Why locksmith research is so important
When you call a locksmith, you are trusting a stranger with access to your home or business. Some individuals take your distressing and vulnerable situation as an opportunity to take advantage. Reports of fraudulent locksmiths are currently at a high, which makes researching genuine and trustworthy locksmiths crucial; even when buying locks over the counter you should consider the companies’ reputability before making a purchase. Are the locks you are buying reliable?
To help you be extra vigilant and in the know, we have put together a short list of tips.
If the locksmith is legitimate they will most likely be accredited by the Master Locksmith Association (MLA). The locksmith industry is not government regulated, which means having the MLA accreditation is essential.
Banham Locks are patented and awarded with “Secured by Design”, this means that our locks have earned the title of “Police Preferred Specification”, we are also MLA approved! See more of Banham’s awards and accreditations.
Fake locksmith services can have convincing websites and advertising, be sure to check if they are registered with the MLA as an extra precaution.
Bogus locksmiths often use bogus addresses. Is the address given on the website correct? (You can check this by searching on google maps.) Is the address VAT registered? There have been many reports of bogus locksmiths using the addresses of other companies without their knowledge. Checking that the address and contact details match is very important in recognizing a scam. Genuine locksmiths tend to have a store or a showroom especially if they sell locks or provide key cutting services. Finding an address for an authentic locksmith shouldn’t be hard and if it is, question it! It is also important to have a registered address for paper trail. If something were to go wrong during or after your service, you will need an address to pass to the police or MLA. They would not be able to track down the locksmith should they need to without the correct information. Banham has several showrooms across London and surrounding areas.
Before you let your chosen locksmith begin work and have access to your property, ask for identification and make a note of their name and employee reference number (if there is one). Any reputable locksmith should offer their ID without request, also be prepared to show your own ID in case they ask you to prove you are allowed access to the property. If the locksmith refuses to show you their ID do not allow them access and politely refuse their service. Not only could this person be a rouge locksmith and potentially cause more damage, they could also be a burglar. Allowing them access could give them the prime opportunity to scope out your property for future unwanted visits.
All Banham staff carry ID; for that matter any genuine locksmith or workman should carry ID and will be happy to show you when requested. More information on Banham locksmith services can be found here.