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Listen to a professional: LOCK YOUR DEADBOLT!

22 Feb

Please read and share:

There have been more and more robberies and break ins in Thousand Oaks and surrounding areas recently.  We know this because Brucar Locksmith has been called to rekey many of these homes and do a security check, after the fact.  Time and time again we hear that the deadbolt was not locked.  Listen, we live here too, and even though it is a relatively safe community, it is our duty to be proactive and use the tools we have to protect ourselves and our families.  In this case, it is the simple turn of a deadbolt.
1. If you do not have a deadbolt on your door(s) leading to the  outside please get one.  We can advise on what you need and install for you. We guarantee excellent service and competitive pricing.
2. Have you given out a lot of spare keys over the years?  Did you just move into a new home/condo?  Please schedule an appointment to rekey your locks.  You do not need to change the hardware, just a fresh new key that only you have.

3. Interested in knowing if your locks are easily broken into? Interested in higher security lock options?  We are trained in MulTlock, Medeco, Schlage Primus and other high security lock options for your home or office.  Just give a call to schedule an assessment.

Brucar Locksmith is here for your 24/7.  Please put our number in your phone 805.241.0777 or LIKE us on Facebook so if you ever need a local professional, you will not have to search.  In a time of emergency, you should  already know who to call. Hey, we even have a toll free # ! 866-7171-KEY (539)

Thank you for reading and have a great, safe weekend and don’t forget to lock your deadbolt!!


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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Trust your gut instincts, they are probably right! (and you might save time and money)

14 Apr

By offering great pricing and staffing knowledgeable locksmiths, saving our customers money is a daily occurrence.  But recently, when we saved a client minimum $100.00, we knew we had to share the story.

We got a call from a woman who needed a locksmith to re-key her house.  She called a few locksmith companies including Brucar Locksmith and chose a different company due to their $19 service call (Brucar Locksmith’s service call starts at $35).  As I said in earlier blogs, we take this opportunity to tell the client that no matter what locksmith company they use, make sure to check ID and ask for an estimate BEFORE work begins.  Bottom line, go with your gut instincts.  Do you feel comfortable letting this person work on the keys and locks on your home/car/office??

The locksmith she chose due to the low service call charge did not make her feel comfortable, but what made her not go through with the transaction was the fact that the total cost for the service call plus two re keys was now starting at $175!  She was shocked that the price had risen so drastically.  So they sent him away and called Brucar Locksmith to ask if we can come do the job.

When our uniformed locksmith arrived, one of the two women said to her friend, “look at the van! it says locksmith all over it!  and this guy even looks like a locksmith”.  Apparently, the other technician who arrived was in an unmarked van and had nothing relating to a locksmith company on his person.   Brucar Locksmith’s technician finished the job quickly and the invoice came out to exactly what was quoted on the phone as well as on site before the work was done.

Brucar Locksmith will always give our true prices upfront so there is no guessing.  If something does comes up, our technicians will discuss in detail with the client, and offer educated suggestions. But never will they do any work without the clients approval.  And most likely, as mentioned at the start of this post, we will save the clients money due to our experience and ability with troubleshooting, and vast knowledge of how locks work.

We are available to give advice on lock or safe issues no matter where you are.   You always have access to an honest professional locksmith on the other end of the line.  805-241-0777 or toll free 866-7171-KEY (539) .

“Put our number in your phone, and in an emergency, you won’t be alone”

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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What kind of Safe is right for you? A guide to choosing the best safe for your lifestyle.

16 Feb
“A safe is a secure lockable box used for securing valuable objects against theft or damage.” ~Wikipedia 
If you are looking to purchase a safe, there are many factors to consider including burglar resistance, fire resistance, type of lock and location to name a few.   Our goal is to assist you in researching what kind of safe fits your needs best.  From there, our safe technician will work with you from start to finish including installation, and hands on instructions for use.   Here is a list of some of the options available:



1. Record Safe – A record safe is for just that, important records or documents that you want to keep protected.   These (and other fire resistant safes) are rated by amount of time they will protect the contents from the elements, high temperatures or actual fire.   These are very useful, yet they are potentially more easily broken into than a higher security safe.

2. Burglary SafeA burglary safe is another way to refer to a higher security safe.  They are rated by  their resistance to the type of tools that are used to attack (or break in attempt) and also the duration of the attack.  It is not a given that a burglary safe will be fire resistant.


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A BF safe provides more security and fire resistance


3. BF (Burglary-Fire) SafeThese safes offer the higher security of the burglary safe and the fire resistance of a record safe combined.    Price is dependent on the length of time that the safe can withstand fire/heat/tampering. PICTURED

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Wall Safes can be easily hidden for extra security


4. Wall SafeDue to the safe actually being installed into the wall, the location and depth of the wall dictates how big the safe can be.   If there is space behind the wall for the safe to go deeper, you must support the back of the safe as well, since it is very heavy and could be unstable if not secured.   (Picture a window air conditioning unit without the back being supported.. Look out below!!)  A big plus to a wall safe is that  they offer a great deal of security.  Since they can be hidden behind a picture or wall hanging, most likely no one will even know it is there.  These are mostly not fire resistant since a wall cannot usually hold that amount of weight.  PICTURED


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Floor safes are round or square in shape


5 . Floor SafeThese safes are very secure.  When installed into concrete, a floor safe is fire resistant.  But these safes do have their drawbacks.  They are usually more difficult to access if you have limited mobility or have trouble getting on the ground (not to mention getting back up!).  Once you are on the ground and have opened it, the contents can be difficult to reach/get to.  The floor safes have limited shelving and usually contents needs to be moved around to get to what you were looking for when you opened the safe in the first place. PICTURED

6 . Gun Safe These can be pretty large/tall depending on the contents.   Gun safe interiors are mostly customizable.  They are not usually fireproof but you can find some that are.  You would probably need to have A gun in order to require A gun safe.

7.  Jewelry Safe – Jewelry safes are burglary and fire safes made specifically to house jewelry and valuables. These high end safes are typically manufactured with interior jewelry chests of fine woods and fabric liners with a range of organizational configurations*.  These safes are more similar to a vault due to being considered high security.  They can stand alone or be installed or attached to a floor or wall.  They vary in size and are very heavy.

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Example of a deposit safe

 8. Deposit Safe  –  A deposit safe is  a burglary safe with a secure one way drawer.  Also referred to as a night safe.  PICTURED

Vaults are difficult to open

9.  Vault –  ‘A secure space where money, valuables, records, and documents can be stored. It is intended to protect their contents from theft, unauthorized use, fire, natural disasters, and other threats, just like a safe.  But unlike safes, vaults are an integral part of the building within which they are built, using armored walls and a tightly fashioned door closed with a complex lock’*. PICTURED

This is just a list of some of the more common choices one has when looking for a safe.  There are also safe deposit boxes, cash boxes, diversion safes to name a few but it all comes down to what you need now and for the future.   Safes can be expensive at first glance, yet you must look at what you are paying for over time.  A quality safe can protect your valuables for over 100 years if not more. 

Brucar Locksmith is available to assist you in finding the safe that fits your security needs and your budget.  Call 805-497-4200 to make an appointment with a safe specialist.   As with all of our locksmith and safe services, we are always here to answer questions…free of charge.  Toll free 866-717-KEY (539). 

*referenced Wikipedia

Brucar Locksmith is your local safe specialist in Thousand Oaks and Ventura County

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Are my doors ready for the rainy season?

29 Dec


Southern California is known for its weather. 

It is easy to get comfortable in our warm dry environment with it being sunny and warm with little moisture on most days. 

But don’t be fooled!   It does get cold!  Then come the forecasts: RAIN!   Sometimes for days with no break.  This past week for example, we had record rainfall

Aside from the very real dangers of mudslides due to fire damage, and slippery roads due to the buildup of oils on the roads mixing with rain water, we have noticed another lingering issue that arises during these periods of wetness.  When it rains, moisture causes many wooden doors to swell, which makes locking a deadbolt difficult, if not impossible.  It does not matter which brand of lock you have: Schlage, Kwikset or even Baldwin. This is a matter of the door, not the lock.   

Getting to this point where the deadbolt does not fit perfectly into the door frame, happens over time.  Here are a few warning signs and tips to check if your doors are heading in that direction:

  • It is difficult to lock the deadbolt, either with key from the outside/inside or with thumb turn from inside.  If you need to use pressure to lock or unlock your deadbolt with your key, chances of that key breaking in the lock are high and can cause a major inconvenience for you.
  • The gap at the top of your door between the door frame and actual door is noticeably uneven.  Slight unevenness is normal due to the weight of the door pulling at the hinges but a larger difference in the gap is an indicator of bigger problems to come…if you don’t take care of it now. 
  • You have installed weather stripping and you must use pressure to close the door and lock the deadbolt.

 Just in the past week, Brucar Locksmith has gotten numerous calls from clients that had trouble locking their deadbolt due to the door swelling.  Many of these clients had issues with their deadbolt prior to the rain but kept putting it off.  We can understand that, being human and all.  But what if we told you that taking care of your deadbolts and doors now, instead of waiting until next week or month, could save you money and time? 

One of the most important things you can do to keep your family and home safe and secure is to make sure your doors and locks are working properly now.  Things will come up whether it be a burglary attempt or some rain.  No one plans for this.  Don’t get stuck outside this rainy season. 

Bottom line, everything should work and move smoothly and easily.  If that is not the case with your home or office, give us a call.

Common Residential Locks

14 Dec

There are many situations that might call for new locks on your home.  Do you want to upgrade your locks for higher security?  Are your locks not working properly?  Do you want to match a new lock to the existing hardware?  Whatever the reason,  you might be surprised as to how many choices there are out there.  Here is a list to help you make an informed decision about choosing the best locks for your home.   Have any questions?  We are a phone call away.

Standard Locks

High Security Locks