What to Look for In a Locksmith
When you lock your keys in the car, chances are you’ll be fine hiring any random locksmith out of the phone book to get the job done. But when you’re installing a door in your home or office, getting commercial door locks, or setting up a new lock security system for your workspace, the stakes are a lot higher.
Not all locksmith companies are created equally. Take the time to shop around before you need a service, and look for these qualities.
A good locksmith won’t just give you different types of keys for your new locks and leave it at that. They should be able to assess you entire space and talk about any potential security concerns. Safe nighttime locks are all well and good, but 63% of residential burglaries take place during the day. Are there risks or weaknesses in your current security system that you might not be aware of?
This may be the most important quality of a good locksmith, yet the most difficult one to determine based on a webpage or advertisement. The best thing you can do is schedule an initial consultation to get to know the person or team on an individual basis, talk with them about their other clients, and understand how they do business. After all, this person will know every detail about your home or business’ security features, so trust is of the utmost importance.
Emergencies do happen — you lock yourself out of your house or you need a commercial replacement door in a hurry. In these cases, it’s best to find a locksmith who not only works regular hours in conjunction with your own schedule, but offer around-the-clock emergency services and a way to contact them during the off-hours.
When it comes to your security, safe is always better than sorry. According to the FBI, there were 1.9 million burglaries resulting in $4.5 billion in property loss in 2013, and some two million home burglaries alone are reported every year.
To get a security system you can depend on, you need a locksmith who is knowledgeable, trustworthy, and there when you need it. Don’t take chances on your home or business.