As technology is getting better with giving us that sense of safety when it comes to our belongings so is the business of scams getting tall and elaborating. According to report published by NBC, “estimated US consumers lose around $6.5 billion to scams every year – that’s the equivalent of $60 for each adult living in the US”.
The people who are behind this scam industry are coming up with new and modified ways to target the community. Imagine a person whose job is to fix locks on doors and windows and to open locked doors if you lost your keys is actually a fraud. A locksmith asking for a huge amount of money to open your locked door is becoming quite common now a days.
Cleveland Police investigated a case where the locksmith changed the lock at a very high price then came back the next day and robbed the same place. Steve Cox of the Cleveland BBB says “Of course these companies operate under names like ‘Dependable Locksmith’ in order to exploit the vulnerable emergency situation for consumers who are locked out of their house or car.”
Laura Gold of West Newton found herself in hands of a fraudulent locksmith when she called a nationwide company for a locksmith. The amount was agreed on phone, two guys appeared in an unidentified vehicle. When the job was done, she was presented with a bill for many times the quoted price and demanded cash payment. Gold says she was shocked when the technicians handed her a bill of $580. They demanded cash and she had no choice but to go the nearest ATM and withdraw the cash. Gold had been routed to the call center of Clearwater, Fla.-based Dependable, which is now the subject of a federal case as well as multiple complaints filed by state attorneys general.
In November 2009, two owners of Dependable were charged with allegedly using coercive and intimidating tactics to strong-arm customers into paying costly fees for locksmith services from its network of technicians around the country.
Hundreds and thousands of locksmith swindle people out of their deposits in America. One such incident occurred with firefighter David Rossi. He hired a locksmith to replace three lockswhen his Woodbridge, Va., home was burglarized. Locksmith agreed upon a price of $250 but David was presented with a bill of more than $1,000. “After looking into it, that’s not a normal price for changing locks, even in the middle of the night in an emergency,” Rossi says. “It felt like I’d been robbed twice.”
Ways to avoid locksmith scams
Don’t wait your keys to be misplaced or get lost. Always keep a number of a reliable locksmith company in your mobile, wallet or purse.
- Search online for a local company preferably on Google. Call them and inquire if their company is registered, the registered name of the company, from where the technicians belong and if they are licensed or not. If you get good vibes then continue with your conversation and inquire into the rates being charged to open or fix the locks.
Hollywood movies have shown us some mind blowing technology which seemed impractical and even absurd at times like fingerprint security or iris scans security. Today all this high tech and intricate technology has come to life. Biometric locks are now being used in offices, hospitals, airports, schools and banks all around the world over the last five to ten years.
A biometric lock uses a thermal or optical scanner to read and memorize fingerprints of the owner and individuals who are allowed access to that particular room or area. Iris scanners scan the unique pattern of your iris.
High Tech Technology used in a proper way
Adios to those metal keys. You will not forget your fingers or face in some other jacket or pants. No fears of your keys getting stolen or displaced. Biometric locks offer convenience and ready-to-use technology for authorization in particular sensitive areas.
Biometric information, cannot be misplaced or lost. It cannot be passed (although that is debated by several security experts ) to someone or get into wrong hands accidentally. This type of access control seems much more secure than one that relies on old fashioned physical keys. The biometric data is unique to every single person from whom it is recorded.
Biometric or keyless locks can be conveniently used in homes. You can secure every room if you want. Don’t get suspicious about your door being locked or not as one important advantage of biometric locks is that the doors are automatically locked when closed. This important feature is very useful in case you have kids because kids often forget to lock the doors. A biometric lock can store data of about 10, 15, 2o or even 50 users.
Biometric locks can be easily installed in existing doors. They can be programmed easily and they can be used in homes and offices and industrial buildings. When choosing a biometric lock ensure that the lock comes with a reliable backup battery power. Backup battery power ensures that the lock is working properly even if power failure occurs, so you are not locked out of your home. It also comes up with low battery warning and a sliding cover to protect the UV censor and it is water resistant.
Some smart phones are also clever enough to control your door locks. Smart home locks allow you to use a smart phone app to remotely lock and unlock doors. You can also give access to your friends and colleagues in case you are not present in your home. You can even check if your house is locked or not if you are away. Some smart lock manufacturers include Goji Lock, UniKeyKevo and August Smart Lock. The applications needed to control the locks can be downloaded from the play store, or appstore. Before purchasing a smart lock it is advisable to check if your smartphone is compatible with the required smart lock application.… Read More.....
Everyone wishes to live in a safe city like Gotham where you can have Batman patrolling the streets, but this is a mere fantasy. In-case you are considering to leave Cleveland and want to move to a safe community to live in where the crime rate is low, and risk of theft is minimal, this post is for you.
The latest FBI records show the cities which have less population have lower crime rate numbers compared to densely populated cities. But this fact can be rejected if we look at cities like Flint, Michigan, America’s most dangerous city which show high in crime rates – Forbes rated Flint as the most dangerous city to live for women.
The cities which enjoy high incomes have low crime rates as compared to the towns with low household income. In addition to low crime rates, the safest cities also have lowest property crime rates. As reported by Urban Institute’s Roman, the reduction in crime has to do more about the economic policies, the well-being of its civilians and not about the crime policies or law enforcement.
To identify the safest cities in America a review of violent crime rates among the nation’s cities with population of 1000,000 or more is taken based on the records with the FBI. The data is fragmented into eight types of crimes: homicide, robbery, rape and aggravated assault; property crimes comprise of burglary, incendiarism, larceny and motor vehicle theft. In addition to all these hideous and gruesome crimes, poverty and literacy rate is accumulated from the 2013 census Bureau’s American Community Survey. We have shortlisted ten safest cities in U.S.A.
- Irvine, California
It is a suburban city in Orange Country, California, United States. With a population of 235,000 just 113 crime rates were reported in Irvine last year. Irvine was chosen in 2008 by CNNMoney.com as the fourth best place to live in the United States. The city violent crime rates was just 48 per 100,000 people. High earning and well-educated population can be considered as the reason of low crime rates. Irvine had a murder rate 80% below average – rape rate 86% below average – robbery rate 86% below average.
- Naperville, Illinois
A lower poverty rate, a city where 98% of people 25 and older had at least a high school diploma can be regarded as the reason of its low crime rates. It was rated as the second best city to live in by MONEY magazine in 2006.
- Cary, North Carolina
Located in the Piedmont region of the eastern United States, Cary enjoys remarkably low poverty rate of just 5.5% and high incomes. Here economic growth has led to declining crime rates. Violent crime rate is 79% less than North Carolina.
- Gilbert, Arizona
Gilbert covers 76 square miles of land in Maricopa County, Arizona. Last year less than 6% of Gilbert residents lived in poverty, the lowest rate in the country is likely to be a major factor in low crime rates in its streets.… Read More.....
Deadbolts for Home Safety
One of the most easy ways to increase the security of your home is by installing a deadbolt on the front door. A deadbolt is an additional lock that can be installed relatively easy. The principle is simple: when in locked position, a bar of steel or iron is pushed against the doorframe or wall to prevent the door from moving. When you twist the lock the position of said bolt moves back into the door (open position) to allow access. If you do not have a quality deadbolt, it is easier for thieves to break into your home by force (kicking the door). You can have either a basic deadbolt lock or an upgraded one with more security measures. Deadbolt locks are available in different quality en security levels: ANSI grade, UL listing, and double or single cylinder locks.
Deadbolt Locks Explained
A single cylinder lock only has one slot for the key. You will need a key to open it from the outside, but it can be opened at any time and by anyone from the inside by turning the knob. The single cylinder deadbolt should not be used for doors nearby windows: burglars can break the glass and simply turn the deadbolt from the inside. These locks are an excellent additional security precaution for back and frontdoors closed in by walls.
A door with double cylinder lock provides more security than the single cylinder one. One cannot enter or exit it without a key. The deadbolt can only be trown or retracted by key from both the inside as well as from the outside. These work best for the front door of a house or an office room with (breakable) windows near the door. Make sure to store a key out of reach for burglars, but close enough for yourself incase you have to escape from the house in an emergency or firehazard.
The United States Standards Institute – a non-profit organization called ANSI (American National Standards Institute) – grades the quality, longevity, toughness, and durability and latch lenght of locks. Deadbolt lock grades are divided into 3 categories: grade 1, the strongest, most secure deadbolt lock; grade 2, the second highest security lock, most commonly used in residential buildings or shops; and grade 3, which is the minimum grade. If you want maximum residential security, use a grade 1 lock.
Underwriter Laboratories, provides a lock security rating called UL437. It rates all keyed locks including the deadbolts that we discuss in this post.
The Underwriter Laboratories deadbolt security test is one of the hardest to pass; it tests against forcing, drilling, sawing, prying, picking, impressioning and bumping as well as an endurance test that tests the ability to withstand 10000 cycles of opening and closing the lock.
Other things to Consider
More often than not, a deadbolt fails to do its job when your door gets kicked down.… Read More.....