Locksmithing is a profession and industry that receives a great deal of attention from consumer ratings venues as it’s one of the most densely available services out there. However, despite how common locksmiths are, there’s a ton of valuable information regarding the entire industry that most civilians don’t know, much less even know how to find out! In this blog entry I’ll go over some lesser known facts about the locksmithing industry to hopefully help you make an informed decision as to what locksmith to use.
Very few places have Regulation
The majority of Earth’s countries have zero regulation of locksmiths. By the very nature of their service, locksmiths will be dealing with desperate people in tough situations – and has great access to their private property. This is one of the reasons many people have called for regulation of this industry – which is done in many areas of the United States, where training and background verification is required before any sort of licensing or certification. However, in certain states (or the countless countries) in which there is no regulation, there are businesses out there that take advantage of those in need of the service, many of which are staffed by unlicensed and untrained locksmiths.
Some locksmiths are trained to drill first, ask later
Many owners of locksmith businesses train their workers to drill and replace locks before doing any other service; this is done, flat out, so they can charge more money. Of course, drilling and total lock replacement isn’t necessary all the time – so it’s important to ensure that your solution can’t be found through simpler methods first. If the locksmith that you are using tries to drill out the lock of the door before attempting any other inspection, you can be certain that they are operating a scam and shouldn’t be used. However, there are times when drilling and replacing a lock is necessary – it’s just important to know that the locksmith you are working with is searching to find you the most effective and budget friendly solution.
There’s no industry flat rate for locksmiths
For the most part, in certain industries, like car washes or barbershops, a consumer has a strong idea of what the price of the service is before even entering the place of business. However, locksmiths don’t have an industry standard price that everyone adheres to. Prices vary from locksmith to locksmith, from city to city, and from state to state. However, a reputable and trustworthy locksmith should be able to give you a price range before they inspect your door, and then be able to provide you with a flat rate that they won’t blindly increase.
Official Licensing is only required by 15 States
This might come as a surprise to some people but the only states that require a locksmith to be licensed are California, Connecticut, Texas, Virginia, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Oregon, North Carolina, Nevada, Nebraska, Maryland, Louisiana, Illinois, Connecticut, and Alabama. If you live in one of these states and call a locksmith, ask them to see identification and proof of their license. If you’re in one of the other 37 states, make sure to ask for identification, but keep in mind that none of these servicemen are required to show you license.
Locksmithing is a growing industry
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that the locksmith industry is set to experience very quick growth, with an increase in jobs for locksmiths, and a 12 percent growth in total licensed locksmiths in the country. What will set this growing number apart is locksmiths who are truly professional, who operate their job with the utmost care and technical skill, while providing complete attention to the customer. It can be hard for consumers in a saturated market to find a particular locksmith who is truly the right choice and not a scam; this is why it’s important to pay attention to how the technician operates their business, so you can distinguish the truly responsible locksmiths from the amateur one’s that you should never let work on your door.