About Us

Owned and operated by Kenneth and Michael Kim, Bates Street Lock & Safe has been securing St. Louis City and County homes and businesses since 1985.


Principal owner Kenneth Kim, CRL, CPS (Certified Registered Locksmith, Certified Professional Safetech) is a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) and the Safe and Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA) and the National Safeman's Organization (NSO).


Kenneth started locksmithing in 1974, working part time from home before opening Bates Street Lock Shop in 1985. In 1992 the business moved to Bates and Virginia and the name was changed to Bates Street Lock & Safe. In 2017 the business moved to it's current loaction in Lemay Plaza.  Kenneth handles the majority of the outside service work and is the person most likely to show up at your front door if you call for service. He services and installs locks of all kinds but his specialty is safe service.


Michael joined the operation in 1985 and handles the majority of in shop service work, his specialty is master keying. If you have one of our master key systems, Michael is the person most likely to have set up the system.


Services and products available from Bates Street Lock & Safe include antique lock service and repair, automotive high security keys, interchangeable core locks, key duplication service, lock service and repair, master key systems, restricted key systems (do not duplicate) and safe sales, service and installation. "If it has a lock on it we can probably do something with it"