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Lockwiz

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

We are a locksmith service covering Staffordshire and the west midlands we are upvc lock specialists, we can supply and fit all types of locks including access control. If you are locked out we can gain entry with no damage to your door. Our prices are competitive and we use only genuine parts to comform with british standard. We can provide free advice and are abailable 24/7.

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Reviewed by Kevin on 23/3/2019

Excellent job from Ste completed in a timely manner and at the price agreed. Wouldn’t hesitate to use Lockwiz again.

Hi my name is johnny i work for my company J&R locksmiths with my partner richard. We are new to rated people but been a locksmith for 3 years befor starting J&R Locksmiths i worked as a carpenter for 10 years. So weather your locked out or need new locks fitted or new doors hung your in the right hands. Feel free to ask any question and we will also beat any quote thanks

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Reviewed by Lynn on 12/5/2019

Very quick response, good company.

Genuine local locksmith service,24hrs/365 days a year. Established in 2002,we can repair or replace all types of locks. We specialise in the repair of upvc locking systems. Discounts are offered to OAPs and students. We don't charge VAT.

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Reviewed by Lee on 4/1/2019

Steve was a pleasure to have in to change our lock. The work was excellent and he was very friendly, polite, turned up on time and tidied up after. I would highly recommend Steve for any locksmith work and going forwards would not hesitate to contact him again should we need his services.

Our Locksmiths are fully trained through apprenticeships and having decades on the field experience in the psychical security sector, providing our customers with a high level of service at a very competitive price. We specialize in double glazed door and window security,repair,replacement and fitting, Door repairs after break in and as well as the general aspect of a locksmith

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Reviewed by Tamara on 1/6/2019

Friendly, quick and good value, Thanks Said

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 Peter on 14/2/2019

Great, friendly service. Thanks, Joseph.

Keysafe Security Specialists provide a reliable and high quality Domestic/Commercial Locksmith service and CCTV Installation. We combine honest pricing with a conscientious work ethic to provide a professional level of service to each customer.

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Reviewed by Christopher on 5/10/2018

Timely, professional and good quality of work.

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 Lynsey on 13/3/2019

Reliable and really quick to respond to the original call out. Stayed within the estimated quote.

Approved contractor for Denbighshire county council. All building work undertaken.

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Reviewed by Helen on 4/4/2019

Clive has made my old 'battered' gate look like a brand new one. He was very efficient.

Genuine local independent Locksmith and UPVC window & door repair specialist. Level 4 NCFE Locksmith qualified. £2M public liability insured. CRB/DBS checked

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Reviewed by Gavin on 2/5/2019

no issues

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

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Reviewed by Michael on 23/5/2019

Very fast response. Job done quickly and very professionally. Highly recommended.

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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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