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fully qualified multi skilled joiner with over 14 years experience, top quality workmanship. Hardworking, trustworthy, reliable & fully insured

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Reviewed by Robert price on 7/1/2020

Matthew, [email protected], states he is a bespoke joiner and kitchen fitter. I would not recommend him to anyone, totally unreliable, hung 6 doors in my house and not 1 door fits as I would expect, even though I gave specific instructions on the fitting expectations. The second job was re assembling a base unit carcass, instructions and expectations provided again, and an absolute disgrace of an attempt. All of my new doors will have to be re purchased and replaced again, and re hung by a professional.

Andrew James Locksmith. Locally based, fast and friendly. Associated member of the MLA.

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Reviewed by Shuzna on 27/9/2019

Recommend Andrew definitely cake and looked at job started straight away got job done !

JE LOCKSMITH

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

JE Locksmith is a 24/7 locksmith based in Horsham. The locksmith covers areas in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and London. Both commercial and residential work is covered by JE Locksmith and services include lock replacement and uogrades, burgary repairs, emergency lockouts and key cutting.

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Reviewed by Miriam on 24/12/2019

Joseph was flexible with when I needed him to come, which was really helpful. He was polite and respectful, did a very good job and secured the door to a high standard. He also stopped it from rattling, which was great, and I would happily use him again. My only quibble was that he fitted two British standard locks and forgot that we'd only discussed one, so I had to pay a bit more than initially quoted. However, for added security I was happy to do so. All in all, he was a great choice.

Get Locked

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

With years of experience, Get Locked specialises in locksmith services. We provide lock installation, repair and replacement services for both domestic and commercial customers at reasonable prices. Contact is today for a free quote.

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Reviewed by Julian on 24/1/2020

Luke arrived on time and was very friendly and approachable. He assessed the job and did an extremely professional job of replacing the lock mechanism with a new one. The whole job was done extremely professionally and I am very satisfied with the job done. I would recommend Luke and Get Locked to anyone looking to get work done.

Wilson’s Independent Locksmiths are a Corgi Fenestration registered company, Situated in the Borough of Kettering Northamptonshire. Open 24/7 WE PROVIDE QUICK, RELIABLE PROFESSIONAL LOCKSMITH SERVICES Wilson’s Independent Locksmiths pride themselves on achieving high levels of customer service, confidence and satisfaction to existing and potential new customers. Wilson’s Independent Locksmiths pride themselves on achieving high levels of customer service, confidence and satisfaction to existing and potential new customers. For added security and our customers peace of mind, all employees of Wilson’s Independent Locksmiths have been checked and have passed a criminal records bureau check, and are re-checked annually. All replacement External Locks supplied and fitted by Wilson’s Independent Locksmiths, City & Guilds qualified Locksmiths, are to TS007, and BS3621 British Insurance Standards, as a requirement by all leading UK insurance policies Wilson’s Independent Locksmiths professional Emergency Response service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, along with our non urgent scheduled appointments. In cases where our emergency response service is used, we aim to attend site within 30 minutes from first contact with our company, and to have resolved the issue reported within an hour. Our qualified locksmiths carry a large and varied selection of replacement parts and stock to eliminate an unnecessary return visit. Wilson’s Independent Locksmiths set-price “gain entry fee” is the most common reason why previous customers chose to use our services in a emergency situation. Our non emergency services are priced on application so we can provide a truly transparent inclusive price.

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Reviewed by Noel on 8/1/2020

Great service and communication. Very pleased with the job and the price. Would highly recommend

When you need to use an Emergency Local Locksmith, you want to ensure that the person arriving at your premises is fully insured, vetted, trustworthy, and equally important, cost-effective.

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Reviewed by Will on 29/12/2019

Friendly and on time locksmith. Great customer service. A++++++++++

Working in the areas in and around 25 miles of both Grantham and Spalding, I am a fully qualified Locksmith accredited with the UKLA (UK Locksmiths Association). At LockSwift, not only do we arrive promptly in clean company branded vehicles, but we listen carefully to your concerns and provide a comprehensive solution. All of our locksmiths and security team are fully trained experts, with years of combined experience in providing all types of professional locksmith services. Whether you have been locked out of your home and need to source a locksmith you can depend on, or you want to change the locks in your business when it suits your schedule, you can always rely on us. I cover all aspects of locksmith work from simple lock replacements through to more complex lock picking and gaining entry services. All locks we provide are well made, high quality products that are built to last. As part of our service we can offer you repair and replacement of UPVC Multi Point Locking Systems on UPVC doors along with Multipoint Locking Systems on wooden and composite doors too. I have over 15 years experience in construction and interior fit-outs and can offer door hanging, door furniture fitting, UPVC replacement fitting alongside my Locksmith work. I can also be called upon if you have had a break-in and need to secure your premises. I am DBS (formerly CRB) checked and I carry full Public Liability insurance.

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Reviewed by Adam on 2/1/2020

Job was completed with in 24 hours of posting.

South London based locksmiths, trading over 5 years. Providing 24/7 emergency service. Door Opening, Lock Fixing/Replacing, Security Upgrades & More.We are fully insured and guarantee all work for 1 year. Polite,Professional & Punctual, Dreadlocksmith LTD

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Reviewed by Tegan on 13/5/2019

Reliant. Used a couple of times.

We are a 24hr locksmith based in south london. We offer, Alarm ,access control ,entry phones and locksmithing services all at cheap and reasonable prices. All work is covered by Public Liability insurance. No call out charge, Quick and reliable service

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Reviewed by Susan on 23/11/2019

Paul arrived promptly, and done a brilliant job, at a reasonable price. Excellent Service, and communication. Paul thank you. I am very happy!

I have been working as a locksmith for quite a number of years. I pride myself in the quality of work I achieve. NCFE accredited, fully insured and DBS/CRB Police checked. I work with local authorities, police, coastgurd, insurance companies, estate agents, Fylde council and my favourite the general public.I have also done my bit for charities ie North West AirAmbulance and Fylde Food Bank. I gain non destructive entry, usually picking locks, fix broken doors and windows. From simple adjustment, alignment issues to replacing full faulty mech I cover all types of locksmith work. Supplying BRITISH Standard locks to satisfy the stringent quality checks insisted on by insurance companies and recommended by police. I also board up broken windows and doors, after accident or burglary or vandal damage, securing properties to a high standard. Intruder alarms are a great deterrent, I also fit these. Camera door bells fitted and keyless entry locks fitted also. Thank you for reading regards Darren from ADPLOCKSMITH FOR LOCK OR KEY CALL ADP

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Reviewed by paul on 17/1/2020

Hi just like to thank Darren for doing a great job came on time and kept in touch clean and tidy very professional would definitely use again

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Emergency / 24 hour locksmith specialists - what you need to know

If you’re unfortunate enough to lock yourself out of your home (or need to repair a faulty or temperamental lock), then you’ll need the services of an emergency or 24-hour locksmith. Your knight in shining armour, they’ll arrive and rescue you or secure your home – depending on the jam you find yourself in. 

Locksmiths don’t just fix broken locks or cut new keys. They deal with all things security-related, from high-tech digital access systems and burglar alarms, to more traditional deadbolts and doorknobs – ensuring all bases are covered.

You might be tempted to do this kind of work yourself. But if locks are ill-fitted, you risk your security (as well as potentially invalidating your home and contents insurance). Find a professional locksmith, and they’ll be able to advise you on (and properly fit) the most appropriate locks for your house.

Cost of emergency locksmith services

An emergency locksmith should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cost of hiring them will vary depending on the time of day and scope of the job.

Typical fees, labour only, are:

  • Replace a budget lock: £100-£150+
  • Replace an advanced anti-snap lock: £125-£175+
  • Lost keys or remove a broken key (no new lock required): £50-£150+

Locksmith prices – what affects the quote? 

Your locksmith may charge more (or less) depending on:

  • The size of the job. Many locksmiths charge an hourly rate, so changing one lock at your property could take an hour. Multiple changes, not surprisingly, can take several hours.
  • Additional parts. Any parts that are required will also affect your quote. This is often necessary if you have a snapped lock or cylinder, or if a lock can’t be repaired. The specific lock needed will depend on what type of door you have (and, potentially, on your insurance policy).
  • Call-out fees and 24-hour service charges. Emergency locksmiths are likely to charge a different fee for more inconvenient hours, usually between 6pm and 8am. They may include a call-out fee too.

While there are lots of variables when it comes to the cost of hiring an emergency locksmith, they should be able to accurately quote for the work upfront.

How to choose your locksmith

Here are some credentials to help you decide which locksmith is right for you.

  • Specialists in the work you need. Some locksmiths may have extensive experience in alarm systems, while others will focus on replacing and repairing locks. There are also auto locksmiths who can help if you’re having problems with your car’s security.
  • Emergency or 24-hour services. If the nature of your job is urgent, this is a must.
  • An accreditation from the Master Locksmiths Association. MLA-accredited locksmiths must undergo comprehensive inspections, so you can trust their expertise.
  • Warranty. Some locksmiths will offer a warranty on their work – it’s worth enquiring about this when your professional provides a quote.

The qualifications your locksmith needs

There are currently no legal regulations in the industry, meaning a locksmith doesn’t need a licence or qualifications. However, many locksmiths choose to gain training or accreditation through recognised bodies such as the MLA.

While MLA membership is a good indicator of a locksmith being well-established and reputable, it’s equally important to consider the experience they have built up.

Planning permission for locksmith jobs

You won’t require planning permission to change your locks, but you may require it when making more significant changes to your home (like replacing doors or windows).

Insurance for locksmith work

While a locksmith doesn’t require any legal insurance, a reputable tradesperson will have public liability insurance to protect against any accidental damage.

You’ll also need to review your home insurance documents, which will determine what type of locks and security measures are necessary for your policy.

Questions you should ask your locksmith

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Do they have plenty of relevant experience?
  • Can they provide a warranty on their work?
  • Can they provide other services such as burglar alarms, and auto security?

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