Allentown Police Save Unattended Child

(VIA The Morning Call) – A topic which we have covered on our blog numerous times is the danger of leaving a child unattended in a hot vehicle. However, leaving a child unattended in a vehicle at any point is an unwise decision which can have disastrous consequences. Yesterday, February 25th, in Allentown a woman left her one year old child unattended in her mini-van. At the time that the child was found temperatures outside were at about 20 degrees with a wind chill of less than 10 degrees. A passing parking officer was able to spot the child and called police.

Shortly after discovering the child, Allentown police were able to locate the child’s mother at a barbershop nearby. The 23 year-old mother had taken her 3 year old child to have his hair cut while the one year-old was left unattended in the mini van. Witnesses who spoke with police said that they had seen the mother checking on the vehicle around 1:50 PM. This was over a half hour before the police were able to get on scene and remove the child from the vehicle. When police did removed the child, they found that the child did not even have a blanket while seated in the car. The mother was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child before being released on $500 bail.

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Vehicular heat stroke is much more common when children are locked in a vehicle, but the cold also presents a very dangerous situations.

Time and time again, we have warned parents about the dangers of leaving their children unattended in vehicles, especially during extreme weather. Not only could your child be in danger due to the weather, but automotive theft as well. If you, at any point, lock your child, or children, inside of the vehicle on accident call the police immediately. After ensuring the police are on the way, you can also make a call to our Allentown locksmith to see if he is in the area to provide you with assistance. No matter the time of year, day or the weather, it is never a wise idea to leave your child unattended in a vehicle. Even if it is only for a matter of minutes, the results can be catastrophic.

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Valet Key More Important Than Ever

Valet keys have been a way for car owners to ensure the security of their vehicle for a long time. However, with the introduction of technology which has made it easier than ever to copy keys having a valet key for your car is more important than ever. If you use a valet to park your vehicle, you are trusting that individual not only with an expensive piece of equipment, but also the security of your home, and possibly business as well. This is why Phila-Locksmith highly recommends that you only use a valet service if you have a valet key to provide for them.

Automotive Security Concerns

Online key duplication has become a security concern for some individuals. While the security risk is minimal in many circumstances, valet service is one of the scenarios where the risk to automotive security can be very real. If you do not have a transponder car key for your vehicle, using a valet service can pose a serious security concern. Using a key duplication smart phone application anyone with access to your key would be able to take a picture of the key and have a duplicate mailed to their address. If you do have a transponder car key system on your vehicle, then using a valet key can decrease the risk to your automotive security.

Home and Business Security Concerns

By using a valet key you can prevent anyone who will have access to your vehicle from also having access to the other keys on your key ring. Especially through the use of an online key duplication service, your home or business key could be copied. Since the thief would also have access to your GPS, you can easily be accurately targeted by thieves. With just a few clicks on their smartphone and your GPS, that valet could have a copy of your key and an exact address of where to use that key. It is for this reason that even if you do not use a valet key, to ensure that you remove the rest of your keys from the ring when handing your keys over to the valet.

Valets have been around for a long time and are certainly popular in center city Philadelphia, but advances in technology have left concerns about the level of security that you have when leaving your keys with one of the attendants. This is why it is wise to take security precautions before handing the key ring over to your valet attendant. Be sure to have a valet key to provide to that individual, if not; remove the rest of your keys from the key ring so that an online duplication service can not be used to make a copy of your existing keys. As always, Phila-Locksmith will continue to update you with latest security concerns regarding your keys and locks. It is important to stay, reasonably, concerned with smart technology in regards to security. If you are unsure about how smart technology could affect your security speak directly with a professional like the technicians at Phila-Locksmith.

51 Death Claims as GM Recall Deadline Passes

This past Saturday the deadline to file a claim with General Motors’ recall fund for any individual or family who sustained injuries caused by General Motors’ defective ignition switch. January 31st was the date that individuals had to file a claim as over 4,000 individuals had already done. So far General Motors has allocated $400 million dollars to pay customer claims which vary in the severity of injury which they have suffered. Over 300 of these claims involve the death of an individual involved in a car crash which included one of the recalled vehicles. Phila-Locksmith has been covering the General Motors recall to inform our customers of recalls that may effect their vehicle and to examine the impact that this large of a recall could have on the automotive manufacturing industry as a whole.

900,000 Effected General Motors Vehicles Still on Road

One of the most surprising bits of information which has come to light is that there are still 900,000 recalled vehicles still on the road which have not had the appropriate repairs. The initial recall stems from the ignition switch in many General Motors models. The ignition switch used in these vehicles is too small which can result in the key slipping from the ‘on’ position in the ignition. When this occurs all power steering, power breaking and airbags all will not function. This causes an obvious danger to drivers as well as others on the road, which makes it surprising that about 40% of the recalled vehicles have yet to receive the repairs that they need. General Motors attempted to entice customers to come to their repair shops by offering a $25 gift card if you had brought your recalled vehicle in for repair during the month of December.

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900,000 recalled General Motors vehicles have yet to receive repairs.

General Motors received a total of 4,180 claims as a result of this massive recall. Of those 4,180 about 3,000 were dismissed because they lacked evidence or were submitted with no evidence at all. So far 121 claims have been deemed eligible including 13 incident which involved fatalities. The remaining claims which have not been deemed eligible, or dismissed, are still being reviewed by the third party group which General Motors has assigned to the task. Claims that are still being reviewed could take as long as months to hear whether or not they are eligible for the recall fund. During the countdown to the January 31st deadline multiple members of congress requested that General Motors extend their deadline for claims to be submitted. This request was rejected since General Motors had already delayed the deadline previously to arrive at the January 31st deadline.

While the deadline to file a claim with General Motors’ recall fund has passed, car owners need to have their effected vehicles repaired. With 900,000 vehicles still on the road without necessary repairs, car owners are not only putting themselves in danger, but also putting other motorists in danger as well. This recall has had an effect on the way that General Motors is looking to construct their ignition systems in newer model vehicles. Due to the issues that can arise from a traditional bladed key system, General Motors is looking to shift all of their newly manufactured vehicles to a keyless ignition system. The thought being, that this will eliminate the type of problem that caused this recall.