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State lawmaker wants to regulate locksmiths

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There is no regulation in place for locksmiths in Georgia.

Greg Hardin said a locksmith tried to take advantage of him a couple of weeks ago. He hired a company to fix a loose lock on his back door, but realized the work was incomplete.

"He was about to collect the money from my wife and so my wife called me and I asked her to check the lock before she paid him ... she went over and checked the lock and he basically put it in so we wouldn't notice," Hardin said.

When confronted about the work, Hardin said the locksmith became agitated.

"I've never had a contractor use foul language in front of my family," Hardin said.

Jack Wynn is president of the Georgia Locksmith Association, which is affiliated with the Associated Locksmiths of America, and he said scams are nothing new to him.

"My advice to the consumer is to find a locksmith before you need one," Wynn said.

He said he hears about them every day and he believes the state needs to regulate the industry.

"We don't need keys to get into your house, we can get in without them so you need to know who we are," Wynn said.

Wynn has been working with state Rep. Harry Geisinger on regulating locksmiths for the past five years. As it stands right now, barbers and referees are licensed in Georgia, so what about locksmiths?

"No, and locksmith's have a key to your house," Geisinger said.

Geisinger believes lawmakers will now take action, seeing that one rogue locksmith has been held accountable.

"I was worried about the guy coming back and doing something to our house," Hardin said.

It's good advice to find a locksmith you're comfortable with and program their number in your phone. That way, when you need it, you won't have to search for it.

It's advisable to check with the Better Business Bureau before you hire a locksmith. You can also find a reputable locksmith by checking with the Associated Locksmiths of America.

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