ALOA Institutional Locksmiths
a division of ALOA Security Professionals Association, Inc.
What is an Institutional Locksmith?
An Institutional locksmith is any locksmith or other professional responsible for the locks, door hardware, master key systems and/or physical and electronic security at a facility whose main purpose is not necessarily security.
Where Do AIL Members Work?
- Colleges and Universities
- Hospitals and Healthcare
- K-12 Public and Private Schools
- Hospitality and Gaming
- Prison and Detention
- Federal, State and Local Government
- Private companies involved in Research, Manufacturing or Facility Management
Are all Institutional Locksmiths Locksmiths?
Not necessarily. This is one of the unique aspects of Institutional Locksmithing. Although many in-house locksmiths are locksmiths by classic definition, others are not. Depending on the personnel structure of a particular institution, the staff assigned to install, repair and maintain the physical security systems may vary greatly by title. In some institutions, it may be a carpenter. In other facilities, it could be general maintenance personnel. Regardless of title, our members engage in locksmith work on a regular basis.
AIL also represents other security professionals that don’t maintain mechanical locking systems. Their focus is on electronic security, such as: electronic access control systems, video surveillance, alarm systems, parking controls, software and database management.