TDCI Reg. Boards and MPD Crack Down on Unlicensed Locksmiths
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | 11:01am
NASHVILLE, TN – Three Memphis men are facing criminal charges for operating as locksmiths without a license. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Locksmith Licensing Program and the Memphis Police Department worked hand-in-hand to target individuals posing as locksmiths without having the proper credentials.
“We want to encourage individuals to verify the license of any locksmith who comes to their door,” said Assistant Commissioner Bill Giannini. “There are plenty of tools available to Tennesseans to check whether a locksmith is licensed or not. Before agreeing to have a locksmith visit your home, we encourage individuals to check the status of the company on www.verify.tn.gov or call the Locksmith Licensing Program at 615-532-3369.”
Under Tennessee law it is a crime to operate as a locksmith without a license and a locksmith must be able to show proof of their licensure in Tennessee prior to performing any service.
Executive Director for the Locksmith Licensing Program, Cody Vest is incredibly proud of the partnership. “We are really pleased with the outcome of this sting. The commitment of the Memphis Police Department to helping us crackdown on this state-wide problem is benefitting consumers and the locksmith trade,” said Vest.
For more information about the Locksmith Licensing Program visit their website http://tn.gov/regboards/llp/index.shtml. To learn about the Regulatory Boards click here.
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