Could Uber Pave the Way for Locksmiths?

In case you have missed it, there is a new way to get around the city. Uber has been offering an alternative to using Taxis to get around cities. Their application is straight forward and offers customers a live view of where all of the closest cars are at. At Phila-Locksmith we think that this could also be the future of the locksmith industry. Rather than calling around to find which locksmith is the closest to you, a map would display the location of the closest locksmith.

 

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Uber’s easy to use interface would add convenience for locksmith customers.

In additional to a helpful and easy interface, the Uber application allows you to get a price quote for your ride. This would be extremely convenient for customers, especially given that they may have to call multiple companies for pricing. Without having to call anyone a customer could easily get the service quote and see exactly where the technician is at. Anyone who has had to endure a long wait for a locksmith knows that being able to see his exact location would be a big help on your nerves. It will be interesting to see if Uber does decide to expand into additional services, but the general concept of their application is something that could greatly increase the amount of convenience that a locksmith company could offer.

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St. Petersburg Police Giving Away Steering Wheel Clubs

(VIA myFOXTampaBay) In St. Petersburg there has been an increase in a specific type of crime. That is where thieves break into a home and then not only steal valuables immediately, but also take the spare copy of the homeowners key. While your car may not be home when the theft occurs, St. Petersburg police are saying that many times these thieves are coming back later to steal the vehicle when they think that it will be home. In some cases the owner may realize that the spare key is missing, while in others, they do not realize the key is gone until it is already too late.

There are two ways that you can protect your own vehicle after the spare key has been stolen. The first is to get the classic steering wheel club. We recommended the steering wheel club as a great way to prevent thieves with jiggler keys from being able to steal your car, and they also provide outstanding results in this scenario as well. If you lock the club onto your steering wheel, there is no way for the thief to drive the vehicle while the club is in tact. This is why the St. Petersburg police force is offering a free steering wheel club to any car owner who comes in to fill out a theft report.

The second way that you can protect your car from theft is to have the stolen key removed from the car’s computer system. In newer model vehicles which have a transponder car key in their system, the key must be able to properly communicate with the computer for the vehicle to start. By going to a locksmith or the dealership you can have this key removed from the car’s computer system. While the thief may still be able to open your car door lock, the key will not be able to start the car and can prevent you from being the victim of another car theft.

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Stolen Locksmith Tools Recovered

One locksmith in Fresno has to be breathing a deep sigh of relief after police recovered about $60,000 worth of his stolen locksmith equipment at a Fresno home last Friday. Like many locksmiths now-a-days the one from Fresno was a mobile locksmith who completed service right at his customer’s location. Since he was doing this, his parts and tools are always constantly inside of the van. Unfortunately for that locksmith, someone stole his entire van earlier in the week. While police were able to recover the van itself, they found that the thieves had already cleaned the entire thing out. That was until last Friday when police discovered all of the stolen materials when searching the home of a parolee in Central Fresno.

The reason that the locksmith had such a wealth of tools and parts inside of his van is that as a mobile locksmith he wants to be ready at all times to complete any type of service. This means that the locksmith not only has all of his expensive tools, but a collection of varying locks and keys for whichever service a customer may need. Luckily for car owners, the criminals were not able to use any of the stolen goods before the police discovered their location. Computer chip car keys have increased automotive security, but with the programming and cutting tools that a locksmith would normally have can give a criminal an easier avenue to steal your vehicle.

It is good for all that this can be chalked up to a learning lesson, especially since this locksmith stated he lost a large portion of his supplies in a warehouse fire not long ago. Police recovered 150 car keys, 50 locks and a laser key cutting machine among other supplies, which the Fresno locksmith must be happy to have back.

Twists in the Most Recent Locksmith News

Second Teenager Succumbs to Injury in Hit and Run

A story that we first posted about on May 27th, a Georgia locksmith was arrested after hitting a group of teenagers who had been walking to their local movie theater. One of those teenagers died at the scene, and it was reported last Friday that a second teenager from the same incident has passed away due to her injuries. The hit and run occurred on May 25th after an area man, Garret Anderson refused to pay a locksmith after his car had been unlocked. The locksmith gave chase to this man and after blocks, the man stopped, but the locksmith lost control of the vehicle striking three teenagers. Two have since died, one remains in the hospital, but is expected to recover.

Man Being Evicted Did Not Fire His Weapon

Another story that we recently posted about came out of Lancaster Count in Nebraska. The initial reports stated that a locksmith as well as deputy officers were completing an eviction of a man who had reoccupied a home he was suppose to be out of. The locksmith arrived on scene and opened the door, when he did the man was standing on the other side of the doorway holding a gun. Originally it was reported that shots were fired in both directions, but police are now reporting that the man who had occupied the home, 64 year old Doug DaMoude, had a rifle which was not loaded and he did not fire first. Police accounts are now that when the door was opened Mr. DaMoude raised his rifle, and not knowing that the gun was unloaded, deputy officers fired on the man killing him. Both deputy officers involved in the shooting were cleared to return to duty and were found to have been acting with the correct use of deadly force, according to their commander. A grand jury will also be convened following the autopsy release of Mr. DaMoude in order to examine whether the use of deadly force was necessary. It is also important to note that prior to this incident Mr. DaMoude had threatened police in letters saying that he did not respect their authority and would kill them if they attempted to evict him from his foreclosed home again.

 

Locksmith Involved in Eviction Shooting

(VIA KLKNTV) A dangerous situation arose late last week when one Nebraska locksmith went out on an eviction call with a few of the local sheriffs. It is common place during an eviction for the Sheriff’s office to have a locksmith on hand to assist with the eviction. The reason for this is that in some cases the individual being evicted has changed the locks and the locksmith is needed in order to get into the building, and once the eviction has been completed the locksmith is there to re-key the locks to ensure the individual being evicted can no longer go into the home.

Locksmiths across the nation do this daily without incident, occasionally we do hear stories of locksmiths who have been in danger or even killed during these eviction processes. In the cases of eviction we always remind our technicians to exercise extreme caution in order to keep themselves safe. Just like our Philadelphia locksmiths, this locksmith in Nebraska had completed multiple evictions before without having any type of issue.

Locksmith John Firestine says he’s served a number of eviction notices before. Usually, no one is home. But that wasn’t the case Friday

When Mr. Firestine arrived on scene he completed his unlocking service as he normally would, but after officers forced open the door they were faced with a fearful sight. A man holding a gun was directly behind the door. The man was the individual being evicted and had moved back into the home without permission. Officers quickly drew their weapons and shots were fired in both directions. Fortunately for the locksmith and the officers, only the man behind the door was injured. After being struck by the police officer’s bullets the man was taken to the local hospital where he later died from his injuries.There is no doubt that eviction can be an extremely tense situation and it is always best for locksmiths to exercise caution when helping out on evictions.