Archive for January, 2016

What You Need to Know About Your Car Key

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Do you know where your spare car key is? No? Then before you get locked out or lose the primary key, click here to order a spare and bring it in to our shop to have it cut and programmed so that it works with your car. What’s that? You think we’re confused by saying that your key needs to be programmed? Nope! We are spot on, and that “programming” component is extremely important — if you want to start your car, that is.

 

If you have a vehicle made since the mid-’90s, it likely has something called a transponder key. The key comes with a transponder chip in the black plastic part (you’ll usually know this because the plastic part is bigger and thicker than on an older, traditional car key) that interacts with a small responder device near the ignition via a low-level electronic signal. The signal is so low that the vehicle can only detect it when the key is in the ignition.

 

If we think of the concept of hot-wiring a car, we realize that we don’t hear of it all that much anymore, specifically when it comes to newer vehicles. It would be fair to generally think it’s harder to do these days because of how computerized and sophisticated new vehicles are, but really, the transponder key alone has a lot to do with the lack of hot-wiring success. We can see this looking at the statistics of the most-stolen vehicles, which show that older models are most common (though it’s worth noting that this is for a variety of reasons, better security technology in new cars being one).  The transponder key comes into play here because vehicles won’t start if the device near the ignition doesn’t get the signal from the key. Similarly, if you have a copied key that isn’t programmed right or doesn’t have the transponder chip in it, the car won’t start. When you do get a new key, it needs to not only be cut right, but also have that chip in it and have it be correctly programmed to the vehicle.

 

At All Secure Lock & Security, we encourage you to purchase your key through us so that we can cut and program it to your vehicle and guarantee that it will work. You can buy the key through other websites, but some keys and remotes coming from China don’t have the right chip in them, so we can’t provide the same guarantee. Of course you can also get a key through your dealership, but that typically involves more waiting while they order the key — which we usually have in stock — and our prices are tough to beat. If you’d like more info about the transponder car keys that we provide, give us a call at 303-667-2736.

What is the one “must-have” product in your home for security?

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Many people ask us what the one thing we recommend most for home security is, and it’s an easy answer: a safe. But not just any safe, a secure safe. You might think that’s an obvious and unnecessary stipulation and that safes are, by definition, secure. But unfortunately, that’s far from the truth.

 

A safe is the No. 1 key to protecting all of your valuables, from the smallest family heirloom ring, to a hunting rifle, so you need a safe that will protect those valuables from any danger, including theft and fire. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that not all safes are created equal. We would never recommend that you by a safe from your local big box store, and it’s not just because we want you to bring your business to us. (Although we wouldn’t complain if you did!)

 

Big box stores sell common safe brands such as Sentry, which can be pried open fairly easily and are made with plastic — yes, you read that right, plastic! I think it’s fair to assume that you are like me and do not want your safe to be broken into or melted in a fire. Reviews of Sentry safes include stories like “The house was broken into and the safe was opened using a hammer. Everything is gone!!! Thieves broke into Sentry safe stole everything. They use pry bars on the door separated the door broke the welds from the inner door and bent the lock mechanism to open.” Another review says, “The chest was dropped onto a thickly carpeted floor from a height of about 4 feet: the locked top popped right off! On examination, we discovered that though the locked latch held, the hinge had broken.”

 

At All Secure Lock & Security, we are proud to offer only the best safes in the industry, which come from American Security.

 

American Security safes can withstand fires of up to 1850 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours and have an Underwriter’ Laboratory (U.L.) rating of Class 350°F-two hour. This means that at temperatures as high as 1850 degrees for up to two hours (The average house fire burns at a temperature of 1200 degrees.), the temperature inside the safe doesn’t exceed 350 degrees. That may seem like a high temperature, but even paper requires a temperature of 405 degrees to char.

 

American Security safes are also tested for their ability to withstand falls and can handle a 30-foot drop onto concrete, the equivalent of falling through a two-story burning building.

 

And in American Security safes, you won’t find plastic! Instead, valuables are protected behind a 3.5-inch recessed door with a 5/8-inch thick front and the hinges are made of heavy-duty steel.

 

To top this all off, American Security offers the best warranty in the business: one year on parts and labor and lifetime fire.

 

If you want to learn more about the benefits of an American Security safe and the variety of safes we offer, give us a call or stop in to our shop and we’ll be happy to help you get your valuables protected!