Archive for February, 2015

What to Do When Your Key Breaks in Your Lock or Ignition

February 28, 2015

One of the worst feelings in the world is placing your key into the ignition of your vehicle, turning the ignition forward, and then pulling the key away and realizing it broke off in the ignition.

Well, it’s not the worst feeling in the world. But it’s certainly a setback.

Fortunately, if you know what to do when you run into trouble, it can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration!

Call a Locksmith

In a perfect world, your key wouldn’t break off in the ignition, or it would be an easy problem to fix – as simple as just plucking it out of the ignition and using your spare key (you do have a spare, right?) to start your car. Unfortunately, the reality of often much more complicated than this, especially if you’re caught out and about and left standing in the cold wondering how on earth you’re going to get home.

The best thing to do in this kind of situation is call a locksmith. Chicago has many 24 hour locksmiths to choose from, including Omega Locksmith.

If you choose the right locksmith, you won’t be waiting longer than 30 minutes for them to arrive. Locksmith professionals at Omega Locksmith are available 24 hours a day and promise 30 minute response times throughout the city. This means that you won’t be stuck out dreary weather for too long, nor will you have you entire day derailed and ruined thanks to one minor incident. Omega Locksmith has years of experience serving the people of Chicago quickly and professionally in these kinds of situation.

Additionally, Omega Locksmith can also help if you don’t have a replacement key. Not all auto locksmiths have the proper equipment, experience, and expertise that allows them to manufacture more advanced auto keys, such as transponder chip keys. If you need a key made, you want to be sure to check with the locksmith to make sure they are able to do the job before they arrive on the job site.

Ultimately, removing a broken key is rarely easy. Usually, the key is stuck deep inside. If you attempt to fish or manipulate the key remnants out of the lock or ignition by yourself, you could easily cause further damage to the vehicle that could result in more expensive repairs, like lock or ignition replacement.

Consider calling a locksmith to increase your chances of success. Omega Locksmith is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 30 minutes or less.

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Top 6 Easiest Ways to Avoid Car Theft

February 14, 2015

Did you just park your car in a sketchy parking lot? Feeling nervous about those people across the parking lot watching you park?

Car theft is one of America’s most common crimes. But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to the fact.

Instead, pay attention to the following 6 tips and you can significantly reduce your risk of losing your vehicle:

6) Choose the Right Parking Spot

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Many people substantially increase their risks of vehicle theft simply by parking in the wrong spot. Avoid parking lots that have excessive graffiti: it could indicate a serious lack of security.

Other important tips include choosing a well-lit corner of the lot as close to the building – or a public space – as possible.

Another valuable tip is to picture what the parking lot will look like when you return to your vehicle. A parking lot that looks friendly and safe during the day could turn pitch black and dangerous at night.

5) Install an Anti-Theft System

Insurance companies will often reward you for installing an anti-theft system on your vehicle. Popular anti-theft systems include a two-way car alarm: these alarms send one alarm to the owner of the vehicle and another to the vehicle itself (car thieves always know how to turn off the vehicle alarms).

You can also take things a step further and get a vehicle immobilizer to prevent thieves from starting or moving your car.

4) Remove All Valuables from Sight

Okay, this tip is obvious: don’t give thieves a reason to break into your car. If they see a Louis Vuitton handbag in the backseat and a nice GPS unit on the front dash, you’re basically asking for your car to be broken into. Remove all valuables from sight. Put them under blankets or tuck them firmly under the car seats. Better yet – remove all valuables from your vehicle and carry them with you.

3) Avoid Attaching Replacement Keys to your Vehicle

Oh, you keep a spare key above your car’s wheel? How unique. A lot of drivers do this: and a lot of car thieves know exactly where to look.

No hiding place is too clever for thieves to find. Keep a spare key on you or with a friend: don’t leave it on your vehicle.

2) Avoid Leaving Personal Documents in your Car

This tip is particularly important when parking a car long-term: like at the airport.

Avoid leaving your registration, insurance information, or title in your vehicle. If a thief does break into your vehicle, then they could view your home address on these documents. Then, they burglarize your home knowing that you’re on vacation or at some event without your vehicle.

1) Replace your Locks

Some older vehicles have worn-down locking systems. Or, the windows might be loose. In any case, your vehicle is at a higher risk of being stolen if the locking system looks old.

Contact a local car locksmith to replace your vehicle’s locks. Many car owners are surprised by how affordable this can be. In any case, it’s cheaper than having your car stolen.

If you’re worried about your vehicle’s security in Chicago, just turn to Omega Locksmith. For years, Omega Locksmith has helped Chicago residents stay safe with fast and reliable 24 hour locksmith services.