FAQ

When do I need to call a locksmith?

The most common time to call a locksmith is when you find yourself locked out of something. Being locked out of your house, car, or business is very frustrating. Finding a local locksmith will allow for quick response times, professional entry techniques, and reasonable rates.

Although lockouts are the most common time to reach out to your local locksmith, locksmiths professionals can address nearly any security concern. We can replace lost or stolen keys for your home, business, or auto. With automotive key replacement, we can also erase the stolen or lost key from the computer. In addition, locksmiths can also rekey locks. This process ensures that the old key is disabled, and establishes a new key.

Another large part of locksmith work is maintenance. Locks are one of the most used and neglected mechanical devices in most households. In several cases, a lock and its associated hardware just require some maintenance to keep them going for years to come. If you need a residential, commercial or automotive locksmith in Maple Grove, MN, do not hesitate to call us! If we are not a fit for you, we will try to refer to a competitor that can help you!


I just purchased a new house. Do I need to re-key my home?

Re-keying your new house is a must to gain control over your lock and key system. There is no way to know who possess keys to your new home. Neighbors, ex-owners friends, family, girlfriends, boyfriends, tenants, and contractors could all potentially have a key. Getting your locks re-keyed will ensure that any old key will no longer work in the lock. If you need a residential locksmith in or near Maple Grove, MN, give us a call and we will provide the solution!


Iā€™m renting an apartment should I re-key the locks?

Re-keying your locks is always a good idea when first coming into a property. Many apartment buildings will have a master key setup, so it is best to talk to whoever is in charge to ensure it is done with the buildings systems in mind.


I have a new car, It has some kind of security device built into the key, do I have to go to the dealer to get a copy?

In most cases, locksmiths are trained and have the equipment to make a copy of your key. We can even get a working key if you have no originals. The technology and security of automotive keys has greatly improved since mid-to-late 1990s. The introduction of transponder systems makes it so that a properly cut key will turn your ignition, but the car will not start (or will and immediately shut off). Locksmiths come with the equipment to program keys through the OBDII port. The best part is, we come to you! You can save on towing cost, and we can typically have you back on the road in an hour or less! If you find yourself in need of an automotive locksmith in or near Maple Grove, MN, give us a call.


What do I do if I lost my keys?

Locksmiths are able to replace lost keys. This is done by disassembling a lock down to its base components, decoding the pins that relate to your key, and code cutting a new key to operate the lock.

Oftentimes the best thing to do is get the lock rekeyed. The rekey process disables the old key and establishes a new one. This will ensure that anyone who finds your lost key will not be able to access your building.

Automotive locks can also be rekeyed to match a brand new key. In addition, your old car keys can be erased from the autos computer system. This will ensure that anyone who finds your lost car key will be unable to start your car.


What is a Master Key?

Master keying a lock is simply adding components to allow the lock to operate with multiple keys. Businesses can take advantage of this to control where employees can access in a convenient way.


Can you cut keys for different types of locks on site?

We can cut most standard and high security keys on site. We do not precut any of our keys before going to the site. As long as we keep the key in stock, we can cut it out of the van!


Do you offer Guarantees?

We stand behind our services. Therefore, we guarantee our labor for up to one year. If you have any issues, call us and we will come right out to fix the issue.


What is the most secure type of lock?

In the most common situations, deadbolts are the most secure type of lock. The main reason for this is that they are more difficult to bypass with no damage than many other types of locks. The deadlatch system on deadbolts keeps them in place securely. In addition, they extend into your frame deeper than handles or levers. Make sure there is a deadbolt on every exterior door!

Another aspect to consider is the security in your key. With the recent lock bumping trend, standard Schlage and Kwikset locks (most commonly found in major stores) have become highly vulnerable. This has increased the need for better locks on your doors. Putting Medico or Schlage Primus will not only protect against bumping, but also against other attacks such as picking.

Why do you need to come to the car, cant you use vin to cut key?

Most personal vehicles since roughly 96+ come with transponder technology. These chips are embedded under the plastic on your key. They are very small, but play a significant role in starting your vehicle. These chips must be programmed to be accepted by your cars computer in order to allow the vehicle to start. Programming typically requires specialized equipment although there are cases where onboard programming can be used. The equipment is connected via your vehicles OBDII port. Once programming is complete the vehicles security light will shut off. At this time, the key is ready to start your car!