The Key to choosing a reputable Locksmith

The Key To Choosing a Reputable Locksmith

It happens to all of us at some point in time — being locked out of your home or vehicle. And it always seems to happen at the wrong time too. An untrustworthy locksmith can make matters even worse. Better Business Bureau (BBB) wants to remind consumers to be cautious when choosing a locksmith.
Nationally, BBB received more than 1,500 complaints for locksmith services in 2014. Many consumers alleged the company charged more than quoted, there was damage left behind to their home or vehicle and issues with the time it took for services to be rendered.
To avoid getting locked in to the wrong situation, your BBB offers this advice:
– Find a company before you need it. The worst time to try to research a locksmith is when you’re locked out of your house or car. Get recommendations from friends, check the company’s license and visit the company’s BBB Business Review. Once you;ve found one you trust, save the number in your phone in case of emergency.
– Know where to turn. If you find yourself locked out of your car or home and don’t have a trusted locksmith’s phone number, you can get a quick list of accredited businesses by using the BBB iPhone App. If you are locked out of a car with your child inside, call the police.
– Check the license. Locksmiths are required to carry a copy of their license, issued by the DPS, anytime they are on the job. Even if you have researched the company beforehand, ask to see the individual’s license before they begin assisting you.
– Know the price before agreeing to the work. Though locksmiths may not always know the extent of the job before they start, they should be able to provide a fairly accurate range based on the details you provide.
– Read the fine print. Be sure to read any contract thoroughly before signing. Check for additional fees and understand the terms of any guarantees.
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Locked out? KeyMe smartphone app might be key to solving problem!

A new smartphone app may have you rethinking where you leave your keys and who gets to hold them.

It’s designed for convenience, but is raising concerns for some security experts.

Now you or anyone who can make a virtual copy of your key in seconds.

That copy can be stored in the app on your phone or shared with family and friends.

Then when you or they need access, print a real key at a kiosk or any hardware store, or have duplicates mailed to you.

At least, that’s the claim.

To use KeyMe, just scan both sides of a key using your phone.

Our producer scanned the key to her desk then requested mail delivery for $3.99.

A few days later the key arrived.

When she tried to open her desk drawer with the new key, it worked!

Next, we wanted to try a house key and enlisted the help of Action News viewer Melissa Kaufman.

But this time when the moment of truth came the key didn’t work.

“I’m a little surprised because the app scanned my exact house key and I guess I was just expecting it to turn right away,” Kaufman said.

KeyMe also lets you buy a key’s code for $9.99 and store the code on the app.

Then if you forget your key, you can take the code to any locksmith.

We got the key code for our producer’s house and that worked, too.

KeyMe isn’t the only game in town, though; there’s also Keys Duplicated and KeyiCam.

But while these services may be convenient, some security experts and traditional locksmiths have concerns.

Larry Schwalb is the owner of Houdini Lock and Safe in Abington.

“The apps are a very serious security threat,” Schwalb said.

Schwalb says to keep your keys and your home or business safe, you should use a patented high security locking system.

Those systems require multiple forms of ID to get a copy key made and the keys can’t be made using these apps.

“They are done on special code machines and only the person that owns the lock and key who has their signature on file can have additional keys made,” Schwalb said.

A lock of that caliber can run about $200 and each key retails for about $22.50.

Meantime, KeyMe says it has safeguards in place and its technology does not increase risk of theft.

“We require a credit card to purchase. It has to be an Apple verified device and an Apple ID to download it. We also require a USPS verified mailing address,” Michael Harbolt of KeyMe said.

KeyMe says it’s just as easy to simply steal a key and make a copy or use other tools for sale online that can measure keys.

“People need to treat their keys the same way they do their bank ATMs or their credit cards, so we strongly recommend only sharing keys with people you trust,” Harbolt said.

KeyMe says it’s putting its kiosks where you can instantly print keys in our area in the next 30 days.

You do have to enter your account information or your fingerprint to get a copy.

And as far as Melissa’s key that didn’t work, KeyMe says that can happen if the original key has become worn over time. In those cases, KeyMe offers a free replacement.


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Finishing up a job at RipCurl on Kalakaua

Here is another one of our favorite businesses that trust our locksmiths to provide honest, reliable service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. RipCurl on Kalakaua Ave! Our commercial locksmith service is trusted by many local businesses to keep them running as efficiently as they need to be. Especially the ones in Waikiki! Mahalo, to RipCurl they give us good deals on shorts whenever we feel like hittin’ the beach!

Locksmith Services: Finding a 24 Hour Locksmith in Honolulu

You know where to look for a locksmith, but who should you trust, and who’s the cheapest in Honolulu?

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When you are locked out of your apartment, home, or vehicle in the middle of the night you are already aware of how important it is to know who to call to get you back in wherever you need to be as soon as possible. For many people living in and around the Honolulu area the thought of a locksmith service never crosses their mind until they are in absolute dire need of emergency service.

Just like any other emergency situation, it’s always best to be prepared for the emergency before it occurs. This is where our guide on finding a 24 hour locksmith service in Honolulu can come in handy. Like most consumer services there are companies out there who offer emergency services, but at an extra cost for calling during off hours. A company like Emergency Locksmith Honolulu is always open and always fully staffed with professional technicians who don’t charge an extra fee for operating out of our business hours.

When searching for a 24/7 locksmith in Honolulu. Here are some things you should take into consideration before making your selection: Is the company really open 24/7 or do they offer emergency services at a higher cost? Where are they located? Will they be able to get someone to your location in a fairly decent amount of time or will you be standing around waiting for hours on end for the help to arrive? Most importantly, can they get the job done?

  • To start off your search on, well, hopefully the internet in Honolulu. You will be blown away with the amount of results that you find. When you choose a company to call the first question you ask is are you open 24/7? Be weary of their answer, they may either say yes (+1 for them) or they may say they offer emergency service, but you have to be careful that they do not charge an extra fee for emergency locksmith services. At Emergency Locksmith Honolulu we offer a complete line of locksmith services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week always at the lowest cost.
  • The next question you should definitely ask when looking for a 24 hour locksmith in Honolulu is simply, where are you located? A lot of companies, especially in Hawaii claim to be local, but they are not. Instead they advertise that they work in an area, where they don’t actually have a technician who is able to perform services. By asking where the company is locate you can determine if they will have someone who is able to assist you in a quick amount of time. Here at Emergency Locksmith Honolulu we are truly local and have been for over 10 years. We are always on call ready to arrive on location as in little as 10 minutes from the time of the dispatch. You can be sure that even in the middle of the night our locksmith technicians will be at your side as quickly as possible to get you back in to wherever you need to be.
  • Lastly, make sure that the company you are hiring will actually be able to assist you with your specific locksmith needs. Many companies are open 24/7 but they are only able to unlock a door, which is no help to you if you need a car key replacement at 4 am. Our technicians are able to offer all of our full line of locksmith services 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Regardless, of the situation you find yourself in when you need a professional locksmith service that you can rely on. When you need a professional locksmith service you can count on Emergency Locksmith Honolulu will always help you out, with our low cost fees.

We have our own little small list of local locksmiths in the area that we trust! Here are links to there websites! Mahalo guys!

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Residential Emergency Locksmith Service
Locked out of your home or any room in the house? Whether it’s late at night or early in the morning, call Emergency Locksmith Honolulu. We can help you gain entry into your home. Give us a call anytime, day or night and even on weekends. We will gladly come out to your home! Locksmith Plus is state licensed and insured, guaranteeing you professional, fast and reliable emergency locksmith services.

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Was your business broken into?
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How many times have we seen someone locked out of their car? How many times have you been locked out of your own car? There is nothing more frustrating than realizing that you are locked out of your car because you either lost your keys or they are locked inside. Emergency Locksmith Honolulu can help you right away. we are available 24 hours a day and on weekends for automotive emergency locksmith services. if you are locked out or broke the key in the lock we can help.



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