So you’ve locked yourself out of your car or lost your house keys and you can’t get into your own place? You need a locksmith. If you are looking for someone to make a set of keys for you then you must find someone who is reputable and trustworthy. After all, think about all the power a locksmith has. If it is someone dishonest or criminally minded they could make a set of keys for themselves too, and a few days later they could send someone to break into your house or to steal your car. Your keys are the thing that gives you control over your assets, it is your personal security code, and you have to be very careful who you allow to have access to that information.
When you are looking for a locksmith therefore, you have to be very careful who you pick. First of all, you need to make sure that it is someone who has a business address. This means that you are not using someone who is operating from his house, because this could be very dangerous. Google is always a useful tool. You can use google to shoot out a list of names of possible locksmiths in your area, or you can even find a website using google to verify if the locksmith you are using is licenced. When you are speaking to a locksmith over the phone you should definitely verify their credentials. You need to ask them if they are properly licenced to perform the job and you can request their licence number. If they are sending out someone to assist you then you should also get his name and his telephone number. This is because, if anything goes wrong, you will know exactly who from that company had access to your keys.
It may very well happen that some locksmith businesses hire random staff and that their staff come and go intermittently. Some people even do not do proper criminal checks on the people they hire. For this reason you should make sure that you take that extra precaution and get the name of the technician. Google is a good place to find a locksmith and you can trust the results you get. But there are certain websites where scammers put up advertisements, so you should avoid general “locksmith” websites. When you are speaking to your locksmith you need to ascertain how much he is going to charge you. It often happens that they quote you a certain amount, but after the job is completed they want to charge you up to double that amount. Remember, you don’t need to pay more than the quote, and if they are trying to overcharge you then simply call someone else. Another way to check if your locksmith is legitimate is to make sure that the vehicle they are driving is a company car and that it has the requisite signage on it. But most importantly, they have to be licenced, so always remember to ask to see their licence.