Take the time to find a reliable, local locksmith before you need one in an emergency.

Locksmith scams tend to target home and car owners when they’re at their most vulnerable … in an emergency and needing immediate assistance.

Many consumers think they’re doing the right thing by searching online for a local locksmith, in some cases these locksmiths are run by call centers, in other instances they may not be trained as locksmiths but are in fact handymen. To avoid hiring an unskilled locksmith to solve your locked-out problem, take the time to research the company first.


Ask these questions before hiring a locksmith. If a business can’t provide detailed answers, don’t hire them.

• What area do you operate in?

• Do you need a picture of the lock?

• Can you give me a quote?

• What factors will cause this price to change?

• Do you require cash, or can I pay with an e-wallet or credit card?

• What’s the name of the locksmith who will be coming?

Attached is an example of a customer who contacted us after they had a bad experience with an unqualified handyman presenting as a qualified locksmith. This customer had the “locksmith” lock the keys back in his car when he was required to pay R 1 700, so he paid the R 100 callout fee and then called a reputable locksmith to do the job.

Don’t be a victim of a scam, give Jay a call on 082 651 6416 for professional, affordable service.