More Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 3)

October 11, 2010

At another place a family had left behind a most beautiful and loving young dog probably about 8 months old.  She appeared to be a mix of chocolate lab and pit bull.  The poor thing had been chained to a tree with no food or water anywhere to be found.  She had wrapped herself around […]

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Old Town Temecula Rod Run

October 9, 2010

Here’s a bit of a departure from “business as usual” just for fun. I attended one of this year’s semi-annual “Rod Runs” today in Old Town Temecula and took almost 600 photos.  Had a great time in spite of getting a bit sunburned. Here are just a few of my favorites.  Most of them are […]

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More Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 2)

October 8, 2010

One more category of “things” often left behind is most disturbing and usually very sad: PETS.  Pets are helpless and cannot be left unattended for an 18-day waiting period; they must be taken care of immediately.  I don’t understand how anyone could leave one of them behind. One time I was changing the locks on […]

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The Amazing Things People Leave Behind (Part 1)

October 4, 2010

People often leave stuff behind to be disposed of whenever they have to abandon their homes.  Either they just run out of time or they don’t have a place to keep it anymore.  If you’re in this business as a Realtor or a service person, you have run across this yourself most likely.  People leave […]

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Access to Gated Communities

October 1, 2010

Often a locksmith is required to go into a gated community to re-key a property. And sometimes these communities not only have a locked gate to contend with, they may also have a guard posted at the gate. Lately, the guards I have encountered require anyone (such as a service person – like a locksmith) […]

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Use a Unique Key Code When Possible

October 1, 2010

As it turns out, there are only a few key codes commonly used by the banks for homes being foreclosed. If you know where to look, you can easily find out what these codes are. So, any would-be thief likely already knows what those codes are and has a set of keys already made up […]

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Is it sufficient to just change the locks?

September 30, 2010

Whenever you have the locks replaced or re-keyed in a home, it is imperative to make sure all the windows, sliding glass doors, and the main garage door are secured as well. It does no good to change all the locks if someone can simply slip thru an open or unlocked window or garage door. […]

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What Locks Should Be Re-keyed?

April 5, 2010

Whenever possible, change ALL locks when re-keying a home.  As a minimum, change the essential exterior locks and disable the rest.  This will, at least, make it more difficult for someone who may still have a key to the old locks to regain access to the property.   If the former homeowner keeps a key and […]

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