At one point or another in life, you’re likely going to require the services of a locksmith. Maybe you’ll get locked out, need to change your locks, or simply want a spare set of keys for your house. There are tons of different reasons to seek the assistance of a professional locksmith. When that time comes, it’s important to consider a variety of qualities we think are important to expect from the person you’re entrusting your safety to.
Referrals and reviews go a long way. It is always recommended to find someone with experience, and that experience can be weighed by their reviews and ratings. If you get the chance, look them up online and see if they have any reviews on popular websites like Google, Yelp or Angie’s List. If you don’t have time to start there, ask your family and friends if they have any recommendations on a good local locksmith.
The Attorney General of Minnesota has put out a notice for families in our local communities to mind when selecting a locksmith, but these guidelines are appropriate no matter where you live. One of the most important things mentioned in the article is to look into whether or not they are local. You want to make sure you are not falling prey to a scam, or to an untrained individual posing as a professional locksmith in your area. When you contact a company for a job, make sure you verify their address, get a thorough quote and ask if they are insured before you request they come out.
Do your best to find qualified people. It’s good to keep in mind that everyone is different. Some locksmiths learn the basics of their trade, and move into specialized niche categories. There are locksmiths that learn the basics, and do not pursue anything further, while others can sign up to be a part of the ALOA Security Professionals Association or the Society of Professional Locksmiths (SOPL) to further their training. Both of these organizations offer a directory of locksmiths members and what training they have undergone. Though, just because your locksmith is not listed on these directories does not mean they are not qualified to perform the job you’re looking for. Locksmiths can be trained directly from the manufacturers for products they carry, so it’s always a good idea to ask questions.
In the end, your gut can tell you a lot about the type of person you’re attempting to hire. Did the call center give you the run around when you asked about their insurance policies? They’re likely not a reputable company you want to do business with. Did the locksmith confidently answer all your questions, and supply helpful advice on how to resolve your problem? There’s a big difference between someone doing honest work, and someone looking to rip you off to make some extra cash. If you listen close enough, you’ll likely hear it.
Use the resources available to you to make educated decisions when hiring someone to change the locks, or break into your home. The safety of your family and possessions depends on you making the right decision when you hire your next locksmith! We aim to be the top of your list, so please call us with any questions you may have about our skillset, or what jobs we can accomplish for you!
Every homeowner aims to keep their belongings safe. Security systems, locks, and safes are all great ways to keep your valuables hidden away from prying eyes, but even the most up to date security system can be broken into. Oftentimes if you have a freestanding safe, a burglar will take it with them and sort out the lock later! The best course of action is to hide those belongings. Whether you are going to try and hide your belongings in a safe, or in Tupperware, these hiding places will give any burglar a tough time.
Some of the most obvious places to hide valuables are your sock drawer, under your mattress, jewelry box, or in the tank of a toilet. Burglars are likely to make a quick dash through your home and these are common areas that people like to hide things. We recommend avoiding these areas!
A small safe could be easily hidden under the sink of the laundry room or kitchen. These areas are typically used to hold cleaning products and nothing of cash value, so they are a great place to hide things you don’t want anybody finding. For added security, we suggest adhering the safe to the inside wall and placing your cleaning products in front of the safe. We do not recommend hiding it in a bathroom, however, as people will often keep jewelry in bathrooms.
The pantry is another place you could hide things, as a burglar is not going to have time to tear apart your pantry. If you’re looking to be extra sneaky, you can keep your belongings inside an old bag of flour or rice to hide it from view. This is a great place to make sure no one that isn’t cooking in your kitchen will find it!
Inside a stuffed animal is another creative tactic. If you use a seam ripper to split the bottom or back of a plush toy. You remove some of the filling and stuff it with items you want to remain secret. This one is for anybody with a sewing skillset, as to properly hide the item you’ll want to resew it back up!
For those of us with pets, you could also hide your belongings inside their food container, or litter containers. If you properly seal the items in a container, you can place them inside your dog’s food bag, or in the crate that holds unused litter. These areas would be quite the challenge to dig through if you’re worried about the police showing up!
There are many resources online for installable plain sight safe spots. You can purchase shelves with false bottoms. There are false mirrors, false bed frames, and kits to install safes in your flooring or in the tread of your stairs! All of these are excellent options to hide things in plain sight.
Thieves typically only have a short amount of time to gather as many valuable items as possible. Our most important recommendation would be to spread out your hiding places and to hide them where nobody will think to look. Make them work for your belongings, you certainly did! As a locksmith, we know all too well how stressful being burgled can be. Break-ins are a common occurrence and something we deal with often. If you are concerned with the security of your home, we are here to help in any way we can!
Mistakes happen to everyone, nobody is perfect. Losing your car keys happens more often than some of us care to admit. We see it every day, and honestly, who hasn’t made that mistake at least once? When you’re constantly on the go, or even if you’re just out and about for a brief period, the small key ring is an easy thing to overlook. The issue is that a small overlooked key can be an expensive pain in your wallet!
The type of key that your vehicle uses is the biggest variant in cost. We offer a variety of services, and attempt to assist with all lock outs to the best of our abilities. There are numerous types of keys, from the simple non-transponder key, to the masterful smart key, we are here to help! Here is a list of the most common keys on the market:
Working from home isn’t as glamorous as it’s often talked up to be. In the end it’s still work and you have a job to do. The world is experiencing a new standard and many of us are being asked to perform our duties from the confines of our personal spaces. Suddenly bringing together two worlds that typically have a healthy boundary requires some preparation and forethought. All changes present their own challenges to face and working from home is no different. Thankfully, that doesn’t mean you have to go in blind. If you’re new to the realm of a remote office, we’ve compiled a few tips for you that go farther than an ever boiling pot of tea.
Expect to be distracted. This is a tough transition, accept it upfront and be more successful in the long run. No matter how hard you try, you’re in a space surrounded by your favorite things… and all of your not-so-favorite things, like the laundry still waiting to be done. The most important part of your new home office is that during your work hours, you belong to your work. If you let yourself wander too far, you’ll end up knee deep in a box of donations you’ve suddenly found use for. Be mindful, and accept that things will pop up, your job is to put them away for later.
Keep your routine as best as you can. A perk of remote work is that you can prioritize as selfishly as you want - there’s no pesky coworkers around to observe your second snack break this morning. This perk can also be the biggest downfall, so try and minimize the amount of romanticized procrastinating you do. If you’re sticking to your routine, you’re making sure you’re keeping your work and home life balanced.
Over communicate with your employer, and if you’re the boss be concise with your needs. Cut to the chase as quickly as you can about your software needs, your concerns, and your schedule. A struggle of being out of the office is that you’re not in front of the people you typically wander down the hall and pester. When you have questions you need to work a little harder to get your answer, but it’s important you get your questions answered.
Streamline your space, and your agenda. Declutter your office space, if possible. If this is an abrupt move to being a remote employee, you’re going to want to find the best place in your home to spend your allotted time in front of your laptop or desktop computer. Take a thorough look at its surroundings, and remove anything that’s going to hinder your production. Be upfront about things that aren’t a priority right now, and focus on what is.
Most of all, it’s important to stay positive. Take a break when you need it, open a window and stretch. We are all still here, even if you’re stuck inside your new home office. It’s time to make the best of what we have, and do our best from where we are. Find the bright sides to working from home, and hold them close. Nobody is worried about your unkempt hair and the commute is pretty great. There are worse things in life.
Thanks for checking out our blog! For this month, we wanted to give you some insight into who we are as a company.
Minnesota Locks was originally started by a family friend, Ed Jurewicz. When he started the company, it was called Minnesota Locksmith until he moved to Duluth and took over the accounts in the Saint Paul area. Fun fact: Minnesota Locksmith is still operating in Duluth by Ed's brother-in-law.
Ed passed his knowledge of everything in the locksmith world to Jeff in 1982. Until 1988, we had a mobile service and answered phones out of our house until we opened the shop you know in West Saint Paul. When we opened the shop in West Saint Paul, there weren't any locksmiths in the area at the time and there was rental space available, so it really made sense. Now it's a great central location for us!
For 10 years, it was just Jeff and I until we began hiring help. We have had various employees over the years, including 2 of our son's, Justin and Jacob. Jacob has been working with us since he was 18 and does an excellent job on commercial, residential and automotive road service work. Justin has gone on to pursue other interests, but he certainly made his mark in updating the business for us, doing calls, and getting an advertising campaign going. In our shop we have Darrell, who has had extensive experience in the locksmith industry, including working at a few of the locksmith suppliers in town. He can answer any question you might have about locks, and is proficient at re keying and making keys.
In 2003, the city of West Saint Paul bough the building we were in and we moved the business to South Saint Paul until 2006 when we were able to move back to West Saint Paul. I know, a little bit of moving around in the early years, but we have been in WSP ever since.
Technology has changed a lot over the years and we have grown with it. From simple automotive keys in the 1980's to more complex transponders and key fobs in the 2000's, we are able to program and generate keys for most autos.
Locks are used every day and what they secure (our homes, businesses, family) are important. People often don't think about it until it is too late. Give us a call!
I hope you have enjoyed a little bit of our history and enjoy the photos below. We appreciate your continued support over the year!
We are proud to announce that we earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA) in 2019. This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2019.
“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2019 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.
Thank you to everyone in our community for your support over the past year.
We are looking for an Experienced Locksmith to join our team. We are looking for someone who is willing to work nights and weekends to accommodate our customers needs. We offer a competitive salary and a great work environment.
Our ideal candidate would have at least 1 year of experience as a locksmith in automotive, residential, and business. You can email us their resume by clicking here.
About us: We offer automotive, commercial and residential locksmith services with a retail location on Robert Street 5- minutes south of downtown and offer mobile locksmith services in Saint Paul and surrounding communities.