The safety and security of your home, vehicle and business are of the utmost importance to your life, family and overall livelihood so it's something you should always take incredibly seriously. So instead of just waiting around and hoping for the best when it comes to your life's safekeeping be as proactive as possible and assure that you have a trustworthy, reputable company to work with at a moment's notice before the need for such a service ever actually arises on its own. In a world complete with people that are ready and waiting to take advantage of you in your time of emergency or need, never have to concern yourself with whether or not you're contacting a company that you can really and truly trust when you keep the contact information for 10 Minute Locksmith Inc. saved in your contacts for all your locks needs in the Clearwater, Florida area. However, if you find yourself in a distant area and require services such as these elsewhere, don't let yourself be scammed into trusting an unlicensed company, make sure you're getting your money's worth by following this simple set of guidelines to keep you as safe as you can possibly be.
In order to steer clear of those unlicensed, untrustworthy technicians of the world, there are several things you can do to make sure you don't fall for their schemes. The first thing you can do, is before even contacting the company to do a search for the company online and double checking their website for an address and phone number you can confirm through other sites and sources to assure that they're a real, live company that can do the work for you. You can also check their accreditation through the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), though this may not be helpful in all states as only some require locksmiths to have licenses in order to operate.
Once you've decided on a company to contact, the next way to make sure they're on the up and up is to ask them directly where their technicians are based to make sure they're actually local. Also, when you call them initially look out for a greeting that includes their actual company name, not just something general that could apply to any business like it in the country. While still on the phone, ask what their preliminary estimate cost would be, and if they tell you something incredibly cheap like $10 for service, chances are it's a scam and they plan to charge you much, much more on site. Then, make sure they're also aware that you would like that estimate in writing when they arrive as well so there are no last minute expensive changes you weren’t expecting to pop up.
When the technician actually arrives make them aware you need to see their ID as well as their certification before they begin any sort of work at all, and make sure to take a close look at their vehicle when they arrive. If their mode of transportation doesn't have any mention at all of their business that's a sign to be wary as well, a professional company will likely never send a technician out in an unmarked, personal vehicle to fix issues on company time. Finally, feel free to refuse services until a written estimate is provided and don't hand over any cash or your credit card until you're satisfied with the estimate as well, never provide payment upon arrival, that's a huge red-flag for a scam too. Don't get taken by an unlicensed technician, be ready and alert to get the service you really deserve.