Archive for February, 2012

Make Sure Your Door Bell Works

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Many criminals often ring your door bell to test and see if your at home.

When no one answers they begin to look for a way in.

Don’t let a broken door bell lead to an unwanted face to face encounter with a burglar.

Paxton Locksmithing recommends that one of the many things you should do to help secure your home is to test your door bell and make sure it works before that unwanted visitor does.

For other safety tips please visit our webpage at read more of our blogs in this matter. Paxton locksmithing is a Fresno Locksmith serving many central valley locations please feel free to contact us online,email or by phone.

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Do You Have A Worn Out Key?

When you try to turn on your ignition do you have to wiggle it to get it to turn?

Your Key may be worn out. Have a locksmith make you a new key cut back to factory specifications before you cause your ignition to break or your key to break in your ignition.

In this photo you can see that the key on the right was worn out and forced in the ignition then broke causing a costly charge to go out and remove the broken key from the ignition. The key on the left is cut back to factory specifications and works much better in the ignition than the old worn out key.

Do not go to the hardware store to make a copy of your worn out key. Your copy would still be worn out and that will slowly cause damage to your ignition.

Paxton Locksmithing a Fresno Locksmith that services the central valley can help you with your worn out keys, and if your vehicle has a transponder system with chipped keys we can program the new ones for you as well. Give us a call at (559) 283-6340 or visit us on the web at


BBB warning On Locksmith Company Scams

Here is yet another example of locksmith companies using bait and switch tactics to rip off the public.

Bait and Switch Locksmith Scams

If you are locked out of your home, office or Vehicle in Fresno, Clovis or any other central valley location make sure you get an upfront price for the work before you have any locksmith come out. Any honest locksmith company knows how much the total price will be and will be able to give you that quote over the phone before they come out and before the work has begun.

If you get an operator that says there is a $19 service call and the technician will be able to tell you how much to open your door once he gets there, simply tell them no thanks and hang up the phone and call Paxton Locksmithing at 559-283-6340. No locksmith company calls there locksmiths “Technicians”. Call centers that run organized locksmith scams use that term.

Also make sure your locksmith is licensed with the state of California and ask them for their license and ID when they arrive, the locksmith should also ask you for ID when opening any door for you.


Credit Cards Used To Open Doors

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Have you seen in the movies where someone takes out a credit card and then uses it to unlock a door? Think this is fake and only happens in the movies?

Think again, using the wrong locks for your outside doors to your home or business or improperly installed strike plates can leave your home or business open to these types of attacks to gain entry. If your unsure about how protected you really are with your current locks contact Paxton Locksmithing to have us do a full home security inspection.




Padlocks That Fit To Your House Key

Paxton Locksmithing offers padlocks that can be re-keyed to fit your existing home or business keys, even if they are Kwikset or Schlage brand locks we have the padlock for you.

Many of our customers find these padlocks to be very convenient since they offer the choice of having just one key that fits all their doors and gate locks.

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Call Paxton Locksmithing at 559-283-6340 or email us at for any questions. Paxton Locksmithing is a Fresno Locksmith serving the central valley since 2009.


Schlage SecureKey Discontinued

schlage securekeySchlage has recently discontinued a line of locks that allowed the home user to re-key the lock themselves with the use of a blue reset key. These locks are easily identifiable by a plus symbol located above the key way.

Paxton Locksmithing in Fresno California over the last year or so has received numerous calls in regards to these locks that will all of a sudden stop working causing a lock out situation.

It is not known if this product line was discontinued for quality reasons or legal reasons but we do recommend replacing them before the lock fails and you can’t get into your house.

If you do find yourself locked out of your home please give Paxton Locksmithing a call at 559-283-6340 or email us at and we can get you back in.


What Are Transponder Keys?

I get asked this question about seven times a week when asked how much is it to replace my lost keys to my vehicle.

fresno locksmithing transponder keyMany modern automobiles have keys with transponders hidden inside the plastic head of the key. The owner of the car may not even be aware that the transponder is there because there are no buttons to press. When a key is inserted into the ignition lock cylinder and turned, the car’s computer sends a radio signal to the transponder. Unless the transponder replies with a valid code, the computer will not allow the engine to be started. Most transponder keys have no battery; they are energized by the radio signal itself. Transponder keys require programming to be able to work and this could be done by the dealer or a automotive locksmith using a diagnostic tool. If a transponder has not been programmed or the transponder reader around the ignition is malfunctioning the key may not start the car.

Paxton Locksmithing Located In Fresno Ca makes and programs keys for many vehicles. For a complete list of vehicle we currently can make keys for please visit our webpage