When you are locked out of your house or car, you desperately need the service of a locksmith. You check out the internet and yellow pages for a list. In your emergency situation, the tendency would be to seek the service of the first locksmith in the list. Haste makes waste, you might be making a big mistake. There are unscrupulous people who will take advantage. They will make a simple job look complicated. Instead of a simple key duplication for a car, they will recommend a whole assembly replacement. They will use bullying tactics to collect payment for the erroneous task, like calling the police. Locksmith scam is one of the fastest growing crimes based on customer complaints.
Foothill Lock and Key has been in the locksmith business for over 45 years. We have a team of 20 locksmith technicians who are trained in customer handling and passed a security check. Our company is accredited by the government. Rest assure that you are dealing with a company who knows his business and you are safe with us. We operate on a 24×7 schedule with no day off, we’ll be there anytime you need our service. In case you are in this situation, we have prepared a guide to help you avoid a locksmith scam.
Step 1. Plan
Search the net and the yellow pages for locksmiths that are near your area. Call them; in case they don’t mention their business name when they answer, be suspicious. Ask where their office is located at. Learn a few things; like license and cost estimate on a certain service. Prepare a shortlist based on the services they offer, price and accessibility. Ask for a written cost estimate on the service that they offer. Do not be overwhelmed by their big advertisement in the yellow pages or a number 1 listing in the internet, focus and be prepared for any eventuality.
Step 2, Check for identification
Upon arrival of the locksmith technician, ask for his company identification card. Check out his vehicle, there should be a company logo on it. Note down the plate number. Ask for the company estimate.
Step 3. Everything okay
If everything fits in, let the locksmith proceed with the service that is required to open your car. If the problem is the key, his focus should be on the door lock. Beware if he works on any other part of the car.
Have your cell phone locked to the phone number of the police in case you notice something suspicious.