Ashland Lock & Safe was founded by Ashland native Benjamin LaMere in 2005. He attended the Lockmasters Security Institute in 2002 and apprenticed for several years in Sedona, AZ before returning to his true home in the Northwest. On September 8, 2020 Ben lost everything in the Almeda fire. His home and his business van were completely destroyed. It was a devastating experience and he is only starting the rebuilding process (this is being written in April, 2021), with everything taking much longer than he had hoped for.
Ben worked out of his Toyota 4Runner for the first 7 months after the fire. He had ordered a van from Detroit soon after the fire but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it still hadn't even been started in January 2021. He finally located a used van in Seattle and bought it in February, 2021. Outfitting the van with the new equipment has taken a few months and the van still isn't lettered. Everything is taking it's time.
As for his home, he is rebuilding and everything as of this date is still in the permitting process. It's been a tough year but Ben is still committed to serving the Rogue Valley. He is now fully operational and hopes to regain his place in the marketplace with Ashland Lock & Safe, and it's sister company, Affordable Locksmiths.
Ashland Lock & Safe's normal business hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday. We are a 100% mobile locksmith, which means we do not have a store front.
Our 24/7 Emergency Service (outside of normal business hours) is available at a premium to our day rate. If you have a lockout situation that can wait until the next business day, our advice to you is to call and schedule an appointment or call back during regular business hours.
Ashland Lock & Safe is a fully licensed contractor and locksmith in the State of Oregon. That means we are required by law to ask for identification, proof of ownership, or proof of residence in the event you are locked out of your home or vehicle. This protects you, the consumer, from someone else trying to steal your vehicle or gain entry into your home. The code of conduct of a locksmith is quite strict on these issues and we hope you respect that these measures are in your best interest as well as our own.