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Factors to Consider When Deciding Where to Put Your Gun Safe

Posted on: July 14th, 2020 by Liz Wedekind

So, you purchased a gun safe…now what?

One of the most necessary items a gun owner could have is a quality gun safe, which helps to protect against any damage, theft, children, fires and more. But where are you supposed to put it? It is important to take time to map out exactly where it should go, not only for the pure fact of its’ size and weight, but also to keep out of a threat’s way.

Depending upon the location of the safe, different spots in the house offer different levels of protection from theft, floods, and fires.

Some things to consider when determining where one will go include:

The Path the Gun Safe Should Move In

The perfect location will not matter if you are unable to even move the safe to the desired location due to the weight of the safe and the size of where it is headed. Try to remove as much of the interior of the safe as possible, such as the door. Measure beforehand. Do not buy a safe too large to move into your house.

Where It Will Be Most Protected

Choosing different locations to consider moving a gun safe to offer varying protection from “threats” including water damage, theft, fires and more. Risks vary based upon specific situations and what areas are more prone to.

Burglars normally head towards the master bedroom/closet first, which is why it is important to find an alternate location for a gun safe to minimize any potential risks that could occur.

Floor Support/Surface

It is important to safely install a gun safe on a floor that can effectively bear the weight. If being installed on a second story floor, the gun safe should weigh no more than 1,000lbs. While floors can typically hold more than this, this needs to be passed during the inspection before buying.

For a floor surface, it is best for the safe to be installed on a hardwood or concrete floor as opposed to a carpet. When placed on carpet, there is a higher chance of a tool being able to get under the safe where a thief could successfully pry open the door.

We offer the highest quality fire and gun safes for purchase. If you need to purchase a new safe in Bucks County or Montgomery County, PA, we can help you understand the fire ratings and temperature classes to protect your valuables from fire damage. For burglary protection, we will explain the construction and burglary ratings for safes rated RSC (residential security center), TL15 (jeweler safe), TLTR (protection from tool or torch entry), and TX (protection from explosives). If you already own a safe and need service, we are authorized to provide warranty service or direct service on most safes including those manufactured by:

Visit or call 215-672-3100 for more information.

Is Your Home Ready for Changing Weather?

Posted on: February 25th, 2020 by Liz Wedekind

As we head into different seasons filled with changing weather, it’s common for homeowners to want to do a little “spring cleaning” and get their homes ready for the year ahead. One thing that might not cross everyone’s minds is ensuring a home’s locks and keys are ready for the evident weather changes. It’s important to check locks, doors and keys to make sure they are functioning properly in order to keep homes up to date and protected.

Common Weather Change Issues?
As a result of changes from varying month temperatures, locks and doors tend to become misaligned from each other. As weather changes, many locks and doors can end up sticking from the expansion of materials or contractions from humidity, temperature increases, and more. When this happens, it is important to investigate changing the locks along with ensuring the door materials are of sound quality.

Cleaning Locks
Upkeep of locks is extremely simple! All homeowners really need are soap and water. While using a damp cloth, clean the outside of the handle and lock to get any dirt or debris that had built up on it. Avoid using any acidic or corrosive cleaning solutions for they could end up doing more harm than good on metal and wood surfaces.

Lubricating Locks
An important aspect of lock maintenance is making sure the locks are properly lubricated. Avoid using graphite. WD-40, CRC Power Lube, and Tri-Flow work well. Using a dry Teflon spray will avoid getting the oily residue on your keys and clothes. Apply a small amount into the keyhole and test the keys for easy use.

Testing Locks
Once the locks have been cleaned and lubricated, it’s important to test how well they work and if there are any other issues that would need a locksmith’s expertise. Replace any locks if necessary.

Mike’s Lock Shop is here to help with any and all needs. With a knowledgeable, board certified staff and unbeaten customer service, Mike’s Lock Shop guarantees the quality and reliability you deserve in the Bucks County and Montgomery County, PA areas.

For more information, please visit or call 215-672-3100.


Watching Out for Locksmith Scams

Posted on: September 23rd, 2019 by Liz Wedekind

Millions of people get locked out of their cars or houses each year. The first thing that comes to mind when stuck in this situation? Call the nearest and quickest locksmith to come out and get the job done! Not much time or thought goes into their background or references, but rather how fast can they get there and who has the cheapest price.

When looking up the nearest locksmiths online, 20 pop up within a close radius of each other and where you are stuck. While a few may be legitimate, many are purely scammers hoping you call desperate enough to hire anyone. While reputable locksmith lockout services cost around $100, these scammers offer their services for little to nothing with the goal of charging you way more in the end for work that doesn’t need to be done.

Need some help in determining the right one from the wrong one? Below are some helpful tips to protecting yourself, your money and your locks.

  1. Find a locksmith before you need one
    1. Bonded and insured locksmiths that have been in business for many years can be trusted to do the job right and not over charge. Carefully choose a locksmith before you need one and save their number in your phone.
  2. Check references & reviews
    1. With any reputable locksmith comes an array of reliable references. Whether it be from personal friends, businesses in the area or more. Good businesses will have trustworthy reviews posted, all with the goal of wanting your business.
  3. Check for a fixed address
    1. Avoid locksmiths that don’t have a set, fixed address along with only PO Boxes as their location. Scammers often hide behind a fake location.
  4. Look for those with professional branding
    1. Turn away locksmiths that arrive in unmarked vehicles. Trustworthy locksmiths would want their employees to proudly represent their name on vehicles, clothing, etc.
  5. Check with insurance company
    1. Check with your insurance company for recommendations on reliable locksmiths. They will only recommend certified locksmiths for the job at hand.

Reaching out to Mike’s Lock Shop will guarantee you the quality work, commitment and reliability you deserve. These board-certified locksmiths provide both residential and commercial services in the Bucks County and Montgomery County, PA areas. For more information, please call 215-672-3100.

Lost or Broken Car Keys? Call Mike’s Lock Shop!

Posted on: July 25th, 2019 by Liz Wedekind

Have you broken or misplaced your set of car keys? Trust Mike’s Lock Shop, in Warminster, PA for a quick and easy replacement. No matter the make or model, we have the widest selection and lowest prices of anyone in the surrounding Bucks County and Montgomery County areas.

Why should you call Mike’s Lock Shop?


the experts at Mike’s Lock Shop provide you quick and seamless service. From the moment we arrive, to the end of servicing, we guarantee quick, professional options to replace your lost or broken keys. Our goal is to get you back on the road as fast as possible. Whether you need to have a new key made for your luxury or standard car, we have all the right tools and equipment to get the job done right.


With over 40 years in the business, our team of highly skilled locksmiths know all the tricks of the trade. Even with keys that look like there is no easy fix, think again! We are trained on the most current techniques to develop a quick solution for your broken or lost key.


While losing or breaking a car key can be costly when taken back to the dealership, Mike’s Lock Shop deals are too good to pass up. A fair assessment of the job will be done, with prices determined based on similar work, without any hidden costs.


We are conveniently located in Warminster, PA and have been serving the Bucks and Montgomery County areas for over 45 years. With our fast and reliable service, we have become the first line of protection and service for customers in need of repair. Being unable to drive your car because of a broken or lost key is the last thing we want our customers worrying about.

Reliable locksmiths, quality products and exceptional customer service is exactly what is needed to get the job done right each time. Stop by our showroom in Warminster, PA or contact us at 215-672-3100 to schedule your service! Visit to learn more.

Key Differences Between Keyless Entry vs. Access Control

Posted on: July 1st, 2019 by Liz Wedekind

While keyless entry and access control are exceedingly similar, many still don’t understand the key differences and benefits to using them. Both aid in the restriction of certain areas, reduce energy costs, protect valuable items and more.

Access control systems are an integral part of any security plan. They provide a wide range of functions including:

Access control allows for various levels of security and permissions. Its’ goal is to reduce the risk of unwanted access through selective restriction typically involving door position indicators, motion sensors and card readers.

Keyless entry, while similar, provides much less overall control than access offers. Keyless entry tends to focus more on only a couple doors at a time such as in restaurants, small stores, or small organizations. It doesn’t focus as much on doors being left open, door alarms or motion sensors.

The security experts at Mike’s Lock Shop are committed to helping you find and select the best system for your organization’s needs. We can fit control systems to different doors, turnstiles, barriers, parking gates and more. Count on Mike’s Lock Shop, in Warminster, PA to keep your organization secure and protected with a complete line of the latest technology security systems in order to offer you complete satisfaction.

For more information, please call us at 215-672-3100 or visit our website at!

Are Electronic Locks the Answer for a Secure Property?

Posted on: May 31st, 2019 by Liz Wedekind

At Mike’s Lock Shop, the top commercial locksmith in Philadelphia, we believe that ensuring your property is well protected should be top priority. One way to do just that is by equipping your organization with electronic locks. Why? Read on!

Avoid Losing Keys

Let’s admit it; we’ve all misplaced keys at one point or another. Whether you had to get a new key made for your home or business, this costs both time and money. With an electronic lock, you can have peace of mind knowing that all you have to do is type in the code or present your fob. The fear of losing a key and having it end up in the wrong hands is taken out of the equation.

Increased Security

You’re a business owner, and you have to let go of an employee. The task of firing alone is difficult, but the process is made more complicated when they have a set of keys. What if they made their own set? This problem is eliminated if you have an electronic locking system – to keep unwanted visitors out!

Restricting Access

There are just some areas of your home and business that you don’t want to be accessible to others. An electronic lock is the perfect choice for restricting access to a private office, garage, cabinets or storage room. You have complete control over who has entry to each room.

Frequent Visitors

Giving a code or fob to frequent visitors such as the cleaning crew, landscapers, dog walkers and other guests makes it easier for all parties involved. It’s easier for your recurring guests than having to remember which set of keys is for your property. Additionally, you can either permit or restrict access for various times of the day. Remember, you can always change which codes or fobs work and when!

If you are interested in learning more about how you can better secure your property, or are in need of commercial locksmith services in Philadelphia, you can reach our helpful staff at Mike’s Lock Shop by calling 215-672-3100.

Finding the Right Commercial Hardware for Your Organization

Posted on: April 29th, 2019 by Liz Wedekind

With hardware designed to fit a variety of commercial properties and organizations, Mike’s Lock Shop, located in Warminster, PA has you covered. Enhance the aesthetic and security both inside and outside your facility using our top of the line products including door closers, mag locks and more. What hardware will work best for your organization?

Check out some of the most common types they offer:

Door Closers

Curious about what that metal object is at the top of your door? It’s an adjustable, metal spring used to control the door’s swing. Door closers ensure they close properly to prevent the spread of fires, suspicious people from entering the area and injury to others opening the door.

These closers must be kept maintained to prevent any damage or injury to any objects or people around. You will know it’s time to replace the closer if you notice the door slamming, quickly blowing open or leaking hydraulic fluid.

Mag Locks
One of the most secure locks on the market, mag locks use electric currents to ensure reliability and security. Mag lock’s magnetic fields cause the electromagnetic armature plates to become so strongly attracted, the door remains tightly closed.

Mag locks can quickly be opened in the event of an emergency with either swipe cards, motion sensors, key codes, biometrics and more.

Panic Bars
Panic bars, which are metal bars installed horizontally across the back of a door, provide important benefits including safety, affordability and more. These serve as necessary safeguards against danger in the event of an emergency. They can easily be opened from the inside to help save lives in life threatening situations including fires, weather events and more.

Customer satisfaction is Mike’s Lock Shop’s number one priority. They pride themselves on finding the right hardware to ensure your organization is secure. From master key system solutions to commercial hardware options, Mike’s has you covered. Please visit or call 215-672-3100 for more information.

Electronic Car Keys / Automated Car Keys

Posted on: March 20th, 2019 by Liz Wedekind

The shift to electronic car keys from the more basic, traditional key provides enhanced security features for consumers. While electronic car keys protect against unauthorized duplication with the convenience of quick locking and unlocking, what do you do if your keys stop working or you can’t find them? Making sure duplicates are made in advance is the best preventative method in case of loss, especially in the event of an emergency. The traditional key has no specific security elements, other than unique grooves on it. They can easily be copied, with or without you even knowing it!

Check out some of the most popular alternative options to basic car keys and how Mike’s Lock Shop, located in Warminster, Pa, can help you get the spares or duplicates you need in no time.

Transponder Keys:

Keys with a chip inside the head, also known as transponder keys, emit a signal straight to the car’s ignition. These keys must be programmed before starting up the car in order to work. While car dealerships have the means to duplicate these keys, they can be rather pricey. You can turn to Mike’s Lock Shop, where we can get you duplicates of keys at half the price dealerships charge.

Keyless Remotes:

Keyless entry remotes allow people to unlock their cars, open their trunks, turn on lights and more with the simple press of a button on the key fob or the key itself. It’s easy to misplace your keys, run the battery dry or simply break them. Our experienced locksmiths will easily program a new remote to get you back on the road in no time.

Laser Cut:

These keys can easily be separated apart from basic keys due to their thicker body and unique grooves. They typically have transponder chips inside that need to be professionally programmed by either a locksmith or the car dealership. With our years of experience and programming skills, we can quickly resolve the issue.

Switchblade Keys:

Keys that fold back into the fob and pop out by pressing a button are called switchblade keys. To release the key, all you do is push a side button. If any damage ends up happening to the key, each part can be purchased and programmed separately for a slight cost.

Don’t be left in a panic, Mike’s Lock Shop, located in Bucks County, Pa can help with any and all automotive car key needs. From the lowest prices, to the widest selection, our certified and trusted locksmiths have you covered. Worry less about being locked out or unable to start your car and rely on our talented team of professionals. From exceptional customer service to getting the job done correctly and in a timely manner, visit us at or visit our showroom in Warminster, Pa.

Mike’s Lock Shop Is Now a Liberty Safe Dealer!

Posted on: February 25th, 2019 by Liz Wedekind

One of the most necessary items a gun owner could purchase is a quality gun safe, which helps to protect against damage, burglary, children, fires and more. Quality gun safes shouldn’t be impossible to find these days, especially with the mastery, design and expertise of a Liberty Safe. With a commitment to high quality and innovative solutions, these safes can be perfect for residential spaces, offices and commercial properties. Between fire protection ratings, high security and custom design options, see why Liberty offers the best in the business and how Mike’s Lock Shop in Warminster, PA can deliver straight to you as the only authorized Liberty Safe dealer in the Bucks County and Montgomery County areas.

So, why choose Liberty?

High Fire Protection Ratings
From 30 minutes to 2.5 hours, your Liberty Safe is guaranteed fire protection built into a steel body. From the lowest rated safe, you receive 30 minutes of fire protection at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit. It includes a Palusol heat expanding seal good enough to protect even the most heat sensitive items.

If you are looking for longer fire protection, their Presidential model offers up to 2.5 hours. With a 6-foot high door, 4 layers of protection in the ceiling, doorjambs, walls and doors, this provides the best rated fire seal expanding and sticking to the door in order to protect items from damaging heat and smoke.

Innovative Security Features
Protect your items from burglary and damage with thick composite doors, fireboard layers, hard plates that snap drill bits, military style locking bars and more. Choose from various lock types depending upon the model safe you desire.

No matter how hard someone tries to get into a Liberty Safe, the technology infused into the interior of each safe, stops thieves in their tracks.

Liberty offers extremely customizable safe options, allowing you to choose exterior colors, hardware, finishes, interior accessories and more. Choose between various sizes that will ultimately best fit your valuables. The ability to customize each safe gives you the opportunity to make it entirely yours and fit seamlessly into your home or  office.

Did you know Mike’s Lock Shop is a Liberty Safe dealer? We are also authorized to provide warranty or direct service on gun safes manufactured by Liberty as well.

Delivery of your Liberty Safe is easy! Simply design your safe on Liberty’s website, choose Mike’s Lock Shop as the dealer and then choose your preferred delivery method. We will call to confirm final details once the order is placed.

Visit or call 215-6723100 for more information about finding the right Liberty gun safe to fit your needs.

Gun Safes – We Have Them! Do You?

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 by Liz Wedekind

The importance of gun safety starts and ends with knowing how to properly store them. Firearms are powerful tools that can inflict life threatening injuries with one false move. They require a strong understanding of how they work and an even stronger understanding of how to keep them out of the wrong hands. One of the most effective ways in keeping both firearms and people safe is the investment in a quality gun safe.


To prevent theft of valuables
Prevent the loss of firearms from your home and block access to important valuables by locking them up in a certified gun safe.  Locking your firearms protects them from home intruders that can either use them against you, or for use in later crimes. Many owners customize their firearms which takes both time and money to perfect. Why risk losing that by simply not locking them up?

Additionally, keep your other valuables safe including jewelry, money, precious keepsakes and more by storing them securely in your gun safe. They are locked away and protected from the wrong hands.

Keeps firearms away from children
Children are naturally curious and all it takes is one curious move for disaster to strike. A gun safe is one of the most important items you could purchase for your home to keep out of the reach of children. Not only would it deter access, it ultimately prevents potential life-threatening injuries from occurring.

While there is no federal legal requirement, many states have their own laws preventing children from accessing dangerous firearms. This includes not only your own, but also guests that visit with children. Depending on the state itself, owners can face breaking laws of not storing the firearm properly if a child ends up with access to it or uses it to cause intentional or unintentional harm.

Follows Firearm Locking Device Laws
While many states don’t require firearms to be locked up, there are a few that require some sort of locking device to meet certain regulatory standards. Currently, Massachusetts is the only state with a requirement in place of locking up all firearms, while eleven others have smaller laws in place owners must follow.

Protection from fire damage
Protect your firearms and valuables from fire damage by storing them in a concealed gun safe. Many safes come with fire protection that can withstand heat and flames. Typically made of steel, these safes offer moderate fire protection and peace of mind of your possessions.

At Access Lock Technologies, we strive to help protect your most valuable possessions from harm. We work with you to find the perfect safe that best fits your needs. With our large selection of gun safes for sale in our showroom, we are your one stop shop for gun safes with a variety of brands and sizes to pick from in the Montgomery County, PA area.

Interested in hearing more about our offerings? Visit or call 215-495-0133 for more information!





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