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Protect Your Identity by Locking Your Mailbox

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 1:04 AM Comments comments (28)
Alcatraz Locksmith would like to forward this important information from the US Postal Service. 

Postal Inspectors across the country work hard to protect your mail. But with deliveries to more than 100 million addresses, the Postal Inspection Service can't do the job alone.

Here's what you can do to protect your mail from thieves:
  • Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.
  • Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you're expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  • If you don't receive a check or other valuable mail you're expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
  • If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
  • Don’t send cash in the mail.
  • Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
  • Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector.
  • Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other's mailboxes (as well as homes).
  • Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.

If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 (press 3).

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    AAA Locksmith Benefits?

    Posted on April 19, 2017 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (36)
    Most AAA Members know that AAA Roadside Assistance provides: Towing Benefits, Emergency Fuel Delivery, Lockout Service, Battery Jump Starts & Replacements and Flat Tire Service. One service that is also covered is Locksmith Services which includes: Automotive Key Replacement, Ignition Repairs or Replacement and Club Removals. In some cases they cover 100% and in other cases they cover $60, $100 or $150 towards these services depending on the level of membership. For further questions contact AAA for more information.
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    Tips for buying Residential Locks

    Posted on January 4, 2017 at 4:11 PM Comments comments (14)
    Buying locks for your home can be difficult if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing a new lock:(1) You get what you pay for, the higher the price the more likely it will offer better security.(2) Know the brand; some common brands have a better reputation of both durability as well as security. (3) Know what type of lock you need, typically you find two types of locks on homes. A door knob and/or a deadbolt, knowing what you have and want is a major key in buying the right lock for you.

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    Are you looking to purchase a Safe?

    Posted on September 16, 2016 at 6:04 PM Comments comments (15)
    Here are a few questions to ask yourself when purchasing a safe. (1) Sadly the price for safety is high, so when looking for your safe, have a price range in mind. That way you can see all your options. (2) What are you planning on putting in your safe? Size is important, from birth certificates to something much larger like a gun. Having an idea of what you want to put inside makes the shopping process much faster. (3) Lastly, the function of your safe. Only you know yourself, whether it’s forgetting the combo or misplacing the keys. So decide whether you make a combination lock, key or both.

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    Moving Day!, but don't forget...

    Posted on December 3, 2015 at 4:41 PM Comments comments (11)
    "It's a great feeling when you finally get handed the keys to your new home. Walking to the front door with your head held high, nothing can ruin this moment. Until, you think of ALL the other people that may have lived there at one time or another. Yet with every problem there is a solution, one word "Rekey!" We recommend to at least rekey the perimeter door locks. Make your moving day, a safe one."

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    Tips to avoid losing your keys

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 7:11 PM Comments comments (12)
    We all have those days where losing our keys are inevitable. Here are three easy tips to help you. (1) give a spare to a friend and/or family member. Knowing someone you trust has a spare key gives you reassurance and a piece of mind. (2) always have a copy of your key(s) in your purse and/or wallet. That way if you’re in a hurry, you have a backup. (3) purchase a "Hide-A-Key". This is one of the oldest methods but still effective. You might not see the need now but down the road it’s going to save you time and money!
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    Can (2) keys work the same lock?

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 2:46 PM Comments comments (15)
    The answer to that question is "Yes!" For example, you can  be renting out a home or managing properties and have the convenience of a "master key" (this would override each lock) and still have a separate key for your Tenant. Alcatraz Locksmith specializes in Master Key Systems. You no longer need to carry a heavy ball of keys. Look at it as, "Simplifying your keys without compromising your security."

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    How Burglars gain access...

    Posted on December 31, 2014 at 1:31 PM Comments comments (10)
    Statistics show that more than 34% of Burglars use the front door to get access inside.  Also be sure to lock and secure all windows, over 23% of Burglars enter threw first floor windows.

    Also, avoid posting on social media sites that your house is/or will be empty. This generation does everything online. So the first thing they look for is anything suggesting “Leaving” or “Going Out”. So be safe when updating a status or posting online (Facebook, Instagram, etc.). Sometimes it's safer to "late post" rather than giving "real-time" info.

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    I have a key marked "Do Not Duplicate", can I get a copy?

    Posted on August 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM Comments comments (9)
    Keys marked "Do Not Duplicate," "Do Not Copy" or "Unlawful to Copy" may be duplicated by a professional locksmith. Most locksmiths require the following items on a company letterhead from the owner or upper management: (1) Identify the keys to be made (2) the quantity of keys (3) and the person who will be authorized to have service rendered. Please check with your local locksmith for their requirements.
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    Buying Transponders Keys & Remotes Online

    Posted on April 20, 2014 at 11:48 PM Comments comments (25)
    Be cautious of purchasing automotive transponder keys and remotes online. Make sure that the company or seller can verify the item you are purchasing is compatible with your vehicle by year, make and model. If you have an existing remote and you are looking to buy a 2nd one, you should check the "FCC #" on the back to confirm that it matches to remote you are buying. "Like Us" @
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