I am a Locksmith. I am NOT a Salesman. When I suggest dead-bolt locks on doors that do not have them or having extended strike plates and door re-enforcer plates installed it is because I believe they help prevent crime. I have never and will never try to upsell just to walk away with a few extra dollars. This has been my life for over 20 years and my character and integrity are worth more than a couple of bucks.
My name is Hank Fuller, CPL and I unknowingly started my locksmith career when I was about 15 years old. I used to help my father, Bill Fuller, at his shop at 224 North Main Street Horseheads, NY. Most of the time I would only be allowed to hand him tools or clean the shop. Once in a while however, he would let me duplicate a key or take a lock off of a door. Earlier I said I unknowingly started my locksmith career when I was 15 because, at the time, I didn’t think that was what I wanted to do for a living. Then in 1993, about 15 years later, my fathers health kept him from continuing the business. At that time three of my brothers and I took over the business and I have been a locksmith ever since.
· I was part-owner of Bill’s Locksmithing from 1993 until 2011.
· I received my Professional Locksmithing diploma from the Locksmithing Institute January 6, 1995.
· I became a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America in 2002.
· I became a Certified Registered Locksmith (CRL) through participation in ALOA’s Proficiency Registration Program in 2002.
· I became a Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL) through participation in ALOA’s Proficiency Registration Program in 2004.
· I was employed as a full-time locksmith at Elmira College Elmira, NY from April 2012 - October 2021 and was responsible for the proper maintenance of all doors and locking hardware as well as key systems Campus wide. I left Elmira College due to policy changes concerning Covid-19.
I hear customers say, "If they want to get in, they will get in." I won't lie to you this is a true statement. Nothing is water proof, fire proof or burglar proof. There are, however, different degrees of resistants. The average thief is looking for the easy target. They don't want to spend alot of time or effort. Here are some helpful tips to make sure a would be thief goes to the next house.