4 tips to locate a legit locksmith

4 tips to locate a legit locksmith

If you're locked out of your house, don't get locked in to hiring a scammer. To find a reputable locksmith service, heed these hints:

  • Get an estimate of services and hardware before you agree to have work done. Ask about extra charges, including emergency hours, mileage and service-call minimums.
  • Be wary of workers who show up in unmarked vehicles and who won't provide identification or specific information about their employer, such as the legal name of the company.
  • Be skeptical if your locksmith immediately insists on drilling out a lock. Experienced locksmiths can open most doors with their tools and expertise, although there are occasions when it's necessary.
  • Check if your locksmith has a license, if your state requires it.

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Chris FitzPatrick

Subject: Israeli Locksmith Scam

What was experienced is known as the Israeli Locksmith Scam. Young Israelis after completing army service usually travel. Many come to the US where they look for 'illegal' work to help finance their stay. Believe it or not, most don't know they are breaking the law. They believe they are selling themselves, not a service. It is actually a cultural thing. It is still wrong, it is still illegal and it is still dishonest. Companies will get hundreds of local numbers which all forward to call centers, often located in different states. You could call 15 numbers and get the same individual each time. An unmarked vehicle, is NOT a good indicator of whether or not a locksmith is legit. My grandfather was a locksmith and never drove a 'company car' my father has been locksmithing for 45 years and has never had a 'marked' vehicle. I have been locksmithing for 35 years now, in business for myself for 15 years. At various times driven a marked van with signage on it. They wear out and it is expensive to buy another one, custom sign work is also very expensive. Right now I drive a Honda sedan, because I don't need a huge truck to work, even on big contracts. I do wear a uniform though. I am legit as are many of my friends who don't go in for all the advertising.
It comes down to looking for a locksmith before you need one. Map out the ones closest to you home and calling. ask your friends about their experiences. Angie's List, Google+ and others have reviews where you can read about other's experiences as well. For things like a lockout situation, ALWAYS get a FLAT RATE, or an explanation why only an estimate can be given. If you think you are being overcharged, call the cops. An illegitimate contractor will run off.

Locksmith Los Angeles


Being a locksmith involves much more than a person might realize. This is a craft that is becoming more and more sophisticated as the technology and the laws increasingly become more complicated. The knowledge of the locksmith must0020change and grow with the business and the modern world.

Locksmith LA


A locksmith must, of course, learn the basics of being a locksmith. The locksmith must learn the tools necessary, the machines used, the locks and systems on the market, key identification, panic hardware, electronic security, business security, home security, and tax information. The locksmith must also learn advertising, bookkeeping, employee information, hiring techniques, safety measures for him or herself, safety for the employees who will be left at the office, pricing, and customer relations.

Cathy Connelly


There are currently 15 states that require locksmith licensure. They are Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

When the locksmith arrives, ask for identification, including a business card and, where applicable, a locksmith license.



Regarding Chuck B.'s comment, unless you happen to know a police officer personally, they're not going to get involved with the liability of recommending this business of that to people. They're more likely to tell you that's not their job to point you to the Better Business Bureau, your state's Attorney General's website, or a place like Angie's List.

Ray McGhee


Good review. I find this information very useful, Thank You.

Ray Mc

Chuck b.


The #1 thing to do is call the police- let them know your situation- they know who is legit and who is less than.

Dave Gregory


The State of California requires locksmith licenses. So if you live in California be sure to check if the locksmith you hire is licensed.

Vikki Flam


California also requires a "State Contractors license" not just a "consumer affairs" license for jobs over $500.00. If you don't have one you are not a commercial locksmith or good residential locksmith if you are just doing small jobs. Like most, you are pobably doing the work illegally. Can you be trusted>

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