Pacific Beach Locksmith Welcomes Dan Gruszecki To Lineup


Pacific Beach Locksmith Candidate Selection

There is nothing quite as fierce and competitive as the candidate selection of an apprentice Pacific Beach locksmith. The prospective locksmith employees withstood an exhaustive interview process. The psychological tests are particularly stressful. 

“To be a Pacific Beach locksmith, a person must possess a unique skill set and an inner strength.’, says Vincent Fisk, a locksmith trainer at Dup-A-Key locksmith. “It’s our job to weed out the unskilled and weak minded ones. I love my job.”

After the initial selection process, the remaining Pacific Beach locksmith candidates are subjected to a battery of physical and mental tests. They are pushed to the breaking point. Driving tests, typing tests, Rorschach inkblot tests, social interaction tests, and various technical exams are administered.

“It’s easy to write something on your resume.”, says Vince, grinning at me from behind a pair of blue blockers. “I see it every day. People think they can do something, so they say they have experience. There is saying and there is doing. You shake them all up and see who rises to the top.” 

Expecting Excellence

We asked the locksmith trainer why  the apprentice locksmith selection process was so grueling.

“We expect excellence.” replied Vince. “Our customers expect it and our employees will deliver it or find something else to do. It has to be that way. These San Diego streets will grind your bones if you’re not a strong locksmith. We can’t afford to put a barney out here. They’d be mangled.”  

It is this steady focus on customer service and aptitude that has been the key to this Pacific Beach locksmiths’ meteoric rise in the San Diego locksmith scene. 

It comes down to the final three candidates and they are put in the locksmith shop for a day to work side by side with the other locksmiths. Unfocused and combative candidates are removed. ” We need to see if they can play nice with the other locksmiths.”, explains Vince. “We’re a team at Dup-A-Key Locksmith Shop and you need to fit into that equation or you won’t be part of our locksmith crew.” locksmith-key-copy-pacific-beach

It comes down to two candidates and the whole team is there discussing strengths and weaknesses. It is a tough decision. There is some strong language. A choice is made.

Dan Gruszecki is newest Pacific Beach Locksmith

Dan Gruszecki is handed the title of apprentice locksmith for Pacific Beach. If you see Dan in the Pacific Beach locksmith shop, congratulate him and wish him the best on his journey to locksmith legend. His great attitude, dexterity, and ability to learn new tasks quickly has earned him a spot on the Dup-A-Key Locksmith lineup.

Dan will work with you to come to a key solution.
Dan will work with you to come to a key and lock solution at Dup-A-Key Pacific Beach.


Ocean Beach Locksmith – Car Keys


Ocean Beach Car Keys and Car Openings

Ocean Beach Locksmith

If you live at the beach, you know how the ocean waves can steal your keys, or the sand at the beach will hide them. If you have lost them to the sea, and there are no spare keys  back at the pad, give us a call. We are local Ocean Beach locksmiths that can open your car to retrieve your keys or make a new car key from scratch.

Ocean Beach Car Keys Made At Your Location

Our Ocean Beach locksmith makes a variety of different types of car keys.transponder-car-key-3

Transponder Chip Car Keys

Ocean Beach locksmith technicians can make a wide array of transponder chip car keys at your location. Towing can be expensive and sometimes your vehicle is in a location where you can’t get a tow truck close enough to drag it out. Our Ocean Beach locksmiths can come to your location and make a programmed car chip key while you wait. There is no need to tow it to the dealer when you can have a key made at your house. If you are in Ocean Beach give us a call. 858-750-2224


High Security Remote Head Keys

Ocean Beach locksmith technicians can also make the fancy high security remote head keys for keys that have all the buttons, bells, and whistles. We can make these car keys on site at your vehicle so you don’t have to tow it. If you just need a duplicate, come by our shop and we can make a copy of your key and program it to your car while you relax in our waiting area or you can drop it off and shop at the many stores near our locksmith shop in Pacific Beach.

Our Ocean Beach locksmith technicians are stationed in the San Diego coastal communities and can usually be to your car or truck in a flash.

Ocean Beach Cars Opened

We can open your car if the keys are locked inside and we can make a new car key on the spot. We open trunks when the keys are locked inside. We also unlock hard to open European cars.

Give us a call for a quote. 858-750-2224. Visit our website at