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“Unlicensed Locksmiths” – How to Recognize?


locksmith Melbourne“Unlicensed Locksmiths” – How to Recognize?

If you find yourself locked out of your home, business or vehicle, getting back in is probably the only thing on your mind.

In a rush to do so, you search for “locksmith in Melbourne” from your phone and are tempted to ring the first number that pops up.

But don’t do that just yet.

There are many so-called locksmith companies who are not licensed to perform the services they advertise, turning unsuspecting consumers into victims of fraud, property damage, theft and other crimes as well.

Although unlicensed locksmiths tend to use emergency situations to prey on consumers with because they are easy targets and vulnerable, there are many unlicensed locksmiths offering non-emergency locksmith services as well.

Regardless of whether it’s a lockout emergency or not, you can avoid becoming a victim of an unlicensed locksmith by avoiding these common red flags.

They can’t – or won’t – provide you with their license number.

The best way to avoid dealing with an unlicensed locksmith is to ask for proof of their license up front. A locksmith who is operating a fully legal and licensed business won’t hesitate to provide you with this information. Once you have the number, contact your area business trades licensing office to verify it.
Also check to see if the same license number appears on their business signage, company vehicles and advertisements.

If a locksmith company won’t provide you with a license number, move on to a company that will.

Check the company address to be sure it’s valid.

Be leery of locksmith companies that do not provide an address in their advertisements or next to their business listings in phone directories. Alternately, if an address is provided, drive by to confirm it’s a valid one and that the company actually does conduct business at that location. A licensed locksmith does not conduct business out of his home so avoid anyone who makes this claim.

Confirm any affiliations or accreditation from locksmith associations.

Anyone can claim they are accredited or certified through agencies such as the Locksmiths Guild of Australia or Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia simply by stating it on their advertisements. However, a quick call to either agency will let you know whether this is really the case.

Do they do background checks on their employees?

Locksmiths who offer security alarm system installations and maintenance are required to have a background check and police clearance. Reputable locksmith companies who do not provide alarm system installations will usually require background checks for their employees anyway, as a precaution. If a locksmith company does not require background checks or if they are unable to provide you with those background checks have been completed, move on to one that will.

Top Lock specializes in emergency locksmith services in Melbourne and surrounding areas. Our team of locksmith professionals is highly trained, licensed and insured for handling all types of emergency lockouts – be they home, auto or commercial.

Top Lock has been offering our clients the same level of prompt, reliable, professional service for more than a decade.

We’re only a phone call away – 24/7 – day or night – at 1300 130 836