How to Find a Good Locksmith
March 24, 2015 | Written by: Armstrong Security
Choosing the right locksmith is as important as choosing the right lock. The wrong choice can not only be ineffective but needlessly expensive as well. Whether you are locked out of your home or office, need to replace or reinforce your current locks, or want a safe installed or serviced, not all locksmiths are created equal.
Beware of Scammers
The Federal Trade Commission has warned consumers about unethical locksmith businesses. These tend to be out-of-state operations dispatching amateur locksmiths through a call center and often operating under a variety of names. If the person answering the phone can’t give you a legitimate business name and local Orlando address, move on.
Choose a Professional
Before hiring a locksmith, make sure they are insured and bonded to cover any issues resulting from their work. A professional locksmith will also be registered and certified through the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), the leading locksmith trade organization. In addition, they will be in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Only licensed locksmiths can be members of BBB. When a locksmith arrives, they should be in uniform, have professional locksmith ID, and be driving a commercial vehicle with professional locksmith signage on it.
Always have your locksmith work done by a local company with a verifiable Orlando address. This not only ensures that they are a legitimate business, but also gives you peace of mind, knowing they will be readily available to address any issues with their work or to perform follow-up services.
For more than 80 years, Orlando-based, BBB-member-in-good-standing, and ALOA-certified Armstrong Lock & Security Products has provided local locksmith and other security services. In addition to emergency lockout, lock maintenance, and lock replacement, we sell, install, and service Access Control and CCTV equipment. We also sell gun safes and other types of safes. Call us at (407) 434-0191 for professional, local solutions to all your security concerns.