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.
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.
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.
With crime rates on the rise and store owners and other commercial buildings becoming prime targets, we have taken on the task of locating better security hardware for commercial locks. Although most locks used on commercial aluminum doors are fine quality with heavy hardened steel plates to bolt the door against intrusions, they are still vulnerable since the cylinder device is left unguarded. The cylinder is the point of the key entry which activates the lock. Once the cylinder is removed or can be picked or bypassed, the lock will be opened leaving that business vulnerable. We have come across a product that is designed to protect the lock cylinder making it impossible to penetrate. This lock guard eliminates the weakest spot in the security of any aluminum stile commercial door.
Commercial Door Guard
This product offers you total protection against the common types of forced entry. The hardened steel box encases the cylinder and fasteners through your door with 3/8″ sheer strength hardened recessed bolts, to make wrenching totally impossible. The hardness of the box repels common drilling equipement by covering the cylinder with a hardened steel disc, to prevent burglar access to cylinder keyway and eliminates the possibility of picking, or removing the lock cylinder.
This product provides maximum security with any mortise cylinder used on aluminum storefront doors in existance today. We believe this product to be one of the best and most cost effective products that business owners can make to their existing security hardware. Contact 1 Able Locksmith for more information or to order your lock guards today!
There was a time not too long ago that people didnt worry about locking their doors when they left the house or when they were going to bed. People were secure in their homes and there was no real need for security systems or high security locks. Their neighbors were the security system and the biggest threat to security was the occasional stolen pie from the windowsill. Unfortunately those days are gone and todays homeowners are faced with security threats from every angle.
Modern day movie makers have shown us time and again scenes of an intruder sneeking up behind an unsuspecting someone in their home to harm or rob them. The news media tells us daily that this is not just hollywood fiction. It is happening everywhere, everyday and it happens in broad daylight as well as in the dark of night causing anxiety and fear for homeowners who no longer feel safe in their own homes.
Lock manufacturers scramble to come up with better and better security mechanisms to fight this ongoing war against your security. One such product has caught our attention and we here at 1 Able Locksmith thought you may be interested in this product too.
It has been introduced into the market by Schlage and it is a door lock with a built in alarm system. This new keyed entry set will alert you when there is activity at your door. You choose the alert mode (type of alarm) and sensitivity (level of touch/activity that sets off alarm) to customize it to your specific security needs. Easily change both the alert setting and sensitivity level—right at the lock—as your needs change.
Two short beeps let you monitor when the door has been opened or closed
Perfect for monitoring doors while at home
Know when your child, elderly parent or child with special needs goes in or out
One long alarm sounds when the door knob or lever has been disturbed
Perfect for when everyone is inside
The most sensitive alert setting- detects even the slightest movement at the handle or lock
Perfect for monitoring a secondary entry door or when everyone is home for the night
Forced Entry Alert
A shrill, steady siren triggers at first impact and acts as a theft deterrent
Perfect for protection against break-ins
Perfect for nighttime or when you are away from the home
We are constantly looking at products that will assist you in achieving peice of a mind and security for you, your home and your family.
If you have been in the market for new locks, you have probably heard or seen the words “High Security Locks“. But what do those words mean to you when you are trying to decide on which lock is best for you? To help you better understand what constitutes a high security lock, the Underwriters Laboratories or UL, have put in place clear guidelines for consumers.
The Underwriters Laboratory was founded in 1894 and is an independent, nonprofit product testing organization. A UL listing based on UL standard 437 is a good indicator that a lock qualifies as a high security lock. Any lock that qualifies for the UL standard will have a UL symbol on the lock itself or the packaging of the lock. It is important to note that UL listed locks can, in some cases, still be defeated. In order for a lock to qualify as a UL listed high security lock it must pass a series of tests. UL approved locks must have the following characteristics:
All working parts of the mechanism must be constructed of brass, bronze, Steel, or equivelent corrosion resistant materials or have a protective finish complying with UL’s Salt Spray Corrosion test.
The lock must have a minimum of 1000 key change options.
The lock must operate as intended during 10,000 complete cycles of operation at a rate not exceeding 50 cycles per minute.
The lock must not open or be compromised as a result of attack tests using hammers, chisels, screwdrivers, pliers, hand held electric drills, saws, puller mechanisms, key impressioning tools and lock picking tools.
The attack tests done by the Underwriters Laboratory includes ten minutes of picking, ten minutes of key impressioning, five minutes of sawing, five minutes of pulling, 5 minutes of prying and five minutes of driving. UL does not test locks for bump key resistance. In most cases, high security lock manufacturers use patented keys. The most secure locks also provide a high level of key control. The harder it is for an unauthorized person to have a copy of the key made, the more security that lock provides. High security lock designations dont apply to just the mechanical locks we have discussed above.
Whether you are looking to secure your home, business or office there is a wide array of products to serve your needs. It is important to consider the level of security required and what the potential threats are when deciding on the right high security locks for you. Is your home in a high crime area? Are you securing a business that is mandated by law to have certain security features? Do you have employees who will need keys or passcodes. Will you need to change those keys or passcodes often? You may also want to consider the type of door you plan to put your high security lock on. Is it glass, metal or wood? This will help to eliminate some of the options. Keep in mind that along with the higher security comes a higher price as well. Something to consider is how many doors you have that require high security locks.
Once you have considered all your particular security needs, you will have a better idea of what type of high security lock will work best for you. It is also helpful to have a reputable locksmith you know and trust. Your locksmith can answer any questions you may have, order and install your high security locks and will be there to troubleshoot any problems you may encounter with your new locks down the road.
Electromagnetic locks were introduce in the U.S in the 1970′s and continue to be popular today. They are used to secure emergency exit doors and when connected to a fire alarm system, the locks power source automatically disconnects when the fire alarm is activated to allow people inside to exit quickly.
The operation of an electromagnetic lock is different from that of a conventional locking device. Unlike a mechanical lock, an electromagnetic lock does not rely on the release of a bolt or latch for security. It instead uses electricity and magnetism. It is the magnetic power of these locks that tend to make them stronger than their mechanical counterparts and because the components of an electromagnetic lock are normally installed inside the door and casing, as opposed to being mounted on the outside of the door as is usually the case with mechanical locks, the screws can not be tampered with when the door is in the closed position.
Standard electromagnetic locks consist of two components in order to secure a door. The first component being a electromagnet and the second being a metal strike plate. The electromagnet is installed in the doors header and the strike plate is installed on the door. When a door is closed the two compenents line up. The electromagnet is usually powered by 12 to 24 dc volts at 3 to 8 watts and when the door is closed and the electromagnet is powered, the door is secured and has a holding power of 300 to 3000 pounds, depending on the type of electromagnet lock you selected.
So what if the power goes out or a burglar cuts the wires?
Standby batteries are usually installed with the lock to provide power in the event the power goes out. The locks can’t be tampered with from the outside the door as all the compenents are installed completely inside the door itself. Thus eliminating the chance that a would be burglar could cut wires or gain entry through the door.
Fire code requirements for Electromagnetic locks.
Electromagnetic locks meet the safety requirements of the North American building codes because they are fail-safe, which means when there is no power to the door, the door will not lock. In order to comply with most United States building fire codes, there is also a couple of additonal pieces of hardware that must be installed when installing electromagnetic locks. There must be a “PUSH TO EXIT” release button and either a PIR motion detector or an electrified exit release bar also known as a crash bar. Also if the building has a fire alarm system the electromagnetic locks must be tied into the fire control system so the locks will automatically unlock in the event of a fire. The code states “There must be a minimum of two devices used to release the electromagnetic lock. One device Must be a manual release button that has the words”PUSH TO EXIT” labeled. This push button must provide a 30 second time delay when pushed, and the time delay must act independently of the access control system (the delay must work on its own, not tied into any other access control system)
The downsides of Electromagnetic locks
Electromagnetic locks do have a couple of disadvantages. One is the cost of the electromagnetic locks when compared to other high security mechanical locks. Electromagnetic locks can cost four to ten times more than a mechanical lock. The second downside is that many people find the electromagnetic locks less attractive than conventional mechanical locks.
I hope you have found this article helpful when considering electromagnetic locks.
Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in their favorite local hardwares’ lock section knows the choices available can be overwhelming. After all, the choice you make will determine the security and piece of mind you and your family enjoy in your home. So how can you choose the best lock for your home? In this article I will discuss the various types of locks available and describe the differences and applications. Armed with this knowledge, you can then make the best choice when deciding on the right locks for your particular needs.
Not all locks are created equal. The American National Standards Institute or ,ANSI, rates locks on 3 common standards, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3. These ratings are based on a range of performance features. ANSI rates how well the locks resist forceful entry tests, and whether their finishes hold up well over extended periods of time.
Grade 1 locks are heavy duty commercial locks.These locks are typically not a good application for home use.
Grade 2 locks are designed for light commercial use but would provide good protection for homes as well.
Grade 3 locks are rated for light residential use. Grade 3 locks are what you typically find at your local hardware store. (along with a lot of locks that carry no ANSI rating at all)
Most locks sold to homeowners are grade 3 locks or have no ANSI rating at all. ANSI graded locks often cost a little more than locks that dont have an ANSI rating or no rating at all but the added security is well worth the money.
There are certain companies who offer high-security locks. A high-security lock is one that provides a high level of security to most types of attack such as drilling, sawing, wrenching, picking and bumping. In most cases, these high security locks will be more expensive and will carry an Underwriters Laboratory or UL rating. High security locks will have two or more means of protection. They contain hardened drill resistant inserts and have patented keys. Medeco, ASSA and Mul-T-Lock are a few examples of high security locks.
Whether you choose to install Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 or even high security locks your local locksmith can provide you with the locks, installation and information you need to secure all the things that matter most to you.
I hope this article has been helpful in deciding which lockset is the right choice for you.