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Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm; Sat: 9am-4pm

About Us

Modern Lock & Security was started in San Jose California in 1948 by Mr. Herb Lentz. Herb opened his shop at 821 S. First St., Modern Lock was purchased in 1985 by Ken Williams after Herb decided to retire. The shop stayed at the First street location until a fire destroyed the building. The fire completely devastated the shop and with no insurance all was lost. Ken relocated the shop to a very tiny location at 903 Vine St. and due to the size, or lack of size, and the need to provide more mobile service to the Silicon Valley. We became more of mobile only locksmith. In 1993 I, Darrin Wicker, purchased Modern Lock and I am as determined as Herb was to continue the same, long-lasting, dependable service that we are known for. After being mobile only for some time I opened the 3rd shop location in Willow Glen where we proudly serve customers by appointment only. We were the first Silicon Valley locksmith to have a web site that we still (as you can tell) write and publish ourselves since 1996. We still offer the same great mobile service that Herb built all those years ago. Call us today to schedule an on-time appointment.

We are San Jose's #1 Locksmith

Since the beginning when Herb started Modern Lock & Security, we have always been a one-man operation in order to provide the same great service to our customers every time. Now 71 years later we still run that same way with one small difference. Today my son David and I take care of our customers and our website. We are a true family owned and operated company. Our mission is even though we don't have a fleet of vans or an army of employees, we do have over 30 years of experience and strive to provide our customers with a high level of service. However, don't let our small size fool you. We can handle the smallest of jobs to the biggest. No job is to small or too big for Modern Lock & Security. Let us provide you excellent service today. Call now for an on-time appointment.

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Licensed Locksmiths

Modern Lock & Security strives to offer world-class locksmith services in San Jose. Our family is proud to be one of the few licensed locksmith businesses. The Bureau Of Security And Investigative Services (BSIS) has designated #5014 as our license number. We comply with BSIS in offering standard services.

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Trusted Services

We’re a family-owned and operated company and do not employ outsiders. We do not jeopardize the security of your locking systems. All of your key combinations are confidential. We do not keep any copies unless specified or requested.

How To Choose A Locksmith

The Federal Trade Commission has published an article about how to choose a locksmith. For more information on how to select a locksmith to go to the FTC website.

Help Stop Locksmith Scam's

Modern Lock & Security is a local, licensed and family-owned locksmith based in the Willow Glen Area of San Jose. We are Licensed by the State of California, and we are insured and bonded. But there are some companies out there that are not locksmith at all but scammers looking to take your money.

These companies purposely manipulate phone book and internet listings with multiple false addresses and phone numbers to make it seem like a neighborhood business. In actuality, consumers are calling out-of-state operations that are not locksmith companies. The consumer is quoted a reasonable price over the phone, but when a person posing as a locksmith finishes the job, the consumer is charged a considerable amount more for unnecessary and sub-standard work.

The complaint heard most often by consumers is for car openings. The price quoted over the phone to the stranded motorist is around $45. When the individual arrives and unlocks the car, he hands the motorist a bill for $135 - $150. This unscrupulous individual tells the frustrated consumer that the $45 was just the service call and that it was another $90 - $100 for servicing the lock. The Associated Locksmiths of America Association has a record of a number of incidents of elderly consumers locked out of their homes and being charged $900 to $1700 to replace a $12 lock. These out-of-state operations are set up solely to make money by purposely defrauding the public.

Here at Modern Lock & Security, we take pride in serving our customers and providing quotes for customers over the phone and keeping them once the job is done. You can go to and check the license status of any locksmith, including us. Our license number #5014. If you have any questions regarding locksmith scam's and how to choose a locksmith, please call or email us.