Choosing a Locksmith Isn’t Something You Should Leave to Chance

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Big Red Locksmiths - Rekey Your Home After a BreakupSo you need a locksmith right away and you haven’t found time to do your research. That’s okay, because all locksmiths are upstanding professionals, right? What are the chances you’ll find that one bad apple in the bunch if you just pick one out of the phone book or call the first one to show up in a Google search?

Unfortunately, the odds of finding that bad apple are pretty high these days. Locksmith scams have become increasingly more prevalent across the nation and the metropolitan area around Omaha is no exception.

What is the worst that could happen?

Plenty. Even if you think you’ve found a “local” professional to handle your locksmith needs, you should know that scams involving imposter locksmiths are at an all-time high all across the nation. These criminals pose as legitimate locksmiths dedicated to serving local communities. In reality, their dispatcher is a call center across the country (or worse yet, a cell phone answered from the cab of a broken down pickup truck).

Here are a few other scenarios you can avoid by doing your due diligence before making the call to a “local” locksmith:

Being forced to overpay

This scam is as old as bait and switch (quote a low price, but demand a high final price).

Performing unnecessary services

Who are you to know that your stubborn lock could have been picked for the small price of $40 or so, but instead, they drill the lock. Your total bill just went up. A lot.

Damage to your locks, doors and/or property

An inexperienced locksmith can do a lot of damage that you’ll have to pay a professional to fix later. Unfortunately, you more than likely do not know they are inexperienced unless you ask just the right questions

Intimidation or threats

This is extreme, but also extremely scary. There are some unscrupulous locksmiths that make bank asking their victims to pay up if they want to access their property. While under duress, some poor folks pay it. Not to mention, these criminals now know where you work or live, and they may now have a copy of your keys.

Do your research now and avoid the pitfalls of making a bad decision under pressure. There are plenty of reputable locksmiths in our area; you just need to know what to look for. Taking the time to identify a locksmith before you need one is always a good idea and can prevent the pitfalls of choosing an unscrupulous imposter.

Getting locked out doesn’t have to be a nightmare or a risky proposition. With Big Red Locksmiths, you can be certain a professional, experienced technician will show up at your door. Call 402-554-0499. With a BBB A+ rating, you can count on our 24/7 service and well-documented commitment to serving the metropolitan area since 1992.



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