Connecticut is one of only a handfull of states (Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia) that requires locksmiths to be licensend. In addition Hillsborough County and Miami Dade in Florida, Nevada, New York City, Nassau County, NY require locksmiths to be licensed locally (according to the Associated Locksmiths of America website).
But what about states and local counties that do not have this law? How can consumers be sure that a trustworthy professional shows up on their doorstep and in many cases enters their home? The unfortunate answer is, they can’t. If there’s no licensing requirement there is also no criminal background check, which locksmiths must generally undergo in order to obtain a license in those locations where licensing is a must.
A recent arrest of a locksmith in South Carolina who is a convicted sex offender and was arrested again on sexual assault charges makes it obvious that licensing for locksmiths should be made a law in every state across the country, not just a few. The individual in South Carolina worked as a locksmith since 2002. He is also a registered sex offender, twice-convicted for sex crimes involving young teens in 2005 and 2008, according to the records. He was arrested again in March 2016 in connection with sex crimes against two 4-year-old children.
Unsuspecting consumers, unaware of this man’s criminal past, had him come into their home bringing their kids into a possible risky situation without knowing it.
South Carolina is currently working on a bill that would require locksmiths to be licensed, we hope it will become law.
Jim Arsenault is a Connecticut Master Locksmith with 30+ years experience. He is licensed, insured, and bonded. Jim repairs and installs locks at your Connecticut home or business, email Jim or give him a call at 860-678-9797 if you need help with your locks.