There are usually two reasons for needing locksmith services. The first one is that you simply may want to duplicate your keys so that you have a backup in case of an emergency. this could be the case for your house business or vehicle. the second reason is that you have locked yourself out of your house or office or even your vehicle.
If you fall into the first category, you have a few more options available to you and can do more research and ask questions.
However, if you fall into the second category and you are dealing with an emergency, your alternatives may be limited due to the urgent nature of the situation. Most people simply don’t think of needing a locksmith unless an emergency arises.
If you have been locked out of your house or your vehicle, the first thing people will do is grab their mobile, jump on google, and search “locksmith near me”. Then they will contact the first locksmith that comes up in their search.
However, this is not necessarily the best way to go about. There are a number of questions you need to ask before calling for locksmith services.
Let’s take a look at these now.
1). Industry accreditation.
Your privacy and security are of the utmost importance. Your keys and access to your private property is a serious matter. You do not want the wrong people gaining access to your private property.
Generally speaking, it is not compulsory for locksmiths in Australia to have a licence or accreditation. However, there is legislation across Australia that helps to regulate people working in the security industry. The main purpose of this legislation is to ensure people working in the security industry do not have a criminal history.
Therefore, for your own peace of mind, before you hire a locksmith it is recommended that you engage the services of a locksmith that is a member of the Locksmiths Guild of Australia. This will provide you with peace of mind knowing that you are dealing with a reliable locksmith who is of industry standard and complies with a specific code of conduct.
Always ask the locksmith to provide the necessary identification before proceeding with any work.
2). Local locksmith shop.
If you are simply getting some duplicate keys made in preparation for a future emergency, you can take the time to look for a locksmith that has a well-established presence in the local area. This adds to the credibility of the locksmith if they have a physical address.
If it’s an emergency situation, you will need a reliable locksmith that is close to where you are located. With everything online these days, this can really help in an emergency situation.
However, we all know that they can be a certain amount of mystery attached to online services.
Therefore, it is important to take into consideration if the locksmith has a local presence. You may not have time to visit the shop, but at least you know that they are credible.
3). Word of mouth.
If you are looking to get a duplicate set of keys made word of mouth is one of the strongest forms of referrals. If you are able to seek recommendations from those that you know and trust, this goes a long way to providing you with peace of mind.
Some of the more obvious people you would approach could be your neighbours, local real estate agents or other businesses in the locality. The same approach could be used if you are looking to duplicate car keys/keyless entry remote control.
You could speak to friends and neighbours or even your local mechanic.
The above, of course, is provided that you have the time. If it is an emergency situation you may not have the luxury of being able to go through this referral process.
If it is an emergency situation, the fastest thing to do is turn to Google to look for an emergency locksmith. These days, we all have a mobile phone and are able to access the internet on demand.
This is certainly the fastest way to find and hire a locksmith in an emergency situation.
It is important to make sure that the locksmith carries insurance. Regardless of whether it is your home or your vehicle, there may be some damage caused in the process of changing the lock or gaining access to your property or vehicle.
It is important to ensure that a locksmith does have insurance in place in case there is some damage caused.
5). Auto locksmiths.
These days, most vehicles have a keyless entry remote control access. It is usually pretty difficult to lock yourself out of your vehicle but it can happen.
However, at some point, you may need to get some duplicate keys made. People can still lose their car keys. If this is the case it is important that you seek an auto locksmith that specialises in unlocking vehicles, particularly vehicles that have keyless entry.
6). Be prepared.
It may sound obvious however, not many people keep the contact details of a reliable locksmith handy. As we highlighted earlier most people will not look for locksmith services until they need one.
Most of the time, this is during an emergency. To save the stress of having to hire a locksmith in an emergency, it might actually pay you to look up a locksmith in your spare time.
You can then inquire about their services and check out their credentials in more detail. There is no harm in storing these contact details on your phone in case an emergency does arise.