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LOVE these unique keys!

12 Feb

We have a few different Valentine’s Day themed key blanks in stock.  Bring yours or your loved one’s house key in to Brucar Locksmith’s storefront and you can get a working duplicate in no time!  Makes a unique, thoughtful gift for anyone!  Happy Valentine’s DayImageImageImage

Check out our selection of painted ‘fun’ keys available at the store….

29 Jan

Keys range from $4.99-$6.99 and are available in either Schlage or Kwikset.   We can also order specific NHL, NBA, NFL keys for you at no extra charge.

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Robbery at Gunpoint in Thousand Oaks. Please read and share to keep you and your family safe.

1 Nov

I arrived at work this morning to this article in my newsfeed about a woman robbed at gunpoint at her home.  In Thousand Oaks, from the  TO Acorn.

Amazed that this happens in our safe community of  Thousand Oaks, I am most concerned with the fact that: “The men had entered the home through an unlocked side entrance, said TOPD Sgt. Eric Buschow.”  Of course it could have been a simple part of her morning routine, and that she had JUST gone out that door to let a pet in, or to water the plants.  But it could have also been just unlocked.

Unfortunately, there is cause to be extra cautious.  Not to be an alarmist, but PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU LOCK YOUR DEADBOLT on EVERY door leading to the outside!

Don’t have a deadbolt you say?  Call 805-241-0777 and have one installed. Professionally.

Won’t ever happen to me, you say?  Please see article.  We live in a safe community, yet taking basic precaution is paramount!   We are so glad she was not hurt.
Brucar Locksmith has a storefront AND 24/7 mobile service.  Our professionals can fix locks that are not working properly instead of replacing!  We can also provide insight on high security locks, safes and other basic security for your home.  Thank you for listening.  Please be safe.  Please share.

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Fundraiser at Redwood Middle School 6th Grade Orientation

23 Aug

Brucar Locksmith will be doing a fundraiser for the 6th Grade orientation on Friday August 24th from 1-4 pm.  We will be outside the gym, ready to duplicate padlock keys.   We will donate a portion back to the school!

If your middle schooler finds that they have only one key left, we always have these key blanks (and MANY others including cars, mailboxes, homes, padlocks) in stock at our store at 355 E. Ave. de los Arboles (cross street Moorpark, near Trader Joes and Rite Aid).  See the map to your right——->
Store hours are M-F 10-6 and Sat 10-5.  Our trucks are available 24/7 for any locksmith needs or emergencies!

We are proud to be the East Ventura County’s #1 locksmith.  Go Vikings!!

Brucar Locksmith makes keys for your American Padlocks!

Brucar Locksmith makes keys as a fundraiser for Redwood Middle School






Don’t be fooled, a local number does not always mean a local company

17 Jul

Another client story that is worth sharing:  A man comes in to Brucar Locksmith’s store today to make a copy of a key.  He tells us how happy he is to have found a local locksmith that has a store that is real!

He has some rental properties in the Conejo Valley and a few weeks ago, while on vacation, he got a call from a tenant who was locked out of an inside door in one of the properties.  The owner called a “local” locksmith and when the “locksmith” arrived, he told them it would be over $400.00.  This was on a weekday at 5:30 pm.  Luckily, they had more sense than to fall for such a price.  After doing some research, the client found that the company was NOT local, but they were in Michigan!

He then asked me, ” what would you charge for this?”  Our quote for a lockout is about $65.00.  Depending on the situation (time of night, condition of door lock) the price should not have gotten over $120.00.

Moral of the story?  Just because a service company you find online has a local phone number, does not mean they are in the area.  And if they claim $15-$19 to come out, beware of how quickly the price will go up past that initial quote. Especially when dealing with your security, find a company BEFORE you need it.

For your locksmith needs, Brucar Locksmith is based out of Thousand Oaks and has a storefront near your local Trader Joe’s.  You know us.  Put our number in your phone, give it to a neighbor, put it in your kids or parents cell phone.  Our promise to you is that we will always give the best service for the best prices.   24 hours a day 7 days a week!

Transponder car keys: what are they and what do they do?

4 May

The general definition* of a transponder is ‘a type of radio or radar transmitter-receiver that transmits signals automatically when it receives predetermined signals. ‘  (Transponder  + responder  = Transponder)

A transponder can be as small as a grain of rice

Actual size of a transponder

When a car key is called a transponder key, that means there is a chip (a transponder) in the plastic top of the key which sends and receives a signal from the cars computer, and allows the ignition to be turned on, ONLY if the transponder matches the car.  They have been used by some car companies for over 15 years, but most likely within the past 10.  Each car manufacturer has different years they began using transponder keys, if at all.

Standard transponder car key blank

What does this mean for you?  Are you unsure if your key has a transponder?  Our technicians can instantly tell you if your key has a transponder if you bring it into our storefront in Thousand Oaks.  We had a customer bring his key in to make a copy, telling us ‘it has a chip in it’.   We took his word for it and ordered him the key blank with transponder.  The next day he came back to get the copy made.  When our locksmith put his key into the machine to make the copy, it read as ‘no transponder found’.  We explained to the customer that he in fact did NOT have a transponder key and we could make him a copy for much cheaper.  He would not believe us!  He said ‘ the Home Depot  told me there was a chip in it.’  We knew right then that the customer had gotten misinformation about his key and had been over charged on more than one occasion, unnecessarily.  This is one of the reasons that we encourage you to use a professional locksmith for your key needs.  You will get the correct information from the beginning and will save time and money.  Since he had no transponder in his key, we were able to make a key for a fraction of the cost of a transponder key.  I know he appreciated our knowledge and honesty.

Electronic Head style transponder car key

But what if your key does have a transponder in it?  First of all, getting another transponder key made that will work in your car will be more expensive than a regular car key.  You can go to the dealer, but we recommend spending less money for the same thing by using us, your local locksmith.  Brucar Locksmith has many transponder keys in stock and has the technology in the store to make your key on the spot.

Did you lose your key all together?  Don’t worry, we can also originate a key for most cars directly from the vehicle.

Don’t forget: we will always charge less than the dealer and less than any of the competition in the field.  If you only have one working key for your car, we recommend getting a second one.  Making a copy is much less expensive than originating a key, by a lot.  Planning ahead and making sure you have 2 working keys for your car is a simple way to be sure you are covered if anything ever happens to your keys.  But nothing ever happens to keys, right????

For any key, lock or safe needs, visit Brucar Locksmith at 355 E. Avenida de los Arboles in Thousand Oaks at Moorpark Road.  Or call 805-241-0777 to schedule service or ask questions.  We are available 24/7.


Painted keys make a great gift! Inexpensive and personal?…….WIN!

16 Dec

Great Gift Idea:  Choose one of the keys pictured below and the gift recipient can bring it to our shop to have it cut to their key.  While at the lock shop, they can also exchange the key for a different one if they so desire.  Keys range from $4.99-$6.99 and are available in either Schlage or Kwikset.   We can also order specific NHL, NBA, NFL keys for you!

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The Today Show airs investigation into “local” locksmiths

16 Nov

Brucar Locksmith is always trying to help people be smart when choosing a locksmith.  The key is to seek out a local licensed professional locksmith company before you need them.  Check out this investigative report on locksmiths,  from The Today Show.  Thanks to them for repeating what we tell all our customers and everyone we meet.  We would rather sound like a broken record, than have our neighbors, friends and family get ripped off.

After you watch, will you take their advice?

Brucar Locksmith's storefront is your Conejo Valley resource for locks, keys, safes and beyond

1. Brucar Locksmith is located at 355 B. East Avenida de los Arboles in Thousand Oaks, CA at the cross street of Moorpark Road.  We are in the Trader Joe’s shopping center near Rite Aid.

2. Come in today! We have business cards, magnets for the fridge, a large variety of keys that can be made on site, a showroom for safes and various locksets and padlocks, fun painted keys.

3. We accept all forms of payment, not just cash. Check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and we are always happy to set you or your business up with a billing account.

4. We have set prices that will not skyrocket once we get to your home or office.  We will be happy to provide you a written estimate before any work has been done.

5. Put our number in your phone, and in an emergency, you will not be alone! We offer 24/7 mobile emergency service.  805-241-0777 or toll free 866-7171-KEY (539).

6. We guarantee excellent, professional customer service in the field and in the shop.


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Locksmith Shop in Thousand Oaks

8 Jul

If you have been having trouble finding a lock, key, and safe shop in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake and the vicinity, look no further!  Brucar Locksmith is now conveniently located in the heart of Thousand Oaks at 355B East Ave. de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.

Brucar Locksmith Showroom window

 We officially opened our doors on July 1, 2011 in the University Shopping Center and are happy to be neighbors with Trader Joe’s, Rite Aid, 3 Amigo’s Mexican and Prism Dental Group to name a few. 

On display, we have a variety of safes as well as door fixtures, locks and accessories, and many keys.  Most any key can be duplicated on the spot.

American Security Gun Safe 1200 degrees Fire Resistant