Locksmiths are invaluable professionals for those who need any type of lock-related service. However, you must be well-informed to make sure that the locksmith you call is reputable.
Chances are you'll need the services of a locksmith someday: You lose keys, lock yourself out of a home or car, need your locks changed, or need a key for an existing lock. As with any profession, scammers exist. Unscrupulous technicians can damage locks, charge exorbitant fees, and sell security information about customers' houses to burglars.
If you are locked out of your car, call your auto insurance provider first. They may have a list of recommended locksmiths or may offer locksmith services as part of your benefits package. As with any service, references from people you know can also help you find a reputable, licensed locksmith to contact.
Make sure the locksmith shows up in a marked vehicle or in uniform. Locksmiths are required by law to carry a pocket version of their license. If anything seems wrong, stop the process. If the locksmith threatens you or insists on a charge for showing up, call the police immediately. Make sure the locksmith gives you a receipt that includes a company name, local address, and phone number.