Many locksmiths advertise 24-hour emergency locksmith and boarding-up services, but how many are professionally trained in the skill and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week when you need them? You may want to check out Safety Locksmith Las Vegas for more.
People may still need locksmiths so they can lose or misplace their house, office, or car keys, get locked out of their house or office, and unfortunately, buildings can always get broken into. Being a locksmith, especially an emergency 24 hour call out locksmith, can be a very lucrative and rewarding career that isn’t really effected by a downturn in the economy or the stock markets.
Unfortunately, the locksmith industry isn’t really regulated. Sure, there are organisations you can join, but there’s nothing in the law that prevents unskilled people from watching a few YouTube videos and then claiming to be professional locksmiths.
These people will most likely gain entry to your home, office, or vehicle, but it will take a long time and do a lot of damage.
So, what do you look for when selecting a locksmith?
Look for any recognised bodies to which they belong, and see if their website lists who taught them and at what stage. The Train Locksmiths, Training College in Manchester is one of the best locksmith training colleges in the UK, training locksmiths to a high Level 3 Enhanced recognised quality. If their website says this, you’re in good hands, but a short phone call to the training college will prove the authenticity of their point.
A good locksmith would usually advertise ‘non destructive entry’ as one of their services, which means that if you are locked out, they will gain entry to your home, office, or vehicle without breaking the locks, saving you money. Remember, anybody can break a lock, but it takes a highly skilled professional to pick a lock and gain non destructive entry.
Also, beware of unscrupulous charlatans who can bluff you into paying for their services.
So, how about a 24-hour call-out service?
This is a term that you can see on almost every locksmith website, and it has even become a bit of a trend to display this claim, but a large number of local locksmiths do not really provide this service; several will outright tell you that they will come out first thing in the morning, while the worst will keep answering the phone and stringing you along by telling you they are busy and on another call. Locksmith call centres are notorious for stringing you along when they call local locksmiths on their books in the hopes of finding one that can come out at 3 a.m. Owing to the negative encounters many people have had with major call centres, some locksmiths have begun to post comments on their websites such as “Speak directly with the locksmith and company owner, No call centre means no delays.”
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to do your homework. Look at a locksmith’s website to see if it has any of the material you need, if the locksmith is local and properly qualified, and if the locksmith has previous customer input. Being cautious is important.