Finding a certified, experienced locksmith is no easy task. Sure, dozens of companies out there will dispatch an indifferent “technician” that offers “quick” solutions when you lose your keys. But when it comes to protecting your home and your business, cheap locks and part-time contractors just won’t cut it. Arrowhead Lock & Safe stands out as the most trusted name in security solutions and products in Georgia in an industry known for poor service and mediocre locksmiths.
Established in 1973, Arrowhead Lock & Safe is a locally owned locksmith and control access firm. Having protected homeowners and business professionals in metro Smyrna for decades, we have built our reputation on exemplary service and the highest quality security products available. Unlike other locksmith companies, we carry all of the major brands that you know and trust to protect your family and your business, including:
As a comprehensive locksmith repair center and dealer, we also own an on-site lock shop to serve our clients better. That way, we can assist with your day-to-day needs like re-keying, cutting keys, and repairing locks. So whether you’re looking for a brand-new security platform for your business or simply need a new set of keys for your storage unit, we are here to help. Our goal is to exceed your expectations with every service we offer.
Though home appraisers may disagree, the value of your home isn’t defined by the four walls and roofs that cover a property. The real value of your home lies within those walls where your family eats, sleeps, and plays. When it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your valuables, having quality locks installed on your home is paramount. When your home has lackluster locks and minimal protection, the things that you hold closest to your heart are at risk.
That is why having a dependable residential locksmith in Smyrna is so important – to ensure that your home is protected and that your family is safe from intruders. When you have problems with the locks on your home, you need a solution quickly. When you call Arrowhead Lock & Safe, know that our locksmiths will work efficiently and tirelessly until your home is secure. Whether your home’s locks need to be repaired or you need to consult with us about an integrated security system, our skilled locksmiths are available when you need them the most.
We offer a variety of residential locksmith services to preserve your peace of mind seven days a week, 365 days a year:
Does your home have a complicated lock setup that requires you to use different keys for different doors? Perhaps a former babysitter still has a key to your home. Whatever your reasons, our team of seasoned locksmiths will come to your home, re-key your locks in an efficient manner, and leave you feeling more secure in your house.
Your home is only as safe as the locks that you have on your doors. As your locks age or when you are the victim of a security threat, you may feel that it’s time to install new locks on the doors of your home. This can be long, laborious, and complicated for the average homeowner. For that reason, many clients trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe to handle the hard work for them. When you arrange for new lock installation, one of our experienced residential locksmiths will come to your home and install new locks on your doors. Once we’re done, we’ll make sure your family has enough keys to open your new locks.
If you are a homeowner who has experienced a break-in or want to take additional steps to secure your assets, high-security locks are a great solution. We offer a wide variety of locks from a plethora of major brands. We are fully equipped to meet your needs, whether you’re interested in more traditional lock systems with high key differs or pry resistant lock technology.
If you feel like you need an extra layer security and want to make sure that only certain individuals have access to your home, an access control system is a great solution to your problem. Whether you are interested in electronic or magnetic locks or have been looking to install a password-protected system, our team of experts can help. Contact our office today for a free consultation to learn more about your access control system options in Georgia.
If you are a business owner in Georgia, you have the weighty responsibility of protecting your patrons and securing your businesses’ assets. The most common way for entrepreneurs to keep their business safe is by having a commercial locksmith in Smyrna install quality, reliable locks on every entry point of your storefront. But, unfortunately, many business owners take the least amount of effort necessary when it comes to protecting their business.
Whether you own several franchise locations or have a single storefront, it only takes one break-in to make you realize the importance of installing high-quality locks for your commercial property. Sadly, at that point, it’s too late – your ability to provide for your family and pay your bills has been compromised. For that reason alone, it’s always better to be proactive about your businesses’ security rather than reactive.
At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, our commercial door lock services are designed to ensure that your assets and your customers are protecting 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We will always take the time to walk you through your options, explaining the pros and cons of each security solution so that you can make an informed decision. With a wide range of security offerings and a reliable team of commercial locksmith experts on your side, choosing the right security setup is easy, efficient, and affordable.
Installing high-quality door locks for your business is one of the best ways to protect your assets and your commercial property. At Arrowhead Lock & Safe, we offer many commercial door lock options from the best brands in our industry. From reliable maintenance service on your current Grade 3 locks to new Grade 1 commercial door lock installation, our team of commercial locksmiths is ready to help.
If your businesses’ locks are old and need proper maintenance or corrective repair services, it’s always best to work with a team of experts. From re-keying services to fixing stuck or broken locks, our commercial locksmiths are only a phone call away.
Commercial alarms for businesses are more complex than their residential relatives, and for a good reason. Our cutting-edge alarm systems are great for preventing and interrupting break-ins, notifying the authorities, and act as an important addition to any business that wants enhanced security.
A commercial-grade CCTV system installed by Arrowhead Lock & Safe allows you to monitor all activities that take place under your businesses’ roof. Having security cameras installed around your business gives you added peace of mind and evidence for the police if a break-in occurs. Having visible security cameras can also help deter criminals and prevent suspicious activity from ever taking place. With remote monitoring capability on your smart device, you can check in on your storefront any time of the night or day, from just about any location.
Having the ability to control every one of your businesses’ locks is a proactive, cost-efficient way to protect your customers and your assets. With a commercial-grade control access system from Arrowhead Lock & Safe, business owners can easily restrict certain areas within their store, prevent physical key duplication, record entry history, and even simplify employee turnover.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grading system was developed years ago to standardize a testing procedure to measure the durability and strength of a door lock. This grading system applies to both residential and commercial door locks. Composed of three different grades, the ANSI grading system gives homeowners and business owners a good idea of lock quality and reliability. ANSI examines six different qualities to determine a lock’s grade:
These locks offer the highest level of security and are most often used by institutions like hospitals, schools, and even museums. These locks also have the highest life expectancy, though they can be much more complex and require an expert residential or commercial locksmith in cityname to install. In today’s day and age, many more homeowners are opting for Grade 1 locks (like electronic locks) for the most peace of mind. This classification of lock must hold up against 800,000 cycles, six door strikes and a 360-pound weight test.
These locks are great for residential areas with more foot traffic, like a door that leads to an apartment complex or suite of rooms. These locks can also suffice for small businesses that need a higher level of security than Grade 3 locks. Use these locks when you want to secure access to areas with valuable equipment or sensitive documents. This classification of lock requires 400,000 cycles, four door strikes, and a 250-pound weight test.
This grade of lock is best suited for residential purposes and is considered standard door hardware. This kind of lock is the least expensive and should never be used in a high-traffic area like a lobby or storefront. However, these locks would be suitable for areas without much foot traffic like storage closets or areas without expensive merchandise. Because these locks are easiest to bypass, consider upgrading your Grade 3 locks with anti-bump and anti-pick technology. This classification of lock requires 200,000 lock cycles, two door strikes, and a 150-pound weight test.
A famous animator and movie director once said: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” This quote rings especially true when it comes to protecting your home or business with the best security solutions in Georgia. If you’re worried about the safety of your family or the wealth that you have worked so hard to create, contact our office today at 404-351-4331 for a free consultation. When you trust Arrowhead Lock & Safe, you can rest easy knowing your most precious belongings are safe and secure.Contact us!
The three-mile multimodal path will run between Truist Park, the Atlanta Battery and other venues and is scheduled by be complete by 2027. SMYRNA, GA — A three-mile pedestrian pathway will one day link attractions like the Atlanta Braves' home ballpark, The Battery Atlanta and other sites as part of a $44 million project that was unveiled last week.The Cumberland Community Improvement District recently introduced the project, which officials call the ...
SMYRNA, GA — A three-mile pedestrian pathway will one day link attractions like the Atlanta Braves' home ballpark, The Battery Atlanta and other sites as part of a $44 million project that was unveiled last week.
The Cumberland Community Improvement District recently introduced the project, which officials call the Cumberland Sweep, which will, upon completion, provide safe and reliable transportation for pedestrians traveling along the corridor.
CID officials said in a news release last week that the Cumberland Sweep is a multimodal path for bicyclists and walkers and, according to plans, will one day include a tram to move visitors between several the biggest attractions.
In addition to Truist Park, the Braves' 1.3 billion ballpark, the Cumberland Sweep will also connect people visiting the Cumberland Mall, the Cobb Galleria Centre, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as well as other venues in the area.
"We envision the path being the future heartbeat of the community," Kim Menefee, executive director of the Cumberland CID said in the release. "The Cumberland Sweep name emerged out of a detailed and planned process that engaged many stakeholders from commercial property owners, businesses, government officials, and residents. The name is reflective of its environment and welcoming to all."
The CID said that the district includes 3,400 businesses that represent a $20 billion economic boost the area each year. A map of the Cumberland Sweep shows that the 3-mile look would envelop the intersection of I-75 and I-285. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week that that phase of the project will cost an estimated $25 million.
The intermodal path, which will be about 14 feet wide, is planned to run along Galleria Drive. The first segment of the project will be funded by a $6.4 million grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission and would connect a pedestrian crosswalk over I-285 and Akers Mill Road, the Journal-Constitution reported.
A design firm will be chosen for the project by year's end and construction is slated to begin sometime in 2024 and at least one segment of the sweep will be complete by 2027, officials said.
"The Cumberland Sweep name embodies the very essence of this path," John Shern, chairman, Cumberland CID Board of Directors said in the release. "The Sweep means movement and our goal is to move people more effectively and efficiently around the Cumberland area. This vital transportation resource will make our region more accessible connecting businesses, residents, and visitors to the best of what Cumberland has to offer."
People in Smyrna and Vinings can follow a five-day process outlined by the voting initiative that is entering its second year.SMYRNA, GA — The upcoming National Voter Education Week offers residents of Smyrna and Cobb County another opportunity to get prepared for the next election.The weeklong event, to be held Oct. 4-8 in 2021, helps voters "bridge the gap" between registering to vote and actually casting a ballot, according to the website for the National Voter Education Week initiative."During ...
SMYRNA, GA — The upcoming National Voter Education Week offers residents of Smyrna and Cobb County another opportunity to get prepared for the next election.
The weeklong event, to be held Oct. 4-8 in 2021, helps voters "bridge the gap" between registering to vote and actually casting a ballot, according to the website for the National Voter Education Week initiative.
"During this week of interactive education, voters have the opportunity to find their polling location, understand their ballot, make a plan to vote in person or remotely, and more," the initiative's description reads.
Now in its second year, National Voter Education Week comes as many states have revised voting laws in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and on the heels of a 2020 presidential election that saw a record number of early voters.
Nearly 1 in 5 states, including Georgia, passed laws following the election that tighten absentee voting windows and impose new rules on casting ballots and running elections.
Following the 2020 election, nine states passed legislation that sponsors say improves election security. Critics, however, say the legislation makes it harder for people to vote.
In Kansas, one law effectively shuts down voter registration drives by making it a felony to impersonate an election official, according to a National Public Radio report, a standard that could depend entirely on mistaken impressions. In Montana, state lawmakers eliminated Election Day voter registration.
In Georgia, Senate Bill 202 does the following, among other changes:
Several of the above provisions are being challenged in the U.S. Department of Justice's federal lawsuit against Georgia, so they are subject to change based on the results of the lawsuit.
National Voter Education Week has outlined a simple step to take each day that aims to develop residents from unregistered voters to citizens well-informed about what's on their ballot.
Registering to vote in Georgia is simple. You can register online, check to see if you're already registered and make changes to your registration record at the My Voter Page website; register in-person or by mail through the Cobb County elections office; or register by mail by downloading and completing the postage-paid voter registration application and mail it to the Georgia Secretary of State's office.
You can also register to vote directly on the National Voter Education Week website.
Just under one-third of people who voted in the 2020 presidential election did so in person after states expanded mail-in balloting and early voting due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
In fact, 2020 was the first time in the history of the survey that a majority of voters did not cast their ballots in person on Election Day.
While new laws may have changed the landscape of mail-in voting, it's important to know when you need to register by, as well as other key election deadlines in Georgia.
If the decomposing jack-o'-lantern is creeping you out, share the fall bounty from Smyrna-Vinings pumpkin fields and patches with critters.SMYRNA-VININGS, GA – When the jack-o'-lanterns you carved from the best pumpkins plucked from patches and fields near Smyrna and Vinings this fall start looking droopy and sad, they still have life.While uncarved pumpkins can last two to three months indoors, carved pumpkins usually only last a few days before they start to decay. Streets and porches all over Smyrna and Vinings are o...
SMYRNA-VININGS, GA – When the jack-o'-lanterns you carved from the best pumpkins plucked from patches and fields near Smyrna and Vinings this fall start looking droopy and sad, they still have life.
While uncarved pumpkins can last two to three months indoors, carved pumpkins usually only last a few days before they start to decay. Streets and porches all over Smyrna and Vinings are often filled with the wilting, sagging faces of jack o'-lanterns getting older by the minute.
But as with Christmas trees a few months later, there are many ways you can recycle these pumpkins that will help birds, wildlife and the planet.
1. Share The Seeds With Birds And Wildlife
Pumpkin seeds are a healthy and popular snacking treat for a variety of birds and wildlife, especially as the weather gets colder and food is harder to come by. As your pumpkin starts to soften and fade, collect the seeds from inside, and give them a day or so to dry.
Don't add any kind of seasoning, even salt, Birds & Blooms advises.
Then scatter the seeds outside, or put them in a birdfeeder or bowl. If you live in an area with bears or other harmful predators, try placing the seeds on an upper level that only birds and smaller animals like squirrels and chipmunks can reach.
2. Make A 'Snack-O'-Lantern'
You can also just cut out the middleman and turn the pumpkin itself into a "snack-o'-lantern pumpkin feeder," according to the National Wildlife Federation.
Just take the pumpkin, cut it in half, scoop out the middle, and attach the top and bottom halves of the pumpkin with string and several wooden dowels.
Fill the bottom half with either birdseed, pumpkin seeds, or both. See here for more detailed instructions from the National Wildlife Foundation.
3. Plant The Seeds Of Future Pumpkins
You could also use the seeds for their intended purpose: making more pumpkins.
To save and store pumpkin seeds for the following year, place the pulp and seeds from the pumpkin inside a colander, according to Gardening Know How. Wash cold water over it, and pick out a few of the largest seeds.
Spread the rinsed seeds far apart from each other on a dry towel, and place that towel in a cool, dry spot for a week.
Place the seeds in a seed envelope, and place the seed envelope in a plastic container with several holes poked in the lid. Put that container in the back of a refrigerator, and get ready to plant your own private pumpkin patch next year.
4. Make An Animal Smorgasbord
Animals and birds love pumpkins just as much as people do, so why not give them a special treat? Simply cut the pumpkin into small, bite-sized pieces, and scatter them in a spot where you won't mind local critters coming to nosh, the National Wildlife Federation advises.
Again, this one is probably best to avoid if bears, foxes, coyotes, rats or any variety of predators and pests are a problem nearby.
5. Donate Pumpkins To A Local Zoo
If you feel more comfortable leaving the animal feeding to professionals, consider donating the pumpkin remains to a nearby zoo. Many zoos accept pumpkin donations after Halloween because they are a nutritious snack that most animals love.
6. Compost It
If your pumpkin is truly on its last proverbial legs, put its nutrients back into the earth by composting it. Even if you don't have a compost pile, you can put it in your garden, and many areas offer municipal composting services. Just make sure you take out all the seeds first, lest an impromptu pumpkin patch begins to sprout out of the compost.
Warren Bryant, a University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer who played eight seasons in the NFL, died on Monday. He was 65.Bryant, who was living in Smyrna, Ga., was an offensive tackle at UK who lettered from 1974-1976. He was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference First Team selection and was an All-America selection by at least one organization in each of those three seasons; the nation’s coaches and Walter Camp named him to their All-America First Teams in 1976. He that year also won the Jacobs Award, given annually to...
Warren Bryant, a University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer who played eight seasons in the NFL, died on Monday. He was 65.
Bryant, who was living in Smyrna, Ga., was an offensive tackle at UK who lettered from 1974-1976. He was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference First Team selection and was an All-America selection by at least one organization in each of those three seasons; the nation’s coaches and Walter Camp named him to their All-America First Teams in 1976. He that year also won the Jacobs Award, given annually to the SEC’s most outstanding blocker; Bryant is the only Kentucky player who’s earned that distinction.
Bryant was one of only two offensive linemen, along with Sam Ball, who was named to the “All-Time Kentucky Football Teams” selected by both the Lexington Herald-Leader and Louisville Courier-Journal in recognition of the school’s 100 years of playing football in 1990.
The Atlanta Falcons drafted Bryant with the sixth overall pick in the 1976 NFL Draft. He started 94 of his 104 games played in the league. He spent the entirety of his first seven seasons with the Falcons before playing with that organization and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1984, his final year as a pro.
A Miami, Fla., native, Bryant originally committed to the Miami Hurricanes before UK hired away their head coach, Fran Curci.
“My parents were like, ‘Whoa, that changes everything,’” Bryant told the Herald-Leader’s Mark Story in 2016.
The final UK team on which Bryant played was the second to win outright or earn a share of the SEC title; the 1976 squad was eventually recognized as the league’s co-champion, along with Georgia, in 1978.
“Warren was the first big recruit we got,” Curci said in a UK news release. “After we got Warren, everybody else fell in behind him. Everyone respected Warren — he was sensational as a player and also a gentleman, fun to be around.”
Bryant is one of 45 players whose jersey has been retired by the UK football program. He was one of 88 athletes inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 2005. Bryant was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
“Warren was one of the greatest players in the history of Kentucky football,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a news release. “His legacy will continue, as he set a standard for offensive line play at UK. He was loved by his teammates, not only for his performance on the field, but also for his personality off the field. Our prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.”
Funeral services are pending.
This story was originally published October 11, 2021 7:57 PM.
The approved plan includes the removal of the fountain and roundabout in front of the Smyrna library and community center.SMYRNA, GA — After four months of task force meetings, site plan revisions, public input meetings and at least one town hall, Smyrna City Council approved an updated plan for the city's multi-million dollar downtown redesign — the biggest change to Smyrna's downtown in at least a decade.Council members approved the redesign plans — initially approved in June — in a 4-2 vote Monday a...
SMYRNA, GA — After four months of task force meetings, site plan revisions, public input meetings and at least one town hall, Smyrna City Council approved an updated plan for the city's multi-million dollar downtown redesign — the biggest change to Smyrna's downtown in at least a decade.
Council members approved the redesign plans — initially approved in June — in a 4-2 vote Monday after more than two hours of public comment and council debate, with council members Charles "Corkey" Welch and Susan Wilkinson voting against the measure. Council Member Lewis Wheaton was absent from the meeting due to a death in his family.
The new plan includes the removal of the iconic fountain and roundabout in front of the Smyrna Public Library and Smyrna Community Center, which will be replaced with open green space and an extension of King Street to connect to Powder Springs Street.
This portion is estimated to cost $6.5 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money, which includes construction, engineering and contingency costs. Greg Teague, president of Marietta-based Croy Engineering, said major construction on the green space will start in March or April 2022 and be finished by early 2023.
Additionally, the redesign plans include an interactive water feature, several peripheral plaza areas, seating, shade structures, new trees, bike racks and a stage for concerts and events. Public bathrooms may also be added in the future.
"What our predecessors did here was start a great thing," said Mayor Derek Norton, who spearheaded the project, in reference to former Mayor Max Bacon's development of the village green and Smyrna Market Village. "And now we're building on that and creating something even better for the citizens of Smyrna."
Future plans also include a $4 million, three-story, 250-spot parking deck north of downtown, and the potential sale of city-owned land between the community center and Atlanta Road to StillFire Brewing, so it can build a brewery. Both items were not approved during Monday's city council meeting.
Roughly 70 residents spoke during the public comment period of Monday's meeting, some in favor of the redesign and others opposed. Those in favor of it said the revamped area will breathe life into a relatively dead area near the Village Green.
"I think this project is well overdue," Smyrna resident Kris Mellstrom said during the meeting. "I love the fact that we think about how Smyrna's growing ... I just want to say thank you for putting this plan forward. I totally support it."
Those opposed — which included former Council Member Maryline Blackburn — questioned the redevelopment's estimated cost, how much traffic it will cause, why StillFire Brewing and the parking deck weren't included in the vote, and the transparency of the redesign process.
"The process is flawed and goes against best management practices for city planning," said Shaun Martin, a leading member of an opposition group called Smart Smyrna, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Cities are not planned in silos. To not bring in the desired brewery at this point is unfair, as much taxpayer dollars that are going into facilitating and accommodating all of the accessory needs."
However, Norton emphasized the length of the design process and has previously mentioned that this project has been in discussions since 2019, when a new downtown master plan was created with input from hundreds of residents.
The city also held three public input meetings in September to gather more resident comments on the two detailed concept plans. Architecture firm Pond & Company, which created the two plans after council approved initial ones in June, also crafted the plan approved Monday based on feedback from the September public input meetings.
Welch and Wilkinson voted against the plan approval Monday, just as they did in June when the overall concept was approved. Welch said the estimated cost of the redesign would actually be around $11.8 million with parking deck costs, engineering expenses and contingency fees, though Norton said that was an inflated cost estimate.
"I simply can't support spending almost $12 million to revitalize a downtown that, in my opinion, is already a vital asset to our town," he said.