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June 30, 2010

Solar Powered Power Option For Electronic Security Products

Securitron recently released their new line addition, the BPSS.
Combine the solar collection panel with their CCM-1N-S NEMA-39 Module Wall Mount Cabinet and Controller and you have one of the more advanced power supplies available today.

The uses of this product greatly enhance opportunities for property owners to electronically secure remote entrances, especially locations where current mains power is unavailable.

Especially designed and mounted with a south facing panel, you can now have year around power (off the grid), significantly reducing your installation and infrastructure costs.

The product is available with either a 1o watt or 20 watt power rating. The cabinet can allow for up to 4 - 12 VDC 5 amp hour lead acid batteries, to store between 9 and 18 hours power (for nighttime use).

Solar Panel operating temperature -40º F - 185º F (-40ºC-85ºC)
Solar Panel Type: High efficiency photovoltaic using silicon nitride multicrystalline cells.

Controller: Anodized aluminum case with marine rated terminals
100% solid state
Fully encapsulated in epoxy potting
Green charging LED
Approved for use in hazardous locations -
Class 1, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, D
Voltage Output: 14.4 VDC maximum

The benefits of this product are immediately noted. The ability to bring affordable electronic security to the mass market has been realized. The barriers to entry due to lack of infrastructure are now eliminated.

This will be especially helpful to builders and contractors looking to protect their project sites with around the clock electronic security that is almost costless to run.

Price on application.

June 29, 2010

Schlage Securekey Problems

Reports are coming in about significant problems with the new Schlage Securekey product line. Specifically, these problems include design manufacture inconsistencies and parts not performing the task for which they were designed.

Apparently, some of the internal pin tumbler workings are known to separate from the side bar element, causing keys to not work as they are supposed to.

There have been reports of the cylinders able to be re-keyed without the use of the special key provided.

People locked out of Schlage Securekey products have generally required the product destroyed and replaced, because of the apparent inability or difficulty to have a key determined.

We are looking into these claims and plan to report more as we find out.

Baldwin Hardware - Now Using Kwikset Key Cylinders

Baldwin Hardware Products are well known throughout the marketplace as manufacturers of superior quality hardware. It is unfortunate that new Baldwin products are now being made with Kwikset Smartkey cylinders. This represents a slap in the face to consumers, locksmiths and hardware providers everywhere, in my opinion. I suggest that Baldwin may have difficulties in future, honoring their lifetime warranties.

There is a bright side however, many of their products are able to use after-market cylinders, enabling third party manufacturers to still provide significantly better quality key cylinders and continue the ability to master key as necessary.

June 18, 2010

Locksmith Hardware - Competing With Brand Name Products

Locksmiths across the world sell multiple different brands of hardware. The more well known brands, like Schlage and Kwikset are often found in the big box chain stores as well as locksmith shops, but often there are other less well known but competitively priced alternatives, that sometimes are manufactured from better quality materials that many customers will never see on the rack.

I really like the Cal-Royal brand products because they offer a wide range of hardware that is excellent quality and competitively priced to the mainstream big name brands.

I have also recently been using the LSDA brand of hardware products, because they are found more locally to

me and are stocked by local distributors. Pictured to the left here are some of the products in their range. LSDA are rarely found other than at locksmith companies, but their quality is exemplary and their prices are very competitive to Schlage and Kwikset. They offer the ability to key to either Kwikset or Schlage type keys.

When choosing to update your door hardware, it is worthwile to consider alternative brands to the big name stuff, because often the products come with significantly longer warranties than the brand name stuff and their prices are super-competitive.

LSDA product come with a lifetime warranty on finish (plating) and a 15 year warranty on mechanical parts.

The price point is super competitive and parts can be easily sourced by any locksmith in the country, so you are not required to necessarily shop at the one provider.

For interest in any of the LSDA range, please contact us and we will offer super-competitive pricing.

June 16, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common and frequently asked questions we receive include:

How much does it cost to change door locks?

Why do car keys cost so much?

Why are Bilock Locks bump proof?

We are pleased to re-direct you to one of our other sites to answer these most common questions.

Bilock Cam Locks

  • Easy Retro-Fit Installation from Existing Products
  • Cam Length/Style on application
  • Virtually Unlimited Master Keying
  • Color Coding For Easy Identification
  • Short Face or Long Face Option
  • $90.00

Bilock File Cabinet Locks

  • Easy Quick Release/Install fuction
  • Retro-Fit Many Existing File and Lockable Cabinets
  • Virtually Unlimited Master Keying
  • Impossible To Duplicate Keys
  • Color Coding For Easy Identification
  • Authority Signature Controlled
  • $90.00

Privacy Policy

St. Louis Locksmiths and Master Key Systems America LLC regard all our clients personal information as confidential. We will never sell, transfer or publicise any personal details including contact names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers. Our clients security is of utmost importance to us.

We may, from time to time, send literature or emails regarding updates or other information to our clients, for their personal information and use.

We absolutely abhor Sp@m and will never participate in such schemes. Our company motto is 'Securing America - One Door At A Time'

Baldwin 5205 Lifetime Brass Entrance Set

  • Lifetime Brass Finish
  • ADA Compliant
  • 2 Nickel Silver Keys (Large Head)
  • $99.95

Baldwin 8011 Double Cylinder Deadbolt

  • Baldwin 8011 Deadbolt
  • Lifetime Brass Finish
  • 2 Nickel Silver Keys (Large Head)
  • $69.00

June 15, 2010

Bilock Abloy Mortise Cylinder

  • Bilock Mortise Cylinder for Abloy Mortise locks.
  • Direct retro-fit hardware.
  • Convert Abloy locks into inter-changeable core function.
  • Key Alike multiple different brands of hardware to enable a uniform key system.

Bilock Push Lock

  • Sliding Showcase Lock
  • Separate Thru-Glass Model Available On Request
  • Side Mounted Drawer Lock
  • Extension Bolt Available (for deeper penetration)
  • $132.00

Bilock Deadlatching Cupboard/Drawer Lock

  • 4 point screw fixing
  • Deadbolt or Deadlatch Option
  • Key Retaining or Non Key Retaining Option
  • Chrome Plate or Polished Brass Finish
  • $132.00

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June 11, 2010

Bilock Mortise Keyholes

  • Bilock Mortise Cylinder 1-1/4" or 1-1/8" (Please Specify)
  • Brass, Satin Chrome, Brown Finish (Please Specify)
  • 2 Keys Supplied (with 1st cylinder ordered)
  • Cams to suit your specific brand of hardware
  • From $105.00
Bump Proof! Copy Proof!

Bilock Cylinders For Schlage Products

Bilock Cylinders For Schlage Products

  • Easily Retro-Fits into almost any existing Schlage Product
  • Brass or Chrome Finish
  • Connecting Tail-Pieces tailored to your specific product.
  • Installation Instructions Upon Request
  • $100.00
  • *signature authorization required

June 8, 2010

ISIS - 360º Surveillance Camera

The Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate is currently developing the Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS).

This is a video surveillance camera capable of recording 360º footage simultaneously.

The Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (ISIS) makes use of new video camera and image-stitching technology and can be bolted to a ceiling, mounted on a roof, or fastened to a truck-mounted telescoping mast. The unit makes use of a series of individual cameras to create video that is stitched together into a single, 360-degree, live view like a high-resolution video quilt. This means that, unlike traditional surveillance cameras, the device allows law enforcement to zoom in on a specific point of interest without losing visual contact with the rest of the scene.

"Coverage this sweeping, with detail this fine, requires a very high pixel count," says program manager Dr. John Fortune, of S&T's Infrastructure and Geophysical Division, "ISIS has a resolution capability of 100 megapixels." That's as detailed as 50 full-HDTV movies playing at once, with and means it can zoom in closer and closer without losing clarity.

Many of the ISIS capabilities were adapted from technology previously developed by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory for military applications, which built the current system with the help of technology experts from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory using commercial off-the-shelf cameras, computers, image processing boards and software.

ISIS creators already have their eyes on a new and improved second generation model, complete with custom sensors and video boards, longer range cameras, higher resolution, a more efficient video format, and a discreet, chandelier-like frame – no bigger than a basketball. Eventually, the Department plans to develop a version of ISIS that will use infrared cameras to detect events that occur at night.


June 4, 2010

iLOQ - The Future Is Upon Us

A revolutionary new concept in cylinder locking design comes from Finland, the original home of the famous Abloy manufacturing company.

The patented award winning iLOQ locking system offers advanced security andconvenient access management for master-key locking environments. The system is specified for applications with a need for high security combined with flexible management of access rights to facilities secured by doors, remote locations secured with padlocks, lockers and cabinets secured with cam locks.

A fast growing application base shows that the benefits of the iLOQ S10 locking system improve security and locking management convenience in commercial premises, office buildings, apartment houses, governmental and municipal authorities, banks, hospitals, schools, universities, rental buildings & cottages, infrastructure suppliers (telecom/energy/water), public transport, etc.

Benefits of the solution

The revolutionary iLOQ electronic locking solution integrates modern communication and software technologies enabling a new level of high-security throughout the lifetime of a locking management system. The system is specified for use in master-key locking applications like commercial premises, office buildings, as well as in apartment buildings, providing benefits in applications where high security level as well as advanced access management is required.

The iLOQ S10 locking system offers a number of benefits:

Upgrading Security

The patented self-powered electromechanical iLOQ lock cylinder can replace traditional mechanical cylinders. Powerful encryption and security feature grant that the security level of existing mechanical are shifted on digital high-security level.

Breaking down keying restrictions

The iLOQ locking system has nearly unlimited keying options including blacklisting of lost keys and recording audit trail.

Saving time, money and the environment

The installation of the iLOQ cylinders is very easy as no cabling or wiring is needed. Being self-powered, the iLOQ solution eliminates work, costs and waste associated with battery changes. The iLOQ system enables powerful multi site administration increasing operation efficiency. Lost key costs are very low due to easy blacklisting of lost keys.


June 2, 2010

Sliding Patio Doors - One Of The Weakest Links

The above video is actually an explanation of how to replace a sliding door installation with french style doors but it does highlight the ease in pulling the common sliding door from it's tracks.

I am called upon often to repair sliding doors, that have become increasingly harder to operate. There are multiple reasons that doors can become inoperative, but we will leave that for a later article.

The reason I decided to include the above video here is to highlight the extreme weakness that almost all sliding patio doors suffer from.

You can see how easy it is to lift the door from it's track. When the door is closed, it is usually held locked by just a metal hook. Often that hook is all that is preventing the door from being opened. I have seen many instances where the sliding door is the principle method of surreptitious entry. Often intruders simply use a large screwdriver or prybar/crowbar (found in most automobiles) and lever under the bottom of the door, raising the whole door frame enough to remove the door completely from the track. Even while still locked.

There is a very simple and cost effective measure that can be applied to prevent most sliding doors from being removed in this fashion.

Simply, install a self-tapping screw into the top track, so that the head is protruding enough to allow the door to still slide but reduce the lift, or amount the door can be raised.

Some lock manufacturers include anti-lift pins in their locks to help with this problem, but often the parts are made from die-cast aluminum, which is weak and brittle.

For about 50 cents you can prevent the door from being lifted off it's track.

Many people insert a piece of dowel or length of wood into the track behind the door. While this is probably one of the cheapest and best methods for preventing the door from sliding open, it does nothing to stop the door from lifting up.

Top 10 Searches for May 2010

375 total visits from 307 search terms across the multiple search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, AOL, Search and Yandex.

Interestingly, Schlage Securekey is very popular this month as is Keyed Pocket Door Locks.

To average 10 hits a day from search engines, may not seem high, but considering my niche, I think it is doing okay.

In the 12 months to May 31st, 2010 this site yielded 6390 total visits from 4397 keyword searches.

How many did your site get?

Latest Crime Statistics St Louis County May 31, 2010

Pictured below is the latest map of the reported crimes to St Louis County Police, as at May 31st, 2010.
Burglary - 195
Robbery -21
Larceny - 518
Arson - 4
Vandalism - 42

The green dots represent the above numbers.

If you live in these areas, it is worthwile to be aware of the local targets and your responsibility to secure yourself adequately.

We can help!

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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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Welcome to Locks210.com.
This site is to inform about historical and modern approaches to Keys and Physical Security products and services.
Locks210.com, 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,
Our conveniently located workshop and service vehicles are uniquely designed to offer trade qualified, bonded, insured tradespeople with knowledge and experience spanning multiple countries and product lines.

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All products are sent in manufacturers condition.
All products are subject to sales tax where applicable.
All products are dispatched within 10 business days of remittance.
All products are subject to manufacturers warranties.
All products returned within 30 days, will be 95% refunded less shipping.
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