A lock is created to keep crime out, but these devices really attract criminals inside sometimes. It has occurred to just about everybody that they locked themselves out of their automobile, residence or place of work and not everybody carries a set of extra keys. Therefore, the only way out is to get in touch a reliable locksmith richardson who will come and open the doors for a certain fee.

All of this is easy enough but the issue occurs when the locksmith is a fake one. Fake locksmiths who show up in unmarked vans can overcharge, do shoddy work or even return to your home when you are not there and go right inside. What’s even worse is some of these illegal locksmiths will take the name of a legitimate locksmith, pose as that business and scam customers. Then the legitimate business suffers from negative ratings and bad customer reviews, from those customers who they never actually serviced.

If they’re unlicensed and they come in an unmarked vehicle to do the job, there’s no way of tracking that person down later. So, how do you look out for a criminal posing as a locksmith?

a) First of all be extremely well informed and always ask for proper proof of certification and licensing and make sure there is a liability policy otherwise there won’t be any protection against damages.

b) Always make sure that the locksmith has a real store and that you can walk into it. It doesn’t have to be a large or an impressive one but it should be a real store, not a fake one.

c) Remember to always get a written quote, even if it was given over the phone first. When the locksmith shows up, ask for the quote before any work is done. If the locksmith hesitates or tries to inflate the figure, walk away from the deal. If the locksmith gets angry or starts threatening, don’t hesitate to call the authorities.

d) Also, a licensed locksmith is supposed to have a marked vehicle. Most of the illegal locksmiths are not in service vans but instead they are driving personal driving cars.

e) Ask the locksmith to provide references and be sure to call them.