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9am to 5pm weekdays.
11am to 4pm Saturday.
Closed Sundays.
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About Us ~ History & Background
San Diego Lock & Safe™ :: Same ethics and promise, always;

"...We've got you covered ~ Courtesy, Integrity, Timeliness, Ethics..."

This has been our company mission and creed since 1988.

Simple and to the point: You can count on us.
The lead technician, and owner of San Diego Lock & Safe™: Bill Stagg is essentially a San Diego native.

"...While I moved away as a young adult to raise my family, and to begin my career in locksmithing, I also knew I'd come home one day...
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Points to take into account when considering San Diego Lock & Safe™:

  • We are proud to say that San Diego Lock and Safe™ is a local business, NOT an outsourced business.
  • San Diego Lock & Safe™ is NOT a conglomerate located in another state, pretending to be local, contracting local locksmiths at need, and charging more so everyone gets a cut.  More than a few of the top advertising search results for "San Diego Locksmith" are the same company, located in the Bronx, New York!
  • We live here, work here, play here, we grew up here... We are a part of your community.
  • We won't "outsource" your job to a stranger.
  • Most important; we are licensed, bonded, and insured, which is the Law in California.
About the Owner & Lead Technician...
A little about our lead technician at San Diego Lock & Safe™: Bill

While working for the Space Shuttle Program at General Dynamics in San Diego, Bill began studying locksmithing in 1988 as something to do while parts cooked in the autoclaves.  Shortly afterwards "G.D." went belly up, if temporarily, thus ending a long and lucrative, if politically unstable, career in the Space Shuttle program.  When G.D. in San Diego closed its doors, and Bill and his co-workers all filed out of the compound one last time, he looked around at the city he grew up in, and decided; "Rather than tuck my tail between my legs, and give in to long lines of unemployment, and bitter coffee cabals and complaint sessions with fellow laid off Space Program employees, I'd look at this as an opportunity rather than an ending.  I packed up my family and moved to Fort Worth, Texas."

In locksmithing Bill found his true calling.  He apprenticed at a large locksmith company in Fort Worth starting in 1988.  Going in, like any "newbie", he thought he knew all there was to know about locksmithing, having whipped through all his training and courses.  He was wrong. :)  But he trained under the best, and more importantly, had a love for the job, and developed a passion for the "smithing" part of locksmithing.  He's never happier than when he's fixing something for a customer.

According to Bill: It's the discovering that it can be fixed, and not necessarily replaced at the higher cost to the customer, that I can machine a tool on the fly to repair, better than new, that lock, or that door... The little parts, the tiny pieces, the springs, the wafers... Tearing out a Chevy ignition at 3am and reassuring the customer with a smile that it isn't nearly as bad as it looks... That it's a continual learning process, always something new, no complacency, or you're simply NOT a good locksmith... Freeing the locked up babies and pets, helping a senior citizen get their medications from their locked up cars, getting that company truck open before the boss finds out... That it's a challenge, that there are so many different types of people and stories that you encounter on any given day, including facing that customer at 3 or 4am who's absolutely SURE that there's no hope for his or her situation, and reassuring them too, that there's nearly nothing that cannot be fixed, or opened, or replaced... Opening the Lexus', the BMW's, the Corvettes' whose owners are glum and resigned to the fact that if it even can be done, it'll take forever, that there will be massive damage, or torn up weather stripping, weather tinting ("I had a locksmith out once who..."), only to hand them their keys in seconds so they can get to that appointment, or their job, or the daycare, etc., and with no damage..

After continuing to apprentice for another locksmith for a couple of years, he's spent the last 14 years owning his own locksmith business in Texas.  His business covered all the bases: corporate clients (Wells Fargo, TacoBell, SouthTrust Bank, etc.), fleet accounts (Ford, GM, etc.), Property Management companies (Wm. Jennings Co., Stoneleigh Huff Brous McDowell, etc.) repo lots, and more.  He is a "smith" in the best sense of the word, making it work right, never taking half measures.  His well rounded abilities include: Master Keying, IC Best, Medeco, high security doors, panic hardware, residential rekeying and repair, car openings and column/ignition repair, high security automotive locks; programming, and reprogramming, hand mortising, and his specialties; Access Control Systems, Master Keying (the Right way!), Commercial Hardware (panic bars, closers, etc.), and Forensic Locksmithing.

Bill continues to never be complacent, always learning, always growing in his skills and his job.
Bill is also available for on-set/on-location, or virtual media consultations and expert advice on the history of locks, and avoiding anachronisms in locking mechanisms in the field of entertainment media (books, movies & television), lessons in proper lock picking, safe drilling, and safe cracking technique for realism on film, as well as how to NOT show enough to be a liability, choosing the proper tools and their useage, the correct key blanks for the correct locks, and more.

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San Diego Lock & Safe™, as a company...
As far as comparing locksmiths: While it's a competitive business, we personally feel no need to try to warn you off other local, reputable, licensed, locksmiths, or convince you that we're better, etc.  In fact, we happily refer to local licensed locksmiths who do consistently good work (Based on customer feedback).  Please feel free to check the Why Choose a Licensed Locksmith? page or the "Ask The Locksmith Blog" page for some things to look for when considering a locksmith.  This business works best when locksmiths cooperate, referring clients, or referring specialties to the licensed locksmith company best suited to handle them, in order to best serve the customer in a professional, timely manner.  We're well aware of our own abilities, training, methodology, and skills, and we're also well aware of the same in the majority of the licensed locksmiths out there, if only because we know what it takes to run a long term successful locksmith business.   Half-measure, "get it done", sloppy efforts won't do it, only love for the craft, and dedication to the same will do.  So use your own best judgement.  Any locksmith who has the integrity, and the willingness to follow the law and be criminally checked, fingerprinted, and licensed, as well as willing to warranty or back up their work should be considered for your job.  The majority of locksmiths are good, honest individuals, who work extremely hard, in all conditions, all weather, and all hours, despite the cliched appearance of however many dollars for "2 minutes worth of work".  It's a calling, being a locksmith, and not an inexpensive one, so anyone in your local phone book who's been doing it for years should be appreciated for that calling, their skills that have kept them in business as long as they have been, as has their dedication to their craft. :)

Bill has 30+ years of locksmith experience, 20+ years owning his own company, and we believe wholeheartedly in our mission..  We are licensed, insured, and bonded, and certified as expert technicians and distributors for most hardware manufacturers.  In addition, Bill is certified in Government issue, high security Black Label, Red Label, Kaba-Mas X-07 (X07), X-08 (X08), X-09 (X09), CD-X09 (CDX09) safe locks, container locks, and door locks.  We cover standard residential security, to high security for commercial, military, and residential applications, including expert specialties in most prison and jail detention hardware.  We are also long time members of A.L.O.A (Associated Locksmiths of America).  Our reputation is impeccable and we hire only service technicians who are certified craftsmen in our trade.  San Diego Lock & Safe™ is Factory-Authorized and certified to sell, service, and repair the newest products.  We strive to be a leader in our field, constantly keeping up with the latest advancements in technology and the needs of our customers.  Our trucks are equipped with the most accurate computerized key cutting machines available, and we try to carry the largest selection of keyblanks available.   If we don't have it, we can usually get it, and always service it.  In addition to our lock and safe expertise, we also supply, install and service hand coded Master Key systems, as well as highly secure, and expandable, Access Control Systems by such manufacturers as Keri Systems, any of which can be customized to serve your needs.  For more advanced home and business needs, we are well versed in the Americans with Disabilities Act Title III and the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code as they relate to doors and door hardware.

Our aim is to be your trusted San Diego Locksmith resource.  Someone you can count on for honest answers, timely responses, up front pricing, and courtesy beyond the norm.  We're providing you, our customer, a service.  We know you have a choice of locksmiths, and we appreciate being considered for the job.  You should never be made to feel as though a locksmith, or any service person you call is doing you a favor, or being "put out" by your call, nor should you be made to feel guilty for calling for assistance.  We've ALL been there, including most locksmiths, at one time or another.

We're here for your residential rekeying needs, commercial rekeying needs, Transponder Keys, Car Keys, Motorcycle Keys, etc.  We're available 24/7, and we do not charge additional (and often surprise) mileage, fuel surcharges, or "trip surcharges".  Our service call Rates are always plainly and honestly noted on our Rates page.  If there happens to be a service we cannot provide, we will happily refer you to a reputable, and licensed, local locksmith who can provide that service to you.  So whether you need a San Diego Locksmith, Pacific Beach Locksmith, Mission Beach Locksmith, Ocean Beach Locksmith, La Jolla Locksmith, Clairemont Locksmith, Mission Valley Locksmith, North Park Locksmith, City Heights Locksmith, Hotel Circle Locksmith, Hillcrest Locksmith, Kearney Mesa Locksmith, Linda Vista Locksmith, Scripps Ranch Locksmith, North Park Locksmith, or any other Metro area of the city, or County-wide on an availability and appointment basis, please feel free to call on us, we're here to help.  *Please also see our Coverage Area Map for our service boundaries.

Whether you're calling us today, or considering it for later, please feel free to drop an e-mail with any questions, on any locksmithing subject.  We'll answer them as best we can for you.  We particularly enjoy talking with people who are interested in, or have questions about becoming a locksmith.  In fact, if you're in the San Diego, California area, please check our Careers page for current openings.
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What Does a Professional Locksmith Do?
(Courtesy of the Associated Locksmiths of America website)

A professional trained locksmith installs locks, deadbolts and other locking devices to safeguard homes, businesses, vehicles and other property. Locksmiths also may modify or repair such devices, rekey locks, make duplicate keys, generate new keys for locks whose keys have been lost and respond to emergency calls to open vehicles, homes and businesses that have been locked accidentally or have malfunctioned.

When new or replacement locks are required, a locksmith assists the customer in determining the types of locks needed and where they are to be installed. The locksmith installs a lock by cutting or drilling the proper opening in the selected location, using small hand and power tools.

A locksmith may sell and service safes for home and business use. Some locksmiths install and service electronic alarm and surveillance systems and access control systems. Banks have many locking devices that require regular service by locksmiths such as vault doors, safe deposit boxes and teller equipment.

A locksmith repairs a lock by disassembling and examining it to locate worn or malfunctioning parts, then cleans and adjusts the internal mechanisms and replaces these parts with new ones supplied by the lock's manufacturer. On occasion, it may be necessary to custom make some repair parts using lathes, drills, grinders, and other power and hand tools. When the repairs have been completed, the locksmith will reassemble the lock and check its operation.

A locksmith may respond to emergency calls for customers who have accidentally become locked out of home, business or vehicle. The locksmith begins by examining the lock(s) to determine the best method to circumvent the lock. These methods may include use of lock picks, bypass tools or other special instruments. Fitting a key by code or other skilled means is also a method of opening a lock. Experience, skill and knowledge dictate the method a professional selects to open a lock. There are times when the quality of the lock, concern for safety of occupants and other factors such as malfunctions of the lock may force the locksmith to use destructive techniques to gain entry. Before performing an opening or certain other sensitive tasks, the locksmith may require a picture ID.

A locksmith makes duplicate keys using a key-duplicating machine. With the customer's (pattern) key and key blank clamped in their respective vises, the locksmith moves the pattern key across the guide. A rotary cutter cuts the same pattern into the key blank. The locksmith carefully examines the new key to ensure its accuracy.

For security reasons or because keys are stolen or misplaced, many businesses, hotels/motels and apartment complex owners contract with locksmiths to provide new master key systems, reset combinations and rekey their door locks on a regular basis.

Some cities and states require locksmiths to be licensed, insured, and bonded. The licensing process may include passing an examination, submitting fingerprints, and paying a fee to the licensing agency. A self-employed locksmith must also keep business records and maintain a proper inventory of locks, parts, keys and tools.

Qualifications: Locksmithing involves precise and detailed work. Good locksmithing professionals possess mechanical and mathematical ability, good vision, spatial perception, eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity. They must be able to understand lock and key specifications, operating manuals and other written or oral instructions as necessary. Additional traits include patience, emotional stability, honesty, dependability, accuracy and the ability to get along with other individuals.

Education and Training: During high school, the prospective locksmith should take courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, metalworking, basic electronics, physics, and English plus some business education. To install electric locks, alarms, access control systems or surveillance devices, locksmiths must have a knowledge of electricity and electronics.

Traditionally, on-the-job training has been the primary method of learning locksmithing skills. Trainees work with experienced locksmiths until they have mastered the necessary skills. In some on-the-job training programs, employees attend demonstrations or receive classroom as well as practical training. The length of time necessary to complete on-the-job training ranges from three months to four years, depending on the level of expertise required for a given sector of the profession. Completion of courses at a locksmithing school will provide a basic knowledge of the trade and may shorten the length of the on-the-job training programs.

Continuing education for the locksmith is provided by seminars and classes presented by lock manufacturers, locksmithing schools and locksmith associations, including the Associated Locksmiths of America.

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Safe & Vault Service
Safe Repair
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GSA Safe Work & Repair
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