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Great Safe Locksmith Options in Illinois
There are many Chicago Locksmiths, but few who take the time to develop safe technical skills. Nonetheless. Illinois has one of the best licensing and certification programs in the country.
I have a couple of recommendations below and I also give an overview of the relevant trade associations and state of the locksmith law in Illinois.
Illinois Locksmith Laws and Certification Requirements
Locksmiths in Illinois and Chicago are covered by 225 Illinois Compiled Statutes Sec. 445, 1-299 and 68 Illinois Administrative Code, Ch. VII, subchapter b, Part 1240. To make a long story short, there are various background checks and requirements for both individual locksmiths and locksmith stores.
Additionally, there is a 20 hour training requirement and exam prior to becoming licensed. Coming from a state with absolutely no training, background or exam requirement, I find this remarkable. It is good to live in Chicago.
Locksmiths Trade Associations
Chicago actually has its own trade association (versus a state wide organization) called the Greater Chicago – Locksmith Association (www.gclalocksmiths.org). This organization is a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA).
Top Safe Locksmith Chicago Options
Fink Safe & Lock
John Greenan runs Fink Safe & Lock. John is a Certified Master Locksmith and a Certified Safe Professional. These are two designations you want to be working on your gun safe. Fink does not have a website, but you can reach them below.
2307 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
The Security Shop
The Security Shop has a Certified Master Locksmith on staff who also has experience working on safes. You can reach them below.
2951 N. Clark
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Disclaimer: None of the above companies paid to be in this directory. Additionally, you need to perform your own due diligence when deciding upon a safe locksmith. I do not guarantee or warranty any company listed in this directory. Laws are subject to change without notice.