A locksmith/client relationship is based purely on trust. People install locks in their homes and businesses for security purposes. So they cannot let just anyone handle their locks or keys unless they trust them. If you are looking for a locksmith in Los Angeles County, or in any other city/state, here are some of the critical things you need to look out for when evaluating the trustworthiness of a potential pick.
Are they duly licensed and operating under a registered company?
A trustworthy locksmith (or contractor) has to be licensed to operate. This shows that they are properly trained in their craft and that the city/state recognizes their qualifications. That said, make sure that the locksmith has a contractor license. If you’re dealing with a company, make sure that it’s registered and can operate in the state you’re in. A professional contractor with nothing to hide should have no problem showing/giving you their license details.
Do they have good reviews from past customers?
If you want to know whether a locksmith does good work, past customers are the best people to turn to. And you don’t have to ask for a list from the locksmith in question. Just look up their reviews online. Sites such as Google, Yelp, Trustpilot, Angie’s List, and the Better Business Bureau are excellent places to get feedback from. Just search the business in question on these sites and you’ll see what past customers have to say about their services.
Do they have membership in any locksmith associations?
A professional locksmith service/contractor will have membership in one or several organizations in their industry. This doesn’t guarantee that they are legitimate or good, but it does count. Memberships show that they are a part of the industry and that they have met the qualifications and standards that such organizations require of their members. Such associations include the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), and the Society of Professional Locksmiths (SOPL).
Are they bonded and insured?
Making sure that a locksmith is bonded and insured is very important. Being bonded means that there is a bond/surety in place to guarantee that your work will get completed should the contractor fail to do so for any given reason. As for being insured, that just means that there is an insurance contract in place which will compensate you should anyone or any property gets damaged during the works.
Are they police permitted?
Because of the security implications associated with locksmith, it is great to check that a locksmith is police permitted. Being police permitted means that they have been vetted and approved by the police to carry out locksmith work. It means that they have no criminal background or pending cases against them. Basically this means that they are upstanding citizens who can be trusted to change your locks or install your safe for you.
All Over Locksmith is your trustworthy provider of locksmith services in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. We check out on all the above checks and more. We are reliable, fast, highly-experienced, we operate 24Hrs, and we offer emergency services!