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Consumer Tips

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.

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Tip 1

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.

Tip 2

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.

Tip 3

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.