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    Certified, Bonded, Insured

    A safe locksmith expert is a must if you have a high quality gun safe. If you forget your combination or safe locksmith recommendationssomething breaks, the last thing you want is a locksmith who specializes in installing deadbolts fumbling around your $5,000 Fort Knox gun safe.

    But, who you gonna call? How do you know who is good and who isn’t? Not all locksmiths are created equal.

    Some Basic Criteria:

    1. Are they Bonded, Licensed and Insured?
    2. Do they belong to any professional associations?
    3. Do they belong to the Better Business Bureau?
    4. What type of training and experience do they have?
    5. Do they have any safe certifications such as:
      1. Certified Professional SafeTech
      2. Certified Master SafeTech

    Failure to satisfy one or more of these criteria is not fatal to choosing a locksmith, but it does get you started in choosing the right safe locksmith for you.

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    Locksmiths by City

    Here are the TOP 100 U.S. cities (by population). If you do not see your city or think I should add another one, please drop me a note and I will work to get you listed.

    I know it may have been easier to put in alphabetical order, but I thought it was cool to see how the cities compared by size.

    New York CityDenverBakersfieldSt. Petersburg
    Los AngelesLouisvilleNew OrleansChula Vista
    HoustonPortland, ORAnaheimOrlando
    PhiladelphiaLas VegasTampaChandler
    PhoenixOklah. CityAuroraLaredo
    San AntonioAlbuquerqueSanta AnaMadison
    San DiegoTusconSt. LouisWinston Salem
    San JoseSacramentoCorpus ChristiBaton Rouge
    JacksonvilleLong BeachRiversideDurham
    IndianapolisKansas CityCinncinnatiGarland
    San FranciscoMesaLexingtonGlendale
    AustinVirginia BeachAnchorageReno
    Fort WorthColo. SpringsToledoChesapeake
    CharlotteOmahaSt. PaulScottsdale
    DetroitRaleighNewarkN. Las Vegas
    El PasoMiamiGreensboroIrving
    Washington D.C.WichitaFt. WayneSan Bernadino
    NashvilleArlingtonJersey CitySpokane

    Other Cities: Rockville

    Locksmiths by State

    AlabamaLouisianaNorth Dakota
    ColoradoMinnesotaSouth Dakota
    IdahoNew HampshireWashington
    IllinoisNew JersyWest Virginia
    IndianaNew MexicoWisconsin
    IowaNew YorkWyoming
    KansasNorth Carolina
    Puerto RicoU.S. Territories

    Safe Locksmith International

    f you or someone you know is qualified to work on safes in a foreign country, please drop me a note and I will work to get you listed.

    1. United Kingdom Locksmiths
    2. Vancouver Locksmiths

    Safe Locksmith Certification

    The two main safe locksmith certification programs are offered by the Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc.(ALOA) and the Safe and Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA). These two national trade associations worked together to formulate the following certifications:

    1. Certified Professional SafeTech(CPS)
    2. Certified Master SafeTech (CMST)

    As highlighted above, just because a locksmith does not have one of these designations, does not mean they are incompetent to work on your gun safe. Maybe they have tremendous in house experience. Or, maybe they have received specialized training from one or more safe manufacturers.

    When interviewing safe locksmith, if they do not have one of these certifications, ask them what makes them competent to work on your safe. Ask them to be specific. How many gun safes do you work on in any given month? What brands? What type of work? You get the picture.

    For a list of all ALOA locksmith designations and the respective qualifications requirements, click here.

    Let’s take a look at an overview of the certification requirements so you can understand what goes into being a “safe expert.”

    Certified Professional SafeTech(CPS)

    This is the place you start. You cannot become a Master Safe Tech without first obtaining the CPS designation. A CPS must demonstrate expertise in at least 17 safe technology subjects. Here is a partial list of possible expertise areas.

    Lock IdentificationBasic Safe and Lock Construction
    UL Standards For Safes Safe Installation
    Vault and Safe Locks GSA Equipment
    SMNA & JIS RatingsSafe and Vault Door
    Tools and Their UsageAdjustments/Alignment
    Safe Lock Servicing and ChangingSafe Drilling/Penetration
    Troubleshooting and Dialing Diagnostics Post-Penetration Repairs
    Theory of Manipulation Safe Deposit Locks
    Safe Lock Installation Key-Operated Safe Locks
    Safe-Related Electronics

    Proficiency in the above is tested on a 325 question exam where a 70% (or better) score must be achieved.

    Certified Master Safe Technician (CMST)

    This certification is the PHD of safe techs. To obtain this designation a candidate must have first obtain the CPS designation. Like the CPS, the CMST must show advanced knowledge in a variety of safe technology subjects.

    In addition to the above 19 areas, advanced knowledge must also be demonstrated in the following areas of expertise:

    Advanced Dialing DiagnosticsHigh-Security Safe Construction
    ManipulationSafe Penetration
    Uncommon Safes & LocksAdvanced Borescope Techniques
    Advanced Safe Deposit LocksComposite & High-Security Safe Repair
    Time Locks Vaults & Vault Doors
    Night Depositories

    Proficiency in the above is tested on a 267 question CMS exam (70% or greater score).

    When you see a list of the subject matter required to pass these exams, it really makes you stop and appreciate the level of knowledge that goes into these designations.

    Obviously, through extensive industry experience, one could obtain this knowledge as well, without taking the exam. Just make sure you ask your prospective safe locksmith how their skills and experience compare.

    Society of Professional Locksmiths

    society of professional locksmithsThe Society of Professional Locksmiths is an organization of certified professional locksmiths that provides online training, testing, live webinars, certifications and a industry magazine. They have a FREE Locksmith Training Program available and a valuable newsletter. Check them out if you were ever curious about locksmithing.

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