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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.

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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 Brian on 20/12/2018

Fantastic service really nice guys

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

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Reviewed by Tracey on 13/1/2019

So happy with the work to give my dated fireplace a fabulous new look. John is very friendly and a talented workman and I will be keeping his number handy for future work. The cost of the work completed was also very reasonable.

EntryTec Locksmiths is a family run business . After years of working with larger companies and seeing the ridiculous prices they charge I decided to go it alone. I am based near Manchester and have clients such as Miller Metcalfe, Whitegates and many others. Not only am I a qualified Locksmith I also specialise in UPVC repairs , handles , hinges, letterboxes etc etc . Please check out my website or read my reviews on Yell. Feel free to ask any questions at all. If you are locked out I can get you in with no damage. If you are concerned about security in your home , I will happily offer free advise on what is best for you. Our vehicles are sign written and we carry ID. I always call 10 minutes ahead to let you know we are close by. All our work is guaranteed and carried out to the highest standards. For a great service at excellent prices use Entrytec Locksmiths Ltd

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Reviewed by Paul on 21/11/2018

Carl responded quickly to the posting, did an excellent job virtually next day, great value for money, great work and a nice guy, very reliable, would highly recommend him.

Replace and fix locking mechanism on windows and doors like door lock, letterbox, door panel, anti snap barrel, door knocker, spy holes, door handles, windows handle, locks, hinges, gaskit and glass. Condensation in glass can be fixed together with problems with draught. Iver 14 years of experience. Direct from manufacturer at cost price inc glass cut to size on same day.

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Reviewed by Helen on 13/1/2019

Excellent communication, job completed within quote given so no unexpected costs. Quick turnaround offered on appointment for the works to be carried out, and all completed in a timely manner.

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.

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 Sherleen on 12/1/2019

Gave good advice about the job, professional and friendly fast and efficient cleaned up after his work was done. Will recommend to friends and family.

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 Nick on 5/1/2019

5 stars all the way. The price was higher than initially indicated, but that was because the job turned out to be more complicated than my original description had conveyed.

Merthyr Locksmith Services, An Independant, Family run LOCAL business. Your truly LOCAL Locksmith and your FIRST choice for Locksmith Services. Providing services to Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Abergavenny.

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Reviewed by Christopher on 9/1/2019

The chap did it straight away

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 Hermine on 22/11/2018

I found them to be very helpful and professional. I will definitely use them again. They even tidied up after themselves!

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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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