LSI – Security Training at Its Best

June 2, 2009

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.

Specialized safe classes include instruction on the skills required to service, maintain and inspect GSA approved security containers in the GSA Safe & Vault Technician course. GSA: Inspector Certification enables the student to inspect and re-certify any GSA approved container if it meets specifications.

Other technical security related classes include Access Control Technician (ACT) and Automotive Locksmithing. ACT teaches how to become a proficient technician and installer that can service, maintain, and troubleshoot access control systems. Automotive Locksmithing includes two classes that cover the basics automobile lock servicing in Automotive I, then high security locks and electronic transponders in Automotive II.


LSI Physical Security classes are at the forefront of education for today’s corporate security training. The ten day Comprehensive Security Specialist Training course takes you through nearly every aspect of security including access control, intrusion detection, security lighting and even Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The course covers both equipment issues and policies and procedures. Mostly taught as contract classes, LSI offers Security Surveys/Security Audits in which students learn about pre-incident indicators and how to document risk and threat assessments. To eliminate those situations, Access Control Design & Management utilizes the most effective total systems design for prevention, while Intrusion Detection focuses on sensors and barriers for a variety of environments. Perimeter Security is a “first line of defense” course. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) explains the best legal methods for surveillance. Successfully Managing Security Operations is crucial to today’s business both large and small.

Specialized classes include Aviation Operations Physical Security / AOPS, which deals with equipment and procedures for physical security in the commercial aviation environment, while Air Travel Interview / AIR teaches the proper methods for conducting security related interviews dealing with the traveling public. Supply Chain Security teaches the proper methods for identifying and preventing possible threats, security risks and terrorism in a supply chain. Cargo Crime Prevention incorporates the best practices to prevent theft from trailers, shipping containers and other shipments while in motion.

As technology and training requirements change, so does the training industry. LSI began as a correspondence school, and has now begun to offer training on-line. The first on-line class is the Comprehensive Security Specialist Training Program, available both through LSI independently, or with real college credit through Kentucky’s Bluegrass Community and Technical College system. Other classes are currently being formatted for on-line delivery.

Additional class information and schedules can be found on LSI’s website –

Also in line with technology, LSI offers ProSecurityNews, a regular security news and commentary for security industry professionals. ProSecurityNews is available on at no cost by email or on a website - – and for those of you technologically advanced, it is downloadable as a Podcast through Apple iTunes.

In addition to being a world class training facility, LSI is home to the Museum of Physical Security, which is considered to be America’s most comprehensive collection of safe locks. The Museum houses locks from the 13th century to today and is open for tours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5p.m.

There are few companies in the security industry that provide the level of expertise available through LSI.

For more information, contact Lockmasters Security Institute, 1014 S. Main St., Nicholasville, KY 40356. Phone: (859) 887-9633 or (866) 574-8724. Fax: (859) 887-0810. Web site: