Avoiding a Scam Locksmith

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Locksmith scams usually target home and vehicle owners when they are in the need of assistance the most, exploiting vulnerability in order to gouge as much money as possible. In order to avoid hiring a scam or thief locksmith in order to solve your lockout problem, it’s essential to follow these tips:

 

Look for a really Local Locksmith

Make sure that the Locksmith in question names the specific services they offer by name, and has a stable legal name for the business. If the business has ti’s address listed, make sure to Google the address and make sure that no other businesses use the same address.

 

Check the Locksmiths’ ID and License

Make sure to ask for identification when they arrive, and a locksmith licence (if you live in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma , Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia – where they are legally required to carry a license.) Be careful around locksmiths who claim license in states where it is NOT required. A trustworthy locksmith will also ask you for identification before performing any locksmith service to verify that you’re the rightful owner of the locks.

 

Always get a cost estimate

Make sure that the cost estimate that you receive from the locksmith is what they actually charge you. Scam locksmiths will promise one rate and gouge the price up when they actually arrive. Don’t trust locksmiths that promise 10 or 15 dollar services – this is simply too cheap, and indicates a scam service.

 

Be careful of drilling your lock

Be wary of locksmiths who instantly recommend replacing your lock or drilling it. Drilling is usually only necessary for high security locks, and most experienced locksmiths will have the necessary skills to unlock any kind of door.

 

Make sure to ask these questions over the phone to verify trustworthiness:

  • What is your location?

  • Do you want a photo of the lock?

  • What process will you use to get into my home or vehicle? Do you need to drill the lock>

  • Can you give me an estimate, and will this price change due to any factors?

  • Do you need cash or can I pay with a check or credit card?

  • What’s the name of the Locksmith who will be arriving?

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Upgrading Home Security

Upgrading Home Security

If you want to make sure your home as protected as possible, you need to determine what security upgrades it needs. You can accomplish this by touring your property, and assessing any of it’s security holes, and where they can be filled. Make sure to write a thorough list about any fixes or upgrades that your home security could benefit from. In this short blog entry, I’ll detail some of the ways that you can spot security infrastructure red flags while touring the exterior and exterior of your home.

 

Outside your Home

  • Can you see inside your home from the street? Can anyone walking, driving, or parked nearby see clearly inside your home, and observe what’s going on? Are there many hiding places like bushes or tall plants right outside your home?

  • Is the outside of your home brightly lit? Is it bright enough that you could see any sort of intruder approach from far away?

  • What kind of gate or fence do you have? If it’s perforated you might be able to spot anyone on your property more easily, Make sure to understand that even tall gates and fences wall you away from any of your neighbors – meaning that if a burglar gets inside your fences, your neighbors couldn’t even spot them if they were trying.

 

Garage Security

  • Are your garage windows and doors visible? Make sure you can always see the access point to your garage at night.

  • Are the garage’s overhead doors secure and locked, and are any sliding doors on your property secure and locked?

 

Inside your Home

  • Make sure that your entire home is integrated into your security plan – don’t just set up an alarm system and not assess the rest of your security infrastructure.

  • Do your doors and windows have well-functioning, strong, and secure locks?

  • Check all locks to see if they need to be repaired or changed.

 

Exterior lighting and motion sensors are always a good idea, as they are a fantastic deterrent to any burglar that might be approaching your home. All interior locks should be re enforced with a deadbolt for extra security – it couldn’t hurt.

 

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