About Us

Village Lock & Key Comes from Humble Beginnings

Village Lock & Key ShopIn May 1987, Carroll T. “Sonny” Croson purchased the Woodlawn Locksmith Service on Johnnycake Road in Westview, MD. With this purchase, Sonny formed American Lockworks Inc. From day one, Sonny built his business around compassionate customer service, sharing his expansive locksmith knowledge, and providing professional and timely locksmith services. The company and corporate headquarters remained on Johnnycake Road for many years.

From 1987 to 1994, Sonny purchased several small locksmith companies including Midway in 1987, Village Lock & Key in 1992, and Ellicott City Lock & Key. All of these smaller companies finally completed American Lockworks.

Village Lock & Key’s Big Move

When Village Lock & Key was first purchased, we were located in The Mall in Columbia and a small locksmith kiosk in The Laurel Mall. The kiosk in The Laurel Mall remained open for several years before closing. Village Lock & Key stayed in The Mall in Columbia, where McDonald’s is currently located, until 1994. At that point, the corporate headquarters and Village Lock & Key shop were moved to 8970 Route 108, where we’re still located today.

Village Lock & Key Is Still Thriving Today

Village Lock & Key VehicleWe pride ourselves on being the only locksmith company with a retail store in Howard County, and we have remained just that for over 30 years.

On January 8, 2011, Sonny Croson lost a short battle with cancer and sadly passed away. His wife, San Croson, took over as the owner of Village Lock & Key and Bill and Maria LeTourneau took over the day-to-day business operations. Sonny was a constant presence at the shop and worked Monday through Friday until a month before his untimely passing. His passing was a huge loss for the Village Lock amp;& Key family and for all that were lucky enough to know him.

Today, American Lockworks Inc. and Village Lock & Key have three full-time mobile locksmith technicians and two full-time in-store locksmith technicians. We’re still led by Bill and Maria LeTourneau with the help of their daughter.

Despite our move from our original location, we still uphold the same core principles American Lockworks Inc. was founded on — reliability, professionalism, expertise, and caring customer service.

The Village Lock and Key Difference

When you work with Village Lock & Key, you benefit from our decades of experience in lock sales, service, repair, and installation. Our staff is dedicated to providing all of our and commercial customers with service that is knowledgeable, reliable, and at a fair price. We guarantee all of our labor with a 60-day warranty on top of the individual warranties that our products have. We don’t sell low-grade locks and keys and instead focus on providing our customers with high-quality, long lasting solutions. Our workers always show up right on time, in uniform, and ready to help solve your problem.

As the only lock sales, service, repair, and installation store in Howard County, we can offer in-person advice to answer your questions, whether they’re about the latest in GSA containers or rekeying services. Our in-store staff members are knowledgeable, friendly, and eager to help you find the affordable and effective solutions that you need.

Partner with Village Lock & Key

We owe our continued success to our many happy customers. Village Lock & Key still provides the same committed commercial locksmith services, residential locksmith services, high security lock consulting services, and a comprehensive range of additional locksmith services to our Howard County and surrounding communities. We’re fully licensed, bonded, insured, and certified. To benefit from our expertise and quick, friendly service, contact us today!