Forensic Locksmithing

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Forensic Locksmithing is the science of discerning if a lock has been tampered with in any way. This is done by examination of the exterior and interior of the lock. An experienced and well-trained Forensic Locksmith can be an invaluable asset in criminal investigations where locks are involved. Mr. ProLock Toronto founder and CEO, Terry Whin-Yates has had a great deal of successful experience in this field. If you need an expert Forensic Locksmith on your side call (416) 915-7876 today.

Forensic Education

  • 1990 - Liberal Arts Certificate, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.
  • 1989 – 1992 BA Criminology (HONS), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C
  • 1989 – 1991 Diploma in General Studies, Okanagan College.
  • 1985 – 1986 Certificate, Ministry of Attorney General Police Services Branch.


Numerous locksmith courses and training seminars. Most recent 2006 Forensic Locksmith courses and certificates as follows:

  • Auto Theft & Arson
  • Investigative Locksmithing 1-3
  • Photography & Microscope
  • Automotive Aftermarket Equipment
  • Certificate in Instructional Skills Workshop, Simon Fraser University (1996).
  • Certificate, Interview & Interrogations Skills, Police Academy, Justice Institute of B.C. (1995).
  • Diploma in Occupational Safety & Health, Workers' Compensation Board (1993).
  • Courses in Security Systems and Fire Systems, BCIT (1993).
  • Certificate of Training, Ministry of Attorney General Police Services Branch (1986).
  • Certificate of Achievement, First Aid, Justice Institute of B.C.
  • Human Osteology, Forensic Anthropology

Conference Presentations

  • 2002 Canadian Fire Investigation School, B.C. Division. Arson is not an Random Event
  • 2002 Canadian Association of Arson Investigators, Arson and Environmental Criminology.
  • 2001 NIJ, Orlando, Florida, Crime Pattern Analysis.
  • 2000 National Institute of Justice (NIJ), San Diego, California, Geographic Information Systems: If you are going to have a war on crime,have good maps.
  • 1999 – Western Society of Criminology, Oakland, California, Pattern Theory: Crime Mapping, Beyond Pin Maps.
  • 1999 July – ESRI, San Francisco, California, Criminology and Crime Mapping
  • 1999 – November, American Society of Criminology, Toronto Ontario, Crime Mapping Panel Chair.
  • 1999 – Present Numerous crime analysis presentations and specific crimes (Arson, Break & Enter, etc.) to Burnaby RCMP, Vancouver Police and NWPD.
  • 1998 – Western Society of Criminology, Los Angeles, California, Geographic Crime Analysis: Policy Implications for Mass Transit.
  • 1998 – American Society of Criminology, Washington D.C., Spatial Analysis of a Crime Generator: Crime Location and Offenders.
  • 1996 – Western Society of Criminology, Sonoma, California, The Scott Road Bicycle Experiment: Patterns in Prevention and Displacement.


  • Brantingham, P.L., J.B. Kinney & Terry Whin-Yates, (1999). Preliminary Analysis of Crime and Transportation Routes in the City of New Westminster. Report prepared for the City of New Westminster and New West Police Department.
  • Barclay, P., Jennifer Buckley, Paul J. Brantingham, Patricia L. Brantingham & Terry Whin-Yates, (1997) Preventing Auto Theft in Commuter Lots: A Bike Patrol in Vancouver, In Ronald V. Clarke (ed.) Situational Crime Prevention, Successful Case Studies, Second Edition. Albany, NY: Harrow and Heston, Publishers (modification of 1996 publication).
  • Barclay, P., Jennifer Buckley, Paul J. Brantingham, Patricia L. Brantingham & Terry Whin-Yates, (1996) Preventing Auto Theft in Suburban Vancouver Commuter Lots: Effects of a Bike Patrol, In Ronald V. Clarke (ed.) Preventing Mass Transit Crime, Crime Prevention Studies. Vol. 6. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Courses Taught (TM/TA) 1996 – 2002

  • Criminology 101-3 Introduction to Criminology
  • Criminology 103-3 Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behavior
  • Criminology 131-3 Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System
  • Criminology 330-3 Criminal Evidence and Procedure
  • Arson and Environmental Criminology - Canadian Fire Investigation School, B.C. Division
  • Numerous Locksmithing Courses