To protect the general public against abuses by promoting ALOA's Code of Ethics and the enforcement of legal business practices.
Efforts to Correct this National Problem
A legal attempt is being coordinated by the Associated Locksmiths of America to curb the illegal locksmiths operating across America. They plant themselves in business by using illegal marketing tactics. This first includes obtaining a phone number and attaching it to a false address with a phony locksmith name. They then spread this information though a created web site, by entering it on all search engines, all online directories and all data providers. All of the mentioned listing services do nothing to verify the authenticity and validity of the information. It seems our governments local, state, and federal do nothing to enforce any state licensing for locksmiths or consumer protection laws (you may not use a false address to advertize your business, you must not bait and switch, you must pay all state sales tax, all federal taxes, your business must be properly registered in each respective state, and so on). The illegal locksmiths, some may have a less flattering name for them, by using the new advertising media are actively taking away market share of those who play by the rules. It is hard to complete with 4000 bogus company listings, to the public, real listings, when you only have one truthful one. In effect, thousands of service calls are diverted to the illegal locksmiths' listings, costing the honest locksmiths and consumers millions every month. Through our efforts, we will stop the illegal locksmiths by hiring lawyer's to force Telcos, search engines, and online and print directories to stop the illegal practice of listing false addresses. If we can take away the source of the revenue, we will end this horrific practice. We, through our legal efforts, will institute lawsuits with monetary consequences for all involved, including enablers and the perpetrators themselves. Only together can we do this. Not one locksmith has enough money alone to hire the attorneys we need but as a group we pool our money and we will have more than enough to end this madness. Thank You ALOA. Working for you.
Associated Locksmiths of America Fair Trade Locksmith Definition
Primary (Qualifying) Criteria
Only advertises address they have an affiliation with under the following conditions:
1. A walk-in location
2. A dispatch or corporate location
3. A P.O. Box used to represent the locksmith company for official company correspondence.
4. A residence address at which a locksmith lives or resides used as a corporate office.
Secondary (Qualifying) Criteria - may be used if unclear status from primary criteria
A Fair Trade Locksmith follows the Associated Locksmiths of America Code of Ethics
A Fair Trade Locksmith abides by all federal, state and local laws required by that locksmith business
A Fair Trade Locksmith holds all current state or local licenses and any related business registrations
A Fair Trade Locksmith business name be must properly registered with all state, municipal and/or county agencies
A Fair Trade Locksmith pays all federal, state and local taxes including state sales tax (if required)
A Fair Trade Locksmith hires employees in accordance with state guidelines