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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
While the faint at heart complained that the performance expectations Dave identified as the business facts of life were too demanding and harsh for most workplaces, He disagreed and continue to contend that letting people live in a gray area and failing to stretch them with higher standards is what is truly harsh.
Following are 25 sample business facts of life.
1. It’s o.k. not to like a part of your job, but it’s not o.k. not to do it. In fact, I don’t expect you to like everything about your job. That’s why we pay you to do it.
Commentary: If you loved everything about your job, we’d have to turn the place into an amusement park and charge you admission for coming to work each day.
2. In matters concerning our values and standards, you have a voice but not a vote. I will listen to your input, but I will ultimately decide.
Commentary: It is the leader’s privilege and responsibility to create standards. I will not reduce my vision to accommodate your comfort zone.
3. Everyone on this team will be held to the same high standard of work ethic, customer care, and character, regardless how high their level of production.
Commentary: Being a top producer does not excuse you from continuing to work hard, caring for our customers, or living our values.
4. You are expected to prove yourself over again every day. Tenure, credentials, and years of experience don’t substitute for results.
Commentary: Yesterday ended last night. You will not be permitted to cash royalty checks or borrow credibility from what you did once-upon-a-time.
5. I will work with you as long as you continue to make measurable progress in reasonable time. However, if you reach a point where you hover at or below average performance levels with no upward trend, your future with this organization is in jeopardy.
Commentary: Frankly, if you don’t grow, you go.
6. I not only expect you to work hard on the job, I expect you to work hard on yourself.
Commentary: Your business will get better when you get better. Never wish it were easier, wish you were better.
7. Our compensation programs will be heavily weighted to reward above average performers and above average results. We will not weaken the strong in order to strengthen the weak.
Commentary: We run a meritocracy, not a welfare state.
8. When promotions are available, they will go to the most deserving member of the team regardless of longevity, gender or ethnic background.
Commentary: The person “next in line” will always be the most deserving person. We’re running a business, not the Royal Family.
9. I expect you to focus on what you can control and never assume a victim’s mindset to explain away your lack of success.
Commentary: Success is more about inside decisions than outside conditions. Take responsibility for your life.
10. I measure loyalty by performance, not the number of years you cash our paychecks.
Commentary: Loyalty is more about what you put into the time than the time you put in. The most disloyal thing you can do is to stop performing.
11. I will give you consistent and honest feedback on performance.
Commentary: If you’re great, I’ll tell you. If you’re failing, I’ll tell you. If you’re ever unclear where you stand, ask me.
12. I expect you to tell me what I need to hear and not what you think I’d like to hear.
Commentary: Kissing up will only succeed in keeping you down.
13. I will train you and invest in your development, but I also expect you to invest in yourself.
Commentary: If you don’t invest in yourself, why should anyone else?
14. I expect you to lead by personal example, not personal convenience. This means you must commit yourself to a cause and not commit the cause to yourself.
Commentary: Before you stand to lead, stoop to serve.
15. Lying, cheating, and stealing are grounds for immediate dismissal.
Commentary: If this has to be explained, you should leave now.
16. I expect you to add value to others on your team. Be a giver and not just a taker.
Commentary: If you’re in it only for yourself, you’re in a mighty small business.
17. You are expected to always do what is right, not what is easy, cheap, popular, or convenient.
Commentary: And you will do so without excuse and regardless of the cost.
18. If you have personal problems that affect your work, I will listen, advise, and try to help you. However, you are expected to work through the paradox of solving your personal problems while you continue to get results on the job.
Commentary: Personal problems cannot become a permission slip for an indefinite production holiday.
19. I expect you to become brilliant in the basics of your job.
Commentary: You don’t have to do anything extraordinary to get the next performance level. Instead, I expect you to do the ordinary things extraordinarily well.
20. I expect you to learn from mistakes and continue to take shots even when you miss.
Commentary: When you hit a wall learn to bounce, not splatter.
21. I expect you to avoid repeating the same mistakes.
Commentary: Carelessness will not be permitted to become a lifestyle.
22. I expect you to become an “and then some” person.
Commentary: Do what you say, and then some. Hit your numbers, and then some. Keep your commitments, and then some.
23. You will not whine, gossip, or complain about personal issues on company time.
Commentary: You will not be permitted to inflict distractions, momentum-breakers, or negativity on your teammates.
24. There is no tolerance for employees who make the numbers, but violate the values. Thus, I will measure you by two metrics: performance expectations and behavioral expectations.
Commentary: Our core values are non-negotiable. They will shape your behaviors; you will not infect our culture by abusing them.
25. I will listen to explanations for job failures, but not excuses. I expect you to take responsibility.
Commentary: Excuses are the DNA of underachievers. One of the best days of your life is when you give them up. Why not start today?
Some of these business facts of life may have comforted you, while others confronted you.
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If you were lucky to be around when STAR KEY Industries, Inc. out of Brooklyn, N.Y. was around, you would agree their key blanks and numbering system were very friendly to the locksmith profession.
STAR was considered the innovators of the true EZ coding system, which was designed to easily identify key blanks by reference only to the numbering code.
It's numbering system typically consisted of three parts.
1 - The "prefix" which designated the number of pins in the lock.
2 - A lock manufacturer identification code.
3 - A keyway "suffix" which designates the keyway.
A 5CO1 fits a 5 pin Corbin lock and a 5CO1, 6CO1 (6 Pin), and a 7CO1 (7 Pin) all fit the same keyway but each work with a different amount of pins, 5, 6 & 7 respectively.
Back when cars used a 2 key system, one for the ignition and one for the doors or trunk, STAR used different prefixes such as "H" (hexagon shape of the key) for the ignition and "O" (oval shape of the key) for the doors or trunk. These key shapes were typically used by General Motors and sold by Briggs & Stratton at the time.
The STAR brass blanks were great for impressioning locks because they were soft enough to get great impression marks but still strong enough to withstand torque and wear. Impressioning marks are more visible on brass compared to a nickle plated key. The fact that these keys where both soft and hard at the same time, which sounds like an oxy-moron, made them the key of choice by many locksmiths. The traditional brass keys self lubricated the keyway with the brass to brass contact against the internal brass pins of the lock cylinder itself.
Certain keyways were also available as a modified form of a "universal" keyway, such as in General Motors vehicles. These universal key blanks allowed for a specially milled key to pass into a variety of keyways or sections.
Simply put, STAR was an industry STAR!
The SOPL uses this great course manual as part of the STI Training. Now the authors have made it available for only $9.99 on Amazon. You will get a fantastic primer on Safe Manipulation, Wheel Packs, Dialing, Graphs, Amplification and more. It makes safe manipulation easy to understand, less intimidating. Moving on to Group II locks afterwards is much easier after learning the basic concepts.
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This e-book course material nails the topic and makes it fun to learn.
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Your locks utilize latches or bolts to engage your door frame and secure your doors. They come in several varieties depending on the type of installation or manufacture however, there are a few standards which making their identification pretty easy.
Standard Face Plate - This face plate is recessed into the edge of the door. This type of face plate is either square or has rounded edges. A manufactures name can be seen on the plate, if there is no name then in most cases it is a generic import. every bolt should provide a minimum of 1" "throw" or projection to provide adequate security.
Drive In - the drive in bolt performs the same as the standard face plate bolt, however it does not require and mortise cut out or chiseling into your door. A standard bolt can be used in place of the drive in with minor alteration to the door however, a drive in bolt is cannot typically be used in place of the standard bolt unless it is designed to accommodate twist on face plates as shown in the example below.
Latches - A latch is similar in first appearance to the bolts however, the latch has a beveled shape. Latches automatically "latch" a door when closed, a bolt must be turned manually. Latches also come as drive-ins like the bolts above.
What is a Deadlatch? - The protrusion shown in the illustration below identify the latch as having an auxiliary feature which prevents the latch from retracting under pressure when in the projected position and properly engaged with the strike plate on the door frame. This feature is used on key operated locks and prevents bypassing or shimming with credit cards or a similar material or tool. Latches without this feature should not be used for security areas where key operated locks are required. Passage locks, closets and bathrooms typically utilize latches without the deadlatch feature.
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Tom Lynch, CRL
Tom Lynch, CRL receives
"Man of the Year" Award given by the North Jersey Master Locksmith Association.