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Providing Security Solutions to Southern California Since 1961
Issue #34        Formerly known as "Bill's Lock & Safe Service",  "Commercial Lock & Security"    September 7, 2016
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714 633-1499 

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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...
  
America's 20 most expensive colleges 
Duke University
  
In many of America's top colleges, the total cost for the academic year tops $60,000 and is getting more expensive every year Here's a list of the colleges that are charging the most for the 2015-16 academic year - breaking down how much students pay in tuition and required fees, as well as room and board. These numbers are solely what students would pay directly to the school, so they're still going to have to cover books, travel, a healthcare plan, and possibly beer.
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Here's what the most expensive colleges in America are charging their students per year:

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
Tuition and Fees: $49,210
Room and Board: $14,540

Amherst College
Amherst, Massachusetts
 
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas
Tuition and Fees: $48,190
Room and Board: $15,650

Pitzer College
Claremont, California
Tuition and Fees: $48,670
Room and Board: $15,210

Trinity College
Hartford, Connecticut
Tuition and Fees: $50,826
Room and Board: $13,144

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
Tuition and Fees: $49,047
Room and Board: $14,936

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
Tuition and Fees: $49,506
Room and Board: $14,628

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
Tuition and Fees: $49,498
Room and Board: $14,690

Haverford College
Haverford, Pennsylvania
Tuition and Fees: $49,328
Room and Board: $14,888

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, New York
Tuition and Fees: $50,136
Room and Board: $14,118

Scripps College
Claremont, California
Tuition and Fees: $49,152
Room and Board: $15,108

Oberlin College  
Oberlin, Ohio
Tuition and Fees: $50,636
Room and Board: $13,630

Claremont McKenna College
Claremont, California
Tuition and Fees: $49,045
Room and Board: $15,280

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Tuition and Fees: $50,627
Room and Board: $13,855

Bard College at Simon's Rock
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Tuition and Fees: $50,859
Room and Board: $13,660

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Tuition and Fees: $50,193
Room and Board: $14,772

Sarah Lawrence College
Yonkers, New York
Tuition and Fees: $51,034
Room and Board: $14,596

New York University
New York City, New York
Tuition and Fees: $48,280
Room and Board: $17,580

Columbia University
New York City, New York
Tuition and Fees: $53,523
Room and Board: $12,860

Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California
Tuition and Fees: $50,749
Room and Board: $16,506
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Four years of Schooling would cost over $260,000. You would need to set aside about $1,200 per month from the time your child was born until he/she turned 18 years old to cover the cost...oh yeah and books are extra.  I'm thinking Octomom (Nadya Suleman) is going to need a part time job...Just Saying!
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Other options are available for college bound teens.
 
Lets call them...
 
Plan B - Community college, $6,400 for 2 years of schooling.  That would be $29.63 per month you would need to set aside from the beginning of your child's birth to cover the cost...Now that's what I'm talking about...go Horny Toads!!! 
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Son, you're going to have a job with your name on your shirt.

Plan C - Clown College
Total cost $1,495
Bam - you just saved $258,505.  Honey, we're getting a boat!
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Don't laugh the top pay for  a  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clown is $85,000 to $92,000 per year. Rodeo clowns earn about $51,000 per year.  
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And what college did your son attend Mr. Smith?  Ohio College of Clowning Arts, graduated at the top of his class, majored in, balloon animals and horn honking.  He even made the dean's list.

His Mama
and I are                          
If he can't find a job in his field, chances are good the DMV will hire him.
just so proud of him.  The families first college graduate!
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We're all going down to the Cracker Barrel to celebrate!  I'm going to have some lime Jell-O for dessert.
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Just what the world needs, another  BOZO! 
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
 
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Banking
 
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All safes are created equal, right...

not even close. 

 

Just because it has a dial on it and steel sides top and bottom, doesn't mean it deserves to be called a safe.  Understanding what you are trying to protect and matching that to the appropriate safe is not something you should do on your own unless you have a fair understanding of how safes are designed and rated. 
  
Safes for your home or business make perfect sense.  Depending on the situation, some insurance companies may give you a discount on your insurance because you have a safe and are using it.  Check with your insurance company for details.  Most people have something of value they want to protect whether it has monetary, legal, sentimental or other value and losing it in a fire or theft would be disastrous.  Cash, stock certificates, birth records, family photos, jewelry, guns, rare books or coins, precious metals, collections, relics, wills, pink slips, home loan documents, contracts and so much more all have a place in a safe.  Having a safe in the home or business makes it convenient and saves you a trip to the bank to access your safe deposit box.  Apartment dwellers should consider purchasing a safe for their valuables.  After all, many people have lived in your apartment before you and they still may have keys to your door; its not uncommon.  That would make it easy for someone to return when your not home and take what they want.  Valuables stored in a safe would help prevent that.  You would need to secure the safe to something like the floor or a shelf because if a safe is small and light enough someone can just pick it up and walk out with it.
You may not think that you have anything of value but most people have a laptop, camera, personal records, etc. that would be costly to replace.  When you move, take the safe with you.
  
What we advise when choosing a safe size is to take everything you currently want to place in the safe and put it in a pile on the kitchen table.  This will give you an idea of the room you'll need in the safe, now times that by 3 and that should get you close to the size that will work for you. Using this method insures there will be room in the safe as you obtain items in the future that you want to keep secure.  And It never fails, once you get the safe home you start finding other things to put in it that you had not considered before.  The 3x method seems to work well for most.
  
Types of Safes - Here are some common safes types:
Fire Safe
Data/Media Safe 
Floor Safe
Burglary Safe
Combination of Burglary & Fire Safe
Gun Safe (Not just for guns anymore. Some opt for a gun safe with a fire lining setup and all shelves to fit their needs)
Depository Safe
Under counter Safes
Wall Safe
High Security Safes
Narcotics Safes
Pistol Safes
Cash Register Tray Safes
Money Management Safes
Laptop Safes
  
If you can't find the safe you're looking for consider having the safe custom made. One of the largest safe manufacturers is located right here in Southern California. They can custom design and build a safe to your specifications.  Safes are not an impulse purchase, take your time, Identify your needs, understand the choices.  I can't say this enough "DO NOT BUY A SAFE ON LOOKS".
  
Safe Ratings - Most safes have some type of rating for burglary and fire or both.  Generally speaking insurance companies set the standard for these ratings as well as  Underwriters Laboratories (U.L.) in the U.S. and the Japanese Industrial Standards (J.I.S.) in Japan.  These ratings are based on several factors; thickness of the door, thickness of the body, the time it takes a person to gain access to the safe by forced entry, internal temperature of safe in a 2,000 degree fire, 30 foot drop test and the list goes on including a nitroglycerin test.  Typically you will see ratings such as "B" "C" "BF" for burglary and for fire it will be in time based on a certain test temperature  "30 Minutes" "1 Hour" "2 Hour". A class 350 fire safe means that the safe maintained an internal temperature of less than 350 degrees for a specific time, i.e. 1 hour, 2 hour etc.  Look for a safe with a Class 350 for paper, Class 150 for microfilm, microfiche and photographic film and Class 125 for magnetic media and hard drives.  The reason they aim for these numbers is that the contents can be destroyed at above those different temperatures.  So if you invest in a fire safe that has a 350 degree temperature rating (Class 350) and you store your papers and computer discs in it, and it goes through a fire your paper will survive but the computer disc will not.  Again, know what the safe will be used for before making a purchase, are you protecting against theft or fire or both! 
  
Fire and media safes can get expensive very quickly. If you have a need to protect computer disc and film, consider buying a large class 350 safe and purchase a small media cooler to place inside the class 350 safe.  A media cooler will keep its contents to a 125 degree internal temperature. You could also obtain a burglary safe and put the media cooler in it as another option. 
  
Not to complicate matters but if the safe was manufactured in Japan their ratings are based on J.I.S as we mentioned and are different than the U.S. ratings. It could be important for you to have a basic understanding of the ratings as the salesman will be discussing them with you.  Whatever you do, "DO NOT BUY A SAFE ON LOOKS".  Its all about the safe rating and what you're trying to protect and how the safe will be used.  Most DIY centers will not be able to help you in this area. Go to someone that specializes in selling safes as part of their business. You may find that buying two different types of safes will suite your needs better than one safe trying to do all things.  Also be aware that if you drill holes into the bottom of a fire rated safe to bolt it down to the floor, it could void the warranty on the safe.  Some manufacturers test the safes with bolt holes already designed into the bottom of the safe, so if you want to bolt down your fire rated safe look for the holes already in the bottom of the safe.
  
We have only touched on safe ratings.  It can be confusing but the intent here is to make you aware that safe ratings exist and are important to your selection of a safe. A search on the Internet about safe ratings should provide you with additional information.
  
Safe Locks - With most safes you will have the option of a few type of locks. The standard dial combination lock is the lock most commonly installed on safes  from the factory.  However that is not your only choice.  Gaining in popularity are the electronic safe locks. It's worth taking a look at as they can do many things, including an audit trail.  Most of the time these options will be at additional cost. Talk to your security professional to learn what options are available to you. 
  
When selecting a combination for your electronic safe lock, don't use things like birthdays, anniversaries, street address or anything that is connected to you; not even those dates backwards.  Its the first thing that gets tried when someone is attempting to gain access to your safe.  Now its not likely that a random thief will have access to that information...but other people you know or live with will.  Also very important, when setting up or changing the combination on your electronic safe lock a good practice is to "not close the door to test the new combination".  Test the combination with the door opened because if something goes wrong and the new combination does not work, at least the safe is opened and the lock can be removed if needed. 
    
A Word About "In-Floor Safes" -

This safe is designed to be installed in the floor.   An opening is cut into the floor, a hole is dug into the ground and the safe is set in place with its top flush with the top of the floor and 3 or 4 inches of concrete is filled in around all sides of the safe.  This type of safe can be installed in a raised or slab foundation.  These safes are not fire proof by designed but incasing them in concrete gives them some fire proofing ability.  If you're going to keep important documents and items that can be destroy by water in the safe first put them into a plastic baggie or Tupperware before placing the item into the safe.  The lids of these safe are not watertight so water can leak in from to top. If you were to have a fire the safe could fill up with water from the firefighting efforts destroying the contents of the safes from water damage.  The same results could happen from a broken water pipe. 
A warning "Do not cut into slab" is stamped into the concrete and is usually found in the garage near the front.

 Homes with a post-tensioned cables in the concrete slap foundation
normally cannot have this type of safe installed in their home unless the building contractor has prepped and identified an area for a safe to be installed.  The reason being is when cutting a hole into the slab to install the safe you run the risk of cutting into one of the post-tension cables running through the slab.  This will quickly void any warranty you have on your home regarding the foundation and will compromise the benefits of the post-tensioned slab. Typically these types of slabs are found on homes constructed in a hilly/sloping area or on sandy soil anywhere ground movement is prevalent. Most homes built after 1985 will have post-tension cables.
  
One benefit of a floor safe is that its hidden in the home or business somewhere.  If someone were to break in looking for a safe they would spend a considerable amount of time looking for its location. And if they found its location they would need to get it open and that's not going to be easy. Burglars don't have that kind of time, especially if you have an alarm system that is going off. 
  
 Floor safes are not convenient, after all you're on your hands and knees in a confined area dialing it open but they're your best choice if you want a concealed safe that's going to be hard to find.  A wall safe would be the next best choice.  If you'll be entering the safe often you may want to consider other options unless getting on your hands and knees is not going to be a problem for you.  Each month the safe should be open just to get a change of fresh air into the safe because moisture can build up in it.  In addition to the cost of a floor safe you'll need to pay for installation and that's going to be in the neighborhood of $350.00 on up.
  
You can always give us a call at 714 633-1499 or visit one of our retail locations to learn more about selecting the safe that's right for you.


Last month winner!
Congratulation to last
month's contest  winner!
 
Mary Patterson
 
 Who is this famous person?
Answer: John Wayne
Contest
Who is this famous person?
September
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.
Who is this famous person?
  

Winner will be contacted by email.

Good Luck!  

Another Option After High School: Trade/Vocational Schools and Career Colleges
 
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

Why college? Unless you are one of the lucky few who receive a full scholarship to college, is a college education - and tens of thousands of dollars in debt for you or your family - always the right path after high school?

As a former college professor, my first response is yes, of course a college education is worth the investment. More and more jobs and careers are professional, white collar jobs in which an undergraduate degree is the minimum educational requirement. Taking a broader perspective, however, provides a different answer.

Depending on your situation - your aptitude, career interests, high-school record, and life goals - learning a trade by attending a career college or vocational school might make much more sense for you. Besides, if you later decide a college degree is appropriate, you can find many alternatives for obtaining it. 
 
What does it mean to be working in a trade? It simply means that you have acquired a set of specific skills and knowledge related to a particular job/career field. A growing number of jobs and careers in healthcare, technology, mechanics, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), agriculture, animal husbandry, construction, locksmithing, and other trades are available to job-seekers with a certificate, vocational diploma, or associate's degree from career and vocational schools.

Even more appealing for people considering a career in skilled trades - many of these jobs are in high demand, with expected growth to continue for some time. Furthermore, because more young people have been choosing college over trades, the shortage of skilled workers is growing.

Besides the demand for these jobs, skilled tradespeople can easily earn $40,000 or more annually.

What's the reason more high-school graduates choose college over trade school? Studies and anecdotal evidence show a combination of factors, including the perceived value and status of a college education, myths and misconceptions about the types of trades jobs, and stereotypes of trades workers.

Difference Between Vocational Schools and Four-Year Colleges
While the distinction is slowly blurring, vocational schools traditionally have aimed at providing a narrow course of study focused on providing the training and skills students require for a specific job. Four-year universities and colleges, on the other hand, have traditionally focused more on providing a broad education covering a wide range of topics, centered more on teaching theory and developing critical-thinking skills.

Getting Started on a Vocational Career and Education
There are thousands of career and vocational schools throughout the country - as well as numerous online offerings - but the first place to start is with researching trade careers that interest you.

Begin the process by talking to your high-school guidance and/or career counselor. Ask about books and other resources for trade career and trade schools. See if your school offers a job-shadowing program in which you can spend a day (or part of a day) with someone in a career field that matches your interests.
 
If your high school does not have the resources or tools you seek, take the initiative and conduct your own research on trade careers. Then seek out your family, friends, and neighbors to discover the names of people within your network that are - or know of people who are - in the trades that interest you. Your final step is asking these people if you can shadow them and/or conduct an informational interview with them. In an informational interview, you can ask questions such as how the person got started in his/her career, what job opportunities are available in the field, what education/training is required to get started in the career, and the like.

Once you have narrowed your choice of a trade career, your last step is finding an qualified career or vocational school nearby (or online) that offers the diploma, certification, or degree you need. Again, plenty of books and online resources are available that can help you in your search.

Each vocational school has its own admissions criteria, but expect to complete an application, submit your high-school transcript (or copy of your GED). You may also be required to take a placement exam and/or submit SAT or ACT test scores if you are considering a four-year program.

Before applying to a school, you should especially research the placement record of its graduates for the program you are considering. Most post-secondary schools offer some degree of career counseling; others are more pro-active, sponsoring career fairs and other opportunities in which students can connect directly with prospective employers about both apprenticeships and jobs.

Finally, while vocational schools are usually a less expensive alternative than four-year colleges, you'll still have tuition, fees, and books. Many schools offer financial-aid assistance, and you should not be shy or coy in asking each school about what you can expect in terms of grants, scholarships, and loans.
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The School Of Security Technology
302 W. Katella Ave. Orange, CA 92867
 
 Locksmith School
 
If you're interested in attending a trade school consider a career in the field of locksmithing. 
 
Locksmiths are trained to work on several different types of locks, so their day might be filled with a wide variety of duties. Locksmiths may repair locks by taking them apart and finding where the malfunction is, then fixing it with a variety of small tools. They might make these repairs on-site, or in a dedicated workshop. They might also change locks, re-key locks, and otherwise modify them.
Some locksmiths sell, service, and install safes for homes and businesses. Locksmiths often work on safes and other security measures for banks, which can require regular maintenance and testing. Related hardware, such as vault doors, timer systems, teller machines, and safe deposit boxes might also require the regular services of a locksmith.
Locksmith jobs often involve odd hours beyond a daily work schedule, as many choose to be "on call" for emergency services. Locksmiths often respond to calls from individuals who have lost their keys or locked themselves out of a home or vehicle. They might also work with local law enforcement or emergency services to obtain access to a property in the event of an emergency.
 
The School of Security Technology (owned and operated by Comlock Security Group, Inc.) offers evening locksmithing courses.   

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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