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locksmiths guilds : BRIDGEPORT - Although the Coopers, buggy-makers and blacksmiths, once contemporaries have faded in the decades since its founding, Karpilow Safe & Lock Co. has recently expanded into the 21 Century.

"Three families have heard," said Rick Bayuk, current owners of the company that from 2410 to 4490 Main St. Main St. this spring. He said the company was founded in 1870 as Moulton Locksmiths Karpilow Jacob Karpilow and partners. Karpilow The family sold it in 1956 to Bill Green Mountain, which sold it to Bayuk in 2000.

For Bayuk, it is not so much a story of survival, but for consistency. He said the company offers what it always, service and competence.

Karpilow still installed locks and keys, but the types of locks have been changed, he said. Nearly 80 percent of sales come from companies in the installation of security locks, including electronic devices. The company had almost $ 800,000 in gross sales last year.

The three residential locksmith still calls, but the company is also the guidelines for the customers, the locks on the storage and not the installation itself, he said. A service call to install an affordable lock can nearly $ 100, Bayuk said, because of the way locks are today. It is easier and cheaper to replace, but rather than fix the lock, but locks have been broken can be fixed.

Kamal Upadhyaya, a University of New Haven professor of economics, it is not a bad time for a locksmith.

"Security is a problem," he said. "People want to be safe."

Upadhyaya said, because there is a rise in unemployment, many people are concerned about burglaries. He could not say what kind of future, have locksmith.

Bayuk said Home Safety is an important part of the business. He has strengthened the Deadbolt and door frames of houses, which have entered the door in. He noted that some insurers will receive a discount of homeowner five percent to 10 percent in their own politics, if they install Deadbolt.

There are also more security for homeowners who want a locksmith, he said.

Locksmiths are required to register with the state, he said, this is a legal move, he approved. He said there were too many scam artists as a locksmith and the people's money through bait and switch tricks. Bayuk and his locksmith with the state and are members of the Association of Locksmiths of America.

The company also safe on the business activities of the year 2004, when Bayuk company bought a safe from a former employee Karpilow.

There is a new part of the business, but Bayuk says he enjoys it and has learned a lot. He said his locksmith can about 65 percent of the safes without drilling into it, and, unlike Paul Newman, the famous actor played Butch Cassidy in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," Karpilow not use dynamite.

"That was my favorite scene," he said, he recalled how Newman's character is used too much dynamite to a rail car safe and blew the motor.

Bayuk said the majority of safes can be opened by contacting the manufacturer or duplicate keys to find. Locksmith employs stay in slump : locksmiths guilds


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