Greensboro locksmiths give tips on staying safe and secure
As a locksmith, what are some of the services you provide?
Victor Spivey: "We open cars and houses, and rekey locks."
Pearl Hudgins: "We do lockouts for homes and automobiles, install hardware and do safe-combination changes. We generate keys for high security systems, and replace the lock part of car ignition switches."
Rubin Noel III: "We do autos, safes and hardware installation. We are also a full-service shop where you can have keys made and locks worked on. We also sell safes."
Who we talked to
Victor Spivey, owner
225 College Road
Rubin Noel III, president
Aaron-Elliott Locksmiths Inc.
Are there any types of jobs you won't do?
Spivey: "We don't make car keys, and we don't do a lot of safe work."
Hudgins: "We do not do lock boxes or open safes. We don't install security or card systems."
Noel III: "We do not work on Mercedes, and we don't move safes."
How do you charge?
Spivey: "There's a basic service charge, and then we charge by the time and distance."
Hudgins: "We have set prices within the Triad area"
Noel III: "It depends on the job. Some jobs are hourly with a service call. Cars are a flat rate."
What's the average fee for customers locked out of their house, their car or their safe?
Spivey: "A car would be $45, and a house would be $65."
Hudgins: "A general service call is $45, but it can vary depending on the job. Customers should call for the complete cost and pricing."
Noel III: "Houses are usually $50, and cars are $45. Safes are determined by what brand it is and how it's locked. We can't give an estimate without more information."
Are you licensed, bonded and insured?
Noel III: "Yes."
Before you start a job, do you require some type of identification?
Spivey: "We do for certain jobs, like opening a house or business."
Hudgins: "Yes. If you're making a car key, you have to verify the car belongs to them by law or you could be helping with a felony. The same goes for houses."
Noel III: "It depends on the job. If it's a lockout, we require ID."