Finding a reputable locksmith doesn’t have to be a hard task. There are numerous sources available to locate a reputable locksmith. Before we list those sources, let’s talk about why it’s important to locate a reputable locksmith before you need their services. Locksmiths are often needed during stressful situations, such as a lockout. Alleviate some of the stress of the situation by already knowing who to call. Take a few moments to locate a reputable locksmith, if you haven’t already, and save their contact information in your phone so that in the event you need their services, you already know who to call.
Here are a few sources and additional advice for finding a reputable locksmith:
Ask friends and family for a referral.
This is perhaps the best source for finding a reputable locksmith, or any contractor for that matter. Trusted friends and family members provide valuable feedback on their experiences, pro or con, with service companies, such as locksmiths.
Created and maintained by our industry association, ALOA Security Professionals Association, Inc. or simply ALOA, FindALocksmith.com is an interactive website that lets you locate reputable locksmiths in your area. These locksmiths have passed background checks and industry vetting in order to be listed on the website so you can rest assured that you are dealing with reputable locksmiths.
It should be noted that only ALOA members are listed on FindALocksmith.com. In other words, there are reputable locksmiths in business who are not members of ALOA and therefore would not show up in a search on the website.
Clearstar Security Network Yellow Pages
Much like FindALocksmith.com, the Clearstar Security Network Yellow Pages lists reputable locksmiths that have been vetted. Consumers can select their state, hit submit, and view a list of reputable locksmiths. Unlike FindALocksmith.com, however, the list is not restricted to ALOA members but rather members of the Clearstar Security Network. The Clearstar Security Network has earned a reputation in the industry as being the “creme de la creme” so it’s members are highly regarded by their peers.
The Society of Professional Locksmiths’ (SOPL) Locksmith Search
The Society of Professional Locksmiths’ (SOPL) Locksmith Search lists reputable locksmiths that SOPL has vetted. Unlike FindALocksmith.com and the Clearstar Security Network Yellow Pages, SOPL’s Locksmith Search isn’t restricted to it’s members; it lists reputable locksmiths regardless of whether or not they are members of SOPL.
Exercise caution if you find a “directory page” or similar “locksmith search” web page other than the ones listed previously. Some of these websites utilize a “pay-to-play” model which allows for inclusion in exchange for a monthly or annual fee.
If searching for a locksmith on a review website, such as Yelp or Google, watch out for fraudulent reviews. Locksmith scammers will often generate their own reviews to increase their rating. These reviews are usually easy to spot, fortunately, because they often contain numerous grammatical errors and the account leaving the review will have only reviewed that business and no others.