Lock Bumping

October 19, 2010

Ever heard of the technique called lock bumping?

The frightening facts:

  • Lock bumping can open 90+% of American homes which use an old style cylinder lock which is vulnerable to a lock bumping key.
  • Your home’s door lock can even be bumped by a 10 year old child.
  • Anyone can make bump keys in 5 minutes or less.
  • When a lock bumping key is used to break into your house,  there is no sign of a forced entry or damage to the lock. This makes the insurance companies very leery in paying for the claim. You could lose everything and not get compensated because of a lock bumping key.
  • With the digital underworld abuzz about this new home security threat, safety experts say it’s time to protect yourself against lock bumping and bump keys.

Click here to watch a demonstration of lock bumping: 

How can you protect your home and loved ones?

Update your locks with a high security residential deadbolt.

Features & Benefits:

  • Bolt mechanism designed to accommodate both mortise and drive-in applications, which provide greater flexibility and ease of installation.
  • Solid brass collar spins under pressure to prevent wrench attacks.
  • Steel shroud over bolt protects against “ice pick” type attacks.
  • High security strike plate has a special box design with 2” screws that anchor the strike directly to the building structure behind the frame, preventing “kick-in” type attacks.
  • Hardened steel bolt and bolt throwing mechanism are surrounded by a heavy-gauge tubular steel housing for maximum resistance to crowbar attacks.
  • Solid brass design is secured with high-tensile steel mounting bolts for maximum resistance against hammer and prying attacks.
  • A special elevating and rotating pin tumbler design, along with false slots on the bottom pins, mushroom top pins and a sidebar mechanism, work together, to provide superior pick resistance.
  • Hardened steel inserts, positioned in critical areas of the cylinder, provide a high degree of drill resistance

Source: www.lockbumping.org

Crime By the Numbers

October 12, 2010

A list of the top 25 most dangerous neighborhoods across America was just released, and guess who came in at #1? Yes, a neighborhood right here in Chicago. The neighborhood is located between Damen and Western on Lake St., and your chances of being a victim of a crime here are 1 in 4. To read more about this, please find the article here: http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2010/10/04/25-most-dangerous-neighborhoods-2010/

There has also been an increasing number of home invasions and burglaries in the 18th, 19th, and 23rd District, one in particular happened at Southport and Barry. According to the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, home invasions are occurring in the late evening hours to early morning, with entry through unlocked windows. Intruders have been armed and are taking items such as cash, TVs, jewelry, laptops, and other smaller items that can be easily carried out.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by taking precautions. Lock your windows and sliding glass doors. Communicate with your neighbors. Set your intrusion alarm before you go to bed! For more tips, please read our previous blog entry about burglary awareness.

There was also an attempted child abduction in the 19th district. The victim was on her way to school on Oct. 1, 2010. She exited the eastbound Belmont bus and was pulled into an alley off Hoyne. The victim was able to get away from her offender as other people approached them. She ran to her school where she alerted security. The offender is a white male, 5’10”, 160 lbs, mid 20s, light complexion, strawberry blond hair, light eyes, and an orange-colored goatee.

Talk to your children about strangers. Tell them to be aware of suspicious vehicles, or people offering them gifts or candy. If possible, avoid letting your children travel or wait alone in public places. Designate a safe place for them to go if they are in danger, such as a trusted neighbor’s home or their school. Tell them to scream while running away to attract attention.

If you would like to be informed of crimes taking place in YOUR neighborhood, please check out http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime

Burglary Awareness

September 24, 2010

VinTech recently attended a burglary awareness workshop hosted by 4 “pros”, former burglars all currently serving jail sentences. These burglars gave us an insightful, honest look inside their techniques, preferences, and opinions. Read on for a peek inside the life of burglar!

21 Things A Burglar Won’t Tell You

1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and just walk right in.

9. Of course I look familiar. I was just here last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your refrigerator.

10. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

11. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste, and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

12. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway, and I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes for you to remove it.

13. If it snows while you are out of town, get a neighbor to create a car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

14. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

15. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

16. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door- understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

17. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. Don’t take me up on it!

18. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

19. Helpful hint: I almost never go into the kid’s rooms.

20. You’re right. I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

21. A loud TV or radio can be a great deterrent. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real TV. You can find that at http://www.faketv.com.

So how do they do it? What neighborhoods do they target? How do they sell/get rid of YOUR stuff?

All of the burglars preferred upper and middle class homes, “yuppie” neighborhoods. They would target homes by knocking on the door to see if you were home. If you weren’t, they would enter through an unlocked window or door, the basement, sliding glass doors, and even remove window AC units.

All four of the burglars claimed the master bedroom to be their favorite room. They check closets, woman’s lingerie drawers, under the mattress, etc. for cash and jewelry. They know all about those secret hiding spots you have, like a tin in the closet. A surprising hot spot is the junk drawer in the kitchen, which typically becomes a storage drawer for a lot of your information, including your checkbook, unactivated credit cards, etc. The best place they gather your information though is in your computer room. People typically keep all important documents by their computer including their passport, social security card, a lease or mortgage, etc.

The burglars typically would just carry your stuff out, or even load up your car. Keys can sometimes be found in the house, or they have already entered your house by using your garage opener after breaking into your car.

They bring your stolen goods to a “fence man”. A “fence man” is a street person who trades in stolen items. They rarely use pawn shops.

How can you protect yourself?

Burglars are lazy. The more “layers” of protection you have, the better. They do not want to work hard, so set up as many deterrents as you can! Deterrents include security lighting, an intrusion alarm, a privacy fence, a loud dog, etc.

One of the most beneficial things you can do to protect your home is to communicate with your neighbors. In every case with these burglars, they were caught by a concerned neighbor who later called the police or identified them.

Set your alarm. More often than not, people that have a security alarm, do not use it. You never know!

Think that dog will protect you? Think again. These burglars claim most dogs were just happy to see some company in the home. And believe it or not, they will kill a dog that tries to attack them. Dogs are more useful for alerting a neighbor something is amiss.

If you have security cameras, make sure they are high enough that a burglar can not cut the wires or smash it.

Mark your belongings. Choose a discrete place and put something like your initials and the last 4 numbers of your social security number. This way, if your bicycle or TV is recovered, you have some way to identify it. Also, jot down a quick list of your valuables and serial numbers.

Think smart. Don’t install a steel door on a weak, wood door frame. Don’t leave old electronics boxes by your trash. Don’t advertise your habits and wealth on social media sites. Don’t leave any expensive items, like an iPod or GPS device, in plain view inside your car.

Above all, take simple precautions like locking your doors, closing your blinds, and setting your intrusion alarm.

Please watch the clip below to learn how former “pros”, Matt Johnston and Jon Douglas Rainey, break into your home. The two former burglars host the Discovery Channel’s show “It Takes A Thief”, where they teach homeowners how to protect their property from burglars by robbing them to show their home’s weak points. You would be surprised how quickly your home could be robbed!

Hello world!

April 16, 2010

 VinTech was founded in February 2006. The founder and co-owner of the company was a salesperson and technician himself at the time. He believed that customers would return to him and even refer him to their friends and relatives if his story matched their experience – good and hassle-free service, quality products, and no broken promises. Therefore, as a salesperson himself, he made a commitment to his customers to only offer good value products and services. When he installed security solutions, he ensured that all equipment was fitted nicely and neatly.  As a technician, he made certain that every aspect of the security system he configured worked as perfectly as possible. His efforts paid off: throughout the years, more than 80 per cent of his customers came to him through referral. As a consequence, VinTech’s marketing strategy to this day is centered on creating positive experiences for its customers, tailoring reliable and high-quality security solutions that fit their needs.