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How Not to Fall Victim To Cowboy Locksmiths

Unfortunately, locksmiths in the UK are not regulated by the government. This ultimately means that we have recently seen a lot of scam locksmiths who give the industry a bad name. Some of these locksmiths occupy the first few positions on Google and advertise unrealistically short waiting times and cheap prices. The victims of this scam are often left waiting for much longer and end up paying a lot more than they expected. This can be due to unnecessary damage done to the door and locks, the inflated prices and hidden charges.

This is why we need to be especially careful not to fall victim to a scam by choosing the right locksmith.

Here are a few simple steps you should consider when choosing a locksmith 

  1. Use a trusted company

Only use a trusted company that has been operating for at least a few years and has a good reputation.

  1. Check for them at Companies House

Verify the company is still trading.

  1. Read feedback

Check their feedback, it should be verifiable. Scam locksmith websites display fake feedback that they write themselves.

  1. ID check

Ask your locksmith for their ID. Genuine professionals will always have ID on them and will be happy to provide it upon request.

  1. Know Your Payment Options

Proper locksmith companies will have multiple payment options. Beware of a locksmith who asks for cash payment, and make sure you receive a proper invoice.

  1. No-obligation security check

Ask your locksmith for a free no-obligation security check. This should be provided in a friendly and non-pushy manner. You should receive important and useful information during or after the security check.

  1. Clear prices

It’s not always possible to give the final cost over the phone as there could be multiple explanations as to what caused the issue. However, you should always be given an idea of the cost before any work commences.

How Not to Fall Victim To Cowboy Locksmiths

Unfortunately, locksmiths in the UK are not regulated by the government. This ultimately means that we have recently seen a lot of scam locksmiths who give the industry a bad name. Some of these locksmiths occupy the first few positions on Google and advertise unrealistically short waiting times and cheap prices. The victims of this scam are often left waiting for much longer and end up paying a lot more than they expected. This can be due to unnecessary damage done to the door and locks, the inflated prices and hidden charges.

This is why we need to be especially careful not to fall victim to a scam by choosing the right locksmith.

Here are a few simple steps you should consider when choosing a locksmith 

  1. Use a trusted company

Only use a trusted company that has been operating for at least a few years and has a good reputation.

  1. Check for them at Companies House

Verify the company is still trading.

  1. Read feedback

Check their feedback, it should be verifiable. Scam locksmith websites display fake feedback that they write themselves.

  1. ID check

Ask your locksmith for their ID. Genuine professionals will always have ID on them and will be happy to provide it upon request.

  1. Know Your Payment Options

Proper locksmith companies will have multiple payment options. Beware of a locksmith who asks for cash payment, and make sure you receive a proper invoice.

  1. No-obligation security check

Ask your locksmith for a free no-obligation security check. This should be provided in a friendly and non-pushy manner. You should receive important and useful information during or after the security check.

  1. Clear prices

It’s not always possible to give the final cost over the phone as there could be multiple explanations as to what caused the issue. However, you should always be given an idea of the cost before any work commences.