Emma Marshal owner of blog Hackyourlock.com

Are you looking for a certified lock picking expert in California?

Look no further than Emma Marshal!

With years of experience in the field, I am highly-skilled and trusted professional who can help you with all your lock picking needs. In this About page, you’ll learn more about my background, expertise, and the services I provide.

Background and Expertise

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I was always interested in the mechanics of how things work, and this led me to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). During my time at UCLA, I became interested in lock picking and started practicing on my own time. I quickly discovered a talent for it and decided to pursue it further.

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Later, I completed an apprenticeship program of four years’ duration in the locksmithing trade. I also completed a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from California State University, Sacramento, where I honed my skills in computer security and network defense.

After completing my degree, I began working with various locksmith and security companies in California.

During this time, I gained extensive experience in all areas of lock picking, from traditional mechanical locks to more advanced electronic locks.

Certifications and Awards

Certified from Associated Locksmiths of America, Inc. (ALOA) in Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL) Certified Master Locksmith (CML) Safe Technician Designations: Certified Professional SafeTech (CPS) and Certified Master SafeTech (CMST) Certified Automotive Locksmith (CAL). I have received several awards for my work in lock picking and security, including the Security Expert of the Year Award from the California Security Association.

Work Experience

  • Locksmith Helper, Timer Locksmith, San Francisco, CA (2 years)
    • Assisted in repairing and installing locks, and learning basic lock picking techniques
  • Locksmith Technician, Pal Locksmith, Los Angeles, CA (3 years)
    • Repaired and installed locks for residential and commercial clients, including high-security locks
    • Developed advanced lock picking skills and provided lock picking services for clients who were locked out of their homes or businesses

My expertise in lock picking have led me to work with law enforcement agencies and private clients for over 10 years. I follow rule of professionalism and attention to detail, while solving complex lock picking problems.


I offered a range of lock picking services, including emergency lockout services, lock installation and repair, and security consulting. Whether you’re locked out of your home, need a new lock installed, or want to improve the security of your business, I have the expertise to help you.

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My approach to lock picking is unique. I combine my technical knowledge with an understanding of human psychology and behavior to identify weaknesses in locks and security systems. By doing so, I can provide my clients with customized solutions that address their specific needs.

Blog and Social Media

In addition to providing lock picking services, I also run a blog where I share my insights on lock picking and security.

My blog covers a range of topics, from how to pick a lock to the latest developments in lock picking technology. I am also active on social media, where I share my expertise and engage with my followers.


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“Emma was a lifesaver when I got locked out of my house. She arrived quickly and got me back inside in no time. Her professionalism and expertise were greatly appreciated!”

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John D.

“I needed a new lock installed for my business, and Emma was the perfect person for the job. She took the time to understand my specific security needs and provided me with a solution that has given me peace of mind.”

Sarah T.
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“Emma helped me improve the security of my home by recommending and installing new locks. She is very knowledgeable and trustworthy.”

Mike P.


You can contact me through my website or social media connects mentioned below.  I will look forward to helping you protect your valuable assets.