I read the post regarding “more on performing unlicensed work or acting as general contractor”. This started me thinking about some work that most integrators normally perform as part of the scope of work.  Anyone who installs access control systems has certainly had to deal with door locks of various types. However, this is a separately licensed area for a Locksmith. How does this impact normal work for integrators or other security firms when installing locks and electrified trim?
    It seems that there are some overlapping areas that other trades might be involved with. However my question relates to installing locks, fitting keyed cylinders in it, and fitting a door with an electrified panic exit bar could be considered locksmith work. A different license. Taking this a step further, are security firm employees permitted to possess lock picks to open a simple cabinet lock?
    If a security firm is or isn’t allowed to perform lock work, how far does it extend?  Can we cut keys for additional override cylinders for the locks? Cut strikes in? Install a maglock?  What type of “alarm” work can a licensed locksmith legally perform?  A panic alarm on an emergency exit?   What if this has a remote annunciator? There is an entire set of rules and regulations related to locks, especially on fire rated and stairwell doors. Some “alarm” firms know how to install these items and know how to specify them, but what does the law say?
Mitch Cohen
Bric Security
    One answer is that when licensed you are permitted to perform work that is reasonably related to your licensed activity.  However, a better answer is that you are not permitted to perform work that is specifically licensed and you don't have that license.  Jurisdictions probably differ in interpretation and enforcement.  You know that you can't do electrical work or plumbing work.  Can you change a wall outlet?  I recently had an alarm expert tell me that he is permitted to do that.  I'm not so sure.  
    If you're contracted to install a water flow switch I am sure you can't install the fire sprinkler pipes too.  Access control and lock work is a difficult call.  I'd rather the experts out there weigh in on this one.  Do you do the lock work or call a locksmith?  As far a lock pick tools, why would an alarm tech need those?  
    You should stay within your trade and license.  One risk may be that your insurance policy likely doesn't cover work that you're not supposed to be performing.  If you stray beyond your license description then talk to your insurance broker to make sure you have coverage for those activities.
    With an aging residential client base and even a commercial base, there is a need to allow the client to perform a system shutdown.
    There is a device that is available from alarm distributors that allow the client to shut down AC and BATTERY power with one switch.
    The switch could be installed in a cabinet or box with DOOMSDAY instructions. 
1-  CUT SEAL. The seal is actually a tamper circuit that sends a signal that the box is being opened.
2-   Remove screws  (Use 2 screws  in the box to keep it closed (and to allow you the 10 seconds that a radio signal takes to transmit.)
    Customer removes screws,  opens the box. Throws switch and system is shutdown.
How quickly you get there to restore and repair depends on using the right CONTRACT...(That's your job Ken....)
    Curiosity tampers will result in an UNRESTORED ZONE...alarm...
Just a though from my heat fogged mind....
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