Citrus County Sheriff reporting increase in Daytime Burlgaries

Home Invasion in Citrus County

Home Invasions

This warning was posted on Facebook from the Citrus County Sheriffs office

BEWARE OF RESIDENTIAL BURLGARIES: Over the past few weeks our county along with surrounding counties like Marion and Levy, have been experiencing a series of residential daytime burglaries. Doors have been forced open, and jewelry, medicine and handguns have been taken. Please secure your valuables, and report any suspicious persons who may knock on your door “looking for someone” who does not reside there, or solicitors without marked vehicles with company identification. In addition, report any suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. All of these incidents have been occurring during the daytime hours so please make sure you watch out for your neighbors’ homes if they are away. If you have any questions you can contact Detective Serocki at 352-422-0518. Thank you.

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Is my Car involved in a recall?

So your car is acting up and your mechanic has just told you that the problem is a common one for that vehicle’s year and model. Now there is a quick simple way to check to see if your vehicle is involved in a recall.

The website is called and is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA. The new website lets you search for recalls just by typing in your vehicle identification number or VIN. This number is found on your title or vehicle registration or is visible through the windshield of your vehicle on the drivers side dash.

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Safes, Lock Boxes and Vaults

We get several calls a week asking us to drill or open someone’s safe. Because keys can get lost and combinations forgotten, we have compiled this list of customer service numbers for some of the most common safes used in residential and commercial applications today.

divider for post pagesWinchester Safes
4801 Esco Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76140

877-948-6723 or 469-735-4901

Sentry Safes

Phone: 800-828-1438
Fax: 585-381-2940

Liberty Safe and Security Products, Inc.
1199 West Utah Avenue
Payson, Utah 84651


Honeywell Safes

Consumer Assistance Dept.
LH Licensed Products, Inc.
860 East Sandhill Avenue
Carson, CA 90746 USA


American Security Products Co.
11925 Pacific Ave.
Fontana CA 92337

Fax: 951-685-9685

Cannon Safe

6680 Surrey Street
Las Vegas NV 89115

800 222-1055

First Alert Safes
3901 Liberty Street
Aurora, IL 60504


Mesa Safe Company

337 W. Freedom Ave.
Orange, CA 92865

Phone: 800-490-5624
Fax: 714-627-4016

Gardall Safes

Phone: 800-722-7233

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Kids Left In Hot Cars, Not A Good Plan!

We posted a video a while back concerning kids left in hot cars and placed it on our website in an effort to bring this problem to parents attention. We get several calls a month from parents with a child locked in their vehicle. These calls are an emergency situation for the child, parent and for us and we give those calls our top priority. This is a serious mistake that can and has cost children their lives, as you can see from the recent news report video below. We are fortunate here in Citrus County to have not lost a child due to vehicular heatstroke, but the reality is it continues to be an issue.
Please help stop these senseless deaths. Pass these videos on and visit Safe Kids Tips & Prevention to increase awareness of the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars!

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Kids Left in Hot cars

Baby found dead in hot car

Dont Let this happen to your child!

The danger that faces a child locked in a hot vehicle is very real here in sunny Florida. Every 10 days a child dies from vehicular heatstroke nationwide. Temperatures inside a vehicle can easily reach over 160 degrees or higher on a hot summer day. It can take as little as 15 minutes for a child left in an overheated car to suffer life-threatening brain injury, kidney injuries or death.
Children left in these temperatures are not the only ones who suffer from vehicular heatstroke, your pets can suffer the same fate if left in this type of situation. It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach dangerous temperatures on bright, sunny days. So many experts recommend not leaving pets in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher. Rolling down a window or parking in the shade does not guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb. Animals are not able to sweat like humans. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Less than 15 minutes can be enough for an animal’s body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.
We receive several calls per month of a child or pet locked in the car. The Department of Highway Safety, last summer, put on a public service campaign entitled “Look before you lock”. You can find tips and helpful information about this campaign by visiting
We know this video can be disturbing but, it is not as disturbing as not being aware, costing the life of a child!

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Battenfield Technologies Recalls 3 digit locking handgun vaults

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Recalled handgun safe

Battenfield Handgun Safe

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.

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 and click on “Product Recall.”

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GM Recalls Midsize SUV’s for door lock issues

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GM 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazers

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

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Honda door lock recall

Honda recalls some models for faulty door locks.

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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A night in the life of an Inverness, Florida locksmith

divider for post pages 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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