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This blog from Affordable Lock Services Inc. revolves around residential lock services. Blog posts will be added regularly, so please visit this page often to learn more helpful information about keeping your home and family safe! You can always contact us about our products and services as well. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • 16/05/2019
    Why it’s important to have replacement keys

    If you’re anything like most people, chances are you’ve found yourself in need of spare house keys before. Maybe you left yours inside before pulling the locked door shut, misplaced them when running late to work or needed an extra pair to give your neighbour so she could water your plants while you were away. At Affordable Lock Serves, we encourage you to make a few sets of replacement keys so you’re always prepared for these situations. Here are four reasons why you should always have spare keys on hand.

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  • 06/07/2018
    ​4 Reasons to Hire a Professional Locksmith to Cut Your Keys

    Getting a spare key cut might seem like an easy enough task. It probably seems like the best idea would be to get the job done as quickly and cheaply as possible, right? Well, making a spare key is actually a lot more involved than most people think. When it comes to cutting keys that provide access to your home or business, it’s important to use a service that you trust. At Affordable Lock Services Inc., we offer professional key cutting to those in Markham and the Greater Toronto Area. Let us show you four different reasons why using a professional locksmith is the right choice for all your key cutting needs.

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  • 07/05/2018
    Ask a Locksmith in Richmond Hill: Is It Safe to Lock Your Doors Using a Smartphone?

    Technology has the ability to make life easier for people, but the latest advances don’t always provide the best solutions to existing problems. Keep reading to learn more about smart lock technology and how effective it is at keeping your home or business secure.

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  • 20/03/2018
    Safety Deposit Boxes and Home Safes: The Pros and Cons

    When it comes to protecting the most valuable items in your home, “good enough” just won’t cut it. You need the best protection you can find. At Affordable Lock Services Inc., we help our clients with their residential locksmith and home security issues in the Richmond Hill area, including key cutting, lock repair, security cameras, and a host of other services.

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  • 21/08/2016
    Going Away for School? Know How to Protect Your Belongings Before You Go

    Going away for school is always exciting. While you are packing up all of your personal belongings (iPads, cellphones, computers, and even your credit cards), how much thought have you put into protecting those items? College dorm rooms are the perfect hunting ground for thieves. With doors constantly left unlocked and rooms unattended throughout the day and night, thieves can slip in and steal just about whatever they want.

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  • 20/08/2016
    Do You Know What To Do if Your Home Gets Robbed?

    Coming home and discovering you’ve been robbed is an emotional event. And even though we at Affordable Lock wish no one ever has to experience this kind of violation, the unfortunate truth is North American homes are broken into every day. Learning what to do now should your home ever fall prey to thieves can be useful, as this knowledge may well become an anchor during a turbulent time. Follow these steps if your home should ever be robbed.

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  • 19/08/2016
    The Mind of a Thief: Common Burglary Methods and How to Protect Your Home

    As a homeowner, protecting your family and belongings is the most important function of your front door lock. While you may think you have your bases covered in terms of home security, it can be helpful to understand the common tactics and techniques burglars use in order to target and gain access to residential properties.

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  • 18/08/2016
    Home Security Myths: The Truth About Locks

    There are plenty of home security myths out there and just about everyone has given into and even repeated one of these myths themselves. These myths will feed your preconceived notions about what you can and cannot do to protect your home and your business premises. Now, it is time to dispel the conflicting, wrong information and discuss what is true and what is not.

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  • 17/08/2016
    Do Surveillance Cameras Keep Your Home or Business Safe?

    When you are considering your options for home security, you may have come across the option of security cameras. They are often advertised as a favourable deterrent to thieves and a potential way to increase your home or business security, and they are for the most part. However, before you invest in a security system, you may want to consider a few facts to make sure the installation of security cameras is what you need for maximum security.

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  • 16/08/2016
    Your Go-To Guide for Latchkey Kid Safety

    Caring for your family is never easy. You have to pay your bills, cook meals, clean the house, and make sure your children make it to school on time. You have to wash piles of dishes and sort through mountains of laundry.

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  • 15/08/2016
    How to Keep Your Home Secure

    Since 2003, crimes reported to authorities decreased 35 percent. Even though Canada is a safer place to live, work, and raise a family, it’s still important to practice proper safety steps to keep your home secure. Listed below are a few ways to keep your home protected against the few criminals that remain on our streets.

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  • 14/08/2016
    Markham Lock Change When You Move

    Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where all your valuables and belongings are – and most importantly, it’s where you are! When you move into a new place, whether it’s a home or condo, there are certain things you should know about the locks and keys you are using.

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  • 13/08/2016
    5 Ways to Improve Home Security in Markham

    You only have one home. You only have one family. The most important things in life are all irreplaceable, and most of them are within the walls of your home. You owe it to the people — and the things — you love most, to protect them the best you can.

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  • 12/08/2016
    Why You Need a Safe in Markham and Toronto

    A sense of security is irreplaceable. It is an invaluable feeling that makes life more enjoyable and puts your mind at ease. A home safe can help you enjoy these feelings.

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  • 11/08/2016
    How to Keep Your Home Safe While You Are on Vacation

    A vacation should be a happy time where memories are made and laughter is shared. It should not be a nerve-wracking occasion where you are constantly worried about the safety of your home. Be able to leave home “at home” the next time you go on a vacation by following these tips to keep your home safe and secure.

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  • 09/08/2016
    Don’t Let Your Lock Get Bumped

    Forget about checking to make sure you’ve locked your doors tonight—bump keys are out there and just as effective as any other home intrusion technique. What exactly is a ‘bump key’? A bump key is a specially cut key that can be used on any number of locks for forced entry.

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  • 09/08/2016
    Keeping Your Safe Safe

    Have you ever noticed how in spy movies the secret safe is always behind a picture? This idea is neat and all, but if I am ever a villain in a spy thriller, I am checking behind the pictures first.

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  • 08/08/2016
    The Advantages of Keyless Entry Doors

    Have you ever been running late and just as you turn to leave, you realize you don’t have your house keys? Or have you pulled your phone out of your pocket and realized your keys have scratched up the screen? If anything like this has happened to you, you might be thinking about a keyless lock for your home. Keyless locks have unique advantages that make them more secure and convenient.

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  • 07/08/2016
    Keeping Your Valuables Safe: 10 Things to Store in a Safe

    Whether your bank is right around the corner or across the province, there’s no need to store all of your valuables there. While banks have 24-hour security and nearly impossible to hack alarm systems, the things you choose to secure there usually aren’t insured.

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  • 06/08/2016
    What to Do When You Lose Your Keys

    It happens to everybody. You need to start your car or get into your house, but when you reach for your keys, they’re not where they should be.

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  • 05/08/2016
    Not Even Once: Minor Problems that Could Have Major Backlash

    When you lose your keys, what do you do? Most of us grab the spare and figure the original will show up sooner or later. That’s what a spare is for, right?

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  • 04/08/2016
    How to Properly Care for Your Jewelry

    You have many reasons to own and invest in high-quality jewelry. One of the most important is longevity. Pieces made with pure precious stones and metals can last decades. If you care for them properly, your family will still enjoy your jewelry generations from now.

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  • 03/08/2016
    Now What? Regaining Your Safety After a Burglary

    Even though TV shows and movies are filled with crime scenes and burglary, robbery seems like something that might happen to other people, but surely not you. However, the U.S. Department of Justice reported that more than 3 million burglaries occur each year in the U.S. If you are in this disorienting situation, you might need help knowing what to do next.

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  • 02/08/2016
    Is It Time to Change Your Locks?

    Canada is one of the safest places to live, and crime rates have been on the decline for several years. According to Statistics Canada, 6 of the top 10 safest cities in Canada are in Ontario.

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  • 01/08/2016
    Is It Legal to Booby Trap Your Property?

    In peaceful Monett, Missouri, Sherry Davidson prepared to rent a Westco building. An old century-old safe stood in the back of the showroom, so Davidson called in a local locksmith to reprogram it for further use.

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Affordable Lock is a locksmith in Markham serving the Greater Toronto Area, including Scarborough, Aurora, North York, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Stouffville. With over 30 years of experience, we pride ourselves on looking after your residential, automotive and commercial locksmith needs. Affordable Lock’s showroom in Markham showcases a wide selection of keys, locks and an assortment of other security products for your home, business or vehicle. Whether you are looking to upgrade your home or business’s security, or solve security issues, Affordable Lock Services Inc. in Markham is here for you! Give us a call today.

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