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Citrus County Sheriff’s Department Notifies Community

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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 safercar.gov 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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Safe Manufacturers Customer Support Info

Safes

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

https://www.sentrysafe.com/ContactUs/Call_Or_Email_Us

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

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

1-800-247-5625

Honeywell Safes

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

877-354-5457

American Security Products Co.
11925 Pacific Ave.
Fontana CA 92337
951-685-9680

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

800-323-9005

Mesa Safe Company

337 W. Freedom Ave.
Orange, CA 92865

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

www.mesasafe.com/technical-support/

Gardall Safes

http:www.gardall.com

Phone: 800-722-7233

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2 Break Ins in 2 Days here in Citrus County Florida

Home Break In

This can be prevented!

We have received 2 calls in the past two days from people here in Citrus county who have been broken into and robbed. First, a business in Hernando and then a residence in Floral City. Both happened at night and both times gates or the door were forced open. Might be a great time to think about installing an extra deadbolt on your doors to keep forced entry from becoming a quick way into your home or office.

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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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2014 BMW X5 Recalled over child safety locks

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BMW is in the process of notifying owners of the new 2014 X5 SUV’s built between December 2013 and March 2014 of a recall due to faulty child safety locks. According to BMW, the child safety locks can deactivate without warning on vehicles with the automatic soft closing option. The recall affects 6400 vehicles.

According to a bulletin issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the lock mechanism on the rear doors “may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances,” meaning the safety locks could disengage with a simple pull of the door handle. Basically, with a pair of tugs, the rear doors could be opened from the inside, regardless of child safety locks.

Here is the actual press release issued by the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
SUMMARY:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 X5 SAV vehicles manufactured December 12, 2013, through March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft Close Automatic (SCA) option. The rear side door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage.
CONSEQUENCE:
A disengaged child safety lock would allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear side door locks and any affected door locks will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Emergency Lockdown Security Made Simple

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Classroom Lockdown

Lockdown

     It is an unfortunate reality in our lives today- the need of better security in our schools, day cares and other public places. The news is filled with stories of schools, universities and day cares that have had to be locked down for one reason or another. Our kids security during school hours has become a concern for parents, teachers, administrators and kids alike over the past several years. Assisted living facilities and hospitals are also having to deal with heightened security needs and lock down capability.

     We here at 1 Able Locksmith understand that effective lock down solutions must be fast, simple and easy to deploy. There are many factors to consider when choosing the lock down system that will works for your particular needs. For example it is important to consider who will be initiating a lock down in your building and what method that person or persons will use. Will they use an authorized key or code? How many doors will need to be locked down in a single action? Is it one door, several doors or the entire campus and where will the lock down be initiated- at the door, locally or remotely?

     Previously, options have been limited to two choices. Mechanical keys or centralized access control systems. Today, however, there is a third choice. The new Schlage CO-220 is a cost effective way to remotely activate a lockdown through the use of a remote fob that can be given to teachers, day care, hospital or nursing staff to be worn around their necks or wrists to give them immediate lock down capability from anywhere in the room. This new lock down solution from Schlage includes an indicator light that gives visual assurance that the room or building is locked down at a glance. This standalone solution can be quicker than mechanical lockdown options while still providing control from within the classroom instead of from a centralized location as with networked solutions. Lockdown is initiated by simply pressing the button on the fob from up to 75 feet away on the interior side of the door and 25 feet away from the outside of the door. This helps staff assist students or patients seek shelter in a safe place away from the door while initiating the lockdown. The multi-door feature of the Schlage CO-220 lets a single fob simultaneously lockdown up to 10 doors within range of the fob.

     This lock was developed specifically for emergency lockdowns; the fob has one function-to lock down the door. This is important because when you need to initiate a lockdown, you don’t want the fob to inadvertently initiate any other function. Only an authorized Pass Through credential carried by a senior staff or emergency responders will allow momentary access to this lock while in lockdown mode. The lock also provides free egress, even in lockdown mode.

     CO-220 offers expanded credential compatibility. This allows administrators to issue PINs, magnetic stripe or proximity cards instead of keys, depending on individual needs. It works with the proximity cards and magnetic stripe cards manufactured by the most popular vendors so if the facility is already using proximity or magnetic stripe cards there is a very good chance that the present system will work well with the CO-220. You can also manually program pin codes using the keypad or use offline access control software to manage a database of access users, set auto lock and unlock schedules and capture audit trails from the lock.

     These locks have been tested to the highest standards in the industry and is ANSI/BHMA A156.25 and is grade 1 certified and UL fire rated. The battery life is up to two years. It provides a cost effective way to add quick and effective lockdown solutions. While this lock is specifically designed for the classroom setting, we see this as a convenient way to secure other applications requiring lockdown capability as well.

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What is the deal with Bump Keys?

divider for post pagesIf you do a Google search on bump keys you will find a lot of information on a technique that was once regarded as a top secret tool known only to locksmiths. For centuries this technique was guarded by reputable locksmiths and not shared with the general public.

Today thanks to the internet, many people have become aware of this once closely guarded secret and now that the cat is out of the bag, not only do the criminals have easy access to instructional how to videos but locksmiths themselves are using these videos and information on their websites to scare customers into purchasing additional security measures, thus making the cost of their locksmith service even more. The fact that scare tactics are being used on the consumer in an effort to increase the bottom line of the locksmiths business is bad enough, but add to that fact that locksmiths using these scare tactics are advancing the criminals efforts to learn and to use this technique to gain access to homes and businesses of the customers they claim to be so concerned for. Seems to me that if your customers safety and security is a concern, you would not be posting a how to video on your website, thus educating would be criminals about this technique

Yes the problem is real and the threat is there, but you have to wonder about a locksmith who claims to have your safety and security in mind and then posts videos educating criminals on how to do it. Don’t fall victim to these scare tactics, always hire a locksmith who truly takes your safety and security seriously. Here in Citrus county, 1 Able Locksmith is well aware of this technique and offers our customers the option of bump proofing their locks if that is what the customer feels they need.

The Citrus county Sheriffs Office will tell you that entry into houses and businesses are usually achieved through sliding glass doors or by throwing a brick through a window. I have not seen any reports where the majority of burglaries were carried out using bump keys. First of all the process of using a bump key makes a lot of noise. Noise is something a burglar tries to keep to a minimum in an effort to not attract attention. Add to that the fact that noise is not a quick one time thing but is often repetitive. Also a bump key is not as easy to use as the internet makes them out to be. They like anything else require practice to be an effective method of gaining entrance to a building. So when you are being told that you need protection against bump keys, keep in mind that although the use of a bump key is a possibility, it is not a preferred method of entry as many are trying to say it is.

You will not find on our website a video or any other form of scare tactic advising customers that they must have this service in order to keep their homes or businesses secure. We do take your security seriously, but we will not use scare tactics or contribute to the education of the criminals who would use the information given out on our website as a weapon to be used against our customers. Now that’s security!

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