We've all been there. You're certain that you had your keys when you left your home in the morning, but now they're nowhere to be found. Maybe you're on your way home from the grocery store, and you need to unlock your car, or maybe you're standing outside your front door, unable to get inside. Whatever the scenario, one thing is for certain: you need a locksmith, and you need one right away.
Champion Lock & Safe Company knows that a good locksmith is one who can deliver results fast, and that's why we work quickly and efficiently to address your needs. Our San Marcos clients know that when they give us a call, we'll be there in a flash.
For your own peace of mind, anyone entering your home or business needs to be fully certified to perform the work they're doing. You wouldn't trust an unlicensed electrician to rewire your home, so why should your locksmith be any different? At Champion Lock & Safe Company, our staff are not only licensed, but bonded, meaning you can count on us to get the job done.
Our credentials speak for themselves, but we're also happy to provide prospective clients with a list of references. A successful locksmith knows that their biggest strength is their list of satisfied customers, so we encourage you to get in touch with some of ours if you're thinking of working with us. We often find that once a San Marcos resident contacts us for one project, they end up using our services time and time again for all their security needs! Whether you need some keys replaced, or you're looking to keep your loved ones safe by purchasing one of our more advanced security systems, we guarantee that you'll be happy with the work we do.
EARLY WARNING SIGNS YOU NEED A NEW LOCK
Here are a few tips on when you should consider repairing or changing the locks of your San Marcos home or business.
You moved: Moving into a new home or office is a very exciting experience. It is the start to a new stage in your life. However, it is important to remember that the property may not be as secure as you would hope due to other individuals having access to it in the past. All it takes is one person who wants to use a key that they kept, stole or copied to compromise your security. As such, it is highly recommended that you have the locks changed and new keys made so you can be assured of your safety and that of your property.
The lock is worn: It is important to inspect the locks of your San Marcos property. Check for signs of rust or corrosion around the keyhole or where the lock meets the door. If you have to jiggle the key so that it properly hits the tumblers and unlocks, this is also a sign that the interior of the lock is deteriorating and should be inspected and possibly changed.
Sticky lock: Does your key need considerable force to go in, out or to turn the lock? This could be a problem with the key rather than the lock. Is it a new key? Perhaps some of the teeth of the key have become worn over time. There is also the possibility that the internal mechanisms have become damaged. It is best to have a professional check out the situation as sticky locks can lead to broken keys and costly repairs. We can inspect the situation and let you know what is going on.
You’ve lost a key: There is a good chance that you just lost the key and all you have to do is have a new one created. However, you never know. All it takes is one person who wants access to your San Marcos home or business and then you are in trouble. Talk to your locksmith about re-keying—a less expensive alternative to lock replacement that changes the tumblers in your existing locks so that only new keys will work.
A burglary: Even if a burglar had to break a window to gain access to a property, they could have stolen a key while inside so that they can have an easier time when they return. Being invaded once often means that you will be invaded again as it signals to other criminals that it is possible to break into the property. Change your locks to secure your home or business and your peace of mind.
Low quality locks: Are the locks protecting your San Marcos home old or of inferior quality? This is a signal to those who want to break in that this location is an easy target. If all it takes is the swing of a hammer to gain access then you are putting yourself at risk. We recommend checking for reviews of your locks online to see how it compares to others on the market.
You’re recently divorced or separated: If you have recently gone through a divorce, or are in the process of doing so starting with a formal separation, then you may want to consider having your locks changed. Obviously, every relationship is different and the vast majority of former spouses will never do anything illegal or morally questionable like enter a former home without permission. That being said, it really does pay to be prepared and it is always better to be safe than sorry. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that, while unlikely, people who you were once close with could act irrationally during a particularly emotional episode and may try and re-enter your home to steal, vandalize or even cause harm. Changing your home’s locks removes this risk right away.
You loaned a key that was never returned: The simple fact of the matter is that, from time to time, we will lend our keys to someone and never get them back. So, whether it is a repairman, a service provider, a tenant or guest, the reality is that keys go missing all the time. To be fair, nine times out of ten, this will not result in a problem. However, if you want to ensure maximum safety for you and your family, then it makes sense to have your locks changed regularly. As we said, it is probable that they simply forgot to return the key but when it comes to your home’s security and the peace of mind of you and your family, there really is no price that can be placed on this.
You haven’t changed locks for a long time: Last but certainly not least is the fact that regardless if you’ve lost a key, if it has become worn, or a break-in has been attempted, if you haven’t changed your locks for a while then now is a good time to change them to ensure your safety. So, whether it is to take advantage of new technological advances in lock systems or simply for peace of mind, you should call Champion Lock & Safe Company today and let our skilled team of locksmith professionals get to work on creating the perfect solution for your San Marcos home’s needs.
At the end of the day, chances are that if you are like the majority of our San Marcos clients we work with then your home is likely to be your most prized possession. If this is the case, you need to make sure that your home is as safe as possible at all times. One proven way of doing this is by guaranteeing that your home or business’s locks are as secure as possible. Why take chances with inferior locksmith teams that could end up causing you more heartache when the number one team in San Marcos is right here on your doorstep and available for you to use.
We provide a comprehensive list of services, so no matter what you're looking to do we're happy to help. Be prepared: don't wait for a break-in or nasty encounter to update your residential or business security system, so give us a call today to find out how we can help keep you safe.
Rene Maldonado is an experienced locksmith with many years of experience helping clients in the San Antonio, Alamo heights and San Marcos area.