Ziptide September 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

Coming Soon: 2020 Security Register

The Locksmith Ledger staff is hard at work on the 2020 Security Register, our comprehensive annual directory of manufacturers and distributors serving the locksmith industry. This valuable reference guide will be mailed to subscribers at the end of the year.

By this time, all of our manufacturer and distributor readers should have received their questionnaires to update their listings. If you need a blank for or still need to make changes, please email [email protected] and we will help you. Locksmith and trade association listings are also included. Please email [email protected] if your group would like to be listed. (Listings are free as a service to our readers).

Information is updated year-round and is also available online at

Borderline Hoarders?

Editor’s Note: This comment and several similar ones were responses to Editor-In-Chief Gale Johnson’s July enewsletter, Borderline Hoarders, in which he described clearing out a collection of out-of-date key machines and related parts. Read online at

I wanna be like you someday and start throwing my code books away too.  Thanks for the courage to share your story Gale! 

Mike Haun

Questions? Visit Discussion Forums

Got a challenging question about a recent installation? Our online discussion forums might just have the answer you need. 

Post your questions at and see if your colleagues or our editors can provide an answer. 

 Forum topics include Ask An Expert (moderated by editor in chief Gale Johnson), General Locksmithing, Electronic Access Control, Safe Servicing and Automotive Locksmithing. 

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Share your opinions on relevant topics like locksmith licensing, the shift from key to keyless for both automotive and residential, and the state of our industry in general. Let us know what works and doesn't work for your business.

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