There are times in life when we all learn a lesson that we carry with us for forever. That moment in time when a light bulb goes on. The "Aha moment" of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, comprehension and impact. These are defining moments for all of us.
I had one such moment years ago while working with a sales rep named John F. Hunt. I was teaching at a PUREAuto seminar provided by Lockmasters, and John was representing Kaba- ILCO at the time. After I had given a fun seminar on marketing tactics to the crowd of professional locksmiths, John had asked me if he could contribute something to help drive some of the points made in the earlier presentation I had given.
In a humorous delivery with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, John taught me a lesson I have never forgotten. He said,
"I was driving on the interstate one morning when the sportscaster announced that Churchill Downs had approved the use of mini cameras for the jockeys. He gushed that this was a first, a never before event. Thanks to modern technology each jockey would have a small camera on his cap that would transmit live video of the race. We, the fans would be that much closer to the race, we would be in the jockey seat and get to sense the starting gate, the turns, the straightaway, the jockeying for position as never before.
Much like his dad, Jason Hunt a young college student became involved in an outreach program to help kids to believe in themselves and to make sure they found themselves at the head of the pack in life. As a wilderness educator, Jason worked with teens learning to believe in themselves while on wilderness expeditions. Tragically, on October 4th, 2001, while climbing in Squamish, BC, Jason suffered traumatic cerebral soft tissue damage from which he never woke. After nine days in intensive care he died on October 13, 2001.
Through outdoor experiential education, his life was pointed on a course that brought hope, self-worth, and direction to the teens at-risk that he met. Jason entered the lives of teens with needs and focused on helping them realize their potential and worth as individuals. He was making a measurable difference in each life he touched. He was making an impact.
Walking with Jason is a quest to trace Jason’s brief life as a young man. John, Jason's father, becomes the youthful adventurer and visits Jason’s world. John seemingly falls through the looking glass and discovers a mysterious and wonderful world inhabited by troubled adolescents, craggy Thru-hikers, idealistic outdoor leaders and others who visit nature’s realm. Ultimately John’s odyssey is a very personal journey of self-discovery and gives us a compass bearing on how to deal with the sudden loss of a child.
So to all those locksmiths and manufactures who can, and I know you can! Please take the time to learn a lesson or two by getting out in front of the pack and take a Walk with Jason. Be a leader.
Learn more on how you can help supporting youth with needs through outdoor experiential education by visiting the Jason William Hunt Foundation
DNA TRACE & IDENTIFICATION -
If only George Zimmerman had a canister of StranDNA, Trayvon Martin might still be alive today? Maybe this incident will get more law enforcement, prosecutors and even community and neighborhood watch groups to get their hands on this innovative forensic trace technology. StranDNA and other forensic trace marking products come in hand held canisters for use by law enforcement and security professionals. StranDNA have also developed an anti-home invasion product called Chain Reaction DNA™ which is installed at entry points around your home. If the community where Zimmerman lived had been experiencing break-ins, burglary or home invasions, then they could have been easily stopped or substantially reduced this percentage with the deployment of these devices.
There are billions of forensic codes in the StranDNA brand and NO two canisters are ever the same. Had Zimmerman utilized a forensic trace marker that has a unique DNA strand in it, he would have simply deployed a mist so fine that it would be undetectable without the use of a 390 nm UV lamp. Use of the hand held canister or the residential Chain Reaction DNA is non-lethal. You don't even need to be near the target, all you do is toss it near someone or pass by them with it as it sprays. You don't have to challenge anyone, and you won't get punched in the nose! They will never know they are being marked! Once the canister is deployed it will continue to spray, so anything that is near will be marked!
Ultra violet marking has been proven to reduce crime. StranDNA United Kingdom, the innovators of Chain Reaction DNA an Advanced Intruder Deterrent have brought to the United States a new and innovative approach that is having an impact on the growing trend of forced home invasions and increased burglaries, and now another company from the United Kingdom called SmartWater™ is also being proven to reduce crime in where else but........FLORIDA!
Chain Reaction DNA is the ultimate deterrent designed to combat crimes such as Home Invasion, Forced Entry and Aggravated Burglary but at the same time if activated it assists Law Enforcement in the identification of the perpetrators of these crimes using the latest in forensic trace technology, StranDNA want the threat of being forensically linked to a crime scene to deter the offence from being committed in the first instance
Maybe if a community or neighborhood watch finds someone suspicious in the future, they may just want to use StranDNA “Offender I.D”, and then call the police and let them do their part. It won't be hard to find the person of interest and when you look at the huge cost of investigation, prosecution and convictions.....this will save a lot of money for municipalities because it is indisputable and definitive legal proof that the suspect or suspects were involved, or near the person of interest and at least…..they will still be alive.
Got a riot? Toss a can! Police stations are installing UV Suites in their stations and are starting to carry a simple UV flashlight. Police routinely use UV light to detect, identify and return stolen property that has been marked with UV based property marking technology also for the identification of UV based GREASES & GELS for the identification of criminals involved in metal theft. Valuables can be discretely marked with this type of technology and are invisible to the naked eye and is only revealed when illuminated with UV light. Jewelry stores, convenience stores, retail establishments and even automobiles are also deploying disbursement systems so the bad guys better watch out. If you pull a stunt inside of these places your going to find yourself sticking out like a sore thumb.....this is not a joke.
Chain Reaction DNA canisters for law enforcement and other security groups are sold separately. To learn how to get yours contact StranDNA USA
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Door Devil Employs Special Needs & Handicapped Workers - Consumer Home Security & Safety from a Little Angel
Every once in a while we all come across an individual or a company that seems to do "the right thing" and it is refreshing. The Door Devil™ is a product of ArchAngel Home Security, LLC in Dallas, Texas and is manufactured in Ft. Worth.. ArchAngel was incorporated in 2008 in Texas, and is owned by Nicholas Fairless. ArchAngel was approved as a member of the White Settlement Area Chamber of Commerce in the Dallas/Ft.Worth, Texas area in January of 2011. Door Devil also received Better Business Bureau accreditation in June of that year.
I always find myself smiling when I say ArchAngel Door Devil, it seems like an Oxymoron of sorts, but it is no laughing matter. In fact, after learning more about ArchAngel as a company, I found less about a little devil in the details but more appropriately, "Le bon Dieu est dans le detail", which means The good God is in the detail.
In a world full of bad news and chaos there are moments of inspiration and the one thing that always captures my attention and respect is simple acts of kindness and giving someone disadvantaged a break, an opportunity and good old fashion dignity. ArchAngel, those little devils...they do something I personally respect and admire.
Through Goodwill Industries, employment is provided by ArchAngel to special needs / handicapped workers who assemble the hardware packages.
The Door Devil ™ Door Security Kit provides reinforcement for all vulnerable areas of the standard residential door – the jamb, the door edge, and the hinge side. The heart of the Door Devil™ Door Security Kit is the four foot long 16 gauge steel jamb reinforcement, or “Anti-Kick-In device.” The jamb reinforcement, like the other parts of the kit, has a powder-coated white finish that can be painted, if desired. The jamb reinforcement is secured with nine 3-1/2 inch #12 wood screws. The screws have a matching white finish and are installed with a #3 square-drive bit. The Anti-Kick-In device has four cut-outs. The center two cut-outs are designed for use with entry and deadbolt locks at standard 5-1/2” center-to-center spacing. The additional holes are designed to allow for a second deadbolt or privacy lock. The design is reversible, for use with left or right-handed doors, in-swinging or out-swinging.
With the Anti-Kick-In device installed, the door edge becomes the next most likely area to fail in case of attempted forced entry. The Door Devil™ Door Security Kit addresses this vulnerability with a Mini Door Shield, which wraps around the door edge where the deadbolt is installed.
With the lock-side jamb and door edge reinforced, the only remaining vulnerability is the hinge side of the door. The Door Devil™ Door Security Kit addresses this area two ways. First, three silver-finish, #2 square-drive 3 inch screws are provided to replace one mounting screw from each hinge. Additionally, the Kit provides two Hinge Bolts. These bolts are screwed into the edge of the door on the hinge side. The bolts are designed to be installed using the same #3 square-drive bit used to install the Anti-Kick-In device mounting screws. Two ½ inch holes are drilled into the hinge-side jamb to accept the bolts as the door is closed. Two reinforcement plates are included that are installed over the ½ inch holes. The Hinge Bolts also make the Door Devil™ usable with outward-opening doors, since they will continue to secure the door even if the hinges are removed.
As impressive as the design and quality of the Door Devil™ Door Security Kit is in creating a whole-door security package that achieves the desired goal of making the door and wall act as a single unit, the steps taken to ensure easy installation are equally impressive. All hardware needed to install the Anti-Kick-In device are included, even a 7/32” drill bit to pre-drill for the mounting screws. Particularly helpful are the two short temporary mounting screws that are included and used to hold the jamb reinforcement in place before installing any of the 3-1/2 inch screws. With the temporary screws in place, you can check for proper alignment of the device with the locks before installing the permanent screws. If the alignment is good, you can go ahead and pre-drill and install seven of the permanent screws; then remove the temporary screws, pre-drill and install the remaining two permanent screws. If the alignment is incorrect, the temporary screws make adjustments quick and easy. The temporary screws use the same #3 square drive as the permanent screws, which makes the screws far less likely to strip during installation than the more common Phillips-head screws.
Similarly, the hinge replacement mounting screws are a #2 square drive to make them less likely to strip during installation. Both #2 and #3 square-drive bits are included in the hardware pack. There is also a 1/8 inch brad-point drill bit included in the hardware pack. The 1/8 inch drill bit is intended for pre-drilling for the hinge replacement screws as well as the Mini Door Shield, Hinge Bolt, and Hinge Bolt reinforcement plate mounting screws. Unfortunately, this drill bit is not long enough to adequately pre-drill for the 3” hinge replacement screws, and is not suitable for pre-drilling for the Mini Door Shield mounting screws if you are dealing with a metal-clad door. The Mini Door Shield mounting screws and the Hinge Bolt reinforcement plate mounting screws are standard #2 Phillips-head.
The locksmith is uniquely qualified to offer professional installation services, which makes the Door Devil™ a great add-on sale when providing other services at residential locations. Their retail packaging and point of purchase display appeals to the DIY'er and sells itself.
Installation is pretty straightforward and, as noted, Door Devil has taken steps to ensure easy installation. Still, there are certain steps that can be taken to make installation both easy and professional if faced with issues like a tight gap between door and frame or if there is not enough room to mount the Anti-Kick-In device and the Mini Door Shield between the door and jamb.
When this occurs, a mortising jig is available from Door Devil which is used to create a mortise in the door jamb that will allow the Anti-Kick-In device to sit flush with the surface of the jamb. After determining the proper position for the Anti-Kick-In device, mark the top and bottom of the reinforcement plate. Place the jig on the jamb with the top of the opening of the jig about 1/16” above the top mark. Make sure the jig is pushed firmly against the weatherstripping and use the provided screws to attach the jig to the jamb. Use a router with a 1/2” bit and a 5/8 ball-bearing guide (the same type as provided with most hinge and strike plate router mortising kits) to go along the inside edge of the jig, then over the entire open area of the jig over the jamb.
The jig is not long enough to mortise the full 4' length of the Anti-Kick-In device. When the area under the jig has been mortised, the jig will need to be moved so that the bottom inside edge of the jig about 1/16” below the bottom mark. The upper end of the jig is now over an area that has already been morticed. The jig comes with a shim that must be placed under the upper mounting surface of the jig at this point so that the jig will remain level with the jamb surface. Again, be certain the jig is pushed firmly against the weatherstripping as it is attached to the jamb in the lower position. Use the router to mortise the additional area under the jig. A chisel will need to be used to create a square corner to the mortise at the top and bottom on the door stop side. The resulting mortise allows the Anti-Kick-In device to fit flush with the jamb, creating a very fine finished, professional look.
In all, the Door Devil™ Door Security Kit provides a complete door reinforcement package at a very reasonable price. They provide the tools to make even “problem” installations possible, with a professional look.
For more information, or to get yours visit - http://www.doordevil.com/locksmith.html
FWCLA - 10 News Neglected Facts and Mischaracterizations Lead to Wrong Conclusions - Hillsborough County Florida
In May, 2010 award winning investigative journalist Barbara Haiss Martin's news blog called The Locksmith Investigator presented a 3 part article covering the Florida West Coast Locksmiths Association (FWCLA) involvement with the Florida legislature while trying to pass locksmith licensing. In her investigation she questions the accuracy of statements being made and positions of the public officials who were being petitioned to regulate the hardworking locksmiths of Florida. One of the sponsors of the licensing bill was Senator Victor Crist (R).
Earlier in 2009, WTSP 10 News in Tampa Florida, a Gannett company began to run a news story where they claim to have exposed "locksmiths" who engaged in a classic bait and switch. However, these were not and still are not "locksmiths". They are scammers "posing" as locksmiths, there is a huge difference! At the time as I reviewed the news reports from 10 news I felt there were several mischaracterizations and a lot of missing information regarding the issue being reported. So it was refreshing to see Barbara Haiss Martins honesty and assessment of the facts.
Accurate answers? Part 1: Just what did FWCLA and ALOA tell the Florida legislators about Florida locksmiths?
Accurate answers? Part 2: FWCLA and ALOA’s flawed evidence about Florida locksmiths continues
Accurate answers? Part 3: Neglected facts and mischaracterizations lead to wrong conclusions
Fast forward today in 2013 and we see the FWCLA once again presenting a case to regulate the locksmiths and 10 News staking a claim that "they helped change locksmith standards". This title in a recent news article caught my attention, since it was odd that a news reporting service would take such a position, especially when considering that the repercussions and legacy that may come with it since it could potentially damage a locksmiths livelihood. I also questioned what standards?
While reading the article and viewing the video, I couldn't help but remember where Barbara called into question the accuracy of things being told to public officials. It was like deja vue! Could the FWCLA, 10 News and Hillsborough County Commissioner be doing it again? It looked that way to me, so I began my own investigation to find out why the mischaracterizations and misinformation continues and what I discovered is disturbing.
The Florida West Coast Locksmiths Association President Steve Wyman stated in the written online article that there are thousands of complaints each month, yet a call to the Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency revealed that this was not true. A communication was sent to the FWCLA President to clarify his statement and he expressed in an email that he never said such a thing, When pressed further he stated he was "mis-quoted". A subsequent communication to the 10 News investigative team resulted in their "standing by their story" and the quote!
So who is telling the truth and why do we seem to witness the proponents of regulating and licensing of locksmiths always being mis-quoted, and the news always failing to investigate and produce any evidence that locksmith licensing has proven effective in combating these phony locksmiths anywhere. The SOPL has presented many examples of this repeated manipulation of the facts or stretching of the truth and the excuses that follow when those involved get caught. So if the news media is always mis-quoting these people - why speak to them unless that is your intent?
Legislators review many bills each year and cannot be expected to know and understand how every industry works or what its needs are. One way they obtain information is to rely on proponents of a bill to provide them with facts, and then they should investigate if these facts are true and complete. Many of these people claim to be experts yet they fail to present relevant facts that when not provided will lead to wrong conclusions. In Hillsborough County Florida we see that they believe the locksmiths are to blame for what those "posing as locksmiths" are doing, and they state that they are going to change the "industry" standards and have backup from those who "speak for the industry".
Hillsborough Board Chairman Ken Hagan appears to be supporting the same wrong conclusions arising from misinformation, dis-information and manipulation from those who have no right to claim the "industry" wants licensing and regulations. The FWCLA is not the industry, and if Mr. Hagan and others would do the proper research and consult with other professionals, they would learn that in every example of licensing of the locksmiths, it is a failure that has ultimately harmed and burdened the locksmiths while cheating the consumer. In the news reports there is a repeated claim that the industry (FWCLA) came to the regulators "wanting regulation". This is very important as you will see later.
Ex Senator, now County Commissioner Crist goes so far as to say that the locksmith industry is a totally unregulated and that licensing will "ensure" to the consumer that they are getting a bonafide craftsman. Really? Has Mr. Crist or any of the experts paid attention to the SOPL news article belows? He should!
Definitive Proof that Locksmith Licensing is a Con Job - What Your Not Being Told!
Arizona Law Review references the Society of Professional Locksmiths - Fighting Deceptive Marketing in the Twenty-First Century
Has anyone in Hillsborough County political machine or the FWCLA even reviewed Barbara Haiss Martins results analysis?
If the Hillsborough County Commission thinks they have their backs covered by industry experts, they better think twice and question why they were not told about these relevant facts. Because from the looks of it the only ones being swindled will be them, while the consumer is sold a false sense of security and the good hardworking locksmiths who have done nothing wrong will be penalized. Remember, the locksmiths have not done anything inappropriate, it is scammers posing as locksmiths. This too is important as you will see later!
As a result of the SOPL investigating the remarks of the FWCLA President, I found the typical contradictions and game play going on, and it is cause for concern. Proponents of licensing of the locksmiths are often found incapable of maintaining or responding to simple common sense logic and often confuse themselves, double talk, and ultimately resort to outright lying. It is a pervasive sickness that exists among those in the "industry" who have ulterior motives and they can't keep up with all their contradictions, and it leaves you scratching your head wondering if these individuals are sane or not.
When I first questioned the claim of thousands of complaints in an email on June 21st, I was told by the FWCLA President that I was ignorant and had my foot in my mouth because it was never said. Then I was told on June 23rd, it was a misprint and no such comment was made and that the consumer protection agency may have said it. Also on June 23rd, the FWCLA President made the following request to me when he realized I was not ignorant, nor did I have my foot in my mouth - "You own a magazine / radio company, interview me, or are you afraid your readers / listeners will find my argument more convincing then your own. "
According to 10 News Reporter Noah Pransky, they are standing by their story which implys the FWCLA President said exactly what they printed. Also remember an earlier call to the county consumer protection agency revealed this claim is untrue. Communications to the FWCLA President were not intended to be an interview of any kind, but he felt he wanted an interview! So I am giving him all the attention he asked for. In a display of vanity he even sent me a picture of himself to included! Be careful what you ask for, I guess.
I then asked the FWCLA President if he could produce any evidence that locksmith licensing has proven effective in combating these phony locksmiths anywhere and to produce the resource that reflects thousands of complaints a month. I also pointed out how in every instance where licensing existed has hurt the locksmiths, and that honorable mobile locksmiths are now being discredited alongside scammers and that he did not speak for the "industry" when he makes the claims he has. So why say such a thing?
No evidence or proof was provided to the question ask above. The same question was asked of 10 News, and sent to the Hillsborough County Committee along with Mr. Crist and there also was no answer was provided.
As I pressed on with my communications with the FWCLA President I was shocked to learn that he was not really for licensing, but he would "win" either way and that he believed his ordinance is going to happen because the people with the power want it to happen. The locksmiths are not as important to him as his customers are.
The locksmiths, law makers and consumers are being told the "industry wants it", so who is telling the truth and who are the people with the power? Licensing may in fact pass in a hyper local political arena, but the fact remains that not one person can produce any evidence that locksmith licensing has proven effective in combating these phony locksmiths anywhere or protected the consumer beyond existing laws which are not enforced. As far as the FWCLA Presidents feelings towards other locksmiths outside his organization, which he refers to as "hillbillies with an axe to grind" in an email sent to the consumer protection agency, leaves me wondering if they would agree that the he speaks for the "industry".
There will be an open meeting on Thursday evening July 18th at 7:30 pm. held at Temple Crest Center, 4242 Miller Ave., Tampa Florida for all locksmiths in the Hillsborough area, but I would suggest other locksmiths in adjacent counties attend because you may be the next victim of licensing.
As a result of my investigation into the accuracy of the claims made, I have been falsely accused by the FWCLA President of being on the wrong side of the issue and that I wish to train criminals. I find this a serious allegation if it were not so damn funny and all part of the playbook by which these proponents follow. When they can't answer relevant questions, they drop back and make wild accusations as if they are being threatened. Considering the FWCLA President tried to dangle a carrot for the SOPL to cash in on a proposed mandatory Life Safety class online for the locksmiths to get and to maintain a license in that area, I guess they all must be criminals in Hillsborough County if the SOPL is to teach them according his prior accusation!!
The SOPL provides support as needed, if needed. Any participation in occupational license training is and has been focused on supporting our peers. If anyone needs a life safety reference, here ya go - http://www.sopl.us/fire--life-safety-codes.html
The SOPL and I will not be bought and our organizations mission statement is pretty clear. The FWCLA President must have the SOPL mixed up with another national organization! The SOPL actually cares about the success and future of the locksmiths and offers the honest locksmiths every possible resource to do so, without picking their pockets.
Summary - Mr. Wyman, President of the Florida West Coast Locksmiths Association has stated that "there are NO scammers, only good locksmiths and bad locksmiths." If this is the case then he is legitimizing the scammers who are not locksmiths at all, which explains why after "hundreds of statements given to reporters" he has never made it a point to make sure the media and lawmakers stop identifying the scammers as locksmiths and call them what they are. If he did, then they could not create the mischaracterizations that are being presented to the consumer in order to create an emotional response to justify their agenda for licensing. Rather then educate the consumer, the proponents of licensing use the media to drive their agenda even when it has been proven not to protect the consumer or stop the scams. In addition, tax revenues will be lost when the hardworking locksmiths are affected by the financial burdens added to their already struggling businesses. Meanwhile, those posing as locksmiths will continue their activities since licensing does not offer any assurances as Mr. Crist has stated.
If I had a crystal ball I would say Hillsborough County locksmiths will find themselves licensed, consumers will experience higher prices, there will be a lack of alternative services, reduced quality and longer wait times for service. The county will not have the revenues need to enforce any ordinance, and there will be little to no enforcement due to lack of funds. Several locksmiths will go out of business, or become unemployed and the state will lose tax revenue. The FWCLA and Mr. Wyman will have the legacy of what will come from it further down the road. Just be careful, because Hillbillies with axes to grind have a long memory!
Of course, we have been told this is all about protecting the consumer......is it?
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If you bought your house from the builder and have not yet had it re-keyed by a Society of Professional Locksmiths member, then chances are that your house is not as secure as you think.
Builders often use lower grade security door locks and hardware which are just enough to get the job done and cheap enough to operate on what is known as a "builders key", which is setup to operate all the locks in the development or project the builder is involved in.
Most subdivision construction is done by one developer / builder. In order to ensure easy access for their carpenters, electricians, plumbers, etc. all of these workers have what is called a BUILDER’S KEY or CONSTRUCTION KEY. The locks are usually ordered in sets for each house and usually specified so that each house has a different operating or change key and the BUILDER’S KEY will open all of the houses.
This makes all the homes in the area more easily accessible to everyone involved in the construction process. This type of door lock condition is known as being set up with "construction ball masterkeying". Lock manufacturer Kwikset identifies it as Protecto Keying or PK Ball. No matter how you identify it, it is a potential security and safety bombshell for the homeowners who are not aware of what is inside their new locksets and deadbolts.
Why New homeowners NEED to protect their family’s Safety and Security -
- Anyone with a little knowledge can make a master key for your subdivision.
- The Builder may have a master key that will still open your house.
- Your locks are stuffed with master pins, which makes your locks easy to pick or bump open.by criminals or kids acting on what they learned from a YouTube video.
- Up to 32 different keys may operate your locks with no signs of entry.
- If you've NOT yet used your house key in a construction-keyed back or side door, any or all of the construction workers still have access to your house.
- The records of the locks used on your home and their combination are retained at the builders supply company that supplied and combination them, making it easy for keys to be made without your knowledge.
The locks are made so that the first use of the home owner’s key will lock out the BUILDER’S KEY - But what they may not tell you is that the lock is still stuffed with master pins which makes picking, bumping and even random keys to operate it! The builder may also have specified that the locks be delivered with a master key that will work after the builder's key is locked out. The significance of master pins is the large increase in the number of keys that will operate a cylinder containing master pins.
If you put 1 master pin in one chamber it creates 2 shear lines in that chamber thus 2 keys would operate that cylinder. When you put 1 master pin in each of the 5 chambers then 32 (25) different keys will operate the cylinder.
What does "construction keying" mean? Construction keying means that the locks are pinned up in such a manner as to allow a "construction key" or "builder key" to be issued to every carpenter, electrician, plumber, etc. that will function to permit entry into a premises during the construction phase but will be subsequently locked out by use of the occupant's key after change of possession.
Kwikset's documentation shows how a protecto-keyed® lock is pinned up. The first diagram is a picture of the diagram in their book. The 2nd picture, modified by Professional Locksmith Charley Eastwood, shows the addition of a master pin creating yet another (3rd) shear line in the pin stack in question.
If the locks are pinned up with one master pin in each chamber + protecto-key balls in one chamber that makes the total number of keys able to open that lock 64. Once the protecto-key balls are raised above the shear line into the upper chamber of the lock the spring will force them into a small hole milled into the side of the plug where they will reside, doing nothing, until they are physically removed.
What does this mean to the homeowner?
Quite simply that anyone with a small level of knowledge about locks can very quickly & easily, with one lock and one house key, determine the cuts of a key (not the locked out builder’s key) that will act as a master key that will likely open not only YOUR home, but also some or all of the houses in the subdivision.
The ONLY way to ensure the security that your family deserves is to have your house re-keyed by a member of the Society of Professional Locksmiths to a new key and have all of the master pins removed from your locks OR replace your locks or cylinders. Ask your SOPL Locksmith about upgrade options using restricted high security locksets or a keyless digital or mechanical lock.
If you contract with a professional locksmith company to re-key your locks, insist that they also add a step of replacing some of the “top pins” with special “spool pins” or “mushroom pins” that will serve to make your locks considerably more resistant to anyone attempting to enter your house by picking the locks. Below are diagrams of a regular top pin and an anti-pick "spool" pin. These pictures were taken from a Kwikset® pinning kit.
To get help finding a qualified & trusted locksmith in your area - Contact the SOPL
Professional Locksmiths can easily create a construction ball masterkey system using FasterMaster Pro II software by Rabbitsoft, Visit Rabbitsoft.us to download the free trial of FasterMaster II Pro. The trial period is thirty (30) days and reduces the quantity of keys and pages generated during that time period. To view a few samples of Master Key systems... click here.
National Locksmith Magazine Editor Goes Paula Dean! - Publishes Racial Stereotype Slur Against "Brothers from the Hood"
In an editorial regarding right and wrong, The National Locksmith Magazine published by National Publishing Company 1533 Burgandy Parkway, Streamwood IL. appears to have gone Paula Dean, with editor Greg Mango publishing a racial stereotype about "brother(s) from the hood". This statement was made alongside the negative connotation about the parasitic scammers and hackers.
Is this really necessary in an editorial about copyright concerns?
This is the typical ignorant stereotype about inner city black people, that they are always thugs and non-civilized people or in some way associated with criminal activity. It is similar to Blacksploitation and I find it offensive on behalf of many good friends and fellow professionals who are minorities. It appears to me that the TNL magazine has a negative pre-disposition towards African Americans which is cause for concern, especially in an industry where minorities are greatly under represented, but who often out perform the competition.
Paula Dean seems to be catching a lot of heat and losing a lot of sponsors from something said 30 years ago. I wonder how long before the TNL starts losing its sponsors, or will the sponsors endorse such a racial slur?
The SOPL welcomes locksmiths from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds.
For those seeking an alternative, I would recommend you check out The Independent Locksmith Journal - http://tiljonline.com/
How do you feel about this? Post your comments below.
Tom Lynch, CRL