Posted by Ken Dunckel Safecracker Boxman on July 04, 2008 at 06:31:35:
In Reply to: Finding a trusted Locksmith/Safesmith|
Jon, what exactly are your concerns?
This might be too obvious, but I can't resist a short reality check:
Are you thinking that burglars and thieves advertise in the Yellow Pages?
People ask me if I learned my work in prison or if I do this at night on my own in banks. This is a bit like assuming that firemen are all arsonists in their former lives or maybe even in their off-duty time.
Our industry has it share of flakes, poor businesspeople, incompetent techncians, and even people who go bad, but I submit the incidence of those who "go bad" or aren't "legit" is statistically higher in professions like law, medicine, politics, and the priesthhood, to name just a few.
If I saw you driving a car and asked if you learned to drive by first being a car thief, would you be offended or perhaps think my question was a little off-base? Or would you think I had a great future as a comedian?
If you're worried about licensing and if your state has licensing laws for lock and safe technicians, it should be easy for a citizen to check on that.
Similarly, you can check and find out if the lock or safe company you're thinking of hiring at least has a business license, maybe even insurance, too.
If it's any consolation, I'll leave you with this: Historically speaking, "legit" lock and safe technicians who "go bad" make some of the worst and most incompetent criminals, because their skills are mostly technical, not the type of skills that help one plan the "big heist" or hire a "mouthpiece" or find the right cops and politicians to "grease," or who to call to "ice" a witness or "fix" a jury.
So stop worrying so much. Maybe even get a local reference from someone you do trust.