Like with any trade career, locksmiths have gathered valuable information about locks, people and customer service along the way. Some tips, such as how to avoid scammers or where to find a reputable locksmith, have been shared many times but others you may not be as familiar with. In an article by Reader's Digest, some locksmiths give their secrets away.
- What you wear, what you drive and where you are may impact how much you're charged. For example, if you call at 2:00 a.m. to have someone come unlock your Lexus, you may end up having to pay more for the service.
- Locks have "grades" when it comes to protection. Locksmiths advise not to get the generic lock from the big box store and instead, splurge on at least a "grade 2" lock.
- Even if the lock says "Do Not Duplicate" it can still be copied. Instead, locksmiths reccomend high-security locks with keys that can’t be replicated at the hardware store.
- If you have to give a key to the housekeeper or nanny, the locksmith can key your door so that your master key works on both the dead bolt and the doorknob, but the key you give out works just on the knob. When the housekeeper comes, only lock the knob.
- Only call one locksmith at a time. Locksmiths are not happy to arrive to a house and find a competitor already there.
As a student in locksmith training courses, do you have any other advice?