On August 11, 2013 SOPL Director of Operations, Barry Campbell wrote a blog article titled Licensing Boards Under Fire from Federal Trade Commission - Restriction of Trade & Violating Anti-Trust Laws. In his article he briefly referenced the locksmith licensing board but added that it is not an issue of locksmith licensing in particular. As a result, while I was attending a trade show in North Carolina I was told I was an "idiot" by a person who was intimately involved in the creation of locksmith licensing and their board. I found the unsolicited remark to be off color and questioned why I would be attacked because of Barry's eloquent presentation of facts that were not initiated by the SOPL or myself and certainly not an attack upon the North Carolina licensing board.
Fast forward to March 17, 2016 and we find an article written by Matt Caulder titled State Looks to Remove 15 Licensing Boards where the North Carolina state legislative subcommittee approved draft legislation that would dissolve 15 occupational licensing boards in the state, included was locksmith licensing. So as I read this new report, I question just who the idiot may really be. I commend Barry Campbell once again for his continued insight into such issues. The opposite of idiot, is wisdom and genius!
The SOPL is the only locksmith organization that is presenting taboo topics to the hardworking locksmiths to help them become educated and informed, and it does so for the good of the order. I find the irony that some who consider themselves the elite chose to call others idiots when the results prove otherwise. An idiot lives only in his own world and who takes no outside input. The SOPL has given input, but others living in their own world do not listen.
The SOPL has responsibly advocated for the hardworking locksmiths who have been faced with unreasonable entrepreneurial interference. We have reported the facts, not created the problem. The idiots did that!
Society of Professional Locksmiths launches new Merchant Verification Compliance program with Pro Compliance, Inc. of San Diego County, CA., with the intent to verify the physical location of locksmith businesses and provide document inspections pertaining to its legitimacy.
Locksmith businesses who participates in this process becomes a verified merchant which distinguishes them from unscrupulous scammers. Consumers will know that a locksmith in compliance is fully screened and has a business address confirmed to be legitimate. Physical business inspections by third party insured Pro Complaint inspectors will include, but not limited to various aspects of business verifications that include photographs of the business and owner in front of business or service vehicle, as well as visual inspections of business documents. Continued monitoring of the locksmiths insurance certificate will also be provided, to ensure their insurance remains in full force.
“This is an industry unification program for all locksmiths, not just members of the SOPL. Pioneered by the SOPL, we are inviting everyone to participate regardless of affiliations. ” Tom Lynch, Founder of the SOPL said. “It provides evidence that a business has a legitimate establishment at the provided address whether it is a retail space or a home based mobile operator. ” Terri Lee, President and CEO of Pro Compliance says “ This valuable tool the SOPL has implemented is now a standard operating procedure which not only assists the locksmith business industry, it will increase consumer confidence for the industry. We applaud the SOPL for stepping up to offer this regulation in this industry.”
“Consumers, manufacturers and national service companies have a lot of jobs and referrals for our industry. Their fear of someone being an unidentified scammer has limited the legitimate locksmiths growth opportunities. That problem has now been resolved”, Lynch says. “This initiative exemplifies self regulation. The SOPL will continue to accept new locksmiths entering the craft who aspire to become compliant, but they will not be given the seal of approval or benefit from consumer exposure or industry referrals until such time of merchant verification.”
“The industry has been desperately seeking bold leadership, and the SOPL has done just that!”, Barry Cambell Director of Operations, said.
To register your company to become compliant, please contact Pro Compliance Source at 760-602-2901 or www.ProComplianceSource.Com. Or contact www,SOPL.us for more information.
Years ago I created the LockRadio Global Broadcast Network using the power of the Internet. It was a lot of fun and many good locksmiths joined in and showed their creativity with fun jingles. Today Arizona locksmiths Charles Eastwood, Andrew McColley, Ryan Ford and others are hitting the AM radio airways every Sunday nights at 9 PM.
The original pioneer in talk radio on AM Radio was Sal Schilizzi of All Over Locksmiths in New York. His call in program was designed to educate the public in the area of burglary prevention. He held the title of World Champion Safecracker for 22 years back in the 1950's. Fast forward into the era of search engines, smart phones, wifi, organized scammers and we find these adventurous locksmiths carrying on Sal's legacy of trying to educate the consumer using powerful media, both AM radio and YouTube video.
The Locksmith Show is in its infancy, but it shares the same air waves as Don Imus, Edward Woodson, Laura Ingraham, Healthy House Call with Dan Koontz, Herman Cain,The Del Walmsley Show - presented by Lifestyles Unlimited, Michael Savage, Lars Larson and Alex Jones.
Keep up the interesting and hard work. The Society of Professional Locksmiths recognizes how common people can work together and accomplish uncommon achievements. Maybe one day you will be syndicated or at the very least, get the attention of one of those prime time hosts. You made it on the programming list...that in itself deserves a shout out!
Irvine, California, December 18, 2015 – Standalone digital lock manufacturer Codelocks, Inc. today announced the appointment of Dotty Kaufenberg as its new Business Development Manager for North America. Working from the company’s offices in Irvine, California, Dotty will be responsible for developing its electronic security distribution channels throughout the country and driving sales in Southern California.
Having worked in the security industry for 30 years, Dotty brings a wealth of access control experience to the company’s growing team. Early in 2014, Codelocks, Inc moved to larger premises where it could offer better technical services to its North American customer base. Since the move, the company has launched several new electronic lock product lines, including a SMART cam lock that can be managed from a remote location.
Commenting on the appointment, General Manager, Joey Dalessio, said: “Having worked in business development within the electronic security industry for many years, Dotty has the skills and contacts we need to help us further develop key sales channels. We are delighted to welcome Dotty to the team.”
“This role is a wonderful opportunity,” explains Dotty. “I am looking forward to expanding my product knowledge and strengthening relationships with security distribution channels.”
When she’s not at work, Dotty enjoys cooking, baking and spending time with her family.
About Codelocks, Inc
Codelocks designs and manufactures a range of electronic digital door and cabinet locks for organizations that need to control access within their buildings. The locks save time and money by being easy to install and program. Unlike other solutions, these digital push-button locks don’t require complex wiring or external power, and are more cost effective for many applications. The locks offer the user a convenient stand-alone solution and are sold with ‘everything you need in the box’ to install them, including parts, instructions and templates. For more information visit http://www.codelocks.us
For further information, contact:
Joey Dalessio, General Manager
1929 Main Street Suite 104
Irvine CA, 92614
+714 979 2900
With the popularity and success of Uber, the mobile "on demand industry" is the new gold rush. Experiments into every thing imaginable is on the move. We can possibly call it UBER domination, Uberification or simply disruptive innovation. Either way, it is the what is on the horizon and the locksmith industry is not immune.
Everyone wants to develop the next best "app", but the UBER concept for me appears to be much more, it is a market place equalizer. The SOPL has advocated for a long time that flat rate predictable pricing for certain services is the solution to curbing scams and other pricing games used by bad folks. Utilizing a beacon location software that connects the consumer to the closest service provider presents several benefits.
I recently spend time with LockedOut founder Ray Wang, Dane Arpino formally of Alluring Logic, and Kohannah Soto Chief Director of Locksmith Operation. As I sat in their Park Ave. office here in New York City I was in awe of the sophistication of their operation. This was no boiler room operation and the technology in front of me was impressive. On the walls where flat screen TV's with maps of the United States, electronic pulses glowing every second like little paint balls exploding and graphs that looked like the stock exchange. Okay, I am impressed now show me the money! - They did.
Business Insider, Deputy Editor Alyson Shontell points out that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick wants Uber to be an instant gratification service that gives people what the need, when they need it, whether that's a ride or some other delivery such as a delivery.
"Uber is building a digital mesh — a grid that goes over the cities. Once you have that grid running, in everyone's pockets, there is a lot of potential for what you can build as a platform. Uber is in the empire-building phase. There are things that are not designed for Uber, explains Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Source - Business Insider
Could this expand into the locksmith emergency services such as lockouts? Yes, it can and will.
It is all about the frequency of calls for a particular service and locksmiths providing lockouts appear to be prime candidate.
The Society of Professional Locksmiths Supports this Project
The following is a movie being made which involves a real locksmith, not a scammer. It is a positive work of art depicting the interesting interactions with as locksmiths encounter on a daily basis. Please back this project on Kickstarter as well by clicking here - Keys to the City. The SOPL will match funds up to $1000 so when you pledge support make sure you add "SOPL Sent Me" in the remarks!
Keys to the City tells the story Matthew Ballard, a 70-year-old Brooklyn locksmith, who has unlocked and entered the homes of New Yorkers for 47 years. Amidst a time when gentrification rapidly pervades Brooklyn, and the cultural landscape of the city is rapidly shifting, Matthew has distanced himself from the people around him and now seeks to escape the place he once knew. Before retiring and pursuing a peaceful life in Savannah, Georgia, Matthew discovers that he must first teach George Goga, a young and bold first generation Armenian immigrant, about what it takes to be a New York City locksmith.
I had the opportunity to speak directly with Ian Moubayed, the young independent filmmaker who was inspired to create this project after having a "gratifying" experience with a real locksmith (not a scammer) after being locked out of his home. Listen to the telephone interview below and learn more about this film and those involved.
Share your unique experiences below!
Now any locksmith can offer transponder key duplication. No knowledge needed no key duplicator, no high security key machine, no software maintenance and NO KEY INVENTORY required! The T-Key Machine, aka "The Black Box" requires a computer using Window based operating system.
Many locksmith have been turning away this business or referring them to another locksmiths who is an "Auto Guy", because they do not want the investment or headache of trying to keep up with the constant changes. Now you no longer have to say NO.
Dorman Products, Inc. is a leading supplier of Dealer “Exclusive” automotive replacement parts, automotive hardware, brake products, and household hardware to the Automotive Aftermarket and Mass Merchandise markets. Dorman products are marketed under the Dorman ® OE Solutions™, HELP!®, AutoGrade™, First Stop™, Conduct-Tite®, TECHoice™, and Dorman HD Solutions ™ brand names. In 2014 Dorman sales reached $751.5 million.
So how easy is the T-Key Machine? To begin it is not a machine, it is a "capture device which uses the Internet to transfer data. The secret sauce is not in the device, but back at Dorman so if anyone wanted to try to back engineer the T-Key Machine, it wouldn't benefit them.
Steps to making a duplicate transponder key are -
#1 - Select Year, Make & Model or use VIN#
#2 - Insert key (remove from key ring)
#3 - Click Capture
Your key order will be shipped to you or directly to your customer and operate the vehicle out of the envelope! Yeah it's that easy!
The T-Key Machine is now available to the locksmith market. Some locksmiths feel their customers want duplicates immediately, others disagree and have clients who are willing to wait 24-48 hours. Which one are you? During a recent survey a locksmith was asked what he would tell his customers if he didn't have a particular key blank in stock, he replied "I will tell them I will call them when I get one from my distributor." Isn't that the same thing as waiting?
Remember, if you are the Locksmith of NO!, this is a great way to earn missed income and you don't need to be an "Auto Guy". Other technologies in the consumer market are racing to provide transponder key services direct. The T-Key Machine now provides the locksmiths another tool in their trick bag to compete.
Interested Locksmiths can contact the Society of Professional Locksmiths for more information.
You heard it first here at the Society of Professional Locksmiths! Join today!
For more information visit - http://www.abritesusa.com/
AVDI ( ABRITES Vehicle Diagnostic Interface ) consists of a hardware interface and PC-based software. It is useful for performing basic diagnostic functions on different electronic control units such as identification, reading/clearing error memory, viewing live data & updating new configurations. It can be used with almost all car and truck suppliers like Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, BMW, Mini, Porsche, Opel, Vauxhall, Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Mercedes, Smart, Maybach, Renault, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat, Alfa, Lancia, Peugeot, Citroen, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ford, Mazda, Volvo, Jaguar & Land Rover. New models are added regularly to the list free of charge.
The AVDI is compatible with many 3rd party diagnostic software applications and contains a SAE J2534-1 driver. You will have the ability to reprogram GM modules using passthru functions. You can find OEM subscriptions compatible with the AVDI at the NASTF website. (Nastf.org)
The AVDI is compatible with Bombardier Diagnostic Systems. With AVDI and OEM software BUDS you can use advanced diagnostic abilities (Megatech license). All SeaDoo, CanAm, Spider, SkiDoo and PWC models are supported. Key programming options and anti-theft system enable/disable options are available.
The AVDI also has many additional special function licenses that can be purchased individually.
Remove component security from used VAG control modules and adapt them to other vehicles. Program keys & remotes for closed dealer only systems. Renew Mercedes 722.9 TCM & ISM. Recalibrate ICP's & ECM's. Adapt new control modules to vehicles.
As a locksmith, you never know what challenges you will face at your next job. To be prepared for any situation, you need to carry a slew of different tools, which can be tough to keep organized in your work van.
Here’s the good news for you: Adrian Steel engineers have spent years researching how locksmiths, just like you, have been using their work vans to craft innovative storage solutions for locksmith professionals. With an Adrian Steel Locksmith Upfit Package, you can keep all of your tools and equipment organized and ultimately increase efficiency on-the-job.
Products for the Locksmith Upfit Package vary depending on the vehicle, but most packages include the following:
Storage – All locksmith upfit packages include storage for your tools and equipment, either in the form of shelving, drawers, cabinets, or a combination of the three. Adrian Steel is known for its high quality, innovative storage solutions, so you can be sure that your tools will be safe and secure during transportation.
Partition – A partition is a steel divider placed behind the seats of your van to separate the cab from the cargo in the back of the van. Partitions can be solid, perforated, or hinged, depending on your needs and preferences. A partition helps to keep passengers safe from shifting equipment and accommodates a number of accessories to increase organization capabilities.
Workbench Module – The MD608 Workbench Module features 84” of worktop surface, convenient drawers, and a key machine base that holds key cutting machines at a 25-degree slope for easy cutting.
Adrian Steel Locksmith Upfit Packages are available for the following vehicles:
Tom Lynch, CRL