How do you know that you are using a reputable locksmith?

A handyman fixing basic residential door handle lock

​Lately there has been a surge in unlicensed and unqualified locksmiths advertising and working in the locksmith industry. These unscrupulous operators are out for a quick buck at your expense. So how are you able to tell the good from the bad?

The first step would be to do your research.

The best reference is word of mouth. These recommendations are now available at your finger tips with Google reviews, Facebook recommendations or testimonials on the locksmiths web page. Talk to family and friends who have engaged people and ask for their recommendations.

Do they have a legitimate shopfront?

If their location is a PO Box and they don’t have a physical address this may also be an indicator that they are not a legitimate business. A company that has been servicing your area for a long time and has always been in the same location is more likely to be reliable. Scammers will hit a suburb or city hard and move on when they have been exposed. Because of their business practices they tend to regularly move along.

When looking for a locksmith, ask about their experience and how long they have been in the business.

To ensure you get the best security products and services, hire a locksmith which is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association of Australia (MLAA). A list of the member organisations can be found here:

Locksmith providers which are members of these associations offer reliable and high-quality services and follows code of practice.

If you are not in a hurry to get your work completed, take the time to get a few free quotes from different locksmiths online or over the phone and compare them, the Locksmiths that are unwilling to provide you with a free quote may also indicate that they are organisations to steer clear of.

When your locksmith arrives, they may suggest extra services or fees that weren’t agreed on in the beginning. Insist that the locksmith inform you of any extra fees before coming to do your work.

When it comes to selecting locksmiths, follow the tips mentioned above and finding a reputable company will be easy.

If you are looking for a reliable locksmith in Canberra or the surrounding regions, consider Grid Locks Locksmiths.

We offer high quality locksmith services for residential and commercial services.

If we are able to assist you with any of your locking needs, call us on (02) 6169 6575 or complete out online form Grid Locks Locksmiths