I’m a big fan of the trade and recommend everyone engage their local locksmith for a review of your hardware to determine if yours is adequate for your home security. Chances are at some point in your life you will need a locksmith in an emergency situation whether for your car, home or place of business.
But like any trade there are professionals and there are shysters. Locksmithing is worldwide, but your locksmith should be local, trusted and a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America, at least.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued an alert regarding shifty, shady, unlicensed scammy locksmiths.
“If you’ve ever locked yourself out of your car or home, you know what a hassle it can be. Your first thought is to get someone to help you out of your situation. If a family member or friend can’t deliver a spare set of keys, your next call might be to a local locksmith. But before you make that call, consider this: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, some locksmiths advertising in your local telephone book may not be local at all. They may not have professional training. What’s more, some of them may use intimidating tactics and overcharge you.”
Research local locksmiths before you need one, the same way you would a plumber, electrician, or other professional. Use your towns local newspaper or local directory opposed to the yellow pages. Scammers often use yellow pages opposed to local directories. Plug the number into your mobile phone now.
When ordering services get an estimate for everything and hold them to it. There shouldn’t be a big mystery to what work they will need to do.
Ask the locksmith for ID and expect the locksmith to ask you for identification, as well. A legitimate locksmith should confirm your identity and make sure you’re the property owner before doing any work.
Some locksmiths will work out of a car for quick or emergency jobs, but most will arrive in a service vehicle that is clearly marked with their company’s name.