How to start a career in locksmithing? : Locksmith

Hello all. I want to start a career in locksmithing after discovering how much I enjoy doing it for work. I did work as a locksmith for a company for about a year but ended up leaving due to an unethical work environment. I loved the day to day work and I always wanted to learn more, unfortunately I didn’t like how much price gouging there was gonna be. I also wasn’t a fan of them trying to make me write fake reviews using customers info, or always lying about time and price estimates. I live in a state were a license isn’t required and the company I worked for didn’t do much training. I think living in a state with no license requirements also make it difficult to find a job that offers training, or places that offer training. Is there any good online school or certifications I can get to help me get jobs in locksmithing? Or way I can prepare for a future job? Isn’t there any good first step i can take to get my foot in ? Is it normal practice to upcharge, lie, and write fake reviews or did I just get hired at a shit company? All info and advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Questions regarding Locksmithing school, training and the job at large. : Locksmith

I’ve recently taken an interest in the profession of locksmithing and believe it would be a rewarding and satisfying career; I did however have several questions I’d like to throw out there to get input from those who have studied the trade or are currently working in locksmithing.

I reside in the state of Arizona(where no license is required) and have found a locksmithing school that offers a 2 week course that can be reattended at any time and includes $500 dollars worth of equipment for a course total of $2995. I am wondering if that is a good deal.

As I understand it, once someone has the knowledge and tools to be in locksmithing it is largely up to them as far as putting their name out there and getting exposure for the jobs they’d work. Is it possible to work for any company large or small in the locksmithing trade for a steady income or is running your own business for locksmithing the route most everyone takes?

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I started locksmithing in 1997. I retired in 2017. I still hate Friday’s and get the Thursday evening dread. : Locksmith

I saw a lot of weird shit during my career, but I can’t seem to shake off the knowledge that lots of bad shit happens to people on Friday. I dread it even more now that I work in IT. About five years in unless I was on call Thursday evening was clean and stock the van time.

Watching good people get escorted off jobs like criminals because they missed to many days, or broke some other meaningless bullshit corporate rule. And me standing there locking them out. Watching people scream at each other because someone broke up with them or served the divorce papers. And it always seems to stretch into Saturday morning when people who started out to have a good time end up stranded without keys to anything.

I know it’s good money but unless you’re a complete shit watching humanity break down every Friday will take a toll on you.

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Locksmithing as some sort of weird game : Locksmith

Hello everyone:

I’m sure it’s not just me… Has anyone had any experiences in locksmithing where it feels like some sort of weird game? Let me give you a few examples:

  • Customer brings in an old box with a 3-digit combo for us to decode. We take the the box in, let them know we will call for pickup. A short time later, I’m inspecting the box and find a number written on the bottom. Of course it works as the combo.

  • Customer wants me to rekey his house, but he lost the front door keys. I’m trying and trying to pick the lock, doesn’t fucking work. Drop one of my picks and it almost falls through the gap between the wood on his deck. I notice something below; it’s a key. I fish it out and it works for the front door.

  • At a job where I have to rekey a house and make keys for an old Triumph TR8. I’m working at getting the ignition lock off and drop a screw. I’m looking for the screw and I find a set of keys under the floor mat. Between the two keys, they worked in all the locks.

  • Customer brings in a safe that they forgot the combo to. I’m waiting for our safe tech and just spinning the dial, attempting to hear anything. I have pressure on the handle. When tne dial gets to 50, the safe opens. Upon inspection, someone had remove the wheel pack.

So those are just a few examples of something that happened to me where it feels like it would have been a scenario in a game. I actually wanted to be a locksmith when I was a kid because of a game (Heroes Quest), so these sort of situations always bring a huge stupid grin to my face.

Has anyone here experienced anything similar?

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Forensic Locksmithing : Locksmith

Is forensic locksmithing an actual thing? Would it be worth a locksmithing company investing in the time and training?

I am highly interested in doing it, but I don’t know if I could justify the cost to the company I work for. I don’t see like any real data on it anywhere, court cases where they’ve been used, and so on and so forth. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?

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Incorporating locksmithing into current cyber security role for ‘red team’ assessments : Locksmith

I’m currently a penetration tester. I identity weaknesses and misconfigurations in client enterprise computer networks via hacking / using tooling. The clients are typically larger organisations such as finance institutions , mining orgs and other listed companies. We do red team exercises which involve testing more than just the IT, such as the people and the processes in place. This includes social engineering and trying to bypass physical security controls and then providing recommendations to clients.

The bypassing is typically ‘find an unlocked door, tailgating, convince someone to let you in, get close to a cloneable badge with a proxmark etc

The role is full time and leaves limited time for much else. I guess I’m wondering whether I could gain much from locksmithing to assist in identifying poor practices for larger organisations.

Are there regular weaknesses or bad practices that experienced locksmith come across?

Is this something I could learn doing on Saturday’s (enough to be useful) if I found someone willing to take on a volunteer.

An aspect of the assessment is that the IT team and physical security are not made aware of the engagement and as such we attempt to gain access to the nominated location undetected. Is locksmithing realistically going to help achieve this?

Any other thoughts on the topic?

Thanks all!

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Teaching locksmithing to kids via games : Locksmith

Im a fairly new locksmith been in the game for 4 years….but I have much more exp in game design.been making games for like 8 years designing graphics and websites for 12+

I want to make a a few locksmith style games. My first idea was to create a board game to teach kids how to rekey locks and pick locks.

My only draw back is the legal side of this it’s a great idea I have the whole game designed it’s just on the back burner because of my fear. I live in florida. It’s the wild west down here.

What about other states getting shipments of locksmith tools? Maybe just ignore them for now?

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