Blaine Lucas is a 40-year veteran of the locksmith industry and owner of Foothill Locksmiths, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2004. He can be reached at (510) 621-7956 or by email.

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Code Compliance with Commercial Locks

By Blaine Lucas of Foothill Locksmiths, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

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Find a Good Locksmith Before You Need One

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Video: Finding a Locksmith Before You Need One

With Blaine Lucas of Foothill Locksmiths, Inc. , a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

HAYWARD − Host, Sarah Rutan: While you can’t anticipate being locked out of your car or home, you can avoid a tough situation by finding a trusted locksmith ahead of time. To learn more, we’re with Katelyn Radtke of Foothill Locksmiths, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Lucas.

Video: Code Compliance with Commercial Locks

With Blaine Lucas of Foothill Locksmiths, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

HAYWARD − Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning to change the locks on a commercial property, make sure you’re aware of local and federal code regulations. To learn more, we’re with Dustin Lucas of Foothill Locksmiths, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Lucas.

Video: What to Look for in a Safe

With Blaine Lucas of Foothill Locksmiths, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

HAYWARD − Host, Sarah Rutan: When purchasing a safe in which to store your valuables, there are a few important attributes you should look for. Today we’re in Hayward with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Lucas to learn more.

Guidelines for Selecting a Safe

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HAYWARD − If you’re shopping for a safe in which to store your valuables, keep in mind that the level of protection a safe provides depends on several attributes. Here are some important ones to look for: Fire resistance There’s no such…Read More

Video: Fortifying Your Exterior Doors

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HAYWARD − Host, Sarah Rutan: While an alarm system will add to your home’s security, a more critical measure is fortifying your exterior doors with quality hardware. Today we’re in Hayward with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Blaine Lucas to learn more.

How to Reinforce Your Exterior Doors

By Blaine Lucas of Foothill Locksmiths, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

HAYWARD − Burglar alarms are a great addition to any home security system, but the reality is, they only alert you after a burglar has already gained entry. That’s why an even more important measure is reinforcing your exterior doors and doorframes…Read More

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Blaine Lucas: Unlocking Success

  • Blaine Lucas is president of Foothill Locksmiths, Inc.

Blaine Lucas: Unlocking Success
"I’m very proud to see our company in its fourth generation of family ownership.”

HAYWARD − As a third-generation locksmith, Blaine Lucas says taking up the family trade was a purely natural move. However, he also credits the support and instruction of his forebears as keys to his long-term success. “My grandfather started Foothill Locksmiths in 1956, and my dad followed after him in the business,” he recounts. “When I was a kid, my grandfather lived right next to the shop, and on Saturdays I would ride my bike over and mow his lawn. One Saturday, he asked if I wanted to come into the shop and learn how to fix a lock. That was pretty much the beginning of my locksmith career.”

Today, Blaine says Foothill Locksmiths continues to be a family affair. “My wife, Dolores, and my daughter, Katelyn, handle the administrative side, while my son, Dustin, helps me on the technical side. Dustin grew up in the business like me, and he loves it about as much as I do. I’m very proud to see our company in its fourth generation of family ownership.”

Outside of work, Blaine likes spending as much time as possible on the beach, whether at home or on vacation. “Dolores and I love going to Maui, which we’ve been able to do a number of times in the last few years,” he says. “We like sitting on the beach, enjoying the weather and watching the whales jump out of the water. We also like taking our dog on walks at Half Moon Bay.” Additionally, Blaine says he enjoys contributing his professional expertise by writing articles for trade publications.

In regard to his professional career, Blaine believes the best way to be successful is to take care of his customers. “When people come into our shop, we listen to their needs, answer their questions and explain things in ways they can understand,” he says. “We also give them the full extent of their options so they don’t feel like they’re being pressured into a particular choice. By making sure they’re happy with the results, we know they’ll come back the next time they need service.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Blaine says he’d return to his favorite island getaway. “I’d probably go back to Hawaii with my wife. After all, we’re already planning our next trip.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?

A: Sushiland in Hayward.

Q: What kind of music do you like?

A: Mostly ’80s rock, but I also enjoy Hawaiian music.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

A: Go to the movies.

Q: What’s your favorite thing to eat for dessert?

A: Anything with strawberries on it.

Q: Do you collect anything?

A: Old locks.

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