With today’s internet, it is possible for shady, improperly licensed or inadequately trained locksmiths to look like pros due to their ability to set up glossy websites. How is the consumer able to separate the pros from the posers?
Here are some tips that will enable consumers to discern the good guys from the bad guys:
#1) Find out whether the locksmith that you are considering hiring is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau. A positive BBB rating earned over a long period of time by the same owner carries a lot of weight.
#2) A Locksmith that has a shop and a physical address located in or adjacent to the community that they serve also carries a lot of weight for a number of reasons. This enables the consumer to make a judgment in terms of the professionalism and capabilities of any locksmith by visiting their shop before hiring them. Some “so called” locksmiths make huge claims but have little in the way of equipment or stock, which only becomes apparent when they show up at your house in their car. When you need your locksmith, you can find them when you need them if they have a shop. A location in the community separates them from the fly by niters. Some of the mobile guys don’t live in or near the community they serve but tout themselves as your “local locksmith”. Find out where their base is before hiring them.
#3) An experienced professional locksmith will bring many years of experience to any job site. The last thing that you need is an amateur doing a “learn on the job” installation or master key system or safe servicing /combination change for you. Ask any prospective locksmith how much experience he has.
#4) Cause for concern is that some of the franchise mobile locksmiths, having taken brief training courses, are carrying “Under Supervision” licenses and are not being personally supervised while posing as certified locksmiths. Some will not arrive in work vans but in their personal cars. Ask questions in this regard before hiring any locksmith.
#5) Some of the unscrupulous pseudo locksmiths use different names or more than one name for the same company. This is prevalent among the unprofessional franchise mobile posers. Be careful.
#6) Be careful reading Locksmith reviews. If they all look like they were written by the same person, they probably were. Testimonials that comment positively in regards to service rendered over a long period hold a lot more weight that “one offs”.
#7) Find out how long a prospective locksmith has been working in the community. The new guy who started up 10 months ago won’t have the experience or expertise of a veteran locksmith.
#8) Beware of “locksmiths” that show the public how to pick or bump or bypass locks or security devises. Sharing any trade secrets is dangerous and unethical. Locks are made to protect people and their belongings. The last thing that the public needs is a so called “locksmith” teaching potential criminals how to get past your lock.