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The Lockless Door / Robert Frost

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The Lockless Door

IT went many years,
But at last came a knock,
And I thought of the door
With no lock to lock.

I blew out the light, 5
I tip-toed the floor,
And raised both hands
In prayer to the door.

But the knock came again
My window was wide; 10
I climbed on the sill
And descended outside.

Back over the sill
I bade a “Come in”
To whoever the knock 15
At the door may have been.

So at a knock
I emptied my cage
To hide in the world
And alter with age. 20

Robert Frost (1874–1963).
Miscellaneous Poems to 1920.

A Mr. Locks tribute

How to protect your home as well as your family

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Your home is where you and your family want to be safe from the daily stresses of life and most definitely from crime. A burglary happens every 15 seconds in this country. Though many intrusions are non confrontational, have you ever asked yourself what if I or my family were home during a burglary? Most Burglaries happen during daytime hours because this is the time many of us are working, going to school, etc.

The typical burglar is looking for anything of value. Rape and/or sexual assault after a break-in happen almost regularly during the summer months when windows and doors are left open and unlocked. If you try to think like a burglar for a minute, the first step in planning a break-in would be to figure out when the home owners are not home. You would watch the daily routine of the homes occupants. The next step would be to figure out how difficult gaining entry to the house would be.

A couple of things comes to mind here; Locked doors and windows, alarm systems, and even surveillance cameras now. Burglars are going to enter your home by walking right thru an unlocked door or open window, using tools to break in or unlock the existing locks, or simply using force to gain entry so let us look the first steps in preventing a burglary. Door and window locks are the homes initial barrier to be overcome by an intruder. Typically the garage and rear doors of the house are the weakest entry points as well as first floor windows on the sides and rear of the home.

These areas may also provide cover for the burglar. You will want to make sure your locks make it very difficult to gain entry. Use a solid core or metal door for all entry areas, Use a quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock with a one-inch throw bolt Use a quality, heavy-duty, knob-in-lock set with a dead-latch mechanism Use a heavy-duty strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate into a wooden door frame, use multiple locks for your doors as well. Sliding glass doors have blocking bars that can be inserted in the track to prevent the door from sliding open. You can use pins that slide thru the track as well to prevent sliding or lifting of the door. Windows are often left open during the summer months.

Blocking devices are necessary to keep the window from opening further. A window should not be left open more than six inches or enough to allow a burglar to reach in and unlock or remove blocking device. If an intruder makes it into your home via door, broken window, etc.
We suggest the next step of arming your home via an alarm system that is monitored and dispatched to police upon an alarm or simply by having detection and sound alarm devices to not only scare off an intruder, but also warn anyone who may be home at the time.

Devices such as Door and window sound alarms, motion alarms, vibration alarms, etc. Alarm yard signs and window decals are also a great deterrent, as well as the lighting in and around your home. We suggest using floodlights with motion sensors around the exterior of your home and timers that your lights and appliances plug into and will come on automatically simulating people are home.
You may purchase surveillance cameras to help further deter and/or monitor your homes activities when you are not there. These images can be viewed and recorded onto time lapse recorders or your PC with proper software. You can even watch your home while on vacation thru your laptop computer.
These are the basic steps in preventing home burglary as well as protecting your family. For more information on crime prevention and personal self defense call us at: 212-586-3234

Mr. Locks Website Announced

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New York City (November 23, 2004) – Mr. Locks, Inc., a major player in the security services market with offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, today announced the launch of its Web site,

“Mr. Locks, a company I started two years ago to expand the breadth of services that traditional locksmiths provide, along with a need to improve the level of customer service in the industry, will now be able to help more clients with their locksmith and security needs, as well as give them free online information they can use,” says Yaron Erez, the company’s founder and co-owner.

The Web site, Mr. Erez says, “intends to reach customers and be an accessible source of locksmith information” by providing numerous features including: a glossary of locksmith terms; tips on how to stay safe after moving to a new home; a catalogue of security-system products related to closed-circuit television systems, access control, intercom systems, alarm systems, telephone systems, locks, doors, safes and gates; letting customers ask security-related questions; and giving a link to the National Association of Locksmiths.

Through the site, customers can submit a request for a free inspection, consultation and estimates of all security issues performed by its highly trained security experts.

Another feature of the site, called “Ask An Expert” let customers submit questions to Mr. Erez, a veteran locksmith and security expert, about any locksmith and home or office security issue.

The site also shows testimony from builders, real estate companies, moving companies and former clients, all of whom attest to Mr. Locks’s commitment to professional service, quick response, and fair prices.

Mr. Locks is a team of locksmith and security experts in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.

For more information, please contact:

[email protected]

(866) 675-6257

Mr. Locks, Inc.

676A 9th Avenue, suite 334

New York, NY 10036

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The Professional Glossary of Terms Relating to Cylinders, Keys and Master Keying

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“In 1982 the LIST Council’s predecessor released to the industry
The Professional Glossary of Terms Relating to Cylinders, Keys and Master Keying and the ALOA was the first to publish and distribute it.

The definitions and terminology in the glossary have since been adopted by most of the manufacturers, publications and associations as our industry standard and many manufacturers offer a printed version as part of their factory training.

The LIST Council has been asked by ALOA and others to complete what would amount to a Dictionary for Locksmiths. We have begun that work and are pleased to submit for Peer review, by every locksmith interested, the first installment of the remaining 1236 terms which have been identified as specific to our industry.

Our approach to this project was a simple one with a few rules which we hope you will also apply in your review.š When making a definition of a term, we applied the following rules to the term:

1.Is the term listed in Webster?

2.Is the definition there the same meaning used in our industry?

To us, means a typical pocket dictionary which could be obtained easily and on short notice from any grocery store which has a pocket book display. If the answer to either of the questions above was no, we felt the term must be in our dictionary, otherwise it was common usage which anyone could define.

Because there is generally more than one term in use from one geographic area to another, we established the most popular term which most closely describes what it means as the primary term to be defined, unless it has different opposing definitions. All other terms with the same meaning become secondary terms and are only listed in the appendix. With that established, the definitions have to meet the following rules:

1. It must describe the subject of the term without graphics.

2. It must describe ONLY the subject of the term.

3. The term should not be used in the definition.

Please review the following terminology and return any comments to the source from which you obtained this document”

Click here to choose which file type you want to download “The Professional Glossary of Terms Relating to Cylinders, Keys and Master Keying ” in.