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In many states, a locksmith does not have to be certified or even licensed to operate a locksmith business. That is a scary revelation. The person who installs the locks and security devices that you rely on to keep your home, car, and valuables safe from thieves may have no official training and is not accountable to any state agency or industry organization to operate under any particular standards. Anybody could hang out a shingle and call himself or herself a locksmith.
Would you entrust someone without a medical degree and a professional medical license to perform surgery on you or your loved ones? Would you want a contractor that had no license to build your home? Most people would say “absolutely not!” Yet many of those same people would call a locksmith listed in the yellow pages and allow them to come out to their home and remove existing locks and security devices and install new ones and never think twice about it.
The Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) is a professional organization for certified locksmiths. Members must meet stringent requirements and qualifications and subscribe to their code of ethics. They sponsor a website which only features professional locksmiths who are registered with ALOA. You can search the website by location to find members in your area.
Look in the yellow pages and find a few locksmiths in your area and call and interview them. A certified professional locksmith will be able to provide their business license number, their insurance provider policy number, and their ALOA membership so that you can call and check.
Ask for proof of licensing, insurance, and bonding. A legitimate certified locksmith will have all of these for your review.
Hiring an inexperienced, unreliable, and disreputable locksmith could lead to serious damage to your property and put your and your family’s lives and valuables at risk. Don’t take the chance. Hire a certified locksmith.
What are the advantages of hiring a certified locksmith? You need to be very careful about to whom you entrust your most valuable assets too. read more information about us.
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You need to be very careful about to whom you entrust your most valuable assets too. Many companies market themselves as security providers but are not licensed, certified professional locksmiths.
Just because a locksmith has a business license to operate as a locksmith, does not mean that they are qualified to perform the work of a locksmith.