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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.

Fresno Locksmith Padlock

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



Home Security Tips

Fresno Locksmith - Burglar Outside Home

Don't be a Victim

Below is a checklist of actions to take to secure your home.

  1. Do exterior lights illuminate all entrances to your home?
  2. Is shrubbery kept trimmed so a burglar can’t hide near windows and doors?
  3. Are garage doors kept closed and locked at all times?
  4. Are exterior doors made of solid core construction (including door leading from garage to house)?
  5. Is there a peephole viewer (1800) on the front door?
  6. Are sliding glass doors secured with auxiliary locks or pinned, and are screws in the track to prevent removal of doors?
  7. Are exterior doors secured with a deadbolt lock (single or double cylinder) with a minimum 1 inch throw
  8. Are windows secured with auxiliary keyed locks or pinned with a nail?
  9. Do you report suspicious persons or activity in the neighborhood to the police immediately?
  10. Are doors locked at all times?
  11. Are your valuables marked with your  driver’s license number and do you have a record of them with complete serial number, make and model?

If you have any questions about your home security feel free to contact Paxton Locksmithing at (559) 283-6340 or visit us on the web at


Thief’s Use Social Media For Burglaries

With all the social media like Facebook,Twitter or MySpace sharing what your doing is becoming more and more common. Paxton Locksmithing strongly advises to think twice about the content your about to share.

Back before social media, the old school burglar would have to drive around neighborhoods “casing” out homes looking for signs that someone was away on vacation. Now that is becoming a thing of the past, Social media has allowed the professional burglars to find their targets in the comfort of their home sitting in front of their computers.

They now know when your out,where your at and how long you will be gone. How you ask? Facebook for example you will find updates on members profile with minute to minute updates like “going to the gym” or “leaving to watch a movie” or “Leaving for a week to Hawaii”.

Please think about what your posting on social media for your safety.



Sliding-Glass Patio Door Security

sliding glass door fresno locksmiths adviseSliding glass doors are secured by latches not locks. They are vulnerable to being forced open from the outside because of these inherently defective latch mechanisms. This can be easily be prevented by inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the track thus preventing or limiting movement. Other blocking devices available are metal fold-down blocking devices called “charley bars” and various track-blockers that can be screwed down.

The blocking devices described above solves half the equation. Older sliding glass doors can be lifted up and off their track and thereby defeat the latch mechanism. To prevent lifting, you need to keep the door rollers in good condition and properly adjusted. You can also install anti-lift devices such as a pin that extends through both the sliding and fixed portion of the door. There are also numerous locking and blocking devices available that will prevent a sliding door from being lifted or forced horizontally.

  • Use a secondary blocking device on all sliding glass doors
  • Keep the latch mechanism in good condition and properly adjusted
  • Keep sliding door rollers in good condition and properly adjusted
  • Use anti-lift devices such as through-the-door pins or upper track screws


Don’t Forget The Deadbolt

Fresno Locksmith Deadbolt InstallationMany homes don’t have a deadbolt installed on the outside door to their garage, Many feel that they don’t need it because its just a garage. Burglars choose this door more times than not to gain entry into your home. Why you ask? Without a deadbolt installed on a door it just doesn’t take much force to kick in the door with a knob lock protecting it alone,as a matter of fact we have seen instances with just a little bit of force being applied to the knob lock the door can be popped open with no damage at all. Once they gain entry to the garage they have the protection and privacy they need to work on your door leading into your home without anyone being able to see them.

Adding a deadbolt to all doors in your home is highly recommended. When installing them make sure that the bolt extends all the way into the frame of the door,if it doesn’t the bolt is not deadlocked and can be pushed from the outside into the unlocked position, Also use 3″ screws to secure the strike plate into the frame so it is secured by the studs of the building for extra support.

Deadbolts are not something you want to try and save your money on, Compare the quality of materials to a deadbolt that may cost $9 to one that may cost $49. The quality deadbolts are made out of stronger materials that will resist attacks to your doors as well as last much longer during normal use.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Paxton Locksmithing (559) 283-6340 or by E-mail at


Hiding Your House Keys Outside

Many people do it, They see the products at the store that look like a small rock or a garden sprinkler with a place inside it to hide your house key. It is very tempting to hide a house key outside to help you get back inside your home when you lock yourself out.

Unfortunately, thief’s look for these items  and look for other popular hiding places for keys, like under the doormat or on top of your outside door frame. Statistics show that 30 % of home burglaries happen without forced entry,They used a key to get in or simply found an unlocked door or window.

To help with this problem consider installing an electronic access device with keypad entry. There are various styles of deadbolts and knobs with this feature to allow you to enter your home without the need of a key.

Schlage Keypad Entry Products

Schlage Keypad Entry Products


Do you know who has your house keys?

When you purchased your home did you have the locks changed? Do you know who might have keys to your home? If you have not changed the locks to your home since you moved in you should consider having the locks re-keyed. This is a cost saving method of changing the parts inside your existing locks so the old key will no longer work and newly cut keys will now operate your locks.

It is not uncommon for the old home owners to have given out keys to your locks to neighbors,children or other family members as well as construction workers, house keepers and real estate agents, not to mention did they ever loose their keys?

For your family’s safety and your peace of mind please consider re-keying your homes locks if you are not 100 % sure who has copies of your keys.



Fake Locksmith Companies Ripping Off The Public

Here is a video from Today with a perfect example of just one type of fake locksmith companies Scam and what to look out for.

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