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January 29, 2010

Nio - Bluetooth Security Tag

At the recent CES2010 in Las Vegas, there were multiple vendors showcasing many new unusual and useful gadgets.

One such product is a novel keyring security tag called Nio.

This is how it works...




January 26, 2010

Preventing Burglaries Is Impossible, But......

In recent past posts, I included some pictures and comments made by convicted burglars, in prison.

My profession is locksmithing.

As a locksmith, it is my mission to provide you, the home owner or office manager with solutions that will slow down or frustrate a potential burglary and create easy to access systems that protect you, your family and your colleagues.

I cannot 100% guarantee that you will not suffer a break in, but I can provide you the tools to slow down a burglar or hopefully make them go next door.

For an obligation free assessment, please contact us today.

Burglars Still Work When It Snows

If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.



Do Burglars Really Think Like This?

Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.


An Invitation To Burglars (How a Burglar Might Think)

Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.


More Burglar Opportunists

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.



Burglars are opportunists.

Readers Digest, is a well known publication that continues to offer many interesting articles, some of which include very sound advice.

A recent article appeared on their site, indicating the things a would be burglar might look for prior to robbing you.

1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

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4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.


January 22, 2010

Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics - St Louis County December 2009

Pictured to the left is a map of the St Louis County area. The Green dots represent reported burglaries and larceny-thefts, while the red dots represent robberies, for the period January 8, 2010 - January 22, 2010. (map source...)

Most jurisdictions across the USA are reporting their monthly crime data to the UCR for the FBI, since 1955.

St Louis County makes these records publicly available to interested parties, though the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Statistical Analysis Center. Being in the security protection industry, the knowledge of crime statistics is vital and important to me and my neighbors.

We have been producing relatively regular crime report statistics for particular towns in the St Louis County region, for certain periods in the last year. We have been sourcing this data from third party information mediums. While we cannot guarantee the accuracy of those records, the maps and breakdowns of specific streets and locations of incidents, can be considered worthwile to many people, because they are more specific in nature .

We recently learned about the accurate records that are provided to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and we are pleased to bring this information to our readers here.

In December 2009, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Statistical Analysis Center received the following data provided by all reporting precincts in the St Louis County region:

Murder - 2
Forcible Rape - 11
Robbery - 31
Aggravated Assault - 58
Burglary - 159
Larceny-Theft - 633
Motor Vehicle Theft - 59
Arson - 2

Total Incidents: 955

Where as, professionally we are primarily concerned with Robbery, Burglary and Larceny Theft, all classifications are important to be kept aware of.

My principle service areas (where I receive most of my business from) are Central and West County precinct reporting areas. These specific precincts report 165 total of the 955 reported incidents. 143/165 incidents in my principle service area include specifically Robbery, Burglary and Larceny Theft.

86.67% of all reported crimes to St Louis County Police, in Central and West Central County were property related incidents.

To determine the area that is important to you, we provide the link to this data in the source below.

Expect to hear these reports more often in future.






January 20, 2010

DIY Outlets (Big Box Stores) Mystery Shopper Findings

A rather interesting set of statistics has come to light after a recent survey of mystery shoppers taken in the UK about the knowledge of shop assistants in hardware stores and other DIY outlets, relating to lock products knowledge.

To summarize:

the mystery shopper investigation found that 63 per cent of staff in some of the UK's best known DIY outlets rated poorly when it came to lock knowledge; while only 15 per cent of 'shoppers' would rate advice received as satisfactory.

Three scenarios tested lock knowledge on various locking system (open, restricted and patented systems) multiple occupancy housing regulations and insurance stipulations. Mystery shoppers found a lack of understanding of lock requirements among staff meant they were not offered the right advice or asked appropriate questions.

Across all of the scenarios some vital questions were overlooked by sales staff, often meaning they were unable to provide appropriate advice on lock suitability.


The research also found:
* In the multiple occupancy regulations scenario none of the interviewers were advised to buy a BS 8621 lock - the one which should have been recommended, while 10 per cent mentioned an unsuitable lock
* Six in ten (62 per cent) 'shoppers' were referred to at least one other colleague when the first staff member felt unable to handle the enquiry
* Ten per cent of mystery shoppers were referred to three staff members when the first member of staff did not feel able to help with an enquiry, while two per cent of participants were referred to four members of staff
* Nearly eight in ten (76 per cent) 'shoppers' were not satisfied with the accuracy of the information received across all three scenarios
* More than eight in ten (83 per cent) felt that the response they received did not fully match that which was outlined in the scenario provided
* In more than nine out of ten instances staff were not on hand to offer advice, with 90 per cent of interviewers having to leave the lock aisle to actively seek assistance

Many locksmiths in this country have substantially more training than can be found in the hardware stores. Many hardware stores rarely hire any qualified professionals at all. The hardware stores have been closing in on the locksmith trade for many years but have been found wanting time and time again.
When you seek financial advice, do you go to a financial services professional or to a shop assistant?

Is the security of your property, home, colleagues and family, not important enough to you to seek the services and training of a professional?




January 19, 2010

Electronic Door Locks - Are They Worth The Price?

I have never been a strong proponent of electronic locking products, due to the constant maintenance required to keep them operating at maximum efficiency and certain other issues like poor component constructions, prone to not working in adverse weather conditions etc etc.

Every so often, I am asked to recommend electronic locking products. Having been in the physical security industry over 25 years and worked in multiple continents, I have seen many and varied applications.

The electronic components in security products started way back in the early 20th century when the first electric strike was installed in an upmarket New York apartment complex.

Up until that time, multi-level apartment complexes required doormen and an escorted elevator trip. The advantage that the electric strike presented was the ability to enjoy a secure entrance unmanned 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at a significantly reduced cost.

Most electronic hardwired systems available today are required to be "fail-safe". This means that if the power fails or is interrupted, the device is un-secure. Many product manufacturers started putting in battery back-ups in their products to assist with security necessities.

The advent of wireless systems actually negates the fail-safe mentality until the battery runs out.....but even still many products have an in-built lithium polymer long life battery, to provide just enough power until the main source batteries can be recharged or replaced. (this can also be illegal in a public building due to the fire and building code - depending on your location)

Technology is advancing rapidly and products are slowly becoming better quality and experiencing longer lives, however I still feel it necessary to recommend to my clients to maintain that mechanical back-up "just in case".

This is expressly why the locksmith industry will continue to exist, much to the angst of some.

Locksmiths, for over 2 centuries have been designing, maintaining and creating systems and products designed to protect the assets of the marketplace. Locksmiths will continue to do so for the next 200 years, I'm sure.

When asked "Should We?".....my first answer is based on determining the true benefits. But I always will recommend a mechanical backup.

The true benefits could be, no more keys to worry about (what about the proximity card - doesnt this just take the place of a key?), the ability to perform audit trails (on sophisticated systems), combination entry (negates the need for a key, but requires a code to be remembered - this could lead to codes being shared - leading to a major security issue).

One of the best advances today is the advent of Bio-metric systems. Finger print or Iris identification systems can negate the need for a key or the need to remember a combination (you cannot lend your finger or eye to someone else - can you?). Facial recognition systems are also a new entrant to the market.

The marketplace should also remember that electronic security products are still expensive and not as generally reliable as mechanical security products. Locksmiths can provide restricted key control systems that enable end users to control who has keys to their properties. This is one of the least expensive and most secure methods for protecting assets, often without the need to replace costly hardware.

Mul-T-Lock Easily Bypassed And Bumped Open


A few years ago I had shown this video here on this site to make people aware of potential vulnerabilities in the product. It should be noted that this is clearly in a carefully set up workshop but the technique is correct and identifies that the product has vulnerabilities that are alarming.

Mul-T-Lock have since come out with newer updated versions that include interactive elements (like Bilock) and they are priced at the higher end of the marketing landscape. Mul-t-lock, like Medeco are both owned by Assa-Abloy and neither are bump or pick proof. Schlage Primus and Schlage Everest are products owned by Ingersoll Rand and are neither bump proof nor pick resistant compared to the more competitively priced Bilock product. Bilock is the first 100% Guaranteed Bump Proof and Virtually Pick Proof pin tumbler product available.

January 18, 2010

Videx Cyberlock - ( Bumped ) Vulnerable



The Cyberlock by Videx, has long been touted as bump proof and pick proof, but as the above video displays, a determined enthusiast has shown a vulnerability that cannot be ignored.

Admittedly, he uses an especially modified magnet that fits the keyway profile of the particular cylinder, but it shows a determined person can bypass the cylinder (quite easily).

It should be stressed that this is a carefully staged demonstration, but it certainly shows a vulnerability previously unknown.

Electronic systems are still in their infancy and the Cyberlock by Videx is an excellent modern access control system that is considered ahead of it's time.

But it does stress the importance of secure mechanical systems like our signature product Bilock, that enables totally secure bump proof and virtually pick proof, mechanical key operating systems, offering TOTAL key control and color coded, easy to secure and identify lock and key systems, at significantly more competitive costs.

Arguably, consumers are requesting better security options that are economical, easy to use, efficient, fault free and long lasting.

Bilock has proven itself in many and varied applications around the world, repeatedly as an affordable alternative to securing your property cost effectively.

With the significantly reduced cost for top of the line security protection, you are better served in all respects by Bilock Extreme Security products.

January 15, 2010

IR Microlock (Now Rosslinear)- Stand Alone Battery Powered Electric Strike


Ingersoll-Rand, the parent company of the Schlage Lock Company, were producing quality physical security products for many years.

Pictured here, is a product that has many and varied applications.

This is a stand-alone, narrow stile (mullion) battery powered electric strike with keypad entry.

This application can be installed easily in many hard to fit applications.

Many requests are for access control products that enable keypad entry systems. But there are few products that are designed for the narrow-stile doors found in common shopfronts that are competitively priced and functional.

There are other products that can be used on narrow-stile doors but not many that are purposely designed, battery powered, simple enough to work with your existing lock*, cost effective and of similar quality to this brilliant product.

The Rosslinear is battery powered with an electric strike and numbered keypad and iButton reader.

The strike and keypad is powered by a small in-built lithium powered battery. External cabling and conduit are not required.

The strike is designed to be used with mortise latches or tubular latches, like your common key-in-knob entrance set. It can be used with either knobs or levers.

The Rosslinear strike is suited to individual offices, serviced offices, business centers, communal entries, appartment main entry doors, computer and server rooms, electrical and telecommunication cupboards, store rooms, banks and cash drawers (time- delay model).

There are two models available, standard and additional featured.

Standard
  • Access can be keypad (4 - 8 digits) or iButton
  • Weather Resistant Keypad
  • Temporary keypad lockout to foil attempted guessing of PIN code
  • Security cannot be breached by removal of keypad
  • Up to 20,000 operations from 3V lithium battery (supplied)
  • Ease of programming and operation
  • 200 user capacity
  • Passage Mode (Door can be left unlocked)
  • No additional software to add or delete users
  • Anti-tailgate automatic relocking
  • No hardwiring or external power supply needed
  • Easy to install - no licensed technician required
Additional Features
  • Ability to add or delete users without affecting other users
  • Time delay opening (up to 16 minutes)
  • User lockout function enables all users to be temporarily denied access

Some Example Installations:






























Update 08/25/2011: The Ingersoll Rand Microlock is discontinued. The inventor has partnered with Lock Focus to produce the Rosslinear Battery Powered Electric Strike.

We are the exclusive agents in the USA for this fabulous product. We have installed these to communal secure access doors for schools, condominium complexes and automobile dealers.
Many pizza delivery drivers doors use these exclusively because of their ease of installation and low cost.

January 13, 2010

ASIS Report Discusses Business Security Protection

ASIS International, the respected international preeminent security professionals organization, founded in 1955, is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests.

The CRISP Report (Connecting Research In Security to Practise) recently released a new discussion paper related to business security protection systems.

While the report suggests that burglary rates are on the decline internationally, the crime continues to victimize businesses disproportionately despite simple and cost effective methods to protect shops, offices and facilities.

"Research shows that large reductions can be achieved in burglary incidents and losses through interventions that are often simple and costeffective," writes the report's author Tim Prenzler, Ph.D., chief investigator at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. "Nonetheless, a large proportion of the owners and managers of facilities are reluctant to invest in security."


And this doesn't make sense, considering thieves target businesses disproportionately over homes. Businesses struck by burglars also tend to get hit again and again, a phenomenon known as repeat victimization. One U.K. study quoted in the report found that 3.4 percent of non-residential premises were victimized twice or more compared to 0.2 percent of homes.
Typically, most burglars enter by forcing a window or a door open, regardless of the target. Business owners and managers naturally have more to deal with than just their sense of violation when burglaries occur. The average cost of a burglary came to $5,209 in 2008, according to the U.S. National Retail Security Survey. Yet sometimes a burglary can deliver a knock-out blow to a small business if important tools or records are stolen.
The report explains that burglary became a bigger problem in the United States because of the post-World War II economic boom and its social and cultural impact.
Rapid industrialization put an increasing number of light-weight, high-value goods into stores and homes and these became prime targets for thieves. Access to cars increased offender mobility and the ability to transport larger stolen items. The increase in suitable targets was accompanied by large declines in guardianship. As couples had fewer children, women entered the workforce in greater numbers, and elderly people settled in retirement homes, there were more homes unguarded for longer periods. There was also a shift in residential patterns away from co-location with factories and retail outlets. Empty suburbs during the day, and empty commercial and industrial districts at night, presented a smorgasbord of burglary opportunities.
Young males predominately commit burglaries with approximately 80 percent being fellows between the ages of 15 and 25. The major motivations seem to be "drugs, alcohol, and conspicuous consumption." The bright side: their age and their reasons for committing such crimes makes most burglars easy to deter, the report states.
While the report notes social prevention programs—like methadone programs—and police initiatives—like crime prevention partnerships—can decrease burglary rates, place managers can do a lot more to prevent burglary.
Master Key Systems America has been providing St Louis businesses and residents with premium quality security products and services for over 3 years. Having learned and practised security products and services internationally for over 25 years, our experience in determining your most effective and cost effective physical security solutions are unparalleled.
For your obligation free assessment, call us on (314)266-1533 now or email us sales@locks210.com


Crime Rate Statistics - Maryland Heights MO 12/12/09 - 01/12/10

This month we bring you just the Maryland Heights crime statistics as reported by the Maryland Heights Police Department.

Theft - 47 (Includes Property Theft, Fraud, Grand Theft Auto, Theft From Vehicles)
Breaking & Entering - 4
Assault - 5
Indecent Exposure - 1




January 9, 2010

Schlage Primus Picked Repeatedly And Easily




A well known member of the locksport community and in all likelihood a locksmith himself, recently displayed the ease by which Schlage's flagship High-Security product, Primus can be picked, keyed and picked again.

It should be noted that the conditions for picking the above lock are ideal and it is unlikely that such a feat can be as easily performed in a real world setting, although not impossible.

That the person above, shows in detail what he is doing and confirms this with the disassembly and reassembly, while on camera, proves that this is not a hoax or an elaborate set up.

There are many doubters and company line towers who continue to talk up the Primus product as a bump proof and pick resistant technology. We have proved in past articles that Schlage Primus is indeed NOT BUMP PROOF and now we further prove that the product is easily manipulated by a trained technician.

Schlage Primus is primarily found in North America. The product, like Medeco is not found as often in other countries or continents because it is far too expensive and does not offer the secure characteristics of many other brands.

We recommend Bilock Extreme Security products as our preferred high-security product line. It is competitively priced, good looking, retro-fits in almost all leading hardware brands, is 100% Guaranteed BUMP PROOF and virtually pick proof.

January 6, 2010

D-Link 3G Video Door Phone

Breaking News!

D-Link will be introducing a new security device at CES2010 in Las Vegas.

This device occupies a small footprint and can be connected to your front door, enabling a wireless peephole type device.

It is designed to communicate with a home computer system or directly to a 3G enabled smartphone.


Operating like a doorbell, you will be able to even use it to sneak a peak out your door at night, without leaving your bed or chair.

More details are sketchy, but expect to hear more in the next few days.

January 5, 2010

Lock Repairs In St Louis

I find it interesting, but not surprising that lately I am being called more and more often to repair locks for customers in and around the St Louis region, who have obviously had another person come in before me to try and repair the same thing.

More often it seems to be that the person before me, either didnt carry replacement parts or didnt know the methods to dismantle and reassemble the lock in question.

Simple things like, 2-3/4" Kwikset Latches (Backset), or replacement strike plates for entrance sets or mortise locks, replacement spindles for connecting handles together, replacing delicate sized machine screws, etc.

Now, I dont carry replacement parts for everything, simply because the cost to repair an item as opposed to replacing the item is labor intensive. Many people seem to live with an attitude that they want to continue paying peanuts for products and services, yet expect those products and services to last.

It is simply untrue. If you pay peanuts you will get monkeys. The reason that Baldwin Products are guaranteed for life, is because they are manufactured from extremely high quality components and built to standards that surpass most industry minimums. They are priced at the upper end of the spectrum of course, but rarely do you hear of a Baldwin Lock breaking down and parts being unavailable. One simply has to contact the Baldwin Factory, speak to a trained operator and order their replacement part. The factory will, in all likelihood send it to you including shipping, for nothing.

In coming articles, we plan to expand upon repair techniques for various lock products, so you can begin to understand the types of things locksmiths do to repair locks in St Louis, Missouri and across the world.


January 4, 2010

Making The Grade - Classifying Locks

Many people make the mistake of thinking that one lock is as secure as the next. And coming from the standpoint of the consumer, it may look like the only real choices fall into the categories of color, brand and style. The appearance will be a factor but the primary focus of any lock purchase should be: will this protect me, my family and our property? And in that respect some locks don’t cut it. Does it really make since to try to protect your $150,000+ house with a $10 lock?


ANSI (American National Standards Institute)and BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) are two companies that regulate and test lock hardware to verify that the manufactures can live up to their claims with regard to strength and usage (cycle) promises.

The companies issue 3 Grade levels:
Grade 1(Heavy Commercial), Grade 2 (Light Commercial/ Heavy Residential) and Grade3 (Light residential.) The cycle requirements for the Grade 3 status is 200,000, which means it should withstand 200,000 cyclesbefore failure. The Grade 2 requirement is 400,000 cycles and the Grade 1 requirement is 800,000.
Along with the cycle standard there is also a strength standard. The strength standard regulates how much pressure or force the lock is designed to withstand during use before failure. The Grade 3 requirement for a door knob is 120 lbs of force and for a lever set 180 lbs. The Grade 2 knob is 150 lbs and the lever set is 225 lbs. And the Grade 1 knob is 300 lbs and lever set 450 lbs. The strength standards are designed to provide minimum levels of durability to guard against rough usage and vandalism.
Most of the locks sold at hardware stores are of the Grade 3 variety designed for residential use, quite often in a construction version with a part-plastic latch. So even within the Grade rating there is a variance between one Grade 3 and the next. For instance: A lock that’s made out of pot metal could meet the minimum strength and cycle standards. But who wants a lock that fails on the finish line when for a little more you get a Grade 3 lock made out of higher quality metal that can meet and exceed the minimum standards; and look good doing it?
Many locksmiths carry the higher quality locks that will better secure your home or business, and yes they tend to cost a little more. The question isn’t: “Can I afford better locks?” the question should be: “Can I afford not to have them?

January 2, 2010

Pro-Magic Lubra-Gel

Pro-Magic Lubra-Gel, is a high-pressure penetrating lubricant that is dispensed as a penetrating oil, then sets up as a grease like lubricant.

It is tailored for institutional and industrial use.

About 12 months ago, we completed a job for the local manufacturer of this incredible product. We were extremely lucky to be given 2 cans of this product. This product is not found on retail/wholesale inventories, but it is sold to companies that purchase from Cobitco Inc. Their Chesterfield, Missouri office is the only manufacturer of it.

I have been extolling the virtues of another teflon based lubricant for some time and this product is of a similar value, but made locally. I used it today to lubricate a frozen lock. With one tiny squirt, the lock was like brand new. I have been using it for quite some time now, to help with various job requests and it hasn't failed me.

Lubra-Gel will penetrate hard to reach areas, then set up as an excellent lubricant. Solvent evaporation is designed to provide this needed penetration.

As far as I know, it is not sold retail or wholesale, but if I can convince the company to start, you will be the first to know.

(my apologies for the poor picture - it is my last can)

For a copy of the MSDS, please email us.

Palindrome - Once Every Thousand Years

01022010

Do you know what a Palindrome is?

According to Dictionary.com a palindrome is:

a word, line, verse, number, sentence, etc., reading the same backward as forward, as Madam, I'm Adam or Poor Dan is in a droop.

Today is a once in a thousand year event. In the USA, the common method for writing todays date is 01/02/2010.

Our once in a thousand year sale is on today only for any product we sell. Find any product we stock and we will let you have it for it's wholesale cost price + 33% + shipping. This special is today only for any orders received before 00:00 on January 3, 2010. Only email orders will be considered. Please email us today for your discounted product.

As an example our Pocket Door Lock With Key, regularly sells for $85.00 + shipping. Today only we will let them go for $65.00 each + shipping.

This is a never to be repeated sale (at least in our lifetime), that you could benefit from.

Act quickly. There are only 21 hours to go!

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Danny was very professional and friendly at the same time. He not only gave me the quote and fixed the exterior door and explained his work. He was prompt and upfront about the work and did the work. He came in time took care of it on the same day. (Sasheethn K St Louis MO) June 2018d out problems but assured not urgent. Please feel free to have Danny pass out my number for my total experience review 314-351-5553

Charlie M. (St Louis, MO) November 2015


Danny was pleasure to meet and was very knowledgable. He explained several lock replacement options but I decided none of them were a good fit for a storm door, however, I did replace a lock on my entry door with a type of lock I had never seen before. I would highly recommend this company.
Patricia J (Bridgeton, MO) March 2014
They were prompt and showed up when he said he would show up. He knew his stuff. I had ordered new handles and he was honest enough to say that we don't need them that he can fix the doors and he did. Made me lock and unlock my doors to his satisfaction so that I knew what to do. Am very, very pleased with the service and cost.
Joyce K (Glencoe, MO) May 2015

Showed up on time for appointment. Was very knowledgeable about the project and offered a solution beyond what I asked to be done.
Stephen G (Chesterfield, MO) May 2015


Daniel was right on time, assessed the problems I had with two doors, made the repairs, and explained what caused the problems to begin with .... He is a "door expert" and a true professional. I highly recommend him.

Vince V (St. Louis MO) May, 2015




Danny was fabulous! He went over my concerns and he provided me with more than a fair quote. He was there when he said he was going to be there. I would highly recommend Danny. Cheers!
Denise S (Imperial, MO) May 8, 2014

Hired Danny to re-key locks on "new" house purchase. He advised to replace with new deadbolts & door knobs on 3 entry doors instead which I agreed with. All doors have 1 matching key & the safety of excellent quality product & workmanship. He also added new strike plate to door frame to complete project.. I recommend as your 1st & only call to a Locksmith.

Denise F (St. Louis, MO) April 3, 2014


Danny was very helpful in solving a pretty complex problem involving many lock.
Scott C (Eureka, MO) March 27, 2014




Needed patio door track to run smoothly. Arrived early, fixed door and explained what he was doing during repair. Quick and easy. Door works great, my wife will now speak to me, and I've become a better dancer.

Mike W. (Arnold/Oakville MO) July 2013


The owner spent a longtime with me on the phone helping diagnosis the problem. He was on-time, friendly and helped resolve my issue. I will definitely use him again!

Chris C (Lake St Louis, MO) July 2013


I had a very pleasant experience with Master Key Systems. They came out, did the job (which took longer than expected) and they did not change the price they quoted me. Now, I am not certain that it was a great value for the money because I don't have a comparison, but they did what they said, when they said, for the price they said. Enough said!!!

Antonio B (Saint Louis, Missouri) March 2013


Professional.. Upfront about charges. Fixed the sticky door within 20 minutes. I will recommend Master Key for exterior door issues.
Muthu R (Ballwin, MO) July 2012


Danny was a master craftsman, knowledgable and professional. I will be calling on him again in the future as well as passing on his services to friends and family.

Marsha L (Saint Louis, MO) July 2012


Danny was excellent! I called him on a Monday to fix a sliding glass door. He happened to have the exact part we needed (and it was not an easy find - we had looked everywhere) and he came over Tuesday evening. He stayed until 8:00 until the job was done, and cleaned up afterwards. He was courteous, professional, and efficient! I could not be happier!

Rachel P Maryland Heights, MO (July 2012)


He did an excellent job. Got there on time and quickly solved the issue. Was very pleasant and explained the situation and how to keep the door from sticking in the future. Would definitely use Master Key LLC again!

Neil F. (Saint Louis, MO) April 2012


Danny was very friendly and knowledgeable, although his apprentice seemed to do most of the work, Danny kept an eye on him to make sure it was done right. He had very reasonable pricing for re-keying.
Greg D (St Louis, MO) October 2011


He was extrememly fabulous and helpful and did a wonderful job. He was very professional.
Shannon M. (Arnold, MO) October 2011


Growing up spending so much of my time in Italy, the uniqueness of the Nova Classico left quite an impression on me. To be able to have and enjoy them in my own home here in the states is a nostalgic indulgence I'm enjoying beyond words. Thank you Danny for coordinating this transaction.

Joseph M (Chicago, IL) September 2011





great job. hired on the spot and he did job right then at great price

Ron B (Arnold, MO) July 2011







I searched the internet and found your services. I received three phone calls within several days. A service call was scheduled. Two gentlemen arrived promptly, analyzed the problem and fixed it.
James & Florenc M Saint Louis, MO July 2011

The repairman was on time and did an excellent job of fixing a very stubborn door lock. He was persistent and cleaned up the work area afterwards. I would use this service again.

Brenda F (Saint Peters, MO) June 2011


Danny at Master Key Systems has succeeded in making the purchasing of our Meroni door locks, from Italy, an absolute breeze. Even though I live in Australia with a 16hr time difference and was ordering door knobs from Italy that weren't in stock, the whole process was faultless. Danny was prompt and efficient with all his emails and made sure we had covered every possible variable so that the product I received was exactly as required. I would have no hesitation in recommending Danny for your next purchase.
Patrick Carr (Canberra, Australia)


Your product really helped because I needed to secure a nurse's station adjacent to a waiting room and needed a pocket door. Unfortunately, no real options were available to lock a pocket door effectively that would keep me compliant with HIPAA and secure an area that stores medical supplies. This was vitally important as this particular waiting room was for "waiting detox patients". Thank you very much.
Randall R The Fritz Clinic (Birmingham, Al) March 2011


Danny was very polite and knew what the problem was and how to fix it. He also gave me some information about other issues that could arise with my door and locks. Will hire again if I ever need that type of work done.
Jason M Imperial, MO March 2011




I had an exterior basement door that dragged when opening and closing. The hinges were not fitting properly and the door frame had shifted, probably due to the age of the house.The screwswould not go far enough into the wall without hitting stone...even using a special drill bit. Dan worked a long time drilling and sanding to shore up the door as best as possible. I know it will never be perfect. He could have easily sold me a new door and the same issue would happen. He was honest, thorough, and did an excellent job without charging me a fortune. I'm satisfied with the door now. If you want an honest, experienced man, Then Dan is the man

Roger M Saint Louis, MO March 2011


I purchased the Cowdroy P697 Pocket door lock with key over the internet. I emailed questions before my purchase and was provided with the answers quickly by return email. The purchase was quick and easy and the lock was shipped immediatly. Installation is quick and easy. But you do need to convert millimeters to inches (use the internet) in the installation instructions. And the lock looks great and works great. I will do business with them again. THANK YOU

Ed D (February, 2011)





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This site is to inform about historical and modern approaches to Keys and Physical Security products and services.
Locks210.com, a division of Master Key Systems America LLC, established in 2006, offers residents and businesses of St Louis Locksmith premium quality products and services. As the Premier Bilock Extreme Security Dealer in The Mid-West,
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