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The Billion-Dollar Issue of Interactive Computer Services Versus Internet Content Provider

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Special Notice: To any service company that is a victim, loss of business and revenue due to false advertising by an Interactive Computer Service (ICS), AKA the search engines. If a third party did not provide the information they display, they now become the Information Content Provider (ICP) and they lose immunity provided by Section 230. They should be prosecuted to the full extent under the law.

Definitions And Solutions
An Interactive Computer Service (ICS) is defined as “any information service, system, or access software provider that provides or enables computer access by multiple users to a computer server, including specifically a service or system that provides access to the internet and such systems operated or services offered by libraries or educational institutions.” Gordon v. Virtumundo, Inc., 575 F.3d 1040 (9th Cir. Wash. 2009)

The term Information Content Provider (ICP) means “any person or entity that is responsible, in whole or in part, for the creation or development of information provided through the Internet or any other interactive computer service.” (47 USCS § 230)

The New Category
The new correct term Interactive Content Provider is both an Interactive Computer Service (ICS) and Information Content Provider (ICP).  This means they are providing both functions. Some are search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Angie’s List, Yellowbook, Ziplocal and SuperPages or one of 160 others that are a dual-purpose entity under the above definitions. They say they are only an Interactive Computer Service (ICS) so they can claim immunity behind U. S. Code Section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act.  Unfortunately they have crossed the line by doing both, they provide information they originate making them also an Information Content Provider (ICP).

We Can Prove They Are The Same:
The case of Interactive Computer Services (ICS) disseminating false information comes down to a several critical issues. It seems the difference between an Interactive Computer Services (ICS) and an Internet Content Provider (ICP)remain two distinct entities in the eyes of the law. This needs to be analyzed correctly. Unfortunately the lines of distinction have become blurred. In fact an Interactive Computer Services (ICS)and an Internet Content Provider (ICP)have become one in the same accomplished by their own actions. We can prove this in court, with a jury trial, using witnesses, testimony, interrogatories, depositions and factual information stated under oath. Give us a chance in court to prove so!

The Four Tests:
Was the information purchased?
The Interactive Computer Services (ICS) procures the information which they purchased and inserted it themselves. It may be in the form of a listing, a directory or a map point. This transaction makes them the Internet Content Provider (ICP) as the information is under their control.

Was The Information Scraped?
Did the Interactive Computer Services (ICS) display, scrape, copy or plagiarize information from another web site without acknowledgement of the Information Content Provider (ICP)?
If yes, then they are guilty of being both an Interactive Computer Services (ICS) and Internet Content Provider (ICP). Maybe somewhere a third party originated the information but it never would have appeared unless actions taken by the Interactive Computer Services (ICS). At that point the definition and purpose of the search engine becomes dual, protection, and immunity is gone.

Do They Have A Public Portal?  
Is the damaging information placed via a public access portal? If not where did it come from?
Is the information presented in the form of directory or a map point without the source known?
If there is no public access portal to enter information the Interactive Computer Services (ICS) is also the Internet Content Provider (ICP). They are responsible for the content under current laws.

Can A Legal Servable Address Be Produced?
A legal servable address must be provided so one can bring legal action to bear to the true perpetrators of damaging information. If the Interactive Computer Services (ICS)cannot provide a legal address for the violating party(s) presenting false or damaging information it must assumed it is the their own material.
If it takes a court ordered subpoena to produce such an address then so be it.  They must produce the provider information, in the form of a legal servable address, which is more than an email address or their word can provide, in order to be immune Under 230. If contributing third party cannot be properly identified presenting the damaging information, the Interactive Computer Services (ICS) face consequences under the Lanham Act, and removal is mandatory, as it must be assumed they themselves are the source.

In Conclusion:
We believe Interactive Computer Services (ICS) in question have morphed also into Internet Content Provider (ICP). The courts to date, in spite of known false information presented, hold the Interactive Computer Services (ICS)immune from prosecution under Section 230. The courts so far, believe without proof, deem the information was sourced from a third party or Internet Content Provider (ICP) so they hold them non-responsible for the postings. That is unfortunate for those who suffer damage from the false information, as they are unable to prosecute under the Lanham Act.
But at what point do they cross the line and become both? We at Baldino’s Lock & Key and the Locksmith industry believe they have become one in the same. How, we apply simple proof and logic. Let us go to court with a jury, submit proof that in fact they are both, get a judgment, and stop this outrageous charade.
It is time the law the court system, congress, the search engines (ICS) and the public all recognize the fraud that they are allowing to occur and put an end to this practice.

Mark Baldino
Baldino’s Lock Key Inc.

703-906-3154

Baldino's & ALOA

Monday, March 16, 2015
Mark Baldino has worked closely with the group ALOA, Associated Locksmiths of America, on the nationwide "locksmith scammer" problem for years. Google Maps has been Mark's #1 target, and he has successfully helped clean up each map in the D.C, Maryland, and Virginia area. Now, when you Google 'locksmith, alexandria va' you will not find thousands of imitation locksmiths. Although some still exist, the problem was noticed and slowly (in his area being) taken care of. 

In an e-mail, President of ALOA, Thomas Demont said "ALOA has worked on the issue of locksmith scams for almost ten (10) years now. The story is familiar in many states: an out-of-state company hires a number of unscrupulous individuals in the area to sub-contract its work using assumed business names, fake addresses and phone numbers. Each time consumers have been over-charged, under serviced, and just plain lied to! This is not the only problem with scammers in the security industry, just one example." 

So what can you do? Research a locksmith to have on hand if you are in a bind. Have their name and phone number programed in your phone already! A great starting place is to visit www.FindALocksmith.com  - there you can look up locksmiths in your area. 

Also check this video out! http://corporatecolumbo.com/locksmith_scams.html

Family Owned Locksmith Sues Google and Major Online Directories

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Google, Yellowbook, and Ziplocal, are being sued for violating U.S. and state laws, specifically, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, and the Lanham Act.  Plaintiff, Baldino’s Lock and Key Service, Inc., a family-owned and operated locksmith business serving the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, area since 1961, has filed a lawsuit against Google, Yellowbook, and Ziplocal,  to remove fraudulent locksmith listings from their search results. “My company has seen an $8.4 million decrease in revenue since search engines emerged as the go-to for consumer research,” says Mark Baldino, President and CEO of Baldino’s Lock and Key. “The presence of false online search results is devastating not only to my business, but consumers and companies nationwide.”

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, Case No.: 1:14-CV-636-CMH-TCB SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES, DECLARATORY JUDGMENT, AND PERMANENT INJUNCTION FEDERAL LAW VIOLATIONS INCLUDING RACKETEER INFLUENCED AND CORRUPT ORGANIZATION ACT, AND LANHAM ACT VIOLATIONS seeks damages and injunctive relief, alleging:
  • The Defendants deliberately mislead consumers by publishing false information with prior knowledge that the information is deceptive.
  • They saturate requests for information with false listings to inflate the cost of advertising for legitimate businesses.
  • They cause direct monetary damages to businesses and consumers that depend on search engines for factual information.
  • They fail to screen out listings placed by criminal enterprises before publishing the listings online.
  • Search engines and directories proactively clutter search results with false listings, forcing legitimate companies to pay a premium for Search Engine Optimization and priority placement benefiting them.
  • Fraudulent listings numbering at times in excess of a thousand in the area serviced by Baldino’s make it nearly impossible for honest companies to be found near the top of search results or on the map locations.
  • Just one false listing can cost a legitimate business thousands of dollars.
Web-based search engines are creating a condition to profiteer: to make or seek to make an excessive or unfair profit, especially illegally or in a black market or racketeering activity. The most startling fact is that every citizen that uses a search engine is at risk of becoming a victim to these online scams.

Not one Internet search engine can claim their search results or directories are not seeded with many phony listings. Google and the other search engines knowingly present these fraudulent listings to consumers making them appear as valid companies in order to create fictional online business competition. This deceptive behavior costs the service businesses billions of dollars in lost market share nationwide as the odds of them being selected is greatly reduced. In order to compensate they must pay the search engines for favorable placement just to be seen. As intended, this practice gains revenue for the search engines. All non-factual listings must be removed and damages should be paid to those businesses that have been victimized. In the future, all listings must go through stringent verification procedures before being published. We need only the truth on the Internet.

This deceptive behavior also misleads the consumer into selecting an unqualified locksmith who many times charges more money than originally promised. And how is the consumer hurt? Imagine you locked yourself out of your car on a rainy night. Luckily, you have your cell phone. You run a Google search for “locksmith nearby.” Plenty of listings, map locations show up, but most are illegitimate companies. The majority of business names are fictional; the address listed is false, but unfortunately the phone number works.  The hoax is complete when the search engines present them as real entities. Online locksmith scammers advertise business addresses that don’t exist and prey on innocent consumers desperate to be rescued in a moment of need. Furthermore, scammers often misquote over the phone, raise job prices upon arrival, and are unqualified to perform the job. Would you trust an unverified locksmith to rescue you alone on a dark rainy night? This behavior isn’t just true for scammer locksmiths alone; it impacts all goods and services advertised on the Internet. Every business advertised in an online directory must be legally verified to protect the consumer.

Can the public, the media, and the justice system expose, enforce and correct this problem? Should Google, other search engines, and online directories be allowed to continue with this practice?

Read More:
https://www.fairtradelocksmiths.com/legal-battle/

      Contact: Mark Baldino   
      Office 703-550-0770 ex 3670     
      Cell 703-906-3154   
      E-mail mbaldino@baldinos.com

High Security is Right for Everyone

Thursday, October 2, 2014
A few days ago Baldino's Lock and Key posted a Facebook article from Today warning against new technology and how we suggest high security locks. What is the difference you may ask though? Between regular locks and high security locks.

The main goal of a high security lock is to keep something you have safe. No lock is indestructible, but compared to a regular lock system high security locks are a lot more difficult to beat. If somebody wants to get in it will be very time consuming making it more likely the thief will get caught.


The key way (where you insert the key) and how the key grooves are made is visibly different on both keys. The construction of the high security lock makes it harder for tools to maneuver inside ... thus making it more difficult to pick.

High security locks are also made from strong materials making them resistant to tools like screw drivers, and steel rods.

These special keys also require permission to be duplicated. You must have a card to show before a locksmith can make a copy. This helps prevent keys floating around and getting into the wrong hands.

Check out our YouTube channel for other high security locksmith soulutions!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EB-TMcTwVY&list=UUETZ0AtYRw5vdT5icTVdviA&index=2

 As well as the Today article we posted! CLICK HERE


Reports We Love!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
In our last blog we talked about electronic locks that connect to your smart phone, but expressed some people had concerns about phones being hacked. Since then, we read a report that we loved comparing Electronic, Electronic Connected, and Standard Locks. So, if you aren't sure about taking the next step in tech when it comes to your homes safety check this article out.

Here is the review section of the article:
Electronic connected. The Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt smart lock, $200, easily withstood our simulated kick-in test, which is why it made our recommended list, though a cordless drill disabled it in less than 2 minutes. The keyless Yale YRD240 smart lock, $275, was difficult to drill because it lacks a key cylinder, but it was easy prey to kick-in. Once we replaced its cheap strike plate with a better one (about $10 at home centers and hardware stores), the Yale aced our kick-in test, as did others in this group. But we think a lock should be secure as sold.

Electronic. These locks can’t be controlled via an app. All work using a keypad or a key, and one opens by fingerprint, passcode, or key. But none could beat a drill, and one, the Schlage BE365 V CAM 619, $130, was the easiest to pick of all of the electronic locks. But that model was also among the toughest against kick-in, which raised it to the top of its category.

Standard. The rekeyable Kwikset 980, $30, Baldwin Prestige 380, $40, and Falcon D241, $55, did best in our tests of standard locks. All come with a sturdy strike plate and resisted all of our assaults except for drilling.

Best from our tests. But your best bet for the most protection is the key-equipped Medeco Maxum 11*603, $190. The high-security lock aced our best efforts to crack it. Of course, even the least expensive dead bolt is an improvement over the traditional key-in-knob variety.

Locksmith Terminology Defined:



Strike Plate - a metal plate affixed to a door jamb with a hole or holes for the bolt of the door. When the door is closed, the bolt extends into the hole in the strike plate and holds the door closed.







HIGH SECURITY LOCK KEY

 High Security Lock - a cylinder which offers a greater degree of resistance to any or all of the following: picking, bumping, impressioning, key duplication, drilling or other forms of forcible entry.






Smart Phone to Smart Home

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Home security monitoring is entreating a new era. The residential lock market is growing with technology and a new set of locks and access control systems are being introduced to the consumer.

Today everyone has a cell phone, and they aren't just phones for making calls ... they are smart phones. These phones are smart because they are used for everything from talking, mapping travel, shopping, car remotes, and face to face messaging. Now you can include key to that list.

At the center of it all is the traditional lock which grants us entry through a metal key. In our homes we have even upgraded to the push button or 'fob' to key into our homes and offices. Using your phones blue tooth, wifi, or an application as a handsfree way to enter, and the idea of the smart home is entering the mainstream.

Next time you have your handful with groceries wouldn't it be nice to just walk up ... have your lock recognize you and open? If you can't get home and a pet sitter needs to get in to let your pet out? No problem ... just send them a digital key with a time frame for them to use.

Smart home access control systems come in all forms and in different price ranges. Some require you upgrade your entire home and some you can actually put over your current deadbolt.

Wire.com took the time to compare 5 different smart locks on the market.

1) August Smart Lock
2) Lockitron - Keyless Entry with your Phone
3) Nexia Home Intelligence 
4) Goji Smart Lock
5) Kwikset Kevo

You can read the full article on on these locks here http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/06/smart-locks/.

With all phone applications there have been worries that your system can be hacked if your phone is lost or stolen. Some smart phone companies are taking precautions to keep your privacy safe. They also recommend you have a passcode lock on your phone.

Locksmiths Giving Back

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
A few months ago our Baldino's Lock and Key shop in Leesburg merged with Leesburg Locksmith. This was a great opportunity for us and it helped the community!

During the merge we were able to donate almost $15,000 worth of inventory to Habitat for Humanity. We are hoping our donation helps keep the families in their new homes locked up safely!

Habitat for Humanity is a non profit that thinks everyone should have a safe, affordable place to live. They have helped build or repair over 6000,000 houses and Baldino's Lock and Key was happy to be a part of helping the organization.

Baldino's Lock and Key is still located at 338 E Market Street in Leesburg. With the merger we just now have a bigger family to welcome you to our shop!


 If you would like to get involved you can check out their website here! http://www.habitat.org/getinv

Yelp?! ... Help!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The idea of easily going online and finding out the best and worst about a place you might be doing business with seems great. However, along with everything else online this processes has proven to disappoint consumers and businesses alike.

While trying to get a grip on all of the false locksmith business listings, Baldino's Lock and Key noticed it was not correctly listed on Yelp. When we started to investigate we noticed multiple listings of addresses we were not located at along with ... what we thought ... were very "iffy" reviews.

When our marketing associate logged into her Yelp account and wrote Baldino's correct address/website on the listings with incorrect information Yelp suspended her account. When she explained she didn't write a review just added the right address so users wouldn't drive out of their way, Yelp then wrote that our business was "no longer in business". This was their solution instead of taking down the incorrect listing and adding the correct one. This only hurt Baldino's more when people thought we were no longer open.

Recently Yelp has been getting a lot of heat from consumers and business owners for fake reviews. The New York Attorney General even did a sting operation called "Operation Clean Turf". The sting lasted a year and caught 19 different companies writing fake reviews. Most of them were search engine optimization companies that were hired by small businesses (http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/09/26/yelps-fake-review-problem/)

In the Yelp Terms of Service it's stated that all users not violate guidelines by compensating someone or being compensated to write a review. Writing fake reviews is easy when you are writing them as an anonymous user.  One way to fix the problem of ALL fake reviews, listings, and businesses advertisements is for these search engine companies and review websites to actually take the time and verify who is a legitimate user. Click here for Yelp Terms of Service.

The point is...users beware. Don't trust reviews and ratings with out digging a bit deeper. You can following some of these tips from
  1. Don't rely solely on the overall star rating 
  2. Change the way reviews are sorted 
  3. Search for what you care about 
  4. Look at an individual reviewer's stats 
  5. Check out the filtered reviews
  6.  Write your own reviews

Safety Technology

Monday, November 11, 2013

School safety is always at the top of everyone's mind but recent events have only amplified concerns. If you work in the education industry, or have a child that is enrolled in school, we know you are aware of how essential it is to choose the right security package for that school. Door locks and hardware are the first step to ensuring the safety of students, and faculty.

There are many different options when it comes to choosing locks. One of the biggest is mechanical vs. electronic. ASSA ABLOY and Baldino's can help you find a set that will benefit each school and meet any industry security requirements.

Baldino's can go over each step and set you up with the perfect solution of ASSA ABLOY lock.

Step #1 – Clearly identify/ define expectations
Step #2 – Evaluate current policies and practices
Step #3 – Assess existing opening to ensure current security is fully functional
Step #4 – Prepare a plan to address security concerns

photo credit: ASSA ABLOY 
To find out more about school safety you can visit http://www.assaabloydss.com/local/dss/Solutions1/Education-Solutions/K-121/ for a full brochure!


National Preparedness Month

Monday, September 30, 2013
September was National Preparedness Month and Baldino's Lock and Key participated by attending the Preparedness and Security Expo on September 5th, at McNamara Headquarter Complex. The expo included booths and vendors from over 30 organizations. 

Our managers Sean Kent and Jeff Waldo set up our booth with security brochures and an Arrow Revolution Touch Screen Display. They said there was such a great turn out and they were so busy talking to attendees they could only snap this one picture!


We wanted to thank everyone who put on this expo. In the wake of the tragic events that occurred at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C this month, it is imperative that as civilians we are prepared for any emergency. The website http://www.ready.gov is a great resource for families to get information on how they can be prepared and practice emergency preparedness. 

- BE INFORMED
- MAKE A PLAN
- BUILD A KIT
- GET INVOLVED


How to Choose a Lock

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to Choose a Lock

With so many different high-security products in the market, it can be difficult to choose the right lock system for your home or business. But your safety relies on it—so you have to be careful with your decision. How do you go about choosing the right lock from such a big selection? There are certain key factors to look at that can help you determine how to choose a lock—and we’ve outlined them for you!

Type of Door

The first thing you should consider is what type of door you have. If you have a solid door, you should choose a lock that can fit in it the way it is. If you have a flimsy door that could easily be kicked in, you may need to think about installing a new door or having alterations done. After all, a high-quality lock can only help so much when you don’t have a sturdy door (or window) to go with it.

Lock Grades

Once you’ve made a decision regarding your door, you can begin to compare different locks. Be sure to choose a lock with a Grade 1 classification. Why? Lock grades signify strength and durability—and according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which are upheld by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association Inc. (BHMA), a Grade 1 classification is used to identify the strongest and most durable products.

Key Control

Once you’ve narrowed down your selection based on lock grades, check for key control. What does that mean? Key control gives the homeowner (or business owner if you’re getting office locks) control over how many copies can be used to open your locks; only the key manufacturer itself or certain designated locksmiths can make duplicates. This means that your keys can’t be copied just anywhere, reducing your chance of burglary through replicated keys. Though key control can be expensive, it’s worth the extra cost to keep your building secure.

Lock Brands

Next you’ll want to look at lock brands. Make sure you purchase a lock from a well-known manufacturer with a reputation for producing highly secure products. Some brands to consider include Schlage, Kwikset, and Sargent. At the same time, avoid discount locks that come with low costs but tend to be less secure than their more expensive counterparts.

Of course, the locksmiths we can provide you with more specific recommendations and advice on how to choose a lock. While we typically suggest deadbolt locks for their advanced security capabilities, we can also provide you with ideas regarding other types of lock systems—and we can install them in conjunction with alarm systems or other electronic security solutions that will work together to protect your home.

Visit one of our 18 lock shops to see our product selection or contact us for help choosing and installing a lock in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Virginia.

The Lookout

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
A few weeks ago we shared a link on our Facebook page to a show called The Lookout. It's a show that airs on ABC giving consumers a guide to products and services; while offering them tips on how to get what they are paying for.

The episode we shared was close to our hearts because it showed the world what locksmith "scammers", as we call them in the locksmith industry, were doing to hurt our businesses and the community.

When you're locked out it is usually a panic situation. You need to get in, but you can't, and you need to quickly. That is why you should have a locksmith already programed in your phone for these type of emergency situations. Maybe go and visit them so you feel comfortable with the company.  

If you didn't get a chance to watch the episode here is a summary and some key points we wanted to get across -

At the beginning of the investigation a certified locksmith installed the most simplistic deadbolt lock on the market. They then had a women call posing to be locked out. The "locksmith" came and the first troubling thing he did was not ask for ID. A locksmith should always ask for your identification.

There were 2 locks on the door. The consumer stated she didn't know which was locked. Before figuring that out or even trying to pick the lock he immediately started drilling it. He drilled both locks open (breaking the drill in one). This not only ruined both the deadbolts, it left her with no way to lock the door that night and forced her to buy a new set. All of this was unnecessary and cost her a lot more than what the company originally quoted.

The BEST part - even the host of the show picked the lock (with a few verbal tips from the professional locksmith). There was no reason to ruin the lock by drilling.

Locksmith scammers are hurting real locksmith companies because they flood the yellow pages and internet with addresses and phone numbers. Most of the time with an address that isn't theirs (it ends up being another company). They falsify the whereabouts of their company because they want the consumer to think they are close by and will be able to get to their house or car fast. The phone numbers actually go to a call center in another state. These call centers take calls for many company names, which is why they answer "locksmith" and not "Baldino's Lock and Key" or whatever their company name is.

Locksmiths who pull these scams also hurt the community by using bait and switch tactics on their customers. Quoting one price, and then finding bogus reasons to charge a much higher one. They make consumers not trust locksmith companies.

Please be aware and verify you are using a local, licensed, and trustworthy locksmith when it comes time for your next lockout emergency.

One Stop Shop

Friday, May 31, 2013
If you have been in a Baldino's Lock and Key within the last couple of years (and we hope you have) then you've probably noticed some of our locations sell ink jet and toner cartridges as well. Odd? Maybe... but, just like Al Baldino thought all of those years back, Mark Baldino, his son saw something everyone needed and made it so!


While ink and locksmithing don't necessarily go hand in hand both are here to help our customers. While Baldino's help protects your families, belongings, and homes Rapid Refill helps you save money AND the environment.  Rapid Refill sells recycled ink cartridges. We have all the most popular brands and you can save up to 30%. There is no reason to buy new cartridges every time yours runs out. Recycling saves on plastic making sure the environment doesn't get littered. 

So, next time you walk into a Baldino's or Rapid Refill don't be confused! We are your one stop shop for ink, toner, and locks!!

http://www.rapidrefill377.com/buy-ink-and-toner-cartridges-online.aspx


Locksmithing and Social Media

Monday, March 11, 2013
In recent years Baldino's Lock and Key has embraced a new kind of marketing and advertising - social media. With Yellowpage usage dwindling, consumers have flocked to the internet in search for local locksmiths. Unfortunately, as we have written about in the past, the search can be tedious due to the overwhelming amount of scam advertisements. Thankfully, social media can help you become more visible AND help the locksmith consumer feel your company is the right choice. 

At Baldino's we use a few social media strategies to get by ...

  • A blog (yes, this one!)
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • A Facebook page
  • A Twitter feed
  • Customer Reviews
  • Google +
  • Youtube Channel
All of these together legitimize our company as real, there, and available to help. We have all of our information including hours, locations, walk in shop address, phone numbers, and parking information. Our webpage is informative, easy to navigate, and links to all of our other social media pages. 

We try to update our content so the online community can see we are still around and want to keep them in the loop. We add new pictures of trade shows we attend, jobs we do, and all of our locations. Seeing new pictures and updated content also helps the search engines to notice your website is still relevant. Also ask yourself...do your customers really know what you do? Most locksmiths don't just provide lockout service! At Baldino's we provide lockout service, key duplication, high security lock options, safe sales, security alarm sales, the list goes on!

Keeping Your Family Safe: The Gun Debate Rages On

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
After the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary and the infamous Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting the topic of gun control is in full blown debate mode. We don't want to get in the middle but we do feel this is a good time to remind people....if you do keeps guns in your house, there are ways to keep them there safely.

Here are some statistics from the DHSH:

Firearm Ownership

  • 40% of American households have guns
  • 4% of children in American homes live in homes with at least one firearm

Storage Practices 
  • 28% do not always keep guns locked in a secure place
  • 25% only “occasionally” lock and store the bullets separate from the
    guns
  • 48% do not regularly make sure that guns are equipped with child
    safety and trigger locks
  • In 30% of hand gun owning homes, the gun was stored unlocked and
    loaded at the time of the survey 
 Accessibility
  • In 72% of unintentional deaths and injuries, suicide and suicide attempts, the
    firearm was stored in the residence of the victim
  • 47% of high school kids and 22% of middle school kids said they could get a
    gun
  •  6% of high school kids said they had carried a gun to school within the last 30
    days
  • 72% of parents think their kids would not handle a gun without their
    permission
 There are many different sizes, types, and brands of gun safes in different price ranges. The best way to find a safe that will work best for your household is to come in and speak with one of our safe specialists and see the safe in person.



Click HERE to see a Safe Selection Guideline you can look at to help in your decision.

We Got Our Trade Show On This Month

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Baldino's Lock and Key got their trade show on this month by attending the Capitol Building and Facility maintenance show in Chantilly, Virginia. This year the show fell on November 14th & 15th and was held at the Dulles Expo Center. 

Baldino's managers, Jeff Waldo, Alan Dissin, and Ed Korenge set up a great booth and shared their knowledge of locks and security with other vendors and attendees.

Products Featured 

  • Medeco's eCylinder Web Hosting Solutions for the Nexgen XT.
An eCylinder is a combination of an electronic and mechanical cylinder. The advantage of having an eCylinder over a mechanical cylinder is that you can tell who is coming and going, program access, and make sure no unauthorized keys are made. The eCylinder also fits on standard hardware.

If you want to learn more about Medeco's eCylinder you can read about it here:
http://www.medeco.com/Other/Medeco/Downloads/Camlocks/NexgenXT/Nexgen_XT_Camlocks_thandle.pdf


  • Arrow Revolution
The Arrow Revolution is a touch screen deadbolt that can hold up to 25 different codes. The benefit of this is you can have a different code for your family, maid service, pet walkers, and babysitters. You can add or delete these users whenever you need.

If you want to learn more about the Arrow Revolution check it out here:
http://www.arrowrevolution.com/?page_id=7

Slow & Steady Wins the Race.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Congrats to our CEO Mark Baldino

It hasn't been easy, in fact it's been a tumultuous ride for locksmiths across the country. However our efforts are working. Yeah, what else do you think we are talking about....the spam locksmith addresses who are scamming you.

Leading the pack, along with ALOA to get these false locksmith address listings off search engines, phone books, online mailing lists and directories is our very own Mark Baldino. He was recently recognized with an award from the Philadelphia Locksmith Association for his efforts. Mark has rocked Google by getting them to take off almost all of their spam listings. 

Don't believe us? Click here to see search results when you Google "locksmith, Springfield VA" - you bet there were hundreds of other listings published there just months ago. 

When Albert Baldino opened Baldino's Lock and Key  in 1961 he would have never guessed there would be such an issue - let alone the fact "locksmiths" would go into people's homes and betray their trust by gouging prices. He started, and his sons, Mark and Gary Baldino built a trust worthy security company. Everyone in the locksmith occupation as well as customers through out the country have voiced their opinion on these spam listings and scammer locksmiths. 

What's next for Baldino's Lock and Key?

Baldino's spam patrol continues to have a close eye on search engines and online directories. We will continue to promote hiring trained and certified locksmiths, and making consumers aware of how to find them. We are tirelessly working on building websites, directories and phone apps so consumers can be 100% sure they are getting what they search for.


Websites & Stories 

http://www.baldinos.com/

https://www.facebook.com/baldinoslockandkey

http://www.aloa.org/index.php

http://www.bbb.org/blog/2011/08/locksmith-scam-180-for-five-minutes/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19714358/ns/business-consumer_news/t/locked-out-dont-fall-locksmith-scam/#.UImq0Mri58E

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/7-tips-avoid-locksmith-scams.htm

5 Things To Know About Locksmith Services

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Baldino's Lock and Key wanted to share this article from Angie's List we found. It has some great tips and tricks to finding a great locksmith.

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder: “The best way to protect yourself when hiring a locksmith is find one before you need one. All too often we hire a locksmith in an emergency situation. Oftentimes we’ll skip out on research. Find a company you’re going to use and tuck that number away in your wallet so you always have it handy.”

To view the video and read the rest of the article about locksmiths and protecting your home click here!
http://www.angieslist.com/videos/5-things-know-about-locksmith-services.htm?goback=%2Egde_1834534_member_163837311

Free Key Lockout Program

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Getting locked out of your car; it doesn't happen often, but when it does it's always at the worst time, and what an inconvenience it is! The best way to deal with a situation like this is to be prepared.

Baldino's Lock and Key helps thousands of motorists who lock themselves out of their car each year. The easiest and cheapest solution is, believe it or not ... a sticker. If you take part in Baldino's Free Key Lockout Program you can be guaranteed the get into your car free and easy.

It may seem to good to be true, but it isn't. Baldino's Lock and Key has been providing locksmith, and security solutions since 1961 and strive to continue to be there and help our customers when they need it most.

Here's How:

1) Walk into any on of Baldino's 17 locations and ask for a Free Key Lockout brochure and a shop technician can sign you up on the spot. Or, you can go to http://www.baldinos.com/FreeLockoutProgram.aspx and sign up online!

2) If you sign up on the website a sticker will be mailed to you and all you have to do is place it so the sticker is visible in any window of your car.

3) Save Baldino Lock and Key's phone number in your phone so it's on hand.

4) Your name will be put into our database and if you ever get locked out just call Baldino's. Tell our dispatch department you are part of the Free Key Lockout Program and they will schedule an appointment for a road tech to visit, and get you into your car for FREE.


Waging War on Shady Locksmiths. An article by John Kelly.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

John Kelly, reporter for the Washington Post, featured Baldino’s Lock and Key owner Mark Baldino in a recent article titled “Waging War on Shady Locksmiths.” The article details the practice of shady locksmiths and the damage they are doing the small locksmith business owners and the consumer.

“Mark Baldino’s war against shady locksmiths is waged from two tables pushed against the wall of his office in Springfield. The tables are covered with neatly stacked piles of paper. There’s a pile for Bing, another for AOL. There are piles for InfoUSA, Acxiom and Manta.

“It’s really about the search engines,” says Mark, 58, who with his younger brother, Gary, runs Baldino’s Lock & Key, the locksmith business their father started in a shed behind their house in 1961, now grown to 17 locations in our area.” …. To read the rest of the article check it out on the Washington Post webpage or click below

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/waging-war-on-shady-locksmiths/2012/03/14/gIQA9uPlCS_story.html

Take the Liberty quiz. What safe will fit your lifestyle & home?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Buying a new safe is a big commitment. They can be expensive, but worth the investment, and just like any investment to your home you want to find the right one to fit your lifestyle.

One of Baldino's Lock and Key’s biggest sellers are the Liberty brand safes. The brand is known for their gun safes, but can be used to store documents, jewelry, and many other valuable possessions.

Take this quick 7 question quiz from Liberty Safe to get an idea of which safe is best for you. Next, stop by one of our 18 locations and check out your safe in person. Our employee’s are there to answer any questions you have as well as set up a delivery date for you.

Take your quiz here http://www.libertysafe.com/safe-selector.php

Utilities Department Looks To Nexgen XT Padlocks For Accountability

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Southeastern utilities department was receiving reports of unsecure gates at remote water treatment plants throughout the city. After doing some research the utilities department discovered that padlocks were being left unlocked by employees. To address the security concern, the department installed 30 Nexgen XT small format interchangeable cores into the existing padlocks; which provided the necessary accountability and control. After trying the padlocks, the utilities department then expanded their system to accommodate additional facilities.

Many utility companies share challenges in providing accountability for remote facility locations. eCylinder solutions, particularly in padlock applications, provide a cost effective solution to enhance the accountability and control of remote facility security.

As an authorized Medeco Security Center, we carry the full line of Nexgen XT and eCylinder products. Contact us to today to find out how eCylinder can help address your remote facility costs.

Join Us at The Home Show

Monday, March 5, 2012

Join hundreds of home owners this weekend at the Suburban Maryland Home Show. Talk to home improvement vendors, watch product demonstrations, and browse landscaping exhibits.
Get home improvement ideas to update your home or get a new look entirely! Baldino's Lock and Key will be on hand to show you the most up to date security trends that will not only keep you safe, but enhance your homes look.
Address:
Discovery Sports Center at Maryland SoccerPlex
18031 Central Park Circle
Germantown (Boyds), MD 20841
Show Hours:
Friday, March 9, 11:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 10, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, March 11, 10:00am - 6:00pm
For more information on the show visit the website at http://acshomeshow.com/for-consumers/why-attend
We hope to see you there!

Test Your Locksmith: Are You, Your Friends, and Family Using a Reliable Locksmith?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

We’ve told you before and we will tell you again … when choosing a locksmith checking out their credentials is essential to getting quality work.
The first thing most people do when they decide they need locksmith service is to get on their computer or whip out their phone and Google locksmith. Google returns the search with pages and pages of local locksmith companies. The problem is, most of these companies are not local. They advertise service in all areas with fake addresses, business names, and phone numbers. When you call you are actually dialing an 800 number that goes to a call center in another state. You may wonder what is wrong with that? Sometimes nothing, a few locksmiths are only mobile locksmiths with an office out of their home. If this is the case they will have the necessary credentials for the state they practice out of. Most of the time unfortunately, these locksmiths do not have the proper training and by law should not be practicing services in any area.
When you go to hire a locksmith try some of these things to make sure they are legitimate.
-When you call for service ask if they have a DCJS license
-Don’t choose just on price. If you think the price is to good to be true, it probably is.
-A locksmith doing any type of service should give you an estimate and go over the problem with you. If at the end of your service they tell you the price has doubled or tripled and the tech did not ask you before he continued is not a fair locksmith or giving you quality customer service.
-Find a locksmith BEOFRE you need one. Check out their credentials and visit their location to get a feel for if they will be a good fit for your needs. Put the number of the company in your phone so you will have it in emergency situations.
Here are some helpful websites to visit:

Nexgen XT Helps A North Shores School District Reduce The Cost of Re-keying

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Last summer, a K-12 school district in the North Shores area contacted Medeco because there was a concern over the lack of control with their current small format key system. According to administrators, keys were not distributed or monitored properly; often causing lost or never returned keys at the end of each school year. These issues forced the school to expend resources and money to re-key every summer.

Realizing the immediate need for a cost effective solution to gain control of the key system and reduce the cost of re-keying, the school decided to install 100 Nexgen XT small format interchangeable cores on every opening within the main facility. The ability to retrofit existing hardware and electronically re-key reduced the liability of lost keys or keys not being returned. Additionally, the school saw value in the audit trail capability to provide information on who was entering critical access openings such as sensitive records and testing areas.

The school was so impressed with Nexgen XT capabilities; they ordered additional cores to expand the system with plans to implement this solution district wide.

This school is just one example of how Nexgen XT eCylinder solutions can benefit schools, and businesses with access areas for different employees. This product can address re-keying issues, loss and liability benefits, compliance assurance, and overall facility security for any building, large or small.

As an authorized Medeco Security Center, we carry the full line of Nexgen XT and eCylinder products. Contact Baldino’s Lock and Key today to find out how eCylinder can help address your re-keying costs. We can set you up with the best system for your facility.

For all the features this product offers you can visit - http://www.medeco.com/?option=com_medeco&view=productview&app=NexGen%20XT&productid=288&Itemid=80

For contact information and to speak with a technician about your new eCylinder solution please visit – www.baldinos.com

Gift Giving with a Twist

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The holidays have arrived and in the spirit of gift giving Baldino’s has made a list of a few of our favorite stocking stuffers and gifts.


1) Baldino’s Lock and Key Free Lockout Sticker

Everyone hopes to wake up on a snowy Christmas Day to a new car with a big red bow. Well, if you are surprising somebody on your list with this show stopping gift why not keep it safe? Put our Free Lockout Program sticker in their stocking for a little hint of what is to come.


2) A Liberty Safe

Did you buy your special someone a stunning new diamond necklace? Do you just want something pretty to keep all that necessary paperwork in? A Liberty safe is a beautiful way to keep your belongings safe and sound.


3) Stat Keys

Designer keys make a great stocking stuffer and your key set fashionable and unique.


1) A Puppy (a guard dog of course!)


The Arrow DC500 Iron Door Closer

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Baldino's Lock and Key works closely with Medeco Lock and the brands that they sell. We wanted to share with you an article introducing the new Arrow DC500 Iron Door Closer.


Arrow Lock™ has introduced a new way to save cost without compromising security with the DC500 Cast Iron Closer. The DC500 is one of the latest offerings from the manufacturer's door closer line.


For end users looking for an economical alternative to retrofitting existing cast iron closers, the DC500 is designed to fit the most popular retrofit hole patterns in the field today while making installation simple and affordable.

"We understand the pressure end users are under to cut cost without sacrificing quality and are proud to provide a cost effective door closer solution to help meet that need," says Tom Harris, General Manager of Arrow Lock. "The DC500 is ideal for end users looking for value and versatility in a rugged design."

The adjustable spring sizes and ADA barrier free accessibility make this series suitable for a wide variety of applications.


For all the features this product offers you can visit -

http://www.arrowlock.com/content/view/140



Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Nations Gun Show:

Dates: Friday, November 18th hours of 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday, November 19th hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, November 20th hours of 10:00am - 5:00pm

Address: Dulles Expo Center

4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153

Ticket Info: $18 for a three day pass, $12 for adults, and $6 for teenagers

Website: http://thenationsgunshow.com/


The Capitol Building and Facility Maintenance Show:

Dates: Tuesday, November 15th hours of 10:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday, November 16th hours of 10:00am - 2:00pm

Address: Dulles Expo Center

4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153

Website: http://www.cb-fm.com/index.html


Operation Paperback!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Baldino’s Lock and Key is proud to announce their co-sponsorship with Rapid Refill Ink and the non-profit organization Operation Paperback. Through the fall months Baldino’s Lock and Key will be collecting gently used books to send to our troops over seas.


If you would like to help with our collection efforts please bring in your books to any of our 18 shop locations and drop them off with our shop employee. Anything helps!


  • Adult books for our soldiers to read
  • Children’s books for our soldiers to read out loud to their kids over Skype
  • Language phrase books for units on the ground
  • Activity books so our soldiers can have some puzzle fun


Follow us on Facebook for updates and more information.

http://www.facebook.com/baldinoslockandkey


To learn more about operation paperback visit their website at

http://www.operationpaperback.org/


The Nations Gun Show Information

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Show Information
Dates: Friday, October 7th hours of 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, October 8th hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, October 9st hour of 10:00am - 5:00pm
Address: Dulles Expo Center
4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153
Ticket Info: $18 for a three day pass, $12 for adults, and $6 for teenagers
Website: http://thenationsgunshow.com/

Baldino's Lock and Key will be attending this months gun show at Dulles Expo Center. Stop by the booth to pick up a goodie bag and place a bid to win a new Liberty Safe in our safe auction.

This show holds bragging rights to being the largest gun show in the Metro D.C area. You will be able to find 1000 tables with vendors selling and showing guns, knives, accessories, and our favorite .... SAFES.

If you own a gun you know how important it is to have a safe place to store it. Baldino's Lock and Key will have a selection of Liberty Gun Safes as well as other brands of smaller safes you can check out. If you are just browsing, or just bought a gun at the show make sure to ask our safe experts what type of safe is best for your new or upcoming purchase.

Arrow Management Control: Preventing Unauthorized Removal of Deadbolts

Monday, September 19, 2011

Preventing Unauthorized Removal of Deadbolts by Tenants


Have you ever arrived to a tenants location and realized your key wouldn't open the lock because they had changed it? If this has happened to you, Arrow has a new management control deadbolt that uses concealed mounting screws preventing tenants from "accidentally" removing the deadbolt. The deadbolt works by requiring a control key to remove the SFIC core giving you access to the concealed screws.

The Arrow Management Control Deadbolt is available in either the Grade 1 D Series or the Grade 2 E Series deadbolt, in either single or double cylinder versions. If you are interested in upgrading, give Baldino’s a call today.

Keyless Door Entry

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Keyless locks are not just for commercial businesses anymore, they can be a compliment to any home. Pushbutton locks provide security, connivence, and peace of mind to any homeowner. You can control who has access to your home by never having to wonder who has a key. Temporary codes can be assigned to guests, contractors, house cleaning services, and pet sitters. Pushbutton locks are easy to install and fit on most doors. Put them on your front entry, garage door, wine cellar or shed for quick easy access.


Going keyless will ensure you will never be stuck at the door with two handfuls or groceries having to fumble through your purse for your set of keys. Never worry about getting locked out, or having to hide a key somewhere outside of your house.


Baldino’s Lock and Key carries the two basic types of pushbutton locks, electronic and mechanical. An electronic lock usually has more features, run on batteries, and are a little more difficult to install. Compared to an electronic lock a mechanical lock only has mechanical parts and last longer.


If you are interested in learning more about keyless entry call to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable technicians at 800-865-6257 or stop by one of our 18 locations to see displays and pick your new lock in person. Visit our website www.baldinos.com to find a location near you.


NPR Article - Con Man Locksmith

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

When You Call A Locksmith, Will A Con Man Answer?

July 20, 2011 from WVTF

Hard economic times often give rise to swindlers — people hoping to make a quick buck by misleading hapless consumers. It's not easy to catch these con men, who often go door to door. But there's one scam out there that has mobilized an army of angry people. The scam has locksmiths up in arms.

Bill Roberts has been a locksmith serving small cities in central Virginia for seven years.

Out on a recent service call, he said he has a good, steady business — "if you don't mind working long hours and being on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day."

"It makes it a little hard on family life at times," he says, "but, yes, it's not a bad business to get into."

But 100 miles to the north, in a suburb of Washington, D.C., locksmith Mark Baldino is worried. From his office, he does a computer search for locksmiths in Reston, Va.

Pointing to the results, he says, " 'B' is our red dot, but within a half-mile, you see one, two, three, four, five other locksmiths. And if you scan out on the map a little bit further, you'll see about 10 locations, maybe 20."

The problem is that few of those listings are legitimate locksmiths. Most ring to an out-of-state call bank that quotes a low rate — then dispatches a con man who is not trained to pick locks.

Joanne Grimes, a retired teacher who owns rental property in Alexandria, Va., says her tenants were told a service call would cost $185, but the bill came to $586.

"You know, I can go to Home Depot and buy a lock and a door for $600," she says.

Grimes contacted the Better Business Bureau, where president Edward Johnson has been trying for five years to get something done about phony locksmiths.

"One of the larger ones that the BBB has identified is a company that poses as a local locksmith in cities across the country. And indeed, they advertise in the Yellow Pages using local phone numbers and fake local addresses," Johnson says. "A consumer might think they're dealing with a local locksmith, but the phone call is actually routed to a call center located in the Bronx of New York City."

But stopping these scammers has been difficult. In Richmond, Va., locksmith Jeff Musser, who founded a company called 1-800-UNLOCKS, says consumers rarely dispute the bill.

"They've got a kid to pick up from school. Their husband is at work. They've got to get that key made," he says. "When they give a credit card, sky's the limit with the credit card."

And his partner, Barry Wilson, says some victims are afraid to complain. He recently got a call from a woman who said she was overcharged and left with a broken lock.

"Her door lock was drilled open, and she was pretty petrified," Wilson says. "I tried to get her to talk to the investigator with the department of criminal justice, and she just wouldn't. She just said, 'Please come and fix it, and I'll pay you whatever.' "

Asked if the scammers got any money from the woman, Wilson says, "Oh, yeah. He made her get it out of the debit machine that night."

In response to this situation, locksmiths have been joining a Texas-based trade group — theAssociated Locksmiths of America. Their dues help pay for a series of public service announcements — something attorneys general have also tried.

In one such spot, Macie Pridgen of the Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney's Office warns the public "to beware of untrustworthy locksmith companies who are ripping off consumers across the country."

The message urges customers to be cautious, noting that most of the locksmiths use an unmarked vehicle and only accept cash.

The locksmiths' group has also hired a lobbyist to promote stricter laws. Fifteen states now regulate locksmiths, and a few have taken con artists to court. The locksmith scam has even caught the attention of the FBI — but so far, the bureau says it's not dangerous or costly enough to warrant a national investigation.

July Safe Show Savings

Monday, July 18, 2011

Show Information
Dates: Friday, July 29th hours of 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, July 30th hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday, July 31st hour of 10:00am - 5:00pm
Address: Dulles Expo Center
4368 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153
Ticket Info: $18 for a three day pass, $12 for adults, and $6 for teenagers
Website: http://thenationsgunshow.com/

Baldino's Lock and Key will be attending this months gun show at Dulles Expo Center.

The Nations Gun Show will be rolling through Northern Virginia July 29th, 30th, and 31st. This show holds bragging rights to being the largest gun show in the Metro D.C area. You will be able to find 1000 tables with vendors selling and showing guns, knives, accessories, and our favorite .... SAFES.

If you own a gun you know how important it is to have a safe place to store it. Baldino's Lock and Key will have a selection of Liberty Gun Safes as well as other brands of smaller safes you can check out. If you are just browsing, or just bought a gun at the show make sure to ask our safe experts what type of safe is best for your new or upcoming purchase.

Let there be Light!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

If an alarm system is not in your budget, investing in good lighting outside your home is an easy way to add security.

The first step you can take is to purchase and install motion sensor lights. You can set these lights up outside of your house to turn on at certain times during the day or night. You can also set them up to turn on when they sense any type of motion walking near your house or across your lawn.

Anybody taking a stroll through your yard that isn't supposed to be there will most likely be scared when flood lights revile who they are. You can even set the detectors so they won't go off when an animal crosses by them.


Protecting Your Home Against Lock Picking

Thursday, June 2, 2011
We wanted to share this article we found on securityworldnews.com how to protect your home against lock picking.

Check out the full article by Ron McBride by clicking here.

When your local locksmiths advises you to purchase high security locks, they aren't just trying to upsell you a more expensive product.

Look around YouTube or Google "lock picking" and more than a few videos will appear with lessons and tips on how to pick a lock. Any novice lock picker would not be able to pick a high security lock; and although there are those who have become masters of their craft, it would still take them more time than they would like to spend trying to get into your home.

Intruders want to get in and out as fast as they can. If they have to sit outside picking or drilling a lock they will most likely move onto the next, less secure house. There are many high security locks on the market. Baldino's sells many brands such as Medeco, Schlage, MUL-T Lock and Assa-abloy. You can stop by one of our locations and one of our trained technicians will be able to help you pick out the best lock for your home.


Relax! Your home will be safe if you follow these tips...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Summer Vacation Safety Tips

It's officially summer! That means vacations, and lots of time away from the house. We don't want to ruin your fun - but most robberies happen during the summer months because families are out of town. Not to worry though, Baldino's wants to keep your home safe, so here are some vacation safety tips you can follow.

Cancel your mail and newspaper. Mail and newspapers piling up will be noticed. Filling out a simple form with the post office and calling the newspaper circulation department can put a hold on delivery until your return.

Postpone parcel deliveries. If you are expecting a package, contact the sender to postpone the delivery until you return. If there is a large box on your front steps for a few days, it is only inviting a potential burglar to investigate its contents and realize you are not at home

Imitate everyday habits. Use timers on your lights or leave some window shades down to give the impression that someone is at home. If you normally have a car parked in your driveway, ask a neighbor to park their car there.

Keep your lawn mowed. The lawn will grow while you are away and this can signal anyone driving by your home that you are not there to take care of it. Hire someone to mow it for you if you will be away for an extended period of time.

Don't advertise your absence. Don't leave an outgoing message on your home email account or phone voicemail that you will be away. You do not want the wrong person to have access to that information.

Use your alarm system. Be sure to set your home security system before you leave and let the company know how you can be reached in the event your alarm goes off. It is also a good idea to use a local trusted friend or neighbor as a contact who can respond to an alarm.

Contact your local police department. Many departments offer courtesy checks of your house while you are away. Their added presence in your neighborhood may help to deter anyone who does not belong there.

Secure valuables. Do not leave valuables or electronics within view from a window. Use a home safe or safety deposit box if you can.

Lock all doors and windows. The one door that many people do not lock regularly is the one leading to the house from the garage. If someone can access your garage, they will then have access to your house. Be sure to secure sliding glass doors as well.

Enlist the help of a neighbor. Having someone do a walk around the house and checking for anything that might be out of the ordinary is always a good idea. A lot of neighborhoods have a crime watch established. Having others willing to be your extra eyes when you are away is always beneficial.

Article from suite101.com

Baldino's Safe Moving

Friday, April 15, 2011
Check out our video on safes here and on our Facebook page.




Don't Get Locked Out

Monday, March 14, 2011

While Baldino’s Lock and Key should be the first place you go when you are locked out of your home, car, or business, we also want to help you prevent getting locked out in the first place.


One of the best ways to prevent getting locked out is to get a duplicate key. You should have a duplicate for your car key, and your house key. Loosing your last car key can cost you up to $300 to replace. If you have the code to your auto keys somewhere easily attainable it will be easier and cheaper for Baldino’s to make a new key.


You can hide your extra set of keys in your purse or wallet, keep one on the underside of your car, use a hide a key outside of your house, or give the copy to a good friend or family member.


Always using your key fob to lock your car is another sure way you won’t lock your keys in. You can also do a pocket or hand check to make sure the keys are where you need them to be.


Our favorite way not to loose your keys is to not have any at all. Use a pushbutton code lock for your home.

Alarm Systems

Monday, March 7, 2011
Having an alarm system in your house is a great way to add one more layer of security. An alarm system is a high tech babysitter for your house. They can watch over your valuables and detour and prevent intruders from coming in. Most burglars want to be able to get in, take what they want, and get out with out being noticed or a hassle. If they have to deal with an alarm system they will think twice about breaking into your home or office.


Alarm systems have advanced features to fit any life style or living situation. You can connect them to a cell phone instead of a home phone. They can also come with wireless motion detectors. These detectors are so advanced they can tell the difference between a cat walking by and a human.


Alarm systems do not only protect against intruders. Most come with smoke detectors that can sense a fire better than the one that came to your home. Baldino's Lock and Key will have an alarm system to fit your life style.


Covered for a Year

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Baldino’s Lock and Key’s one year parts and labor guarantee is our promise to you that our parts and service are top notch.


The one year warranty covers everyone in the locksmith industry along with our other residential and commercial customers.


If Baldino’s provides a lock, safe, or installs any other product we fully guarantee it will work for a year. If your product has any problems with in the year it’s installed we will replace or repair it for free. Your warranty includes labor also. If Baldino’s needs to come out and repair a product we won’t charge you a service call or labor.


Very rarely do we need to come out to fix any problems, but we want our customers to know they are covered and taken care of. At Baldino’s Lock and Key we like to say “here there is never any problem with customer relations, we stand behind our work”.

We LOVE Our Real Estate Agents

Friday, February 18, 2011

Baldino's Lock and Key has a soft spot for our local real estate agents. We've made a special coupon program just for them. All of the members of our real estate coupon mailing program get a $25.00 off a service call coupon to give to their clients.

Most new homeowners are so excited about moving in, and have so much on their mind they overlook the possibility that a former resident, handyman, cleaning company, or neighbor may still have a key to their home. By being part of our program you have the chance to provide your clients with this coupon and the first step in keeping their new home safe.

The benefit of joining our program is that you can be confident you are referring a reliable locksmith and helping your client keep their new investment safe. Baldino’s Lock and Key has 18 locations and has been serving the community since 1961.

Most new homeowners are so excited about moving in, and have so much on their mind they overlook the possibility that a former resident, handyman, cleaning company, or neighbor may still have a key to their home. By being part of our program you have the chance to provide your clients with this coupon and the first step in keeping their new home safe.


Still Fighting the Good Fight

Monday, October 4, 2010

Baldino's Lock and Key, along with many members of the locksmith community are still fighting the war to get illegal locksmiths off the internet and out of the phone book. These locksmith companies are using false addresses to get top listings on many popular search engines. If you call them and ask for an address they will tel you they are only a mobile service. There are some legitimate mobile only locksmiths, so the next best question to ask is if they have a DCJS license (if you live in Virginia). If you choose to use the services of these illegal locksmiths, you run the chance of them over charging you by hundreds of dollars. Legal locksmiths are now taking a stand. We don't want our customers or community to have to worry about if they are hiring a trustworthy locksmith.

On 9/21/2010 locksmith Charles Eastwood of Arizona aka locksmith Charley, filed suit against 11 companies, several telephone companies, Google, Yahoo, and the Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard. A hearing has been set for October 4th at 9:30AM. Judge Mangum has ordered the defendants to appear and show good cause why he should not issue a preliminary injunction to shut off 450 telephone numbers belonging to the 11 different companies.

This problem is nation wide. If you would like more information please visit www.TheLocksmithPolice.com.

To find a reliable, trust worthy locksmith please visit FindALocksmith.com the official locksmith referral website run by the 50+ year old trade association.
Associated Locksmiths of America. This website will refer consumers to ALOA members only.

Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Monday, June 21, 2010
It's officially summer! That means vacations, and lots of time away from the house. We don't want to ruin your fun - but most robberies happen during the summer months because families are out of town. Not to worry though, Baldino's wants to keep your home safe, so here are some vacation safety tips you can follow.

Cancel your mail and newspaper. Mail and newspapers piling up will be noticed. Filling out a simple form with the post office and calling the newspaper circulation department can put a hold on delivery until your return.

Postpone parcel deliveries. If you are expecting a package, contact the sender to postpone the delivery until you return. If there is a large box on your front steps for a few days, it is only inviting a potential burglar to investigate its contents and realize you are not at home

Imitate everyday habits. Use timers on your lights or leave some window shades down to give the impression that someone is at home. If you normally have a car parked in your driveway, ask a neighbor to park their car there.

Keep your lawn mowed. The lawn will grow while you are away and this can signal anyone driving by your home that you are not there to take care of it. Hire someone to mow it for you if you will be away for an extended period of time.

Don't advertise your absence. Don't leave an outgoing message on your home email account or phone voicemail that you will be away. You do not want the wrong person to have access to that information.

Use your alarm system. Be sure to set your home security system before you leave and let the company know how you can be reached in the event your alarm goes off. It is also a good idea to use a local trusted friend or neighbor as a contact who can respond to an alarm.

Contact your local police department. Many departments offer courtesy checks of your house while you are away. Their added presence in your neighborhood may help to deter anyone who does not belong there.

Secure valuables. Do not leave valuables or electronics within view from a window. Use a home safe or safety deposit box if you can.

Lock all doors and windows. The one door that many people do not lock regularly is the one leading to the house from the garage. If someone can access your garage, they will then have access to your house. Be sure to secure sliding glass doors as well.

Enlist the help of a neighbor. Having someone do a walk around the house and checking for anything that might be out of the ordinary is always a good idea. A lot of neighborhoods have a crime watch established. Having others willing to be your extra eyes when you are away is always beneficial.

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The Fight Continues

Friday, April 9, 2010

Attorney General Gansler Issues Cease and Desist Against Maryland Locksmith Company

Around the Clock Locksmith Allegedly Overcharged Consumers

BALTIMORE, MD (April 7, 2010) -- Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that his Consumer Protection Division has issued a Cease and Desist Order against a Maryland locksmith, ATCL-MD, Inc., T/A Around the Clock Locksmith and its owner Joseph M. Horton. .... for full story click here

5 Layers of Security - #4

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The next layer of security is ideal for commercial businesses or residential facilities that have a parking garage or large amount of space to secure. This layer of security would be a camera system.

Having 24 hour video surveillance will guard against theft, shoplifting, and vandalism. A home surveillance camera can monitor children, entry doors, hallways, and parking lots.

Layers of Security - #3

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Purchase a safe. A safe will not only protect your valuables from intruders but can protect them from fire and other weather related disasters.

You can keep everything from jewelry, documents, guns, money, photos, and sentimental items in a safe. Anything dangerous you want to keep away from your children, or private information you need to keep locked away from strangers.

Visit http://www.libertysafe.com/ or stop by any Baldino's location to speak with one of our safe experts. They can help you find a safe that fits your needs.

5 Layers of Security - #2

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The second most important layer of security, for residential and commercial facilities is to get an alarm system installed.

Having an alarm system installed is important because it will not only alert you, and the police if there is an intruder but in most cases it will scare whoever is trying to get into an unauthorized area away.

5 Layers of Security - #1

Monday, February 22, 2010
Your first layer of security should be high security locks. This is your outer layer of defense. High security locks such as Medeco, are pick proof and resist battery powered drills. They come with key control signature cards so they can not be duplicated with out your permission.

Success!

Monday, February 15, 2010
The Nations Gun Show, held in Chantilly, Virginia was a great success for Baldino's Lock and Key. We had an amazing sales team at our booth and sold 17 safes with more orders to come. Our booth looked fantastic and we had an array of products including Liberty Safes, Gardall Safes, Amsec Safes, Mutual Safes and of course safe accessories.

If you missed the show, don't worry! You can stop by one of our 18 locations and check out our safe showroom. Each shop has an expert who can help you pick a safe that is perfect for you and your safety needs.

Virginia Locksmiths Act

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
It is very important that when you are looking for a locksmith you find out if they are licensed. Virginia locksmiths are required to be licensed now, and are breaking the law if they are practicing without a DCJS license. Both the individual and the company they work for have to be licensed.

The Virginia Locksmiths Act has been in effect for more than a year and can be read and reviewed at http://VirginiaLocksmithsAct.com Please take a minute or two to read this Law and how it will affect anyone who is working or intends to work as a locksmith in the State of Virginia.

Baldino's Lock and Key's DCJS#11-5651

Don't be scammed! You don't want to be over charged or have more harm than good done to your locks. This message is a courtesy of Baldino's Lock and Key for all citizens of Virginia concerned about locksmith licensing. Baldino's has been in business for over 40 years.

Maryland Locksmiths Act

Friday, October 9, 2009
It is very important that when you are looking for a locksmith you find out if they are licensed. All Maryland and Virginia locksmiths are required to be licensed now, and are breaking the law if they are practicing with out a DCJS license.

The Maryland Locksmiths Act is effective Oct 1, 2009 and can be read and reviewed at
http://marylandlocksmithsact.com Please take a minute or two to read the Bill and how
it will affect anyone who is working or intends to work as a locksmith in the State of Maryland.


Baldino's Lock and Key's DCJS#11-5651

Don't be scammed! You don't want to be over charged or have more harm than good done to your locks.

The Nations Gun Show

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Baldino's Lock and Key will have a booth at The Nations Gun Show in Chantilly, Virginia this weekend! Stop by and visit us and take a look at a few of our gun safes. We will have lots of information on residential, fire proof, and commercial safes including take home material to show to your family.

Our First Blog

Thursday, May 7, 2009
Hello blogging world, welcome to Baldino's Lock and Key's new blog! We will use this spot to keep our customers updated on what is going on around Baldino's Lock and Key, let you know of any new products we are carrying, inform you of security tips to keep your home protected, and more.

Baldino's Lock and Key is located all over DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Baldino's has 18 locations so there is sure to be one to help where ever you are. We have provided quality locksmith services since 1961 and have the best techs around. We are also licensed through the state, which is required in Virginia.

We provide residential and commercial security, as well as a wide variety of safes.

Want to talk? Call us! Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is there to help guide you through the purchase and installation of a security package

Virginia/District of Columbia - (703) 550-0770
Montgomery/Prince George’s County - (301) 963-4440
Baltimore/Annapolis - (410) 561-0961

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