Category Archives: Home Safety

Showing up is half the battle

Woody Allen once said “Showing up is eighty percent of life.” But it’s not just about showing up… unfortunately there are many not so honest so-called locksmiths who show up in an unmarked car, are not licensed and are unqualified.

When we come to your home or business you never have to guess who we are. We always come in a clearly marked service truck and we are licensed (as required in CT), bonded and insured.

Give us a call @ 860-678-9797 if you need locks replaced, repaired or rekeyed. Click here to see a full list of our services.

J & B Locksmith Service

A good lock is key to safety

Good lock is key to safetyWith spring coming around in a few months the real estate market is preparing itself to come into full swing again.

For many homeowners it means thinking about sprucing up the entrance to their home and improve its curb appeal in order to get top dollar for the property. When selecting a new door lock it’s important to make sure that it can resist break-in attempts.

To be safe we recommend to follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure you buy a dead-bolt lock. It’s much safer than the key-in-knob lock which can be easily opened with a credit card.
  • Buy a lock with a 1″ long dead bolt and a reinforced metal box strike.
  • Use 3″ long mounting screws for installation to securely fasten the lock.
  • If your budget allows it buy a high-security lock. They do cost more than a standard lock but they do resist picking.
  • If you’re budget is on the lower end find a lock that comes with a sturdy strike plate.

Some homeowners like double-cylinder dead-bolt locks (a key is needed to open whether you’re outside or inside) because a burglar can’t just break the glass and reach in to unlock the door. These locks are not allowed everywhere because they make it difficult to get in or out in case of an emergency. Be sure to check with your local building department before installing this type of lock.

Jim Arsenault is a Connecticut Master Locksmith with 30+ years experience. He is licensed, insured, and bonded. Jim repairs and installs locks at your Connecticut home or business, email Jim or give him a call at 860-678-9797 if you need help with your locks.

Licensing for locksmiths should be required in all states.

Connecticut is one of only a handfull of states (Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) that requires locksmiths to be licensend. In addition Hillsborough County and Miami Dade in Florida, Nevada, New York City, Nassau County, NY require locksmiths to be licensed locally (according to the Associated Locksmiths of America website).
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But what about states and local counties that do not have this law? How can consumers be sure that a trustworthy professional shows up on their doorstep and in many cases enters their home? The unfortunate answer is, they can’t. If there’s no licensing requirement there is also no criminal background check, which locksmiths must generally undergo in order to obtain a license in those locations where licensing is a must.

A recent arrest of a locksmith in South Carolina who is a convicted sex offender and was arrested again on sexual assault charges makes it obvious that licensing for locksmiths should be made a law in every state across the country, not just a few. The individual in South Carolina worked as a locksmith since 2002. He is also a registered sex offender, twice-convicted for sex crimes involving young teens in 2005 and 2008, according to the records. He was arrested again in March 2016 in connection with sex crimes against two 4-year-old children.

Unsuspecting consumers, unaware of this man’s criminal past, had him come into their home bringing their kids into a possible risky situation without knowing it.

South Carolina is currently working on a bill that would require locksmiths to be licensed, we hope it will become law.

Jim Arsenault is a Connecticut Master Locksmith with 30+ years experience. He is licensed, insured, and bonded. Jim repairs and installs locks at your Connecticut home or business, email Jim or give him a call at 860-678-9797 if you need help with your locks.

Protect your keys 101

Technology is never at a standstill and along with the good also comes the bad. Of course we all love our smartphones, can’t imagine our life without it anymore, right?

Unfortunately tech-savy burglars have discovered a new way to use our favorite device to break into our houses or cars the easy way. With the help of a smartphone app and an online key printing service it only takes two pictures and the thieves could potentially have a working copy of your house or car keys without you ever knowing anything about it.

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is it really that easy? When could somebody unbeknownst to you snap two pictures of your keys (front and back)? Situations where you could be at risk are when your car is at the repair shop, if you hand your keys over for valet parking or if you give your house keys to a contractor. Basically anytime you hand over your keys to somebody else and let them out of your sight there’s a potential for an indivdual to take the pictures.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Don’t leave your keys lying on your desk in the office, especially if it’s a high-traffic area where the public also has access.
  • If somebody wants to borrow your keys make sure that it’s a person you know and can trust.
  • Don’t post pictures of your keys on social media sites. Some keys have their cut codes stamped onto them, which would make it easy for anyone to get a copy.
  • Up your security. Get high-security locks that are harder to duplicate than the standard keys you get at big box stores such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.
  • If you have to let your keys out of your sight make sure that the individuals you’re dealing with are trustworthy, be it the car mechanic, cleaning service, or the plumber. Get references before you hand over your keys.

If you would like to talk about installing high-security locks email Jim or give him a call at 860-678-9797. He can help you make your Connecticut home more secure. Jim Arsenault is a Connecticut licensed Master Locksmith with over 30 years experience.

Don’t leave your home unprotected

Almost every little town in the US has them – people who don’t lock their doors. They feel that their neighborhood is safe… everybody knows everybody… a burglary hasn’t happened in the area – so why bother with locking the doors. Besides, that way you don’t have to be concerned about forgetting the keys and being locked out of your own house. And, since many cars now also have keyless entry systems, people don’t want to carry keys around anymore.

This misguided sense of security makes the home accessible to anyone who feels like walking in and helping themselves to whatever they feel like, during the day and also at night when everybody is asleep. Which could also pose danger to the family. The six o’clock news is full of reports of home invasions gone totally wrong when the burglar came across the homeowner with a weapon in hand. Or, perhaps the burglar himself carried a firearm and used it during the break in.

The publicity and attention these tragedies create has many “no-lock” homeowners take a second look at their habit of leaving the house unlocked day and night and think about home security in another light. For people not wanting to have a pocket full of jingling keys there are electronic auxiliary deadbolt locks for residential use available. Many of these type locks on the market allow multiple PINs so that everyone in the family (or those who need access the residence) can have their own entry code. Some of these locks can also be configured through smartphone applications, giving the property owner a wide choice of options.

If you would like to talk about installing an electronic residential deadbolt lock email Jim or give him a call at 860-678-9797. He can help you make your Connecticut home more secure. Jim Arsenault is a Connecticut licensed Master Locksmith with over 30 years experience