Citrus county Crime report



Citrus county Crime report for  3/15/2012 – 3/21/2012

Home invasion

                                                           33 crimes found

The following statistics were taken from the Citrus county Sheriffs crime mapping section of their website. We thought you’d like to know…

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  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/VANDALISM 2012-00053588 1600 BLOCK U S HIGHWAY 41 Citrus County Sheriff 3/21/2012 02:57 AM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00053523 1500 BLOCK J WILLIAMS LN Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 10:38 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00053435 3000 BLOCK BUFFALO LN Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 07:16 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00053388 9700 BLOCK WOODHAVEN LN Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 06:02 PM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00053311 4400 BLOCK AMARILLO DR Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 03:33 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00053172 10000 BLOCK TARA RD Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 11:34 AM
  VEHICLE BURGLARY 2012-00053143 300 BLOCK OSCEOLA AVE Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 10:43 AM
  DISTURBANCE 2012-00052973 5700 BLOCK PINE CIR Citrus County Sheriff 3/20/2012 05:04 AM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00052829 6500 BLOCK SOURGUM TER Citrus County Sheriff 3/19/2012 09:03 PM
  COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052488 600 BLOCK CITRUS AVE Citrus County Sheriff 3/19/2012 10:39 AM
  COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052444 500 BLOCK SUNCOAST BLVD Citrus County Sheriff 3/19/2012 09:18 AM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052436 11400 BLOCK LONI TER Citrus County Sheriff 3/19/2012 08:56 AM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052107 800 BLOCK ROSEMARY PT Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 05:07 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052047 8100 BLOCK JONI LEE CT Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 03:02 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00052001 5300 BLOCK ELKCAM BLVD Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 12:44 PM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00051997 3900 BLOCK LAKE TODD DR Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 12:28 PM
  DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE 2012-00051730 200 BLOCK HWY 19 Citrus County Sheriff 3/18/2012 01:24 AM
  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/VANDALISM 2012-00051655 9000 BLOCK GOSPEL ISLAND RD Citrus County Sheriff 3/17/2012 10:59 PM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00051249 3800 BLOCK BLACK DIAMOND CIR Citrus County Sheriff 3/17/2012 10:56 AM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00050913 400 BLOCK SAMS PT Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 09:54 PM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00050735 700 BLOCK 7TH AVE Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 05:03 PM
  RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 2012-00050671 0 BLOCK JACKSON ST Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 03:08 PM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00050553 900 BLOCK SAVARY AVE Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 12:45 PM
  LARCENY – PETIT THEFT 2012-00050515 2800 BLOCK GULF TO LAKE HWY Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 11:38 AM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00050477 1100 BLOCK TIGER PT Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 10:55 AM
  VEHICLE BURGLARY 2012-00050438 1200 BLOCK 5TH ST Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 09:57 AM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00050432 5400 BLOCK CANAGAN CT Citrus County Sheriff 3/16/2012 09:48 AM
  GRAND THEFT 2012-00050178 900 BLOCK ABNER PL Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 11:35 PM
  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/VANDALISM 2012-00050162 3000 BLOCK PORTER ST Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 11:00 PM
  VEHICLE BURGLARY 2012-00050069 1400 BLOCK U S HIGHWAY 41 Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 07:51 PM
  DISTURBANCE 2012-00049895 1000 BLOCK MIDDLE SCHOOL DR Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 02:22 PM
  FRAUD INFORMATION 2012-00049837 100 BLOCK HWY 19 Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 12:16 PM
  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF/VANDALISM 2012-00049720 0 BLOCK HARRISON ST Citrus County Sheriff 3/15/2012 08:17 AM

Installing an Electric Strike to your doors


Electric Strike

Push the button to unlock the door

We have all seen electric strike devices in action. Doctors offices and emergency rooms are a good example of this type of mechanism. Electric strikes are also known as electric door openers or electronic door releases and are a very good way to control traffic and make frequently used doors more secure and convenient. An electric strike is mounted in the frame of the door and uses electricity to either hold or release a latch. Most styles of locks can be used with an electric strike. A remote switch or buzzer is used to activate or deactivate the strike causing the door to lock or unlock. The switch can be placed as near or far away from the door as you need it to be. Switches are often placed near or at a desk to make it convenient for a worker to open or close a door from across the room. This allows for good traffic control and unauthorized entrance to areas that need to be secured. Electric strikes are not overly complicated devices, but there are many factors to consider when purchasing or installing them. They are highly “pick” and “shake” resistant and can have a long maintenance free life when properly installed and powered. The fact that electric power is used for its operation does not make it an electrical appliance. In cases where an existing current is used, a strike must be selected to match it. Electric Strikes are suitable for aluminum, steel or wood jambs and are designed to fit jambs as shallow as 1-3/16″. The American Standards Institute or ANSI, 161.1 requires that the centerline of the lock’s latchbolt and the centerline fot the strike be the same distance above the floor. Since most electric strikes are built with the bolt retainer jaw in the center of the faceplate, the door frame face will require very little modification to permit installation of an electric strike using cylindrical type locks. In mortise type lock applications ANSI 115.1 requires that the centerline of the lock’s cutout in the door be 3/8″ below the centerline of the strikes location in the frame. Another thing to consider when installing an electric strike is the electricity component of the strike. The first electrical factor to determine is the duty of the door. If a door is normally locked and is released just for a few moments from time to time, then it is considered intermittent duty. Intermittent applications generally use 24 V AC. This gives enough power for almost any entrance and the low voltage range is low enough to keep it from falling under the supervision of building codes or Underwriters Laboratory requirements. On the other hand if the door is rarely used but is unlocked for longer periods of time when opened, the duty is considered continuous. Continuous duty is defined by the strike being energized for more than about 60 seconds at a time. Continuous duty electric strikes will require the same 115/24 V but will require a rectifier in order to allow for continuous duty. Several different manufacturers offer electric strikes. Adams Rite, Von Duprin, ASSA Abloy and Rutherford are just a few of many manufacturers and prices and features vary so it’s a good idea to check with your local locksmith to discuss your specific needs.

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What makes a lock “High-Security”?

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.

Today manufacturers produce a number of other locks that are considered high security locks. Electromagnetic locks, digital access locks, finger print and biometric locks can all be considered high security locks and as technology evolves, so do the options available to the consumer.

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.

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U.S Dept of Homeland Security

Your security is at the very heart of what we do here at 1 Able Locksmith. We constantly conduct research in an effort to keep our customers up to date on the latest locksmith news, security hardware and trends that affect the security of your homes and businesses here in Citrus county. I recently discovered some very interesting information from the U.S Department of Homeland Security. Did you know that each state has it’s own branch of Homeland Security? Here is the contact information for Florida:

Mark Perez, Homeland Security Advisor
PO Box 1489
Tallahassee, Fla.

We also found very detailed information for your business security at:

The information that this site provides is something every business owner in Citrus county can use to keep your businesses secure. Just click on the links below to be taken directly to the websites mentioned above if you would like more information.

Citrus County Sheriffs Crime Prevention Team

Did you know that the Citrus County Sheriff’s department offers citizens and businesses in Citrus county valuable resources to keep your families, homes and businesses secure?

Commercial and residential property owners in Citrus County can request a free security survey from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention team, and their employees are always willing to speak to community or civic groups about personal safety or child identification programs.

For more information contact Sgt. Chris Evan at 527-3701

The Sheriffs Office also offers Citrus County Seniors valuable resources as well.

Don Moran is the senior affairs coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office. He is responsible for assisting senior members in the community in locating needed services.

He has a wealth of knowledge and can provide valuable help to those in need. He can be reached by calling 527-4260.

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What is an Electromagnetic Lock?

Electromagnetic Locks

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.

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