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Locksmith Licence - Clarification Regarding Safes

With the exception of safe key cutting, the profession of locksmith is completely separate from that of suppliers of certified safes and vaults.

Modern safe and vault locking systems are almost exclusively electronic and would have more in common with advanced access control than the skills one would associate with the locksmith profession.

Where a mechanical lock is used it would normally be re-programmable which negates the need for key cutting completely. This fact has been openly acknowledged by the Private Security Authority (Ireland) who currently have a separate license standard for “Locksmiths” and will issue a separate “Safe Suppliers” standard in the near future.

LOCKSMITH as defined by the Private Security Authority (PSA 55:2016)

Locksmith. A locksmith means a person, who provides a security service installing, opening, maintaining, repairing or servicing security equipment that,

(a) consists of mechanical, electronic or other locking devices designed, constructed or adapted to prevent unauthorised access to or within premises where such equipment is situated or

(b) consists of mechanical, electronic or other locking devices designed, constructed or adapted to prevent unauthorised access to motor vehicles and includes a person who in connection with the provision of the services referred to in paragraph (a) or (b),

i. originates, duplicates or provides by copy or code restricted keys, safe keys or motor vehicle transponder keys,

ii. gives advice relating to the installation of such equipment or advice relating to the protection of such devices from damage or interference.

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