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California AB 759

If passed, AB 759 changes the California Business and Professions Code, which currently prohibits a person from being a locksmith unless s/he has a valid locksmith license.  AB 759 expands the locksmith license to include a person registered with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) as an employee of an alarm company if the locksmithing work is ancillary to the primary duties and functions of installing, maintaining or monitoring the alarm system.

This bill is sponsored by ADT Security Services. Tom Daly who represents District 69, which includes Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove and Orange authored the bill.

Tom Daly's contact information is:

Capitol Office

P.O. Box 942849, Room 4166

Sacramento, CA 94249-0069

(916) 319-2069

District Office

2400 East Katella Avenue, Suite 640

Anaheim, CA 92806

(714) 939-8469

Contact information for the BSIS mailing address 2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 270; Sacramento, CA 95834. Telephone: (916) 322-4000 or (800) 952-5210


ILCO EZ- Code II Second Generation

Kaba Ilco has introduced the second generation ILCO EZ- Code II electronic code machine for originating and duplicating automotive, commercial and residential cylindrical keys. The key machine can be used to code cut or duplicate keys. A new feature enables keys cut in the duplication mode to be cut to factory specifications.

The keypad-operated EZ- Code II uses an LED display. The built-in database contains over 200 automotive key code series and specifications for hundreds of commercial applications. In addition, the Design-A-Key feature allows input and storage of customized key code data. As an option, the code machine can be operated using Kreate-A-Key code software.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Kaba Ilco Corp., P. O. Box 2627 Rocky Mount, NC 27802-2627. Telephone: 252-446 3321. Web Site:


Toyota, Nissan and Kia Update

Toyota, Nissan and Kia have no new model introductions for the start of the 2014 model year.


Subaru Update

Over the years, Subaru has produced several different head styles for their keys using the same blades and transponder chips. Different transponder chips can be used with the same head and blade. To add to the confusion, Subaru is using the same blades and transponder chips in their remote head keys; however, different models and years operate on different frequencies. This creates a great deal of confusion when trying to determine which key blank number goes with what vehicle. When in doubt, contact your Subaru dealer with the Vehicle Identification Number to determine which key blank is used with your vehicle.


Major Mfg. Extend-A-Cylinder

Wide door thicknesses and customized lock applications can require a mortise cylinder longer than what is standard. Lock manufacturers and aftermarket lock cylinder manufacturers offer most conventional mortise cylinders with a length of up to about two inches. Most manufacturers offer longer cylinders, usually with a timeframe of any where from three to five weeks or longer.

The Major Mfg. Extend-A-Cylinder begins with a conventional or high security mortise cylinder and using an extension kit, extends the length to meet the customers requirements. The extensions lengths include ½", ¾", 1" and 1-1/4".

The MCE-100 Mortise Cylinder Extension Drill Guide is required.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Major Mfg. Telephone: 714-772-5202. Web Site:


Push Plate Abuse

To assist the physically challenged as well as practical applications, low energy door operators have been installed in many buildings. While going on a tour through an office building, I could not help but notice this push plate. It seems that a number of people do not have the patience to wait for the door to open.


Arecont Vision

The new Arecont Vision SurroundVideo 12 Megapixel 360-degree Panoramic Camera provides full field coverage using four 3MP sensors. Each sensor provides 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution, providing a total resolution of 8,192 x 1,536 pixels. These four sensors eliminate the drop off irregularity of single sensor panoramic cameras using true wide dynamic range (WDR) functionality.

This indoor/outdoor dome style cameras' housing is IP66 environmentally rated and IK10 vandal resistant.

For more information, contact Arecont Vision, LLC., 425 E. Colorado St., 7th Floor, Glendale, CA 91205. Telephone: 818-937-0700. Web Site:


Trine 4850 -ITL

Trine Access Technology has introduced the installation tool for the 4800 Series surface-mount rim panic device electric strikes. The installation tool is a metal plate cut to the 4800 Series electric strike dimensions. The magnet-equipped tool can be used to determine the electric strike's mounting location by centering the cutout to the exit device's latch. Once located, use the included center punch to mark the drill locations for the six anchoring pins, mounting screws and the wire runs for the electric strike and if equipped the Latchbolt Monitoring (LB). A ¼" spacer is used with the Installation Tool when a 3/4" thickness is needed to accommodate the latch.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Trine Access Technology, Telephone 718-829-2332 Web Site:


Car Opening Techniques: 2007-14 Toyota Yaris

This month we will offer car-opening tool manufacturer's recommended techniques for opening the 2007-14 Toyota Yaris sedan. Car-opening methods are similar for both the sedan and the hatchback; however, because of the placement of the hatchback rear windows, there is an increased risk of breaking a window using a long reach tool to unlock a hatchback. The mechanical locking mechanism incorporates bicycle style cables.

CAUTION: These vehicles are equipped with tight fitting weather stripping. Failure to remove the wedges before the tip of the tool enters the passenger compartment can result in breaking the window glass.

Important: Be very careful when you contact the lock buttons or the inside handle. Too much force can result in scratching or marring the button or handle. Placing electrical tape over the tip of the tool can help protect the plastic controls.


The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2007-14 Toyota Yaris sedan:


Use the High Tech Tools Long Inside Access Tool #89 and a wedge to unlock the rear passenger door locking mechanism. Carefully wedge out the rear passenger door window several inches behind the side view mirror. The tip of the tool should be approximately in front of the inside release. Insert the #89 car-opening tool into the rear passenger cavity with the shaped portion is pointing forward on a slight tilt. Lower the tool until the shaped portion is beneath the bottom of the window mechanism. Rotate the tool counter clockwise until the arch is on the passenger compartment side of the window glass. Carefully raise the #89 car-opening tool until the arch is just visible. Stop and immediately remove the wedge. Raise the tool and position the tip in front of the door lock button. Pull back on the tool to rock the button to the unlocked position.


Use the Pro-Lok AO-35 “MCOT-Wide” tool and an inflatable wedge to unlock the rear passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the inflatable wedge nine inches from the front edge of the rear passenger door window. Inflate the wedge according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Insert the AO-35 car-opening tool into the door six inches from the front edge of the window with the tip of the tool facing forward. Lower the tool fifteen inches into the door cavity until the bend is beneath the bottom of the window glass. Rotate the tool until the arch is on the passenger compartment side of the window glass. Deflate the wedge.

Carefully lift the tool until the tip is in the passenger compartment. Rotate the tool 90 degrees counterclockwise and manipulate the tip of the tool in front of the manual lock-unlock button. Carefully rotate the manual lock-unlock button rearward, unlocking the locking mechanism.


Use the Slide Lock Frameless Window Tool™ and a wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge just beneath the top rear corner of the front passenger door. Lubricate the area. Carefully insert the Frameless Window Tool into the opening above the wedge. Slide the tool into the passenger compartment, being careful to avoid scratching the surrounding area when sliding the coupler  through the opening. Carefully manipulate the tool to having the tip behind the inside door handle. Carefully pull on the tool to unlock the locking mechanism and open the front passenger door.


Use the Steck Manufacturing BigEasy “Glo” and a wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge or inflatable wedge into the top corner of the door. Once the door has been wedged out, insert the BigEasy tool into the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool to position the ninety degree bend tip behind the inside door handle. Pull on the tool to unlock the door locking mechanism. Pull on the handle a second time to open the door.


Use the Tech-Train Productions TT-1015 car-opening tool and two wedges to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Insert the first wedge forward the inside door handle. Position the second wedge about eight inches from the first leaving enough room to manipulate the car-opening tool. Carefully insert the TT-1015 tool into the opening created by the wedges with the upper bend towards the front of the vehicle. Lower the tool until the upper bend is beneath the base of the window glass. Rotate the tool counterclockwise slightly until the bend is on the inside of the glass. Carefully raise the TT-1015 until you can just see the bend within the weather stripping. Stop immediately and remove the wedges. Carefully raise the car opening tool until the tip is within the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool using the tip to lever the inside door handle out to the unlocked position.


Carefully remove all car-opening tools according to the manufacturers ‘ instructions.

The direction to rotate the 2007-14 Toyota Yaris sedan driver's door lock plug to the unlocked position is clockwise.


For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or the following manufacturers of car-opening tools:

High Tech Tools, 1628 NW 28th St., Miami, FL 33142. Telephone : 305-635-1011. Fax : 305-635-1015. Website: www.

Pro-Lok, 655 North Hariton Street, Orange, CA 92868. Telephone: 714-633-0681. Fax: 714-633-0470. Website:

Slide Lock Tool Co. Inc., 1166 Topside Rd., Louisville, TN 37777. Telephone: 800-336-8812. Website:

Steck Manufacturing Company, Inc., 1115 S. Broadway, Dayton, OH 45408. Telephone: 800-227-8325. Web Site:

Lockmasters Inc., 2101 John C. Watts Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356.  Telephone: 800-654-0637.  Fax: 859-885-7093. Website:


We are interested in printing opening methods from other car-opening tool manufacturers. Contact Jerry Levine, C/O Locksmith Ledger, 3030 Salt Creek Lane, Suite 300, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. Fax: 847-454-2759. E-mail: