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Top 5 Upgrades To Safely Reopen

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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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Back to Back Best of Clark County Winner!

 

The results are in! The people of Clark County have spoken. Harry’s Locksmith is the winner in Best Security Services in The Columbian’s Best of Clark County for the second year in a row. 

Local Vancouver, WA newspaper, The Columbian, hosts Best of Clark County. The yearly competition asks individuals of Clark County Washington to vote for their favorite businesses based on category. We were nominated for the Best Security Services category.

Thanks to your votes and nominations you helped us win (AGAIN!). It is an honor to be recognized for such. Our team has been working hard to stay up-to-date on the latest door and door hardware technology so that we can serve you best. We are so grateful for your continued support throughout the years. We truly have the best partners, customers, and employees in the world. 

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Some other company highlights that you may have missed:

  • We have a full service commercial and residential locksmith stationed in Salem-Keizer, Oregon now. This means faster, more flexible service for our customers in Salem-Keizer and the surrounding locales of: Woodburn, Corvallis, Canby, Wilsonville, Newberg,  Albany, and Aurora, OR. We are ready to serve your business or home today! Email to set up your service call here.
  • We were featured in The Vancouver Business Journal! Check out our article here: The key to success for Harry’s Locksmith is people. Thank you Brooke Strickland for this wonderful opportunity. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come.
  • Due to COVID-19, we’ve temporarily changed our store hours to Monday through Friday 8:30am-5pm (24/7 Emergency Services Available). We’ve done a lot of work to keep our doors open during this time according to Washington State requirements. We’ve also increased hygiene and safety protocols that follow the state and CDC’s guidelines. Our employees’ and customers’ safety is our #1 priority. Review our new operating procedures on our COVID-19 page. Please wear a face mask when visiting – we can’t wait to see you!
  • We have new product offerings that are helping businesses and facilities alike prepare for the new normal. Facility managers and building owners are integrating products like touchless hardware, antimicrobial hardware, and germ shields to help customers and employees feel safer at work. Learn more on our Products page. 

 

A lot has changed over the course of the last few months. But our commitment to serving the Vancouver, Portland, and Salem communities who rely on us has not. 

Whether you’re a homeowner in Salem or a commercial property manager in Portland, 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. 

 

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How We Serve Our Local Community

We like to give back to our community who has helped us get to the place where we are today. 

Harry’s Locksmith has been a staple in Downtown Vancouver’s community since 1949. We’ve been around for 70+ years! We are one of the oldest, longest surviving small businesses around

Our community involvement includes partnering with local non-profits, school sports sponsorships, and raising funds and goods for shelters.

Here are 3 non-profits which we have proudly supported throughout the years:

Good Neighbor Center:

The Good Neighbor Center (GNC) has been sheltering homeless families since the year 1999.  With nine-bedroom units, a dining room, a day room, a fenced outside yard, and a commercial kitchen, GNC can house between 70-95 families annually.  We provide housing for six weeks or more, meals, hygiene items, clothing, linens, case management, life skills and Rent Well classes, and resume and job-seeking services.  We are the largest of the three family homeless shelter programs in Washington County. Our mission is to provide safe emergency housing with supportive empowering services for families.

How can you help?

We rely on the continued support of the community in order to help assist homeless families as efficiently as we do. Donations that are needed all year long are men’s/women’s clothes, children’s clothes, shoes, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, household items, and any food items (perishable or non-perishable). We are always in need of financial contributions and gift cards for more specific needs.

The Good Neighbor Center relies on many volunteers to do different tasks here at the shelter. Everyone plays their own part so that we can better serve the families staying at the Good Neighbor Center. Volunteers are needed for hosting dinner, keeping up the grounds, adopting rooms, staying the night (night host), teaching classes, helping with childcare and many other special projects. 

Current opportunities:

 

Share House Vancouver: 

Share has been a leader in the Greater Vancouver community since 1979. Share’s team is committed to serving the homeless and hungry in Vancouver. Their mission is to lead the hungry and homeless to self-sufficiency by providing food, shelter, housing, education, advocacy and compassion through the strength of our community.

Share provides services to Vancouver’s most marginalized and vulnerable families and individuals regardless of their status. 

How can you help?

Current opportunities: 

 

Oregon Humane Society:

The Oregon Humane Society rescues, heals and adopts more than 11,000 pets each year. We never place a time limit on how long cats, dogs and other pets stay at our shelter. OHS relies on donations to support our adoption, education, and animal rescue programs.

How can you help?

Current Opportunities:

One of our missions is to support the communities we serve. Nonprofit charities rely on donations, financial contributions, volunteers and community support to keep their doors open. Join us in making a difference, whether through volunteering, financial contribution, or donating goods, and supporting these worthy organizations. 

 

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Shop Local & Support Small Businesses and Your Community

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4 Reasons Why You Should Shop Local and Support Small Businesses

 

The impact of small businesses can’t be ignored! Did you know that when you shop local and support a small business, for every $100 you spend, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend $100 at a chain store? Only $43 stays in the community.*

Why shop local and support a small business?

  • You support the local economy
    • When you shop local, you directly support the staff (your neighbors!) that work there. Local businesses contribute more than 63% of net new private sector job growth. Read more about the impact of small business and job growth here
  • You support the local community
    • Local businesses support their local communities directly and donate more money to nonprofits than chain stores. Often you see national stores donating to social campaigns or nonprofits only as a reactionary response when there’s been negative public outcry over a scandal. Local businesses hold themselves accountable to their communities and are often a staple in contributing to their community’s sense of identity.  
  • Better customer service
    • Have you ever noticed that it’s easier to deal with returns in-person? The process of online returns can be so frustrating! Starting with repackaging your purchase, printing off a new label, setting a pickup time for delivery, and ending with hoping your package doesn’t get stolen off your doorstep or lost in transit. The ease of dealing with a person, instead of an over-the-phone robot is still appreciated. Have you ever purchased a product and the instruction manual isn’t exactly clear on how to use it? When you shop local at a small business, you’re getting the training and expertise that comes with how to work a product.
  • Lower carbon footprint
    • When you shop local, your carbon impact is lower. When you take into account the transportation and delivery that online purchases involve, your environmental impact is higher.  

Why shop at Harry’s Locksmith?

  • Guaranteed work
  • Competitive pricing
  • Better, unique products
  • Friendly, responsive customer service
  • You’re supporting your neighbors

How does Harry’s support its local community?

For 20+ years, Harry’s Locksmith has proudly partnered with Share Vancouver to support individuals and families who experience homelessness. During the holiday season, we participate in the Adopt-a-Family and Wish Tags through Share’s Holiday Cheer Program. We purchase gifts for low-income Clark County families and families in Share’s shelters. 

At Harry’s we also drive community impact by participating in community events like local WA and OR school fundraisers, sponsoring sports teams and church bulletins, and donating to local nonprofits. Despite our small size, our impact is BIG!

We encourage you to join us this year and support the many men, women and children in need this holiday season.Take a look at all the ways you can help support your community and spread holiday cheer here by visiting Share: https://www.sharevancouver.org/donate-now/share-holiday-cheer-program/

Harry's shop local discount couponWe are honoring our customers who support small businesses with a 10% discount off all mobile services and in-shop purchases at Harry’s Locksmith from 12/05/19 through 01/05/2020.** Mention the offer “Small Biz Discount” when scheduling. Discount includes house rekeys, lockouts, smart lock installs, and car key duplicates. 

You can also buy a Harry’s Locksmith gift card (or from other participating local Vancouver merchants) through the GVCC’s Grow the (360) gift card program. 

Contact us today to set up a service call!

Read more about what happens when you shop local at small businesses here.

*Source – The Official Blog of the Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

** No other discounts apply.

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