When you’re in need of a locksmith, most of us search online for the first name that pops up. We recommend finding a good locksmith before you need one, but we understand that doesn’t always happen. The next time you are locked out in Reno, Sparks and the surrounding areas, we hope you’ll remember AllSafe Lock & Key and these four tips for avoiding a locksmith scam.
Seven Tips for Avoiding a Locksmith Scam
- If your call is answered with a generic phrase referencing locksmith services instead of the company’s name, proceed with caution. The person on the phone should be willing and happy to share the business’ legal name. If it sounds like you’ve reached a call center, your best bet is hanging up and looking for someone local.
- Ask for identification when the locksmith arrives, including a current locksmith license. AllSafe Lock & Key is also registered by the Sheriff’s Department of Washoe County.
- Ask for an estimate that includes any fees for emergency service, and inquire about any extra charges such as mileage or service call minimums. If you got an estimate over the phone, consider how they compare after the locksmith has had a chance to look at the situation.
- Be wary of any locksmith who insist that drilling or replacing the lock is the only option, especially if this recommendation is made right up front. Most qualified locksmiths have both the tools and the experience to unlock just about any door.
Finding a Reliable Locksmith
The best time to find a good Reno locksmith and avoid any kind of locksmith scam is when you don’t need one. That’s when you have the time to browse websites, read reviews, and get a sense of the service and quality behind the company’s online presence. AllSafe Lock & Key here in Reno is happy to answer any questions you may have – whether you’re in need of emergency locksmith services or not – and we look forward to helping you.