KeyNET began as an inspiring idea of possibilities to help the locksmith community obtain repeatable work using a model with fix predictable pricing in the wholesale & retail automotive market. A nationwide network of locksmiths offering services that eliminates scammer gouging and consumer ripoffs was put into play in September of 2012. On September 1st, 2013, one year later KeyNET has evolved into a full blown automotive key generation, transponder programming and product supply service utilizing locksmiths to service clients across the United States with confidence.
Many locksmiths who signed up early received select territories and did a great job helping to make it reality. There were ups and downs, growing pains and some disappointments, but that is all part of growth and we all know that Rome was not built in a day. To develop a program of this magnitude in just 1 year along with credible training resources is a huge undertaking and accomplishment. Currently KeyNET services over 4000 wholesale & retail locations in the United States and locksmiths are getting access to certain markets and clients they may not have had before, or found themselves replaced or locked out of.
Unlike lead generation companies, KeyNET actually provides the physical work generated by contracted clients seeking service and pays the locksmiths directly without any fees to register or kick back per call. The Society of Professional Locksmiths has worked tirelessly to monitor, develop and deploy this new model along with the Vehicle Security Technician (VST) training. By providing input on behalf of its members and the locksmith community at large. the SOPL believes it is an alternative for many locksmiths to create a new way of doing business or add a bonafide income stream into their existing businesses.
Fixed predictable pricing with approved exceptions is an attractive solutions for both the locksmith and the consumers to eliminate the current phenomenon of scam activities. Now KeyNET is helping to deliver quality equipment and supplies to save you money and increase your bottom line. From key blanks to a complete business start-up package, KeyNET has all you need to succeed at prices and financing you can afford. KeyNET.com is opening its doors and it's not just going to be automotive!
KeyNET - "Your single source, one stop service and supply network powered by real locksmiths"
See for yourself - http://www.sopl.us/keynet.html
Locksmiths who jumped on board early were provided a host of benefits and these bennies have been extended at the request of the SOPL. So for any locksmith registering and completing working within KeyNET, we've got you covered!
- FREE! $1 Million Dollar Bond
- FREE! Background Certificate
- FREE! KeyNet ID Card
- FREE! Vehicle Security Technician Certification (VST)
- FREE! 1 Year Membership in the Society of Professional Locksmiths
- 25% Increase in Job Completion Compensation
- Reward Discounts on Key Codes
- Wholesale "Plus" Key Pricing
- Prox Key BLOWOUT Pricing
Need Work? KeyNET has that too! If you are interested in a micro business, start up business or creating a fleet, KeyNET will get you setup and then provide you actual work. This is not a franchise, it is a business start-up opportunity that you own!
Being a locksmith is one of the most rewarding and interesting things anyone can do. People who like a challenge as a problem solver and who think like a detective, doctor, salesperson, teacher and mechanic are a perfect fit for this craft. Locksmiths do it all! They are machinists, masons, carpenters, electricians, and more all rolled into one.
Jack of all trades, master at none some may say, but that is not the case. The Locksmith is a renaissance craftsman/women, who uses all skill sets combined which makes it one of the most unique skilled labor careers available. They are critical thinkers and they don't just cut keys! Consumers are often unaware of the diverse training and the hours of commitment a locksmith dedicates to professional development. It is a never ending growth experience that is for lack of a better term - SEXY!
Think about it! Your a lockpicker, a safecracker....all these cool things, but there is so much more. Locksmiths also provide the consumer with quality security hardware for homes, businesses, institutions, government facilities and they even work on cars! They are security hardware specialists. Compared to a boring and robotic 9-5 job, being a locksmith is sexy because each day brings something new and interesting.
The Locksmith provides a solution to the consumer in ways no big box store can do. Members of the Society of Professional Locksmiths understand how to lower the consumers operating budgets, improve time management and solve their problems.
Hire a Professional Locksmith and tell them you want to see something SEXY!
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Why the Society of Professional Locksmiths is the Better Choice - A Hunch State Where Good Ideas Come From!
What makes the SOPL the better choice for locksmiths to be a member? That is simple, It is a "Hunch State" where all ideas are good ideas and the locksmiths ideas and voice are respected and heard. A place where collaboration of creative and critical thinking exists and connectivity is the driving force that makes the smallest of concepts succeed. Our members work together to improve each others experience and create what others say cannot be done or can't do.
Members are innovators who work for the greater good in a pedagogical society and they get things done! They exist in an environment that works for everyone of all levels, experience and segments of the industry. While others claim they cannot serve all their members with one program, the SOPL seems to achieve just that! The locksmith is not abandoned in this organization, they are not put into categories or segregated. They co-exist as one, as professional locksmiths.
One program serving entrepreneurs, institutional, safe & vault, automotive, electronic access and other specialized fields all rolled into a unified community of refreshing new ideas. A place where we just don't say we care, we demonstrate it.
C - Communicate with members
A - Address the problems
R - Respond promptly
E - Execute the solutions
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The ILCO 008 Mini Might key machine is a nice starter machine and here is a tip on how to get the most out of it!
You can convert the ILCO 008 Mini Mite Key Machine to act as a code cutting machine. This simple conversion can allow you to both duplicate and use space and depth keys for the purpose of cutting code keys. It is a very good starting point for beginners since it is cost effective and easily transported.
The ILCO 008 uses a 1/2" diameter shaft and typically comes with a 23RF cutter blade. Replace the 23RF with a 37MC. This is considered a "compromise" cutter blade that will provide a 45 degree angle with a .25 flat.
All you need to do is to obtain some basic space and depth keys and your all set. This is a great conversion if your doing a lot of cam lock key generation, impressioning, or decoding cylinders. Simple and effective. You will earn money to ultimately upgrade to a full fledged code machine.
Jet just introduced a very nice micro machine which I really like called a JT-9000. According to Marc Auerbach, VP of Marketing at Jet, the JT-9000 also has a 1/2" diameter shaft but has not been tested to see if it would accommodate the 37MC. If the Ilco 008 is any indication of the possibilities, I would suspect that the JT-9000 will be capable and will find itself as the top contender in the micro machine arena..
Where's The Beef in Reporting the Truth About Locksmith Scammers? Nebraskan News Reporter Chad Silber is #1
The Society of Professional Locksmiths appreciates News Reporter Chad Silber for being the ONLY news reporter in the United States that has reported accurately about what is known as "locksmith scammers."
This young cub, nailed his recent news report by clearly identifying that locksmiths are not engaged in scamming the consumers. His news headline reads - "Criminals Acting as Locksmiths to Steal from Victims." There was no fluff reporting or blatant activist style reporting which as we have seen elsewhere.
The SOPL has for a very long time advocated for the hardworking locksmiths while other locksmith associations subversively supported and aided in the misinformation in order to force failed and unwanted licensing on the industry in order to restrain trade and eliminate competition.
Nebraska is characterized as a major producer of beef, and pork, and Chad certainly delivered that beef! The only pork I saw was the subliminal reference of showing the Yellow Page disclaimer notice 2 times that reads - "State or local law may require locksmiths to be licensed. If you have any questions regarding licensure, please contact your locksmith licensing authority." Since there is no such thing in Nebraska why show it unless it is yet another attempt to make a false impression? I think Nebraskan's can see through the false sense of security offered by licensing.
Either way it appears that maybe the news media is starting to hear the voice of the SOPL, and realizing the fact that many of them have been misled by those with a licensing agenda. This agenda has been proven to be a con job, flawed and a failure that has only harmed the industry. The locksmith industry does not want it, but a minority group with special interests does and falsely claim it will stop those posing as locksmith. It doesn't and has not.
Reference: Definitive Proof that Locksmith Licensing is a Con Job - What Your Not Being Told!
So for now, and hopefully in the future Chad Silber of Channel 10/11 - KOLN-TV Lincoln, Nebraska will continue to deliver the beef. I felt the following video was appropriate!
Reference: SOPL News Media Resource Page
Written By: Barry Campbell, Managing Director SOPL
The latest (August, 2013) National Locksmith magazine rehashes a scammer investigation by an Atlanta television station from earlier this year. Anyone who has watched the original video for the story (http://www.11alive.com/news/article/292516/320/Undercover-Locksmith-Investigation) may have noticed something odd. At about 1:38 into the video, a van belonging to one of the “legitimate” locksmiths consulted for the story is seen. Clearly displayed on the van is the word “Licensed”. But, Georgia does not license locksmiths. In a story about fraud and misrepresentation by scammers, you would think someone might have asked how a locksmith could claim to be licensed in a state that does not issue locksmith licenses.
Meanwhile, also in Georgia, the Governor's Office of Consumer Protection (GOCP) has fined a scammer operation almost $112,000 (http://www.coosavalleynews.com/np103415.htm). Can any locksmith licensing board match that? The GOCP effectively demonstrates that scammers posing as a locksmtih can be attacked under existing laws, whereas licensing laws have proven themselves ineffective (http://www.sopl.us/4/post/2013/06/definitive-proof-that-locksmith-licensing-is-a-con-job-what-your-not-being-told.html).
And, unlike what was stated in the article copied in the National Locksmith - “Warnings have been placed on the Associated Locksmiths of America's website about mobile locksmiths masquerading as local companies.” - the Atlanta scammer was NOT a mobile locksmith. They had a physical location in Atlanta (http://www.bbb.org/atlanta/business-reviews/locks-and-locksmiths/atlanta-solution-locksmith-in-atlanta-ga-27247383).
Despite seeing how to effectively deal with scammers, the local Georgia locksmith association and politicians still want to add regulations that will be enforced on the legitimate locksmiths (http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22934119/state-lawmaker-wants-to-regulate-locksmiths).
Some folks just refuse to learn! Or, as seen in a popular meme making the rounds on Facebook – a horse stating that, “You can lead a human to knowledge, but you can't make him think.”
Barry Campbell, owner of Altic Lock Service and Managing Director of the Society of Professional Locksmiths. Barry is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He has worked in private security, investigations, and loss prevention. He is the author of A Homeowner's Guide to Residential Door Security. barry also is a former Professional member of the International Conference of Building Officials and a current Building Safety Professional member of the International Code Council. dit.
Licensing Boards Under Fire from Federal Trade Commission - Restriction of Trade & Violating Anti-Trust Laws
By Barry Campbell, SOPL Managing Director
"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary." Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations: An Inquiry into the Nature & Causes of the Wealth of Nations
In a nutshell: State licensing boards are under fire from the Federal Trade Commission for restricting competition, raising consumer prices, violating antitrust laws, and reducing customer choices.
All arguments about the effectiveness of licensing aside, are the licensing boards operating legally themselves? Perhaps not, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The problem resides in the fact that they are generally composed of practicing members of the regulated industry, which begs the question of whether they are in violation of antitrust laws. The motives for supporting licensing are especially suspect when the support comes from the industry itself. Do the licensing boards operate to protect the public or themselves?