Sometimes as we go through our busy days we may lose our keys and be left stranded. The first option is usually contacting family and friends who have a spare key. 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. An investigation was made by the Federal Trade Commission and they uncovered that some of the locksmith companies may advertise as local yet they are not local at all. They also discovered that the technicians were not qualified and they could cause damage to property.
To be on the safe side there are some tips that you can consider when looking for a locksmith. These companies that are not from your local area tend to have a similar name to the other locksmiths in that area. This is done to convince you that the company is located in your area when it’s not. Such companies advertise in the yellow pages and online directories using a local address and a phone number. Upon further investigation you will realize that the company does not have a storefront and that the local number is usually transferred to a place far from your local town. The situation continues to get even more queer because you will not be given a quote or you might be given 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.
Another tip is that the fake local locksmiths have multiple listings in a phone number. There are different names for the listings but the numbers are usually directed to a single call 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. You may be thinking about increasing your home security by installing deadbolt locks, changing locks or even installing a home alarm system. This is the time that needs your attention researching. Research the different companies and read their reviews as well. Be sure to check the legitimacy of their local address and number and ask their quotes.
Your friends and family are another source of information that can help you greatly so contact them and get their recommendations. Their recommendation narrows your search to the best-qualified locksmiths you can find locally. Once you have made your choice take the company’s contact information and put it in a safe place such as your wallet, phone or address book. This helps to save time and money.