Security Articles

High Security Locks for Schools, Hospitals, and Churches

November 11, 2019
Door handle with modern electronic combination lock. High Security Locks for Schools

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…

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Signs Someone’s Meddled With Your Lock

July 10, 2019
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…

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7 Ways to Improve Your Home Security This Spring

March 28, 2019
Front door with a welcome sign in Atlanta

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. Take a nice long walk around your home—both inside and outside—to check all your security items are…

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Can Privacy Be Found With Home Security Cameras?

January 11, 2019
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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,…

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Residential Door & Jamb Reinforcement

December 6, 2018
A young locksmith changing the lock on a residential front door.

According to the FBI (https://www.fbi.gov/), 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…

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High-Security Locks

November 19, 2018
House key on a house shaped silver keyring in the lock of a door.

The difference between high-security locks and the standard locks on most homes is the level of security each of these locks ensures. Simply because you purchased an expensive lock for your front door doesn’t make it high security. These special locks have distinctive characteristic traits making them ideal for your home’s protection. At Downs Security…

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I Locked My Keys In My House!

October 3, 2018
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It happens to the best of us, especially these days with juggling so many things at one time. Locking yourself out of your house. But it doesn’t have to happen to you. You can be that person. That person who’s organized and prepared for anything, and it’s easy. There are things you can do ahead…

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Tips to Protect Your Home From Burglary

September 21, 2018
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The FBI released its preliminary report on crime in the U.S. for the first six months of 2017, (https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/preliminary-report) reporting home burglary is down 6.1 percent. Attributing this decrease to several factors, one of them is most certainly a greater level of education on the part of homeowners for preventing burglaries. According to our Downs…

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6 Things Locksmiths Wish You Wouldn’t Do

September 4, 2018
Different kinds of keys are placed on the red carpet.

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…

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Keyless Locks for Home and Car

August 23, 2018
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…

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Summer Home-Security Tips

July 29, 2018
House key on a house shaped silver keyring in the lock of a entrance  brown door

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…

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How Secure Is Your Hotel Room Safe?

July 10, 2018
Hotel Safe

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…

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Garage Door Security Tips

June 27, 2018
Industrial storage in the city.

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…

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Common Lock Problems and Solutions

June 6, 2018
Pin tumbler of cylinder lock internal mechanism and broken key with copy space

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…

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Six Reasons You Should Rekey Your House

May 30, 2018
Handyman fixing the window with screwdriver

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…

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