If you've been a victim of burglary or vandalism, you need to get your home or business premises urgently secured, many professional locksmiths around the Uk offer burglary repair services which include the boarding-up of broken windows and doors, supply and fitting of replacement doors, door frame repairs and replacement locks - plus expert advice on security to prevent future problems. All these services are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you have been unfortunate enough to have had your door damaged due to a burglary or attempted break-in, locksmiths can, in most cases, board up and make secure your home then replace your front door within 24 hours.
It can be a costly mistake if you choose an unscrupulous or incompetent locksmith, this can lead to shoddy work, overcharging or being scammed with additional unnecessary work and costs. Unfortunately, in the UK today, there is no legislation or regulation with regards to the locksmiths industry, there are no legitimate qualifications either so virtually anyone can advertise as a locksmith, whether they have any skills or training or not.
Many locksmith advertisements are placed by inexperienced fitters with little more than a few days training to their name, with little to no actual trade experience. Even worse, some advertisements in the classifieds and yellow pages are placed by national companies who will simply connect you with a local locksmith and charge you for the privilege. Some are simply outright scammers, who will seek to relieve you of as much money as they can, for example advising a complete replacement door is necessary when a new lock barrel would suffice.
To avoid the scammers and the incompetent, pick an ICL (Institute of Certified Locksmiths) or MLA (Master Locksmiths Association) member, those organisations will already have done much of the vetting on your behalf, so you are ensured of a competent tradesman (but always verify the membership claims by checking the respective websites as unscrupulous tradesman will lie about membership). If possible go with a locksmith firm that has been operating in your local area for many years, preferably one which works with local authorities and the Police. Finally always ask for a fixed quote for all burglar repairs, if they seem unwilling to give you one then be wary of padded bills.
If you are the unfortunate victim of a burglary, then you need to get in touch with a locksmith company that can repair and secure your property as soon as possible. The cost for burglar repairs can vary from £50 to £500 or more, depending on the method of entry and amount of damage caused. Typical repairs include new doors and door frames supplied & fitted, lock replacement and upgrading, and double glazed window and door repairs.
Many burglary victims will also request extra locks to be supplied & installed to enhance security. Be wary of nationwide locksmith services that will charge considerably more and then simply sub-contract to a local locksmith, better to cut out the middle man and speak to a recommended locksmith near you. To get in touch with locksmiths in your local area, please use the "post your job" button on this page to get quotes and advice from local locksmiths and security companies free of charge.