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MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
Providing Security Solutions to Southern California Since 1961
Issue #33        Formerly known as "Bill's Lock & Safe Service",  "Commercial Lock & Security"    August 3, 2016
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Alarm Monitoring     Key Control Systems
Sales     Service     Installations

714 633-1499 

   RETAIL STORE LOCATIONS
 
Orange
302 W. Katella Ave   
Orange, Ca. 92867 
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Fullerton
127 N. Raymond Ave.
Fullerton, Ca. 92931
 
Store Hours 8:30am to  5:00pm  Mon. - Fri. 
Closed Sat. & Sun.
714 633-1499

 

A Quick Look At What We Do.

  

Sales,Service, Installation or Repair of:
Keys Duplicated
Locks Re-keyed
Code Cut keys
Pick Open Locks
Key Control
Door Hardware
Safe Service
Safe Deposit Box
Masterkey Systems
Desk Locks
File Cabinet
Door Closer
Panic Hardware
Padlocks  
Electronic Access
Security Cameras
Alarm Systems
Alarm System Takeovers
Alarm Monitoring
Custom Fabrications
Locksmith Training
And Much More...
We are Dealers for:
Mult-t-lock
Schlage
Von Duprin
Sargent Lock
LCN Door Closer
Adams Rite
Alarm Lock
Corbin Russwin
Arrow
US Lock
Detex
Keri Systems
Brivo
Galaxy Control System
HID
OpenEye
Pelco
Toshiba
Dedicated Micros
Sony
  And Many More...
  
Right Before They Died, They Had One Last Thing to Say...
 
1. John F. Kennedy
When a friend said, "you certainly cannot say that the people of Dallas haven't given you a nice welcome, Mr. President," JFK responded with his final words: "No, you certainly can't."

2. Whitney Houston
The super-star diva of a singer reportedly muttered, "I'm gonna go see Jesus, want to see Jesus," as she took her final breaths in February of 2012.

3. Sigmund Freud
The iconic Austrian neurologist and father of psychoanalysis said "This is absurd! This is absurd!" He was suffering from cancer and he died by physician-assisted suicide.

4. Elvis Presley
The superstar who was known as the King famously died on the toilet at his Graceland mansion. Allegedly, his last words were "I'm going to the bathroom to read."

5. Humphrey Bogart
Hollywood film legend and husband to Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart allegedly said, "Goodbye, kid. Hurry back" as she went to go pick up the kids.

6. John Wayne
Western star John Wayne was with his wife as he died and said to her, "Of course I know who you are. You're my girl. I love you."

7. Winston Churchill
The British Prime Minister said, "Oh, I am so bored with it all," perhaps referring to his illness. He then slipped into a coma and died nine days later.

8. Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball's "I Love Lucy" co-star (and real-life husband) Desi Arnaz said his last words to her: "I love you too, Honey. Good Luck with your show."

9. Bob Hope
Ever the comedian, Bob Hope responded "Surprise me" when asked by his wife where he would like to be buried. He died in Los Angeles at the ripe old age of 100.

10. Alfred Hitchcock
"One never knows the ending. One has to die to know exactly what happens after death, although Catholics have their hopes," said the famous director before dying.

11. Jimmy Stewart
The actor was 89 when he died. His last words were "I'm going to be with Gloria now." Gloria was his wife of 44 years, who had died three years prior.

12. Steve Irwin
"Don't worry, they usually don't swim backwards," said Irwin of stingrays while filming a segment for his daughters show.  The "Crocodile Hunter" famously died from a freak stingray accident.  Stingrays are one of the most docile bottom feeders, with only 17 deaths total worldwide.

13. Lucille Ball
As the redheaded actress was dying, someone asked her if she wanted anything. "My Florida Water" was her reply. Florida Water is a citrus-scented, unisex cologne that dates back more than 200 years.

14. George Reeves
"I'm tired. I'm going back to bed."
Television's original Superman uttered these words to friends shortly before he committed suicide. The following year, he was awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard.

15. Joan Crawford
Known for her feisty spirit, Crawford went out in typical fiery fashion; she said, "Dammit! Don't you dare ask God to help me!" as her housekeeper began to pray aloud, by her side.

16. Donald O'Connor
O'Connor was a singer, dancer, and actor who once hosted the Academy Awards (in 1954). On his deathbed, he quipped "I'd like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get."

17. Jesus
Jesus is the central figure of Christianity who is also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, said "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."

18. Benjamin Franklin
When the civic activist was on his deathbed, his daughter told him to switch to a more comfortable position to facilitate his breathing. His response was "A dying man can do nothing easy."
  
19. Nostradamus
The seer reportedly said "Demain, au soleil levant je ne serais plus" to a friend at his bedside. This translates to "Tomorrow, at sunrise, I will be here no more." Guess he was right about that one, too

20. Harry Houdini
"I'm tired of fighting, Dash. I guess this thing is going to get me." These were the famous magician's last words, to his brother Theo, the day before his death.

21. Michael Landon
"Little House on the Prarie" actor Michael Landon, dying of cancer in 1991, was surrounded by his family. His son told him that it was time to let go and move on. Landon responded, "You're right. It's time. I love you all."
Our Licenses & Permits

C10 - Electrical Contractor
 
D28 - Door and Gate, Activating Devices
 
C28 - Lock & Security Contractor
 
D16 - Hardware & Safes
 
C61 - Limited Specialty
 
C7 - Low Voltage
 
Contractor License - 478006
 
Locksmith Permit - LCO646
 
Alarm Company Operators - License 4166
 
Safety Trained - Ladders, Lifts and Booms

  Markets we serve
 
Manufacturing
 
Warehousing
 
Banking
 
Multi-location Companies
 
Retail
 
Government
 
Medical Manufacturers
 
Hospitals / Care Facilities
 
Entertainment

 

Cities

 

School Districts

 

Police / Fire Service

 

Military

 

Office Buildings

 

Multi-Tenant Buildings

 

Commercial Properties

 

Property Management

  

 

New Career
Are you or someone you know thinking about a new career?

Consider
Locksmithing

Comlock Security Group, Inc. has been teaching locksmithing courses for over 23 years.

We are a private vocational school approved to operate in California specializing in training students for careers in the rapidly growing field of security. Our programs are designed to teach the student the technical skills necessary for an entry-level position with prospective employers. Our courses are a mix of lecture and hands-on training conducted at our fully equipped facility in the city of Orange, in Southern California. 

As never before, Americans are concerned with security.  Help the public upgrade the security of their homes and business by becoming a locksmith today.  The School of Security Technology is a locksmith school that has been training men and women in Southern California for careers in locksmithing since 1991.   

Our locksmithing program courses are designed to allow students to gain a clear and basic understanding of the locksmith industry and the specific functions of a general locksmith.  We provide hands-on experience that will assist an individual who is seeking job opportunities in the locksmith industry.

Our curriculum is updated periodically, our instructors have a minimum of fifteen years experience in the locksmith industry, and you could be our next graduate!
For additional information or to tour our school facility call 714 633-1366 or visit our website.
 
Next Class Start Date.
9/13/2016

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Comparing access control security bids!
Don't assume anything and question everything.

Once a decision has been made to have an access control system installed in your business, the next logical step would be to solicit bids for your new system.  Make sure that the salesperson knows the features you are looking for in an access control system as not all systems will have the same features.  The fact is that the security company you have asked to bid on your system may not have a system that fits your needs. It's important that you let the salesperson know up front the features you are looking for, otherwise you'll end up getting what they have and not what you want.  Once you have received the bids you must sort through them to determine if the systems being proposed meets your specifications.  Now comes the harder part; comparing bids from one company to another.

In the security industry most companies buy their products for around the same price, everyone gets about the same discounts within a few percentage points.  You can expect to see up to a 20% difference between bids.  So if you find discrepancies among bids, avoid taking the lowest bid without questioning the differences. The bigger the difference the bigger the red flag...something's wrong so you better start asking questions. 
  
Here are some questions to ask that will impact cost.


Does the bid include the locking hardware?
You would think so...but not always.  Lock hardware is oftentimes a component of an access system that gets overlooked.  Oftentimes another company will install the locking hardware because the access control company lacks the skills necessary to properly install the locks.  Customers go with the lowest bidder and at the end of the job you have a electronic access control system installed only its not hooked up to any locking hardware because that was not part of the bid.  Too many times an unsuspecting customer signs a contract just to find out the locking hardware is not included and then costing unplanned additional expenses.  So now you need to hire a company that installs electronic locking hardware to get the job completed and that can easily add up to over a $4,000.00 for a simple four door system. 

Does the bid include training?
Better find out up front.  A technician finishes installing your new equipment, goes over a few key points  and hands you the book or directs you to an on-line tutorial and tells you everything you need to know is in the book or on-line and suggests you review it.  Make sure the bid spells out the training you will receive on your new system.  When you do receive your training it's best to have two or more people attend.

Does the bid include door closers?
Door closers?  Yes door closers.  When you install an electronic access control system the doors must be able to automatically close and return to the locked position.  Without a door closer the door will remain open which defeats the purpose of an electronic access control system.  Door closers can run from $175.00 to over $400.00 per door depending on the type of door it needs to close.

Is the correct wiring being used?
In some cases, special wire is required especially if the wire is being run through a plenum ceiling.  This wire costs a little more per foot but when you have a couple hundred feet of this special wire it can add hundred's of dollars or more to the cost.  Plenum wire is jacketed with fire-retardant material to minimize hazardous materials that will burn in a fire.
  
Some access control features adds cost.
Monitoring of door status will add cost to the proposal.  Additional wire and labor to run the wire to monitor door status can add up quickly, depending on how large your system will be.  If this is a feature you want to have make sure to ask the salesperson about it during your first meeting.  Make sure it is written into the proposal if its something you want.  To add it to the system later could mean $1,000s of dollars.

How is the wire being run?
Some installing companies will run your wires down the surface of your walls and cover them with a plastic channel that sticks to the wall. This is a labor saving cost to the company as it takes less time to do the installation.  This can save a company a days worth of labor thus lowering their bid dollars.  Hiding the wires takes a considerable amount of time costing the company more labor dollars.  If you're expecting the wires to be hidden in the walls make sure they know what your expectations are. Sometimes running the wires down the surface of the walls are the only way to get power to a door and can't be avoided.  If this is the case the salesperson should review that with you before the installation.  Also in a warehouse situation running the wires down the surface of the wall is necessary as the walls are normally solid concrete.  When this is done it is usually run in steel conduit so the wires cannot be tampered with. 

Does the bid include access credentials for the system?
In the case of an electronic access control system make sure that your bid includes access control cards/fobs or at least a price per unit for them.  Access control cards/fobs can average around $6.50 each, if you need a 100 that can be $650.00.  You may be looking at one bid that includes a specific number of access control cards and one bid that does not.  That could be a $650.00 difference or more just by itself. 

Is computer equipment being supplied?
Typically an electronic access control system controlling software is installed on one of the companies existing computers systems.  Sometimes a bidding company will include a new computer in their bid to run the software and it may or may not be at the customer's request.  If that's the case, it could make one bid higher than another by $800 to $1,200 dollars.  That could be a reason for the difference in price.

Equipment specifically manufactured for a company.
Occasionally you'll fine companies that are installing equipment that's specifically made for them. This normally does not add any additional cost to a bid but its worth a few seconds to discuss what this means to you. We recommend staying away from systems or companies that are installing this type of equipment. When a company installs equipment designed specifically for them it means that they're the only company that can service or repair it.  This gives the company an edge over you because they know you would need replace most of the equipment that they installed if you wanted to switch to another access control company.  So you're stuck with poor service because the likelihood of you spending the money to replace the equipment is small.  Know what type of equipment is being installed and ask your salesperson this question, "Can another authorized dealer besides your company service the equipment you're installing?...the answer should be YES. 

Sometimes they will install lockout codes in the control panel that only the they know about.  This is their way of forcing you to use only their company for service.  The equipment may be standard and any authorized dealer can service your system BUT they will need to know what the lockout code is to perform any service work on the control panel. So in effect you're stuck using the company that installed the equipment.  They will not voluntarily give you the information about the lockout code. 

Ask if they're installing their own lockout code in your system, if they say yes... ask them for the code for your records. Some control panels come from the manufacturer with a factory lockout code installed in them and its always the same code.  Any factory authorized company can find out what the code is...no big deal.  But using the factory code allows the installer to change the lockout code to something different that only they know.  At that point you'll be forced to use that company for service work on the system unless you know what the code is.  If they refused to give you the code...find another company.  Remember you're paying for this equipment...you own it! 

As a point of reference Comlock Security Group, Inc. does not install lockout codes into the access control equipment we install.  Any authorized dealer can work on the equipment.  Our belief is that if we fail to meet your expectations then you deserve the right to switch to another company you're more comfortable with...period, no hassles, no tricks, no problems!

Some questions to ask.
1. Are there any monthly ongoing fees? 
2. Is this a lease or do we own the equipment?
3. How long is the warranty?  Get as long as you can.
4. Does the system being installed have room to be expanded?
5. Are there any Software License fees?
6. Will the installing company be using any sub-contractors?
7. What is your average response time for service work?
8. Is this a proprietary system? Stay away for these systems as only the
    installing company can service the system.
9. Will you be installing lockout codes in the control panel?
10. Can any authorized company besides your company work on this system?
11. How many access control cards/fobs are included in the price?
  
Consider adding KEY CONTROL to your system!
You may want to consider adding key control products to your access control system from the beginning.  Chances are that the hardware on your access control doors will have key over ride in the lock; especially interior doors. Now is the perfect time to upgrade your locking system.  Key control products takes the worry out of how many unauthorized keys there are to your building. With a key control system no one can get a duplicate key made without your knowledge.  So when you get the keys back from an employee that is separating from the company you know that it's the only keys the employee has to the door.  And as long as that happens, you'll never need to re-key a lock again.   For $65.00 to $90.00 per cylinder you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you're in control of the keys to your building.   

Once you get through all that you need to consider the company proposing the system when looking at the bottom line.  If you're dealing with a smaller company like a two or three person company their overhead is less so they can afford to be lower in their price than a company of a much larger size.   But it may not be in your best interest to select a smaller company with a lower price.  Here's why; a smaller company can mean more vulnerability due to minimal or no support, technical expertise, timely repairs, and may lack the ability to adjust to your needs.  Attractive pricing today can come at a higher unrealized cost tomorrow.  Yes, you may have saved some money but you could be waiting a few days to get service on your access control system.  Smaller companies cannot respond quickly to service request due to manpower or the lack of. That's not going to sit well with you when you have an issue with doors not locking down, especially after investing the money necessary to get the system installed.  Imagine that you've just purchased a new car from a dealer and you got a great price but then imagine that the dealer only has one mechanic.  How long do you think you're going to wait to get service on your new car.  One thing for sure is that its not going to be the same day you drive to the dealership for service.  The same thing could hold true when you call the smaller company for service on your access control system.  Most service companies have their schedules already set a few days in advance to service other accounts.  With the schedule already full, smaller companies usually lack the flexibility to accommodate same day service requests due to the availability of manpower.  If anything can be done it is usually after hours and on overtime so you're going to pay a premium labor cost.  Larger companies, in most cases, has the manpower and flexibility necessary to accommodate same day service requests.
  
Often smaller companies are limited to the access control systems available to them. This is because the higher end access control manufacturers have a set criteria they go by in allowing companies to become a dealer for their products.  One being "how large is the company".  They want companies that are large enough to support the end user and to service their products in a timely fashion.  This forces the smaller company to sell access control products that are common over the counter products, and for the most part are good quality products.  Larger companies can obtained those products as well.  The over the counter products are a good value if the customers needs are simple and straight forward.  This is where you need to be careful when comparing bids.  The smaller company makes a bid using the limited products available to them and hopes it will fit the customers needs now and in the future.  The larger company makes a bid using a much wider range of products including over the counter systems.  They select the system that will best fit the customer's needs based on what is important to the customer.  When you're looking at the bottom line dollars ask yourself this; "Are they biding this product because that's what we need or because its what they have?"  Nothing worst than learning the system you just had installed doesn't do certain things you assumed it would do.  Question everything when comparing bids.
  
Do your homework and choose the company that's right for you. 
  
When looking for a company to work with, consider these things:
1. Find a company that offers more than one type of access control system but
    not so many that they are not proficient in any one of them.
2. Will provide service work should your system require it.
3. Provides training to users on the new system.
4. Provides phone support.
5. Is established in the community.
6. Use a company that is licensed and insured.
7. Avoid using a one or two man mobile only company. Access control systems require a team of qualified people to provide a successful end result for the customer.  Do your homework and research the type of system being proposed. Use the internet as a place to start your research.  Look for user reviews on the system, there may be some available.   If you cannot find any useful  information about the system being proposed, and your not comfortable with it...walk away. 
  
Get the right security system and company for your business!
  
Call 714 633-1499 for all your security needs. 

Last month winner!    

Congratulation to last
month's contest  winner
 
Cameron Crowe
 
 "What Tastes Better Than It Smells"
Answer: A Tongue
Contest
Who is this famous person?
August 
Each month we will feature a picture of a famous person.
Part of the picture will be masked.
Guess the identity of the person correctly and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $25.00 gift card!

Win $25.00 Gift Card.
 
One winner will be drawn each month!
Comlock Security Group employees, their family members
and business associates are not eligible to participate in contest.
1
Who is this famous person?
 

Winner will be contacted by email.

Good Luck!  
 Our Retail Stores
Want help with a DIY project?  Looking for parts for your lock?  Need a new lockset for you front door?  Want to use the same key on all you doors?  How about a safe!
 
Visit one of our retail stores for all
your security needs!
 
Comlock security group operates two retail store locations, one in the city of Orange and the other in the city of Fullerton.  

 Our retail locations have been set up to help the do-it-yourselfer as well as a place to speak with a security representative about your needs.  We stock a full line of locking hardware as well as parts for both commercial and residential customers.  Our store technicians are trained locksmiths so getting advice on securing property or making repairs to locking hardware is always available and we're glad to help in anyway we can.  For our commercial customers your account is good in both of our retail store locations.  You may make your purchases in our stores and charge it to your account.
  
Some of the services and products we offer nullat our stores are: 
Keys duplicated including auto keys - Locks re-keyed - code cut keys - High Security keys - Safe combination changes - security chain - Masterkey system setup and maintained - locks opened - lock repairs - and much more!  If you nullhave an old key and want  to get a duplicated key made, try our Fullerton store location, the oldest of our remaining stores.  We have over 7,000 unique key blanks in that store and some of the key blanks are obsolete and no longer in production. Chances are good that the Fullerton store location will have the key you're looking for!

In addition to being a full service locksmith shop, we offer a full line of safes:  nullFloor safes - Wall Safes - Fire and Burglary safes - Drop safes - Media Safes - Gun Safes and more.  If we don't have the safe you're looking for we can special order what you need, even custom made.
  

Our store hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm  Closed Saturday, Sundays and major Holidays.
  

Fullerton Store - 714 738-3529
127 N. Raymond Ave, Fullerton Ca. 92831
(between Chapman & Commonwealth Ave)
  
Orange Store - 714 288-7170
302 W. Katella Ave.  Orange, Ca. 92867 
(between Glassell & Batavia Street)



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Comlock Security Group, Inc. |  security.team@comlock.com
    302 W. Katella Ave.
Orange, CA 92867-4705