June 14, 2010 by
Champion Lock Blog
I was born and raised in San Antonio. We’re famous for our yellow roses, pecan trees, the aloe vera growing wild in our backyards, Lone Star beer, whiskey (whatever you’re pouring), Mexican food, the Alamo, the Riverwalk, my grandma’s house, and our local locksmiths.
Okay, some of the things on this list are more famous than others. This is more like the list of what our family prizes most.
Once my sister and I were downtown and we locked the keys in our car. It was our parents’ car, and we were borrowing it, and while I don’t want to get into specifics, let’s just say that we were teenagers and this borrowing was not entirely authorized.
We tried some tricks with a nail file I had in my purse, things we’d seen people do in movies that magically opened locked car doors, but the nail file got stuck and the door wouldn’t budge. Finally, although we were scared of what it would cost, we looked in the phone book and called the local locksmiths.
They were incredible! And much more reasonably priced than we had imagined.
We never told anyone what happened. But whenever the whole family’s together for a barbecue or something, my sister and I will lift our Lone Stars in toast to our local locksmiths. Nobody knows why we do it. They think it’s just one more inside joke between sisters, but we know better–and should something like that happen again, we know who to call.
June 07, 2010 by
I admit that I’m a bit of a scatterbrain. I’m always losing things: Jewelry, gloves, hats, clothes, even my iPhone! From time to time, I lose my house keys, so I’ve gotten to know my locksmith San Antonio well.
One day, I was at the airport picking up my parents (being the good daughter that I am), who had just gotten off a 24-hour flight from Australia and were looking a little worse for wear. They were impressed that I had made it to the airport on time, scatterbrain that I am.
“Don’t worry, I’ll get you home fast,” I reassured my weary folks as we were walking towards the parking lot. We got to my car, and I fumbled around in my bag for my car keys, and couldn’t find them. I checked my pockets, delved deeper, but still, no keys.
Finally, we all gazed longingly into my car, and there they were. I’d finally managed to lock myself out of my car, at a most inopportune time. I called my replacement car keys locksmith, and they came to the rescue fast, much to everyone’s relief.
Not the smoothest airport pickup of all time, but what else can you expect from a scatterbrain.
May 17, 2010 by
Champion Lock Blog
When I was browsing around on the web looking for a locksmith San Antonio, I was a little concerned about finding someone who offered credible services. I had heard horror stories about people who were referred to local locksmiths that turned out to be no where near local; they only advertised themselves as such. These pseudo-local locksmiths take your calls from a call center, give you an estimate, and then when the contracted locksmith arrives he will ask for a significantly greater amount of money. Luckily, I found Champion Lock & Safe Co. to handle all of my locksmith needs at affordable rates. But if you aren’t in the Central Texas area and are looking for a legitimate local locksmith, here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau:
• Get recommendations from friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.
• Be wary if a company you call answers with a generic phrase like “locksmith services” and not a specific company name.
• Get an estimate on EVERYTHING before work begins. Also ask about any additional charges. Verify it at least twice before you agree to services.
• Find out if the locksmith is insured.
• When the locksmith arrives, ask for ID. In addition, a credible locksmith should verify your information as well.
• After the work is complete get an itemized report on all of the charges and parts used.
May 10, 2010 by
Champion Lock Blog
I was so excited to finally move into my new condo. I had been planning on moving in for months, but construction was delayed for a while. After complaining, I was finally able to get someone to put the finishing touches on my new place. When the big moving day came, I was thrilled. It was nearly a year in the making and I was going stir crazy in my old place.
Well, I moved out of my old place, and started to move into my beautiful new condo. It was exactly how I’d imagined it—perfect. I was so excited about living in a new place that I went out and bought all new furniture, a new stereo system, and a new flat screen TV so I could have friends over to watch the big game.
All was going well until one day I came home from work to find that my condo had been completely emptied out. My couches, chairs, dining room table, stereo equipment, computer, and new flat screen TV were all gone. I literally fainted. After I came to I called the cops and they did an investigation. They told me that when places are being built or remodeled, a lot of different people have keys and if you don’t get your locks changed, you run the risk of coming home to an empty home, or worse.
So I called my looked around for local locksmiths and found a great locksmith San Antonio to change the locks and fortify my condo. I’d like to see someone break in now!
May 03, 2010 by
My family has been running a sports merchandise store for 30 years, and about 10 years ago, they took their store to the internet. It was a huge move, but they knew it was the next logical step for them. They worked so hard getting the business to be a success, and now they were finally making money. This meant that they needed to expand in terms of building space, inventory and employees. All this expansion was exciting, but it brought up some valid security concerns. When inventory went missing in the store, you knew it had to be a customer, because it was my mother, father and sister, were the only employees. But now that they were expanding, there were all kinds of new staffers handling merchandise. In addition, the warehouse would be off-site, and anyone determined enough could break in and walk off with millions of dollars in products.
So when they were putting the finishing touches on the warehouse, they decided to talk to a locksmith San Antonio and see what kind of security precautions they could take. These local locksmiths did a fantastic job at recommending the card access security program. It was the perfect way to put my parents’ mind at ease, and to ensure their millions in inventory would be secure.
April 26, 2010 by
I was getting ready to go away for vacation – New Orleans for the Jazz Festival – and I needed to give my neighbor a spare key so that he could take care of my cat, Madear, who is a dear, by the way.
So I go to my local locksmith San Antonio to get a spare key made. It took about ten minutes, and was easy peasy, but when I went back to my car, I realized that I didn’t have my car key. Not only that, but my car key was locked inside, on the driver’s seat. I was stuck, so I thought. When I went back to my locksmith San Antonio to tell them my problem, the local locksmiths happened, as I hoped they would, to have a device to dickie my car door open.
I decided that since they were so helpful, and since I was already there, I might as well get some replacement car keys. These gents were kind and fast, and it was a pleasure working with them. Now I’m not worried about locking my keys in my car or my house, because I have spare sets for both! With my mind free and clear, I was ready to have a great trip.
April 19, 2010 by
Local locksmiths should do more than just make you keys. If you’re looking for the premier locksmith San Antonio, Champion Lock is your go- to commercial locksmith. Not only do we fix, replace and install locks, but we cover your entire spectrum of safety needs.
We install security cameras , sell intercoms, set up card entry systems, and we even cut car “chip” keys. Security cameras keep your business safe by allowing you access to see whatever area of your building – inside or out – that you desire. Intercoms for business or home are great for communicating without cell phones or the interruption of getting up and looking for the person you want to talk to. Card entry systems are a very popular form of admittance because they restrict employees and patrons in ways that locks and keys just can’t. Cutting chip keys for your car takes replacement car keys one step further, because we use the code for your car to design a perfect duplicate.
How many other local locksmiths do you know that can do all of the above? Not many, right? Well come to Champion Lock and Safe Co. for all of your lock and safety needs.
April 13, 2010 by
Champion Lock Blog
If you run a business, it’s important to make sure that your premises are as safe and secure as possible because by protecting your workplace property, you can reduce losses and maintain profits. Security measures include implementing information technology measures such as spyware monitors which reveal what websites your employees are accessing, establishing workplace health and safety procedures, and ensuring that locks and video surveillance cameras are in working order.
If you’re an established business, it’s a good idea to contact a reputable commercial locksmith, which can conduct a risk assessment and security audit to reveal the effectiveness of your current security procedures and highlight any potential problems. And if you’re moving in to a new premises, a commercial locksmith can help you get it right the first time. A commercial locksmith has your business activities in mind, and can provide advice on the most appropriate security equipment and supplies for your property, and carry out the installations.
Commercial spaces can be secured through a range of methods, including lock and key, computerized access control, and video surveillance cameras. Cameras can be effective in preventing any potential lawsuits (for example, you might catch an employee faking a fall). Theft and vandalism problems often decline after surveillance cameras are installed, and will help employees feel more at ease knowing that the premises are secure.
For advice on commercial locksmith services, contact your locksmith San Antonio today.