Want lessons in how to open secure doors? This is your Lucky day!
Locksmith training is now available to everyone, good or bad.
A LEADING locksmith training association is offering convicted criminals a crash course in lock picking.
(Company A), which advertises in recruitment magazines, charges £595 for two days' locksmith training.
Students learn how to strip, reassemble, fit and pick an array of locks including mortice and cylinders.
Afterwards they receive a certificate that enables them to buy specialist tools.
Amazingly, staff at (Company A) claimed convicted criminals were not barred from locksmith training.
One said a criminal record would be "no problem" and then boasted to our reporter: "We'll have you picking locks in no time."
But (Company A) claimed last night the reporter had been misled.
He said: "I don't know who you spoke to but you have been misinformed. It's one of my roles to decide who can join the association and who can't. If anyone discloses a criminal conviction, we will not accept them as a member.
"And if someone does not disclose a criminal conviction, we'll do checks on them."
A jobseeker, who did not want to be named, said: "I'm a homeowner and hate to think there are criminals being taught how to burgle.”
"Virtually no lock seems safe if anyone can go on the course. A determined thief could do the training and be free to burgle you within 48 hours."
To test the claims we contacted (Company A) twice posing as a potential student with convictions for theft and burglary.
The first conversation was with Staff Member 1: "Hi mate, I'm interested in going on the two-day course but was wondering about criminal records. I've got a record, you see."
(Staff Member 1):"What's the record for?"
"I've got drink driving, theft and burglary but they're four years old now."
(Staff Member 1): "To be honest, it's not a major problem. You can still do the course and get the certificate. All the criminal record prevents you doing is becoming a member of the our organisation or advertising through our website.
"Oh, so I'll still be able to pick locks and everything?"
(Staff Member 1): "Yeah, no problem. We teach you everything and we'll have you picking locks in no time. It takes two full days and after that you'll be fully qualified.
"You get a certificate recognised by us and you will be able to set up your own business or get a job.
"Like I said, you can't advertise on our website or use our name but it doesn't stop you advertising elsewhere."
A call to second employee confirmed what (Company A) had said.