The Locksmith's Creed

The Locksmith's Creed

A Locksmith always remembers his public trust. With him rests the security of property and fortune. As a public guardian he shuns the dishonest, the wicked and the avaricious. For thousands of years he and his predecessors have placed trust and honor above temptation. His honesty is incorruptible. His allies are the custodians of law and order. He is an artist at his trade and the symbol of skill and integrity to the world.

- M. Leonard Singer

1915 -1987 4th Generation Locksmith

The Baldomeric Oath

Saint Baldomerus is the patron saint of locksmiths. He worked as a locksmith in Lyon, France and died c. 650 A.D. This oath, or code of ethics, is patterned after the Hippocratic Oath of the medical profession.

I do solemnly vow, to that which I value and hold most dear:

That I will honor the Profession of Locksmithing, be just and generous to its members, and

help sustain them in their service to humanity;

That just as I have learned from those who preceded me, I will instruct those

who follow me in the science and the art of Locksmithing;

That I will recognize the limits of my knowledge and pursue lifelong learning to

better protect people and secure their property;

That I will seek the counsel of others when they are more expert so as to fulfill my

obligation to those who entrust me with their safety and security;

That I will not withdraw from my customers in their time of need;

That I will lead my life and practice my art with integrity and honor, using my

knowledge and ability wisely;

That whatsoever I shall see or hear of the lives of my customers that is not fitting to

be spoken, I will keep in confidence;

That I will disclose, to all whom I serve, what they must know to maintain their security, and the means necessary to maintain that security;

That into whatever home or business I shall enter, it shall be for the safety and protection of the people and property therein;

That I will maintain this sacred trust, holding myself far aloof from wrong, from

corruption, from the tempting of others to vice;

That above all else I will serve the highest interests of my customers through the

practice of my science and my art;

That I will be an advocate for people in need and strive for equality in their


That while I apply my craft for the benefit of my customers in particular, I will always apply discretion in preserving the security of each and every member of the public in general.

I now turn to my calling, promising to preserve its finest traditions, with the reward of a long

experience in the joy of providing protection, safety, and security.

I make this vow freely and upon my honor.

I Am Your Locksmith

I am your locksmith. All too often I see you after a traumatic burglary, when you are scared and upset. Many times you call me to improve your security when it is already too late. Your home is violated your property is stolen. The door locks were old, and the door frame was weak. Entering your house was an easy task for the criminal. I cannot turn back the clock and prevent your misfortune, when your business is vandalized, your home robbed, I will come quickly. I will fix the locks which have been super-glued, I will install a new lock when the old one is broken. When your door key is lost, I will come right over to pick the lock. I will let you in your business and I will make you a new key.

I am your Locksmith. Sometimes you call me when your keys are locked in your car. You are frustrated by the inconvenience. But when you call, I will be right there with the tools and training to resolve your problem without damaging your car.
I'm there when you lose all your car keys. I pull down the steering column to remove the ignition. I read the code numbers on the lock and make you a new key to get you on your way.
I am a Locksmith. I am available to cut you a new key when the one from the hardware store doesn't work. I'll install a new deadbolt for you when the builder's hardware fails to work.

I am your Locksmith. Often, when you call me, you have had some sort of trouble. Security is not usually on your mind until you have had a problem. I have been trained to secure and protect your home, your business, your property…and yes, even your life. I know that many hardware stores sell locks cheaper than I can. I know that in some towns the police will open your locked car at no charge. And I will be there for you when the cheap imported lock breaks. And I will be there for you when the police damage your car with their "free" service.

I am your Locksmith. I take my profession very seriously. In the best of all worlds, you'd call me to repair your locks before someone took advantage of them. In my dreams, people realize that a locking door knob is not enough protection for them and their family. I'd love you to call me for a deadbolt before someone tears off your doorknob with a pipe wrench. I am a businessman, a diplomat, a psychologist and a locksmith. I spend my entire career trying to help you keep out the bad guys. Sickness is the enemy of the doctor. And the criminal is the enemy of the locksmith. I will be there to help you after the break-in. But it will bother me to know that a little security would have prevented your loss. I will be there to help you protect what is yours. I offer products and services to help secure your car, your home, your business and more. I am constantly learning more about how to protect you. In my profession, I am sworn to protect and secure the property and safety of the public. You may still call me after a loss. But I would rather be there first to help prevent that loss. Criminals offend me. Your security is a sacred trust to me.

Observations On Locksmiths

It is an art, an ancient, time honored, and highly skilled tradition that takes years to learn, and learn well. Most "real" locksmiths are much more interested in doing the job well, and correctly, than they are in thinking about what they could steal. They're kind of nerds in a way, as they tend to get much more excited over how quickly they opened the safe, or the technique they used, or how they repaired a lock rather than replaced it, and tend to go on and on to their fellow locksmiths about such nerdy subjects at length. Standing in a room with a group of locksmiths is like standing in a room full of Microsoft programmers, it's ALL tech talk, utterly incomprehensible, and endlessly boring to anyone who can't make head's or tails of it.