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The Life of a Locksmith, this blog follows the owner and locksmith of Andrews Lock and Key around the Phoenix metro area servicing Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, and Chandler 24 hour a day 7 days a week with scheduled calls and emergency calls.Check us out every Sunday on Independent Talk 1100 KFNX at 11:00 AM on 1100 AM radio.  

Keyless Entry Access & Security Cameras

Being a member of Professional Associated Locksmiths of Arizona (PAL) and the Society Of Professional Locksmiths (SOPL) we are always ready and able to assist other Phoenix area locksmiths with larger jobs. For the past couple of years Andrews Lock and Key has worked hand-in-hand with Jim of Copperstate Lock and Security. Recently we completed a job together in North Phoenix at a gym that had just moved from the other side of town, cleaning up the mess of a security system installer that vanished before finishing the job. 

After we were able to survey the property and understand where the problem was, we started working on rewiring the control panel and configuring the computers to work properly. This was no easy task as we soon found out that the equiptment was not fully supported anymore and the computers the owner has the software running on was corrupted.

Understanding the importance of having a fully functional and risk free keyless access system and security cameras working correctly the owner placed an order for a new computer to install the access management software on and we worked on factory resetting the computer which held the security camera software. 

Once everything was back up and running we gave the company's management a brief tutorial on how to use the system and left them with what they originally had before moving locations. 

Locksmith to the Rescue

Today we went out to a house opening in Mesa, rekeyed the house to new keys, and also open a Cadillac Escalade and made a key for it after the owners had been broken into and their keys taken while on vacation. Andrew talked to them while they were on their way back and scheduled the job. Once we arrived,   Andrew quickly open the SUV while Ryan picked into the house as they got to work making this family feel secure again.

Once Ryan got through the security screen door and into the front door he started removing all the locks and rekeying them. Andrew got into the Cadillac and pulled the ignition to create a new car key for the SUV. The work was being completed in front of the home owners mother and brother who got excited wthat how fast Ryan was able to get the front door open so they could comfort the dog before secure him so that the rest of the locksmith work could be completed. 

By the time the homeowners arrived the job was just about done. They were very happy to find out that it could have costed several hundreds more dollars if they didn't find Andrew's Lock and Key or any other professional locksmith because of the major locksmith scam happening on the internet currently. 

The New York Times Review - Business Section

David Segle of The New York Times issued a publication featuring local locksmiths out of Phoenix, Arizona and some other professionals who are aware of the locksmith scam issue going on around the country. The main focus of the article addresses the problem found in Google Maps, a lawsuit filed on a locksmith lead generation company by Charles Eastwood of Locksmith Charley, and Bryan Seely, a hacker and Cyber Security specialist who has a deep background battling Google Maps.

The article shreds light on what can be seen as nothing less than an Internet cartel with an enforcement of criminal activity stopping legitimate professional locksmith's from being found on Google services. A ring of companies that don't exist and transfer to call centers around the country and sometimes in other countries have infiltrated Google Maps most reflecting back to Israeli employers from an international job board found online in Hebrew. These listings are invalid abandoned lots, listing for different businesses such as coffee shops, and other deceitful tactics. These organizations have been successfully controlling Google's Adwords, Maps, and Local services utilizing genius Search Engine Optimization and covering themselves under the legalities of Google's Terms of Service in order to remain listed, all the while still violating several other policies.

They also speak with Dan Austin, an ex Google Mapper, which is a volunteer position within the company, who assisted in removing spam listings from the service but when he noticed that no permanent solution was being implemented he exploited the service and was relieved of his duty upon submission. Imagine fired for showing that there's a flaw within a system.

But one of the most interesting interview and most eye opening problem screaming documentations of this issue came from the discussion with Bryan Seely. Even The New York Times refused to publish the details behind what Mr. Seely did stating “In the interest of minimizing mischief, the methods Mr. Seely described will not be detailed here.” Bryan who is also the author of “Cyber Fraud: The Web of Lies,” is one of the biggest technology publishers in the country has some of the most authentic documentation on the Google Map issue as a whole and discusses in more detail in the TedX talk below:

Laser Cut Keys and Automotive Locksmithing Mesa AZ

We have been real busy lately and I have been learning a ton. Every week Andrew has me running more and more jobs on my own. Most have gone off with out a hitch, with the exception of one or two call backs. Every day I am reminded how important attention to even the smallest detail is in this line of work.

One thing that I have been doing more of is making keys for vehicles. Automotive Locksmithing in Mesa, Az is a very competitive field and it has been important to Andrew that I get up to speed in that area. Recently I cut my first laser cut transponder key on the Keyline Ninja Laser key cutting machine. Andrew caught some video of it and it will probably be on this blog post shortly.

Cutting these keys is pretty stressful because they are so expensive and a lot is riding on my shoulders in getting it right. Luckily I haven't made any huge mistakes that Andrew couldn't fix on the spot. I have learned a lot about Automotive Locksmithing and I am excited to continue to learn more. Hopefully soon I will get the chance to reprogram some BMW keys.

Forbes: Former KGB Covert Entry Expert Speaks

    So at times I need a small reminder of the impact the field I got in to can have on the world. Andrews pointed this article out to me and said I should check it out. I love history, especially the history of technology and tools. To see where we have come from and where we are heading is something I love studying.

    The cold war is a topic I enjoy reading about. It must have been a pretty intense time to be alive. Living in constant fear that the other side might launch an attack at any given moment. I know I would lose a little sleep over it. So when I read the article title "A Former KGB Covert Entry Expert Speaks" I was immediately interested. I mean, this is why I became a locksmith.

     I wanted to be able to crack safes and get in to secure areas no one else could get to. Not for any nefarious means, but just simply because I could do it when no one else could. The article covers some of the entry tactics that were used. They even have a short video showcasing one of the tools used.

    The ex covert ops agent is named simply Nicolai B. in the article. Whether or not that is his real name, your guess is as good as mine. He was a senior KGB operative during the cold war. He was stationed in Riga, Latvia. He found him self out of a job in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    During his tenure as a KGB agent he was tasked mainly with conducting sensitive intrusion in to homes, businesses, and other facilities to gain sensitive information for the Soviet Union. Now he never goes in to specifics, but in reading the article you get a feeling that this guy has done some pretty interesting things. He is quoted a few times as saying the Russians have developed a lot of the common lock manipulation tools we use today. Hinting that technology hasn't really gone that far when it comes to locks.

    If you have a free minutes or two you should check out the article. It is an interesting read and gives you a small window in to some of the history of the locksmith industry. It is always a good idea to look back at where we come from. It helps us avoid making the same mistakes as our ancestors and possibly improve the world for future generations.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/marcwebertobias/2011/05/19/a-former-kgb-covert-entry-expert-speaks/

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Fast High Security Key for Broken Car Key

5-starsout of 5 stars

I had the best experience with Andrews Lock and Key! I broke the car key to my car, and he ordered me a new set instantly. The keys came in no time and he had them ready for me the day they arrived in the mail. I would absolutely recommend anyone in need of a trustworthy and affordable locksmith to Andrews Lock and Key :)

Note from Owner:

Thanks Lily. We specialize in high-security Keys for import cars and American cars.

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