Colorado Music Venues That Combine Great Music With Beautiful Scenery

We all know that Colorado is home to some astoundingly beautiful scenery. And most of us probably know the Colorado also has many talented musicians and performers. But, did you know that Colorado offers you the opportunity to combine these amazing features? You can enjoy a world-class music performance and Colorado’s stunning scenery at the same time!

Check out these amazing scenic venues on your next trip to Colorado.

Side view - Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Canned Heat performing on the Fred Shellman Memorial Stage

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9 Super Secure Places Around the World that You Can Actually Visit

When you think of government headquarters, military or intelligence agencies, and other high-security facilities, you might be surprised to learn that some of these locations allow public entry. Although the following global landmarks are protected by elite forces and sophisticated technology, they also double as popular tourist attractions.

The Korean DMZ

This demarcation line that divides the Republic of South Korea from its Communist neighbor, North Korea, stretches across the entire Korean peninsula. Established on July 27, 1953, following the post-Korean War Armistice Agreement, the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) creates a buffer between these opposing nations.

Although both sides are heavily guarded by tanks, land mines and electrical fences, a 2-kilometer wide “no man’s land” surrounds the DMZ where military activity is strictly prohibited. Therefore, this truce line has become known as the PLZ (Peace and Life Zone). In effort to promote pacifism within this historically volatile region, designated sections are open for visitation. Tourists and citizens can tour observation towers, museums, war memorials and the South Korean “Peace Dam,” located along the DMZ route.    

Still, despite recent tourism initiatives, this area is considered highly unstable, and United Nations troops must patrol the South Korean side to maintain ceasefire. After all, one miscalculated move across the border could erupt in chaos.  

Korean DMZ

The White House

This iconic U.S. landmark, where the Commander-in-Chief resides, is among the nation’s most surveillanced buildings, but public tours have resumed as of 2013. Pending approval from an applicable Congress representative, visitors can participate in self-guided tours around the residential East Wing. The Oval Office, Situation Room and other West Wing chambers, however, are significantly more restricted.

Despite public access, though, the President and First Family receive superior protection and unrivaled home security. An iron gate surrounds this property’s perimeter, and underground alarm sensors activate at the slightest movement detection. In addition, bullet-resistant windows shield the interior, while armed guards patrol the grounds, snipers crouch along roof, and Secret Service agents stand sentry around every corner.   

White House

The White House opens its legendary doors Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30–11:30a.m., and Friday through Saturday, 7:30a.m.–1:30p.m. Although these tours are free, they occur on a first-come-first-serve basis and can be cancelled anytime.

Buckingham Palace

This architectural gem, gracing the London city center, has been a British royal residence since 1837, and currently serves as the monarchy’s administrative center. Charged with protecting this imperial dwelling, the Queen’s Guard can be seen outside Buckingham Palace at all times. Throughout their 2-hour posts, these sentinels remain silent and motionless, but if harassed by bystanders, they retaliate at gunpoint.

Specified areas of the palace are occasionally on-display for visitors, including the Queen’s Gallery, State Rooms (still actively used by the royal family) and the Buckingham Forecourt, where the guard changes every morning at 11:30. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and each guided tour lasts about 2 ½ hours.

Buckingham Palace

The Greenbrier Bunker

This Cold War-era bomb shelter was erected in 1961 to defend Congressional members against potential nuclear attacks. Located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, this classified bunker remained hidden from public awareness beneath the region’s exclusive Greenbrier Resort. While operational, the facility maintained a constant state of readiness — should the Russian arms race cross over onto American borders.

Greenbrier

Photo taken by Bobak Ha’Eri

Comprised of four entrances and a 25-ton blast door that only opens with 50 pounds of pressure, this shelter could accommodate over 1,100 inhabitants. Despite these security measures, Greenbrier Bunker is now “declassified” as a tourist attraction.

The Vatican City

This independent city-state within Rome’s borders houses both the Papal Palace and the official Catholic Church headquarters. Besides the Pope’s personal security detail who escorts him at all times, the Vatican is also protected by expertly trained Swiss Guard troops and Gendarmerie Corps (Vatican City police force).

While on duty, these guards are equipped with full-range weapons, including Glock pistols and Beretta sub-machine guns. Their tactical teams use Carbon-15 pistols and highly specialized FABARM Italian shotguns. In addition, the Gendarmerie Corps commission counter-assault and anti-sabotage teams for explosive ordnance disposals.

Vatican City

The Swiss Guard is the world’s smallest army, comprised of 110–125 soldiers who serve a minimum two year term. Like the Gendarmerie Corps, these mercenaries also carry long-range firepower. When the Pope travels abroad, the Swiss Guard works closely with local police to implement security procedures during his visit.

Although the Vatican is extensively protected, public tours are available for various historical and religious sites within these city limits, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Raphael’s Rooms and the Vatican Museum.

Bold Lane Car Park

This parking garage deck in Derbyshire, England, is peculiarly considered among the most secure locations on earth. Pedestrians can only gain access with a Bold Lane-issued ticket that indicates their exact parking spot number. Drivers occupying this lot must also pay a considerable fee in order to ensure their vehicles’ safety.

Bold Lane

Photo taken by Jerry Evans

Once a car has been parked, it will be protected by motion sensors that activate if any movement whatsoever is detected, causing the entire premises to enter lock-down. In addition, advanced CCTV cameras, panic buttons and other surveillance technology constantly monitor the garage’s interior for trespassing or suspicious activity.

The Grand Palace

This opulent compound, located in Bangkok, has been the administrative seat of Thai government and the royal court’s dwelling for 150 years. Although the king no longer lives here, the Grand Palace still houses Thailand’s war ministry, state departments and mint treasury. Security is heightened around the perimeter, as locals consider it sacred.

Grand Palace

Despite its striking beauty and sprawling size, the complex architectural design is difficult to navigate, and some sections are restricted from public view. However, visitors can access the Grand Palace Central Court and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. When entering this shrine, men must wear pants and long-sleeve shirts, while women cannot show inappropriate amounts of skin — like bare shoulders, for example.

The Grand Palace is open daily from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., unless a state function takes place. Tickets cost $11.24 USD which, besides touring the Grand Palace, also includes Vimanmek Museum admission and other Bangkok attractions.

Federal Reserve Bank

This pillar of the New York City Financial District stores an estimated 25% of global gold resources in a vault,  located 80 feet below street-level (50 feet below sea-level). Due to these sensitive assets, the Federal Reserve is patrolled by expert marksmen, making it among the world’s most closely guarded buildings.

Federal Reserve

If scheduled in advance, free guided tours are available for both the public and school groups. Visitors can peruse the various on-site museum exhibits and learn how the Federal Reserve has influenced monetary policy and promoted financial stability.

The Topkapi Palace

This sprawling and opulent structure, a spiritual relic within Muslim culture and longstanding pride of Istanbul, is among the oldest surviving palaces from ancient civilization. For over 400 years, sultans ruled the Ottoman Empire from this royal residence, and today, it remains under thorough surveillance by legions of armed guards.   

Topkapi Palace

According to TripAdvisor, numerous travelers who have toured the Topkapi Palace can attest to its heightened security protocol. A gun-wielding terrorist was quickly shot dead by guards on November 30, 2011, a testament to the effective security at Topkapi Palace. Following that incident, visitors now must walk through x-ray body scanners before entering the premises. However, despite these extensive measures, countless tourists still flock to this landmark for the on-site Turkish coffee and calligraphy exhibits.     

Have you visited these historical sites throughout your own travels? Can you think of any other secure locations that are also open for visitation? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Life in Supermax: The Real Haunted House

October is a month traditionally dedicated to spooky shenanigans and nightmarish monsters. As Halloween draws near, our collective imaginations run wild — courtesy of horror flicks, eerie exhibits, and a fascination with the dark side.

However, there’s nothing imaginary about America’s real-life haunted house — the USP ADX Florence Supermax Prison, located 100 miles south of Denver, Colorado. Dubbed a “cleaner version of hell” by one former warden, Florence opened in 1994 as the only Supermax facility in the United States penitentiary system. Its stark, isolated cell blocks currently house 403 male inmates who have been declared too violent for even maximum-security incarceration.   

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Home Not-So-Sweet Home

According to an exposé by “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley, Florence prisoners are considered so manipulative, homicidal or dangerous to national security, they must spend 23 hours per day in solitary confinement. Their quarters consist of 12-by-7’ concrete cells with a toilet, shower, black-and-white television and permitted reading material. Also, the windows are entirely barred, so inmates cannot even glimpse the Rocky Mountains surrounding this complex.  

For one hour each day, Florence’s “general population” (i.e. prisoners who do not require total solitary confinement) are allotted exercise privileges in a small outdoor enclosure or designated on-site gymnasium. A maximum 10 hours of physical activity are sanctioned per week, and each inmate is allowed one 15-minute phone call per month.

The Worst of the Worst

“60 Minutes” has also reported that, during September 11th, prisoners were heard shouting with pleasure as they watched the tragedy unfold on their television screens. In addition, some incarcerated terrorists exhibit such extreme behavior as hunger strikes, in which case, guards must resort to using body restraints and force-feeding them through IV tubes.  

Due to the severe nature of their crimes, numerous high-profile enemies of the state reside in Florence. The New York Times names a few, such as 1993 World Trade Center attack mastermind Ramzi Yousef, 9-11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Other notorious criminals locked behind these walls include Oklahoma City Bombing accomplice Terry Nichols, former Bonanno Crime Family boss Vincent Basciano, and serial killer physician Michael Swango, who is believed to have poisoned over 60 patients.   

Handcuffed prisoner waiting for death penalty in jailhouse prison

Alcatraz of the Rockies

Florence is designed to be entirely escape-proof — in fact, once inside the facility, general proximity, direction and time of day become increasingly difficult to ascertain. This set-up prevents both inmates from breaking out and cohorts on the outside from breaking in.    

Arguably, this penitentiary’s intended purpose is not for rehabilitation but rather, harsh treatment and isolation. Studies conducted on Florence and other “silent prisons” have found that most inmates subjected to solitary confinement eventually suffer mental breakdowns. Four prisoners on-record have killed themselves while serving time in Florence, and many former residents insist they would choose capital punishment over a Supermax sentence. Often, these conditions are so drastic, an inmate’s only human interaction is with guards, psychiatrists or clergy.

Despite the high-risk security level of its population, Florence has been targeted with various lawsuits for inhumane practices. For example, The New York Times cites an incident where one prisoner attempted suicide by slicing his wrists, and upon subsequent discharge from the hospital, a guard allegedly forced him to scrub dried blood off the floor of his cell.

Whether such treatment is considered “cruel and unusual” by Constitutional standards has yet to be determined. Still, this haunted house takes horror to an element beyond Halloween mischief or Hollywood spectacle. Florence is a culmination of our nation’s fiercest threats — but fortunately, they won’t be penetrating those concrete barriers anytime soon!

About the Author: Frankie Rendon, digital marketer/PR guy for Colorado Lockmasters, collaborates with publications to ensure that the content he plays a part in creating is given its time to shine. He studied at the University of Delaware and received his B.A. in Public Relations from the University of South Florida.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/magazine/inside-americas-toughest-federal-prison.html?_r=0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rzpnsox5Vk

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Must Watch Kid’s Safety Videos

It’s summertime and school is out. This means that it’s time for fun and the sun, but it also means that there are going to be more opportunities for kid’s to experience a little bit of freedom. That’s why it’s important to talk to your kids about summer safety rules. If you’re not sure where to start, here are a few videos that are great way to start the safety conversation with your kids without alarming or scaring them.

Stranger Awareness for Kids

In this video, we get to watch as young Billy is faced with the opportunity to get in the car with a stranger. The stranger seems nice and friendly and he is a grown up, he even says that Billy’s dad asked him to pick Billy up for him. Watch and see how Billy handles this difficult situation.

ABC’s of Saftey

This video is a great video to watch with kids that are really young. The ABC’s of safety, chooses a word and a rhyme for each letter of the alphabet. This is the perfect way to talk to kids about safety in a non-threatening way and the ABC’s is the perfect way to help them memorize the rules. “A is for Alert, keep your eyes looking and you ears hearing or you might get hurt. B is for Beware, if something goes wrong you should get out of there.”

 

Safety Rules for Children

While the first two videos mainly cover stranger danger, this video is a great one to watch about safety on the road, on the bus, and while playing outside. The adorable cartoon makes it really engaging and fun to watch. Your child will be learning about safety without even knowing it!

Colorado Lockmaster is serious about safety and security. When we get your call at any time of day or night, we are excited to answer your request as quickly and professionally as possible. If you find yourself in a situation where you need a locksmith right away, don’t hesitate; give us a call at 720-606-4428. For a list of the rest of our services visit us at ColoradoLockmaster.com.

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4 of the Absolute Best Home Security Systems

Did you know that the greatest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer? Well, summer is coming so it’s time to consider what you can do to increase you home security. In a recent study, it was discovered that most burglars try to determine if a home has a security system before breaking in, and then they try to avoid the homes that do. In fact, homes without security systems are as much as 300% more likely to be broken into. With this in mind, getting a home security system is a great investment and can be a lifesaver for you and your family. If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to picking out a home security system, here are what we think are some of the best home security systems:

Front Point

Front Point’s motto is “Home Security That Has Your Back” and they pride themselves on providing affordable security that makes people feel safe and secure in their homes. They have three different plans ranging from $35 to $50 and are formulated according to the individual’s needs. Some of the excellent features that they have are:

  • Fire & Environmental Protection
  • 24/7 Professional Monitoring
  • Remote Access & Control
  • Light Control
  • Geo Location
  • HD & Night Vision Capabilities

Visit their website for a quote or sign up for their 30-day risk-free trial.

LiveWatch

In addition to providing great security, LiveWatch is known for having the fastest alarm reporting in the nation with the average reporting time of 30 seconds. They use a simple, yet efficient system where they secure the outside doors and put indoor motion detection in place in order to create 2-layers of protection. A few of the other fantastic features that they offer are:

  • Alarm Alerts via SMS, Email, & Web
  • Smartphone Wireless Monitoring
  • 24/7 Professional Security Monitoring
  • Home Automation Apps

The starting cost of their services is $20/mo and goes all the way up to total home coverage at $40/mo.

ADT

One of the best things about ADT Home Security Systems is that they provide a free home security review to help you decide which type of package that you should have. They not only excel in protection for your home but they also provide security services for business as well. Here are a few of the awesome services that they offer:

  • 24/7 Monitoring
  • Flood and Fire Protection
  • Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
  • Customized Home Automation Systems
  • Motion Detectors & Video Cameras

For more information on pricing and products visit their website or give them a call.

Vivint

Vivint’s motto is simple. They want to protect your home and family. They keep their word by providing wireless technology, 24/7 live monitoring, motion detection and more. Vivint provides free equipment and free installation in order to give you the best possible SMART security. Here are some other great features from Vivint:

  • Temperature Control
  • Window & Door Sensors
  • Touch Screen Panel
  • Smart Door Locks

Visit them online or give them a call for a free quote.

Colorado Lockmaster knows good home security and loves being in the locksmith business. When we get your call at any time of day or night, we are excited to answer your request as quickly and professionally as possible. If you find yourself in a situation where you need a locksmith right away, don’t hesitate; give us a call at (720) 606-4428. We answer your requests 24 hours a day. For a list of the rest of our services visit us at ColoradoLockmaster.com.

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How To Keep Your Locks from Freezing

Winter is almost over, but it’s not quite over yet. Freezing locks can be a pain in the butt, especially when you’re in a hurry to get inside your home to escape the cold. When safeguarding your locks, don’t only think about your front door lock, think about all of your locks (back doors, garage doors, toolshed padlocks, etc.) Here’s what you can do to make sure that you never have rusted or frozen locks again.

Spray FLUID FILM inside of Your Locks

This product was made specifically for harsh winters just like the ones we have here in Colorado. Fluid film provides a great lubrication for your locks that can last up to 36 months. Among the long list of uses for this amazing product is spraying it inside of your locks to keep them from freezing. A great investment if you ask me.

 Use Rubber To Protect Your Locks

 Another, more practical, yet more time-consuming method for protecting your locks is using rubber to protect your locks from the frozen weather. To do this, just follow these simple directions:

Materials:

  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Nails
  • Thick sheets of rubber (at least 1/8 inch thick)
  • Wood putty
  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer

Directions:

  1. Use your measuring tape to measure the diameter of your locks. (If it is a padlock, measure the width)
  2. For each lock, cut one square of rubber. (For normal locks, the sides of the squares should equal the lock diameter plus two inches & for padlocks the sides should be the width of the lock with an additional four inches)
  3. On the top two corners, nail the rubber squares to the doors to create a flap that will protect your lock but can be lifted up whenever you would like to lock or unlock your doors.
  4. After winter subsides, use your hammer to remove the nails and save your rubber flaps for next winter.

Colorado Lockmaster loves being in the locksmith business. When we get your call at any time of day or night, we are excited to answer your request as quickly and professionally as possible. If you find yourself in a situation where you need a locksmith right away, don’t hesitate; give us a call at 720-606-4428. We answer your requests 24 hours a day. For a list of the rest of our services visit us at ColoradoLockmaster.com.

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Five Things That Home Alone Got Right About Home Security

We all remember the Holiday classic, Home Alone, where adorable eight-year-old Kevin McCallister accidentally gets left alone at home for the holidays. He finds himself in a sticky situation with some bad guys, and we have to say, for an eight-year-old he knew how to handle himself. He was pretty smart, and there are definitely some takeaways from Kevin’s experience at home. Here they are:

 

1. Kevin knew that he needed to prepare himself.

Before you get a home security system, you’re on edge all the time. You hear small noises, and you tend to freak out a little bit. Now Kevin decided to create some particularly sticky and dangerous traps for potential intruders, but you don’t have to go that far.  Getting a home security and updating your locks will definitely provide you with the peace of mind that you need to get your sanity back.

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2. Kevin knew that there is power in numbers.

Intruders are less likely to approach a house that they think has people inside it. We know you don’t have time to create a diversion as elaborate as this one, but when you go on vacation, talk to your neighbors about checking on your house every now and then and making sure that the paper is picked up off your driveway and no flyers are sticking in your door.

3. Kevin was home alone during Christmastime.

Crime rate spikes during the holiday season. One reason for the increase of crime during the holiday season is that criminals know that people tend to take vacations around this time, leaving their homes empty and their possessions vulnerable. Another reason for the crime rate spike is that there is an increased pressure to buy gifts for the holidays.

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4. Kevin didn’t give any unnecessary information out.

Kevin was a smart kid. He was all alone and he knew that he had to protect himself. Just like Kevin, you should be protecting yourself as well. Be careful who you share your information with. You don’t have to have CIA level security clearance, but maybe watch whom you give a spare key to, and don’t go telling everyone when you’re going out of town.

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5. Kevin knew he didn’t want to be in that situation again. (Unfortunately, it happened again in the next two movies)

Unlike in the Home Alone movie, where poor Kevin McCallister had countless encounters with the same criminals, it’s a fact that intruders will most likely never approach the same place more than once.


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A good security system means that you don’t have to be afraid. Visit Coloraolockmaster.com for information on getting your locks changed and for advice on installing a great home security system. You don’t have to be afraid anymore.

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How to research neighborhood safety?

Moving to a new neighborhood brings about a variety of questions and concerns: where’s the nearest Costco, what schools are the best, what day does the garbage collector come? But most importantly, you’ll find yourself asking the question, “How safe is my new neighborhood and what can I do to make it safer?” Even though there are apps that can help you find Costco and you can ask your neighbor what day the garbage man comes, getting details on neighborhood safety and security sometimes doesn’t seem so easy. Well, here are a few places where you can get started with your research:

  • Sex Offender List
    • Did you know that the U.S. Department of Justice requires sex offenders to register to a list that is published online for everyone to have access to? Well- they do. Right here.  Using this website you can search by zip-code, two, address, name, or county in order to find out where the sex offenders are located in your area.
  • Run A General Search
    • Doing a little research on the city itself is always a good idea when moving to a new place when it comes to neighborhood safety. Look for general places that people enjoy going versus places that people tend to steer clear of. Wikipedia has great information on city crime rates and you can also check the official city website to see what they have to say about their city.
  • Crime Report Websites
  • Watch the Local News
    • Watching the local news a few times a week will give you a heads up about what is normally going on in the neighborhood and what is out of the ordinary.
  • Homes for Sale
    • A lot of people don’t know that the number of homes for sale in a particular neighborhood can sometimes be an indication of whether it’s a safe place to be or not.Sometimes when there are a lot of homes for sale it means that people are rapidly fleeing a city that has a rising rate.
  • Talk to People & Tour The Neighborhood
    • If your able to visit before committing to living in the neighborhood, taking advantage of that opportunity is strongly suggested. Be sure to make trips to the neighborhood during different times of the day so you can see what the overall atmosphere is during the day and at night. Talk to some friendly faces you see in the neighborhood and ask them what their opinion is on the safety in the area. Most people will give honest and helpful feedback. When touring the neighborhood, pay attention to how the area is maintained. An excessive amount of run-down homes or unattended yards can be a sign that the neighborhood may not be the safest place.
  • Safety Alerts
    • Many cities have systems that you can subscribe to in order to get text and email alerts pertaining the safety in your area. Check out your local law enforcement and fire departments for more information on what you can do to stay updated and informed.
  • Neighborhood Watch/Town Meeting
    • Find out if your neighborhood has a neighborhood watch program and see how you can get involved. If they have town meetings, find out when they are and where they take place. They may even have a Facebook group for you to join so that you can stay updated on the happenings of the neighborhood as you prepare to make your move.

Regardless of how safe your neighborhood safety is, you can never be too safe. When you move into your neighborhood be sure to change your locks and install a security system.

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Tools for Auto lockouts

Common Tools for Auto Lockouts

When it comes to lockouts, auto lockouts are the most common amongst people. Yes, these times are especially frustrating when your in a hurry or caught in bad weather. With the right tools, a locksmith can unlock that car door of yours in no time.  The video below provides quality information on the basic tools for auto lockouts.

 

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Basic Locksmith Tools

Every Locksmith has a basic set of tools used for everyday services. These tools are essential in order to pick  the different kinds of locks. Here are 9 basic locksmith tools used in the locksmith industry.

9 Basic Locksmith Tools

  1. Tweezers
  2. Follower
  3. End Cap
  4. Cylinder
  5. Key Gauge
  6. Shims
  7. Pick Set
  8. Pin Kit
  9. Work Mat

Below is a video with in depth description for each tool and how it is appropriately used.

 

 

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