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Choosing A Reputable Locksmith

Choosing a Reputable Locksmith

Every household, business or institution will require the services of a professional locksmith at one time or another. Whenever you just need security upgrades, repairs, or are locked out it is very important to make sure how to choose a reputable locksmith company. By choosing a trustworthy, reputable, legitimate, professional Locksmith Company you will help to ensure quality in your service & material.

Whether the job is big or small, it's important to do your homework. Emergency situations are not the time to choose a Locksmith. A Locksmith will have complete access to your home or business leaving you vulnerable if the job is not done right. Locksmiths in general are an unregulated trade without requirements to belong to any organizations.

Currently, the State of Florida currently does not require Locksmiths to be licensed (like a contractor) and that is scary. There are many scammers out there that take advantage of unsuspecting customers. They may, or may not do the work, but if they do, many times it is for much more then they originally stated on the phone. And later, if problems arise you can no longer reach them.

So how do you choose a reputable Locksmith? Here are some simple tips you can follow:

Unscrupulous individuals often operate under many business names or aliases. They may answer the phone with a generic phrase like, "locksmith service" or simply "locksmith". If the call is answered this way, ask, "What is the legal name of your business?"  Next, verify that company & address with your local Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau to verify the existence of the company.

Feel free to call us, 561-845-2346.  We answer our phone with our name, A All-Safe.

A company that has been around for several years in the same location is more likely to be reputable. When looking for a locksmith make sure to ask if the company does business or has done business under any other names. Sometimes companies will change names to ditch a bad reputation.

A All-Safe, Safe & Lock, Inc. has been in business since 1984 using the same name with
the original owner. We rented a shop on Singer Island from 1984-1992 then in 1992
moved next door to the building we currently own.

Many scammers post ads in phone books, online, and in newspapers advertising as local. A local phone number doesn't guarantee a local firm. Some national firms have bought local numbers that roll the calls to a central dispatch location. If the yellow page advertisement doesn't include a local address, phone number, or looks similar to one or more other ads in the locksmith section, be very wary of that company. Some locksmith scammers use many aliases in the phone book. Remember, if the locksmith isn't local you may not ever be able to reach them again if there is a problem later.

Our company is local, family owned & operated.  You may call us at 561-845-2346, or visit
our store at 1141 E. Blue Heron Blvd, Singer Island, FL 33404.

A legitimate locksmith will at least have a registered business address if not a retail store. Knowing a locksmith has a shop helps to assure they are not here today and gone tomorrow.

Feel free to visit our store at 1141 E. Blue Heron Blvd, Singer Island, FL 33404.

Look at their BBB record and search online for any complaints by a search on Google, Yahoo, or other engines. If they have less then a B rating or have terrible marks from reviews go with someone else.

We are rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau.

A legitimate Locksmith should be members of a national locksmith organization. You can call to verify this. Legitimate business people will join professional trade organizations, con artists will not.

We are members of ALOA (Associated Locksmiths of America) 800-532-2562 , SAVTA (Safe &
Vault Technicians Association) 800-532-2562 and the ClearStar Security Network.

A licensed, bonded bonded, & Insured locksmith definitely has an interest in his reputation. It's also a good sign that the locksmith is legit and interested in protecting his business for the long term. Scammers will hit an area or city hard and move on when the heat is on. Usually simply asking for proof of a license, bond or insurance will send them running. A reputable locksmith will have also registered with the state or city, and have a business license in good standing. You can usually check this easily by phone or online.

We have $10,000 fidelity bonding and are insured for $1,000,000.00 General Liabilty.

All service vehicles should be clearly marked with the company name and identifying details. Legitimate companies have their store information & logo painted on the service vehicle. Remember, if the person is a scammer they can just remove the company logo sticker from their vehicle (if they have one at all) and no longer exist.

All of our service vehicles are painted with our name, phone number & address.

Whether you are asking for a simple re-key job, or are considering an entire access control system you should receive a free estimate either by phone or fax. Written estimates should be supplied before the work begins, along with an itemized invoice upon completion. You can’t dispute a charge without proof of how much you paid and what you paid for. The costs will depend greatly on what type of services you need. Having locks re-keyed locks will be far less then having an access system installed.

Although quotes from different locksmiths may vary it is best to keep in mind that while the lowest price is always the most attractive, it is not always the best of service. There are also many times when a customer will be quoted a price and after the locksmith arrives it becomes much more. When receiving a quote make sure that there are no other charges or fees.

We always give estimates by phone, or email for small general jobs prior to dispatching a
technician. For larger jobs (eg: access control, CCTV, etc.) we will go to the job site,
review the job area, then provide a free faxed or emailed estimate.

In the case of a lock-out, be cautious if you’re told up front that the lock has to be drilled and replaced. An experienced locksmith has invested in the tools and education to provide quality service, and can unlock almost any door usually without drilling.

We will never drill a lock, unless it is a absolute last resort.  We have state of the
art tools on every service vehicle and in our store.

You may not needs a locksmith now, but in case of emergency it is good to know that you are calling a reputable locksmith that you know and trust when you do need them.

We offer 24 hour emergency service to our established customers.
Please read - Membership Advantages.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to find a good and trustworthy locksmith locally who is both professional and a legitimate business owner. And, once you’ve found a reputable locksmith, make sure you have the company’s name and contact information in your address book at home & at work, in your wallet and your mobile phone. This can save you time and trouble the next time you need these services.

More Info:
FTC Alert : The Keys to Hiring a Reputable Locksmith
Angie's List : Locksmith complaints are on the rise
Locksmith Wiki : Unfair or Deceptive Locksmith Companies

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