Using an unlicensed locksmith is like giving a burglar the key!
Finding a genuinely licensed locksmith is not as easy as a simple google search any more.
The locksmith industry wants to warn all customers to be very wary of any Locksmith companies advertising cheap services or quick call outs, without verifying they are a genuine licensed locksmith first.
Recent articles by One News and News Hub on dodgy locksmiths have only just skimmed the surface. A number of new websites have popped up that appear genuine, but end in the customer being grossly overcharged for appalling work, cheap locks and their security being compromised.
Local locksmiths Ltd is a genuine master locksmith, with over 25+ years experience, who recently had their brand compromised by these dodgy locksmiths.
We don’t want to encourage people to visit the misleading websites, but one which unfortunately ranks highly due to recent publicity is “locksmiths-auckland.co.nz”
Anyone can create a website these days, and a very professional looking one too. We have seen quite a few with bogus qualifications, claiming they are licensed and even references to other genuine locksmiths, but unfortunately most of their claims are false and misleading.
So how do you know that you are dealing with a genuine and reputable locksmith?
How to make sure you are dealing with a legitimate licensed locksmith:
- Check the ministry of justice public register
- Ask for photo ID
- Check for genuine and reputable reviews on No Cowboys
- Ask for referrals from friends or on social media
- Search for a locksmith using Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia
- How do they identify themselves and advertise their business?
You have heard the saying, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is …..”
I’m not sure about anyone else, but getting anywhere in Auckland within 15 minutes is a stretch. Promising to be there in an unreasonable time frame and advertising phrases like ‘Only $45 Locksmith Auckland” should raise red flags!
Surprisingly, your other first clue maybe how they answer the phone. Do they sound professional and do they identify their company when answering? Scammers usually operate under multiple aliases and our experience so far is that they often don’t identify themselves immediately.
Are they registered Locksmiths?
When you call, ask the person for their name and registered security license number.
Most reputable locksmiths in New Zealand will be registered with the department of justice and have to provide proof of their training and experience to become licensed
You can check the public register of registered private security personnel to make sure the number they have given you is on the register and the details match who you are speaking with
When the locksmith arrives onsite, ask to see a copy of their license/photo ID which should match as well.
Do they have genuine and authenticated locksmith reviews?
Check out authenticated reviews on no cowboys or ask for referrals from friends and family or the local community on social media.
Are they members of the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA)?
All reputable locksmiths will members of the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia. You can search for the closest master locksmith to you using their website https://www.masterlocksmiths.com.au/
A genuine licensed locksmith should be easily identifiable
A genuine locksmith will either turn up in a sign written vehicle or at the very least be wearing a uniform that identifies the company.
In the recent News Hub and Fair go investigations regarding dodgy locksmith practices, the locksmiths in question turned up in an unmarked vehicle, they did not carry identification and had no uniform.
Our advice …….. If they can’t tick all the boxes, avoid them and call another locksmith!
About the Author
This article was written by Local Locksmiths. Tony Wallace is a highly qualified professional locksmith with over 25+ years experience. He has operated and owned his own business for over 12 years. He is an expert in his field and comes highly recommended in the Locksmith industry.
If you have any questions regarding locksmithing in general, Tony can be contacted via email: email@example.com or mobile 021 156 7370