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Unique Security Products and Specialty Locksmith Services
December 31, 2008
Biometric Access Control With Face Recognition Technology
The FxGuard Pro offers the most accurate
facial identification and verification
technology available today. The technology
is user-friendly and highly intuitive with
verification time of less than 1 second.
For added security, FxGuard Pro adopts
dual-factor authentication (right token
and right face). The system is suitable for
access control at public exhibitions and
business & government premises.
• The first facial recognition application that runs primarily on TCP/IP.
• Easy integration with corporate LAN.
• Proven speed and accuracy.
• Cross-platform compatibility.
• Built-in infrared sensor and RFID reader.
• Perfect for access control and time-and-attendance application.
• Facial verification takes less than 1 second.
FxGuard Pro can easily integrate with
corporate Local Area Network (LAN) and
PC workstation or server. It is the first facial
recognition solution that runs primarily on
TCP/IP. This ensures cross-platform
compatibility and users don’t need to install
special software on any PC. With its
user-friendly Web Administration Interface,
clients can easily setup, maintain and access
information in the device by only using an
FxGuard Pro biometric access
control can help to reduce security
cost with automated, unmanned
entry points. All required software
is embedded in the device and no
dedicated computer is required.
This reduces cost of maintenance.
HDMI Connection Lock
Designed to work with most HDMI components and most HDMI cords, the premise is pretty simple. The lock uses either a screw or adhesive to stick itself around the HDMI port, forming a sort of outer port that can clamp to your HDMI cord. At $20 a pair, the EZ locks cost as much as some HDMI cords. But then again, if you're spending thousands or tens of thousands on your home theater setup, maybe they're not a horrible investment.
Help Lock - Restroom Assistance For Mentally Or Physically Challenged
The concept is: In the initial setup, you program a time limit—say, 20 minutes—for your future bathroom. From that point on, whenever you close the door and activate the alarm, the Help Lock will sound a preliminary alarm after the allotted time, giving the bathroom inhabitant 30 seconds to deactivate it. After that, the doorknob will initiate an alert call to whatever number you've chosen to enter, whether it be a neighbor or emergency services.
This is a concept that will be released commercially in the near future.
December 23, 2008
Is Your Car Remote Broken?
Your car remote has broken and you think you need a new one or have it fixed.
Your remote buttons have become worn out due to excessive use?
Ever put your remote and keys in your pocket, after locking your car only to find your car unlocked when you return, possibly due to accidentally knocking and activating the remote?
Have you ever dropped your remote in a puddle and pick it up and it no longer works?
How about an extremely cost effective solution that does what you want quickly and easily?
Installing your Remote Tote is so simple a child can do it!
Just 3 steps:
1. Insert remote in cover.
2. Attach Key Ring
3. Attach Keys
Now Available in Fashion Conscious Colors.
This incredibly effective and inexpensive option could save you hundreds of $$$ in replacement remote controls.
You purchase a tote or case for your cell/mobile phone to protect it, don't you? Why not protect you car remote too?
Contact us for details.
December 9, 2008
Foreclosures In The Real Estate Market
All Things Considered, April 16, 2008 · The mortgage crisis has been great business for locksmiths. Banks need to get the locks changed quickly because people who've just been evicted often take out their anger — or their appliances.
Click on the picture to listen to the article.
It is an unfortunate side effect of the mortgage crisis, but banks and other lenders are forced into these actions as a consequence.
Master Key Systems America, a family owned locksmith and door repair business, serving residents and businesses in the greater St Louis region with unrivalled services and products. Our specially equipped service vehicles are staffed by competent and qualified technicians, who can quickly and economically perform your required tasks, happily and efficiently. For an obligation free estimate, call us on (314)266-1533.
Door Knobs, Locks and Pulls in St Louis MO
Many people choose to still shop at Lowe's and Home Depot for their hardware, but the professional advice and dedicated specialist displays presented by Locks & Pulls Design Elements located at 9590 Manchester Rd, Rock Hill, MO are second to none in the local St Louis market.
The company is owned by reknowned plating industry professionals Thiess Plating Co., a St Louis icon in excess of 60 years service to the greater St Louis community.
Pictured to the left, are some of the displays you can view in their showroom.
On display, are products from leading manufacturers, including Baldwin, Schlage, Kwikset, Emtek etc.
The extremely wide ranging displays and vast depth of products offered are tailored to the discerning tastes of home owners, remodellers and devellopers.
Visitors to their store often find replacement products for some of the very old hardware found in many of the period homes around St Louis. Many new home builders and renovators find the friendly staff and ambient environment suitable to helping them choose suitable and functional decorative locks, pulls, door knobs and decorative hardware to suit their varied tastes.
As the showroom for Thiess Plating Co, the staff can advise on repair and refurbishing of existing hardware at surprisingly competitive prices.
December 8, 2008
Bilock (A Closer Look) Part III
Yes the product is originally designed and manufactured in Australia, however cylinders for the United States market are predominantly manufactured inside the mainland USA, under license (Connecticut, to be precise).
Many customers today, appear to be concerned about the dwindling economy and labor markets. One certain method to help to sustain the local markets is to buy locally. Buying locally includes purchasing products manufactured in the USA.
As a St Louis Missouri based locksmith company, we proudly offer locally produced hardware products to benefit our clients and attempt to help the local economy.
So, How Much Do Bilock Key Systems Cost?
I'm glad you asked. Master Key Systems America LLC is a licensed USA dealer for Bilock Extreme Security Products and as such advertizes the cylinders and keys at the recommended retail (list) prices.
We offer significant discounts for quantity orders, information that can be sourced upon application.
We charge a standard keying fee per keyhole of $15.00 to build the inner cores and $9.00 per key (initial supply only).
We are happy to supply hardware to anywhere in the USA, but remember, all Bilock systems are permanently recorded in our secure database, to protect the interests of both the client and the manufacturer. Keys can only be reproduced as originals. They can not be duplicated (due to the nature of the product) and can only be supplied after receipt of a suitably and correctly authorized letter of request.
All lock cylinders are keyed in our factory workshops and checked and rechecked by management prior to release to the client. This action maintains the superior quality control and reinforces our guarantee against faulty workmanship.
Further to the manufacturers warranty of 12 months on parts, Master Key Systems America LLC also provides the first two (2) maintenance services (at 6 and 12 months) at no additional charge, only on systems installed by our technicians. This provides the client with a further guarantee on the working condition of their product and peace of mind for at least the next 12 months.
For a confidential discussion about Bilock and the benefits it offers you, feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience.
December 3, 2008
Society of Professional Locksmiths - Making New Keys
Locksmiths have been in the business of helping all people with their physical entry systems for thousands of years.
From car keys to house keys to cabinet keys to antique cupboard lock keys to commercial office keys to safe keys, locksmiths have and are regularly helping people to secure their properties, replace lost keys, recode door locks, make new existing keys (without changing locks), install high security key and access control systems, consult and advise on all forms of physical and electronic security protection equipment.
The security protection industry is one of the largest industries in the world and there are many and varied practitioners in the various aspects of the industry.
More often than not, locksmiths have been the stable and trusted profession over many years primarily due to the constant evolving learning curve required to keep abreast of developments.
You can decide to place your trust in the modern/new breed of security professional or maintain the long trusted and tested accumen of the small but high integrity based locksmithing industry.
It is a small industry made up of many talented practitioners. There are those who seek to bring the industry to disrepute but people who trust their local locksmith often find the quality of the workmanship and service, second to none. Trust in your local locksmith is akin to trusting your healthcare professional with your life.
Locksmithing is an art, a craft passed down through the generations. It can be learned, but locksmiths must constantly seek to further their education of the trade in order to prosper and service the demands of an ever changing marketplace.
The new age of the locksmith industry is upon us. Locksmiths who get involved with the Society of Professional Locksmiths, realize that with constant discussion and education, can they hope to provide their customers with the superior services that the past has helped prepare the future for.
The instructors, teachers and respected industry professionals are joining the Society of Professional Locksmiths because it aims to educate the industry and the marketplace together, providing a safer and better life for all peoples.
November 25, 2008
Crime Report II
5 x Breaking & Entering
14 x Property Destruction
1 x Robbery
42 x Larceny
11 x Fraud
9 x Vehicle Thefts
Breaking & Entering is direct evidence of forced entry.
Property Destruction is direct evidence of damage to property by forced entry or other damages to site.
Robbery is direct personal crimes like holdups.
Larceny is "taking and carrying away of tangible personal property of another by trespass with intent to permanently (or for an unreasonable time) deprive the person of his interest in the property."
Larceny includes property entries with no signs of forced entry, including unauthorised key holders.
Fraud is evidence of forgery and other frauds.
Choosing a safe is often difficult. I have been asked many times over the years to make a recommendation to customers wishing to purchase a safe.
Before making a recommendation, I feel it necessary to ask some specific questions to a customer to help in determining a suitable product to recommend.
Many people do not understand the ratings systems for safes, probably because there is no written industry standard.
In the early 1990's, I worked for one of Australia's oldest manufacturers of quality safes, Kelly Safe Co PTY LTD. (they closed down in 1995, I believe). Kelly safes were considered a staple of the Australian landscape for about 100 years previously. They manufactured impressive quality safes for many of Australia's institutions, banks, high-society clubs, hotels etc.
The increasing competition from foreign products combined with the significant increase in raw materials cost, saw Kelly become less competitive in later years.
I learned much from my short time with them about how to grade safes.
There are many classifications of safes that are determined by each individual country/locallity as suitable for local conditions. The leading tester in the world (most respected) is known as the Underwriters Laboratory.
The questions I like to ask my clients are:
1. What approximate cash value of personal documents, jewellery, bank notes etc are you looking to secure?
This determines what grade of safe would be suitable for the contents.
2. Approximately how big (dimensions) would the individual pieces of content be for storage?
This determines the necessary internal dimensions of the recommended safe.
3. Are you looking for Burglary Protection, Fire Protection or both?
4. Would you prefer a bolt down facility, free-standing, on castors, wall-mount, floor mount, vault etc?
5. How much are you looking to spend?
The most important question is question #1, because this separates the designations of safes from each other and directly guides a professional to make the most suitable recommendation.
In California, the CDOJ (California Department Of Justice) uses the following terms:
California Department of Justice Burglary Rating (CDOJ)
Regulatory Gun Safe StandardsDOJ regulatory standards require a gun safe to meet either:
All of the following requirements:
Burglar safes are usually made of solid steel plate or a combination of solid steel and composite fill material such as concrete. These safes are divided into categories based on the level of protection delivered and the testing endured. Here we will discuss only seven classes: B-Rate, U.L. RSC Rating, B/C Rate, C-Rate, U.L. TL-15, U.L. TL-30 and TL-30 X6.
B-RATE SAFES (ALSO U.L. RSC, RESIDENTIAL SECURITY CONTAINERS):
B-Rate is a catchall rating for essentially any box with a lock on it. The safe industry had an unwritten standard of ¼ inch body, ½ inch door. As steel prices (and shipping costs) increased manufacturers tried many things to reduce their costs. No tests are given to provide this rating. When buying a B-rate safe, look at things such as lock work, hard plates, and relocks.
U.L. Residential Security Container rating (RSC) - This UL rating is based on testing conducted for a net working time of five minutes, on all sides, with a range of tools. See U.L. TL-15 and TL-30 descriptions below for "net working time" description.
This is a catchall rating for safes with at least a 1/4" steel body, 1/2 inch door PLUS additional 10 or 12 guage metal layers where composite fire resistant material is also deployed. No tests are given to provide this rating. Look at the lock work, relocks and other features when making your decision.
C-Rate SafesThis is defined as a ½ inch thick steel box with a 1-inch thick door and a lock. As before, NO tests are given to provide this rating. Look at the lock work, relocks and other features when making your decision.
The Underwriters Laboratory information:
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) Ratings
TL-15Safes given a U.L. TL-15 rating have all passed standardized tests defined in UL Standard 687 using the same tools and usually the same group of testing engineers.Construction Requirements
- U.L. listed Group II, 1 or 1R combination lock.
- 750 lbs. minimum or comes with instructions for anchoring in a larger safe, concrete blocks or on the premises where used.
- Body walls of material equivalent to at least 1" open hearth steel with a minimum tensile strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
- Walls fastened in a manner equivalent to continuous 1/4" penetration weld of open hearth steel with minimum tensile
strength of 50,000 P.S.I.
- One hole 1/4" or less, to accommodate electrical conductors arranged to have no direct view of the door or locking mechanism.
TL-30Construction requirements are identical to the TL-15 above. Tests are essentially the same as the TL-15 tests except for the net working time. Testors are allowed 30 minutes and a few more tools (abrasive cutting wheels and power saws) to help them gain entrance. The label signifies the testors were unable to open the door or make a 6" square opening entirely through the door or front face within 30 minutes. Keep in mind these engineers have the manufacturing blue prints and can disassemble the safe being tested before the test begins to see how it works. They know their stuff. TL-30 x 6 - The TL-30 (30-minute) test is conducted on all six (6) sides of the safe.
Other ConsiderationsWhen you begin the search for a safe it is a good idea to speak to your insurance agent and see if a particular type of safe will reduce your insurance costs. Many times you can justify the additional expense of a higher security safe because of the premium reduction. Remember no safe is burglar proof, you are buying time. The longer it takes to break in the greater the chance to be caught, and thieves don’t like to get caught.
10 Things You Didn't Know About UL's Safe Testing
- The best safecrackers in the business never steal a penny. They work for UL.
- UL has been testing and certifying safes for more than 80 years. The first safe tested for burglary resistance was in 1923 and the first bank vault in 1925.
- Chisels, wenches, screwdrivers, power saws, cutting torches, crowbars, abrasive cutting wheels, jackhammers, even specified amounts of nitroglycerin are just a few of the "tools" UL technicians use during a safe attack. The idea is to test safes to worst-case scenarios. They use tools that could be found at any construction site or hardware store. They also analyze blueprints as if the burglar might have blueprints of the design and attack its weakest points to evaluate the safe for certification.
- UL's safe attack tests are conducted by a two-person crew. The object is to create an opening large enough to withdraw "valuables" (anywhere from 2- to 6-square-inches on a safe and up to 96-square-inches on a vault), activate the locking mechanism so the door opens or to cut as many bolts from the door as necessary to pry it open before the time specified in the rating requirement expires.
- Safes are rated for their resistance to attack against specific tools for a set period of time. There are a dozen different ratings, everything from ATM machines, to gun safes to bank vaults. For example, a safe that bears a Class TRTL-15X6 rating, which might be found in a jewelry store, should resist a hand tool and torch attack for a minimum of 15 minutes. A TRTL-30X6-rated safe, which would protect important documents or store money, should withstand an attack for 30 minutes. The ultimate safe rating-a TXTL60-should withstand an hour's worth of attack that includes the use of 8 ounces of nitroglycerin.
- Because of the size and weight of certain safes and vault doors, it is not always practical to have the product shipped to UL's laboratory locations. UL's burglary protection staff has traveled to destinations such as Japan, France, Israel, England, Finland, Taiwan and India.
- In addition to burglary protection ratings, UL also rates safes for their fire resistance protection. Class 350 safes protect paper documents, Class 150 safes protect magnetic tape and photographic film, while Class 125 safes protect floppy disks. In addition to the Class Rating, safes obtain an hourly rating for fire resistance-anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours.
- Another cool test UL runs on safes is an impact test. This test simulates a safe falling though multiple stories of a building-resulting from a fire that has weakened the structure. After the safe is heated to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit in a furnace, it's raised three stories and dropped onto a pile of bricks. In order to meet the requirement, the safe can't pop open. Temperatures inside can't rise to above 300 degrees Fahrenheit and sample papers left inside have to be readable.
- The specialized suits you sometimes find technicians wearing are not just for show. Their entire ensemble, including protective coat, helmet and gloves, protects the crew against the adverse effects of sparking. After all, safety can't be taken for granted, even within the walls of UL.
- Safes are just one of the 19,000 product categories that UL tests and certifies. While UL's burglary protection team cracks combinations, shatters glass and fires .44-caliber bullets at body armor, other UL engineers and technicians keep busy testing everything from TVs, coffee makers and holiday light strings to fire extinguishers, medical CAT scan equipment and building materials.
What Brands Of Locks Do You Recommend?
Having been in the industry for over 25 years, does not necessarily make me an expert, but having used and installed many different brands over the years, I do have my favorites.
Previously to the last 3 years, I worked in the USA almost 20 years ago and the products available back then were significantly better quality than what is generally found today.
Recently, I have been quite impressed with the Cal-Royal brand of products. In fact my signature product Bilock, uses a Cal-Royal brand deadbolt as it's choice of hardware to re-brand with the Bilock name because of the superior quality of manufacturing, the ease of installation and the aesthetic finishes of the trims.
Pictured here, is the HIL series residential entrance kit.
Pictured here, is the Genesys Series commercial lever sets.
Pictured here, is the M series commercial mortise lock.
There are many choices today when selecting hardware for your applications. This is but one choice worth considering.
November 19, 2008
November 18, 2008
Biometric Voice Activated Safe
Yes! This is a novelty item. Especially for the holiday season.
Just say the word! This ultra-secure, high-tech safe only opens at the sound of your voice.
- Uses voice-recognition technology
- Prompts you for biometric verification
- Identifies the sound waves of your voice
- Door opens automatically
- Provides hands-free access
- Alarm sounds when someone tries to physically open it
- Features a handy shelf and drawer
|Batteries:||Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)|
|Dimensions:||5.75" L x 6.5" W x 7.75" H|
Kwikset SmartCode Signature Series
The Smart Key cylinder product is so designed to mimimize the threat of key bumping that has gained much notoriety in society today.
This new design does not require the additional hole drilling that some other (more expensive) brands require.
You can plainly understand the benefits of this product. No need to hand over a key to your cleaner or tradesman, simply give them a code for entry.
When their task is completed or they are no longer in your employ, simply change or delete their code.
Available in Venetian Bronze, Lifetime Brass and Satin Nickel.
November 14, 2008
Bilock (A Closer Look) Part II
Bilock (A Closer Look)
November 12, 2008
RoboDog Portable Guard Dog
- Use Robo-Dog to scare off prowlers
- Protect your home while you are on vacation!
- Take it with you! Renters this is an excellent security system for you! It moves with you!
- Use Robo-Dog while you're away!
- Built -in X10 transceiver !
- 100 foot range
- Adjustable Volume
- Includes 3 "Beware of Dog" window stickers
- 30 second auto turn off
- Keychain remote control
November 11, 2008
Types Of Locks Part II
Many people are unaware as to the differences between residential and commercial lockset backsets.
Types Of Locks Part I
November 1, 2008
Making Keys To Cars
October 25, 2008
Animal Repellant Device
While this is true with locks and alarm systems, CCTV and other sensors, sometimes people also intend to secure or protect their gardens from unwanted pests or animal intruders.
Enter the Bell & Howell Animal Repeller.
This intelligent device is a stand alone, battery powered sensor and alarm that emits a high pitched sound inaudible to humans, but truly disturbing to animals.
This type of device might be the perfect gift for the avid gardener who wants to protect the precious roses or vegetable crop from wild animals.
At $29.95 it's a steal.
Motion Activated Owl Sensor
You could also use it as a Halloween prop.
A motion sensing alarm that sounds and looks like an owl.
When it detects movement within 4-6 feet, owl turns its head to look and lets out a loud, lifelike “hoo hoo.” It can also be set for head movement only. Life-size and made of durable, weather-resistant polyresin. Can be mounted (hardware included). Uses 3 AA batteries (not included).
8" w x 7" d x 16" h.
Wireless Key Locator
Never lose your keys again
No more morning panics—just press one of the color-coded buttons and wait for the loud alarm to sound, showing you where to find your keys.
Works at a range of 60 feet
Do you tend to lose your keys in the couch, under the bed, on the kitchen counter? It doesn’t matter, the Wireless Key Finder will find them up to 60 feet away, through floors, walls, even sofa cushions!
October 23, 2008
It is my intention to display a new report monthly, based of information obtained by participating police agencies.
I will not list the actual addresses but I will try to give numbers of instances in Robbery, Burglary, Theft and Alarms.
The first area reported is Maryland Heights, MO. 30 days 9/23/08 - 10/23/08
62 Alarm reports - Burglar in house
10 Break and Enters
4 x No Force Entry
5 x Forced Entry
1 x Attempted Entry
27 Property Crimes
14 x Damage to Private Property
3 x Trespassing on Private Property
6 x 1st Degree Property Damage
1 x 2nd Degree Property Damage
3 x Damage to City Property
1 Robbery Report
60 Theft Reports
23 x Motor Vehicle Related
2 x Coin Machine Thefts
10 x Building Related Thefts
9 x Passing Bad Check
2 x Identity Theft
14 x Other
5 Motor Vehicle Thefts.
Being in the physical security industry, it is astonishing to discover the quantity of reported crimes. One has to wonder about all the non-reported crimes too.
As a locksmith professional and physical security equipment provider, Locks210.com installs many state of the art products that are designed to protect from crimes of these nature.
To find out how we can help you to protect your property from potential crimes, contact us for an obligation free assessment.
October 22, 2008
Why do Car Keys Cost So Much?
There is a little history of car keys, a little explanation of why original manufacture or duplication of keys costs so much and some of the theory behind the introduction of these keys.
A former ALOA representative also chimes in to explain why locksmiths also tend to charge relatively high prices for duplication or original manufacture.
At the time of the article (2002), it was not uncommon for some locksmiths to have paid in excess of $50,000.00 for the suitable equipment required to provide services to requesting customers. Today, it is substantially cheaper to purchase the modern equipment necessary if a locksmith were to consider adding auto-transponder keys and services to the inventory of products, but even so, the prices for making duplicates is considered astronomical. The prices for originals (if you have lost yours, say), is through the roof and sometimes in excess of the monthly car repayment.
If you want to read the entire article, click on source below.
October 19, 2008
Locksmith Services Pricing - A Little Bit Of History
I recently came across an article first written in June 1989 for The New York Times, that described the process and prices that various locksmiths charged for their specialized services at that time.
Being 20 years later, it seems that many of the prices have reduced or barely increased, all the while, cost of materials, cost of living and wages have all increased in comparisson.
Many customers, even today, continue to perform price checks to compare different companies services and products.
June 1989 Article in The New York Times
Given the current economic doom and gloom, it is great that most of the locksmith industry continues to maintain considerate pricing of their goods and services.
October 6, 2008
Strikemaster II - Product Selling Fast
Demand is strong and I am finding the need to order in increasing quantities.
Another customer suffered a break in where the exact purpose of the strikemaster was designed for. The door, being of solid construction and very good quality, the lock being of reasonable security and aesthetics, did their job properly, but the Jamb (where the door closes into) was made from light grade pine that was 1" x 2" in size. It broke with a small kick from a burglar and almost completely shattered the door frame.
The customer had inquired as to how much to get the whole frame replaced, elsewhere, before contacting me. My solution was the most economical and most aesthetically pleasing, negating the need to replace all the carpentry. The client saved 100's of dollars on the job as a result.
In many customers homes, their actual front doors (or back doors) may be constructed using metal casings (on the door itself), but the actual jamb (where the door closes into) is usually made from wood. Whilst the door may be reasonably strong enough to withstand an attempted forced entry, the jamb is usually not. Enter Strikemaster II.
Locks210.com is pleased to make this product now available to residents and businesses in St Louis.
StrikeMaster II offers a unique and innovative solution to prevent burglars from entering your home, StrikeMaster II strikes-back instantly. Its patented strike plates make the door casing virtually unbreakable.
The easiest way for a criminal to get into your house is just too kick-in your door! The FBI says every 12 seconds a home is invaded by going right through the front or back door. Open your front door and look at the dead bolt plate. There is one inch of soft wood protecting the safety of your home - your door casings can not protect you from a thief kicking your door
How much does a StrikeMaster II cost? $109.95 plus shipping/handling and installation.
A former police officer was recently quoted. "I am a retired Chief of Police with more than 30 years in law enforcement and security and have investigated 1000's of residential burglaries and domestic assaults that were due to the crashing or kicking in of the doors at the home. .... I am proud to announce that I have seen an amazing new product called the StrikeMaster II. This is inexpensive and stronger than any would-be homicidal maniac, I promise... the security market has finally produced a product that is better than locks and alarms. I highly recommend this product on all your outside doors at your home." - Donald Purnell CLL, CFE, Director of Security, Sentry Watch, Inc.
There are numerous testimonials to the quality of this product. One in particular is:
"On the 16th of May, 2005, our home in Chicago was broken into by thieves who shouldered/kicked their way in, through 3 separate doors, one entry and two apartments. A considerable amount of valuables and memorabilia were stolen, including identity theft. Upon observing the 'ease' of entry by these thieves, we set about investigating door protection measures on the internet.
After observing a very graphic video on the 'Safe Home International' site, we ordered the StrikeMaster II for overnight delivery, with the caveat that we would do a 'real-life' test after installation. My installer naturally had his doubts, as I asked him to kick and shoulder the door, after the product was installed. He asked me who would pay for the door frame repair 'in case it didn't work as advertised,'I said I would be responsible, since the safety of our family and property was of utmost concern. I weigh in at 240 lbs and I 'shouldered/kicked' the door three times, without it's failing. My installer, who closely approximates the LARGE individual in the graphic video, had at the door next. He shouldered it twice and kicked it last, his size 11 shoe imprint is still on the back door, although the wall seemed to 'bow in,' the door did not budge. My installer came away convinced, and I came away satisfied, that I made my Family and my Home that much more secure.
The cost/benefit ratio as well is definitely in favor of the StrikeMaster II in comparison with other devices currently on the market. To say that we are more than pleased with the results we obtained from the product, as well as it's support, would be an accurate assessment. -APA Chicago"
October 3, 2008
Deadbolt Tough As A Tank
The AP501 Advanced Protection Security Deadbolt uses new technology that has been rigorously tested to meet the highest standards.
Zinc-Alloy and Steel construction. Fail-safe weatherproofing. Locksmith and lockpick-proof Tag Key. Weighing over 6 pounds, we call this lock "Tank Tough".
|Incredibly Weatherproof |
The lock is fully functional in sustained temperatures of -35 degrees Fahrenheit, and up to +130 degrees Fahrenheit. Waterproofing allows it to resist rain and moisture of tropical storm proportions.
|Incredibly Fast |
Momentarily hold your Tag Key key to the lock, and the deadbolt releases - no key holes, no opportunity to be picked.
Easy to install, impossible to take down. The AP501 is specifically designed to adhere to North American door standards, so in most cases, the AP501 will simply replace your existing deadbolt - the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.
September 19, 2008
Supra Key Box
• Trusted by real estate agents for over 40 years
• Easy access for friends and family
• Provides scheduled access for cleaning
personnel, pool service, household maintenance
and unattended deliveries
• Securely mounts to most flat surfaces with
4 screws provided
• SURFACE MOUNT UNIT
• WEATHER RESISTANT METAL within
• WEATHER RESISTANT, HIGH IMPACT
September 8, 2008
Sound Proof Doors
THX has more uses then just making a starship battle sound awesome you know. That’s why THX has partnered with Serious Materials to develop some new sound proof doors. The QuietHome soundproof doors are the 2 1/4-inch thick THX-certified doors that claim to be a full 85% acoustical improvement over any other sound proof doors.
How does it work? QuietHome Doors incorporate Serious’ proprietary viscoelastic polymer-based constrained layer damped system, a multi-layer design and advanced seals throughout the door edge. The doors are made up of stainable wood, and come in a pre-hung door package. You wouldn’t want to just replace your front door with it. Well, maybe you would if you are super loud. Your neighbors would appreciate it. But it’s designed for high-end home theaters, commercial studios, offices and conference rooms etc. The doors will cost you $2,500 and will block out so much sound your neighbors will think the place is vacant.
Master Ipod Security Case
iPods are Hot!
iPods and MP3 players have quickly become some of the most popular and widely used portable media players with people of all ages. Their frequent use while people are on the go and are less attentive to their surroundings – and the visible white ear buds – have made them an easy target for would be thieves in urban areas, on campus, and on public transportation systems. Without built–in anti–theft deterrents or subscriptions, iPods and MP3 players are left fully operational if stolen.
Your iPod Security Solution
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The following statistics are a few years old, but with the quantity of Apple products and other MP3 players ever increasing, so is the quantity of crime related to these devices. And dont forget the unreported instances.
iPod Theft Statistics
National statistics are not detailed enough to tell how many robberies involved iPods, but statistics from New York, Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay area show that iPod thefts were responsible for a significant fraction of increased crime in those areas. Things got so bad in New York subways in 2005 that warnings were posted that read "Earphones are a giveaway. Protect your device.”
- Washington D.C.
- From January through April 2007, 30 iPods were stolen from Metro customers. iPod thefts totaled 34 in all of 2006, and just two in 2005. (Washington Metro Area Transit Authority)
- 2007, robberies of iPods on the Metro alone account for approximately 4% of all robberies in the city, compared with well less than 1% of robberies in 2005.
- New York
- In the first three months of 2005, major felonies rose 18.3% on the New York City subway — however, if cell phone and iPod thefts are excluded, felonies actually declined by 3%,
- March 21, 2007, exact numbers in Seattle are hard to pin down, but the latest police figures show 135 iPods have been stolen, many by force, over the past 3 1/2 months.
- San Francisco
- There were four reported iPod robberies in 2004, 102 in 2005, and 193 in 2006.
- 2004-2006, iPod robberies accounted for 23% of the increase in robbery in the entire city over that time.
- Los Angeles
- Police statistics indicate that robberies of iPods and cell phones are up 34 percent this year, accounting for about 1,700 of the city’s 8,000 total robberies. (LAPD November 9th, 2006)
Credit cards used to duplicate keys
LAS VEGAS -- Life takes Visa, says the credit card company's catchy and ubiquitous TV ads.
And now, according to a group of security researchers speaking at the DefCon hacker conference in Las Vegas, Medeco high-security locks take Visa, too. As well as MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.
To be more precise, the researchers say that plastic used in all of these credit cards can be easily fashioned into simulated keys that open three kinds of M3 high-security locks made by the Virginia-based Medeco Security Locks company -- locks that are used to secure sensitive facilities in places such as the White House, the Pentagon, embassies and other buildings.
"Virtually all conventional pin-tumbler locks are vulnerable to this method of attack, and frankly nobody has really considered it or looked at it before," says Marc Weber Tobias, one of the researchers.
The researchers showed Threat Level how they could create the simulated keys from plastic simply by scanning or photographing a Medeco key, printing the image onto a label and placing the label onto a credit card or other plastic to cut out the key with an X-Acto blade or scissors and then use the key to open a lock covertly.
Any credit card plastic will do to create a simulated key....
The researchers can make plastic keys, despite the fact that Medeco's M3 locks are supposed to be more secure than conventional locks, due to key-control measures designed to prevent unauthorized duplication of their keys.
"When you have a high-security lock, you don't expect this to be able to happen," says Tobias, an investigative lawyer who will be demonstrating the hack with Matt Fiddler, a computer-security researcher, and Tobias Bluzmanis, a Florida locksmith. "Key control is supposed to make this impossible to happen. That's what you're paying for."
High-security locks -- which can cost two to four times the price of a common Kwikset lock used in most homes -- have millions of possible key combinations, as opposed to just thousands in low-security locks. High-security locks also use patented key-control systems to prevent just anyone from duplicating the keys.
What this means is that only specific locksmiths who are authorized by the lock maker are given key blanks, key codes and equipment to make the keys. To ensure that no keys are made before a lock is sold, the locks are also shipped to the locksmith without pins in them -- the bars inside a lock cylinder that engage with the grooves on a key to open the lock. The pins are added by the seller after a customer purchases the lock, using proprietary key codes doled out to locksmiths by the lock manufacturer.
If a buyer wants additional keys made for the lock later on, he has to return to the same seller to have him make the keys or find another locksmith who is authorized to use that particular key code. Keys used in places like the White House would likely use an even higher level of key control, whereby only the manufacturer -- Medeco -- would be able to make duplicate keys....
The attack requires brief access to a high-security key long enough to take a picture of it with a camera phone or scan it, so it will likely have to involve an insider or someone else with access to keys -- such as a valet parking attendant.
"You're an employee and you loan it to somebody or your kid takes it off your key ring and makes a copy and tells his friends to break into the facility -- I can give you a lot of scenarios," Tobias says. "Insiders are always the biggest threat."...
"If you're a security manager for the Federal Reserve or Citibank, you have a belief that what the company is telling you is true, that unless it's authorized, nobody can reproduce your keys," Tobias says. "So if you give a key to an employee you don't have to worry about it. And that's the problem. It's not true."...
Researchers say the issue of the plastic keys is more serious than what they revealed last year at DefCon, when they demonstrated how they could bump and pick Medeco's patented M3 Biaxial and deadbolt locks -- locks that Medeco claimed were bump- and pick-proof. They were able to create bump keys for the locks after spending months analyzing Medeco's published key codes.
But by using plastic keys, the researchers can now crack the M3 locks in a way that doesn't require knowledge of key codes or any significant skills or equipment, although it does require brief access to a key to copy it....
Bluzmarin, who has been a locksmith for 25 years, says their research has forced him to rethink everything he once believed about Medeco locks.
"Basically if someone came to me (before) and said they could pick a Medeco lock, I'd say, 'You're crazy; you don't know what you're talking about.' If they told me they could open it with plastic, the same thing. I'd say, 'You're crazy.'
"Locksmiths don't have a clue what is going on. Your locksmith will tell you this is impossible."
There are a few other brands that are impervious to this type of attack including Bilock, Multlock, Abloy, Kaba, Assa, Schlage etc.
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