Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Question for Google

Why Does Google Accept Scammer Locksmith’s Money?

One of the difficulties facing the legitimate locksmith community are the fly by night and Scammer locksmiths that plague our community and others around the nation.

 

Fast Eddys Keys Express Locksmith

Fast Eddys Keys Express has been fighting these guys for years particularly in the car lock out arena.  They advertise low rates like $15 or $19 and then up the actual charges by hundreds of dollars on the scene.

We have worked with Google to get these guys off the Google 3 pack where they used to show up, particularly when Google showed 7 results.

And we are grateful for help there, although it meant that we had to jump through hoops to prove we were legitimate despite being in business for over 30 years.

Today, though these scammers are still advertising on Google Adwords. I guess that its okay from Google point of view as long as they pay.  It wold be nice if Google would develop a set of ethics that applied even when it cost them a few dollars.

Safe Safes

Your valuables are only as secure as your safe is.

Fast Eddys Keys Express offers Safe Cracking, Safe Repair and Safe Combination changes.

When you are thinking about a safe for your home or office you may want to first consider why you want the safe in the first place. Here are three points A Secure Life recommends you consider…

What to consider before buying a home safe

There are three main questions to ask yourself before investing in a home safe (other than the inevitable cost decision). These factors will help you determine the size, type and features you’ll need.

  • Where will you put your safe? Many people’s first inclination is their master bedroom, but this is one of the first places burglars go. Consider the best hidden area in your home. A basement could be a good option, unless you live in a flood-zone.
  • What are you using it for? If you plan on storing important documents, like birth or stock certificates, wills, passports, etc. you’ll want to look for a safe with fire and water resistance. If you’re storing jewelry, heirlooms, photo albums, or a small firearm, make sure you find one that has added burglar/safety prevention. Some of the best home safes give you all of these features.
  • What size do you need? Finally, the space you choose and how much you want to store in your safe will determine the size you need. It’s a good idea to go a bit larger than your current needs to give yourself some room for growth.

 

The next question has to do with the Quality of the Safe you select.  The Nashville Safe House cites the following industry standards to consider when deciding on the proper level of security for your valuables…

…the following industry guidelines for content value of the various levels of security that a safe can provide. These values are generally used for businesses for insurance purposes but are a good guideline for different levels of protection.  Contact your insurance company for specific limitations

  • RSC Up to $5,000 content value- passed a 5 minute attack test,  If this safe had a TL rating it would be a TL-5 , Note, RSC ratings can by applied to low end safes that are easily pried open up to very secure safes that could pass higher rating test but the manufacturers don’t go to the expense of testing them.

  • B-Rated Up to $10,000 content value – 1/2 inch plate door & 1/4 inch body

  • C Rated Up to $30,000 content value 1 inch protection on door & up to 1/2 inch on body

  • U.L. TL-15 Up to $200,000 content value- A TL-15 Rating means the safe door can successfully resist entry for a net assault time of 15 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinders, drills or pressure devices.

  • U.L. TL-30 Up to $375,000 content value -TL-30 means the safe door can pass the same test for 30 minutes. Note that this does NOT include attacks on the sides or top.

  • U.L. TL-30X6 Up to $500,000 to $ 1,000,000 content value-  U L 30 minute attack on all 6 sides of safe

  • U.L. TRTL-30X6 $1,000,000 and up content value- U L 30 minute torch / tool attack on all 6 sides of safe

Many homeowners will seek to lesser quality safe to save on money. That’s understandable. However, sometimes the maxim that you get what you pay for can prove all too true.  Here is a case in point about one type of common safe used in many homes.

The YouTube channel Mr. Locksmith is run by Terry Whin-Yates and focuses on locksmith training, including lockpicking and different opening methods. Terry is in the business of improving locksmithing and ensuring people’s valuables are kept safe. But he’s also keen to point out just how poor the security products we rely on can be.

A case in point is the electronic sentry safes you can buy at most retailers for around $250. In the video below, Terry manages to open one in just a few seconds using a rare earth magnet in a sock. The fault? The manufacturers used a nickel solenoid in the locking mechanism.

Safes repaired upgraded and replaced recombination Safe repair and replacement

Safes repaired upgraded and replaced recombination

The best course of action is to protect your valuables with an appropriate level of security. Fast Eddys Keys Express suggests that that starts with the locks on your doors as well as the safe you may store items in. Should you need help with either contact us at 612-822-3773 for help with your safe in Minneapolis or suburbs.  See our “Safe” page at https://ourlocksmith.com/safes/  

Locksmith Scammers Stopped

Locksmith Scammers from Out of State Get Slammed!

Locksmith Scammers Get Slammed!

Fast Eddys Keys Express has been fighting these guys for years. They and their ilk give professional locksmiths an undeserved bad rap.  We tip our hat to Attorney General Lori Swanson for taking action.

Here is her Press Release

Attorney General Swanson Permanently Bans Officials of Florida Locksmith Company that Deceived Minnesotans from Operating in State

The officials of a Florida company that deceived Minnesotans through a locksmith marketing scheme were permanently banned from doing business of any kind in Minnesota under a settlement obtained by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. The officials—Alon Gorlovetzky, Sr. and Yotam Hay, Sr. —were president and vice president, respectively, of Fuson Solutions, Inc., a Florida company.

Fuson used Internet advertisements and webpages for locksmiths that appeared to be homegrown Minnesota businesses. The ads and webpages promoted local sounding companies—“Burnsville Locksmith” or “Minneapolis Locksmith Service,” for example—with local phone numbers and addresses.

Individuals who dialed the phone number in the ads were led to believe they were calling a local locksmith. In reality, Fuson employees in a Florida call center answered the phone.

“People who were locked out of their homes or cars had to make a quick decision on where to find nearby help. They thought they were using neighborhood businesses, not calling Florida,” said Attorney General Swanson.

Fuson touted low costs and low wait times but did not deliver. One woman was locked out of her car, and Fuson told her the cost would be $95 for a locksmith. When the locksmith arrived, the woman asked the technician to first unlock her car so she could see if the key was there. The locksmith refused, said that he was required to make a new key, and charged $260. Her key was in the car.

In addition to local phone numbers and addresses, Fuson marketed the locksmith companies as established mom-and-pop businesses. Ads claimed that the locksmiths were “proudly serving our community” and had been “part of the community” for “over 30 years.”

Local addresses Fuson included in its ads were for nonexistent locations or completely unrelated companies. The address given for “Eden Prairie Locksmith Service” was actually a car repair shop.

Fuson also claimed that the locksmiths were licensed and bonded. Minnesota does not license, certify or insure locksmiths.

People may report complaints about similar situations to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office by calling (651) 296-3353 or (800) 657-3787. People may also download a Complaint Form by clicking here, and mailing the completed form to the Attorney General’s Office at: 1400 Bremer Tower, 445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101-2131.