I was leading a happy satisfying life as a cop in Chicago for the past 25 years. When I thought it’s time to retire from the job as a cop, I knew exactly what I would be doing next. I would move to New Braunfels Texas a become a locksmith!
My encounter with the art of unlocking
I had worked on a lot of cases tracking down crime and coming across situations where picking a lock was necessary. Be it entering locked apartments or rescuing kidnapped kids from trapped locations, the skill of a locksmith was always handy. One can just break in through but keeping the crime location as intact as possible, is always helpful. Opening locked cupboards, drawers and safety boxes without harming the property are done in many police investigations.
While working on numerous cases, I came in touch with many local locksmiths. I was intrigued by the art of locks and the techniques locksmiths used. I tried to learn the art from the locksmiths bit by bit and the more I learned the more mesmerized I was by it. I started looking at locksmithing as a new avenue, as a challenging role and as an opportunity to indulge in my interest and concentrate my passion. And when passion meets profession, what can be more satisfying or desirable.
As I neared my planned retirement age, I enquired about what it takes to become a locksmith? Honesty, discretion, respect, empathy, persistence, analytical and questioning mind. Tick on all. I was good to go. I had the basic human qualities needed. Now I had to start learning the mechanics and electronics and the intricate procedures.
A formal training and certification in locksmithing can be done. Alternately, one can learn as an apprentice under an experienced locksmith in New Braunfels. I choose the latter as I had contacts with a lot of locksmiths. I chose the best among them and started working and learning under him. I wasn’t paid during my training under the locksmith. However, I got full exposure to the technical, business and legal aspects of the business working directly under the professional.
New Braunfels locksmiths installs new locks, repair old locks, home lockouts, make duplicate keys and rescue people stuck with lock problems. A simple general locksmith who specializes in picking locks can be trained in few months. But I wanted to specialize in home security and work and understand complex lock systems, which would require years of training and learning.
I started off simple. Then with my determination, I gradually moved onto complex lock systems. I got certification and obtained a locksmith license. I continued to obtain training from lock manufacturers and locksmith associations. I expanded my area of expertise.
Today, I can proudly say that I am a trained, licensed, certified and professional locksmith in New Braunfels. I enjoy the challenging work, the opportunity to help desperate people and the respect that I get from fellow locksmiths. The flexible timings, good pay along with job satisfaction is tremendous.
I love what I do, I am a blessed locksmith!