About this Blog

This Blog page is devoted to giving our readers tips, advice, and answers to their lock, security, and access control questions, problems, and concerns. This page is also devoted to educating the public on the scams, tricks, and lies perpetrated by the bad apples in our profession. Feel free to suggest a topic or pose a question by emailing us.

About the Author

Bryce holds a professional locksmith diploma from the International Career School of Westmount, Quebec. He is a former member of both the Safe and Vault Technicians Association and the National Safeman’s Organization, he has been screened and verified by Homestars, and he is registered with the International Association of Home Safety and Security Professionals.

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National Safemans Association


At Alpha Locksmith of Hamilton we guarantee our products and workmanship for three months after the date of installation against defects and deficiencies. Should our product fail or cease to work properly during this period, we will bear the cost of repairing or replacing it (at our option) and any labor costs relating thereto.

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