|Updated: 5/02/2013 9:20 am
||Published: 5/02/2013 12:01 am
The Department of Labor wants the public to start asking to see locksmiths’ licenses before they help them unlock their vehicles, or homes.
The department is receiving a high number of customer complaints over unlicensed locksmiths.
AFC Locksmith in Tulsa, Billy Stacey, said he has been licensed for 16 years and he has to pay fees to be licensed.
“These unlicensed locksmiths are getting away with our jobs and making money without paying for the legal fees through the state,” said Stacey. “I want to keep our customers feeling like they can always trust me so with these stories about unlicensed locksmiths- I would hate for that to push our customers away.”
Recently enforcement officials have been stopping by local locksmith’s offices and checking for their licenses. Stacey said he hasn’t been checked since 2007.
“But two months ago an enforcement official came by my office in Broken Arrow off Elm and 91st Street,” said Stacey.
Last week two enforcement officials were almost run over by an unlicensed locksmith while they were operating a sting. They called the locksmith out to fix something and when they asked for his license he took off in his vehicle and almost ran the two officials over.
The department will put Public Service Announcements out to alert the public to always ask for the locksmith’s license before he or she helps them.