It’s rare in this day and age that a company can claim to have been in business for more than 50 years. This is particularly true in the security industry, where many businesses started shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. That being said, for more than 50 years LSI has trained personnel from U.S. government agencies, the United States military, and Fortune 500 companies. LSI training has expanded to serve every level of law enforcement, as well as small business and private organizations. LSI is first a mechanical and electronic engineering firm that develops and presents training programs to meet current and emerging security needs.
LSI is a Kentucky-based company that has been a leading organization for technical and security education. In addition to providing educational programs, LSI has an engineering staff tasked to design new security devices and to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of existing locking devices. Always on the cutting edge of technology, LSI is presently working with a Netherlands-based technology group to test and evaluate a new generation of tracking and tracing equipment.
LSI has a long history in the security industry. In 1920, John C. Miller began working for Diebold Safes, eventually serving as Superintendant of Bank Vault Erection. His son, Harry, later became a lock inventor and legendary safe cracker. Harry is known primarily to locksmiths and practitioners in the safe and vault industry as the inventor who created the manipulation-proof lock after World War II.
Thousands of students have since received training in Harry Miller’s methods. Harry’s renowned, timeless manipulation techniques are still taught at LSI today, where his son, Clay Miller, holds the title of owner and chairman of Lockmasters Security Institute. Clay is also the founder of the Safe and Vault Technicians Association and a multiple lock design patent holder. Clay’s patents are used in the X-07, X-08 and the X-09 electronic government locks that are manufactured by Kaba Mas in nearby Lexington. The family connection runs deep, as the Miller family collectively holds over 70 patents, which are framed and displayed in the halls of LSI.
Security related training continues to be the focus of LSI. LSI instructors teach from an experience perspective. Staff instructors are experienced in developing curriculum and training programs for colleges, universities, and training organizations within the federal government. Courses developed by LSI instructors have been taught worldwide and the student base spans the globe. LSI instructors include senior government directors, FORTUNE 500 industry leaders, Department of Defense, University Security Managers, Postal Inspectors, FBI, Secret Service, GSA Federal Protective Service, NSA and State Government individuals. Many of our instructors have held management and instructional positions at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center - FLETC.
Adding to the company’s expertise, former Department of Defense Lock Program Director Eric Elkins was recently appointed as Vice President. Eric brings over 29 years of experience working with locking systems and security hardware. Active in the DoD locking community, he participated on the Interagency Advisory Committee for Security Equipment (IACSE), Storage Equipment and Locking Systems (SEALS) Subcommittee from 1991 to 2007, holding the position of subcommittee chairman.
LSI’s technical locksmithing classes are some of the best available. Professional Locksmithing provides the student with a comprehensive set of skills to install, maintain, repair and masterkey most industrial locking systems. Safe Lock Servicing students learn the fundamentals to identify and troubleshoot mechanical and electronic safe locks. Safe Deposit Lock Servicing students learn how to service, repair and maintain safe deposit locks. Basic Safe Penetration classes teach how to properly open a locked safe, including the skills necessary to accurately drill a safe without damaging the integrity of the safe and how to strategically drill into a safe and defeat the locking mechanism. Combination Lock Manipulation teaches how to manipulate a lock to retrieve the combination.
As one of the oldest distributors in the industry, the Lockmasters name should be familiar to just about everyone. But, what a lot of people don’t realize is that there have been a lot of...