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December 29, 2009

Kaba - Ilco Simplex 5000 Mechanical Pushbutton DoorLock

This is the world reknowned Kaba - Ilco Simplex 5000 Mechanical Pushbutton Doorlock, that can be installed on almost any door.

I recently installed one of these locks in a high-trafficked door that requires keyless access.

This lock is a Grade 1 lockset that features a really easy entry method, options for passage function (to leave it unlocked), key override for selected keyholders.

It is relatively simple to install in place of most existing door locks and the installation can be completed in about 1 hour.

We recommend our Bilock Extreme Security cylinders be used in conjuction, to offer bump proof, pick proof and copy proof keys, preventing unauthorised duplication of keys.


December 27, 2009

2oz bottles of Triflow on sale

We previously posted about the Tri-Flow product on November 22, 2009 and now make it available to all our customers. From 2010 on, all new Bilock customers will receive a complimentary bottle with their first order. (Previous article below)

Having worked in the locksmith trade over a quarter century, I have worked with many lubricants over the years. My favorite lubricant and the one I recommend to all my customers is Tri-Flow.

Many tasks I perform for customers often involve repairing locks due to the wrong product having been used, in attempt by an unknowing homeowner or handyman to DIY (do it yourself).

While the DIY industry is one of the biggest, often the advice given may not be correct or may be given by someone with no real experience.

The most common lubricant (and I use the term loosely, here) found in most hardware stores is WD-40.

WD stands for Water Displacement and 40 is the fourtieth formula that achieved it's purpose.
When you displace water, you effectively dry out the application (remove any lubrication).

WD-40 was designed to dry the points on wet motors. It is designed to "dry out" wet metals. It is a penetrating fluid that can temporarily lubricate metal parts, but will dry out (and gum up) as it is designed to do.

I strongly recommend that customers think twice before using WD40. I cannot tell you the number of times I have seen or see it used in locks. Whenever I ask a client, "did you use something to lubricate this lock?" and they answer with "WD40", my standard reaction is "Uh Huh!". This often has them asking what they should use and I always recommend Tri-Flow.


December 23, 2009

Locksport - The New Testing Laboratory

Schuyler Towne is a hobbiest with an unusual hobby. He is a member of Locksport International, a non-profit club of people whose interests include solving the mechanical puzzles of lock and key mechanisms.

Schuyler is not an unusual person, but a ethical and modern thinker, whose goal it is, to identify weaknesses in mechanical key (puzzles) locking systems.

This is why various nouveau manufacturers are seeking out the services of Schuyler and other locksport enthusiasts, to test their products before they come to market.

Police departments and other law enforcement offices across the United States, had hoped that Locksport International was a passing fad. According to Jim Pasco, National Executive Director of The National Fraternal Order of Police, lockpicking and other manipulation techniques are freely available to anyone and everyone through instructional video's on Youtube and other online mediums.

This can represent a serious concern for home owners and tenants, offices and corporations, concerned with everyday people's abilities to covertly bypass the security of their properties.

Schuyler and his fellow locksport enthusiasts, maintain strict adherence to their cardinal principle, "Never pick a lock you don't own, and never pick a lock that's in regular use," but the same cannot be said for other on-lookers.

Bilock products represent a thorn to many lock pickers and locksport enthusiasts because the product is so difficult to pick or bypass. Bilock cylinders are tailor made to retro-fit many existing hardware brands, so even if you have a Schlage, Baldwin, Arrow, Corbin-Russwin, Yale, Assa, Abloy, Medeco, Mul-t-lock or Lockwood product (and many others), you can convert them all to one of the industry's few 100% bump proof and virtually pick proof and copy-resistant key and locking products, without the expense of replacing hardware.

Combined with the almost 8000 color key head combinations, you can easily identify your keys, improve use by arthritically challenged or even sight impaired users.

An article appeared today on National Public Radio.

Biometric Ignition Lock System

We are pleased to announce an upcoming product we will soon make available.

The Biometric Ignition System is a DIY installation, although we do recommend a professional auto-electrician complete the install.

We do believe that the future of car security products will be heading this way.

This complete systems offers fingerprint recognition/access to vehicle systems, GSM communications port and standard car alarm style audio alerts.

This powerful device combines a primary and secondary security system that allows only authorised fingerprints (Primary) to deactivate the guard, in turn allowing an authorised key holder to operate the ignition.

The benefit here is that even if your keys are stolen, the perpetrator can still not steal your car because their fingerprint will not be enrolled.

The system also uses a shock sensor to indicate attempted unlawful entry or to alert when objects hit the vehicle. Do you like to know when those pesky neighborhood kids kick their ball and it hits your car? Now you can be alerted with a text message to your cell phone.

The unit houses a GSM SIM card that can connect to the carrier of your choice. This enables 2-way communications with the security system on your car.

Has your car been stolen? Use your cell phone to switch off the fuel system, effectively making the thief run out of gas.

Taken your car to the mechanic? Temporarily disable the fingerprint controller, remotely until the mechanic's work is completed.

(coming soon)

December 21, 2009

Bioaxxis BD-1 Fingerprint Deadbolt

We spoke about this product about 2 years ago and have installed and sold a number of them.

The only pitfall we have found with fingerprint products, is the age related issues.

Specifically, it seems that elder people (>60) have difficulty operating many fingerprint activated readers/devices. This is due to fingerprints wearing as we age. What we need to do in this case is lower the sensitivity of the reader.

We can achieve this simply, but the possibility of unauthorised prints being recognized is only marginally increased.

We believe that the product is by far, the best of it's kind and continue to offer them.

History Of Lock Companies I

Corbin Russwin

The Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company originated in 1839 when H.E. Russell, Cornelius B. Erwin, and Frederick T. Stanley formed a partnership to produce locks and builders' hardware, under the name of Stanley, Russell & Company. When Mr. Stanley withdrew from the partnership in 1840, Smith Matteson and John H. Bowen were added, changing the name of the company to Matteson, Russell & Company. In 1846, with the death of Mr. Matteson and the expiration of the partnership terms, the company's name changed to Russell & Erwin. In 1851 the partnership was reorganized as a joint stock company and was from that time known as Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company, until its merger with P.& F. Corbin in 1902. Cornelius Erwin served as president of the company from 1851 until his death in 1885. The company is best known as the pioneer of the wrought steel lock industry.

P. & F. Corbin originated in 1849 when brothers Philip and Frank Corbin, and Edward Doen established the firm of Doen, Corbin & Co., to manufacture ox balls. The company's name changed to P. & F. Corbin in 1851. In the last half of the 19th century they broadened their products to include coffin trimmings, knobs, and stove handles. In 1868 they began specializing in the manufacture of builder's hardware and locks.

108 years old and still going strong, Corbin Russwin products are an American institution. Owned now by the Assa-Abloy group of companies, they continue to innovate.

Bluetooth Controller - For Door Locks etc

We are negotiating with a very talented USA based manufacturer of an exciting and useful new product aimed at cellphone users, to enable users existing cellphones to be used as their entry key.

This technology is very close to official product release and will enable either free entry or PIN code entry to door strikes, magnetic locks, garage doors and almost any other device that uses power to activate a switch.

This amazing product is speculated to sell for less than $200.00, is made in the USA (mid-west), has a range of up to 30' (or less possibly due to obstructions, like solid walls etc).

We are also talking to another manufacturer (overseas) of a RFID/Bluetooth embedded antenna used in a door lock to enable virtually unlimited access control.

I would love to provide a link to the companies involved, but I have been sworn to secrecy.

Stay tuned for updates.

December 19, 2009

Pocket Door Lock With Key - Available Now

Our new product, the Cowdroy P697 Pocket Door Lock With Key, arrived on Wednesday December 23, 2009. This sensational product is specifically designed to fit in place of other brands of pocket door locks and allows you to secure that door from both sides. It is easy to install, occupies a small footprint and comes with at least 2 keys.

We have a total of 100 units, 50 in brass and 50 in silver. All locks are individually keyed.

**NOTE** This product is designed for doors up to 42mm (1-11/16") thick.

First in - best dressed.

We have been inundated with inquiries lately for this excellent product and anticipate selling out quickly.

We request email contact with quantity requested and your name.

$85.00 each + shipping.

Thank You for your patience.


Upcoming Features

In the coming months we hope to bring you more information on products from the above series of manufacturers.

While we prefer not to stock quantities of these brands, we sell virtually all brands of locks, but custom order to our clients desires. Turn around can average 3-5 days.

Of course, you can also purchase many of the above product lines elsewhere, but rarely at an equally competitive price.

We also recommend Weslock and Weiser Products for equally competitive prices and hopefully will be able to bring more information about their various options, in the next few years.

Stay Tuned!

December 17, 2009

Meroni UFO

Here is another sensational product from Serrature Meroni.

This amazing product is designed with security in mind. The body, common to all applications, contain 4 steel drill-proof spheres that foil any attempt at forcing.

(from the site)

The UFO is unforceable and extremely versatile: by using one of the four kits of accessories available it can be installed to protect any environment both in the home and the workplace:

3381/A – Padlock kit for normal or sliding doors, ideal for the protection of gates and windows

3381/B – Protection kit with internal plate for the protection of entrance doors

3381/C – Universal defender protection kit for security doors

3381/GL – Glass door kit — high security without perforating the glass

UFO provides excellent protection, and can be used in conjunction with an existing lock system. It can also be used as a standalone lock, for example on gates or truck loading doors. The applicability of UFO is limited only by your imagination!


Meroni - An Italian Legend (Now in USA)

Not many colleagues in the locksmith industry here in the USA will be familiar with Serrature Meroni products.

I have been exposed to the product line in Australia, many years ago and in Europe as well.

The line is incredibly advanced compared to similar products in it's genre.

Meroni has finally made an appearance in the USA, courtesy of the 33rd Annual Conference & Exposition of the Door & Hardware Institute, one of the most prestigious American Door Institutions, recently held in Boston, Ma.

Expect to see this modern, stylish and secure product line available in select retailers soon. (I'm hoping to be one too)

The market in the USA seems to be forever captivated by the simple key-in-knob entrance set. The entry of Serrature Meroni will only help to increase the security and quality of options that provide aesthetic value and modern appeal.

The products use an advanced system, whereby the latch mechanism is activated by a push button on the top of the handle. There is nothing to turn, making this excellent for arthritis sufferers or other physically challenged persons. The knobset is always fixed, which eliminates the "wrenching" effect that many other similar genre products suffer from.

They comply with ADA and fire and building codes automatically, there is no need to have a lever function.

They can be keyed to many standard keyways found in the United States.

December 16, 2009

Lockwood Nexion - In The Field

Lockwood Nexion in the field.

Here is a field picture of a recent installation of the Lockwood Nexion door lock.
We wrote about it on December 8, 2009

The remote (1/20)

Indicator Status

Only available in Australia (currently)


New CEO Master Locksmiths Association of Australia

Hot Of The Press!

The MLAA has just announced the appointment of their new CEO. Tony Duggan has been appointed CEO to take over mid-January from retiring CEO Alan Jones.

December 15, 2009

Garage Shadow - Bluetooth Door Operator

Last year we talked about a new product soon to be released, enabling the use of bluetooth equipped mobile devices to operate your garage entry door.

Apparently, the company producing these wondrous contraptions, have extended their release date, to enable perfection. It is pointless to release a product that might contain bugs. We are fortunate that these guys have taken it upon themselves to correct their bugs prior to release.

I spoke with their sales department today and was informed that they will be releasing the updated and improved version at CES2010, in January and their tentative market release is due shortly thereafter.

Our previous article has generated a significant amount of traffic and interest. Below, you can see a video of the unit in operation.

December 14, 2009

Face Recognition Security - For Doors

I have been touting the use of biometric access control systems, especially residential fingerprint controlled door locks, for quite some time.

Recent experience installing some of these products has lead me to understand some of the pitfalls of the technology, especially age related syndromes that affect interface operation by elder users.

Here is a new product, recently released that adopts a variation in biometric access technology.

Facial recognition technology is still in it's infancy compared to other existing biometric systems (like fingerprints etc). Embrace the world of advanced time attendance systems. Beautifully designed to compliment any imaginable d├ęcor, this facial identification time attendance system recognizes faces in 3D by utilizing the internal dual sensor and dual camera that allows it to establish an incredible facial recognition algorithm in a fraction of a second.

At a Glance...
  • Lock and unlocks doors
  • Face recognition technology
  • Record employee attendance
  • Time keeping and data logging
  • Export and Import from a TXT file
  • Download recorded data via USB or TCP/IP
  • Included software for detailed record keeping and analysis

Email Marketing (About Time!)

After a number of years arguing with myself about email marketing and the pro's and con's, I decided that the time has arrived for me to modify my thinking and join the email marketing brigade.

Numerous customers have contacted me, requesting updates and product release notifications and until now, I have been reluctant to pursue email marketing due to the issues (primarily) of unsolicited email. I always have been an opponent of email marketing, because of the abuse of the email system when it comes to (that ugly word).

This is a new direction for me and as I explore these new waters, I hope you (my readers) will stick with me.

I decided to use Constant Contact, because they made the system sound painless and me being a novice in the computer systems arena, I wanted a simple easy to use general user interface.

If email marketing is a focus for you, try them, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Oh! (before I forget) Sign Up to receive updates, tips and tricks, that might help you to feel more secure.

Wireless Key Locator - FOFA

There are many and varied products available today, designed to help you locate your misplaced keys (and other items).

I purchased this one for myself and some customers, for it's simplicity of design, it's small, appropriate appearance and it's super competitive price.

I have had it, about a year now and it has certainly proven useful to me. The battery life is excellent and the range seems appropriate.

At home, my cable TV remote, recently decided to hide at the bottom of my sofa, without telling me (of course). But thanks to my FOFA and the easily attached slimline version, it was soon whistling it's location to me.

I think this is one excellent holiday season gift. I would love to sell them, but why when they are so inexpensive direct from the manufacturer?


December 12, 2009

Slim Line Patio Security Bolt

I have been an avid user of ADI Security Products, over the years. I find their excellent hardware, a most useful and functional product line. I have installed many of their products to many and varied applications

The Slim Line lockable bolt pictured here, is another of their latest products that expands their product line and provides another product for slimline extrusions on doors or windows. Often one has difficulty locating suitable products designed to secure narrow frames.

- Shop Fronts
- Community Halls
- Schools
- Hotels
- Aluminium & Wooden Doors
- Sliding or Swinging

- Narrow Applications (32mm wide)
- Easier to Fit/Rekey - no Sellock Pin
- Reversible Pin for top of door application
- Smarter Styling
- Zinc Construction
- Classic Finishes

- SL5 Lock Bolt
- 4 x 2½ x ¼ Snap-off bolts
- Allen Key
- Striker
- 2 x Keys
- Template
- Installation Instructions

- Length: 144mm
- Width: 32mm
- Height: 64mm
- Weight: 1067g
- Throw: 45mm

ADI Cap Lock

ADI Security Products are a well known Australian manufacturer of unique and high quality security products and accessories designed for the Australian market.

But their products are also sought after in many other countries as well, because their forward thinking and excellence in quality and design are virtually unsurpassed anywhere.

Their latest product is this simple yet functional product tailored to suit the tradesperson or camper market.

Locking up the tool tubes found on electrician, plumber and other technician vehicles has been awkward until now.

The ADI Cap Lock is a simple yet effective and inexpensive method to secure those tools that are too long to carry inside many vehicles.

We have previously discussed ADI products in recent articles, but ADI have recently upgraded their website and this is one of their sensational new products.

December 11, 2009

New Search Button

We have added a new search tool to our website. In the upper left hand corner of each page you will see a search box like pictured here.

You are welcome to search almost any term related to our site, click the magnifying glass and all articles featuring your search term will be displayed.

This will make it substantially easier for you to find the specific information you are seeking.

Pocket Door Lock With Key UPDATE! December 09

News Flash!

We have confirmed delivery time for the Cowdroy P697 Pocket Door Lock With Key. Our exporter has informed us to expect arrival in USA (pre-customs) on Monday December 13, 2009.

Assuming all goes to plan (no more delays), we expect to be able to ship before Christmas.

Thanks to all our customers for your patience!

EDIT 12/22/09
Product Has Arrived and Is Available Now.

**NOTE** This product is designed for doors up to 42mm (1-11/16") thick.

Edit 03/04/2011
New product has arrived, 20 units in satin chrome. First come first served. $105 + Shipping.

December 10, 2009

Master Truck Bed U-Lock

This is the Master Truck Bed U-Lock, so designed with SUV pick up truck in mind.

  • Fits late model, full size Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford and Toyota pick up trucks
  • No drill installation - lock fits into stake hole pocket or tie down locations in truck bed
  • Hardened steel shackle and lock body resist cutting
  • Keyway cover protects cylinder from corrosion
  • Cylinder can be re-keyed to match other Master Lock products
  • Lock cannot be removed from the truck when mounted

Master Pro Series Padlocks

Master Pro Series padlocks are well known throughout the world as one of the finest examples of quality manufacturing. I have personally relied upon them and recommended them for very many years to customers with wide ranging applications.

Below is an exploded view of the concealed version. These padlocks are designed with security in mind. Many Master padlocks of this ilk, will withstand the force of a .44 magnum fired at close range.

Bilock Extreme Security Products, manufactures cylinders tailored purposely to fit in the Pro Series housings. This means that you can actually have one of the best quality padlocks available, combined with the world's first and oldest 100% bump proof and virtually pick proof pin tumbler system.

The added benefit of keys that are impossible to be duplicated, combined with the ability to mix and match product brands and hardware functions to enable keying alike, makes your choice of Bilock products with Master or Schlage or Arrow or Sargent or Yale or Corbin-Russwin and others, of unsurpassed value.

December 9, 2009

Google directly targets spammers and fraudsters

Finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. Google is to be congratulated for devising a new method to clean up and level the advertising playing field.

Local search is one of the more important features of online search. Yet in recent years, spammers and fraudsters have penetrated the local search features of Google Maps, by loading their names with keywords (a.k.a. Keyword Stuffing) .

The quantity of complaints, and obviously the dwindling advertising revenues, have made the search engine leader wake up and take notice, because they have apparently been working hard behind the scenes to clean up Google Maps, by introducing Business Listing Quality Guidelines.

Effectively, these measures will put pave to the rediculous advertising tactics, employed by non-local service providers, who, for many years, have been misleading consumers, by advertising false address locations, postal box addresses, local telephone numbers etc, in attempt to deceive the consumer into believing they are calling a local merchant.

You have seen these tactics used by locksmiths too, for many years (many legitimate companies too). The Yellow Pages directories have previously (and I believe, some still do) printed advertisements by companies that list different telephone numbers, with suburb/city names included, yet those companies are not physically located there.

I for one, am glad that Google have taken the time and effort to clean up this messy area of advertising. For many years I have seen the proliferation of businesses, capitalising on these loopholes, to the detriment of legitimate goods and services providers.

Yes, some of these new policies may hurt the many legitimate businesses that felt it necessary to participate in the loophole schemes, but this newfound attitude of honesty in advertising will add certain credibility to the search engine leader and those companies that choose to comply.

The ethical will survive. The new millennium is upon us.

Special thanks to Larry Friburg of Legallocksmiths.com for pointing out this article.

December 8, 2009


Yale, by name, is one of, if not, the most well known name worldwide as a lock and key manufacturer.

Linus Yale Sr. was a successful inventor who specialized in locks and mechanical engineering, and who held eight patents for locks and another half dozen for threshing machines, sawmill head blocks, and millstone dressers. (source...)

Linus Yale, Jr. became more involved with his father’s lock company in 1858 after his father's death.

In 1851 Yale invented what he referred to as the “Yale Magic Infallible Bank Lock,” for safes and vaults. This design allowed the owner to change its combination and would also allow the key to secure the lock while being hidden away from the exterior of the door by a hardened steel plate, which covered the key-hole behind it.

Yale stated 9 peculiarities for his Yale Magic Infallible Bank Lock that separated it from its peers: [1] 1. Being without springs, there are none to fail; it is impossible to damage by fire, dampness, or neglect. The design rid itself of the vices of the springs that become rusty or softening by heat or moisture. 2. The lock has a head that is detached from its key-bits, thus leaving a space between the head and the key-hole, making it virtually impossible to be picked. 3. When the key is withdrawn, all print or record of its action is obliterated, and no tell-tale left for duplicate keys to be made 4. Powder proof. No powder can possible be introduced into the lock itself, which eliminates the threat of gunpowder explosions. 5. Permutation lock has the ability to rearrange new key combinations. 6. In the event of a lost key, a duplicate key can be set up to unlock the lock, and upon changing the arrangement of the lock, the lost key will be powerless to open the lock. 7. The portability of the key conveys a vast advantage over traditional bank locks’. 8. Every motion of the lock is derived from movement of the hands rather than elements beyond the operator’s control, such as dirt, rust, or memory. 9. The lock is not liable to get out of order, having been made by first class machinists. (source...)

Patented in 1863, the pin-tumbler design is also known as the cylinder design, and plays significant roles in today’s locks and safes. Yale had previously harbored the practical implementation of the tumbler lock for decades, and had sketched the idea in 1844. Yale was convinced that key holes in traditional locks made the locks susceptible to thieves who could use picks, gunpowder explosives, and heat to thwart the locks. This led him to employ permanent dial and shaft designs in his inventions, known as “combination locks” today. Yale’s best-known lock design, the cylinder pin-tumbler lock, utilized a key-operated lock concept first conceived in ancient Egypt over 4,000 years ago. (source...)

Today, the Yale name is synonomous with one of America's greatest institutions, Yale University, named for the great benefactor and relative Elihu Yale.

Yale, as a company has changed significantly in recent years. Not as widely known today for their lock manufacturing, they still are involved with locks and locking mechanisms.

Many of their lock products today, conform to the modern accepted aesthetic pleasing form and functions.

We hope to showcase some of their products in future articles.

Pictured above is a modern style of their one-sided deadbolt, manufactured to provide beauty, form, function and reliability.

Nexion - Next Generation Door Locks

Lockwood Australia, part of the worldwide Assa-Abloy group of companies recently released a stylish new addition to their range of modern entry door hardware.

The Nexion range is a sensational and functional product that combines the highly sought after modern keyless functionality, with a key over-ride function, in modern, aesthetically pleasing designs.

Using similar technology to automotive rolling code remote control systems, you are assured that your remote can only be programmed by a specialist locksmith service provider.

The product is available in double cylinder, single cylinder and safety release models. The lockset provides both audible and visual indication of electronic activation.

It is designed to retro-fit in place of most standard residential or commercial door applications.

Will it come to the USA?

BBB Accreditation

Master Key Systems America LLC, proudly announces our BBB accreditation. We have fulfilled the strict requirements of compliance with the policy, organization and rules of the Better Business Bureau.

Residents and businesses can be re-assured that we are a pro-active business maintaining the highest ethics and principles in honest business dealings.

We welcome any and all checks as to our credibility and encourage all consumers to confirm their chosen service providers are also BBB accreditted.

December 6, 2009

Licensing for trades

In the great state of Missouri, licensing is not required for many trades including locksmiths. It seems as if the government has adopted a policy of licensing only trades that can affect consumers on a personal (i.e. > bodily) level.

Watching advertising practises online, provides many examples of misleading messages. None more-so than the quantity of websites and online advertisements that state "Licensed, Bonded and Insured".

How can one be licensed if licensing does not exist?

If an advertiser is lying to you in print, how can you trust them for real?

Perhaps the consumer doesnt really care whether the tradesperson that answers their query, is licensed or bonded or not?

December 3, 2009

Bilock Deadbolts - Special December 2009

We have 2 only Bilock deadbolts in Polished Brass (Gold) available for the very special price of $72.00 each.

This unheard of price will probably never be repeated.

2 Keys included.

* Terms on application

EDIT 03/08/2010: All Bilock Prices from now on will be quoted at the Manufacturers Recommended Prices Online (in accordance with Bilock USA's terms). For discounted pricing, please contact us directly by voice or email.

Falcon Automatic Operator

The Falcon Automatic Operator is the latest addition to the Falcon range of superior quality door closers and operators. This amazing product follows closely with Falcon's industry leading range of door hardware products.

This new addition to the Falcon portfolio of door hardware is the most cost-effective solution in the industry for automating entrances. Designed for the commercial market, the Falcon Operator is ideal for assisted living communities, low traffic store front entrances, or automating interior doors for added assistance. An integrated intelligent power boost graduates additional closing assist when door nears latch. This feature helps to ensure secure closing to overcome external conditions and pressure differentials. The control box demonstrates its intelligence by detecting obstructions and will temporarily reprogram opening degree to avoid abuse to the door. The Falcon Operator comes with an easy to install line of accessories including a wireless transmitter and receiver.

Strikemaster II Pro

This video shows exactly how and why the Strikemaster 11 product is essential to securing homes and residences. This particular video is almost 4 years old and the price displayed there is incorrect.

The new Strikemaster 11 Pro product is an improvement to the design of this fantastic product and is available now. Whether you decide to order it direct from the manufacturer or through any of their dealers, the price is identical.

We expect stocks of the newer model in about 3 weeks time.

We previously talked about the Strikemaster 11 in March 2008.

Baldwin Pocket Door Lock

Pictured here is the Baldwin Pocket Door Lock that is available from Baldwin dealers (including us).

This lock is designed to secure pocket sliding doors with the option of single or double cylinder.

This lock can be keyed alike with Schlage branded keys.

Installation is quite straightforward as depicted in the second picture.

The lock sells for $417.00.

Crime Rate - Maryland Heights December 09

Here are the updated crime statistics for the Maryland Heights/Hazelwood localities, as reported by the Maryland Heights and Hazelwood Police Departments, period 11/2/09 - 12/2/09.

Assault - 8
Burglary - 35
Sex Offense - 4
Robbery - 3
Theft - 186
Theft from Vehicle - 4
Theft of vehicle - 16

Paying attention to the number of thefts, it is important to note that many of the reports include theft of services, passing bad checks, credit card fraud.

Recent news reports have been misleading, in that the crime rate for the entire St Louis region have been declining. It is true that the types of aggravated assaults and weapons offenses have and are in decline, thanks to excellent police work by city and county police departments.

But larceny, property damage, theft from dwellings and break and enterings are seeing a trend upward in quantity.

The unemployment rate and cost of living increases, directly affect the crime rates.

Securing your homes and possessions is of cardinal importance to protect yourselves and your families and your properties.

December 2, 2009

St Louis Police Department Published Crime Prevention Brochure

Pictured here is the current St Louis Police Department burglary prevention brochure, it makes available to residents in the St Louis County region.

I find this particularly troubling because of the very clear mention there of the recommended use of alarm systems before they suggest you use quality locking devices.

Alarm systems never have been nor ever will be crime prevention devices. They cannot be.

An alarm can only and will only inform that an event is occurring or has occurred. They cannot protect or prevent a burglary or burglary attempt.

On page 2 of this brochure, they go on to indicate the use of deadbolts, however they illustrate a double cylinder deadbolt. Double cylinder deadbolts are not legal according to the International Building Code that St Louis County adheres and subscribes to.

What say you, St Louis Police Department? Do you endorse alarm systems over physical security devices?

I suggest "YES", because every monitored alarm system that sounds, whether false or legitimate, the monitoring companies dispatch police officers to attend and therefore the police charge accordingly to the home owner fees for their attendance. It is a money making scheme hatched between alarm system providers and the police department.

For the complete brochure, follow the link below.

December 1, 2009

Electronic Key Cabinet

Many companies, hotels, corporations and especially automobile sellers require sophisticated monitoring and tracking of the keys important to their organizations.

Organized departments require systems that manage effective and useful access control, to maintain security, reduce costs and keep the well oiled machine running at maximum capacity

Enter Key Monitoring Control Units

An easy to use wall mounted system, offering total control and complete management of keys and their use. Keys housed in the Key Monitor may only be accessed by authorized personnel after entering their valid means of identification. Only keys programmed as available to a particular user are shown on the Key Monitor touch screen for release, all other keys are electronically held within the cabinet.

A virtually unlimited number of users and various access levels may be programmed into the Key Monitor onboard computer. Keys may be individually timed and alarmed, ensuring attention is drawn to keys not removed or returned at a designated time. A complete record of the systems operations is retained in the event log which can be viewed onboard or remotely.

Features and Functions:

  • virtually unlimited number of keys can be monitored
  • networking is by a standard RJ45 connector
  • remote monitoring via network option
  • multiple sites can be monitored via networking
  • event log records store the last 1600 events
  • printing to network capable printer for reporting purposes
  • touch screen for ease of use
  • battery backup allows full operation after mains power failure
  • solid metal outer door available (optional)
  • duress alarm available with silent output
  • can be connected to central alarm system
  • virtually unlimited number of access levels available

Window Security Products

Windows are found in almost every dwelling, building or office worldwide. They have increasingly become an important and vital access point requiring security.

The Jacklock Company Ltd Window and Door Restrictors are purposely designed from high quality materials to increase the desired security and convenience of all types of windows.

Fashionable and surprisingly inexpensive, it is possible to lock/restrict window openings, like never before.

With the increase in crime rates being reported around the USA, since the global financial crisis has affected employment, it has become necessary to secure your properties more than ever.

Now you can secure your windows too.

The Jackloc window and door restrictor was designed with Health and Safety in mind. This was due to the number of restrictors failing and accidents occurring, sometimes resulting in fatalities

For security and safety
  • Suitable for every type of opening window or door
  • Can be fitted to all materials
  • Key lockable—for individual locks or multiples
  • The lock will always engage when the key is removed
  • Steel rope or chain link options produced to any lengths
  • Wide range of finishes—colours to suit
  • Security screws are provided for wood, steel, aluminium and UPVC.PLEASE NOTE:
    Both cable and lock should be fitted with screws of a suitable size and design for the individual window construction.

Supplied to:

  • Health Authorities
  • Hospitals
  • Local Authorities
  • Universities and Schools
  • Housing / Sheltered Accommodation
  • Day Care Nurseries
  • Embassies

Commercial use:

  • Hotels
  • Office Developments
  • Window Manufacturers
  • Building Contractors
  • Charitable Organisations


November 25, 2009

Master Key Explained

As a blog author and locksmith, as a business owner and statistician, I keenly watch the results using Google Analytics, of the search terms people use while attempting to gather knowledge that may help them to be more aware when purchasing products or services.

I am noticing a significant number of searches recently about master keying although, it may be due to a cardinal lack of understanding about the principle.

It seems that many searches recently are from people who assume that all deadbolts are master keyed. This is simply not true. It is a fallacy.

A deadbolt, or any other lock for that matter, must be purposely master keyed.

There are no pre-fabricated master keys for residential or commercial deadbolt locks.

In bygone years, manufacturers of some bit-key type mortise deadlocks, did produce some of their ranges with a purposely designed flaw allowing for a "skeleton" key to operate. This skeleton key was often referred to as a Master Key.

There are some manufacturers of coin machine locks or cam locks, that routinely produce their locks to be master keyed. The primary benefit in using master keyed coin or cam locks is for commercial situations like an office complex that uses on-site maintenance to minimize the quantity of keys a janitor or other service person can be required to carry.

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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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