There are certain situations that happen such as locking yourself out of your home or losing your car keys. 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. The local locksmith is usually the next bet. 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.
In order to avoid falling into the hand of frauds, there are steps you can take to ensure that you are contacting the right people. To avoid being identified the companies that are not local tend to have a similar name to the locksmith companies in your locale. This is done to trick you into believing that the company is located in your area when it’s actually not. They have enhanced their skills so much that they even advertise in the yellow pages and online directories using local addresses and a phone number. If you are very observative you will realize that the company does not have a storefront and the local number is transferred to a place that is 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. Whe the locksmith asks for cash only then they are not qualified.
Another tip is that the fake local locksmiths have multiple listings in a phone number. The listings are usually under different names but the numbers are usually directed to a single central call center.
To be on the safe side it’s smarter to do your research beforehand. 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. Search the different companies and read through their reviews. Check their local address and phone number and ask about their quotes.
Furthermore, contact your friends and family members and get a recommendation from them. This narrows your search and also ensures you get a reputable company. When you make your choice take the contact details and put it in your wallet, phone or address book. Taking these steps ensures safety and time-saving.