In the Beginning We started life as a one-man operation back in 1961. Bill Maris (the Bill in Bill's Lock) began a small locksmith operation in the rear of his bicycle shop located in La Habra. He soon outgrew the bike shop and moved to a larger location, also in La Habra. In 1964, Bill took on a partner, his son Wayne. The business thrived and the father-son team added more service personnel to their operation. By 1966, they had outgrown the La Habra shop, choosing instead a key location in Whittier, but they did not stop there. The year 1968 marked the beginning of their second shop located in Fullerton. They earned a solid' reputation by offering reliable service and quality products at a fair price. The Brea location, our third store, opened in 1976 and nine years later the fourth location opened in Anaheim. This location was the first store that had the Commercial Lock and Security name on it. The focus was, of course, on the commercial market of our business that was beginning to flourish in the Yorba Linda/Anaheim area. Over the next ten years, the "Bill's" name and logo began to be phased out in favor of "Commercial". In 1994, a slight change to our "Commercial" name was made. "Service" was replaced with "Systems" to better describe the changes of our focus toward access control and alarms.
Changes in the Industry Since then, the lock and security industry, and society in general, have experienced many changes. And so has Bill's Lock and Safe Service. No longer are we just a lock and key outfit. With the increase in property crimes, the public has demanded more sophisticated security systems to protect their valuables at home, in their business and in their vehicles. The industry has responded with high-tech, electronic security products and systems to meet customer needs. The foresighted management at Bill's noted this important trend and sought to fill a consumer need by creating the Commercial Lock and Security Systems division.
More Recent Developments As we made plans for the future, we realized we would need to increase the size of our service department dramatically. We also knew that creating skilled technicians via "on-the-job training" was slow and costly. So, in 1990, the development of School of Lock Technology resulted; our own locksmithing school. SLT now generates a steady flow of people who are interested in a career in the security profession. Several of our employees are graduates of the school.
In July of 1991, a sister corporation, Spectrum Security Systems, Inc. was formed. This was our breakthrough into the alarm industry. The burglar alarm division has enjoyed phenomenal growth by operating under the "Comlock Security Group" banner
In January of 1995, another substantial change occurred. Central, which includes the corporate offices, central dispatch, warehouse facility and SLT moved to the City of Orange. This change afforded the company with a more central base in which to service the greater Orange County area. The customer showroom set higher standards by which other security retail centers will be judged.
In 1996 a change to our corporate name took place. Comlock Security Group became the umbrella for the various segments of our organization. In October of 1997, the decision was made to close our oldest retail location in Whittier due to market conditions.
Today Comlock Security Group presently employs approximately 27 people working out of two locations. These locations include Fullerton and our 7,300 square foot Central warehouse and corporate office in the City of Orange. We man a fleet of 14 service vehicles and have service personnel available 24-hours a day. We also have an outside sales team that surveys and bids on major work for the company.
Our scope of emphasis has changed from residential and automotive locksmithing to providing sophisticated security hardware and systems to commercial and industrial clients. We are now one of Southern California's largest retail lock and security contractors, both in volume and personnel.
Quality and Excellence We use only top quality products because we depend on their reliability to back up our service. Thousands of new products enter the market every year and we try to analyze and often test those products we feel can best benefit our customers and our service technicians. We only add those products to our inventory, which meet our high standards of excellence.
The Future Our company has succeeded through determination of it leaders and team members. We have consistently put efforts in improving our organization and building relationships with our customers, and will continue to do so as we progress into the coming years. As the demands of the security industry and technology move forward, Comlock Security Group will be ready to meet the challenges it brings! Our commitment to our customers, team members and the security industry will remain our number focus, today and into the future.