Locksmith Scammers

Beware of scammer locksmiths. Check out this video from the Society of Professional Locksmiths

Any legitimate locksmith business in Virginia should have a valid business license with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. You can confirm licensure by visiting http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/pss/special/pss.cfm

Lock Bumping

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Lock Bumping – A Dangerous New Skill Set for Burglars

Do any of the Keys above look like the ones securing your valuable or home? If so you are at risk.

Burglars have picked up a skill (originally developed by locksmiths) that has become a dangerous epidemic in the United States. This new skills is known as lock bumping. With the simple tap of a screw driver and the correctly cut key blank, thieves can quietly enter your home without detection.

  1. It is estimated that 90% of household doors in the US use an old style cylinder lock which is vulnerable to lock bumping.
  2.  Anyone can make a bump key and learn how to use it in 5 minutes or less with instructional videos that have gone viral on YouTube.
  3.  When a bump key is used to break into your house there are no signs of forced entry or damage to the lock. This makes insurance companies wary of paying claims related to stolen or damaged property due to the lack of evidence proving forced entry.

If you see what looks like your key here it is because the lock protecting your home is one of the most popular to bump. It’s time to protect your home and family against lock bumping.

If you want to learn more about lock bumping and ways to defend against it check out this YouTube video.

Protect Your Home Against Lock Bumping

Bowling Locksmith Services offers pick-resistant and bump-resistant high security lock hardware to protect your home. You can purchase these locks for self-installation or we can install them for you. Bump Resistant Locks we recommend include Master Locks Line of Home Locks with Anti-Bump, Kaba Peaks, or Medeco. Kaba Peaks and Medeco also have features which eliminates unauthorized key duplication. Your home is your single most valuable possessions. Why would you not invest in properly securing it? Call Bowling Locksmith Services today at (757) 653-6317 to upgrade your locks or visit us on the web at http://www.bowlinglocksmith.com

Grades of Locks

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization that administers and coordinates voluntary standardization to develop and maintain performance standards for builder’s hardware. The purpose of product grades is to help identify the quality and durability of lock sets through a series of operational and security tests.

Grade 1 certification – Highest Grade Security and Durability. Grade 1 is the strongest grade ANSI/BHMA will supply for any Residential or Commercial product.

Grade 2 certification – is designed and built to offer excellent security and durability for most residential applications and some light commercial applications.

Grade 3 certification – Basic residential security/durability. Grade 3 is the lowest grade provided by ANSI, the minimal acceptable quality for residential door locks

Call us at Bowling Locksmith Service (757-653-6317) to discuss upgrading your lock hardware or visit us on the web at http://www.bowlinglocksmith.com Also you can visit us and Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bowlinglocksmith

Is it time for you to ReKey ?

Who could still have keys to your home or business? Painters, carpenters, cleaning crews, neighbors or friends sometimes make extra copies of your keys for their convince when you give them a key (that you eventually get back).

Also when new property owners take possession of a new property they should be to re-key their locks. There is no telling who may have a copy of the old owners keys.

If you have 3 locks on your home or office, then, at closing you should have received 6 keys, locks normally come packaged with 2 keys per lock. If you did not receive all six keys they are floating around somewhere. You should re-key right now.

Right now in Jan. and Feb. of 2015 we are offering a rate of $50 for the service call and first cylinder rekey on standard residential and business cylinders (high security, tubular locks, and SFIC not part of this offer). Each additional cylinder $16.00. Mention you saw us on Facebook to get this special rate. You will get 2 keys free with your rekeying job. Each additional key is $2.00

Give us a call (757-653-6317) at Bowling Locksmith Services to arrange an appointment to re-key your locks. Also visit our new website at http://www.bowlinglocksmith.com/