How To: Increase Home & Business Safety with Smart Devices

We hear the buzzwords all the time.  Internet of Things.  Connected devices.  Smart TVs and thermostats.

There’s no denying smart technology is on the rise.  The worldwide smart home market is forecasted to be $53.5 billion by 2022.  The current estimated connected home technologies sales in the U.S. is at $1,485,000.

Smart technology can provide both home and business owners alike in in Orlando with peace of mind, convenience and efficiency. However, we know it can be overwhelming to pick the right device for your home from such a crowded market.  And once you do pick the device, you have to learn how to use it most effectively.

Below, our trained Pop-A-Lock Orlando technicians give some suggested smart devices to improve your home’s or business’s security, and how they work.

Smart Devices For Increased Security:

There are a variety of smart devices that can automate processes and help to increase your home or business’s security.  Some devices to consider include:

Smart Locks

Installing smart locks can be a great first step in home or business automation, and can help increase the security of both as well.  For starters, a lot of smart locks will give you remote access, allowing you to check from afar if your door is locked.  Never again will you have that “Oh no, did I lock the door?” feeling 20 minutes down the road.

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Additionally smart locks can help you control who has access to your home or business in a more secure manner.  With traditional keys, if you want someone to have access without your help, you have to make a copy of the key.  But then, eventually, there are too many copies floating around and your security has actually decreased.  With many smart locks, you can give someone a code to unlock the door.  This code can then be changed every so often, to make sure only the correct people have access.

Some smart locks even go a step further, and allow you to give out time-limited codes.  For example, you can give someone a code that lasts 15 minutes, or 24 hours.  Then that code expires.  This ensure people only have access for as long as you want them to.

Automated Light Bulbs

Setting light bulbs to automatically come on at certain times of day can also deter any potential thieves.  You could set your lights on a traditional timer, so they turn on and off at specific times each day.  Or, if you’d like to go to the next level, there are smart light bulbs that can be controlled remotely.  These allow you to monitor which lights are on in your house or business, and turn any of them on or off from wherever you are.  Even if you’re not there, if lights are on inside it will look like you are, which will deter those robbers!

Motion-Activated Outdoor Lights

The same idea from above applies to outdoor lighting.  If an Orlando-thief is sneaking around your yard or the parking lot of your business, and they trigger a light, they’ll likely be scared off.  The threat of being seen by neighbors, passersby, or someone inside the house or building is increased when alight shines.  No crook wants that!

Home Brightly Lit with Motion Activated Outdoor Lights

Smart Doorbells

There are some pretty high-tech doorbells available today.  Many of them have video cameras built in, which is a great way to remotely keep an eye on your house.  If you’re away, you can check in every once in a while for peace of mind that all is still well.  If you are home or in the office at odd hours, and you hear an unexpected noise outside or knock on the door, you can safely check who it is before actually answering the door.

Many of these doorbells can also send alerts to your phone if motion is detected.  If someone is roaming around outside your home or business, you’ll get a real-time notification on your phone.  Then you can open up the app, check the camera footage and make sure everything is safe.  If something is wrong, you can call emergency services faster than if you don’t know something is wrong until you get home later.

Smart Garage Doors

Garage doors with the right technology can also provide increased security for your home or business.  Some smart garages will also alert you of motion detected.  Again, even if you are not home or inside the  business, you can check on the app what the motion was.  If it is someone or something suspicious, you can alert the police sooner.

Security Systems With Connected Cameras

Security systems with connected cameras let you keep an eye on your home or business while you’re away.  These smart cameras allow you to check areas like your living room, backyard, office space – anywhere you set one up.  And, they allow you to do this any time, anywhere.

Some systems will even assign dates and times to its footage.  So, say you get an alert on your phone at 3am that motion is detected in your backyard.  You can go back later and check the footage from 3am to see what the motion was.  And, many of these systems can be accessed from mobile devices, so you don’t have to be at a computer to check.

Another great possible feature of these smart security systems is setting virtual boundaries.  You could set one, for example, to go a certain distance around your home or specifically around an area of your office that needs added security.  If that boundary is breached, you’ll be alerted.

Be Proactive

Smart home technologies come in a wide variety.  No matter the device or system, though, they have all have one thing in common – they’ll provide you convenience and peace of mind when it comes to your home or business’s security.  Don’t wait until something happens to retroactively install better security measures, though.  Be proactive and get started today, to ensure you and your family or employees stay safe!

We at Pop-A-Lock know it’s a very crowded market of smart technology.  If you’re not sure which to try first, check this list of smart home technologies, which recommends good starter devices, such as smart locks and door bells.

Or, contact your Orlando Pop-A-Lock professionals to learn more about what solution might be best for you! Call us at (407) 423-8200 or find us online at popalockorlando.com today!

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How Can I Increase The Security of My Home?

Here in Orlando, feeling safe in your home is a top priority for most people. But how do you get this safety? Taking measures like using a high-end security system to not letting your mailbox overflow can increase home security. Below, we have created a comprehensive guide with  eight suggested ways you can increase the security of your home no matter the type of house or budget.

Make it Look Like You’re Home, Even if You’re Not

Most robbers are going to be looking for a house they know is empty. They don’t want an altercation, they want an empty house to ransack and leave. Whether you’re leaving for a vacation or just out for the day, there are a few ways you can make it look like you’re home, even if you’re not.

Install Motion-Activated Lights

Robbers don’t like to be seen. Motion-activated lights can be a great way to scare off someone looking to enter your home. When the lights come on, the thief is at risk of a neighbor seeing them. They also could believe someone is home and turned the lights on from inside.

Put Lights on Timers

Having smart light bulbs is a quick and easy way to make someone on the outside believe you’re home. Set the lights on random timers so some are always turned on. That way crooks can’t tell if you’re away running errands or on vacation. They also won’t be able to pick up on any recurring schedules such as being gone for work.

Don’t Leave Mail in the Mailbox or Packages on the Porch

An overflowing mailbox or unattended packages are signs to crooks that no one is home. If you’re going away on vacation, ask a neighbor or a friend to empty your mailbox and gather packages while you’re away. Even if you’re only at work or out for the day, ask delivery people to leave packages in a backyard or private area if you can.

 

Trim Your Bushes and Grass

As with the mail and packages, an unkempt yard can be a sign to a crook that you’re not home, and haven’t been in a while. This can make them feel more comfortable scoping out your home and robbing it. On top of that, overflowing bushes and grass can make it easier for thieves to stay out of site from neighbors. It’s best to keep your bushes and grass as tidy and trimmed as possible.

Security Gadgets For Round-The-Clock Safety

In addition to making it look like you’re home when you’re not, there are also other security measures you can take to provide safety when you are home. Below are some suggested tips and tools to keep you and your family safe inside your home.

Rekey Your Home

There are a lot of ways our house keys can get out in the world. Giving a spare to a neighbor or child off at college, for example. But, sometimes – for whatever reason – someone who once needed a key no longer does. Every once in a while you should rekey your home so you can know exactly who has copies of your key. This also lets you make sure no one has access who you don’t want to have access.

Install Smart Locks

A lot of robbers don’t force entry into a house, but instead find one with an unlocked door and walk right in. Installing smart locks that automatically lock behind you will make sure this isn’t an option. It will also stop the dreaded “did I lock the door behind me?” feeling miles down the road.

 

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Have Locks and/or Stops on All Windows

Many crooks know that most people keep their doors locked these days. But not everyone keeps their windows locked. Installing locks on your windows can help you sleep easy at night knowing every port of entry into the house is inaccessible. There are also window stops, preventing windows from opening more than six inches. This is great for getting some fresh air but keeping unwanted robbers out.

Have a Security Camera

If you want to have high security, you can install a security camera outside (or inside) your home. You can also install an alarm that goes off when doors or windows open. A camera will likely frighten away any robbers. It also can give you peace of mind by allowing you to keep an eye on your house when you’re not home. An alarm system will alert both you and the security company if someone enters your home.

 

CCTV security camera for home security & surveillance.

 

There are a lot of ways you can increase the security of your home. Whether it be something simple like making sure your mailbox isn’t overflowing, or something bigger like installing smart locks or a security camera. Depending on your budget, the overall safety of your neighborhood, and more, there is a solution out there for you!

Check out our free home security audit and contact one of our professionals today at your Orlando location to schedule a visit for your home. You can call (407) 423-8200 or visit our website online at https://www.popalockorlando.com/.

Benjamin Moffet celebrates 5 years with Pop-A-Lock!

Congratulations to Benjamin!

We are happy to congratulate Benjamin Moffet on achieving his 5-year anniversary with Pop-A-Lock! Benjamin started as an overnight roadside technician in 2014. Accumulating over 3,300 hours of experience as a roadside technician he took a position with our company as a full-time locksmith in January of 2016. For the next two years Benjamin assisted over 1,000 customers who required emergency locksmith assistance for their homes, automobiles and businesses; and quickly became one of our top performers in the Orlando market. In July of 2019, he was given the opportunity to fill the Orlando Area Manager position, the position he currently holds, overseeing the city’s operations and making sure we continue to give quality service to all those in need of assistance in the Orlando area. The first five years of Benjamin’s time with our company have been profitable and exciting, we look forward to the next five with him!

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Pop-A-Lock Orlando Welcomes the 2016 Florida Tow Show To Orlando

The 2016 Florida Tow Show

We at Pop-A-Lock of Orlando would like to welcome everyone attending the 2016 Orlando Tow Show to our city.  We look forward to the show every year.

If anyone would like information about the show, please check out their website here:

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We have been a strong presence here in the Orlando market for decades now, providing the fastest and highest quality roadside and locksmith service in town for our direct customers and our partners.  Not that anyone at the show would need help — but if something happens and you get stuck — please don’t hesitate to call us for any tire change, lockout, jumpstart or other service you need.  We will also happily make a key for your car or truck if you happen to lose it.  Your secret will be safe with us!

We will service you anywhere, but we’ll be ready for sure at any of the host hotels:

– Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Walt Disney World Hotel

– Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel

– Holiday Inn Resort Orlando – Walt Disney World Hotel

Please contact us at 407-423-8200, via e-mail at Orlando@SamLanders.com, or online at our website www.palorlandostag.wpengine.com.

Thank you, and again, welcome to the show!

Your Friends at Pop-A-Lock Orlando

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Pop-A-Lock Orlando Announces Mike Esposito Has Received CRL and CAL Designations from Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA)

July 18th, 2012 by admin

Pop-A-Lock of Orlando would like to recognize and commend Mike Esposito for successfully passing the testing required by the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) to achieve the certifications of Certified Automotive Locksmith (CAL) and Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL). Mike has demonstrated a high degree of not only competency, but also a great deal of passion for the profession of locksmithing as a whole, and is a great credit to Pop-A-Lock and the locksmith industry. The real benefactors of this achievement are the customers that highly dedicated professionals such as Mike will help for many years to come. The owner of the Orlando Pop-A-Lock franchise, Sam Landers, awarded Mike a bonus for this difficult achievement.

Quarterly Customer Excellence Award – Alex Rodriguez

Congratulations to Alex!

This quarter’s customer service award goes to Alex Rodriguez. He has achieved excellent customer service by completing all service calls with knowledge and professionalism. He has maintained a very low response time in arriving to his customers. Pop-A-Lock of Orlando would like to thank Alex for his hard work and dedication to PAL and our customers. We are very pleased to present them with this award for the second quarter of 2012. Keep up the great work!!

Need To Replace Your Car Keys?

What to Do When You Need to Replace Your Car Keys

Car Keys | Pop-A-Lock Locksmith | Orlando FLWithout keys, your car is just a big hunk of metal. Car keys are one of the most important things you carry around with you — and one of the easiest to lose. If you’ve turned your home inside out and still can’t find your keys, you need to get them replaced. With today’s sophisticated keys, you can’t just go down to the hardware store anymore: you’ll have to call either an Orlando auto locksmith or your dealership. Got questions? Read on to learn more about your car key replacement options. These are some of the most common questions our customers ask us.Why should I call an auto locksmith instead of my dealership?There are two reasons that we find pretty compelling: lower cost and faster service. Most auto locksmiths offer mobile service, so they can come out to you, unlock your door (if necessary), and program a new key right away. Because you won’t have to pay for a tow or pay the dealership markup, you can save $100 or more on your car keys.

What kind of different keys are there?

You probably don’t need to know what kind of key you have – mention your make, model, and year, and a locksmith can figure it out – but there are transponder chip keys, Vehicle Anti-Theft System, Passive Anti-Theft System, laser cut keys, push button start keys. If your car was made after the mid 1990s, odds are good that a hardware store won’t be able to duplicate your key. (A copy made at the hardware store will be able to open the locks but not start the car.) An auto locksmith can also replace broken or lost remote key fobs to go with your keys.

I lost my main car keys but have a spare. Should I get another set made?

Yes! Having just one set of car keys is tempting fate. Always have at least two sets of car keys in case of lockouts, lock-ins, and holes in your pocket. It’s stressful to be locked out, and choosing a locksmith when you’re in an emergency situation makes you more susceptible to scammers. If you’re down to one key, get some estimates for duplicating it now, before you need it. You’ll be glad you did.

What kind of info or documents do I need in order to get a new car key made?

Dealerships and locksmiths will generally ask for your make, model, and year, plus your vehicle identification number and registration. This is for your safety and prevents unauthorized car key duplication.

Pop-A-Lock Orlando is an experienced auto locksmith in Orlando. We have the equipment and training to replace sophisticated modern car keys quickly and affordably. If you have any questions about replacing or duplicating your car keys or would like a free, upfront estimate, give us a call today at 407-423-8200!

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Pop-A-Lock Locksmith Orlando Website is LIVE!

The Pop-A-Lock Orlando Website is LIVE!

July 8th, 2011 by admin

All of you Pop-A-Lock fans out there will be pleased to know that your local Pop-A-Lock here in Orlando has launched our revamped website. It’s located at www.palorlandostag.wpengine.com. We’ll have specials you can use for discounted service. We’ll also be posting updates to our service offering.

As you know, we are the leading Orlando locksmith for Automotive Locksmith Service, Residential Locksmith Service and Commercial Locksmith Service. We can handle almost any job where you would think a locksmith could help. This includes any type of lock work, like fixing broken locks, installing locks, rekeying locks, repairing locks and removing locks. Of course, as our name implies, we can unlock locks too!

As most of you know who use us often, our claim to fame is our top notch response time and customer service. We are hands down the fastest locksmith in Orlando. Because of our size, our reputation and our desire to serve the community, we will actually unlock a car for FREE if a child is locked inside through our Emergency Door Unlock program. Please write down our phone number — 407-423-8200 — and our address 2875 Orange Ave #500, Orlando, FL 32806 — and of course our website www.palorlandostag.wpengine.com for any emergency situation where you think we can help.

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