1. What to do When a Keyless Entry Isn’t Working

    How often have you had to call a locksmith out to your home (or an auto locksmith out to your car) because you inadvertently left your keys at home or locked them somewhere unreachable? For so many people across the country, keyless entry and keyless ignition vehicles have become a blessing because you can simply toss your keys into your purse or pocket and get going. Well, if you’re one of tho…Read More

  2. Keeping your Home Safe While on Vacation

    When you go on vacation, the idea, generally, is to enjoy every minute of your time and relax as much as possible. Right? For most, vacations are planned to enjoy quality time with family or friends, to experience somewhere new, and to let the stressors of work melt into a little mental pile you can sweep up and throw away. If you spend the entirety of your vacation worrying about something awful…Read More

  3. Keyless Entry and Other Business Security

    Whether you own a restaurant, a small tax filing service, or a high-tech startup, your business needs protection beyond that of a standard residential residence. A properly installed deadbolt, particularly when accompanied by a home security system, is a great way to keep your family and your home goods safe. However, most businesses call for a higher level of security than even that. If you own …Read More

  4. History of Love Locks

    Through the centuries, humanity has come up with myriad ways to show our love for one another. We have stacks upon stacks of poetry from writers through the ages striving to put down just the right combination of words to describe their love and convey the depth of their emotions. There are lengthy novels all about the extraordinary love story between two seemingly ordinary individuals. There are…Read More

  5. Hairpin Lock Picking – Is it Possible?

    How many movies, spy or otherwise, have you seen a femme fatale pull a hairpin from her intricate updo to open the door to a restricted area? This movie trope feels like it’s so overdone and, with the technology available today, can make a movie feel outdated if it’s not done well. But that does beg the question: how much of that is movie hype and how much of that is fiction? Read on to learn…Read More

  6. Debunking The “Do Not Duplicate” Myth

    In your lifetime, you’ve probably seen at least one key stamped “Do Not Duplicate” or “No Replications.” They are most prevalent for key sets handed out by property managers or rental companies for apartments or other rental properties. And, unfortunately for renters, those companies like to charge an arm and a leg to replace a misplaced key, even if it was something accidental like you…Read More

  7. Keyless Entry Types

    In our Destin Locksmithing blogs, we’ve mentioned a time or two all the myriad uses for keyless entry, as well as the benefits they can bring to your home, vacation rental, or business. As a quick refresher, keyless entry locks are, generally speaking, a replacement for both knob and deadbolt (or just the deadbolt) and require a passcode or a specific series of button pushing to be permitted en…Read More

  8. Changing Car Locks

    If you’re a homeowner, you probably know the value of having your home’s locks rekeyed by a professional locksmith before you move in. If you purchased a previously-owned home, there’s no way of knowing how many relatives or family friends were given keys to the place you now live, so rekeying the locks is an easy fix. Even if it’s a brand new home, you don’t know how many contractors o…Read More

  9. Are Home Security Cameras Worth It?

    If you run a quick internet search, you can probably find myriad editorial articles in which homeowners expound on why home security systems are or are not worth the price you pay. With so many opinions, it can be hard to wade through to the facts. So, before you take the word of the first search result you find, see how these statistics weigh in to help you decide whether installing a home secur…Read More

  10. Why Hire a Locksmith?

    Even after buying that shiny new lockpicking kit off the internet - which you may want to avoid because it’s only questionably legal in most states - to try to crack open that old safe you have. It may be fun to bring out your inner lockpicking-spy, but this isn’t the movies and most of us lack the skills necessary to open a door with lock picks, let alone something harder to crack, like that…Read More