There are many experienced, reputable and reliable locksmith services in almost every Canadian city, there are inevitably some locksmith companies who are out to take advantage of scared home owners and the senior that does not understand. So you must be aware of the "fast buck operator who quote and scam" and be sure that what appears to be a bargain doesn’t turn out to be a costly mistake in the long run that may not only be in effective but also compromise your family security.
Select a very well-established security company with a record of successful operation behind it is very important. There are many locksmith and security companies entering the field that truly have no clue what they are doing and are only there to rip you off. You need to know who you are calling and you don’t want to be left with a lock that requires service with no one to do the job.
To help you make the right security decision, there are a number of steps you can take before you ever need a locksmith or security professional. Don’t wait until you need a locksmith or security professional. Start by thinking about the locksmith's credentials well in advance of your security emergency. It's to late if the locksmith has taken the lock off your door and not told you a price. It's to late if the company you are speaking is really in Florida and you are looking for a local locksmith service. Check beforehand. Always look for a company that is a member of the Better Business Bureau. Make sure they have affiliation with Canasa & TAOL or some kind of Business and Trade Associations are excellent places to check on a company BEFORE you invite anyone into your home. This way, you can eliminate in advance the likelihood of being "pressured" by an unsavory or disreputable company that want to take your money and do bad work.Make sure any employees who have access to your home are bonded and fully insured. While it is possible today to obtain alarm component for "do-it-yourself" installation, such systems can provide a false sense of security as you are not a security expert and providing security needs to be done by professionals. Self installed alarms normally do not provide full coverage of the home, may not be of the same quality as a dealer-installed system, and be false alarm prone unless in stalled by a person of sufficient technical skill.
Here are some additional questions to consider when choosing an alarm company or locksmith service:
- Does the alarm company or locksmith service have errors and omissions insurance? Make them prove it. If they won't prove it then hang up fast.
- Are there any hidden costs that may be sprung upon you?
- Does the alarm company meet industry accepted standards? Underwriter’s Laboratories of Canada certification is a quality assurance program that will ensure that your alarm and monitoring company are following standards in installation, equipment use and business practices.
- Does the alarm company provide a 24 hour customer support/service number?
- Does the alarm company have an adequate training program in use and operation of their alarm system?
- Does the alarm monitoring company have access to a bonded and insured key holder service?
- Is alternative guard response service available?
- Is the security system designed for your specific needs using today’s technology and proper installation?
- Will it give you piece of mind for years to come and provide trouble free operation?
- Is the locksmith number local or are you really calling somewhere in the US
- Did you find a locksmith on google? Do they answer the phone Locksmith? Don't use a locksmith service that uses a generic name like locksmith. Ask the for the legal business name!!