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Scholarship Applications Are Now Being Accepted

 

Through its own Scholarship fund and with generous on-going committments from the benefactors noted below, the PLAA awards 4 scholarships annually - one to a student in each of the four periods of training in Alberta's Locksmith Apprenticeship Program. Awards are presented at our annual convention & trade show. This year's convention is October 16-18 at the Sheraton Capri Hotel & Convention Centre in Red Deer.

 

Applications are now being accepted. Deadline is July 31. All PLAA members in good standing who have completed a period of training between August 2013 and June 2014 qualify. The PLAA also offers a free first year membership to first-time students.

 

Application forms are available in pdf format on our Forms page. Members can log in and check the Scholarship Committee page for more information.

 

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Weiser Lock sponsors our First Period Scholarship

 

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Medeco sponsors our Second Period Scholarship

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Abloy Canada sponsors our Third Period Scholarship

 

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Rutherford Controls Inc. sponsors our Fourth Period Scholarship

 

For more information about Locksmith Apprenticeship, click here.

 


"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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