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Can Privacy Be Found With Home Security Cameras?

December 13, 2023
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Privacy versus the lack of privacy with home security cameras is a very hot topic at the moment. What the flack is all about is the capability of home security cameras to watch and/or record homeowners at home without their express knowledge. While cameras are intrinsic to an effective home security system here in Atlanta, GA, some opponents are voicing their concerns that these same cameras could be utilized in an invasive manner. If you have such a security camera inside your home, is there anything you can do? Our specialists at Downs Security Solutions recommend a couple things.

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Common Lock Problems and Solutions

October 13, 2023
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Our locksmiths at Downs Security Solutions, here in Atlanta, Georgia, feel like they have seen it all when it comes to locks. Many times when customers have an issue with their locks, the issue is something they could resolve themselves if they just knew how. Below are some of the more common problems we see and how to address them yourself. However, if you run into something you’re not comfortable taking care of on your own, don’t hesitate to call one of our locksmiths for help.

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Tips to Protect Your Home From Burglary

March 13, 2023
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There are so many ways you can help prevent a burglary in your home––the list is both lengthy and detailed. On the other hand, you can also drive yourself and your household crazy trying to make your home an impenetrable fortress. If you are just beginning this journey, here are some of the first steps you can take:

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6 Reasons You Should Rekey Your House

January 15, 2023
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Rekeying your house’s locks is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to improve your home’s security. Changing the locks completely brands any old keys useless, thereby giving you new locks and keys. Even if you can account for every old key to each lock in your home, there are several reasons why you’d still want to rekey your Atlanta, Georgia, home. The locksmiths at Downs Security Solutions can take care of this for you, giving you peace of mind that your home’s security is improved. Feel free to talk with us about any of the following reasons.

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Do I Need a Separate Safe for Separate Items?

October 14, 2022
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Customers oftentimes will ask us if they need to purchase separate safes to store separate items. This is a good question. And like most good questions, the answer is: it depends. For firearms and ammunition, stick with a gun safe. If you need a convenient and accessible place to stash some cash, consider a standard…

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High-Security Locks

August 16, 2022
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The difference between high-security locks and the standard locks on most homes is the level of security each of these locks ensures.

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Garage Door Security Tips

April 15, 2022
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In most homes, when it comes to security, garage doors are the forgotten relative. When folks install security systems for their homes, they forget about the garage door. When they worry about keeping their home’s windows and doors locked, they forget about the garage door. But this is more than a faux pas––this is a security mistake. Garage doors present a real target for thieves. They can enter a home within seconds through the garage door and are then protected from sight once inside the garage. According to the FBI, across the U.S, as well as here in Atlanta, GA, a home is broken into every 14 seconds, with the garage door as an entry point being in the top four ways to enter a home. Our locksmiths at Downs Security Solutions recommend the following tips to prevent your home from being one of these targets.

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I Locked My Keys In My House!

March 14, 2022
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There are quite a few precautions you can take to avoid finding yourself without your house key and locked out. Just follow these recommendations, and you’ll be back in your home in no time without breaking a sweat––or a window.

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6 Things Locksmiths Wish You Wouldn’t Do

February 28, 2022
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As you can imagine, our Downs Security Solutions locksmiths have some doozy stories they could tell. They have helped people from all walks of life in all types of narratives with their locks and keys––and they have enjoyed helping them. On occasion though, there have been some consistently irritating things people have done over and over that make our locksmiths’ jobs tougher. When you find yourself in a situation where you need a locksmith’s services, try to avoid the following scenarios. Our locksmiths thank you ahead of time.

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How Secure Is Your Hotel Room Safe?

January 12, 2022
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Most of us believe when we travel and stay in hotels, our valuables are secure once we’ve locked them in our room’s safe. But, sadly, that’s just not true. Your hotel room safe really isn’t that safe. There are ways to open it without using the combination you set for it, making theft a real and easy possibility. Our security specialists at Downs Security Solutions have learned, statistically speaking, most of the thefts involve dishonest employees, and there’s a higher rate of occurrence outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and the U.S. as a whole. But it doesn’t hurt to take precautions to protect your valuables all the same, whether your hotel is stateside or not.

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Should I Change My Business Safe’s Lock?

November 29, 2021
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Many business owners wonder how often they should change the lock to their safe or whether they should change it at all. The most straightforward answer is it depends. There are several factors that might contribute to your need to either rekey or completely replace your safe’s lock.

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Keyless Locks for Home and Car

October 22, 2021
Door handle with modern electronic combination lock|Door handle with modern electronic combination lock

Keyless entry locks seem to be everywhere these days, not just in the next James Bond film. Convenience and safety top the reasons for such a high demand. These locks are no longer exclusively used by the rich and famous. Anyone who has an interest in this technology can utilize it with his or her Atlanta, GA, home and/or car. There’s a plethora of choices for both the home and car, so much that at times it can seem overwhelming to decide what would fit best with your circumstances. That’s when calling our Downs Security Solutions professionals makes the most sense. We can help you wade through what’s out there and make the best decision for you.

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High Security Locks for Schools, Hospitals, and Churches

November 11, 2019
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According to CBS News, the number of mass shootings in 2019 alone is on track to be an average of one per day. In this day and age of mass shootings in public places like churches and schools, it’s instinctive that organizations are seeking the highest level of security possible. Our Downs Security Solutions team here in the area wants to provide you with the information, as well as the products and services, to help keep your communities and organizations safe and secure. Here are some tried-and-true high security locks for you to consider for your Atlanta organization.

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Signs Someone’s Meddled With Your Lock

July 10, 2019
Thief with bolt cutter behind the fence.|Thief with bolt cutter behind the fence.

Everyone wants to be safe in their home and having sturdy, trusted locks on your doors and windows is one way to increase your peace of mind. Although it’s often clear if you become a victim of a burglary when valuables are taken, it can be more difficult to detect someone who might be meddling with your locks, in hopes of finding an opportunity to steal at a later time.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Home Security This Spring

March 28, 2019
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Spring is symbolic of new beginnings and rebirth, as well as the quintessential time for spring cleaning. Perfectly coinciding with these, spring is also an excellent time of year to make a thorough assessment of your home’s security.

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4 Ways You Can Outsmart a House Burglar

March 7, 2019
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If you think having any lock on your front door and a latch on your windows is enough to protect your home from burglars, you are wrong. Today, burglars are getting more clever with the ways they target your home without you even knowing.

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Residential Door & Jamb Reinforcement

December 7, 2018
A young locksmith changing the lock on a residential front door.|A young locksmith changing the lock on a residential front door.

According to the FBI, every 14.4 seconds a home in the U.S. is burgled, and 34 percent of the break-ins are through the front door. This means you need to be sure your home’s front door is as secure as you can make it. At Downs Security Solutions, our locksmiths see firsthand the results of door break-ins and help our Atlanta, GA, area homeowners to repair the damage. We know it takes more than a lock on your door handle to make your home’s exterior doors stable.

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Summer Home-Security Tips

July 29, 2018
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Everyone enjoys the good ole’ summertime. Especially burglars. According to home-security studies, more burglaries occur during July and August than any other time of the year. The reasons have to do with more vacations and less security vigilance while enjoying the fruits of summer here in Atlanta, Georgia. Our professionals at Downs Security Solutions recommend the following tips to help ensure your home’s security while you’re taking in the sun.

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