Any portable cost effective lockboxes/safes that you locksmiths of reddit would recommend? : Locksmith


Hello there! I’m looking for something cost effective that I can fit easily into a suitcase or backpack that I can keep thing like a spare ID and medications and such for when I’m traveling. I tried looking around myself but kept finding cheap lockboxes that rather have easily decoded combination locks or some other security issue that allows it to be broken into by any novice out there. Do you locksmiths of reddit have any recommendations? I would prefer anything that isn’t digital



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Cost for New Deadbolt : Locksmith


My front door lock came undone today (when I pulled my key out the lock after unlocking the door, it pulled the lock along with it, if that makes any sense). I called a locksmith company that seemed credible based off Google reviews. They charged roughly $30 to have someone come out, almost $200 for the replacement lock (it’s a maxtek lock “knob lock & deadbolt lock combo”), and $70ish to install it. I know nothing about locks and didn’t expect the cost to be what it was. After Googling maxtek and finding out it isn’t a high-end brand, I called the company just to make sure the pricing wasn’t a mistake. I told them I googled this sort of lock and found cheaper prices, to which they replied the one they installed is a grade 2, whereas a lot of the ones that popped up on my searches might’ve been grade 1 (or it could’ve been the other way around…not sure). The company seems credible, but I’m just curious, is just under $200 for a new maxtek deadbolt way too high (even taking into consideration the upcharge they include)? If it makes any difference, I live in a big city.



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Kwikset cost cutting choices : Locksmith


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Kwikset? More like Shitset!

Rekeyed two Kwikset knobs that a customer brought in yesterday. Not sure which store he got them from, but they were in plastic clamshell. First thing I noticed was the plastic spindle. Which pencil pusher decided that making one of the most essential parts of the lock plastic was a good idea? I mean, it’s job security for us, right? Its just fucking annoying.

I’m sure the shitty metal they used before was cheap enough. I don’t think the ones we get in the box will be like this, hopefully, but you can really tell they are doing all they can to save a buck. Just look at the corrugated cores… I’ve come across some older Kwikset knobs that had such tight tolerances, you could barely get a shim in there.



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Hello again! I posted recently about my "lock and key" bar idea. Good news! The city is into it… For sale at our local Restore is a Belsaw key maker. It includes key blanks, belts, grinding wheels, instruction manual. Cost $150. Is it worth it to learn and invest or should I stick to buying keys?



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Y’all ever get those scammer emails that say they’ll pay thousands over cost if you send some to their “agent”? I’ve been having a little fun with one the last few days. : Locksmith


Scammer: Good day, my name is Walton I will like to know if you will be able to help me with Locksmith service & can I know all your service area?

I thought this was strange but figured I’d answer anyway.

Me: The (my city) and surrounding areas. What can I help you with?

Scammer: Good I just purchase a new house in city. The Property has 4 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms 1 front entry and I bank entry ( 12doors in total) all doors are freshly installed and prepped with holes how much will it cost me and also the hardware cost?

WILL SEND IMAGE OF LOCK WITH IT

I’ve had messages like this in the past so I was pretty sure I knew what was going on. Thought I’d give him a little work to do.

Me: The main variable is the hardware. Pick out what you want and I can quote it for you. I would suggest browsing Home Depot or Lowes website, pick out the brand, style and finish and send me a link. I will also need a complete list of how many keyed door knobs/levers, dead bolts, privacy knobs/levers, entry handle sets and any other hardware you’d like installed.

If not, I would charge a $45 service call to go there and do a walk through to quote it out.

Thanks

Scammer: Service Needed: 

Bathroom Hardware Type preffered: (Flair lever with Brookshire trim bath lock) x5 of it to be installed Color: Bright Brass or Dark Bronze

Bedroom Hardware Type preferred ( Birmingham Lever with Brookshire trim bed lock ) x 5 of it would be installed to 5 bathroom doors.

Front and Back Hardware Type preferred ( Camelot Aged Bronze Single Cylinder Deadbolt with Accent Lever Door Handleset )

Note: Front entry hardware and back entry hardware on the door locks are to be keyed alike . 

Thanks 

Who picks hardware like that anyway?

Me: That hardware is not available from my suppliers. If you bought the hardware yourself I would charge a $45 service call and $280 to install/rekey.

Scammer: Good evening, how you doing today?

Can you please get me something similar with the one i sent and make the order?

Me: I’m doing well, thanks for asking. How are you?

My suppliers don’t carry classic designs like that. If I were to supply the hardware, I would have buy them retail and mark them up for resale. Hardware costs would be approximately 50% higher than retail. Is that ok?

If he was ok with that, I knew this was a scam.

Scammer: Yes, that’s fine. 

Good how morning, you doing today?

Me: One style I can get is the Schlage Camelot in Aged Bronze.

Service call = $45.00 10 Privacy Levers @ $76.00 ea = $760.00 2 Entry Handlesets @ $183.00 ea = $366.00 Install/rekey = $280.00

Total = $1451.00

Scammer: Alright I’m fine with the estimate cost everything sounds great I will not be at the property with you because I’m presently out of state I’m with my wife who’s recuperating in the Teaching Hospital I’m always by her side confined to a wheelchair but i will have my right hand which is my representative to working with you.  I will like to make full payment upfront for the locksmiths services & I will be responsible for card charges but before I give you my card information I will be needing a little assistant from you.   Thanks

Fucking BINGO. Here we go!

Me: Sorry to hear about your wife. I hope she has a full and speedy recovery.

I require 50% down but if you want to pay up front in full, I’ll leave that up to you. What assistance are you needing?

Scammer: I will be needing a little favor from you regarding the Agent in charge of my house when I bought it from the ex-owner I haven’t completed his fees I don’t want the agent to start disturbing you once you start working on my property for me cos he help me with some changes on my property while I’m away to take care of my wife he doesn’t accept credit card at the moment I should have handled this myself without bothering you but due to my wife’s condition its cost me lots of stress & inconvenience go ahead add $200 as tips for the errand I’m about to need from you I will be glad if you can help me out?

Me: What favor?

Scammer: I will be needing a little favor from you regarding the Agent in charge of my house when I bought it from the ex-owner I haven’t completed his fees I don’t want the agent to start disturbing you once you start working on my property for me cos he help me with some changes on my property while I’m away to take care of my wife he doesn’t accept credit card at the moment I should have handled this myself without bothering you but due to my wife’s condition its cost me lots of stress & inconvenience go ahead add $200 as tips for the errand I’m about to need from you I will be glad if you can help me out?

Me: What errand are you talking about? Can you be more specific?

Scammer: Hello are you there and do you got my message for the errand and let me know if it is something you can do for me. Thanks

Me: I got two messages from you asking me to run an errand, but you didn’t say what it is.

Scammer: What are you talking about? 

Me: You sent this.

“I will be needing a little favor from you regarding the Agent in charge of my house when I bought it from the ex-owner I haven’t completed his fees I don’t want the agent to start disturbing you once you start working on my property for me cos he help me with some changes on my property while I’m away to take care of my wife he doesn’t accept credit card at the moment I should have handled this myself without bothering you but due to my wife’s condition its cost me lots of stress & inconvenience go ahead add $200 as tips for the errand I’m about to need from you I will be glad if you can help me out?”

You’re asking for a favor, or an errand. You’re not saying what the favor/errand is.

Scammer: I will be making payment of $4,600 with my credit card details I will wait for the fund to clear into your account once it clears $1,200 is your deposit service fee plus $200 I’m giving you as tips also for the errand I’m needing from you send the remaining $3100 via Cashier Check or Transfer to the Agent I will take care of the 6% credit card charges fees and tax fees you need not worry, I will balance you up with the remaining fee after the first transaction clears I hope you understand everything?

Scammer: Please do let me know if it is something you can do for me

Thank you 

Scammer: Please check your last message 

Thank you

Me: Ok. I’ll need a few things from you. Fill out the attached credit card authorization form. Scan it and send it back to me. Send me the address for the house where the locks will be installed. Send me your agents name and phone number. Once I have all that I will order the hardware. Once the hardware arrives I will make arrangements with your agent.

Thank you.

Scammer: Thank you, will do. Before that i want you to know that once you have the funds in your account i want you to send the agent is own payment so he won’t disturb you when you working. Thanks 

Me: I’ll take care of it.

Scammer: Also need to know the name of the processor you be using to process my credit card so i can know the amount of the % of the credit card charges and to contact my card issuer

Ok, thanks.

Me: The rate is dependent on the card you use. Not my processor. What type of card will you be using and I can look it up tomorrow when I go back to work.

Scammer: Visa and Master card and what is the name of the processor you will be using?

Me: I process credit cards with Clover. I can tell you what the percent will be once I have your card information.

Scammer: Sounds good, thank you. I will fill in the form now and let me know if you going to charge my cc today or tomorrow morning?

Me: Not today. I’m home. I’ll deal with it tomorrow.

Scammer: Ok, no problem.



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