One of the first things I did when I moved into my apartment was to install
a reinforcement plate for the door jamb,with screws deep into the doorframe
studs.The door itself is steel.
2nd floor,I don't have to worry about windows,but they are aluminum frame
and have good latches.
Aren't Kwikset locks basically just "keep honest people honest"
locks? I've heard that they're pretty easy to defeat. They certainly
*feel* less sturdy than Schlage or Medeco, although that's obviously
subjective and not really worth anything at all when evaluating...
Let me tell you, Bubba. If a pro wants to get into your house, there is
NOTHING you can do. All these other locks are to keep the gang bangers and
opportunists at bay, although most of them know that they can get into a
house quicker by throwing a piece of lawn furniture through a window than
"defeating" a lock. My referral to the SmartKey locks by Kwikset are just
an observation that has come from years of having locks rekeyed versus doing
it yourself with a tiny shim and a couple of minutes of time. And free,
taboot. If I wanted to get into my own house, it would take me less than
The one and only time I locked myself out of the house I had access to
the garage (attached - but the door to the house was locked). It took me
less than 3 minutes to drill the core and open the door. It was an easy
decision as I knew I had an extra core and pins that would fit the lock.
Many years before I was locked out of my condo. I called my wife from
work (only 3 minutes from where I lived)and had her fax me a copy of the
key. I used a pair of nail clippers and a credit card to clone the key
in plastic. I inserted the plastic key and turned the lock with a pocket
knife to gain access...
My middle name is Macgyver.
I used to be the President of a strata (3 buildings - 129 units). On
many occasions I had to (legally) gain access to locked units to
minimise damage to the strata caused by water leaks. I used to call upon
the services of a locksmith who lived in the complex. Eventually he gave
me some training and the tools (lock pick set) needed to break in on my
own. Legally I could have just kick the door open, but it was in our
best interest to attempt to gain access in the least destructive way
possible. If I couldn't pick the lock in the first few minutes (always
harder to do with an audience - usually a few firemen, because the water
would get into the heat sensors and cause a short, setting off the
alarm) I would just drill it out. This way I could simply exchange the
deadbolt once the restoration company packed up for the day. In addition
to the pin kit, I also have a set of master pins and a few mushroom
pins. After many years changing locks for owners and the buildings I
probably have about 25 different sets of unused keys I can use to rekey
We need to access buildings that the owner or developer has given us
permission to enter as their legal assign and agent. However, the pitbull
managers sometimes can't or won't let us in. So, we get in however we can
to get pictures rather than drive 400 miles to do it on another day that is
"convenient" with them. Many of these are days when they make an
appointment with us telling US when and where to be. I tried a set of bump
keys, but had little luck, and two of the flimsy keys broke. I'm sending
for another set of hardened bump keys and a pick lock set. It is amazing
how many locks I can get past with just a jimmy made out of a strip of steel
banding with a point on it.
I own a janitorial service and clean several branch offices of a bank.
For a couple of decades, I was able to enter one of the banks with
just a pen knife or credit card if my keys were not handy. But I
couldn't access the basement where the cleaning supplies were stored
without my key. They finally fixed that entry a couple of years ago.
I have a friend who went on vacation, came home and found everything of
value in his house and detached garage missing. The thieves simply used
a chainsaw to cut holes in the walls. The neighbors didn't even notice.
The ones who heard it thought a crew was cutting a tree nearby. Never
heard of anything like this before.
It's a very common story for a moving van or a box truck to pull up to a
house, empty it out, and the neighbors not even take notice, thinking it was
just another move out. Happens frequently, and is rarely reported unless it
is a long time resident, and the neighbors are long time friends and know
the comings and goings of that particular household.
Heh! Read a story once where a flooring company refused to do business with
the Mafia-controlled trash collection people. The mob backed an 18-wheeler
trailer up to the loading dock and curtained off the gap 'twixt the trailer
and the overhead door. They then used a torch to cut away the door and
entered with their forklift into the store and a half-dozen workers.
In a few hours, they had removed ALL the merchandise from the store (tile
and carpets). They then returned with the tractor and hauled it all away.
I'm trying to think of a plausible justification for such a law, and all
that comes to mind is burglary tools. There is no definition of "burglary
tools" in Florida law, and the prohibition of possessing burglary tools
specifically requires intent to commit burglary.
Anyway, I couldn't find any such law by searching the 2009 Florida
Statutes for "lock", "locksmith", "rekey".
Perhaps there is such a rule promulgated by the Florida Division of
Corporations. It could be a limit on what a licensed corporation can sell,
rather that what a citizen may purchase and possess.
I recommend that you try to find what you want online.
I tried that too with the same result. Then I looked at business an
professional licensing and couldn't find a requirement for locksmith
Along the same line after I retired from my real job and being a little
bored I ended up peddling at Radio Shlock.
A women came and wanted to buy a line cord with a plug at each end. As I
tried to explain why it was not a good idea, she said that the guy at HD
insisted we had them.
Well, there is ONE legitimate use for them, that I am aware of. If you
have any of the old Strobonar 'potato masher' photo flashes, they work
as a synch cord to slave two together. But that is a low-voltage
application, of course.
My grandmother had one of those. I don't know where she got it or
why. (I"m sure someone made it for her, probably without her specific
request. She left that stuff to the guys.) I was about 10 y.o. and
playing under a sofa or something when I touched it, with my leg I
think. I think I'd already had an AC shock before and this was just a
brush so it was even less. I didn't say anything. Why should I? My
grandmother never played under the sofa.
My money is on either the person you talked to or whoever misinformed
him not understanding the difference between a rekeying kit and and
locksmithing kit (which would include picks). My reading of the law is
that it is legal for you to even own picks as long as you don't plan
to use them in a burglary, but they might not want the liability. Of
course, as someone else noted, they'd be happy to sell you a sledge
hammer which is a more sensible tool for the average burglar...
I can find no evidence of anything else in Florida law vaguely related
to rekeying a lock, but I might not have found the above if I hadn't
seen the term "burglary tools" while doing a general search on lock
picks and Florida law (none of the words "lock", "pick" or "key"
appear in this section)...
On Wed, 25 Nov 2009 16:48:52 -0800 (PST), Larry Fishel
I live in Las Vegas, multi-jurisdiction police departments. Crossing
into a jurisdiction may call a crow bar a burglary tool, where in
another it is a tool for work. Time of day, sneaky activity, wrong
area helps the police figure it all out :-/
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