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BMW Key Replacement Options in Raleigh NC

When you start looking for a BMW key replacement, you’ll probably notice that the process can be pretty technical! Replacement keys and fobs come with complicated number labels, and then you have to search for the right auto locksmith who can cut and program your spare.

Here at FA Locksmith in the Triangle Area, we’re here to answer all your questions about getting a new set for your BMW. Take a look at this list of the most common replacements for your make and model, and then get in touch when you’re ready to order and program your new set!

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The LX8FZV is a bladed key with a fob head with buttons for locking, unlocking and trunk unlocking. Be aware that there are two styles of the LX8FZV: a smooth blade and a notched blade. It’s important to know which variation your BMW’s original key came with before ordering. This key replacement will be compatible with BMW from the year 1996 to 2006 and models including the 3, 5, 7 and 8 series as well as the M3, M5, M6 and X3 series. It can also be programmed for Z3, Z4, and Z8 models between the years of 2000 and 2009


The KR55WK49127 is a BMW slot key with a hidden emergency key housed within the casing. It has 3 buttons for locking, unlocking and trunk opening.

This BMW key replacement is compatible for 3 and 5 models made between 2004 and 2011.


Like the KR55WK49127, this BMW replacement is also a slot key with a hidden emergency blade in the housing. In terms of compatibility, the KR55WK49663 can be programmed for BMW 7 series between the years of 2009 and 2011.

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If you need a replacement fob for your BMW 2 series, 3 series, 4 series between 2011 and 2017, the YGOHUG5662 is likely going to be the replacement you need. Like the versions for earlier models, this keyless fob comes with a 3 button casing for locking, unlocking and trunk opening. It also has an emergency key in the casing.


This BMW key replacement is similar to the YGOHUG5662 but with a wider range of compatibility and features. It can be programmed to BMW series 1 through 7 models as well as X3, X4, M2, M3, and M4 models from 2009 to 2017. 

This keyless entry fob comes with four buttons for locking, unlocking, trunk opening, and alarm, as well as an emergency blade hidden in the casing.


In terms of design, the NBGIDGNG1 is identical to the YGOHUF5767, with four buttons and a hidden emergency blade. The difference is the compatibility, with this model offering coverage for BMW 3 and 5 series as well as X5 and X6 models from 2004 to 2019.

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What else you should know about BMW key replacement

Even though there are many spare keys that can be purchased online for BMW, there are a few things you should know about the key replacement process:

  • Spare keys will need to be cut. When you buy a blank key online, chances are, the seller won’t cut it for you before delivery. The blade will need to be cut by your local auto locksmith. BMW uses high security blades which must be cut by a specialized machine. That’s why not all locksmiths will be able to cut them, but most auto locksmiths should.
  • Spare keys will need to be programmed. In addition to blade cutting, the new key will also need to be programmed to your car’s operating system. There are no self-programming car keys available for BMW. So, every blank that you order online will need to be programmed by a professional.
  • Your dealership may not be willing to program blank keys purchased online. Some BMW owners hope to save some money by purchasing a blank key online and then bringing it to their dealership for programming. But, be aware that not all dealerships will do this! In fact, you’re better off bringing the spare key to an auto locksmith who can program the new key. And, the bonus is that auto locksmiths tend to charge less than the dealership!
  • If you’re not sure about the kind of spare you need, leave it to us. We understand that figuring out compatibility can be overwhelming. Even though so many of the key sellers guarantee compatibility, there’s still a chance that you’ll get the number wrong and end up with a key that doesn’t work for your BMW. That’s why it’s always prudent to have your auto locksmith order, cut and program the key for you.

How to start the process of BMW key replacement with your auto locksmith

If you’re tired of researching everything there is to know about BMW keys online, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your auto locksmith! Here’s what the process entails:

  • Call us with your BMW model, year, and VIN number. We’ll use this information to verify ownership of the car as well as order the specific key replacement you need.
  • Let us know how many keys you need. BMW allows for a few spares to be programmed, so you just need to tell us how many to order!
  • We’ll come to you with the cut key ready to be programmed. We offer BMW replacement in Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill so that you don’t have to go out of your way to get your new keys. We’ll organize a time that works for your busy schedule.
  • We’ll program your key. Here at FA Locksmith, we have the key programming machine and updated software to code keys for BMWs up to 2020. The process is straightforward and fast, meaning that we can hand over your new set of keys within an hour.
  • You’ll be on your way. We make key replacement simple, convenient and affordable so that you can start to use your new keys in no time.

Have more questions about BMW key and fob replacement?

We’re here to answer your questions about your BMW! Give us a call at FA Locksmith in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and we’ll be happy to talk to you about BMW key replacement!

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Car Lockout Services

There’s never a good time to have to deal with a car lockout. But, with the right auto locksmith on the way, it doesn’t have to be the huge hassle you might be expecting. Our trained technicians here at FA Locksmith can get you back in your car and on the road before you’ve even had the time to rearrange your entire schedule. And, we’ll come to wherever you are in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill!

Here are a few more things you should know about our car lockout services.

We can help with cars of all makes and models

As locksmiths, we’ve had to adapt to the times to keep up with new, ever-evolving technology. And that means that we’re trained in car key problems for both classic cars and newer models.

Whether you need a replacement key for your 1980 Ford or a new fob for your 2022 BMW, we’ve got the key cutting/programming machines and experience to get you a new set.

We can extract broken keys

Often, when we receive calls about keys broken in the car door, our clients are shocked that they physically snapped their key. But, it happens more frequently than you think!

Instead of trying to pry the broken key out yourself, leave it up to the pros. We’ll safely extract the key without further damaging the lock.

We can fix your ignition problems

Maybe you have access to your car but the ignition doesn’t seem to be responsive. In these cases, many people automatically think of calling a mechanic. But an auto locksmith can help with this too! We’re trained to fix a range of ignition problems to save you the cost of having to tow your car to a mechanic.

We’ll get you back in your trunk or glove compartment

Getting locked out of the trunk or glove box of your car can range from mildly inconvenient to a serious problem—especially if you get pulled over and have no way of accessing your registration!

Don’t put off regaining access to your trunk or glove compartment. FA Locksmith can open these types of locks in no time.

We make it look simple (but there’s a lot of training behind what we do)

One of the compliments we love to hear is when our clients are surprised at how fast we work. The truth is, even though we can get you back on the road quickly, there are a lot of safety measures we take to keep your locks, ignition, and car operating system in good condition. Here’s how:

  • We used highly specialized equipment. When you see us arrive on scene, you’ll notice that we come with a range of equipment. We carry everything from key extraction kits with tiny tools that won’t damage the internal cylinder of your lock to air wedges to the latest programming machines. This allows us to cover a range of different auto locksmith services.
  • We invest in the latest software. Nowadays, it’s not enough to have a key programming machine. We also need to make sure we’re investing in the most recent updates to keep up with security developments from car manufacturers.
  • We go through continual training. From picking locks to fixing ignitions to working with programming machines, we know that the more training we have, the faster we can get you on the road. That’s why we continue to train and learn to better serve our clients.

We’ll ask you a few questions when you call

When you need an auto locksmith to help with a lockout, there are a few questions you should be ready to answer, including:

  • Your location. Wherever you are in the Triangle Area, we’ll be on the way to help you with your lockout.
  • Your make, model, and VIN number. This information is necessary for us to verify ownership of the car.
  • Whether you need a replacement key or lockout services. This gives us a better understanding of what kind of service we’ll be able to help you with. If it’s a standard lockout, we can safely gain access to your car. If it’s a replacement key service, we’ll be able to bring along a spare from our inventory.

From there, we’ll be able to give you an estimate and an accurate time frame for when we’ll arrive!

We’re licensed, bonded, and insured

When it comes to your car, you want an auto locksmith who is not only reliable and skilled, but also licensed, bonded and insured. We’re happy to provide our credentials to give our clients peace of mind that they’re working with verified professionals in the Triangle Area.

We offer 24 hour emergency service

We know that lockouts don’t only happen during normal business hours, which is why we can offer auto locksmith services whenever you need them! No matter where you are in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill, FA Locksmith is happy to assist with your car lockout.

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Yale Digital Keypad Locks

Looking to upgrade your home security with digital keypad locks? Here at FA Locksmith in Raleigh, we want to make 2024 the year our clients not only feel safer, but also enjoy all the conveniences of smart technology at their home or office.

Let’s review some of the best digital keypad locks on the market right now!

Yale Assure Lock 2® Line

The Assure Lock 2 Series contains some of Yale’s most advanced smart locks yet. And because this collection includes a variety of different options, you’re bound to find a lock that perfectly fits your needs. While they differ slightly in terms of functionality and convenience features, all of the locks in the Yale Assure Lock 2 collection have Grade 2 locks, making them ideal for residential entry doors.

Yale Assure Lock 2

This is the standard option in Yale’s Assure Lock 2 Collection with an easy-to-use keypad. It can also be unlocked with a physical key, auto-unlock or the Yale app. Need to grant access to a guest? The Yale Assure Lock 2 allows you to share access codes with visitors, so that you don’t have to worry about leaving a spare key or being on site when your short-term renters arrive.

This model is compatible with Apple Homekit, but will need to be upgraded to work with Amazon and Google Home. You can also purchase an additional module for remote access.

Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch

The Lock 2 Touch is similar to the standard model, but features a touch screen instead of a keypad as well as a fingerprint reader. These upgrades make the Touch about $40 more on average than the base model.

Yale Assure Lock 2 Plus

Finally, we have the Assure Lock 2 Plus. This is the most technologically advanced of the three models in the Assure series, as it can sync with your iPhone or Apple Watch for completely keyless entry. Like the Lock 2 Touch, it features a modern touchscreen, but it does not have the fingerprint ability or a physical keyhole.

The Plus also offers remote access and scheduled access for temporary guests.

Price for the Yale Assure Lock 2 Series

The Yale Assure Lock 2 Line ranges from $159 for the most basic model to $350 for the Lock 2 Plus. Each model comes with the standard Bluetooth connection or a Wi-Fi module that increases the price, but offers more functionality. In the pictures below you can see an example of installation we did on a residential home.

The Yale Assure Lever

Looking for a lever handle lock for the front door of your office, garage, side door, or storage closet? The Yale Assure Lever Keypad Lock is a great option. It features a lot of the technical capabilities of the Yale Assure Lock 2 Series, such as auto-unlock, access sharing, and compatibility with Apple HomeKit. And, it can be upgraded to use with other smart home devices, as well.

How to choose the right digital keypad lock for your home

With so many good options on the market, you might be wondering how to narrow down your choice to just one. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when looking for a digital keypad lock:

  • Keypad versus touchscreen. While touch screens may be more expensive and modern-looking, not everyone prefers them. Some of the downsides include the extra step of activating the touch screen, and having to remove winter gloves to enter the code. If you like the feel and convenience of a keypad, stick with the original Yale Assure Lock 2.
  • Keyed versus keyless. Deciding between a lock with a backup key or a completely keyless lock is another personal preference. If you’re the kind of person who might forget your code or forget to change out the battery, having a spare on hand might be a good option for you. In this case, you’ll want to stick with the Yale Assure Lock 2 or Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch.
  • Compatibility with your existing smart home system. From Alexa to Google Home to Apple Home, not every lock will be instantly compatible with every system. At purchase, the Assure Lock 2 Plus will work with your Apple Home. All models can be upgraded for other smart platforms like Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
  • Remote access. Remote access can be a beneficial feature for anyone who wants to control their lock from afar. Maybe you have a guest visiting or run a short-term rental out of a second home. In either case, you’ll want to be able to lock and unlock your home without physically being there. All of the Assure Lock 2 options can be accessed remotely, but only when they are Wi-Fi compatible. The Bluetooth options cannot be accessed remotely.

FA Locksmith can help you find your digital keypad lock

Still have questions about which keypad lock is right for you? Or, need a pro to help with installation? FA Locksmith is Raleigh’s go-to for easy, secure, and fast installation of your new digital keypad lock!

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High security car keys replacement

Ever wonder what makes your BMW, Mercedes, or other high end car key unique? These prestigious brands put so much care into every design feature that it makes perfect sense that their keys would also be top-of-the-line.

Of course, our auto locksmiths at FA Locksmith know that working with these keys requires an extra level of expertise and training. So, let’s talk about how we go about duplicating, replacing, and fixing high end car keys for our clients here in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

Luxury brands use the latest technology

All modern cars, whether high end or not, use smart technology in their car keys and fobs. And luxury brands take that technology to the next level. With sophisticated programming, these keys are able to offer more features, such as higher security, keyless entry, and ignition from afar.

Different brands also offer their own unique features. Volvo, for instance, offers the Care Key which can program certain keys to control the maximum speed limit of the car, to keep teen drivers safe. Another example of brand-specific key features would be the Jaguar Activity Key, which acts like a waterproof smart watch for when you don’t want to carry your key or fob with you. Mercedes Benz has their own system in which you can use both an app to lock, unlock and start your car from afar plus a Keyless Go fob for a backup security measure.

As you can see, because each luxury car brand is constantly stepping up their technology to be more competitive on the market, locksmiths must also keep up with the latest trends and advances. This not only requires us to be continually learning about how these devices work, but we also must be updating our car key programming software to keep up with the changes.

Not all locksmiths have the equipment to duplicate high security car keys

When your local locksmith cuts and programs a new key for your car, they’ll use a coding machine that interacts with your car’s central operating system. Most of these coding machines cover standard car brands like Ford and Toyota. But locksmiths often have to invest more into machines that cover luxury brands, as well. That’s why you may have a local locksmith who can duplicate keys for one of your cars but not for your BMW or Mercedes.

Some luxury brand cars only work with certain local locksmiths who have the coding equipment for their car keys. As a car owner, this gives you the peace of mind knowing that there are fewer people with the capability to duplicate your high security car keys. 

Is it possible to order a universal car key and program it yourself?

You may see blank car keys for sale online claiming that they are compatible with Audi, Vovlo, Jaguar, and other luxury brands. But as we mentioned before, what sets high end car keys apart isn’t only the technology in the key but also how it interacts with your car’s operating systems.

There are two road-blocks, then, to duplictaing a car key yourself. For one, there’s a good chance that the universal car key you purchased may not actually be compatible with your make and model. In other words, sellers are able to include many brand names in their marketing but whether the universal key or fob will be the right match for your model is another question.

Second, as we mentioned, programming a new key requires a coding machine. These machines are several hundred (sometimes several thousand) dollars. For these two reasons, we always recommend that you call us as your local auto locksmith before making any purchases. We have experience working with many different models of high end cars and can help you find the most affordable car key replacement as well as oversee the programming for your new set.

Getting a spare for your luxury car

As auto locksmiths, we recommend to our clients to invest in a spare key for their luxury car. This can save you a lot of time and money in the case that you’ve misplaced your car key around the house or want to share your car with multiple members of your household.

But, it’s important to know that many luxury brands limit the amount of spare keys their operating system will allow. Give us a call and we’ll let you know what is possible in terms of spare keys for your car.

Make FA Locksmith your first call for all your luxury car key needs

Just because you have a high end car doesn’t mean that you have to pay dealership prices anytime you need a new key or fob. Give us a call at FA Locksmith with your make and model and we’ll get you your spare or replacement key fast and at a lower price than your nearest dealership. We are Raleigh’s go-to auto locksmith for luxury brands including BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar, Volvo, and more!

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Lost Ford Keys Replacement

Need a new set of keys for your Ford? FA Locksmith in Raleigh Durham is your go-to for key duplication, repair, and ignition replacement! From classic Mustangs to modern SUVs and more, there’s no model we can’t work with. As one of the highest-rated auto locksmiths in the Triangle, your Ford is in good hands with FA Locksmith!

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Manual keys and chip transponder keys

When you need a standard key duplication or new chip transponder key, we can get you sorted in no time! These are some of the quickest keys to duplicate, and we always have Ford blanks in stock for a faster turn-around time for our clients.

Key FOBs

When your Ford key FOB is malfunctioning, we can fix or replace it. We can have one of our technicians come out to wherever you are to take a closer look at your device. It may need a new battery or have sustained damage to the internal electronics. Either way, we’ll let you know if the FOB is fixable or needs to be replaced.

In the case of a lost FOB, we’ve also got you covered! Give us a call with your Ford model and year and we’ll take a look at the FOBs we have in stock. Even if we don’t have the specific FOB you need, we’ll order one fast so that you don’t have to deal with the inconvenience of a manual key for long. In addition, we can do the necessary programming for all Ford key fobs and transponder keys on site.

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Keyless entry

Modern Fords now come with the option for keyless entry for easy access when you don’t want to carry your keys with you. But, as you might have experienced, a faulty keyless entry system can be a huge headache when you get locked out of your car.

Our Ford-experienced locksmiths know these keyless entry systems inside-and-out so that you’re never left stranded. We’ll be on site fast to troubleshoot the keypad and get you back in your car.

Coding and reprogramming

Whenever you introduce a new key to a modern car, it will be necessary to reprogram it. In other words, we need to communicate with your Ford’s central computer to make a proper new key introduction. Otherwise, the replicated key will be rejected by your car.

This coding process requires specialized equipment and training that not every auto locksmith in North Carolina has. But, here at FA Locksmith, we have the latest technology and training to be able to reprogram Ford keys and FOBs without a problem! We carry the necessary coding machines, such as SmartPro and can do all of that fast on site at your location.

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Classic and older models

Nowadays, it can be tricky to find locksmiths who know how to handle classic and older Fords. But we know how important your vintage model is to you! That’s why, if you need a key replaced or duplicated, we’ll always treat your Ford with the utmost care. We know where to source blanks for all Ford models and we also offer key extraction, ignition repair, and any other services that require a delicate hand to keep your older car in good condition.

More affordable than the dealership

When it comes to key replacement, a trip to the Ford dealership can be expensive. And, they might not have the keys on hand that you’re looking for. FA Locksmith is ready to provide you with a new set of Ford keys for a lower price than your dealership. And, if we don’t have a blank replacement for your car in our extended stock, we can order you the right one fast!

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Responsible key duplication

The safety of our community is a number one priority! That’s why, when you call us for a Ford key duplication, we’ll ask you to provide proof of ownership to make sure that your keys never get into the wrong hands. As one of the Triangle Area’s most trusted locksmiths, this is just one way we can provide responsible services for our clients!

Serving Ford owners all over Raleigh Durham

No matter where you are in the Raleigh Durham area, consider FA Locksmith your Number One source for all things Ford! We’ll replace your FOB, duplicate your manual key, troubleshoot issues with your keyless entry system, and more.

If you can’t come to us, just give us a call! We’ll send our nearest auto locksmith to you, from Carrboro to Downtown Durham to East Raleigh and everywhere in between. We’re always on duty to help you with your Ford!

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Mortise Locks

As a business owner, you want to make sure your locks are made to withstand everything from normal wear and tear to an attempted break-in. But, there are so many different kinds of security systems on the market, it can be hard to know which one is the most reliable.

Mortise locks have been around for well over a hundred years, but our team here at FA Lock still consider them to be one of the best designs for office and front business doors security. So, whether you have a retail shop in Raleigh or a warehouse in Cary, this style of lock might be ideal for your Raleigh NC business. Let’s talk about what sets them apart.

Mortise Lock Design

If you’re looking at a closed door, you might not be able to tell the difference between a mortise lock and a cylindrical lock. Both styles use a knob or lever and a keyhole, passcard, numerical code or fob to open the door.

But, when you open the door, you’ll notice that the faceplate of a mortise lock is large, usually about 5 to 8” tall.

What you’re looking at is really the tip of the iceberg. Within the door is where the mortise lock hardware is stored. And if you were to take the lock out of its housing, you’ll see that they tend to be larger and heavier than cylindrical locks. Inside of the metal exterior of a mortise lock, there is a system of springs and levers that allow the lock to engage and disengage.

Benefits and Uses of a Mortise Lock

So, what exactly makes a mortise lock so desirable for commercial settings? Here are a few of its key characteristics:

  • Strength. A mortise lock is protected in part by the door that surrounds it. But it’s also made of a durable metal casing that protects its internal workings.
  • An extra line of defense against picking. Any lock that uses a pin tumbler, including both mortise and cylindrical locks, can be picked. But mortise locks tend to be more difficult and therefore less appealing to potential intruders..
  • Durability. Mortise locks usually fall into the Grade 1 category because of how they stand up to attack, but also because they can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

Potential Drawbacks of Mortise Locks

Mortise locks may be reliable and strong, but they’re not without their own disadvantages, including:

  • A more difficult installation. Mortise locks require a more involved installation process because of their unique design. Even if you already had a mortise lock in the door, most of these types of locks are not universal, meaning that our locksmiths may have to cut new holes to accommodate the new one.
  • They can’t be installed on all doors. Mortise locks require heavy, durable doors of a certain width to be able to house the lock case.
  • Repairs need to be done by a pro. If you’re experiencing issues with your mortise lock, a DIY video is probably not going to help you. Instead, you’ll need a trained professional who can remove and open the lock case to assess and fix the problem.

Smart mortise locks

Mortise locks may be a traditional design, but they’ve kept up with the times by incorporating smart technology. Whether you’re looking for a keyless entry for your staff or a keycard system for a hotel, smart mortise locks can offer a more convenient and reliable security system.

Best Mortise Lock Brands

When looking for a mortise lock, it’s best to stick with the most common brands. As we mentioned before, mortise locks aren’t as universal as cylindrical locks. So, it’s best to stick with a well-known brand that will give you the most options in the case you want to upgrade or change your locks later on.

Some of the most popular mortise locks on the market are made by Yale, Premier Lock, and Schlage. You’ll generally find locks by these brands for somewhere between $50 and $250, depending on its grade and design.

Cost of Mortise Lock Installation and Repair

Once you’ve ordered a mortise lock, you may wonder how much it will cost to install and maintain it.

Installation, for one, can cost anywhere between $100 and $500 depending on whether the mortise lock needs a new housing or contains smart technology that needs to be programmed.

Repairs and maintenance of your mortise locks will depend on the specific problem you’re having with your security system. But, in general, you can expect to pay somewhere between $50 to $200 to repair your mortise lock.

FA Lock can help you upgrade your security with a mortise lock!

We work with businesses all over Raleigh NC to install, repair, and upgrade mortise locks. So, no matter your questions about these types of locks or others, give us a call at FA Lock!

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Night Latch

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Although you hope to never have to use them, there are some locking devices that give you peace of mind. The Nightlock door security device is a great example. It can be used to keep intruders out of your home or office, or during a shelter-in-place emergency.

Let’s talk more about how these devices work and whether they might be appropriate for your Oakwood, North Hills, Falls River, Cary, Durham or other Raleigh NC property.

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What is a Nightlock door security device?

A Nightlock security device is a door-mounted metal jammer that can be engaged in the event of an emergency or anytime that you want to be sure that your door lock is reinforced.

There are a few different variations of this device depending on whether it will be mounted onto an outward-swinging, inward-swinging, or sliding door. But, with all designs, a strong aluminum arm holds the door in place, preventing anyone outside from being able to kick, ram, or pull open the door.

Another key characteristic of this type of device is its strategic placement. It is mounted at the base of the door to prevent an intruder from being able to break the door window and disengage the device.

Are Nightlock devices and night latches the same thing?

When it comes to emergency security, you want to make sure you’re buying the right product. So, what is the difference between Nightlock and a night latch lock?

Nightlock door security devices are door barriers that have been designed specifically to brace against intrusion attempts or active shooter scenarios, either in residential settings, workplaces, schools or hospitals. Night latches, on the other hand, are a style of surface mounted latches that can be opened or closed with a key. These devices use a latching system instead of a barricade to provide security, and they are more commonly used in the UK than in the US.

Why are Nightlock devices preferable to simply locking the door?

There are a few reasons why a Nightlock device may come in handy instead of relying only on the door lock:

  • The intruder may have access to a master key or bump key. When keys fall into the wrong hands or an intruder has a way of picking or bumping the lock, this kind of door device can serve as an extra line of defense.
  • There’s a window on the door. If the door has a window, an intruder may still be able unlock the door by breaking the window and accessing the doorknob.
  • Double cylinder door knobs. Some commercial settings and school districts use a double cylinder door knob that must be locked and unlocked with a key from both sides. In the case of an emergency, you can lose valuable moments locating and using the key. A door security device is mounted and clearly labeled on the door so that the lock can be engaged quickly and easily.

How much do Nightlock devices cost?

Nightlock offers a range of door security devices to cover many different kinds of commercial and residential settings.

No matter what model you choose, each door blocking device will cost less than $100. Most range between $40 and $80.

How are Nightlock devices installed?

Installation of these door jamming devices is simple and quick. But, when it comes to emergency security devices that must follow building codes, we always recommend that you have a licensed locksmith oversee the project. Call FA Locksmith to help you choose the right door device for your Raleigh location.

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Emergency Exit Devices

Panic bars and emergency exit devices are a crucial part of your business’s overall safety plan. Here at FA Locksmith, we’ve worked with many business owners in the Raleigh and Triangle Area to ensure that their workplace, school, or hospital is safe for everyone who walks through their doors.

And we also know that navigating the building codes and finding the right equipment for your space can be tricky. In this article, we’ll explain how panic and fire exit hardware works so that you can choose the right set up for your business.

What are the differences between panic bars and fire-rated exit devices?

Most people who enter your building have no idea that there are actually many different kinds of technology and hardware keeping them safe. Here’s a rundown of the most common kinds of exit devices:

  • Panic bar. A basic panic bar is a device that allows the user to easily push open the door by pressing on a horizontal bar. This is important in the case of an emergency and for people with disabilities who may not be able to open a knob or handle. Panic bars may or may not be connected to an alarm system, and can be manually “dogged” or calibrated to be unlatched for easier swinging.
  • Fire-rated exit device. Fire-rated exit hardware looks and functions almost the same as a panic bar. But the key difference is grading. Fire-rated devices are graded to be used on fire-rated exit doors as well as regular doors, whereas panic bars can only be used on non-fire-rated doors. Fire-rated exit devices also cannot be dogged.

This important distinction is a good starting point to understanding panic hardware for commercial buildings.

Rim, mortise, vertical rods and multi-point panic hardware for commercial buildings

As a business owner, you have one priority: safety. That means both the safety of your occupants in the event of an emergency as well as the safety of your team and possessions from a break-in. So, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different levels of security in panic hardware:

  • Rim latch panic bar. This is the least complex and most common kind of panic or crash bar, and it’s suitable for most settings. The latch extends visibly from the device in order to catch on the door frame or mullion (i.e. the metal beam between two double doors.)
  • Mortise panic bar. Mortise locks have been around for many years, and it’s because they are reliably secure and strong. Mortise lock panic hardware is installed within the housing of the door and frame, thus hiding the locking mechanism when the door is shut. Mortise locks are not as common in commercial settings because installation is more intensive and not appropriate for all door types.
  • Vertical rods. Vertical rods allow the door to be latched at the top or bottom of the door frame. This is often used for double-doors in which a business owner doesn’t want to install a mullion onto which the rim lock will latch. In terms of security, it does have some vulnerabilities, especially if it’s not outfitted to an alarm system.
  • Multi-point panic hardware. A multi-point system combines a rim lock with a vertical rod for added stability and security. In settings which double as storm shelters, this set-up is generally considered the most secure.  

Delayed egress panic bars

In certain settings, it may be necessary to install a delayed egress, or delayed opening mechanism on a door. This is common in certain medical settings in which staff want to prevent patients from wandering out, or protect the safety of young children and babies. There are a number of other applications, as well.

Delayed egress works by keeping the door closed for a set period of time until an alarm is triggered and the door is released. It is not allowed by code in all settings, so your trusted locksmith can help you figure out if delayed egress is required in your space.

Panic bar requirements and regulations

When you call a locksmith to install panic bar hardware, the first thing that we’ll do is assess your space with the International Building Code and OSHA in mind. Here are a few of the requirements we’ll consider:

  • Panic hardware must be used on doors that have a lock and latch for spaces in which the maximum occupancy is 50 people or more. This refers specifically to rooms that fall under Group A or E occupancy, such as gyms, schools, restaurants, churches, and museums.
  • Panic hardware must be installed when the door provides an exit for a room with Group H occupancy (Group H referring to spaces housing hazardous materials.)
  • Panic bars and fire-rated exit devices must be used on out-swinging doors.
  • Panic hardware must be easy-to-use and accessible for people with disabilities. There are a few specifications that are needed to comply with this, such as the panic bar spanning more than half of the width of the door and being mounted 34 to 48 inches from the floor. Another important requirement is that the door itself should swing open with minimal force.
  • Emergency exits must be clearly marked. If your panic bar is affixed on an emergency exit, it will also need signs and visible indicators so that people can act quickly in the case of an emergency.

Fire exit and panic bar maintenance

As with any security system, panic and fire exit hardware is only reliable when it’s proven to be functioning normally. And that’s why many building codes require regular testing and drills to ensure that panic hardware will work in a real emergency.

If you notice any faults or issues with any of your panic hardware, don’t wait to fix it. Even one faulty exit can spell disaster during an emergency situation. Here are some of the most common reasons why we’re called out for panic bar repair services:

  • Faulty installation. Because panic and emergency exit devices for businesses must comply with building codes, it’s never a good idea to go the DIY route. Trained professionals are your best option for installing well-functioning and safe exit devices for your commercial space.
  • Problems with the technical element of the panic hardware. If your panic hardware is connected to an alarm system, it can be tricky to get all of the components to work properly together. Troubleshooting technical problems is essential to make sure that the emergency exit device with alarm is ready for anything.
  • General wear & tear. Panic hardware is often installed on doors with high traffic, meaning that they can naturally lose functionality over time. Remember that panic hardware must be able to be opened with minimal force in order to comply with building codes and accessibility requirements. So, if you find that your bars are sticking or your doors are not swinging open easily, it’s time for some panic bar maintenance.

FA Locksmith is your go-to locksmith services for panic hardware solutions for your business, small or large!

In this article, we’ve given you the basics of fire-rated exit devices and panic hardware for commercial buildings. But, the truth is, every setting is a little bit different. Here at FA Locksmith, we can make sure that your Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill NC business doors are safe, reliable, and up-to-code. It’s what makes us one of the most trusted locksmiths for business owners in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. Call today for a free estimate!

Lock Picking

Lock Picking: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Home or Office Safe

Lock picking is any business or homeowner’s nightmare. It’s the last thing you want in the back of your mind when your last employee goes home or you lock up your house for what should be a relaxing weekend away. Luckily, with the right security system or locks, you can stop worrying. That’s because nowadays, there are locking solutions that are so pick-resistant that prospective burglars won’t even be tempted to try. While nothing is 100% safe, its pretty safe to say that a burglar would probably want to find a different, easier target.

So, let’s talk about how your FA locksmith in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas can protect your home or workspace from lock pickers right now.

What is lock picking?

Let’s start with the basics:

Lock picking has been around for as long as locks themselves. But as locking technology has become more advanced and lock manufacturers like Schlage, Kwikset, Yale, Baldwin, Medeco and more have done and are doing a lot to improve security, so have the lock picking experts.

So, how do they do it?

Well, most dedicated lock pickers are specialized in pin-and-tumbler locks. These locks are spring-loaded, which means that with pressure and tension applied to the pins in the right order, they can be opened. This is usually done with:

  • A hook or rake and a tension wrench
  • Knife picks, which can be used for combination locks or padlocks
  • Bump keys, which are made to be able to open a variety of locks, just the same as pick tools.

With practice and skill, a lock picker can use their specialized tools to manually push up the pins that are holding the lock in place. A very experienced lock picker, or anyone with a rapid entry pick such as a rake or bump key, can open a lock in a matter of seconds. Its not as easy as you see in the movies, but not that hard either for simple locks. Unfortunately for homeowners and business owners, the internet has given everyone the chance to learn lock picking. In fact, lock picking has become a popular sport, meaning that picking kits are widely available for a variety of different kinds of locks. While most people learn this old technique just for fun, it can sometimes be used for criminal purposes.

Upgrading your hardware

While you can’t remove all of the information on the internet about lock picking, you can upgrade the security on your home or office to lower your risk of a break in with the right lock.

High security locks such as Medeco and Mul-T-Lock – Locks that utilize high security hardware are more expensive, but they can slow down and deter even the most experienced lock pickers. FA Locksmith can install and change all types of residential and commercial locks into high security locks with a new cylinder or completely new lock.

While the people who pick locks for fun may be drawn to the most complicated locks, most burglars aren’t looking for a challenge. Upgrading your hardware can be an effective way to keep your home or office safe from intruders.

Investing in smart solutions

Smart locks have completely revolutionized security by allowing a door to be locked with a keypad or an app. Here are a few ways that they can help protect you against lock picking:

  • Many smart locks don’t have anything to pick! A lock picking expert is going to have quite the disappointment when they get to your front door only to see that there’s no way to access the internal cylinder. That said, some smart locks do also have a keyhole, and may still be prone to picking. Most smart locks that do have a keyhole, are just as vulnerable as any other regular lock out there. They are not more secure!
  • Smart locks can be outfitted with an alarm system. One of the huge advantages of a smart lock is the alarm system. Lock picking can be quite discreet, but many burglars will opt not to pick a lock that will sound an alert once they’ve opened it.
  • Smart security systems often have cameras. Even though lock picking can be done in a very short amount of time, no burglar is fast enough not to be caught on camera. So, they may avoid a home outfitted with a smart security system with video or camera surveillance.

All of this being said, smart locks are not completely protected against attacks. Anything that uses smart technology can theoretically be vulnerable to hacking or interference, which may very well become the modern-day equivalent of traditional lock picking. You’ll want to look for a system that has been tested for cybersecurity and keep a strong password for your Wifi as well.

Other ways that you can prevent break ins

Here are a few final ways that you can lower the risk of your locks being picked:

  • Make sure your security system is installed by a locksmith. Even if you’re a DIY enthusiast, we would still recommend that you have a professional locksmith install your security system. FA Locksmith technicians are trained to identify and fix vulnerabilities that lock pickers can exploit.
  • Don’t let damage go unaddressed. Whether it’s a lock that doesn’t function well or a smart system with a few bugs, you do not want to ignore any issues with your locks. Call FA Locksmith to come out at the first sign of security failure.
  • Make your home or office undesirable for a burglar. Simple improvements like adding more external light or signing up for a neighborhood watch program can make your house less of a target for burglary.
  • Rekey your locks when necessary. If you worry that your keys have fallen into the wrong hands, a rekeying of your locks can be a simple way to restore your safety. In addition, it is the safe way to go in case you let one of your employees go recently or moved to a new home.

As you can see, many of these upgrades to your security system are best managed by a professional locksmith. FA Locksmith knows the ins-and-outs of locks better than the burglars, and we’re here to help you protect yourself against lock picking!

Locks Rekey

Rekey services for residential and commercial. FA Locksmith in Raleigh and surrounding areas can help. Call now!

In today blog post we will discuss lock rekey which is one of the most common locksmith services we offer and one that is a very good solution for most new home business owners.  FA Locksmith is proud to provide rekey and master rekey services for both residential and commercial customers in Raleigh Durham metro area and would be happy to assist you with any question you have.

What is locks rekey?

Rekeying locks involves changing the internal mechanism of a lock so that it can be operated by a different key with the same key way. This is important because you can only change the key of the same lock brand. For example: In case you have Schlage locks, you will be able to rekey them to a different Schlage key but not to a Kwikset key. The process of rekeying does not require replacing the entire lock but rather involves changing the lock’s pins or tumblers to match a new key. This As a result, the old key won’t be useful anymore while allowing the new key to operate it.

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Master rekey services for commercial locks – FA Locksmith

On the other hand, changing locks refers to removing the existing lock and replacing it with a totally new one. This involves installing an entirely different lock mechanism, latch etc. which comes with a new set of keys. Changing locks provides a complete replacement of the lock and matching keys.

Here are the main differences between rekeying locks and changing them:

  1. Cost: Rekeying locks is generally more cost-effective compared to changing locks since it only involves replacing the internal pins or tumblers. Changing locks requires purchasing entirely new locksets, which can be more expensive. Most often rekeying locks is half as expensive as changing the locks.
  2. Security: Rekeying locks provide a level of security by preventing the use of old keys. However, if the existing lock is compromised or damaged, changing locks may be a more appropriate option for enhancing security. In most cases, where the locks function fine, there is no real need to change the lock.
  3. Convenience: Rekeying locks is a quicker process compared to changing locks. In addition, once a locksmith rekey the lock, it can match it to a different, already installed lock you have. Changing locks may involve more time and effort, as it requires physically removing the old lock and installing a new one which most often requires an additional adjustment to the door.
  4. Key Control: Rekeying locks allows for key control, meaning you have control over who can access your property (contractors, previous owners, tenants etc). By using a new key, you can ensure that the previous key holders no longer have access. In this regard, changing locks also offers the same level of key control.
FA Locksmith rekey locks services in Raleigh Durham NC
FA Locksmith rekey locks services in Raleigh Durham NC

If it’s still hard for you to decide if you want to change or rekey your locks, you should consider factors such as your budget, security needs, and convenience. If you’re looking to prevent the use of old keys while maintaining the same locks, rekeying is a suitable option.

However, if you want to upgrade security or if the existing locks are damaged or don’t function well, changing locks may be the better choice.

As always, remember that you don’t have to make this decision alone. FA locksmith can come to you and offer you the best solution for your needs and budget. We work with all lock brands and our mobile unit has a huge variety of locks for you to choose from in case you want to replace your locks.

How much does it usually cost to rekey your locks?

It really depends on the types of locks you have. For most residential locks it usually costs between $20-$50, depends on the labor.

For commercial locks it may be higher, especially for emergency exit devices (where we have to take the exit device off the door first) and special locks.

For a more accurate quote and information, give us a call any time.

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FA Locksmith rekey locks services in Raleigh NC
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