You may have locked yourself out of your home or lost your car keys. The first step we take when faced with this situation is getting hold of our family and friends. This is a gamble because they might also not have the keys or you might not be able to access them. When this doesn’t work the next move is to call a local locksmith. However, before making a call you need to know what the company stands for and its values. The Federal Trade Commission made a discovery that some locksmith companies that are advertised as local may not be local at all. Furthermore, the technicians were not professional or qualified in their line of work and this can cause dire consequences such as damage to property.
In order to avoid falling into the hand of frauds, there are steps you can take to ensure that you are contacting the right people. Most of the times a company that is not located in your area tends to have a business name that is similar to the name of other local locksmiths in the area. They do this so that you can assume that their company is in your area. Such companies advertise in the yellow pages and online directories using a local address and a phone number. If you are very observative you will realize that the company does not have a storefront and the local number is transferred to a place that is far from your local town. These companies also give no quotes or give a false quote. They do this with the intention of asking for more money for the job to be done. Another red flag is that the locksmith only accepts cash.
You can detect the false local locksmiths as their companies usually have multiple listings in a phone number. These listings are usually under different names and the numbers are directed to a central center.
These situations can be avoided by doing research and due diligence before you find you’re locked out or in need of a locksmith. If you are thinking of increasing the security of your home by changing locks or even installing a home alarm system, take action and research. At this moment you will need to take responsibility and sit down and do your research properly. Research the different companies and read their reviews as well. Take their local address and phone number and ask their quotes.
Furthermore, contact your friends and family members and get a recommendation from them. This makes your work easier and you will be sure to get the best local locksmith. When you make your choice take the contact details and put it in your wallet, phone or address book. This helps to save time and money.