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Phoney Locksmith Scams
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a Consumer Alert "The Key to Picking a Reputable Locksmith".
“If you’ve ever locked yourself out of your car or home, you know what a hassle it can be. Your first thought is to get someone to help you out of your situation. If a family member or friend can’t deliver a spare set of keys, your next call might be to a local locksmith. But before you make that call, consider this: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, some locksmiths advertising in your local telephone book may not be local at all. They may not have professional training. What’s more, some of them may use intimidating tactics and overcharge you.” http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt032.shtm
The Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) states: “These companies purposely manipulate phone book and internet listings with multiple false addresses and phone numbers to make it seem like a neighborhood business. In actuality, consumers are calling out-of-state operations that are not locksmith companies. The consumer is quoted a reasonable price over the phone, but when a person posing as a locksmith finishes the job, the consumer is charged a considerable amount more for unnecessary and/or sub-standard work.
ALOA has identified a number of incidents where elderly consumers locked out of their homes were being charged $900 to $1700 to replace a $12 lock. These out-of-state operations are set up solely to make money by purposely defrauding the public. They are not expecting repeat customers.
What can you do?
- Research and Know the Locksmith you want to come to your home or business Before locksmith services are needed.
- Call Family and Friends for recommendations.
- Keep the Locksmith Phone number in your cell phone and wallet.
- Be wary if a company answers the phone with a generic phrase. Ask for the legal name of the business. If the person refuses, call another locksmith.
- Ask for an estimate of charges – be sure to ask if this includes labor, any service/trip charges or additional fees.
- Ask for references
- DO NOT SIGN A WORKORDER PRIOR TO THE WORK BEING COMPLETED OR IF BLANK.
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Will your locks protect you and your loved ones?
Have you heard about Lock Bumping? It is a technique used by criminals to enter a house OR business without showing signs of forced entry. What's more you don't have to be a master locksmith. Lock Bumping requires NO skill and takes less than 1 minute to get in. That’s right, 1 minute.
Locks have pins and tumblers in the cylinder that must be lined up in a particular order for the lock to open. Your house key has specific cuts which serve to arrange the pins and tumblers in the proper pattern. (Look at your key.)
Lock bumping uses a common household tool and a special key – called a bump key (readily available on the internet). Pressure is applied to cause the pins in the lock to jump slightly. The bump key moves the pins one at a time until it is all the way in and the lock turns. This process is fast and doesn’t show any damage to the lock. Without a sign of forced entry, most insurance companies will not cover your losses.
You can prevent theft from Lock Bumping by installing High Security Locks, like Medeco. These locks cannot be picked or bumped. What’s more no one but you can have copies made of the keys.
Don’t put your family and valuables at risk all because of a $15 lock.
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Alarm Systems and High Security Locks
One of our customers recently had a break-in at his home. He thought he was secure because he had good deadbolts, an alarm system, alarm monitoring and a sign saying he was protected by an alarm system. Thieves broke in anyway. They took his guns, HD TV, and computer. Even worse, they let out his Yellow Labrador Retriever that was recovering from surgery!
Think about the alarm process. When the alarm goes off, the monitoring company has to acknowledge there is a problem. Usually, they have instructions to contact the owner first before calling the police to prevent “false alarms”. The owner says call 911. Emergency Service records the information and dispatches the police. The police have to leave where they are and get to your house. The process is quick, but usually takes from 10 to 30 minutes.
Thieves know exactly how much time they have between the alarm going off and the police arriving. They can get in and get out very quickly. What’s more they can “target” your house and contents. They come back the following day, week or month to get the rest of your valuables.
High Security Locks on your doors and window locks add extra protection and are essentially the first line of defense. High security locks can’t be picked or bumped and with proper installation can’t be kicked in. Thieves expect to get into a house within 5 minutes. When the thief can’t get by the door he leaves for “easier pickings”.
The Lock Doctor partners with Whit Breeze, Ackerman Security Systems, for residential alarm systems.
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