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Home Lock Out – Fast Eddy proves he is fast!

We recently responded to a home lockout situation, where a home owner managed to lock them selves out of their home.

This happens more frequently than you would believe.  Often people feel embarrassed. But they shouldn’t.  Stuff happens! 🙂

Should it ever happen to you, give us a call 612-822-3773.  We serve Minneapolis and its suburbs, and we are fast!

We are Fast Eddys Keys Express.

Your go to locksmith for residential, commercial and auto locksmith services.

 

 

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How to Rekey Locks – Tutorial by Minneapolis Locksmith Fast Eddy

Rekeying Locks – What does it take to change the Key on a cylinder lock?

Your roommate or ex has moved out, perhaps on not the best of terms. Or maybe you are a landlord and the new tenants are moving in and you need to get a new set of keys made.  You call the locksmith to rekey your existing locks. What is involved when you need to rekey locks?

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Locks Rekeyed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In this new video, Edward Mann, aka “Fast Eddy” of Fast Eddys Keys Express shows how it is done. In fact, if you purchase a rekeying kit, you could do it yourself after watching this straight forward video.

About Fast Eddy:  Edward Mann is one of Minneapolis’ top locksmiths, having well over 30 years experience serving Minneapolis and the Western suburbs.

He offers residential and commercial locksmith services as well as automotive. He is known as Fast Eddy due to his speed in opening up cars, homes and offices when the owner has been locked out.

Learn more about Fast Eddy

5 Summer Vacation Security Tips

Yipee! It’s time for some fun in the sun. Now that schools out and the weather is warm, Minnesotans are flocking to lake cabins, vacation trips and other outdoor venues.

Unfortunately, it is also a great time for thieves and other low lifes.

As such it is also a good time to revisit the basics of vacation security.

  1. Pause your mail delivery, to avoid accumulations that alert burglars that you may be away and vulnerable.
  2. But away any ladders or other items that may prove useful to intruders seeking unlawful access to your house.
  3. Install a timer for your lights to turn them on and off simulating active household activity. A dark house tends to be an empty house.
  4. While you may want to share the good news with friends and relatives about your upcoming trip on Facebook or other social media, you comments may well be seen by some you do not want to know. Be sure to share the good news in person or on the phone, not social media.
  5. And finally, the simple act of making sure windows are closed and locked as well as doors is a simple but too often overlooked necessity.

locksmithAs a professional locksmith I have often been called to a home or office, “after the fact.” I have seen how devastated people can be due to an unlawful intrusion and it breaks my heart.

I always encourage people to be sure they have good locks and superior hardware on their doors. Sometimes people listen, sometimes they don’t but eventually swish they had.

For peace of mind, I invite you to contact me to arrange for a security inspection of your home. In the meanwhile, I hope these simple but essential tips for vacation security help you have an enjoyable vacation.

Call us at 612-822-3773 for all your residential locksmith needs.

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Edina MN – Beware of Scammer Locksmiths

Fast Eddy Names Names of Locksmith Scammers in the Edina Minnesota Market.

As a locksmith serving the Minneapolis and Edina area for over 30 years, Edward Mann has  become increasingly concerned about the scammers operating in the local marketplace pretending to be bona fide locksmiths.

Many use social media including advertising on Google to lure unsuspecting customers in to their scams.  In the past Fast Eddy has called upon Google to take action. See Here.

So today, as a public service announcement,  he is naming names, not only of the scammers, but also those firms serving the Edina area you can trust.

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Fast Eddy Gets a Nice Testimonial

We were pleased to get this and happy to share…

From: Robert Diehl
Date: Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 1:09 AM
Subject: Fast Eddy’s Keys Express: Recommended Locksmith
To: Jim JaeckelsJim,I hope you, Nancy and the kids are great.I recall you keep a list of recommended providers of services often needed by home owners, which you circulate to your real estate clients.  That list of recommendations is extremely helpful.  I want to let you know about a company that should be on your list — Fast Eddys Keys Express.A couple months ago, I hired Fast Eddys to make keys that would turn easily in our five exterior doors.  They were hard to unlock and  I could find no one who could make a key that fit correctly.  Eddy did a great job, cut several “code” keys, i. e. manufacturer quality keys, cleaned and lubed all the locks and charged a very reasonable price.  The locks now work like new.I scheduled Fast Eddys to come back yesterday to repin all the deadbolts (double deadbolts) in the house.  None of them have ever worked correctly.  Eddy repined all the deadbolts, which now work perfectly.  They also cleaned and lubed the locks so they turn smoothly and easily.  I also asked them to replace two interior doorknobs with locking knobs.  They installed knobs with keyed locks which are identical to all the other interior doorknobs in the house.  They keyed the new locks to use the same key as every other knob lock in the house.  And again, the charge was reasonable.Eddy and his crew are pleasant guys, who do a great job and who are willing to go a bit further to do what it takes to get the job done right.  AND they are reasonably priced.I don’t have any more locks for Eddy to work on; he has fixed them all.  Since I won’t have the need for his services again, at least in this house, I will recommend him to my friends.  If you put Eddy on your list, my recommendation would increase exponentially.  Fast Eddys Keys Express should definitely be on your list of recommended companies.  I have attached his card.

Take care.  Hope to see you soon.

Rob

Locksmith
Proud locksmith Owner of Fast Eddys Keys Express

Fast Eddys Keys Express Service Area

Fast Eddy Provides Locksmith Services to Minneapolis, Mn and Its Suburbs

Our service area includes: Cities & Communities:
Bloomington | Brooklyn Center | Brooklyn Park | Burnsville | Crystal | Columbia Heights | Edina | Fort Snelling | Golden Valley | Hopkins | Maple Grove | Medicine Lake | Minneapolis | Minnetonka | New Hope | Osseo | Plymouth | Richfield | Robbinsdale | Spring Park | St. Anthony | St Louis Park | Downtown Minneapolis | DT. Minneapolis | Calhoun-Isle | Camden | Central | Longfellow | Nokomis | Northeast | Phillips | Powderhorn | Southwest | University | Near North | U of M | University of Minnesota | Uptown | Dinkytown | Kenwood |

Zip Codes:
55111, 55305, 55311, 55316, 55327, 5533, 55340, 55343, 55344, 55345, 55346, 55347, 55356, 55357, 55359, 55364, 55369, 55375, 55384, 55388, 55391, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55405, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55414, 55415, 55416, 55417, 55419, 55420, 55422, 55423, 55424, 55425, 55426, 55427, 55428, 55429, 55430, 55434, 55435, 55436, 55437, 55438, 55439, 55440, 55441, 55442, 55443, 55444, 55445, 55446, 55447, 55450, 55454, 55455, 55458, 55459, 55460, 55470, 55472, 55473, 55474, 55478, 55479, 55480, 55482, 55483, 55484, 55486, 55487, 55488

Fast Eddy Keys Express provides commercial and residential locksmith services plus automotive lockout service.  Based in Minneapolis, we serve the Minneapolis Suburbs as well as Minneapolis proper as our primary service area.

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We use offer emergency services when you need to get into your house, office or car after you have lost your keys or locked them inside.

We also respond quickly after break ins or when you need to have locks changed due to any number of reasons.

We install locks and all related door hardware in homes, apartment buildings, office buildings and factories.

If you have a lot of keys, we can help you with master key programs and systems.

We also help you with opening safes and changing combinations on safes.

We take your security seriously, and offer professional services at a reasonable cost.

Give us a call at 612-822-3773

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Fast Eddy Keys Express Publishes New Playlist on YouTube

New Playlist of Locksmith Videos Created

Fast Eddy Keys Express has just created a new playlist on its Fast Eddys Keys Express YouTube Channel featuring some of our videos. We have multiple channels, so this particular playlist in currently only 6 videos long but does include some good locksmith tips.

You can see the playlist here:

Fast Eddy serves the Minneapolis area with professional locksmith services. While we may not be Hollywood quality in our videos, our locksmith skill are first rate.

If you have a need for auto, commercial or residential locksmith services in the area, be sure to call “Fast Eddy.”

We will resolve your issue fast and at a reasonable rate.