A locksmith is a trained professional for making locks. However, they are popular for doing some other tasks such as opening locks without using keys. The meaning of locksmith is shaping metals. So, these professionals can design and form keys. Picking locks is the best known task of locksmith. However, they need to do several other tasks as well. Therefore, everyone cannot become a locksmith. Learning how to pick lock is very easy. Anyone can learn it from YouTube tutorial. A highly efficient locksmith must be able to do the following tasks as well. They are:
* Pick locks
* Modify locks
* Install, repair and re-key locks
* Create duplicate keys
* Sell and install safes
The demand for highly professional locksmith is very high. Today, lots of home owners need the service of locksmiths. Though the industry is dominated by males, women are also entering in this field because of the profitability.
Auto locksmiths or vehicle locksmiths are specialized in locksmith service for automobiles. Opening car doors when the keys are lost, reproducing new keys, cutting keys by code, extracting broken keys, duplicating vehicle keys, repairing ignition locks, repairing door locks, programming of fobs and remotes, etc are the duties and responsibilities of auto locksmiths. Many of these professionals provide 24 hours service. If you lock your car keys inside the vehicle, you can seek the service of a local locksmith. They can open your car quickly without damaging your vehicle.
How to Get the Service of a Reliable Locksmith?
You need the service of a locksmith if you have locked yourself out of your home of vehicle. However, before hiring a locksmith, you must consider certain important things. According to the reports of Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the consumer protection agency of the nation, some locksmiths you can find in telephone book may not be local. Besides, they may also lack professional training. Some locksmiths may use some intimidating tactics and some may overcharge you. Therefore, you must select a locksmith very carefully.
Before you really need the service of a locksmith, you must do some research and find one. It can be done in the same way like finding a reliable electrician, plumber, or other professional. You will get enough time to find the best professional when you need to install deadbolts on exterior doors or a safe in your bedroom. But during the time of emergency, like when you are locked out of your car, you will not get much time to do a thorough research. FTC put forward some tips that help you to hire the best, legitimate, local locksmith.
* If you find a locksmith on the internet, phone book, or through directory, you must ensure that the address belongs to that locksmith. Lots of disreputable companies also provide street address. But, the address may belong to vacant lots or other businesses. You must verify the address through the website. Some legitimate locksmiths may not provide their street address if they are doing ‘mobile’ business.
* You can collect the address and phone number of several businesses for future references.
* Should not select the service of a locksmith who use generic phrase like ‘locksmith service’ instead of company specific name. You should also ask the legal name of the business. If the locksmith is not ready to provide the legal name, you should call another locksmith.
* You must ask the cost of doing all the tasks before the work begins.
* Ensure that the auto locksmith you are going to hire is insured. During a repair, your property can be damaged, or a faulty work can lead to a damage or loss. In such cases, insurance coverage is essential to cover your losses.
* When you get the service of a locksmith, you should ask for identification, which include business card and locksmith license, if applicable. License is a must for working in nine states, such as Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New Jersey, Louisiana, Illinois, California and Alabama. Besides checking business card, you must also ensure that the invoice of the company include the name of the company. The name should be identical in invoice, business card and bills.
* If the locksmith is legitimate, he/she will ask your identification. Before starting the work, a legitimate locksmith confirms your identity to ensure that you are the owner of the property.
* The service vehicle that is used by the locksmith will have the name of the company.
An efficient locksmith can provide quality service and can unlock almost all doors. If you have enough time to research, you can check with Better Business Bureau, local consumer protection agency and state Attorney General to ensure that the locksmith is free from complaints.