• Teens Break Into Orlando Apartment

    Often, when burglars strike a home, they not only steal, they do a lot of damage as well. Once inside, some thieves feel free to commit rampant vandalism as they search for valuables. Watch this news video to learn how three teen burglars did just that recently in Orlando. The three thieves, one only 15, broke a window in broad daylight to gain entry, then completely ransacked a woman’s home while also stealing a Tiffany necklace, iPad, tablet computer, and pharmaceuticals.

    To protect your home, not only from theft, but also from vandalism, call (407) 434-0191 and talk to the professionals at Armstrong Lock & Security Products, Orlando’s security leader since 1929. We sell and install residential access control equipment , CCTV video monitoring systems, and a wide range of other security products designed to keep you and your home safe.

  • How to Find a Good Locksmith

    Choosing the right locksmith is as important as choosing the right lock. The wrong choice can not only be ineffective but needlessly expensive as well. Whether you are locked out of your home or office, need to replace or reinforce your current locks, or want a safe installed or serviced, not all locksmiths are created equal.

    Beware of Scammers

    The Federal Trade Commission has warned consumers about unethical locksmith businesses . These tend to be out-of-state operations dispatching amateur locksmiths through a call center and often operating under a variety of names. If the person answering the phone can’t give you a legitimate business name and local Orlando address, move on.

    Choose a Professional

    Before hiring a locksmith, make sure they are insured and bonded to cover any issues resulting from their work. A professional locksmith will also be registered and certified through the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), the leading locksmith trade organization. In addition, they will be in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Only licensed locksmiths can be members of BBB. When a locksmith arrives, they should be in uniform, have professional locksmith ID, and be driving a commercial vehicle with professional locksmith signage on it.

    Choose Local

    Always have your locksmith work done by a local company with a verifiable Orlando address. This not only ensures that they are a legitimate business, but also gives you peace of mind, knowing they will be readily available to address any issues with their work or to perform follow-up services.

    For more than 80 years, Orlando-based, BBB-member-in-good-standing, and ALOA-certified Armstrong Lock & Security Products has provided local locksmith and other security services . In addition to emergency lockout, lock maintenance, and lock replacement, we sell, install, and service Access Control and CCTV equipment. We also sell gun safes and other types of safes. Call us at (407) 434-0191 for professional, local solutions to all your security concerns.

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  • Understanding How Padlocks Work

    Anyone who has used a gym locker room is familiar with a padlock. These small, portable security devices allow you to temporarily secure your valuables, and many homeowners use them to secure tool sheds or yard gates. Though many different designs exist, all padlocks share two basic features. Every padlock has a shackle, which is the curved metal loop that hooks through an opening to hold the locker door or gate shut. Every padlock also has a body, which houses the locking mechanism that keeps the shackle shut until you open it. Padlocks can be secured with a key, or the body may contain a combination mechanism for keyless access.

    Though a padlock is ideal to secure your wallet and clothing while you work out, or to lock a storage unit at a facility with 24/7 security, it is not the ideal security device for home or office use. Determined criminals can easily use bolt cutters, chisels, or other simple hand tools to snap the shackle on store-bought padlocks and gain access to your yard or tool shed.

    To discuss better security options for your residential or commercial properties in Orlando , call Armstrong Lock & Security Products today at (407) 434-0181.

  • Protecting Your Home from Burglars

    In every major metropolitan area across the U.S., including Orlando, burglars target homeowners. Even if you have insurance, burglary can still be devastating, as the criminals may steal one-of-a-kind items, and it can take months to receive compensation after filing a claim.

    There are many things you can do protect your home from burglars. For example, by locking ladders and tools inside a shed or garage and locking second-story windows, you can make it more difficult for a burglar to gain access to the house. Watch this video for more tips to help you secure your home.

    The first step towards home security is ensuring that you have top quality locks on all your doors. If you want to upgrade your locks, install a home safe, or learn more about CCTV and other security options, call Armstrong Lock & Security Products today at (407) 434-0181.