• Disguising Your Residential Safe

    Today’s burglars have more tools at their disposal than ever before. Though security equipment such as CCTV systems and high-security locks can provide important lines of defense, the best way to protect your valuables from theft is to install a safe in your home . To add another layer of protection, you should hide your safe. Below you will find tips for disguising a safe inside your home.

    Avoid Obvious Placement

    You have probably seen movies or television shows where characters have hidden home safes behind paintings, photographs, or mirrors. Often these items are placed in the master bedroom or home office. However, criminals have likely seen these shows or movies as well. After breaking into your home, many burglars may immediately begin knocking frames off the wall in an attempt to locate hidden safes.

    Choose a Secure Location

    Home invaders often operate quickly, snatching valuables from obvious places such as jewelry boxes and desk drawers. If the safe containing your most valuable possessions is well-hidden, a burglar may not have time to find and crack it. Consider having a locksmith install your home safe behind a fake electrical panel in your laundry room or utility closet. If the architecture of your home and foundation allow, you may even wish to install the safe in floor.

    Ensure Your Safe Is Accessible to You

    Before finalizing the placement of your home safe, consider how often you will need to open it. If you plan to access your valuables once a month or even less often, then you might want to install a floor safe and hide it underneath a rug, a couch, or another piece of furniture. If, however, you intend to use your safe to store jewelry, watches, or other items that you use on a weekly or daily basis, a wall safe will be more convenient for you.

    To learn more about home safe installation, call Armstrong Lock & Security Products today at (407) 434-0181. Since 1929, our family business has provided commercial and residential security and locksmithing service throughout Orlando.

  • Tips for Single Women to Feel Safe at Home

    Today, many single women live alone and even own their own homes. However, criminals may specifically target single women because they believe them to be easy prey. A smart, well-prepared woman can prove the criminals wrong by taking steps to ensure that she is safe and secure at home . The tips below can help single women, or anyone who lives alone, feel safe and avoid exposing themselves to preventable dangers.

    Be Careful When Entering or Exiting
    Many women are vigilant and careful when walking in areas such as parking garages, especially late at night. However, they may let their guard down as soon as they have parked in front of their home or in their garages. Always be alert, and monitor your surroundings carefully both when you leave for work in the morning and when you return home at night. Install automatic motion-sensor lights on your porch and inside your garage to deter criminals from loitering.

    Install Secure Access Control
    To make your home as secure as possible against breaking and entering, have a professional locksmith install high-security locks on all your doors, with chains and deadbolts for extra protection. Also, consider having a keyless entry system installed on the door you use most often; this can help you enter your home quickly after dark without having to fumble in your purse for your keys.

    Store Firearms in a Gun Safe
    Many single women choose to keep a handgun in the house for personal safety and defense against home invaders. You should keep your handgun hidden in a secure location where you can quickly access it in case of an emergency, but you should store larger firearms, such as hunting rifles, in a gun safe. This will prevent any criminal who may gain access to your home from using these larger weapons against you.

    At Armstrong Lock & Security Products we are professional locksmiths and home security specialists . We can install CCTV systems, gun safes, and much more. For more information on securing your Orlando home, call us at (407) 434-0181.

  • Armstrong Lock, Inc. Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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    Armstrong Lock & Security Products has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

    Vice President of Armstrong Lock & Security Products, Beau Armstrong, said “We believe that honesty, integrity, and a high level of customer service is what sets us apart from our competition.  We also believe that long term relationships start by treating our customers the way we would like to be treated.”

    “Only about 5 percent of the Locksmith/Security companies in Central Florida have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s  a really high standard.”

    Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

    Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com .