Sunday, January 22, 2012

Test Your Locksmith: Are You, Your Friends, and Family Using a Reliable Locksmith?

We’ve told you before and we will tell you again … when choosing a locksmith checking out their credentials is essential to getting quality work.
The first thing most people do when they decide they need locksmith service is to get on their computer or whip out their phone and Google locksmith. Google returns the search with pages and pages of local locksmith companies. The problem is, most of these companies are not local. They advertise service in all areas with fake addresses, business names, and phone numbers. When you call you are actually dialing an 800 number that goes to a call center in another state. You may wonder what is wrong with that? Sometimes nothing, a few locksmiths are only mobile locksmiths with an office out of their home. If this is the case they will have the necessary credentials for the state they practice out of. Most of the time unfortunately, these locksmiths do not have the proper training and by law should not be practicing services in any area.
When you go to hire a locksmith try some of these things to make sure they are legitimate.
-When you call for service ask if they have a DCJS license
-Don’t choose just on price. If you think the price is to good to be true, it probably is.
-A locksmith doing any type of service should give you an estimate and go over the problem with you. If at the end of your service they tell you the price has doubled or tripled and the tech did not ask you before he continued is not a fair locksmith or giving you quality customer service.
-Find a locksmith BEOFRE you need one. Check out their credentials and visit their location to get a feel for if they will be a good fit for your needs. Put the number of the company in your phone so you will have it in emergency situations.
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Nexgen XT Helps A North Shores School District Reduce The Cost of Re-keying

Last summer, a K-12 school district in the North Shores area contacted Medeco because there was a concern over the lack of control with their current small format key system. According to administrators, keys were not distributed or monitored properly; often causing lost or never returned keys at the end of each school year. These issues forced the school to expend resources and money to re-key every summer.

Realizing the immediate need for a cost effective solution to gain control of the key system and reduce the cost of re-keying, the school decided to install 100 Nexgen XT small format interchangeable cores on every opening within the main facility. The ability to retrofit existing hardware and electronically re-key reduced the liability of lost keys or keys not being returned. Additionally, the school saw value in the audit trail capability to provide information on who was entering critical access openings such as sensitive records and testing areas.

The school was so impressed with Nexgen XT capabilities; they ordered additional cores to expand the system with plans to implement this solution district wide.

This school is just one example of how Nexgen XT eCylinder solutions can benefit schools, and businesses with access areas for different employees. This product can address re-keying issues, loss and liability benefits, compliance assurance, and overall facility security for any building, large or small.

As an authorized Medeco Security Center, we carry the full line of Nexgen XT and eCylinder products. Contact Baldino’s Lock and Key today to find out how eCylinder can help address your re-keying costs. We can set you up with the best system for your facility.

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