Don't be fooled by those other fancy Locksmith listings. Many are call centers in other cities. I live here and am a LOCAL business.
I cover a large portion of Camden and Gloucester Counties including Sicklerville, Williamstown, Washington Township, Laurel Springs, Blackwood, Turnersville, Pine Hill, Clementon, Berlin, Atco, Sewell and Pine Hill (not a complete list)
Instead of trying to do everything, I specialize in residential work and don't do any work with cars or alarms.
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Builders don't seem to know or care much about locks. You always get at least one on your front door, but it is luck if it was installed correctly. Half the knobs I see are upside down and yes, it does matter.
Many new developments are MASTER KEYED to make it easy for different people to get in with different keys. This means many different keys (usually between 16 and 32) will open your locks just like a single safe that will open to many different combinations. If you see any stickers on your locks saying Protecto-Keyed or something similar, then you can be sure this applies to your home. If you received a 'special key' from the builder, it only changed one set of combinations to another. It does not change the fact that many different keys will still open your locks.
If this is not clear, think of it this way...
When you move in keys 1 through 30 work your locks but you only have key #30. After you use your 'special key' (#30), keys 30 through 60 will work your locks.
Locks only do their best job when installed correctly which they are usually NOT. Many doors can be opened with a credit card or a single kick. Check to make sure the hole for the deadbolt bolt is deep enough for the bolt to extend all the way. I frequently see lightweight doorknob strikes installed for deadbolts instead of the heavy duty deadbolt strikes. And the screws used to attach the strike plate are frequently under half an inch long which does not make for a very secure door.
Do you have to lean against your door or slam it to get it closed or to get the key to turn? This puts a lot of stress on the locks which can cause them or the keys to break.
Doorknobs are not designed to prevent a forced entry -- deadbolts are. Alarms only go off AFTER the door is open and it takes time for the police to arrive. Burglars know they have plenty of time.
Does your sliding door have a dinky little latch? Can it be lifted out of the track? I check and secure these types of doors.
Finally, some doors have side windows but many do not. You should never open your door unless you know who's on the other side. I carry a really nice door viewer that gives a great view.
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