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The MLA and Sold Secure

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The Master Locksmiths Association

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The MLA is a nationwide, not-for-profit trade association established in 1958, which is recognised by the Police, the Home Office and British Standards as the authority on Locksmiths.  The MLA licenses its approved locksmith companies through strict vetting and regular inspections in order to ensure quality of service to the end customer looking for a high quality locksmith.

Sold Secure

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Sold Secure was established in 1992 by Northumbria and Essex Police with the backing of the Home Office to assess security products through manual attack testing.  Sold Secure is now administered by the MLA and is recognised by many insurance companies.

There are several skills that are prerequisite to becoming a professional locksmith; excelelnt manual dexterity; an interst in mechanical and electronic gadgetry; good communication and public relation skills; maths; and some carpentry skills.