How can I check the credentials of the locksmith?

Firstly you can check that they’re an MLA Approved Company by checking the find a locksmith section of this website or you can read below our mini guide on check if a locksmith is who they say they are, with some examples of what we have found some not go legit companies doing.

1. There is NO Government Back Regulation for Locksmiths

With the lack of any government backed regulation it’s important not to rely on claims or logos on the locksmith’s website alone as we’re unfortunately seeing more and more scam websites being created, where various logos as abused and incorrect claims of approval or membership are used.

2. Alot of Locksmiths have FAKE addresses – check first!

We’ve found a lot of these locksmiths websites have bogus addresses on them which means first and foremost – how do you know they are who they say they are, and how do you chase them after the job is done, and from our perspective it means that we are unable to serve legal papers to them in order to protect our trademarked logo.

3. Check for proof of ID from the Locksmith!

Secondly you can ask the locksmith for proof of ID when they get to you. You could also ask them how long they’ve been in the trade and what experience and or training they’ve undertaken as well as what vetting they’ve undertaken. By having an up to date MLA ID card an employee of an MLA Approved Company will have met the strict vetting criteria of the MLA.

4. Check Google Maps to see if they are based at said address

Another good idea is to check mapping software or programmes such as google earth – you’ll be amazed at how many “locksmiths” are apparently based in the central reservation of a dual carriageway or in a council building!

We’ve even had information provided to us whereby scam locksmiths are advertising as trading out of a legitimate locksmith’s premises without their knowledge!

5. So check, check and check again

Make sure you use an MLA Approved Company for your locksmith requirements.

If you believe a company are NOT MLA locksmiths are our using the MLA Logo or advertising to be a MLA locksmith then please report any Non locksmiths using our logo to us.

Steffan George

Hi there - I'm director of business development here at the Master Locksmiths Association. Feel free to add me to your circles on Google + by visiting my Steffan George profile. I'm also on Twitter @Steffan_MLA