes/Apartments

If you’ve just moved into a new place and want to ensure the old tenants don’t have access to your personal belongings, getting a re-key or lock replacement is the only way to make sure they don’t have access in the future. We can help you re-key your existing locks or upgrade them to a higher-quality lock system.

Worn or Broken Locks

That fiddly lock isn’t “just like that.” It’s wearing down and the pins aren’t catching like they should. A weak lock is a target to burglars and won’t protect against forced entry as effectively as it should. Rekeying the lock or replacing it with a better quality one is the safe way to go.

Previous Forced Entry

If you’ve recently had a break-in or attempted break-in, it might be a good time to beef up your security and add a more durable security lock. At Hawk Locksmith, we can offer electronic locks, keypad locks, biometric and keyless entry systems to fit all budgets and security needs.

To discuss the security in your home, car, or business, contact Hawk Locksmith for a consultation or to inquire about our replacement and rekeying products and services.

 

Tips for Preventing Burglary

The introduction of the deadbolt in the 1960s dramatically reduced the number of residential burglaries. Today, almost 25 percent of homes have security systems and technological advances like security glass and advanced lock technology have further dissuaded potential burglaries. However, according to the FBI 2010 crime statistics, a burglary occurs in the United States every 14.6 seconds.

At Hawk Locksmith, we have the tools and expertise to assess your security needs and provide a high-tech solution that will help prevent attacks against your home. In addition to our advanced locks, our security experts can recommend a security strategy that best suits your location. Our experience gives us unique insight into modern security in the Seattle area and we have some tips for preventing burglary:

Secure Sliding Windows and Doors

Older sliding doors or windows can be popped right off their frames, even if they’re locked. Adding an extra layer of security with a wooden dowel, metal bar, or other pole will help keep your door secure even if the lock is picked. Additionally, with sliding windows you can use a pole if they slide sideways or placing a nail or two above the window if they slide up to prevent them from being moved more than a few inches. Check your window air conditioning units, too!

Lose the Spare Key

Everyone hides their spare key under the mat or flower pot, so obviously burglars will look for that more often than not. Instead, leave the spare key with a friend or neighbor that lives nearby or use a combination lockbox that contains a spare key.

Prepare before Extended Absences

If you’re going on vacation or leaving your home for extended periods of time, make sure your home is adequately prepared for your leave. Notify the post office to hold your mail (same with the newspaper) so that it doesn’t all pile up, consider installing auto-on/off exterior and interior lights so that your home isn’t dark the whole time, and have your lawn cut or sidewalks shoveled. It all helps create the illusion that someone is monitoring the property.

Consult with an Expert

Our experience can guide your security decisions and identify potential targets for thieves – many you probably wouldn’t consider. Our services include door locks, installations, repairs, replacements, re-keying, and upgrades for any kind of lock. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured and have extensive knowledge of home, auto, and commercial security. Contact us today to schedule a security consultation or to discuss your security needs!

Seattle Commercial Locksmith: Understanding Trilogy Locks

Hawk Locksmiths is the best choice for your Seattle commercial locksmith needs. They serve all Seattle areas, north, west, central, east, and south. They can help you understand which Trilogy locks (high-security and electronic locks) are best suited for your residential, commercial, and emergency locksmith needs.

 

We recommend Trilogy lock systems. It’s the most trusted lock name in retail, hospitals, schools and airports around the world.

 

All Trilogy locks come standard with dependable wireless access control, support for thousands for PIN codes, access cards, and fobs, multi-level and one-time use codes, long-life batteries, key override, non-handed cylindrical options, and finish choices.

 

When you consider your security needs, it helps to understand the differences between several Trilogy locks.

 

With some Trilogy systems, you can view and set user audit trails, user access schedules and quickly alter electronic keys within the system. Adding or revoking user access is streamlined through the system’s management.

 

All Trilogys feature free Windows-based software for key, ID card, and PIN programming and management. You can also program manually from the keypad itself.

 

There are several accessories and add-ons available for your Trilogy system. Door strikes, mounting bars, cylinder locks, pulls, battery eliminators, door holders, and armored door loops.

 

At Hawk Locksmith, we offer not only emergency locksmith services, but also residential, commercial, and industrial locksmith services in the Seattle surrounding area. With our years of experience and highly trained security specialists, you can sleep easy knowing we’ve got your back 24/7. We’re bonded, licensed, and insured.

 

Since 2007, we’ve established a trust with the citizens of the Puget Sound region and have a Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating of A+. Trust us to solve all your lock security and locksmith needs. Contact us for a free quote or a free residential, commercial, or industrial security consultation.

How To Choose The Best Locks For Your Home

types of locks Keeping your home secure is of the utmost importance. It’s your largest asset, it keeps your family warm and safe, and it holds pretty much everything you own. Why risk letting burglars into your home with shoddy locks, when you can have one of our residential locksmiths help you find the best locks for your home?

Here are some tips for choosing the best locks for your house, and a few videos, to help you figure out what type of locks might be right for you.

Do Your Homework

Any lock that you buy should meet minimum standards set by the American National Standards Institute and by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BAMA). While that may be a lot to remember, determining the quality of a lock is pretty easy.

Each lock should be graded on the package. Products will be labelled Grade One, Grade Two or Grade Three, with One being the best quality. The actual grading goes into more detail on the BAMA website, so go there to see how your favorite lock stacks up next to its competitors.

Assess Your Needs

Do you live in a high crime area? Do you have children you need to prevent from leaving the house by themselves? Maybe you need a smartlock so that you can let people in your home when you aren’t there, such as the dog walker or cleaner?

Just be sure that the lock you choose can be safely operated by everyone who needs to use it. It’s no good installing super strong locks that are difficult to open from the inside. In fact, if there were ever to be a fire in your home, you’d want to know that the lock would be easy to operate under those conditions.

Types of locks

There are several basic types of locks, some of which are harder to pick than others. If you live in a high crime area, you want one or more sturdy locks that will make it more difficult for thieves to get into your home.

Spring latch and slip bolt locks are the easiest to open using something other than a key. They lock the doorknob in place, preventing the latch from moving from the door frame. They are easy to install and inexpensive, but also easy to pick and break.

Deadbolts are sturdier locks that actually bolt the door closed. The entire bolt must be moved from the door frame by turning a knob or using a key, making it more difficult to pick. Look for deadbolts made from steel, bronze or brass as they are the sturdiest materials for this type of lock.

No matter what type of lock you have, remember to use it. A great lock will only act as a deterrent if you remember to lock the door behind you. And, don’t worry if you happen to lock yourself out of the house. We’ll be happy to come let you back in again, any time day or night, regardless of what type of lock you have.

Keep Your Belongings Safe During Your Labor Day Celebrations

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If you have plans this upcoming Labor Day weekend, make sure that they don’t include getting your belongings stolen from your car or home. Many people spend the holiday weekend traveling or going to events, enjoying the extra day off from work. However, just because you aren’t working doesn’t mean that thieves are taking the day off, so use these tips to keep your belongings safe this Labor Day weekend.

Keep your belongings out of sight

Never leave valuables in plain sight in your car. Lock them up in the trunk or the glove compartment box, or leave them at home. If you have a GPS system, put it in the glove compartment box or carry it with you. If thieves can’t see anything worth stealing, they’re less likely to target your vehicle.

Lock your doors

Don’t make it easy for thieves to break into your house or car while you are away enjoying the holiday. Always lock up your home when you are going to be away from it, and lock your car doors when you are out shopping or attending events.

Lock your windows

Thieves will look for any opportunity to get inside your home, and an unlocked window is practically an invitation for them to come and take whatever they like. If you don’t have window locks, ask your locksmith if he can install some for you, and consider beefing up your door locks, too.

Fool thieves

If you want to deter thieves from targeting your home when you go out of town over Labor Day weekend, fool them with lights that are set on timers. They can be programmed to turn on and off throughout the day, so thieves will think that someone is home, even when you aren’t.

Enlist the help of a neighbor

If you are going to be out of town over the holiday weekend, have a trusted neighbor collect your mail and newspapers for you, so thieves won’t be tipped off to your absence. Consider having a copy of your house key made and leave it with the neighbor, so that they can check on your home while you are away.

Take the time to make sure that your home and vehicle are secure so that you can keep your belongings safe this Labor Day weekend. If you want to speak to a helpful  residential locksmith about making your home more secure before you go away for the weekend, contact us. We are always happy to help you keep your belongings safe during your Labor Day celebrations, or any time.