CONSUMER ALERT: San Diego Hit by Locksmith Scam

Nov 21, 2007, 00:00 ET from Grah Safe and Lock

    SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego has become the
 latest city targeted by renegade locksmiths according to Glenn Younger of
 Grah Safe and Lock. The San Diego Police Department has investigated at
 least one case where a downtown resident had property stolen. In that case
 the locksmith changed the locks on a high-rise downtown condo then went
 back the next day and burglarized the same place.
 
     The scam works like this: Hundreds of phone numbers are acquired by
 out-of-state companies using false addresses. Those numbers are then listed
 in the local Yellow pages and online for consumers. The problem is a vast
 majority of these locksmiths don't have:
 
 
-- The required California State Locksmith Licenses -- The required California State Contractors License -- A local business license -- A State of California tax ID number Although there are only 25 or so licensed and registered locksmiths in San Diego County, there are over 800 listed in the Yellow and White pages or on the internet. Sheryl Bilbrey of the San Diego BBB says "Of course these companies operate under names like 'Dependable Locksmith' in order to exploit the vulnerable situation for consumers who are locked out of their house or car." Bilbrey went on to say "We've found that some locksmiths have made taking advantage of people's misfortune part of their business model." Glenn Younger of Grah Safe and Lock says "We believe that this poses a real threat to consumer and business security by sending unlicensed, unregistered, and often unqualified locksmiths with unknown criminal pasts to work on the primary access control of homes and businesses in our community." For tips on how to find a reputable locksmith and what questions consumers should ask a locksmith before hiring one, the media can contact Glenn Younger of Grah Safe and Lock at (619) 234-4829. The company has been helping San Diegans be safe and secure and successful since 1914. If you have specific questions directly relating to the investigation by the San Diego Police Department, please contact them at (619) 531-2000.

SOURCE Grah Safe and Lock
    SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego has become the
 latest city targeted by renegade locksmiths according to Glenn Younger of
 Grah Safe and Lock. The San Diego Police Department has investigated at
 least one case where a downtown resident had property stolen. In that case
 the locksmith changed the locks on a high-rise downtown condo then went
 back the next day and burglarized the same place.
 
     The scam works like this: Hundreds of phone numbers are acquired by
 out-of-state companies using false addresses. Those numbers are then listed
 in the local Yellow pages and online for consumers. The problem is a vast
 majority of these locksmiths don't have:
 
 
-- The required California State Locksmith Licenses -- The required California State Contractors License -- A local business license -- A State of California tax ID number Although there are only 25 or so licensed and registered locksmiths in San Diego County, there are over 800 listed in the Yellow and White pages or on the internet. Sheryl Bilbrey of the San Diego BBB says "Of course these companies operate under names like 'Dependable Locksmith' in order to exploit the vulnerable situation for consumers who are locked out of their house or car." Bilbrey went on to say "We've found that some locksmiths have made taking advantage of people's misfortune part of their business model." Glenn Younger of Grah Safe and Lock says "We believe that this poses a real threat to consumer and business security by sending unlicensed, unregistered, and often unqualified locksmiths with unknown criminal pasts to work on the primary access control of homes and businesses in our community." For tips on how to find a reputable locksmith and what questions consumers should ask a locksmith before hiring one, the media can contact Glenn Younger of Grah Safe and Lock at (619) 234-4829. The company has been helping San Diegans be safe and secure and successful since 1914. If you have specific questions directly relating to the investigation by the San Diego Police Department, please contact them at (619) 531-2000. SOURCE Grah Safe and Lock