Here at Westrom Group Property Management, we care about our clients; property owners and renters alike. We care about the homes we manage, which is why we would like to share this guest post from copywriter and social media coordinator, Jamie O’Toole, on how to protect your home from locksmith scammers.
Did you know only 15 states require locksmiths to be licensed? Is yours one of them?
Every year the Better Business Bureau receives such a high volume of complaints about scam locksmiths for everything from poor workmanship to serious price gouging that it ranks among their top complaints. 95% of all online locksmith ads are scams, meaning quality professionals are hard to come by. This poses a serious threat to the average customer, especially in cases of residential lockouts when people are stressed and more likely to call the first number they come across advertising an inexpensive price.
What most people don’t realize is that no legitimate locksmith can charge $10 or $20 for a service call and stay in business, and even the illegitimate ones are going to end up charging 400-500% more once they show up. Your home locks are the primary means of security standing between your home and the outside world, so choosing who you will entrust them to should be a carefully considered decision, not a random selection from the top ad results on Google.
It may be easy to fall for a locksmith scam, but there are ways to protect yourself from becoming the next victim. The Mr. Rekey LocksmithScam Survival Guide walks you through everything you need to know about locksmith scams, from the most common types and warning signs to the ways to find a reputable locksmith and what to do if you have already been scammed. Don’t wait until you are locked out; find a reputable locksmith you can trust before you need one.