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Locksport: Good for Locksmiths, and the Industry

Locksport is the name given to a sub-culture of lockpicking enthusiasts that pick locks for, well, sport. Locksport. Now that we have that out of the way, let's dive in to the deeper bits. Locksmiths have not traditionally been happy with the locksport community, for any number of reasons. ...
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Protecting Yourself with Video Evidence

In this modern world, it isn't unfair to say that anybody who may find themselves alone with a random caller could protect themselves with video evidence. Not only can it deter people from attempting to physically assault you, but it can protect you from false allegations on any number ...
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Locksmith General Liability Insurance

Don't go into locksmithing business without general liability insurance. Let me say that again for the folks in the back: Do not go into locksmithing business without general liability insurance! There. Now you know, so this post is over, right? Oh, I guess we should probably go over what exactly ...
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Getting Proof of Identity, and what to do if you can’t

Proof of identity is what separates a locksmith from someone assisting in breaking and entering. Some states, like California, require that locksmiths verify the identity of their clients before doing work, getting them to sign a work order form, and then keeping those work order forms for 2 years. ...
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Are Lockpicks Illegal In California?

Are Lockpicks Illegal in California? To answer the question specifically, we need to start by looking at California Penal Code 466. Without boring you to death with the actual text, essentially what it tells us is that if you have anything in your possession with intent to use it ...
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3 Easy Steps to Getting a Locksmith Apprenticeship in NYC

Getting a locksmith apprenticeship in NYC isn't a requirement for becoming a locksmith in NYC, but it is a good way to get your foot in the door, and learn the trade. The requirements for the locksmith apprentice license are not nearly as restrictive as the locksmith license, but ...
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Are Lockpicks Legal?

Are lockpicks legal to own? Are lockpicks legal to use? These are questions I hear frequently, and had myself when I was first starting out. The answer to the question is about as confusing as the ...
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Learn Locksmithing Today: Commercial Locksmithing

Once you have established your shop, and your skillset, you may decide to market yourself as a commercial locksmith. Nailing down these clients may be more difficult, but there is a major benefit that you should consider: You can charge more. I'm not saying go out and gouge your customers. ...
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Master Lock Picked Open with Cat Food Can Lid

As a locksmith, it is your job to stay up on the market. As a resource for all locksmiths, and apprentices, we here at Locksmith Training HQ want to make that easy for you. That's why we're posting this video by BosnianBill over at Lock-Lab.com. Watch as he...oh, don't ...
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Learn Locksmithing Today: Residential Locksmithing

Residential locksmithing is exactly what it sounds like. Locksmithing for private residences. Residential locksmithing is probably the most common type of locksmithing niche that you will see. Residential locksmithing does not mean non-commercial, though. In fact, the locksmith kit for a residential locksmith vs. that of a commercial locksmith ...
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