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 I have posted this video here to introduce myself and my company to you. If you live in Inverness, Crystal River, Homosassa, Hernando, Floral City, Beverly Hills Florida, Lecanto or Ocala, you have probably seen one of my service trucks running around. I service all of Citrus county Florida and I would appreciate your business the next time your in need of locksmith services.

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Door Locks on Millions of RV’s Recalled

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This is could be a serious situation for RV Owners!

Fastec Industrial Corporation (FIC) has recalled 2,864,670 RV door locks manufactured between January 2006 and April 2013 with keyed paddle style handles and deadbolt for use in recreational vehicles. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that can potentially jam the deadbolt in a lock with certain key codes. Models 43610, 40610 and 44610 door locks are included in this recall.

Model # 44610 RV Door Lock Recalled

RV Door Lock Recall Model 44610

Recalled RV Door Lock

Recalled Door Lock Model 43610

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock can jam also. A person inside the RV at the time will then be locked in and will be unable to exit the RV without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury. In the event of a fire, this situation could quickly become a life threatening emergency.

FIC will notify the original equipment door and recreational vehicle manufacturers and the consumers on record and instruct them on how to determine whether they have a defective lock. Consumers of record will be sent replacement cylinders with instructions, free of charge. The vehicle manufacturers will notify consumers. The recall is expected to begin September 10, 2013. Owners may contact FIC at 1-800-837-2505 Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 Eastern Standard Time.

Fastec Industrial Corporation is located at 2219 Eddie Williams Rd. in Johnson City, TN 37601. Their website address is http://www.fastecindustrial.com

We here at 1 Able Locksmith will be looking into this situation and acquiring the replacement locks needed to replace faulty locks as many visitors and citizens in our community have RV’s that could be affected. If you have purchased your RV second hand and dont receive a recall notice please feel free to contact us to replace these faulty door locks.

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Battenfield Technologies Recalls 3 digit locking handgun vaults

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Battenfield Technologies Recalls 3 digit locking handgun vaults due to faulty locking mechanism.

If you own one of these gun vaults you may obtain more information by following the link below.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Battenfeld-Technologies-Recalls-Three-Digit-Combination-Locking-Handgun-Vaults/

This recall includes compact and large handgun security vaults. The lock can fail allowing unintended access to weapons.

Contact Battenfeld Technologies Inc., toll free at (877) 509-9160 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.lockdownvaults.com and click on “Product Recall.”

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2013 Ford Lock Recall

2013 recall

Ford Motor Co. is recalling certain Focus, C-Max and Escape models from the 2013 model year because of problems with their child locks.

In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said the child locks on the left rear door of some vehicles were improperly made. The locks may not engage when drivers or other adults try to activate them. As a result the driver may think the child lock is engaged when it is not.

If this happens an unrestrained child could still open the door from the inside, increasing the risk of injury. Ford said the problem affects Focus and C-Max cars built from Nov. 16 through Nov. 21, 2012; and Escape SUVs built from Nov. 14 through Nov. 21, 2012.

The recall includes 5,675 vehicles.

Under the recall, Ford dealers will inspect the affected rear door latches, and replace them if necessary The recall is expected to begin later this month. Customers may contact Ford at 866-436-7332.

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GM Recalls Midsize SUV’s for door lock issues

 

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GM Recalls 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazers

It has come to our attention that GM is recalling 249,269 midsize SUV’s sold in 20 states. The states involved in the recall are those states considered to be in the “salt belt”.  Even though Florida is not one of the states specifically involved in the recall, we here in Citrus county have many residents who live here on a part time basis, or have traveled here and have purchased their vehicles from one of the states involved.

According to GM, the recall covers 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, as well as 2006-2007 Trailblazers, Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are all part of this recall.

GM has said that fluid can get inside the drivers door module and cause corrosion that can cause a short in the circuit boards and potentially cause a fire. Some reports indicate that fires have started from this problem while the vehicle is keyed off and unattended.

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Honda recalling over 172,000 vehicles for door latch issue

We here at 1 Able Locksmith are always on the lookout for locksmith news that may affect our customers here in Citrus and Marion County. It has come to our attention that Honda is recalling more than 321,000 small SUVs and cars across the globe, because the doors may not close. The recall affects 314,000 CR-V small SUVs from the 2012 model year and about 7,300 Acura ILX small luxury cars from the 2013 model year.

Honda says that if the inside driver or passenger door handles are used at the same time as the power or manual door locks, the inner door latch may not work. This means a door may not latch, or it could latch and open when the locks are used. The company says no crashes or injuries have been reported because of the problem.

The recall includes 166,600 CR-Vs and more than 6,200 ILXs in the U.S.
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Honda door lock recall

Honda recalls some models for faulty door locks.

Are Kwik Set Smartkeys really Smart?

Kwik set Smart Key lock

Kwik Set SmartKey

The comical video below introduced the Kwik Set smart key to customers eagerly awaiting security technology that would not only protect their homes and businesses, but also give them the freedom to take control of access issues of those properties. The average homeowner will give the keys to their homes to many different people. Babysitters, contractors, neighbors and family members are just the beginning of the list of people who may at some point need a key to your home. As you will see in the videos below, homeowners thought they had found a workable solution to their ongoing dilema. But have they?

 

Consumers report jumped on the Kwik Set Smart Key band wagon shortly after it was introduced to the public and put out the video below.

 

As more people became aware of this new product, more and more homeowners installed the Kwik Set Smart Key. As word spread of the convenience of this new product, home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes struggled to keep them on the shelves. The honeymoon has been short lived though as consumers began to have problems with the locks rekeying themselves. As a locksmith, I have run across a couple issues with these locks.

One of the biggest selling points of the Smart Key was the fact that it was bump proof. That, in and of itself is a great thing, unless your the locksmith that gets the call from a homeowner locked out of their home who has installed one of these locks. The good news here is that thieves cant bump or pick your locks, the bad news is that if you lock yourself out of your house, you cant bump or pick it either. I have had to purchase a special tool to defeat the Kwik Set Smart key locks. Good news for the locked out homeowner. The bad news is that once I use this tool in your lock, it can render it unable to rekey another key and even though the existing key my still work the lock for a while, damage has been done to the inside of the lock and it is recommended that the lock be replaced.

It is worth noting that Kwik Set is not the only company to put out this Smart Key technology. Schlage followed suite and came out with its own version of the Smart Key technology. Schlage called their version SecureKey. Schlage discontinued there SecureKey products as of December 31, 2011. It is unclear from the original announcement the reason for the discontinuation, however the press release does mention the fact that Kwik Set filed a law suit against Schlage over this Smart Key technology.

There was recently a lockpicking contest at a locksmith convention here in Florida. 56 Kwikset SmartKey and 56 Schlage SecureKey were challenged. On that day the Kwikset product proved to be much more pick resistant. Only one was picked, whereas, forty four of the Schlage locks were picked. Here is link to the full article:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100825005392/en

The fact that these locks could be rekeyed by the homeowners themselves was another big draw for these locks. If you search Google for the Kwik Set Smart Key, you will find comment after comment of people who have installed these locks just to have the key quit working days or months later. Like most great new technology, the SmartKey has had its growing pains. The problem is that these locks apparently have the ability to rekey themselves at random giving the homeowner little or no warning. There seems to be mixed reviews about this self rekeying issue however, as some homeowners have had no problems at all with their locks, while others have had nothing but trouble with theirs. If you have purchased one of these locks, I highly recommend you register your product with Kwik Set. This will ensure you receive the support you need in the event you are one of the customers who experience a problem with your new lock.

I am looking forward to comments from my readers who are using these locks. The majority of the positive feedback I receive from my customers using this Kwik Set product does not match the number of negative comments I see about it on the internet.

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A night in the life of an Inverness, Florida locksmith

 

 

Citrus county locksmith attacked by dog

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Just like all good scary stories, it was a rainy, windy, dark night in July and I had just came home from a long hot day of running from one service call to another in the unbearable Florida heat. I was just turning on the television to get caught up with the news of the day when my phone rang yet again. It was an elderly gentleman locked out of his car. He was asking that I come as soon as I could because he had dinner plans in Inverness and he needed to be on the road very shortly.

I took down his information and out the door I went into the stormy night. As I punch his address into my GPS, I knew I was heading into a section of my service area that is heavily wooded with no street lights. As I drive into the night, thunder and lightning are lighting up the sky as the wind blows leaves and debris into my path. The moss hanging from the forest canopy only added to the natural drama unfolding this dark night. I knew that as challenging as this area was during a clear day to spot an address on a home back in this area, I was in for a real treat on this gloomy night.

As I arrived at the residence, I was relieved to see a porch light on as I drove up the driveway to this secluded home. There in the driveway was the car I had come to open up. I took my flashlight from under my seat and started for the front door of the home to let the owner know I had arrived. Half way to the door I caught a glimpse of a large dark object racing towards me. I couldn’t make out quite what it was at first but as it got closer I heard over the top of the noise from the wind  snarling, growling and then barking. It was at that moment I knew I was about to have to defend myself against a very large, vicious dog. I take a quick look around and discovered that I had no time to make it back to my truck, as the angry dog got closer and closer. I thought about using the flashlight in my hand to hit the dog, but decided that the customer would probably frown on me injuring or killing his dog so I did the only other thing that came to mind. As the dog came up to me snarling and barking I  bent down to his level and with the scariest growl/snarl I could muster I began to growl back at the dog. I was in absolute shock when the dog tucked his tail between his legs and turned around to go back to the dark shadows of the sideyard where he had come from. As the dog was running away, the owner stepped out the front door and yelled out “be careful of that dog he bites!”  Yeah I know, I told the old guy, we’ve met already. He asked me what I had done to the dog and as I told him how I growled back he laughed and apologized.

Once I got his vehicle open he asked me for a business card. As I handed it to him, I kindly requested that he insure the dog was on the chain next time. I told him I was not sure that same tactic would work the next time.

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Securing your vaction home in Citrus county

 

 

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Citrus county, Florida

Citrus county is one of the few areas here in Florida where natural wetlands and beautiful woodlands remain untouched. With hundreds of acres of lakes, rivers, streams and the Gulf of Mexico to surround the many state and county forests here, Citrus county is one of Florida’s true secret gems. It is no wonder so many people retire to this beautiful tropical sanctuary from their frozen homesteads up north. Citrus county has a large population of homeowners who live in the area during the winter months and return to their northern homes in the summer. This migration of “snowbirds” presents a special security challenge not only for the homeowners who leave their homes empty for part of the year, but also for the law enforcement officials and fire departments who protect them.

Unoccupied homes are an attractive target to not only burglars, vandals and thieves, but also to the homeless, who see the empty house as part time shelter. So with so many different threats, what is a homeowner to do? We suggest that homeowners utilize a number of resources and tactics to protect their property while they are away.

The first resource we suggest would be to contact the Citrus county sheriff’s office and request a free security inspection while the homeowner is still here in Florida. The Citrus county Sheriffs office serves Inverness, Hernando, Crystal River, Homosassa, Beverly Hills, Lecanto, Floral City, Holder, Dunnellon, Citrus Springs and Citrus Hills here in Citrus county. There are a number of locksmiths in the area that provide this service as well, but most charge for this service. The sheriffs office will send a deputy, armed with the statistics of how most breakins occur in the area, to your property, at no cost to the homeowner and will inspect your house, the windows, doors, garage and outside structures and grounds to identify any areas that may require attention. They also offer a program called vacation watch. You can print and send a form to be added to this special program in for their vacation watch program. Bringing in the sheriffs department for an inspection also gives you the opportunity to let the sheriffs department know that you are not in the home for part of the year and gives you the chance to give them your contact information in the event something happens on your property while your away. If you have given a key to a neighbor, you will want to let the sheriffs office know who has the key. Giving the Sheriffs office your contact information will enable law enforcement to notify you right away in the event something happens, as well as provide you with an extra set of eyes watching your home while your away.

Once you have given the sheriffs department the heads up that you are not at your home for part of the year, it is a good idea to let a trusted neighbor(s) know when you will be gone. A neighbor is likely to be the first one to spot an intruder in your home and notify police. If you have a neighbor who is trustworthy, you may want to give them a key to the house while your gone so that if something does happen and law enforcement or the fire department needs to enter the residence while your away, they can do so without damaging a door or window to get in. Notify your neighbor of anyone who is allowed on the property while your gone. For example if you allow grown children to be there when your away or if you hire a pool company or lawn service to maintain the property, let your neighbors know who is allowed to be there. If they spot someone they were not told about, they know to notify the police. Most homeowners who leave their homes empty for part of the year close all blinds and curtains while they are away. While this does work to keep valuables out of site, it also blocks neighbors and law enforcement from being able to easily see if someone is inside the home. You may consider leaving a curtain open in a window facing the road, or the neighbors home, so neighbors can spot someone in the home. If someone is in the home at night, it may difficult for a neighbor to detect a lamp or flashlight being used inside the home with all the curtains closed. On the other hand if you leave a curtain open, a neighbor watching your property can easily detect light coming from your home and call authorities.If you choose to leave a curtain open, it is a good idea to keep expensive electronics and other valuables out of the range of view of the window.

If you have a central heat and air unit, pool pump and filter or other appliances outside your home, we suggest having these items secured as well. You can either take these units inside a garage or storage shed while your away or have a security cage installed to protect those items. Storing your appliances of course involves considerable time and effort to dismantle when your getting ready to leave and requires reassembly when you return. We offer another option here at 1 Able Locksmith. We sell and install air conditioner security cages that bolt to the concrete pad under your A/C unit and provide a way to “lock up” your unit. These cages not only work for A/C units but can be adjusted to fit pool filter systems and other appliances you may have in your yard as well. The price to purchase and install these security cages is much cheaper than the insurance deductible.

Lastly,one of the most important resources you have at your disposal are your door and window locks themselves. Not all locks are created equal. For example, many of the locks widely available at local hardware stores can be opened by a method known as bumping. This method of opening a lock has long been held as a locksmiths secret weapon. Today, thanks to the internet, the secret is out and the internet is full of videos that teach thieves this quick and easy method to gain entry into your home. Once this old locksmith trade secret became known to the public, some lock manufacturers stepped up and created their locks to be bump resistant. Schlage locks are a good example of a lock that is highly resistant to bumping. There are several other lock manufacturers that offer this type of protection. A good local locksmith can add bump proofing pins to your existing locks to render them bump resistant as well.

Burglary and vandalism will likely never be prevented entirely, but with proactive forethought, a little preventative action and the use of the resources available to you, you have a fighting chance to keep the things you have worked so hard to get secure while your away.

 

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