Locksmith Services

Safes that Harry’s Locksmith Carries

At Harry’s Locksmith in downtown Vancouver, WA we carry a variety of safes to meet your security needs. The most common types of safes are gun safes, deposit safes, and jewelry safes. If you’re not sure which safe to choose, we can help recommend one based on your needs. Just let us know. Below are some of the safes that we carry.

We can deliver your safe for a fee. Already own a safe? Lost your combination? Send us details and photos of your safe to shop@harryslocksmith.com.

Data-Media Safes

Gardall Data Media Safe PDX

As technology evolves, the need for the protection of magnetic media assets becomes more important. We carry different sizes of Gardall’s media safes to keep your electronic assets protected in ways that an average fire safe wouldn’t. This safe offers one-hour fire protection for your media products.

Standard Features:

  • Push button 6-digit electronic lock with key day lock
  • 3 way bolt work with bolt detent
  • Shelf/Shelfs are removable, not adjustable
  • No center bolt-down hole
  • Fire rating- 1832°F outside, 150°F interior

What can you store inside?

  • Computer Back-Ups
  • Digital Pictures
  • Music
  • Video Tapes

Microwave Safes

Gardall Microwave Safe 1

ES1612

We carry a range of Gardall U.L. approved fire resistive microwave style safes. Microwave style safes come with either mechanical or electronic style locks. All fire safes have plated interlocking bolts that extend into the safe walls to prevent tampering and removal of doors. The doors are precision built of extra heavy steel, full swinging on heavy duty hinges with interlocking, tongue and groove closure on all sides of the door frame. All safes come with a center bolt down hole and hardware to anchor the safe down.

Standard Features:

  • Programmable electronic lock with over-ride or single key lock.
  • Individual packaging for UPS type shipping available at additional cost.
  • Powder coated paint for increased durability
  • Center bolt down ( hardware included)
  • Pull-out shelf for storage
  • All models carry a 1-hour K.I.S label. Models MS912/MS129 & SS/ES1612 also carry a U.L 1-hour, 350°F label
  • Gardall lifetime fire warranty.
  • Models SS/ES1612 come with 1 adjustable shelf
  • Lifetime replacement warranty (see catalog for details)
  • * U.L. 350° One-Hour Label: Add 1½” to outside depth for dial and handle.

Gardall Microwave Safe 3

MS814-G-E

One or Two Hour Record Safes

Gardall One or Two Hour Record Safes

Gardall ES1612-G-E One Hour Record Safe

This Gardall one hour record safe features an electronic lock that allows you to set your own combination. It’s made for storing important documents and has a K.I.S. one hour fire rating as well as a U.L. one hour 350 degree F for extra fire protection. This safe features a removable shelf and small tray. On this 1 hour rated fire safe with an electronic lock, we feature a center bolt down hole inside the safe. We even include the hardware to bolt it down.

Standard Features:

  • Programmable electronic lock with over-ride
  • Powder-coated paint for increased durability
  • Center bolt-down hole is standard (Hardware included)
  • Pull-out shelf for storage
  • 1-hour K.I.S label
  • Also carriers a 1-hour U.L 350 degree F label
  • Gardall lifetime fire warranty
  • 1 adjustable shelf
  • Lifetime replacement warranty

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we can order it for you. As a security hardware provider, Harry’s Locksmith wants you to know that we are very much here to help. Reach out to us today to set up a service call or request a free project estimate. Sign up for our e-newsletter. Receive weekly product highlights, company updates, special offers, deals and more. Join our newsletter to stay connected here.

 

Safes that Harry’s Locksmith Carries

At Harry’s Locksmith in downtown Vancouver, WA we carry a variety of safes to meet your security needs. The most common types of safes are gun safes, deposit safes, and jewelry safes. If you’re not sure which safe to choose, we can help recommend one based on your needs. Just let us know. Below are some of the safes that we carry.

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1) Increase Touchless Entries

A worthwhile investment into the future is preventing the spread of diseases, the flu, and other illnesses. While COVID-19 may not be around forever, the CDC estimates that millions of people are burden by the flu each year. That can mean lost revenue and wages for a business. By increasing or retrofitting existing doorways to touchless entries, you can help curb the spread.

Hand Wave Keyless Entry and other Touchless Solutions from Harry's Locksmith

2) Upgrade to Antimicrobial Hardware


In areas where touch hardware is still needed, upgrading to antimicrobial hardware can be a great alternative. Businesses have a range of options from Antimicrobial Ionic Silver Coatings, Copper-Based Alloy Handles, Germ Selves, to Microban® Hardware. Harry’s Locksmith has access to different styles, functions, and finishes that fit your building use and design.

3) Incorporate ADA Compliance


This is a great time to examine all entrances, hallways, and exits to make sure they work for everyone. While being wheelchair accessible is one consideration, there many more factors and disabilities to consider. Let a trusted team like Harry’s Locksmith guide you through all the options.

Contact Harry’s Locksmith for ADA Compliance Inspections & Other Consultations

4) Install Smart Door Closers

Low-Energy Automatic Operators help increase safety and accessibility. Closers increase security for your doors. Both allow for code compliance over propping a door open manually, which may have other added risks.

5) Consider Mobile Access Control

Proxy cards on a large scale can require a lot of upkeep for situations where there is theft, card expiration, or general replacements from being misplaced. Mobile access on the other hand, can be granted or revoked remotely. Many companies now also let you set up Mobile Access Controls with your Smartwatch.

Mobile Access Control Keyless Entry and other Touchless Solutions from Harry's Locksmith

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Don’t Be Locked Out For Long

There’s no convenient time or place to lock yourself out. But whether you’re locked out of your home, office or even your car, Harry’s Locksmith can be there to help. In addition to a store in downtown Vancouver, Harry’s employs mobile locksmiths who can serve those living in the Portland, Salem and Wilsonville metro areas. We also offer 24/7 emergency services.

​A mobile locksmith is a trained key and lock professional who makes service calls on a variety of lock-related issues. They come to you and bring all the necessary replacement parts and tools needed to fix what issue they were called in for.

Mobile locksmiths can get to your location faster, so if you do accidentally lock yourself out of your home, business or car, they’ll be there quickly to help you get back in. The same goes if your key breaks off in the lock itself and you can’t get in.

Mobile locksmiths aren’t handy just for emergency scenarios, either. Using a mobile locksmith is a great way to have a trained professional come to your home or business to help give you peace of mind. If you just moved to a new place, a mobile locksmith can come out and change the locks just in case the previous owners didn’t get rid of all their keys. If you’ve had a break in, they can come check out your location and provide stronger protection options.

Mobile Locksmith Repairs

A mobile locksmith can also help with a variety of other locks and keys. They can not only help you get back into a car, but they can repair broken keys, whether you have a regular key or a smart key. They can reprogram transponder keys, as well. A mobile locksmith can also help repair your ignition or car locks, in addition to duplicate or replace care, motorcycle or transponder keys.

Cut New Keys On Location

You can also call in a mobile locksmith to help cut keys. Instead of going to a big box store and having it done there, a mobile locksmith will come out and ensure your key is cut properly to work on your lock. This saves an added trip back to the store if any issues arise with the new key.

Mobile Locksmiths For Home, Business and Vehicles

Mobile locksmiths receive extensive training to ensure they are knowledgeable on all sorts of different locks and doors. This means to not only will they be able to help you at your home, business or car, but they can also help you with more specialized locks. This can be something like a filing cabinet lock, desk drawer lock or a key code. Mobile locksmiths can help get into a safe if you forget the combination, or help reset the combination on a safe itself.

Mobile locksmiths allow Harry’s to reach more people faster. Find out why Harry’s has been trusted to keep people safe around Vancouver for more than 70 years. If you’re in need of a mobile locksmith in Salem, Wilsonville, Albany area, we have a technician stationed there locally to serve you better and faster. Harry’s shop is located in downtown Vancouver, Washington, five minutes away from Portland if you want a visit or a consultation with one of our door hardware specialists. The trained locksmiths have more than 120 years combined of door and door hardware experience. For the last two years, Harry’s has been voted as the top company in Clark County, Wa., for Best Security Services by residents of Clark County.

7 Tips on How to Secure Your Vacation Home

Summer may be over. But before you jet back home, get back to business, and drop off the kids at school, remember to secure your vacation home first. While the number of burglaries has steadily decreased, down 37.1% compared to 2008, in 2017 there were an estimated 1.4 million burglaries in the US (according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program). 

Secure your vacation home so you don’t fall prey to property damage, theft, or burglary. Victims of burglary offenses suffered an estimated $3.4 billion in property losses in 2017. The average dollar loss per burglary offense was $2,416. Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 67.2 percent of all burglary offenses. The impact of a home invasion isn’t just the financial loss. There’s the emotional loss of losing keepsakes and memorabilia.

Here are 7 tips on securing your vacation home to help prevent burglaries and the like while you’re not on-site.

  1. Secure all points of ingress and egress before you leave. This means securing all windows, doors, sliding doors, mandoors, and all other openings before you leave. A simple trick for sliding doors and windows is to place a wooden dowel or pvc pipe in the door track. There are “security door bars” that you can buy for upwards of $50 but you can DIY with a PVC pipe that will get the job done too. 
  2. Make the property look lived in. Give the appearance that someone is home. Consider leaving some of the drapes open, leaving the kitchen range lamp on, and using programmable timers on lamps. Sun-light activated timers are a solid option that aren’t susceptible to power outages.
  3. Hire a caretaker. If your vacation property is far away, consider hiring someone to take care of the yard and pick up the mail. You can also install motion sensor lights near the doorways to spook anyone walking by. No one needs to know that the property is vacant! An unkempt and a dark home is a prime target for burglars. 
  4. Change the locks. After you’ve purchased your vacation home, it’s a smart idea to rekey your locks. Rekeying the locks ensures that all previous keys for the home won’t work anymore. You have no idea if the previous owners, tenants, and guests have kept copies of their keys. Read more about rekeying locks here. Another option is to have a digital lock installed by a reputable locksmith. 
  5. Don’t leave your spare keys in an obvious spot. For example, the mailbox, welcome mat, or fake rocks are some of the more obvious places. The doormat is usually the first place anyone, including a burglar, would look. Where’s a non-obvious place to hide a key? With your neighbor! While this isn’t necessarily hiding the key, if you have a neighbor you can trust, this is also a solid option for protecting yourself against a lockout.
  6. Install a home security system. There’s so many affordable home security systems ranging from simple keyless entry locks and deadbolts to Bluetooth systems that will alert you via text or email if a door or glass is broken. You can also monitor your property with a camera system that will trigger a siren if anyone gets too close and alert local police if anything is broken into. Home security systems can help provide peace of mind and security for your vacation home or second home while you’re away.
  7. Befriend your neighbors. If some of your neighbors are year-round residents, ask them to check on your place occasionally and make sure they have a way to contact you. Also alert them if your having work done on your house. Porch even recommends not posting your plans on social media and just tell those you trust.

Investing in strong locks, regular rekeys, security systems, common sense, and video surveillance equipment are a priority when securing your vacation home. If you have questions about securing your vacation home, second home, primary home, or business, call us for recommendations on home security systems, hardware upgrades, and rekeying locks.

5 Questions to Ask to Ensure You Hire Trusted Locksmiths

5 Questions to Ask to Ensure You Hire Trusted Locksmiths

There are many reasons that you may need to hire a locksmith for your home or business. It might be an emergency situation – you’re locked out and misplaced your key – or maybe you want to upgrade your building’s security. Whatever the reason, it’s important to have a trusted locksmith you can call on in times of need. 

In most areas, there are many options for you to choose from, so how do you select the right one? Choosing the right locksmith is crucial; after all, the security of your home or business depends on it.

Many people, unfortunately, select their locksmiths based solely on the factor of cost. However, if you always opt for the lowest-priced services you can find, chances are you will not end up with a locksmith you can really trust. While you certainly shouldn’t be overpaying, there are a lot of factors that are more important to consider when putting your safety and security into the hands of a professional.

Here are five questions to ask to ensure you hire trusted locksmiths:

1. What Services Do You Offer?

Before you start to dig too deep into what makes the perfect locksmith, you should first find out what services your potential candidates offer. After all, you’re trying to see if they are trustworthy and a big part of that is experience and versatility. 

There are plenty of locksmiths out there who can get you back into a locked business, but chances are, at some point you’ll require other services as well. For example, you will occasionally want to change the locks on your doors, especially if there has recently been a security breach in your area. 

Also, find out if your potential locksmith offers rekeying services. If you lose a key, you will have to have it replaced and a reputable locksmith will be able to do this. They will also be able to repair damaged locks, improve security, and install safes and commercial locks.

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2. Do You Belong to Any Professional Organizations? 

A trustworthy locksmith isn’t just someone who can come and unlock a door for you. The job is actually a very demanding one, requiring knowledge of mathematics, spatial perception, and excellent mechanical aptitude and hand-eye coordination. In addition to a great deal of technical proficiency, locksmiths must have a wide breadth of knowledge about the various types of locks and the latest technology and, perhaps most importantly, a commitment to the safety and security of clients. 

To ensure that any potential locksmith you might hire is committed to these things, check if they’re a member of any professional locksmith organizations. While it’s not an absolute necessity for trusted locksmiths to be members of organizations such as the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), being held to the standards of such a group will go a long way toward demonstrating that your potential locksmith is highly trained and always committed to increasing their knowledge.

Harry’s Key Service. Inc is an active member of the Building Industry Association of Clark County. 

3. Do You Have Licenses and Insurance?

This one may seem obvious, but it is absolutely worth mentioning: always ask if your potential locksmith is insured. As locksmiths work with heavy equipment and specialized tools, it’s crucial that they take steps to protect your financial security if there is any sort of accident. Don’t be afraid to ask your potential locksmith any questions you can think of regarding their insurance. Make sure they’re covered in the case of injury or property damage. 

You’ll also want to verify that they have all the applicable licenses for your area; often, less-than-reputable locksmiths will attempt to operate without proper licensing and this should be an instant red flag. Proper licensing means that not only is your locksmith correctly trained, it also means this person will adhere to a stringent code of professional ethics. Check out our staff’s credentials and designations here.

4. How Will You Ensure My Security?

Your financial security is one thing, but you’ll also want to ask about your personal security. After all, locksmiths are in the business of safety, and you’ll want to make sure that they are absolutely committed. 

First, ask if they do background checks on their employees. It’s important that every member of their organization is trustworthy; needless to say, they should be properly screened before being hired and given access to your home and valuables. 

Check any references that the locksmith provides, as well. Don’t be afraid to call and ask past clients about the locksmith company. You’ll want to double check that previous clients have been satisfied, without any major issues pertaining to security. 

Lastly, you should ask what professional guarantees they offer. Trusted locksmiths will have no concerns about backing up their work with a guarantee, as they will be fully confident in the services they provide.

5. Where Are You Located?

After you’ve ensured that your potential locksmith is skilled, licensed, experienced, and committed to your security, you should start considering location. While it is, of course, better to choose a more trustworthy locksmith even if they’re farther away than a less reputable one, location is also important when it comes to key and lock services. After all, if you find yourself trapped outside late at night, the last thing you want is to wait an hour for your locksmith to arrive. 

Ideally, you’ll be able to select someone who is close enough that they can get to you quickly. For example, if you’re in the Greater Vancouver, Washington area or Portland Metro area, you’ll want to seek out the most highly trained professional locksmiths that serve that area. Harry’s Locksmith serves the Greater Vancouver area, Portland metro, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Washougal, Camas, Ridgefield, and more. Our service area extends throughout the Pacific Northwest’s I-5 Corridor. 

We offer residential, commercial, and automotive services, so all of your needs will be met without having to keep three different locksmiths on retainer for your home, business, and vehicle. We can assist you in a lockout, upgrade your building hardware to meet ADA standards, and provide any other security services you may need. Harry’s Locksmith is the pillar in the Vancouver community that you’ll want to find when looking for a trustworthy locksmith in your neighborhood.

 

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Rekey locks vs Changing your locks

 

So you’re thinking of calling a locksmith to fix your locks. Do you want to rekey locks or change your locks? This is a question we frequently answer when setting up an appointment. There is a difference between a lock rekey and replacing your door locks. You may be surprised to the learn that the cost to rekey locks is cheaper too.

Should you rekey or change your locks?

Do you know who has keys to your home or office building? Probably more people than you think. These are a few situations where you should rekey your locks:

  • Whenever a key has been lost
  • Whenever a key has been stolen
  • If you have moved recently into a new home or office space
  • If there’s been a staffing change in your organization
  • If a house member or roommate has moved out

The main difference between a lock rekey and changing your locks is that rekeying locks fixes your existing hardware and changing your locks means you want to replace your hardware.

rekeying vs changing your locks old door knob

What is a lock rekey?

A lock rekey is when a locksmith changes the pins in the lock itself so that the previous keys won’t operate it. It is usually cheaper to rekey the existing door hardware than to completely replace it. A lock rekey is great if you already like your current door knob and want a cost effective safety solution. Rekeying your hardware is a simple way to keep your home and work place safe and secure.

A full service locksmith shop like Harry’s Locksmith will have the knowledge and expertise to rekey homes, office buildings, car doors, and vaults and safes. The best locksmith will offer these services.

How much does it cost to rekey locks?

When we provide a quote to rekey locks, there are three main factors we take into account: location, number of locks, and number of keys. The cost to rekey locks is generally as follows:

  1. Location. Our service area fees start at $49 in the Downtown Vancouver area.
  2. Number of locks. It’s approximately $15-20 per lock cylinder that we rekey. Most residential locks are $15 per lock. Some high security commercial locks like Medeco locks are $20.
  3. Keys. Standard residential keys are approximately $2.75.

In what circumstance do you need to change the locks?

There are a few reasons why you might want to replace your locks. For example, if you have had a break in or intruder recently and the locks were damaged, you want to replace the locks.  Another good reason to change your locks is worn out hardware or if you want to upgrade to a better security system. If you want a door knob replacement or a more secure deadbolt, then replacing your locks may be the best option. There are numerous benefits from transitioning to keyless entry or other alternative entry options. 

The cost to change locks and replace the hardware depends on the door you have and what features you want. If you are looking to change the locks on your home, a mechanical deadbolt and knob start at about $26-65 each. The price for new residential door hardware has a wide range. The price depends on the level of security you want, the finish, and style.

How much do locksmiths charge to change locks?

If you’re looking to upgrade your door hardware to digital locks or keyless entry, there’s even more options! Prices start at about $110 and go up for a keyless entry lock. The cost to replace locks will include the cost of the hardware itself (unless the customer provides it), labor to install (usually at an hourly rate), and a service call fee based on the area that the locksmith assists you at.

A house rekey or changing your door hardware doesn’t have to be expensive. Give us a call today for a free estimate and our team will help guide you through the process and help you pick out the best option for your home or business.

Safes that Harry’s Locksmith Carries

At Harry’s Locksmith in downtown Vancouver, WA we carry a variety of safes to meet your security needs. The most common types of safes are gun safes, deposit safes, and jewelry safes. If you’re not sure which safe to choose, we can help recommend one based on your needs. Just let us know. Below are some of the safes that we carry.

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