Top tips for picking a locksmith

It’s only recently that there has been an official qualification in locksmithing, so there are a lot of locksmiths out there that have no official qualifications; this makes it hard to know if you are selecting a reputable one or not.

Read through Keytek’s tips to find out how to choose a reliable locksmith. This blog will go over what to look for and also what to avoid. 

Look out for trust signals

One thing to look out for is any third-party approval; this can include organisations like Which? Trusted Trader, TrustAtrader, Local Heroes or the British Standard logo. This means that a locksmith would have to have met certain criteria including; police checks, positive customer feedback and evidence of accreditation/qualification. 

Are they part of an association or bigger company?

Associations such as The National Guild of Certified Locksmiths (NGCL) and companies such Keytek®, sub-contract work to locksmiths up and down the country. This benefits you as a customer as it gives the individual locksmith accountability. If you choose an independent locksmith you find online and they do sub-standard work, they could disappear with your money. However, if the locksmith is part of an association or company, you will always be able to complain or raise any issues with them. 

It’s also one of the only ways you can check if a locksmith is qualified. Associations such as the NGCL and Keytek have partnered with Highfield to offer this new qualification, so using a locksmith from one of these providers, will guarantee your locksmith is either qualified or accredited. 

Get at least three quotes

It’s important to shop around when looking for a locksmith quote. And as much as you may want the cheapest price, be aware of those offering a price of £60 and under, as it may be too good to be true. It could be that they quote the cheap price over the phone, and then add on other costs when at your door. Any person you speak to on the phone you should ask the labour charge, and a rough price for parts. 

About the Author

Kim Elliott is a Marketing Executive at Keytek Locksmiths. Keytek Locksmiths is a national locksmith company, providing local emergency locksmiths for homes and businesses. Keytek are now one of the only providers of the first recognised locksmith qualification in the UK. To find out more visit