Locks & Security Cardiff
Accidents happen on a daily basis - some large, some small. One of the biggest accidents that may well happen to you at some point in your life is that, for one reason or another, you end up locked out of your own house. Just how do you get back in?
Well, you could try getting in through a window, but this option assumes two specific circumstances: firstly, that your house has a window that is unlocked or open; and secondly, that you can actually obtain access to it. If you are unable to open the window, then there is still the possibility of breaking it - but who wants to deal with the cost of replacing it? Not to mention the possibility that you will be seen, resulting in awkward and embarrassing questions from the authorities...
No, there is really only one sure-fire solution: finding a dependable locksmith who will help you out.
Of course, this path raises some considerations of its own. There are many locksmiths out there offering their services, and some are more skilled than others. Choosing a bad locksmith may well be an even graver mistake than not choosing one at all - you could end up wishing that you had gone ahead and smashed that window instead!
Fortunately, there are ways in which you can ensure that the locksmith you hire is up for the job.
First of all, while the government enforces few regulations in the locksmith trade, the Institute of Certified Locksmiths (ICL) and Master Locksmith Association (MLA) each pride themselves on making sure that all of their members are capable of completing jobs to a high standard. When you speak to a locksmith about a potential job, ask them beforehand if they are members of the ICL and MLA. If they do not belong to either group, then look elsewhere.
Another warning sign is exactly how a locksmith plans to go about unlocking your door. A true professional will try to pick it - while not always successful, this is the easiest and safest way and consequently should always be used as a first resort. By contrast, removing the lock altogether using a drill should be the last resort - so if your locksmith tells you that their process involves drilling straight off, then you know that you are speaking to a poor-quality amateur.
Finally, before you commit to hiring your locksmith, ask them for a fixed quote. Many of the less scrupulous locksmiths out there will be all too willing to gouge their customers in terms of price - so setting out a fixed quote beforehand is a way to avoid this.
We hope that this article has been of use to you. Of course, if you are locked out of your own home, then you will inevitably face a good deal of stress that may lead to a rash decision. However, by following the simple suggestions above, you can help to make sure that your locksmith is up to the job.