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Lost Keys – What To Do When You Lose Your Keys

Losing your keys happens to more people than you’d think. Most of the time, the keys are simply misplaced, or have fallen within the cracks of couch cushions or have made their way into trusting souls who would never do anything to try and find the matching lock. Still, most people who lose their keys readily take the necessary steps to ensure their safety and the safety of the ones they love. There are people out there who have nothing better to do than find the matching home or car the set of keys belongs to, especially if you lose your keys at work, at your favorite spot, or where there’s a good chance whoever found your keys knows exactly where to go to find the match. So the question looms, what should you do when you lose your keys? Use the tips and tricks below to help you make that important decision.

Tips and Tricks

The number one logical thing most people do is change their locks around their home. Some people simply add locks such as deadbolts so they’re not replacing every key ring in the household. Other times, people add protection through the use of door braces, door chains, automatic lights and video monitoring systems.

If you have a home system installed, and you had a key chain device on your key ring, it’s a good idea to alert the company and make them aware that 1) you need a new one and 2) change the codes. This will give added protection to your home, family and yourself.

Inform your neighbors. We’ve all heard of the term ‘nosy neighbors’ however, this time you can use it to your advantage, at least until you can make some changes in and around your home to add protection. Neighborhood watch is a great way to protect everyone close to you.

Another thing you might want to consider is calling a locksmith to re-key your car. If your car has an alarm on it, contacting the dealership to alert them of the issue and to find out if they can re-alarm your car wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

I know some of these things can seem outrageous, expensive and time consuming but if safety is your top priority you should take some of the extra steps to reinforce what you’ve already accomplished. Possessions and material objects are one thing, and lives are another. Besides, you’ll realize that taking all of these steps really doesn’t take too much time at all, especially when your loved ones are at stake.

If You Lose Your Car Keys How Do You Replace Them?

Losing your car keys can be frustrating. Replacing them can be expensive if one of the “keys” you need to replace is the kind of sophisticated microchipped remote control device that is now common with new models. You have two basic alternatives for replacing your keys: your car dealer or a locksmith. The last options is cheaper than the first.

Car dealer

The dealer from which you bought your car can replace the ignition key and entry key (or keyless entry remote). They simply need the Vehicle Identification Number and your documentation for the car to confirm that you purchased the vehicle from them. Dealers often charge a steep price, however—anywhere between $150 to $350 to replace a remote control device. So going to the dealer should not be your first resort, unless your need is urgent and no alternative is readily available.

Locksmith

To avoid the cost of an expensive replacement from your car dealer, consult a locksmith. An ordinary key may be replaceable for a few dollars. Many locksmiths can also program a keyless remote for you, in which case the fee is likely to be tens of dollars rather than hundreds of dollars. The locksmith will need the VIN to cut a correct key or program a keyless remote. (Since the VIN number can be used to obtain a copy of your remote, it’s a good idea to keep it concealed with a bit of tape to help thwart thieves.)

Lost Keys – What To Do When You Lose Your Keys

Losing your keys happens to more people than you’d think. Most of the time, the keys are simply misplaced, or have fallen within the cracks of couch cushions or have made their way into trusting souls who would never do anything to try and find the matching lock. Still, most people who lose their keys readily take the necessary steps to ensure their safety and the safety of the ones they love. There are people out there who have nothing better to do than find the matching home or car the set of keys belongs to, especially if you lose your keys at work, at your favorite spot, or where there’s a good chance whoever found your keys knows exactly where to go to find the match. So the question looms, what should you do when you lose your keys? Use the tips and tricks below to help you make that important decision.

Tips and Tricks

The number one logical thing most people do is change their locks around their home. Some people simply add locks such as deadbolts so they’re not replacing every key ring in the household. Other times, people add protection through the use of door braces, door chains, automatic lights and video monitoring systems.

If you have a home system installed, and you had a key chain device on your key ring, it’s a good idea to alert the company and make them aware that 1) you need a new one and 2) change the codes. This will give added protection to your home, family and yourself.

Inform your neighbors. We’ve all heard of the term ‘nosy neighbors’ however, this time you can use it to your advantage, at least until you can make some changes in and around your home to add protection. Neighborhood watch is a great way to protect everyone close to you.

Another thing you might want to consider is calling a locksmith to re-key your car. If your car has an alarm on it, contacting the dealership to alert them of the issue and to find out if they can re-alarm your car wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

I know some of these things can seem outrageous, expensive and time consuming but if safety is your top priority you should take some of the extra steps to reinforce what you’ve already accomplished. Possessions and material objects are one thing, and lives are another. Besides, you’ll realize that taking all of these steps really doesn’t take too much time at all, especially when your loved ones are at stake.

AACR Locksmith now provides on-site reflash service for Lexus, Toyota’s and Honda vehicles that require the ECU to be replaced.

If you have lost your keys for a Lexus, Toyota or Honda on some models made between 1998 and 2004 the computer or ECU may have to be replaced or reflashed to program new keys back into the car, also if you only have a valet key and want to add another key the ECU has to be replaced or reflashed. The dealer will install a new computer in your car at a cost ranging from $1000.00 to $ 2500.00 dollars, they also may tell you that is the only way to get new keys and that they are the only ones that can do this service, in the majority of cases this is not true. We have the equipment needed to make replacement keys and also to reflash the computer and can provide this service at a price far lower than the dealers offer. We can also do this at your location, no need for towing services.

How Does This Service Work ?

1. Give Us A Call – There are some models that show ECU replacement or Reflashing is necessary when in reallity there is no transponder system used on that car and replacement keys can be remade at a very reasonable price.

2. If service is determined to be necessary
a. We come to your location, and generate the new keys (you get 2 new keys)

b. We remove the ECU and reflash the unit, then reinstall it.

c. We then program the keys into the car

d. You now have 2 new working keys to your car

3. In most cases we can provide same day service, to get you back on the road again.

 

Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions about this service.  If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call.
1.Question- I lost the keys to my Lexus or Toyota (this also applies to some Honda’s and Acura’s), I called the dealer and he stated I had to replace the computer in order to start my car, Is that my only option?

Answer- No that isn’t correct, we can reflash, reprogram or reset your computer and
make new keys for your vehicle.

2.Question- Can I get a remote head key for my vehicle? Do you cut these keys?
Answer- Yes, we can provide you with a remote head key. Yes, we can cut these keys
and send them with your reflashing order.

3.Question- Why don’t the dealers provide this service?
Answer- The dealers just replace the ECM, ECU or ICU that way they make more
money.

4.Question- How long does it take to remove the ECM, ECU, ICU from my vehicle?
Answer- Removal usually takes 10-30 mins when done the first time.

5.Question- Why do you need the door lock from my vehicle?
Answer- We use the door lock to check the keys to be sure they work properly. We can
do it without but the keys cannot be guaranteed to work, due to a wrong code or locks
that were changed.

6.Question- How long does it take to remove the door lock?
Answer- A person can usually remove the lock in 20-45 mins. A mechanic or auto body
professional can remove the lock in less time.

7.Question- Is it cheaper to reflash the computer (ECM, ECU, ICU) or just buy a new
computer from the dealer?
Answer- Reflashing or Reprogramming the computer is always a more cost effective
solution to the problem.

8.Question- How long does it take to have this service completed?
Answer- We can usually do these the same day we receive it, and send it out the next
day.

9.Question- How should I package and ship my ECM, ECU or ICU to you?
Answer- You should wrap the computer up in bubble wrap, put it into a durable box,
tape the box closed with approved packaging tape. You need to insure the package for
approximately $1500.00, to cover it in case of loss or damage. We insure it when we
send it back to you.

10.Question- What is the shipping cost?
Answer- The cost depends on how fast you need it shipped back to you. UPS Next Day
Air is the most popular way to ship, the cost is $65.00 for this service. UPS Second Day
shipping is $45.00. UPS Ground shipping is $15.00, all these prices include insurance.

11.Question- My remote key head is cracked, and the key is loose, can you fix this?
Answer- Yes, We can cut a new key with the new shell attached to it. The only thing
that needs to done then is to swap the electronic part from the old key to the new
remote head key. Replacing the shell is cheaper than buying another new remote
head key.

12. Question- Can you come to my location and perform the ECM removal and
reflashing service?
Answer- Yes, we will come to your location. We service many locations. Please call us
for more details.

13. Question- What kind of Remote Head Keys do you sell?
Answer- We have several different kinds of Remote Head Keys that we sell. We have
New Lexus Remote Head keys, Aftermarket Remote Head Keys and Refurbished
Remote Head Keys. The new Lexus Remote Head Keys are the most expensive, the
Aftermarket and Refurbished Remote Head Keys are a better deal. The only difference
between the New Remote Head Keys and the Refurbished Aftermarket Remote Head
Keys is the new one has the Lexus Logo on the back of the shell and has new
electronics inside the shell. The Refurbished Aftermarket Remote Head Keys have a
new blade and a shell without the Lexus Logo on the back of the shell. The electronics
inside these Refurbished Aftermarket Remote Head Keys are used but in perfect
working condition. There might be some small scratches and minimal wear on the
plastic. All of our Remote Head Keys carry the same warranty. The warranty is for 60
days unless otherwise specified, this doesn’t cover damage or abuse.

[us_c] provide switchblade keys and transponder chip keys for a variety of different car brands.

You have probably heard of car keys referred to as switchblade keys and transponder keys recently, but weren’t 100% sure what they actually are.

A switchblade key is basically no different than any other car key around. The only difference is its appearance. The switchblade key is designed to fold away inside the fob when it is not being used. To release the key from the fob you simply push a button on the side of your fob that triggers the keys release. Switchblade keys have become very popular recently because of their smart compact look.

Transponder keys (also known as chip keys) are a little more complex; originally designed to combat car theft in the United Kingdom, transponder keys have a transponder chip imbedded inside the key. This chip sends a coded signal to the car’s inbuilt computer when the ignition is started. If the code is incorrect then car will not start. This technology has helped bring the world’s auto theft percentage right down.

Because switchblade keys are only developed for new car models they are usually equipped with a programmed transponder chip.

If you have lost your transponder key or switchblade key and wish to get it replaced you will have to get the proper authorization required as these keys often come with a “do not copy” order printed on them.

If you do have proper authorization your car dealership will be able to duplicate a copy or alternatively your [us_mbl]. [us_c] has the tools necessary to perform a key duplication for you. Using your [us_mbl] can sometimes be more convenient that going to your car dealership because your locksmith will usually be a mobile service and be able to come to you.

[us_c] are one of the very few locksmiths in Horry county that can program 98% of the transponder keys in the Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina [excluding BMW, Mercedes, VW, Volvo & Saab.  At the time of this article NO LOCKSMITH in the area can program these vehicles] .

Technology makes people’s lives safe and secure. With the latest innovation on transponder keys, we are assured of having secured homes, offices, and cars. Transponder keys are high security keys manufactured to provide transmission signal between your key and the lock.

Transponder keys
Transponder keys

Transponder keys are beneficial with the use of the installed programmed chip in the key. Transponder keys can have many uses especially in cars because these keys work by having a unique code in the key that transmits signals. Transponder keys are inserted in the car’s ignition and the computer in the car would then emit an electrical impulse to the key. The chip in the key would then send back a code to the car’s computer to make the car start. If somebody attempts to insert a wrong key, the engine will be locked and will not start anymore.

The automobile manufactures provide two transponder chip keys with the car when it is purchased. As we all know if you lose one of those keys you need to get it replaced so you don’t end up locked out of your car. Many people think that the only option for getting these keys replaced is to contact a dealer and purchase it from them. Some locksmiths have the equipment and knowledge to cut these keys for you.

Not all locksmiths have the appropriate equipment or knowledge to duplicate and program transponder keys so make sure you get a locksmith who can do this for you. Locksmiths that can make replacement transponder keys have made a significant investment in equipment and training. You generally can get these keys at a lower price from a locksmith than you can if you go to the dealer. Finding a qualified locksmith for to make the transponder keys for you can be tricky, but if you live in the Myrtle Beach or Horry/Georgetown county area you can go to [us_c] and we will take good care of you.

Transponder keys are essential in achieving zero percent stolen. With transponder keys, automobile security industry has been transformed and peace of mind can be realized. For further inquiries about transponder keys, you may contact [us_c].

Transponder keys are a high security way to safeguard your vehicle, through the use of radio waves as opposed to traditional lock and key. They were invented primarily as a means to prevent car theft, and are highly effective at doing just that. When you need transponder keys made for an emergency, for a lost set of keys, or as a spare pair, you can not call on just any old [us_mbl].  Instead, you have to find one that can work with them.  [us_c] specializes in transponder (computer-chip) keys.  We are one of the very few locksmiths in Horry county that can program 98% of the transponder keys in the Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina [excluding BMW, Mercedes, VW, Volvo & Saab.  At the time of this article NO LOCKSMITH in the area can program these vehicles] .

Transponder keys are coded and given to you when you buy a car. There is an embedded transmission chip that is installed into each individual key to allow the vehicle to start. Without the key, you have no chance of starting the car. This incredible innovation in automotive security has made hot wiring or stealing a car nearly impossible. The only way a car that operates with a transponder key can be stolen is to steal the actual keys themselves.

Another great thing about transponder keys is that they can also be canceled if they are stolen. If someone steals your car keys or worse yet, your car, you can easily have the locksmith or dealership cancel the keys. This will render the car impossible to start.

Spare keys are made for transponder keys, but they still have to be programmed before they will function properly. Blank keys as they are commonly called can be acquired through many [us_mbl], but you should be sure that the locksmith is bonded and insured before dealing with them. They have to not only give you the keys, but also be able to activate them. Otherwise, you have ones that are rather useless. Most people go to a [us_mbl] for their spare or emergency transponder keys because it is much less expensive to do so. Nobody wants to pay the inflated dealer prices for them.

[us_c] are professionals at cutting these blank transponder keys and then pairing them up with your vehicle. The key is to deal only with the better known and licensed locksmiths in your area. These particular keys are far too complicated and advanced for the layman to attempt to do, so unlicensed locksmiths are not advised. They would likely hurt your car far more than help you out of your automotive security problem.

Another common problem with these keys are when they break off or become stuck in the ignition or door of your vehicle. A good [us_mbl] can easily extract your broken key and provide you with a transponder key that will work. It is very convenient that you can settle both the broken key and get a new key all at once.

Because transponder keys are not cheap, you need to make certain that you have the right keys when you buy a used car. Car dealerships can, of course, program these keys to their particular make of car, but you will pay a much heavier price than a typical car key would cost. Going to a dependable [us_mbl] can save you money and likely a ton of time over a dealership, so keep that in mind when you need new set made.

[us_c] is one of the very few locksmiths that can program 98% of the transponder keys in the Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina [excluding BMW, Mercedes, VW, Volvo & Saab.  At the time of this article NO LOCKSMITH in the area can program these vehicles] .

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In the security of your own home, it’s easy to avoid thinking about how comfortable a burglar could get while you’re away or even fast asleep. According to the FBI, the number of home burglaries ticked down a bit last year, but they’re still frequent enough that the Bureau’s one-burglary-every-15-seconds estimate holds. That means every home is at risk for a burglary or break-in, especially those offering easy entry to thieves through the neglected details that lead to big losses.

If installing a top-of-the-line home security system is beyond your budget, fear not–there are many cheap home security tips and tricks you can use to keep your family and property secure.

Light It Up
  • A well-lit home is much less likely to be broken into, so make sure your home’s exterior is fully illuminated with motion-detector spotlights and other strategic outdoor lighting fixtures.
  • When you’re away, use timers on interior lights to give the impression of home life as usual. Manual and digital timers can be found at your local hardware store or home center for a few dollars a pop.
Cheap Home Security TricksKeep the Landscape in Shape
  • Tall trees can be accessories to crime when dense branches come close to your home and create pockets of darkness where burglars can hide. Keep trees well-trimmed to avoid giving thugs a place to hang out.
  • Dense shrubs can also create a hideout, so keep hedges low and plantings near doors and windows neat and transparent.
Door Stops
  • A door with only a handle lock is an easy mark for a crook armed with finesse, a plastic credit card and the desire to break your home security. Instead, add a good-quality deadbolt at each entry. The best deadbolts require a key on the outside and incorporate a thumb latch on the inside. Further strengthen every installation by substituting long, heavy-duty screws for those provided by the manufacturer so that entry doors can be secured to the wood-framed door opening in the wall.
  • No matter which lock you choose, it’s only as strong as the door itself, which is generally weakest around the lock. Add a decorative door reinforcement plate (about $10) to make this zone more secure. For more entry door security tips, check out our Front Door Entryways tips.
  • Improve home security at the patio door by adding a patio bar, which can stop the inside door from sliding open or being pried off if the lock is broken. A sturdy piece of wood strategically placed in the open track can also improve door security.
  • When leaving home for day trips or longer, keep your garage closed to intruders by inserting a large stove bolt through one of the side track holes to prevent the door from being slid open.
  • Install a wide-angle (200-degree) peephole in your front door so that you can easily see who’s come knocking.
Secure Your Keys
  • Never hide spare keys in “secret” places outside your home, because smart burglars know which flowerpots to look under.
  • Be smart about issuing spare keys. Even though you may be careful about who they’re issued to, you can’t control the paths they may cross or situations in which your key may be exposed to duplication.
Weak Windows
  • Windows can be the weakest link in home security, especially if left open and unattended. Make sure all units are closed and locked before you leave home for even the shortest errand, and add window dressings and shades to discourage prying eyes.
  • Modern windows include sash locks, but you can improve security by drilling a hole from front to back where the top and bottom windows overlap and installing a long nail in the hole. If the integrated window lock breaks, the nail will stop the window from sliding open. Security bars on ground-level windows are also an option, but make sure they’re fitted with quick-release mechanisms that allow them to be opened from the inside in an emergency.
Cheap Home Security TricksSelf-Service Security Systems
  • Low-cost, high-technology home security systems incorporating infrared motion detection, remote controls and easy-to-install door and window break-in sensors are available for application in apartments and small homes. If you have pets, you can prevent false alarms by looking for systems incorporating “pet alley” settings that keep detection just above their usual paths.
  • For more security with doors and windows, purchase individual alarms to supplement existing security measures.
Make a Thorough Inventory
  • Perhaps the most important home security measure of all is to document your home’s contents, particularly the valuables. Get out the video camera and take a thorough tour of your home, then deliver a copy of the resulting tape and any other helpful documentation to your safe deposit box. If your home security is ever really threatened by a burglary, you’ll have the proof you need to supply to the police and to your homeowners insurance company.

Perhaps you’ve been locked out of your vehicle? Several people go through it and when this case occurs there is certainly just one particular individual which will help out of this difficulty. The auto locksmith will be the person that you simply are ready to turn to in case you are locked from your automobile. This kind of lock professional are incredibly in demand at the moment.

The degree of popularity is because of the improvement in technologies, the locks are starting to be complicated. These sophisticated locks aren’t straightforward to cope with. In case you might be being locked out of your car with sophisticated lock, you don’t have to be concerned, the car lock specialist will help you out effortlessly. Together with the assist of long selection of instruments they’ll be capable of fix the problem effortlessly.

The lock specialist should be capable of manage possibly probably the most delicate locks of probably one of the most valued vehicles. These lock authorities are believed to become the expert handler of keys and it demands understanding of distinct varieties of locks. The car lock experts guarantees you that your certain vehicle will be looked after and you do not must be concerned a fantastic deal because the lock expert open it up for you.

These kinds of lock specialist are very accurate using their function plus they are actually performing the work robotically. Hence the word pertains to “auto” meaning mechanical. They generally assist you and free you from these sticky circumstances to conserve lots of your useful vehicle from getting broken terribly. If in case you drop your vehicles keys, these locksmith ought to have the ability to generate 1 for you.

Emergency car lock specialist are typically required and are extremely important. The issue with this matter is usually very stressful. Obtaining locked out within your automobile in the core in the evening can be a issue towards the car’s owner. This situation could affect you anytime and any day and several of the occasions at that time if you least anticipate it.

There is several kinds of locks popular currently with a wide range of designs offered each having their own specialized uses.

1. Cylinder lock

2. Lever Tumbler Lock

3. Disc Tubular Lock

4. Combination Lock

5. Electronic Lock

Lets consider each style of lock in much more detail:

Currently the Cylinder lock is assembled making use of a round cylinder that can be taken apart quite simply by a certified locksmith every time rekeying is needed. The main advantage of choosing this particular variety of lock for the home owner is the cylinder can be switched while not having to change the bolt-work hardware. You merely undo the set screw and unscrew the cylinder from the bolt-work.

The Cylinder Lock is an extremely popular choice of lock, allowing the user the versatility to have a variety of types of locks utilizing the same key to open each of them.

The Lever Tumbler Lock works with a set of levers to prevent the bolt from moving inside the lock, when you are moving the tumbler to the correct height the bolt should be able to ease open. In 1778 Robert Barron conceived the double acting lever tumbler lock presently being used today. Utilizing this manner of lock, you have got to lift the lever to the exact height to let the lock to open up lifting either too high or too low does not allow entry. The lever tumbler locks are usually secure and used by a number of safes and prisons at present.

The Disc Tubular Lock features slotted spinning detainer discs not containing any springs making this excellent lock especially long lasting. The disc tubular lock is advertised as a high security lock and it’s actually much harder to be picked or bumped. But bear in mind, the lock can be defeated simply by drilling the sidebar except in cases where anti-drilling plates were installed earlier.

A Combination Lock involves revolving a dial to the correct symbols or just a combination of numbers to open up the lock. The numbered arrangement is generally either registered working with a spinning dial or via an electronic keypad. The earliest combination lock was spotted on a grave in Kerameikos, Athens Rome. In 1206 Al-Jazari also wrote about a combination lock in his publication. In the 16th century, Gerolamo Cardano documented the lock and in 1878 Joseph Loch devised a lock for Tiffany’s Jewelers and through the early 1900’s there were a number of variations made in the design and function of the combination lock. The combination lock is probably the least secure locks as it can be very easily opened without having to use the combination. They are put to use primarily to secure bikes and briefcases which are not deemed to be high security goods.

Electric Lock systems usually are attached to an entrance management unit regulated by a key system that has the ability to make alterations in security without re-keying the complete lock cylinder system.

Generally there are 4 distinct types of electric locks, the most common type works with a numerical code making use of a keypad just like the Schlage deadbolt keyless lock and depending upon the version it might include an audible response when pressing the code. One type of electronic digital lock uses a smart card requiring the individual to swipe or scan the keypad that utilizes infra-red signals to open. With the advance of new technologies, biometrics have become a unique way of displaying positive recognition by scanning fingerprints, retinal and iris scanning or voice printing to verify users. The very last type of electric locks is RFID or radio frequency identification.It is employed in high technology locks and may also be used as an object that’s attached to an individual, wildlife or even a product that can then be followed with the help of radio signals.

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