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Keyless Entry and Access Control

Have you been looking for the best combination of physical security and convenience? When it comes to keyless entry and access control in the Dallas area, 911 Locksmith Services has the answer.

At one time “janitor syndrome” was prevalent.  Managers, and even employees, needed a dozen or more keys to get around a business campus or other facility.

Fortunately those days are long gone.  Keyless locks, whether using codes or card readers, get rid of that heavy and bulky key chain and give management and business owners added security and flexibility through physical access control systems.

We often get questions about our access control services and keyless entry locks, so here are some of the basics.

Keyless Entry Locks

Keyless locks have been around for decades, going all the way back to mechanical push-button mechanisms.  They avoid the cost of deploying numerous keys, and the cost of re-keying if a key is lost, stolen, or not returned.  Plus they’re a big convenience for everyone.  Now days the majority are electronic and take advantage of the latest microchip technologies.

Code Keypads

Modern electronic keypad based access provides lots of flexibility, and some makes and models can be tied into security control panels and access control systems.  You can choose from a wide variety these locks, with varying lengths of codes, multiple valid codes for tracking, and many other special features.

Card Readers

People dislike memorizing codes, especially just for temporary access, and have a bad tendency to share their codes with others.  Card locks provide convenience and tracking without those drawbacks, and are often combined with employee ID badges.

Magnet stripe technology (much like credit cards) are giving way to contactless RFID (radio-frequency identification) technologies for added reliability and card lifetime.

With a huge number of codes available, when card locks are tied into a central system location, hour, and minute of access as well as and other monitoring can be done down to the level of individual employees. All those permissions can be controlled centrally, with no need to go to each location or call in the individual.

Access Control for Flexibility and Tracking

Keyless entry locks can send their ID, and that of the user, to a computerized access control system network.  That system performs authentication to determine whether or not access should be granted, unlocking the door, and recording the activity into a database.  This provides a huge degree of flexibility and accountability for safety as well as for theft and vandalism protection.

The amazing developments in digital technology means that these systems can be both low-cost and very powerful.  Access control systems are now commonly used in office complexes, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, schools, and even senior living facilities.  These systems can instantly switch to special configurations for emergencies such as evacuations and lock-downs, and incorporate features such as forced-open and left-open alarms.

911 Locksmiths

We’re an experienced full-service locksmith company serving the greater Dallas / Fort Worth metro area.  We’re professional experts at installing, maintaining, and repairing keyless entry locks and access control systems.  Our well-trained and certified technicians understand the security risks of wiring, and the importance of every step in the installation process.  Our company is Texas DPS licensed, and has the highest review ranking on Home Advisor for our combination of technical excellence and great customer service.

Professional Locksmith Arlington Texas

24 Hour Locksmith Service, Arlington Texas

Are you searching for a prompt and professional locksmith in the Arlington area?  Whether you need a new car key or a master keying system for a commercial complex, 911 Locksmith offers everything you need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and with the very best in customer service. We work hard to make our scheduled and emergency locksmith services second to none.

A professional company, 911 is certified, bonded, and insured.  We’re licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety and are members of the Texas Locksmith Association and the BBB (Better Business Bureau).  We also have Home Advisor’s highest review rating.  911 Locksmith combines years of experience with the latest techniques and tools.  All members of our staff are dedicated to providing the best in prompt and friendly customer service and technical excellence at competitive rates.

Arlington Commercial Locksmith Services

We’re well attuned to the special needs and circumstances of businesses, including how “time is money” is more than just an old saying.  Our long list of major commercial clients attests to that.

Our highly professional commercial services include lockouts, rekeying , lock repair, master keying, and key management systems.  Beyond entrances and interior doors, that includes file cabinets, desks, panic bars, and door closers for security.  We’re experts in high-security, keypad, magnetic, and electronic locks as well as intercom and access control systems.

Our customer service staff and technicians are on call 24 hours a day.  We’ll be there whenever you need us.

Car Key Problems

Your car is crucial here;  Arlington is the largest city in America without a complete public transportation system.  That’s one reason why we offer the area fast and dependable automotive service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We’re ready for all vehicle types, makes, and models — foreign and domestic.  And that includes newer high-security as well as electronic locks.

Our automotive locksmith services include resolving lockouts, whether door or trunk, quickly and without damaging your vehicle.  We’re also experts in ignition keys, and can even repair ignition switches.  While we’re there we can make a new car key, or program a new remote transponder fob.  If you suspect a stolen key we can rekey your vehicle for ongoing security.

Residential Locksmith Service in Arlington, TX

Our residential experts are also available 24/7 to take care of any locking problems with your home’s doors (including patio doors), windows, and even mailboxes, fences, and sheds.  Our skilled technicians are equipped for lockouts, rekeying in the case of a burglary or stolen key, lock repair, and lock replacement.  We’re experts in the latest (and highly recommended) high security locks as well as wireless iPhone locks.

Safe Selection and Installation

Choosing the safe that’s right for you is actually a bit technical.  Whether you’re looking for a wall or floor safe, a gun safe, or a drop (deposit) safe our experts can help you choose an adequate size without paying for unused capacity and the right fire and tamper resistance to match your needs.  Moving on, we can then install and maintain that safe for your fire and burglary protection.

A Bit About Arlington, Texas

Filling the metro-area between Dallas and Fort Worth, the city’s railway roots grew into industrialization, and with the 1954 GM plant population boomed.  In 2013 the population was 379,577 residents.  Arlington is a sports power house with the  Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium (and the Dallas Cowboys!), the International Bowling Campus, and of course the Rangers Ballpark and the UTA Mavericks team.  Our high school sports excellence has developed world-class athletes, including Ben Grieve, Hunter Pence, John Lackey, Doug Russell, Rick Stone, Jeremy Warnier, and Vernon Wells.

Everyone Needs High Security Locks

Security professionals recommend that everyone, residents and businesses alike, have high security locks.  Why?  Regular locks are surprisingly easy to pick if you’ve had a little practice.  Well over half of all break ins show no signs of forced entry, meaning that picking is a likely means of access.

Lock picking is actually a not altogether unusual hobby.  Many honest people are interested for various reasons, and how-to information is widely available.  Tools are easily purchased, and you may be surprised to know that anyone can legally possess those tools in most states.  You can even make your own from common materials.  For once things actually work like on TV; picking or bumping takes only a few seconds and from a distance doesn’t look the least bit suspicious.

So it’s important to use up-to-date high-security locks to protect your valuable possessions and loved ones.    That includes irreplaceable heirlooms as well as proprietary and confidential business information.  It’s more critical than ever before with today’s expensive high-demand home electronics and business computers.

There’s no need to replace the entire lock if you’re satisfied with your current hardware.  A certified locksmith like 911 can upgrade just the cylinder.

Picking and Bumping

It can be surprisingly easy to pick, bump, drill, or otherwise force open the usual key-based locks.

Lock Picking

It’s not difficult to learn how to pick common pin, tumbler, or wafer styles.  The process employs various shapes and types of picks inserted into the slot together with special “wrenches” to apply the twisting motion.  There are even automatic lock-picking “guns.”  Essentially, you jiggle the pins and feel for when each is in its correct position.

Lock Bumping

Bump keys are relatively recent, so that older high security locks may not be fully protected.  These keys are specially cut (irrespective of individual locks) and then struck (bumped) to make the pins move just enough.  It’s a bit of a hit or miss procedure, but even less skill is required.

Dallas High-Security Locks

Today’s high security locks are designed and manufactured to be as pick-proof and bump-proof as possible, with lock-outs and rekeying possible only with controlled and tracked professional locksmith tools.  Most expand the 2-dimensional zig-zag of a key edge into a much more complicated 3-D shape.  Their special features include various, often patented, combinations of the following.

  • restrictive keyways, with complex “off-axis” shapes
  • security pins and other anti-manipulation components to resist bumping
  • stronger, hardened materials
  • tighter manufacturing tolerances

Their manufacturers carefully controls keys, requiring prior authorization and photo IDs for purchase.  Many involve unique and generally unavailable key blanks and special proprietary cutting machines.

It’s important to think beyond exterior doors.  Showcases, stockrooms, restricted areas, and in many cases even file cabinets need extra secure locking.  Now, no lock is completely undefeatable;  the goal is to make picking, bumping, or drilling them too much trouble and too time consuming to risk it.

911 Locksmiths – Your High Security Locksmiths in Dallas

Our company is experienced in providing rated high-security replacement cylinders for just about any make and model of lock.  We can also upgrade you with entirely new locks for further improved security, reliability, or just a new look.

911 Locksmiths is licensed and insured, and all our technicians are carefully prescreened and certified.  We offer a full-line of professional locksmith services together with customer service that will make us your Dallas locksmith choice.

When to Re-key Your Home or Business

Whenever the possible use of existing keys pose a security problem, it’s time to rekey your locks. The process re-sets the inside of a lock so that all old keys will no longer work. It’s a fast and straight forward way of avoiding the expense of replacing all your locks. It can be especially important for commercial and apartment buildings where a master key grants access through many doors. Most keys are easily duplicated at hardware and big-box stores, so that it’s imperative to rekey after loosing control over any keys.
911 Locksmith assures your ongoing security. We’re bonded and insured, and licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. All of our technicians are thoroughly per-screened and certified.
The following suggests several situations in which it’s important to re-key or replace your locks, roughly in order of priority and urgency.

New Home, Office, or Commercial Building

When you purchase or rent a new or previously build home or other building, it’s wise to re-key all the locks before you move in. You may have nice new locks, but one or more keys have been in a lockbox to provide access to countless construction workers, re-modelers, and other people considering buying or renting the property. The vast majority of these people are quite honest, but it only takes one burglar to target a move-in.

Burglary

If the building has been robbed it’s time to rekey, especially if there was no sign of forced entry. A burglar may also have gotten access to a key during the robbery as well. In these situations it’s also advisable to consider the alternative of upgrading to high-security locks.

New Tenants

Some landlords will re-key a rental space to protect themselves against the liability of a prior tenant gaining access. It’s a good idea to re-key immediately after the current leaves in order to prevent vandalism. If you’re the tenant yourself you need to coordinate changing the keys or locks with your landlord in order to abide by your lease and provide them the access they’re legally entitled to.

Personal and Personnel Issues

Whenever there’s a dispute it’s often possible to get your keys returned. But don’t forget that the key may have been copied, often for a very legitimate purpose at the time. So rekey if anyone you no longer trust once had a key. This especially true if an employee was fired for illegal activities or resigned in anger. Major conflicts between people in relationships, family members, and even babysitters and house cleaners may also pose a risk. A quick and inexpensive rekeying removes the opportunity for spur of the moment revenge.

Lost Key

If you’ve lost your keys, you may want to re-key on the chance that someone might find it and know which home or building it’s for. If you suspect that your keys have been stolen than this becomes a top priority and you should rekey as soon as possible

Conclusion

In brief, if there’s anyone that once had key that you no longer want to have access you should rekey or replace your locks. Leaving things the same is an invitation to everyone with prior access. Unless the locks are old and worn or you want to upgrade to special features or high-security locks, re-keying is the much more economical choice. Besides doors, don’t forget mailboxes and all your other locks.
You can stay secure if you go with a licensed company, employing only screened and certified locksmiths.

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Testimonials
Antoine V.   Dallas, TX

Antoine V. Dallas, TX

"I'm very happy with this company and highly recommend them..."

The guys working with 911 Locksmith were very flexible in understanding that I may have to cancel the appointment at the last minute. They were able to provide same-day service, which was important to us because we'd just bought the house and felt more comfortable having the locks changed on the day we got possession of the house. The gentleman who came was very professional, kind and worked quickly. I'm very happy with this company and highly recommend them!

Ash B.

Ash B.

I went to see Batman last night in Plano and the movie was great !!! (but that's not why I'm writing....) we went out to my car and.... The keys are inside !!! My friend had triple A so we called them, but we got an eta of hour to hour and half and we still need to pay (she didn't pay the membership...). So we called a locksmith.
The first company didn't even gave us a price! "The tech will let you know when he gets there..." I know this trick already. The second company we called say they can be there in two hours!
Then we got 911locksmith, they gave us an exact estimate over the phone and the tech was there within 22 min on the clock! He was very polite and helpful and got it open very fast and professionally. The price was reasonable ($65 at 11pm).
Why four stars then? They didn't told me I can't pay with a check... Only cash or credit.
I saved their number on my phone, but I hope I won't need them again....
Plano, TX

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