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  • Unsecured Doors

    By Jerry Levine - Monday February 24, 2014
    Security begins with a closed and latched door. Lately I have been seeing a significant number of slightly open doors at malls, airports and office buildings. Some had signage referencing doors must be locked. These doors were in the open where anyone who...
  • California AB 759

    By Jerry Levine - Thursday January 16, 2014
    The role of the locksmith in the State of California is in for a shake-up, if AB 759 authored by Assemblymember Tom Daly passes. The Business and Professions Code, "Prohibits a person from engaging in the activities of a locksmith unless he or she...
  • Security and Public Safety at the Locksmith Ledger Offices

    By Jerry Levine - Tuesday January 14, 2014
    The Locksmith Ledger magazine office moved to a different floor within the same building. Some time was required for the new offices to be painted, upgraded and made ready for habitation. The move-in day arrived and the employees began in the new...
  • Electronic Access Control for your Customer

    By Jerry Levine - Monday September 30, 2013
    Locksmiths have been installing electronic access control for about half a century. The first one I installed was an electric strike with two remote releases for the front door of a jewelry store. The electric strike offered the jeweler the opportunity to...
  • Return of the Automotive Mechanical Key and Lock?

    By Jerry Levine - Wednesday August 7, 2013
    Manufacturers are having difficulty maintaining security for their vehicles as a new problem is happening to Volkswagen. Even if Volkswagen is able to prevent the release of a paper from the University of Birmingham in England, the cat is out of the...
  • Locksmith Blamed for Own Death

    By Jerry Levine - Monday July 8, 2013
    The following article was published in The Modesto Bee on June 28, 2013. The article was written by Garth Stapley. I will shorten the article to cover the specifics related to the incident. A locksmith was to blame for getting shot along with a deputy...
  • Sales Tax for Locksmiths

    By Jerry Levine - Monday May 13, 2013
    At a recent locksmith meeting, sales and use tax was discussed. One locksmith had met with the California State Board of Equalization (B.O.E.), they examined his records and he was required to pay tens of thousands of dollars for unpaid taxes. According...
  • Friendly Power to the Lock Device...Finally

    By Jerry Levine - Monday April 29, 2013
    Securitron Magnalock Corp. has introduced the patent pending PowerJump™ Inductive Coupling Power Transfer (ICPT) to provide no contact 12 or 24V DC power across the gap between the frame and the door. The PowerJump has the capability of transferring...
  • Mechanical Override Lock Cylinder

    By Jerry Levine - Monday April 15, 2013
    Override pin tumbler lock cylinders are built into most of the access control locks in case the electronics cease to operate. Most of the newer, electronic locks have the override cylinder operation indicated as access granted in the audit trail. However...
  • Auto Blog

    By Jerry Levine - Monday April 1, 2013
    Automotive Changes Blog 04-1 I just finished my portion of the Automotive Supplement for the May issue of the Locksmith Ledger magazine. Automotive changes are happening very quickly. Cars such as the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu are now being equipped for...