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  • Questions to Ask Before Buying a Safe

    Posted on May 18th, 2020 0 Comments

    Safes are essential pieces of equipment that help to protect valuable property in your home or business. However, to the average layperson, safes represent complicated and intricate pieces of machinery that might prove confusing. In this blog entry, the security experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some of the important questions to ask yourself before purchasing a safe.

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  • Keep this information in mind while buying a safe.

    Posted on April 3rd, 2016 0 Comments

    How to Evaluate if a Safe is Right for You

    Here at Chicago Locksmiths, we make our primary objective the long-lasting safety and security of your household or business. The safety and integrity of your household also includes material objects – family heirlooms, important documents with vulnerable information, jewelry, and electronics are all of primary importance to be protected. Even when the perimeter of your home or business can be made secure with door and window locks, it’s wise to stay aware of the exposed and vulnerable nature of any valuables that may be left out in the open inside the home. If any of these objects are truly cherished and important to you, it’s important that you get a safe for the inside of your home or business. Due to the extensive variety in brands, sizes, and constructions of safes, Chicago Locksmiths provides you with a critical range of tips in order to help you understand exactly what your needs are, and what kind of safes can help you meet these needs.

     

    What belongings need protection:

    Not only do you have to consider the monetary value of all your items, but also what their size is and what kind of material they are made of. Documents with pertinent personal information, jewlery, photos, and small and expensive electronics are all items that are commonly put into storage inside safes. Some safes are heat resistant, which is an excellent option when you’re dealing with paper. This is a wise option for any digital hardware or software that you’re storing as well, as digital information is vulnerable to heat. If you have a particularly priceless object or heirloom, it may be wise to store it in a floor safe that obscures even the safe from view. Whatever kind of item you need to store will help provide you some sort of guidelines as to what safe to invest in.

     

    Compare the price of the safe to the value of the objects that you’re storing.

    Even if you’re certain that you need to purchase a safe, the solution isn’t to simply go outside and purchase just any safe. You’re going to need to consider the full monetary and sentimental value of what objects you want to store. If the value on either end is very high, you should consider getting a high security safe, which are often somewhat more expensive. If the objects are more valuable along the sentimental end of things, rather than monetary, a regular safe will suffice.

     

    How big is the inside of the safe?

    This might be somewhat implicit, but on a sheerly practical level you want to make sure that you can buy a safe that fits all of the objects that you want to store; in fact, Chicago Locksmiths recommends that you purchase a safe that’s larger than you originally estimate for your needs; it’s likely that once you have a safe you’re going to acquire more items that you’re going to want to store in the future. By anticipating future needs, you will always stay ahead of the curve.

     

    Where will you place your new safe?

    The area in which you plan to keep your safe will help determine what the style, material, and size of the safe needs to be. First, if you have an idea of where you want to keep the safe, measure the area precisely – and use those exact measurements to purchase a safe that’s the exact right size. Additionally, figure out what sort of environmental mitigating factors are present in the space you’ll be keeping the safe; is there excessive heat (or the risk of heat) present? Is there excessive moisture (or the risk of moisture, like a wet basement in a flood prone area) present? Answering these questions will help you determine exactly what kind of material the safe should be made of – whether you want it to be heat proof (and at what level), water-proof, or both.

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  • How to Protect your Motorcycle

    Posted on March 17th, 2016 0 Comments

    Unlike the self contained, capsule security of cars, motorcycles’ lack of doors, locks, or hoods makes them especially vulnerable to theft. Anyone can access the engine or internal electronics – especially if you park on the street, and quickly drive off.Like bicycles, motorcycles can easilly be anchored and lfited up. Security creates a need to hybridize the ease-of-access of a motorcycle and the security of a succinct, closed car. In this blog post, I will be detailing some of the realities of motorcycle theft, and providing some detail as how motorcycle owners can prevent their bike from getting stolen.

     

    Statistics of Theft

    The most commonly stolen motorcycles are Honda, with Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki ,and Harley-Davidson leading. Since 2013, all these brands thefts have somewhat diminished, besides Harley-Davidson, which has increased. California is the top state for motorcycle theft, with Texas and New York leading closely behind. The increased usage, hence, street availability of motorcycles in the Summer, makes it the most common season for motorcycle thefts. The higher demand for motorcycle parts during the summer creates a higher incentive for thieves to steal parts from vehicles, which bumps up the theft rate significantly.

     

    How Motorcycles are Stolen

    One common method of stealing a motorcycle is rolling it into a van or truck, and simply driving it away – a rather quick process, especially if the bike isn’t locked and can easily be rolled up a ramp. Even if this isn’t the case, a small collection of people could easily lift the bike. Once inside the van, the motorcycle will no longer be visible to passersby – making it a much more stealthy and inconspicuous theft than driving away in a stolen car. Once the bike arrives at another location, they are able to disassemble the structure of the bike, taking off any security device.

     

    Another method of motorcycle theft involves, simply, the thief starting up the bike and riding away on it. Many people don’t even lock their motorcycles – making it easy for thieves with double sided wafer pics,Try-Outs, or even a combination of determination and a screwdriver to start the ignition and drive away.

     

    How to Protect your Motorcycle

    One possibility is utilizing a ground anchor to fix your motorcycle to the floor of your property – these devices are usually installed inside home garages to maximize security. For those without home garages, this is not a practical option – so the best route to follow is to purchase a high security lock. Most Motorcycle owners prefer Disk Locks or U-Locks to padlocks because they eliminate the need to purchase a heavy chain. They offer increased convenience, but you’re going to need to purchase a few of them if you want to not use a chain at all. Place the U-Lock through the wheel, so it will stop it from rotating, or use it to lock the wheel onto a metal pole or any sort of anchor point. Make sure to invest in a U-Lock that releases on both sides of the shackle – this will cost any bike thief additional time when attempting to steal your bike.

     

    Dick locks can’t be attached to an anchor – they secure your bike through bolting through a hole in the disk break – stopping the bike’s wheel from being able to spin. It’s best to use two disk locks on both wheels, but if you only have one, attach it to the front wheel as it’s much easier for thieves to remove. Don’t ever forget to take off the disk lock before riding your bike.

     

    As far as padlocks go, you have tons of options – but when you’re making your purchase you should be paying heed to the thickness of the material, it’s weight, and the presence of a shroud that covers the sides of the shackle. Rounded cuts on the shackle indicates the presence of ball bearings in the lock, which upgrades its security level. It’s important to utilize multiple padlocks – as this works as both a deterrent method and a surefire way to upgrade the security level of the bike.

     

    Security Chains

    We recommend buying the strongest and sturdiest security chain as possible – these can be secured from various points to add additional padlocks and chains, as the chain is weaved through the multiple open components of the bike to an anchor point. We recommend getting a strong chain as the stronger the chain is, the more likely it is to resist attack from bolt cutters – spring for a chain with at least a 63 rating on the Rockwell scale.

     

    Alarms

    There’s many varieties of alarms – shock sensors, tilt sensors, GPS tracker, proximity sensors, etc. Shock sensors go off if someone hits or shakes the bike. The tilt sensor goes off if the bike is moved from one side to another. GPS notifications tell you the exact location of the bike which is helpful in the event of a theft. And best of all, a remote kill switch allows users to remotely sever the link between the battery and bike starter, rendering the bike incapable of driving.

     

    Theft Insurance

    If you’re really worried about having your bike stolen – whether you can only park your bike away from view or if you live in a high crime area, theft insurance is a fantastic strategy to implement. Think of it this way – if your bike is an investment, it’s worth investing some additional funds to protect and insure it – if the bike ever gets stolen, you can get fully compensated – simply make sure to call the police before you call the insurance brokers, in order to maximize your chances of relocating your vehicle. It’s also a great idea to put custom markings on the motorcycle to aid in it’s recovery – consider utilizing products like DataDot and SmartWater to mark parts on the bike.

     

    In Advance Security

    Make sure to lock your handlebars and place your bike within view of your property – at the very least this will act as a deterrent for any thieves who want to avoid being seen. Make sure that the various layers of security that you use with your bike are separate – meaning that they can’t all be removed in one fell swoop, or can be controlled with a single key. Consider using a motorcycle tarp as a deterrent – even consider buying a tarp branded with the logo of a less appealing motorcycle brand to make potential thieves simply pass by.

     

    It’s important, in bike security, to understand that every bike needs custom levels of protection – do whatever works specifically for you and your situation. Don’t go crazy or overthink things – as long as you stay practical, your security system will be both convenient and effective.

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  • Video Intercoms

    Posted on October 30th, 2015 0 Comments

    videoUsing a video intercom provides your home or business advantages in both safety and convenience. These seemingly futuristic utilities are now widely employed in business or residential settings – being a major improvement on existing buzzer systems.

    Home Security   

    First of all, the security of your place of living or employment is of paramount importance. A video intercom provides you with the ability to visually inspect whoever is outside your door, so you can determine whether they are the correct identity, or a scammer. The voice chat feature allows you to communicate with them from inside the house to help verify their reason for being at your property – it can’t hurt to be extra careful, especially when it’s regarding the safety and integrity of your home or business.

    Practical Home or Office Use   

    Video intercoms provide practical benefits to your home or office space that maximize efficiency, time management, and comfort. You have the option of installing multiple intercoms throughout your home or commercial space – this strategy makes it incredibly easy to communicate to people from another location in the space remotely – you will be able to avoid going down stairs, or leaving your room. You’re totally connected, so no more searching throughout the entire house for someone to give them a quick message.

       

    Home/Business Safety Monitoring

    Video intercoms also help provide an invaluable way to ensure the level of safety inside your home. You can use intercoms to monitor sleeping children, ongoing construction or renovation projects, as well as kitchen and fire safety.

    The handy aspects of video intercoms, combined with their practical use as safety and security measures for homes and businesses, make them an incredibly useful and essential tool for those who want to maximize the efficiency and integrity of their space.

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  • Types of Safes

    Posted on October 15th, 2015 0 Comments

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    Safes are the standard security measure for protecting valuable assets. Whether inside your private home or business, a safe can give you the insurance that your precious items are secure. There are a wide variety of types and categories of safes that consumers can choose from – in varying degrees of structural integrity, and specific qualities. Below, I will describe the few different types of safes available for consumers, so you can figure out which category of safe suits your needs best.

    Deposit or Drop Safes

    These types of safes are especially popular in retail or restaurant environments. They provide the ability for any employee to deposit cash or important documents without allowing access to the main safe compartment. In almost all drop safes there is a door located at the top of the safe that can be opened to allow the deposit of precious items into the secure body of the safe – only accessible by key to authorized individuals.

    Fire Rated Safes

    These freestanding safes are designed to protect their contents in the case of a fire. They provide the security of knowing that your assets are safely protected, while in the unfortunate case of a fire, you can concentrate on the physical health and safety of your employees, patrons, or family. They are rated to last for a specific period of time determined by their manufacturer.

    Office safes

    These safes are common in retail and restaurant sectors – they can be bolted to the floor or left freestanding, and are often fire rated as well. They are drop tested to ensure that nobody can access the safe’s contents through repeated dropping.

    Data or Media Safes

    Information stored in any electronic device can be deleted by temperature increases. Paper inside safes can withstand temperatures up to 350 degrees, while electronic data can only withstand temperatures less than 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Data safes are made to be heat proof to protect the important and priceless information from any sort of high temperature or environmental damage.

    In Floor Safes

    These safes can be concealed in the ground under a protective/hiding layer of concrete. This is a popular choice in industrial or commercial fields due to the added security feature of it’s protective layering under a false floor.

    High Security Safes

    These robustly secure commercial safes are the highest security that you can find. These include the TL or TR categories of safes. These safes include multiple barrier levels to prevent drilling, and have additional locking mechanisms that are deployed upon detection of attempted forced entry. The additional security of these safes are often reflected in their steep prices – however for people with assets of the utmost importance, the investment could be worth the peace of mind.

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  • Buying A Safe

    Posted on July 6th, 2015 0 Comments

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    What You Need to Know Before Buying a Safe

    Keeping your possessions safe requires utilizing multiple layers of solid security. While your house may be kept safer from break-in by having strong locks on the doors and windows, it isn’t guaranteed to stop everything. You need to make sure that the valuables you have inside your home are also safe, even if a burglar does happen to bypass your perimeter locks. This is why a safe is so valuable, as it offers extreme protection for those smaller items with high value. These are things like pieces of jewelry, important documents, guns, heirlooms, and whatever else is important to you. If you really want to keep these things secure, then it’s important to invest in a safe for your home. One problem is that there are tons of different types of safes out there, all of varying size and complexity. Let’s take a closer look and see just what you need to know before buying a safe.

    A Safe’s Price Versus the Value it’s Protecting

    Items you want secure and kept safely away from thieves have wildly different values. Safes have different values too, so make sure that you carefully consider just how valuable the items you’re trying to protect are. You want to spend money on a safe relative to how secure you want your possessions.

    What Will the Safe Need to Hold?

    In addition to the actual value of the items you want to keep in your safe, you also need to consider what sort of material they’re made from. Things like family photographs and security documents are prone to heat damage. Not every safe is fire resistant, so if you’re storing paper products, make sure you research a good safe that has proper heat resistance.

    Size

    While this seems to be the most straight forward consideration to make, it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked. You want to ensure that the safe you’re buying is big enough to hold whatever you need. Check the inside dimensions rather than just the exterior to determine if what you have will fit. In addition to that, make sure your safe is small enough to get it to whatever room you want it in. It’s also important to do the opposite as well. If what you need protected is only going to take up 50 to 60 percent of the interior size of the safe, then you’re not getting the full benefit from the safe.

    Safe Location

    The placement of your safe is important as well. You want to ensure you have the amount of room it requires, as mentioned above, as well as ensuring that it’s not close to any areas with moisture or heat issues or places where it can be easily stolen.

    Overall, purchasing a safe is a fantastic investment to make that will help ensure your priceless items and valuables will remain safe from theft and harm throughout your life. The above checklist of considerations to make is a great step in the right direction that will significantly help you choose a safe that’s ideal for your needs.

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  • Chicago Locksmith Gives Advices on Senior Safety and Security

    Posted on April 16th, 2015 0 Comments

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    The United States and Canada has close to 50 million citizens age 65 and up. These seniors represent one of the fastest growing population groups, and have become a common target for crimes. By 2050, the senior population is expected to double in the United States. Canada is expected to see the same results by 2035. This also increases the need for senior education. Below, you’ll find a few tips to help keep seniors safe.

     

    Stay Alert At All Times

    When you’re outside of your home, it’s important to remain alert. Property crimes are among the highest crime rates for senior’s ages 65 and older. According to the National Elder Law Network, nearly 9 out of 10 crimes against seniors are property crimes. Maintaining awareness of your surrounding when you’re outside the house will help you to keep your property protected. Make a note of any unattended cars or suspicious activity you see. Women should always wear their purse close to their torso. Men need to keep their wallets in a coat or pant pocket on the front of their body.

     

    Keep Your Doors Locked

    While many people feel that seniors shouldn’t have to worry about safety in the comfort of their homes, it’s just not possible. It’s always best to keep all doors and windows locked. This includes patio doors and sliding glass doors. Whether you’re at home or out running errands, keeping your doors locked is something you should do around the clock. Adding an alarm system to your home is another idea to consider.

     

    Utilize a Safe

    When you’re living in a nursing home, misplaced and / or stolen items are a frequent complaint of residents. Keep your valuables in storage by utilizing a locked safe. The only people who should know your combination are you and a close friend or relative. Store things like jewelry, cash, and credit cards.

     

    Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

    Citizens over the age of 50 represent the largest group of identity theft victims. This is because this age groups has more assets than younger crowds. The best way to reduce your risk of falling victim to an identity theft is to shred your personal documents that contain your sensitive information. Social security numbers, healthcare statements, and other personal information needs to be stored in a locked safe to ensure no one, but you can get into it.

     

    Don’t Give Away Personal Information Over the Phone

    Another great way to protect yourself is to never give away your personal information over the phone. Seniors are largely targeted in telemarketing scams. If a trip to Hawaii or sweepstakes sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Always check with the Better Business Bureau or the local police department to verify that you’re speaking with a reputable, legit company.

     

    Your Safety Is Important

    The more cautious you are of what’s going on around you; the better of you’ll be. Remember, keep your doors and windows locked, and never trust anyone you don’t know with your valuable information. To learn more about how you can maintain a safe home, give our locksmiths in Chicago a call now. We’re happy to help you in any way we can.

     

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  • Preventive Steps in Home Security

    Posted on February 20th, 2015 0 Comments

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    Your home is supposed to be a place of safety and refuge. Yet an alarming rise in home invasion robberies around the country is leading many homeowners to believe safety and security is an illusion. It doesn’t have to be, if you’re willing to come to terms with reality and do something about it.

    It’s difficult to say for certain how prevalent home invasion robberies are as compared to residential burglaries. This is primarily due to the fact that FBI crime statistics don’t differentiate between the two. Nonetheless, a home invasion is inherently more dangerous because of the tendency of the perpetrators to use violent force.

     

    Understand the Enemy

    The power behind the home invasion is intimidation. In other words, home invaders act quickly and violently in order to instill fear in the hearts and minds of their victims. This fear enables them to do as they please once inside. Often times occupants are tied up or otherwise incapacitated, allowing the perpetrators to take their time going through the home. They can steal jewelry, electronics, credit cards, cash and anything else they believe is valuable.

    The first step in preventing home invasion is understanding the intimidation factor. Never open your door to anyone who might pose a potential threat. This gives you the upper hand and prevents potential invaders from assuming you are already frightened. If you decide to speak to a potential intruder, be firm and confident.

    Understanding your enemy also means knowing why you might be targeted. Most home invasions are not random; criminals come to your home because they’re looking for something. This means you need to be diligent about protecting your privacy. Be aware that the car you drive, the clothes you wear, the way you carry yourself and the way you communicate tells criminals a lot about you. Be private and carry yourself with confidence.

     

    Preventing Entry

    Home invaders use intimidation to subdue their victims; they use violent force to enter a home. To prevent such entries, you should start by installing double key, deadbolt locks in all first-floor doors. Also be sure to use four-screw strike plates as they make it more difficult for intruders to kick your door in. Solid core and steel doors are another good line of defense against home invasion.

    The reality of home invasion is an unfortunate part of the modern world. Learn how to protect yourself and your family.

     

    Key Preventive Steps in Home Security

        Install solid core doors, heavy duty locks, and window security devices
        Lock all doors, windows, and garages at all times
        Use the door peephole BEFORE opening the door
        Use four three-inch screws to secure heavy duty lock strike plates in the door frame
        Use your porch light to help you to see clearly outside
        Never rely on a chain-latch as a barrier to partially open the door
        Never open the door to strangers or solicitors
        Call the police if the stranger acts suspicious
        Alert your neighbors to suspicious solicitors
        Hold a family meeting to discuss home security plans
        Set the home perimeter alarm at night, if you have one

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  • LISCIO Electronic Keypad Leverset with Bluetooth Programming

    Posted on August 19th, 2014 0 Comments

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    Looking for the latest and greatest in home entry systems? Throw away that key and check out the LISCIO Electronic Keypad Leverset with Bluetooth Programming from Emtek. This sleek, simple system will enable you to enter your home conveniently with the simple touch of a few discreet buttons. The LISCIO keypad employs Bluetooth programming from your Smartphone, taking advantage of the latest technological advances to provide you with secure and simple access to your home. Take a look at this era’s keyless entry system.

    Specifications and Features

    The LISCIO keypad leverset features a beautifully sleek design that won’t detract from the curb appeal of your home. The security buttons are smoothly integrated into the handle. This integration provides a discreet system that will prevent you from having to look at an ugly, glaring keypad such as those found on warehouse sets. The leverset is available in a polished chrome finish, an oil rubbed bronze finish and a satin nickel finish in order to match a wide variety of design styles.
    The set has an adjustable latch and can fit doors ranging in thickness from 1.75 inches to 2.25 inches. The leverset can be used on both exterior and interior doors and has been weatherproofed specifically for outdoor conditions. You can install one on each exterior door as well as on any interior doors that require extra safekeeping. A low battery indicator light lets you know when it’s time to replace the batteries on your unit.
    Additional features include a small lever footprint that measures just under three inches by just over four and a half inches on the exterior, with interior measurements of two and a quarter inches by six and a half inches. A standard 9-volt battery system can be found housed on the interior trim of the set. The leverset also comes with an exterior key cylinder for backup entry, just in case, making it a versatile and functional set that works under any circumstance.

    How it Works

    Setting up this leverset is a simple process with the help of your Apple or Android phone. After installing a free app available through the Apple store or Google Play, the app wizard will direct you through the steps of setting up your set. This system allows multiple user codes, which you can add, edit or delete through your Smartphone app.
    The app also enables you to view a log of which user code has been entered at what time of day, allowing you to keep a close eye on the security of your home. Additionally, you can manage multiple locks from one device, and all of your existing information can easily be communicated to a new device should you change or update your phone. Safe, smart security has never been so simple.

    Conclusion

    Your home is your castle. It’s important to safeguard it with the best security system available to you. With the LISCIO Electronic Keypad Leverset with Bluetooth Programming from Emtek, you’ll be able to rest in the knowledge that your home is secure.

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  • How Keys Work Inside of Pin Tumbler Locks

    Posted on June 30th, 2014 0 Comments

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    A pin tumbler lock keeps a door securely closed until it’s opened with a key. Of course, it can’t be opened by just any key. The key must be specially made to fit the lock. Consider the various parts of a pin tumbler lock and how a key is used to open one.

    The Parts of a Lock and a Key

    The body of a pin tumbler lock is known as a bible. The springs, the driver pins and the key pins are all parts of a lock’s bible. The plug of a lock is located directly beneath the bible. The body of a key is made up of notches and ridges. Sometimes the ridges are called teeth. Each key is unique to a particular lock. In short, a key’s notches and ridges have a design that will only fit one lock.

     

    How a Key Turns in a Pin Tumbler Lock

    The springs of a lock as well as the driver pins are all the same length and size. The key pins are different sizes. When a key is put into a lock, the lock will open or close if the key pins correspond with the ridges and notches in the key. If the key pins inside a pin tumbler lock do not correspond with the ridges and notches of a key, the lock will not open. When a person puts the correct key into a lock, the driver pins will drop down and the key pins will move up. These pins line up at a point in the lock called the shear line. When this happens, the key will turn and the door will unlock. A pin tumbler lock is a precise instrument. The pins must all line up before a person can turn the key and disengage the lock.

    Issues That Make a Key Unusable

    Sometimes a key that goes with a particular pin tumbler lock doesn’t work. There are a variety of reasons why this happens. For one, the notches of the key may have been filed down or changed in some way. The key pins in a lock do not change in design. Consequently, if someone files down the ridges on a key, it will no longer correspond to the design of the key pins. This makes the key worthless. Sometimes a key can be bent making it impossible to fit it into a lock. There are also times when a user breaks a key, leaving part of it inside the lock. This can happen when a lock is old and the person turns the key with too much force. Once a key is broken, a new one must be made to replace it.

    Finally, a pin tumbler lock is a basic type of lock that’s easy to use and secure. If a key is difficult to turn in a lock, sometimes a little bit of WD-40 can loosen the lock and make it easier to put the key inside it.

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