Monthly Archives: September 2015

Safes & Safe Repairs

Safes & Safe Repairs
Safes & Safe Repairs

Safes

Whether you’re looking for a new safe or need a safe repair, we’re here to help; we are your Lake Norman Access Control Specialists!

Our Cornelius showroom has numerous safes available for your inspection; we carry a variety of brands and fire ratings safes to select from.  Our inventory includes, but is not limited to; 1 hour, 2 hour fire and burglary safes, gun safes, floor safes and more.  If you’re looking for a safe for your home, we have it in stock ready for delivery or install or we can order it for you and have it shipped to your home in a few days.

We specialize in residential safes and keep a variety of different brands and models in stock to choose from. We also provide delivery, installation, removal and relocation of safes.  If you are moving and want to take your safe with you, we can remove it from your home, ship it to your new location and reinstall it for you.

We also keep in stock a very nice array of gun safes and depository safes.  Our premium gun safes have a 1 hour fire proof barrier, are made of 10 gauge steel with a high gloss granite finish and have a heavy duty combination lock.

Safe Repairs

Lost or damaged safe keys can be replaced in most cases, we have the tools and technology to Rekey a safe lock, reprogram an electronic safe lock or gain access codes from the manufacturer.  Don’t stress over losing access to your safe, we can help get you in and keep others out!

#SafesLKN

Jason Cornell
Licensed Locksmith
704-987-1539
Anchor Security & Locksmith

Chip Keys

Chip Key
Chip Key

How a Chip Key Works: When you turn on your cars ignition, the engine control unit (ECU) will send a message to your car key, thus enabling it to start your car.  The key must be cut correctly to engage the ignition lock and programmed properly to communicate with the automobile.  Re-Programming chip keys must be done with special equipment, dealerships and professional locksmiths are always the preferred choice for reprogramming or duplicating a chip key.

Also known as Transponder Car Keys, car keys with remote keyless entry use a radio frequency with an identity code to communicate and operate your vehicle.  Programming or Re-Programming a remote keyless entry (chip key) utilizes unique digital computers to access your cars’ computer and connect or re-connect it to your chip key

Even though chip keys might cost more to duplicate then the average car key, they help prevent your vehicle from being stolen and can actually lower your insurance (in some cases) by having it.

Chip key programming is a call we get on a regular basis, due to the high cost and aggravation typically involved with having a car dealer do it.  Our mobile locksmith vans have all the equipment to re-program your chip keys at your vehicle.  We save you a lot of money, time and frustration and get you back on the road quickly.

At Anchor Security & Locksmith, we can reprogram or duplicate your chip key.  We provide a full range of locksmith and security services for numerous residents and businesses in and around the Lake Norman area.  Visit our store in Cornelius or call me personally with your questions about securing your vehicles, homes or business.

 Jason Cornell
Licensed Locksmith
704-987-1539
Anchor Security & Locksmith

Home Security Tips By A Locksmith

Home Security Tips
Home Security Tips

Doors:

  • Make sure deadbolts are properly installed on every exterior door.
  • Consider replacing screen doors with iron or steel security doors.
  • Using “Pyrex” or “Lexan” glass is a sturdier option for your basic glass on screen doors.
  • Door jambs tend to be a weak point when a door is kicked in or pried open. Make sure they are reinforced with long screws and sturdy wood.
  • “Charlie Bars” or long dowels should be placed in frames of sliding glass doors to prevent opening.
  • All doors should have a peep-hole viewer or camera to identify visitors before opening the door.

Windows:

  • Always make sure to lock windows, even if you only intend to be out for a small period of time.
  • Thumb turn window locks or dowels are a good security measure for windows that have no lock mechanisms, or weak ones.
  • Keeping curtains and blinds closed at night can help to keep potential burglars observing into your home.
  • Screens that are damaged or falling out of the window frames should be replaced or mended when possible.

Outdoors:

  • Make sure there is plenty of lighting along the outside perimeter of your home.
  • Alarm signs or decals, as well as “No Trespassing” or “Beware of Dog” signs can help deter criminals who may be profiling your home.
  • To limit potential hiding spots for burglars, keep trees and bushes trimmed back and remove any junk or clutter.
  • Cut up any large boxes from major purchases before throwing away. Left at the curb or by the trash, they can be a tip for burglars to target your home.

Other Security Tips:

  • A locking mail drop box is a great option to help prevent mail theft.
  • Surveillance cameras are becoming more affordable and much easier to install. Adding a system can be an excellent security addition.
  • Consider adding a basic burglary alarm system that communicates with an alarm monitoring central station.
  • Important documents, valuable items as well as firearms should be kept in a quality lock box or safe. The safe or lockbox should be bolted down to prevent the entire container from being stolen.
  • Review your insurance coverage with your insurance agent to make sure you are protected for all of the valuables in your home. (Alarm systems are a great way to get a discount on your home owners or renters insurance.)

Jason Cornell
Licensed Locksmith
704-987-1539
Anchor Security & Locksmith