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    Why Every Homeowner Should Have a Reliable Safe

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Having a safe in your house is an extra precaution that many homeowners may not even think of.  Instead, safes seem to belong to public spaces while a home seems to offer no need for its security. 

    Unfortunately, break-ins and other accidents can happen to everyone, and a safe can be an extra precaution that will pay out dearly in the long run.

    • Break-ins are on the rise and tend to be done in groups, rather than a single burglar.  With a team of burglars, the objective is to strip a place as efficiently as possible.

    While you might not be able to pack the big things, like a flat screen TV, into a safe, having a reliable safe will keep what is most important to you safe from thieves looking to pick you clean.

    • Use a gun safe if you have guns.  Gun accidents are almost entirely preventable through the use of a gun safe, which can keep your children’s hands off your firearms and allow you peace of mind.  With a gun safe, you can be sure that these accidents will not happen.  Plus, a gun safe can be used for the storage of other valuables that need special security.
    • Using a fire safe will keep special documents and other valuables secure in case of a fire.  Fires are an accident that you can never predict, so making sure your items of value have a safe place in case of an emergency will be extremely helpful.
    • An extra precaution is to ensure that your safe is bolted or attached to your house in some way, so that it cannot be carried out.  Not taking this extra step makes your valuables more mobile for burglars.

    Are you looking to install a fire safe, gun safe, or any other kind of reliable safe?  Then visit us at Houston Safe and Lock and find the right safe for your needs today.

    How Much Should a Locksmith Cost?

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Locking yourself out of the house can be a very stressful situation in Houston, TX. But knowing some basic information about how much a locksmith in Houston TX "should" cost, can keep "panic" from getting you ripped off. So how much should a simple door opening cost? Some people find that out the hard way.

    Rip off Report, From Miss Helpless:

    I went quickly out and slammed the door and said, “Oh, I've locked the keys inside." Without a phone book, and on a Sunday, I searched the internet and found a locksmith close by. When he arrived, he couldn't pick the lock so he said it will destroy your lock, but I had to get into the house, so, he went ahead and did it.
    Miss Helpless says the locksmith quoted a price and upon arrival. It didn't match the bill. "I said, you told me $75” , he said, “No, I said $275.” That's when I first heard about that, I thought, I'm not hard of hearing. And I looked at the invoice and here it was $351 and I said “What? That’s extremely high."

    The locksmith also added $26 just because Miss Helpless paid by debit card- not cash. Miss Helpless says she called the locksmith several times looking for the manager, and every time she heard the same thing. She said give me your name and number, I'll have him call you back in the morning, well, of course there was no call.

    Security expert and locksmith Fred Trotter says he hears stories like Miss Helpless all the time; mainly because consumers don't know what locksmith services should cost. Fred Trotter with Houston Safe and Lock says a weekend service call should run no more than $75 to $95, depending on distance and time of day. He says drilling is rarely needed; maybe one in a hundred basic locks.

    "I usually charge about $20 to $45. Extra for drilling and you don't necessarily ruin the lock, just ruin the cylinder." Mr. Trotter says replacing the cylinder should run no more than $30. That's a top price of $95. For the weekend service call, $45. To drill, if needed, and $30 to replace the cylinder-- for a total of $170. no where near $351! Now that you know what it should cost, ask whoever you're talking to on the phone, if for some reason you can't pick the lock, how much is it going to cost if you have to drill and replace.

    $170 represents a "ballpark" of what a basic locksmith service should cost from a reputable company. If you do need a new lock, that can cost from $25-$200 depending on the brand and strength of lock you want. Make sure you call a licensed local locksmith, ask for the license # and the address where they are located. Even ask for the owner and managers name. If they won’t give you that information as required by law then keep looking until you find a reputable locksmith.

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    Last updated 7 years ago

    I have purchased High Security Medeco Locks and an American Security Safe from Houston Safe and Lock. The Staff is magnificent and the shop is full of inventory. Fred told me that if they didn't have a safe I wanted he could order it (to be honest I didn't know there were THAT many safest to choose from) but his selection is unmatched and I was... More

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    Criminals Targeting Vacant Homes for Rent or Sale

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Houston locksmith works around the clock protecting Houston area residents from this crime explosion. If you have a chance to hug your local locksmith they need it! They are working thru the night, skipping lunch and missing their families. Leading Houston Texas security expert Fred Trotter with Houston Safe and Lock tells us that they are working around the clock to secure non rented, for sale and vacant properties from burglaries. These unprotected properties are usually low priority on the owner’s security list. With the economy in the tank the criminals are taking advantage of these un protected easy targets, stripping these homes and commercial properties of fixtures and almost everything of value from the air condition unit’s right down to the carpet.

    In one home inspected the burglars took things you would never think of like the hot water heater and toilet paper dispenser. Vacant rental properties are often ignored by the neighborhood residents because of loss of familiarity with the last tenants. Groups of contractor and repairmen entering the property daily, not to mention the multitude of realtors showing the property make it difficult to keep up with changes in vehicular traffic thus making vacant properties desirable to burglars. Contractor and realtors open windows and leave doors open in their haste to ventilate the musty and hot property making them easier yet. Fred Trotter recommends making your vacant property high on your priority list. You can purchase easy to install window locks with a unique tool to prevent non authorized opening. Make sure all your exterior doors are protected with police recommended double sided deadbolts. Mr. Trotter recommends Medeco High Security Deadbolts to prevent bumping, drilling or picking. Keep your electric power on during the showing process of your home, it will lease faster, your contractors and realtors will be thankful and that alone will allow you to use your alarm system as well. With your personal properties protected, you and your locksmith can relax and take time to enjoy life and family trouble free.

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