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SSIA Feedback Position Paper Released

 

Alberta Justice & Solicitor General has released its position paper in the final step of the public consultation concerning administrative documents relating to the Security Services & Investigators Act (SSIA). Copies were mailed to attendees of the consultation sessions and those who submitted written feedback.

 

The Position Paper summarizes the recommendations to be made for changes to the Security Services and Investigators Regulation, the Security Services and Investigators (Ministerial) Regulation, and the Security Programs Policy Manual. The paper is divided into 3 parts, one for each of the documents, in the order noted above.

 

In part 3 of the paper (Security Programs Policy Manual), a recommendation under "Locksmith Apprentice License", states, "Policy will be amended to further define the requirements for application for an Apprentice license. This will allow employers to submit application requests prior to finalization of acceptance in the apprenticeship program, allowing individuals to commence work using restricted tools."

 

The Position Paper can be downloaded from the Security Programs web site's "News" page (click here).

 

Members can download custom bookmarked/hyperlinked copies of the 3 documents from our Downloads area after logging in. The original files can be found available to the public on the Security Programs web site's "News" page as well.

 


"Local Locksmith Scammers"

 

The Locksmith community all over Canada & the US has coined the term "Local Locksmith Scammers" for a phenomenon that appears to involve persons impersonating a Locksmith for the purpose of extorting money from people in a time of distress.

 

The term has been so coined because of the fact that the "scammers" utilize internet services to appear local and gain an advertising advantage targeting a specific service need - lockouts.

 

In a typical episode, a person who has accidentally locked him or herself out of a home, calls directory assistance and simply asks for the number of the nearest Locksmith. Through the advertising genius of Google, Telus, etc., a company can pay a fee to ensure their telephone number comes up first in just such a situation, and that phone number is conveyed by the 411 operator. The consumer, believing he or she is calling a local company, unwittingly calls a call center thousands of kilometers away and receives a very reassuring promise, such as "We'll be there in 20 minutes and the fee will be $20.". Believe it or not, some people have waited 4-5 hours for someone to fulfill that promise. When a "Locksmith" arrives, usually in a personal vehicle with out-of-province license plates, he doesn't even try to pick the locks. Instead, he explains that the locks are a high security model and cannot be picked. He will have to drill the locks and replace them. The price is exhorbitant.

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