ABC Lock & Key Inc ABC Lock & Key Inc Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:11:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 When It’s Time to Change the Locks Sat, 09 Sep 2017 21:51:49 +0000 Summer is turning into fall, the break turned into back-to-school, and like so many parts of life, change is imminent. And just as the seasons change, some other changes might also need to be made around the house. You guessed it, we’re talking changing the locks.

Changing locks can seem like a pain, but with ABC Lock & Key, we’ll ease the process every step of the way. When you need to get your locks changed, you deserve to work with Nashville’s Top Rated Local® locksmith. Contact us today for auto locksmith needs, re-keying locks, and everything in between.

The locks are older and/or outdated.

If you’ve moved into an older house, there’s a good chance you recognize some of the changes that will have to take place. An older house brings such character and personality, but it’s not quite something you want to be said when security is on the line. If your locks are looking older and are outdated, updating your locks is one of the best things you can do.

The integrity of your older home can still be preserved, but preserving your home and family’s security is of higher importance. Check out our residential locksmith services to see what we can do for you! Changing locks in the greater Nashville area is easier than ever.

You’ve made some home renovations.

Home renovations are such an amazing part of being a homeowner, and continuing on the path to creating your dream home. They can undoubtedly be stressful and time-consuming, but the end results are nearly always worth the process. If you recently worked on a home addition, there’s a good chance you need some changes to be made to your locks.

Changing the locks might be an aesthetic thing in this instance, ensuring that all your locks match (in color, size, and/or texture). While the aesthetic value is important, the bigger issue is ensuring that all your locks can be opened similarly. As sweet as a ring full of keys looks, it is way less of a hassle if you have one key instead of several.

Additionally, if you’ve renovated that back patio space and now have a classy-looking sliding door, you will definitely need a lock to go with it. Luckily, the expert locksmiths at ABC Lock & Key specialize in patio door and sliding door locks, making installation and changing locks a breeze.

You’re opting for a higher-tech solution.

Some of the newer locking options are sleeker, faster, and more innovative than the traditional lock and key. There’s nothing wrong with being a traditionalist, but the wave of locking systems is moving towards more higher-tech ideas. If you’re ready to make the jump, this is a great time to consider changing your locks for tech-savvy ones.

These smart locking systems can be operated through use of a key fob, a keypad, or even a smartphone. Bluetooth technology makes much of this possible, which appeals to people who love their gadgets and gizmos. There’s a chance that these high-tech locks will become a norm in the future, and if that’s the case, it makes sense to make the trends of the future start now at home. ABC Lock & Key can help with new lock installation, push button wireless lock, and many other residential locksmith services. Contact our experts today!

Safety has become a greater concern.

There could be any number of reasons why you feel the need to change the locks, but the point is, if you feel the need to change the locks for safety reasons, then you should trust your gut.

That being said, many of us might assume everything will be fine; people have this tendency of believing they’re invincible. With this assumption, you could be putting yourself at risk for potential danger. If your relationship with somebody has changed for the worse, more often than not, your locks will be fine. But in the event things seem off, the change is significantly worse, or the relationship change has happened with someone who’s rather unstable, it’s probably the time to trust the locksmiths at ABC Lock & Key. A former employee with a grudge, an ex who isn’t doing too well—no matter what the case may be, don’t throw caution to the wind. Hopefully it doesn’t come down to this, but a potentially dangerous situation is not the time to throw caution to the wind. Changing your locks with ABC Lock & Key is simple, takes very little time, and can set you up safely for the future.

The lock just isn’t working.

Simply put, if your lock isn’t working, then it’s time for a change. But what about that pesky lock and key situation where it works, as long as you jiggle the key at a 40 degree angle while pressing and lifting the door at the same time? “Working” and “working well” are very different, and we would argue that anything that functions at a groan-inducing capacity is not actually working. Call us to get your locks changed to make leaving and coming back to your home a breeze, not a pain.

Just as the seasons are changing, the next thing on your list to change will likely be your locks. When the time comes, the locksmiths at ABC Lock & Key are exactly who you want to work with. Serving Nashville and the surrounding areas, we offer top-notch locksmith services, including auto locksmiths, residential locksmiths, 24-hour service and more. Call us today!

The Places in Nashville Where You Might Need a Locksmith Tue, 29 Aug 2017 21:50:01 +0000 Anyone who visits the Music City knows what we already know: Nashville is pretty amazing. From catching live music both on and off Broadway, to checking out the amazing nature of Radnor Lake and more, there’s no limit to the amount of things to do in Nashville.

Many of us in the Nashville area can stay pretty busy with the number of events and activities going on. Whether we’re out and about on the bike, driving out to see the next big name in music, or anything in between, there are plenty of times where we might all of a sudden find ourselves in need of a locksmith. Take a look at some of the places and times where having ABC Lock & Key as your emergency locksmith of choice will not only come in handy, but give you back the time you need to experience everything that Nashville has to offer. Read on to learn more, and call ABC Lock & Key today for emergency services, auto locksmiths, and more!

Highway 421 “The Snake”

Though many would argue this highway is best appreciated more valued on a motorcycle, driving a car on Highway 421 can just as easily be enjoyable. “The Snake” stretches from Mountain City to Bristol TN, and gets its name for the twists and turns that make this drive so much fun. This road is a 33 mile route that contains 489 curves, three mountains, and one valley, making for the perfect weekend drive. With fall on its way, “The Snake” will undoubtedly get even more beautiful once the leaves start to change.

While the drive can easily be completed in a day, there is also lodging available to extend the escapade for as long as you’d like. Either way, the midway point of the drive is Shady Valley, where you can find gas, food, stores, and more. The last thing you’d want is for this drive to be cut short, or not even happen at all. If you’re gearing up for this trip and hear the sudden sound of a motorcycle key breaking off, or the slam of a locked car door (just before realizing the keys are sitting inside), the next sounds you could hear might be groans and/or choice curse words. Avoid those sounds altogether, and call the auto locksmiths at ABC Lock & Key! Our Nashville area locksmiths offer 24-hour emergency service for cars and motorcycles, and we can get you back on the road, as easy as ABC.

Radnor Lake

How is it already almost September? The seasons are changing faster than we can imagine, which means the leaves are soon to be changing as well. The end of summer/beginning of fall is the perfect time to have some last days on the water, whether with a paddleboard, a kayak, or a motorboat. The sights on the water are sure to amaze in these final days of warmth and sunshine. An equal sight that is sure to amaze might be the ripples created from your keys, falling out of that pocket you swore they’d be safe in, though this view likely will bring far less joy. Avoid diving into the cool temperatures in attempts to fumble around for keys, and instead call ABC Lock & Key. We serve the greater Nashville area, and will do what we can to reach you.

The changing colors mean that Radnor Lake is also the perfect spot for hiking, to really get a chance to take in all the views that Tennessee has to offer. The hike can take a dramatic twist, however, when upon returning to the car, the keys are nowhere to be found. When it comes to needing a locksmith in unusual circumstances, we’ve practically seen it all. Keys can slip out of pockets or a previously unnoticed hole in your hiking backpack with ease, but the trip doesn’t have to end on a sour note. Work with our locksmiths to ensure you’re able to get back home safely and soundly, ready to take on more of Tennessee’s nature in the future.

Nissan Field

Football is back (thank God) and the Titans are calling. If you’re headed to Nissan Field to catch a Titans game and tailgate, you’re going to have a great Sunday. The smell of burgers hitting the grill, the sound of cheering fans, the yells of the players—a Titans game just can’t be beat. That is, unless your keys are suddenly missing.

Maybe you’re gearing up for the game, and in the midst of packing up the car, accidentally lock your keys inside. Maybe the jumping around and celebrating Mariota’s complete TD pass resulted in the escape of the house keys. No matter how it went down, you need your keys, and now you don’t have them. ABC Lock & Key is here to make sure your game day goes according to plan—work with our auto locksmiths, residential locksmiths, and more!

Vanderbilt University

End of summer means back to school, and for many incoming freshmen, this is back to school in the big leagues. Taking your oldest off to college can be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences, and with emotions running amok, it can be more than understandable to show up to college, have everything prepared, unload boxes and furniture, and then see the car keys sitting on the driver’s seat. The last thing you want is to add another emotional situation on top of the already-tearful goodbyes.

In the event that this happens, relieve some of the stress and anxiety by working with our expert locksmiths. Kids grow up so fast, one minute they’re learning to walk, and the next you’re moving them into the dorms at Vanderbilt. Whether you’re coming from down the street or out of state, it’s already a stressful day for many families—even before misplacing your keys. Contact ABC Lock & Key to turn a difficult situation into an easier and worry-free one.

Broadway and More

Whether you’re hitting up the bars and restaurants on Broadway, or keeping off the busy and tourist-friendly street, you can’t miss the show. You might be hitting up some bigger names like Sylvan Esso or Father John Misty or Harry Styles, or you might be looking for the artist who’s just starting out as many do—playing free shows at a local dive. No matter where you go for some amazing music, nothing is more sour than realizing you can’t find your keys anywhere.

Whether it’s your car keys, your motorcycle keys, house keys, or the key that your boss told you never to lose, we can hook you up. Call ABC Lock & Key for a Nashville locksmith you can trust, and get back to enjoying the show.

Relaxing at Home

Man, there’s a ton going on in Nashville! If you’re super busy all the time, if you’ve hit up lakes and trails and Broadway and everything in between, there’s a good chance Friday rolls around and the only things calling out to you are Netflix and the couch. To get home after such a busy week, walk up the steps to your front door, and to realize you left your keys at work… which is locked… and you can’t get back in until Monday… not good.

Get your weekend back on track with ABC Lock & Key. We can not only get you back into your house, but re-key your locks, duplicate keys, and so much more. We’ve been Nashville’s Top Rated Local® locksmith for a reason, and we bring the services you can trust. There are so many things to do in Nashville, and one of the best ones can always be hanging out at home. No matter where you go in Nashville and the surrounding areas, take away the stress of losing, breaking, or misplacing keys by working with us instead. Get your key situation under control, and get back to all that Nashville has to offer. Call ABC Lock & Key today!

Still Leaving a Key Under the Doormat? Try These Locksmith Tips Instead Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:24:25 +0000 Forgot your keys at work? Left your keys in your gym bag, specifically the one that is still sitting in your locker at the gym? Need your neighbor to let the dog out because you’re stuck in traffic? All of these scenarios can be easily remedied, because you’ve got your spare key safely hidden nearby that is easily accessible. Simple, right?

Maybe a few decades ago, but in 2017 it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Leaving a key under the doormat or the flower pot or any other place that is virtually exposed should no longer be the standard of safety, let alone a back-up plan. There are so many amazing alternatives to deal with the situation of being locked out of a house or car, and we at ABC Lock and Key are more than happy to share these tips with you. Trust the locksmith experts that have served the greater Nashville area for over 15 years—call ABC Lock and Key for all of your locksmith needs today!

Important to note:

Hearing that you shouldn’t be leaving a spare key in an easily accessible place can be misread and misinterpreted as a safety issue. A common misconception is that crime rates have increased over the years. However, evidence and thorough data points to the contrary: The highly accredited Pew Research Center reported that in 2017, “Violent crime in the U.S. has fallen sharply over the past quarter century.” The data analysis went on to conclude that “Like the violent crime rate, the U.S. property crime rate today is far below its peak level. FBI data show that the rate fell 48% between 1993 and 2015.” As explained by the Pew Research Center, “Property crime includes offenses such as burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft and is generally far more common than violent crime.”

This may lead to some questions, for very good reasons. After all, if the property crime rate has decreased significantly in the past quarter century, why do we need to be so careful about where we leave our spare keys?

An article from The Telegraph showed some valuable insight to why this is, and so much of it comes back to common sense. If the average person knows that a spare key can usually be found under a doormat, a planter, or any other type of object that exists in close proximity to the point of entry, then the same goes for the average person who has the intent to commit a burglary.

In 2015, the Telegraph reported that there had been a rise of burglaries in the United Kingdom, and that leaving house keys in easily accessible spots was the direct cause. A home insurance managing director commented on the issue, saying, “While the number of burglaries is falling overall, it is alarming to see that the number of thefts where the burglar used a key is increasing.”

Thirty years ago or so, leaving a spare key in a “hidden” (but still exposed and easily accessible) spot might not have been nearly as common practice, but the same cannot be said today. Even though property crime as a whole has been on the decline, the rates of burglaries that have gained entry through spare keys that were found has increased. With all that in mind, check out some alternative solutions to hiding keys from the locksmith experts at ABC Lock and Key.

Install a garage door opener keypad.

Many families and homeowners opt for keeping the door that connects their garage with their home unlocked, and then investing in a lock system for the garage door itself. With a programmable garage door opener keypad, you can easily set a numerical code that will grant access to your home. You can give the code out as needed, which is a much safer practice than leaving your physical key available to anyone who feels like looking for a way in. Cracking a garage door code is a much more challenging feat than searching for a not-so-hidden object.

As an additional tip and security measure, work towards not having your code be a physically available thing for anyone to find. Try to limit yourself on writing down the code, perhaps opting for digitally storing it on a phone or other device instead.

Look into wireless entry.

Some say that physical keys are on their way to becoming obsolete, especially with methods that are allowing for remote entry to your home. With a wireless entry system, you can control your home’s locks from a smartphone, or any device connected to the internet. One example from Kwikset can even give you notifications when someone enters your home. This technology is relatively newer, and comes with its own set of issues that could arise, but it will be interesting to see where it develops.

Invest in a Bluetooth-connected key box.

This is a great option for anyone who does not have access to a garage. If you’re living in a condo or an apartment, for example, you very well might not have a personal garage. This is less of a concern if your apartment’s entrance is on the interior of the complex or building. However, if the entrance is exterior-facing, a Bluetooth-connected key box might be a great investment for you.

With this device, you can store keys in what is essentially a small lock box, but with some seriously impressive higher-tech features. For example, reports on a model from Master Lock state that “access to the box can be managed through an app, so you can give your contacts access, restrict opening times, or lock it down entirely.” Technology is seriously the best.

Work with an emergency locksmith.

Losing our keys or forgetting them can happen to the best of us, no matter how planned and organized we might be. Because of this, you should have a residential locksmith with 24-hour locksmith services in mind (as well as readily accessible). Whether you need keys replaced or simply need to get back into your car or house, the best locksmiths can do it all. Having the information for an emergency locksmith should be programmed into your phone, because your keys don’t tend the best time to get lost or left behind.

Call the locksmith experts at ABC Lock and Key, serving the greater Nashville area with the best and most trusted in locksmith services. From residential locksmith services to commercial locksmith services and more, we are the key ingredient in making sure your locked out situations go as smoothly as possible. Work with ABC Lock and Key today!

What to Do if You’re Locked Out of Your House Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:03:34 +0000 Nothing will cause a groan and/or sigh of disappointment faster than realizing you’ve been locked out of your house. Getting locked out is simply one of those inconveniences we face, and it’s especially frustrating because we know that we are the ones who are responsible (special occasions exempted). We can check and double check our keys, we can make it a habit to check for keys before we leave a place, but we are also imperfect. In the world of locksmiths, this human imperfection is expressed in the form of ending up locked out of your home.

Not to fear, because ABC Lock and Key is here. Read on to see what steps you should take when a house lockout happens to you in the Nashville area, and call us for auto locksmith, emergency locksmith services, and more!

Before you read further…

Losing your keys can already be a bit of a hassle, but it can be even more complicated if you’re without a means to contact a locksmith. Add ABC Lock and Key into your phone to ease the pain that comes from being locked out of your house. The last thing you want is to be in an area without service, unable to look up the nearest Nashville locksmith, trying desperately to figure out how to get back into your home. Program 615-456-LOCK (5625) into your phone to ensure you’re prepared in the event of an emergency.

Got it in your phone? Nice! Back to what to do when you’re locked out of your house:

Assess what you currently have with you.

It might sound silly, but when you’re locked out of your house, do a quick and immediate assessment of everything that is on your person. You never know, you might actually have the keys in your pocket! No such luck? Having a phone on you is the next best thing, because then you can make the necessary locksmith call. If you have neither of those two essentials, then it’s time to move onto step two.

Assess the safety level of yourself and others.

This might seem like the first thing you would check, but checking any items you currently have takes no more than five seconds, and could end up saving you from any ensuing panic. Essentially, you could jump immediately into freak-out mode, or you could calmly take a couple of seconds to see if you already have keys with you.

Kids are awesome and wonderful little humans, until they decide to lock the door when you’re outside. Trust us when we say it happens more frequently than you might think. Babysitters have likely had their fair share of this experience as well (which is why it might also be a good idea to leave our locksmith contact info on a list of important phone numbers).

Yet regardless of if it was an accident, an intention, or just a freak circumstance, the important thing to do in the situation is to think of the safety of everyone involved. If you have children in the house who are five years old and up, they will likely be able to unlock the door (though if they were the ones who locked the door, this might be harder to do!) With younger children, communicate to them to stay where they can see you while you make a call to your neighborhood Nashville locksmith services.

In the event you’re without a phone, check to see if anyone is walking around who could lend you their mobile device. The last resort would be to leave your home to get access to a phone, but that sometimes is unfortunately the case. Communicate to your toddler where they need to stay until you get back, and feel free to make it enticing to them to stay put as well for desired results. If you have an even younger child in the house (such as an infant), hopefully they are in a place with limited mobility while you can get help.

Preventative Measure: Make it a habit of carrying your phone when you go outside, even if it’s just for a moment. This is less necessary if there’s another adult around or in the home, but this is a good tip to remember if you are the only grown-up present. As a second tip, look into installing locks that are child-proof or are more difficult for children to mess with. When you need a new lock installation, call ABC Lock and Key for highly experienced residential locksmith services.


Consider where a spare key might be.

We will be happy for you if you have a spare available, but we are really hoping it is not located in some obvious location. Many, if not most, people know that spare keys are often found under some object or another on the front porch. Be it underneath a welcome mat, inside a decoy decoration, or anything else, this is putting yourself at huge risk for a break-in.

Think about if your neighbor has a spare, and if they are available to get you the assistance you need. However, relying on someone else’s time is a less-than-stable back-up plan. Unless, of course, you rely on ABC Lock and Key—we have 24-hour locksmith services for a reason.

Preventative Measure: Install a coded garage door opener that can open without the use of a key. Granted, this will only be a success if the door connecting your garage to your home is unlocked. One of the best preventative measures you can take is simply having ABC Lock and Key programmed into your phone; we promise to try and reach you in about 30 minutes.

Call a residential locksmith.

Calling a locksmith does not mean you have to replace your keys. That would be pretty unnecessary, especially considering they might be sitting on your favorite end table in the living room. As we mentioned previously, one of our specialties as residential locksmiths is unlocking your home and giving you back the access you need. In the event you need locks to be re-keyed or a master key system setup, we can definitely take care of that for you as well. But so often with getting locked out of our house, we simply need a way to get back in.

Instead of trying to break back into your home or scale a wall and hop through a window, prevent further damage (to both you and your locks) by calling a locksmith. In the 30 minutes you could spend trying to figure out if that stray bobby pin in your hair is going to help bust open your door lock, you could be waiting patiently for the locksmith to arrive. Not to mention, trust the professional locksmiths when we say it’s pretty unlikely you’ll be able to unlock your door using alternative methods on your own.

Preventative Measure: The evidence pretty much speaks for itself, and at the risk of sounding repetitive, have the contact information for ABC Lock and Key readily available. With this simple step, your lockout could go from disastrous to a minor inconvenience. We’ve been serving the Nashville area for over 15 years, and we’ve practically seen it all. Call us for emergency locksmith services that you can not only rely upon, but love as well.

When to Call an Emergency Locksmith Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:21:36 +0000 Even if you haven’t heard the specific term “PKW,” it’s probably something you do multiple times a day. For many of us, before we step out of any door, we feel around to make sure we have the crucial elements of PKW, those being your phone, your keys, and your wallet. We check and double check and perhaps even triple check to ensure that we have everything we need, but sometimes life gets in the way.

Whether you’re in need of an auto locksmith or locksmith services for your residence, there might be times when more than anything, you need help right away. Regular locksmiths might have standard hours of operation, but there are certain situations that simply can’t fit the standard. Read on to see when it’s a good idea to call an emergency locksmith, and contact ABC Lock and Key for 24-hour locksmith services and more!

If time is an issue.

While there’s never really a good time to lose your keys, there are certainly times when finding a solution is of a higher priority. You could be ready to drive to the airport, when you realize your keys are sitting on the front seat of your car. Or perhaps you have an important meeting at work, or time-sensitive paperwork to turn in, or you’re in the wedding party—the possibilities could go on and on. No matter what, you’ll be the one to know when time is an issue in the context of losing your keys.

Avoid the panic by working with an emergency locksmith. The purpose of a 24-hour locksmith is to help you out in these exact types of situations. Keys don’t get lost when you want them to, which is why an emergency locksmith should be called when time is of the essence. Have ABC Lock and Key saved in your phone—it’s better to be prepared than to end up wishing you had been.

If safety could be potentially compromised.

A break-in is a completely scary situation, and such an invasion of privacy. The first thing to ensure in the event of a break-in is that everyone is safe, but the last thing you want is to feel exposed once more with a lack of properly installed locks. If a break-in happens to you, don’t wait until a store opens up to secure your home once more—this is a prime example of when to call an emergency locksmith.

ABC Lock and Key is honored to serve the Nashville area with 24-hour emergency key and locksmith services, because your security is our highest priority. We will be there for you as soon as you need us, no matter what time of day or night.

If you are concerned about your valuables.

Being locked out of your house or apartment is the worst, but at the very least, you can rest a little bit easier if your home is locked. Even if you can’t get into your home, there’s slight comfort in knowing that no one else can either.

However, if your home is unlocked and your keys are nowhere to be found, this can lead to varying amounts of ensuing anxiety. You’ll eventually have to leave, but you also don’t want to leave your home unlocked. When this happens, calling an emergency locksmith is your best bet. Worst case scenario, your keys turn up eventually, meaning you’ll have a backup set in case anything happens in the future. Considering the alternative worst-case scenarios if you leave your home unlocked, it’s a better call to work with emergency locksmith services.

We can be as cautious as can be when it comes to remembering PKW. Yet even if you try your best to be prepared, we know that the age old adage can ring true: anything that can happen, will happen. At ABC Lock and Key, we hope nothing happens to your keys and your locks. But more than anything, we hope that you will be prepared in the event that something unfortunate does take place. Our 24-hour locksmiths are prepared for the worst, and will help you in the best way possible. Serving the Nashville area for years, we’ve got your back. Call ABC Lock and Key today!

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