Do You Really Know Your Carlsbad Locksmith?

Posted on Thursday, October 7, 2010 in Locksmith San Diego, locksmith scam

It’s a question you really don’t think about. You think of a locksmith with same consideration of a plumber, or electrician. A service guy who fixes a problem then leaves, and you don’t need to worry about it until it needs to be fixed or serviced again. A locksmith doesn’t fall under that category.

A locksmith is a professional to be compared with a family doctor, or a trusted mechanic who wont over charge you, and tells you whats really wrong with your car. The reason being, locksmiths are in close personal ties with your locks; the things that keep thieves out of your home, keep you sleeping soundly knowing that you wont be intruded on. Locks are an essential part of keeping your mind at ease, and those expensive things you cherish in your possession. When you call a locksmith to change your locks, or make a key, that person has direct access to your locks pin combination ( the part of the lock that meets up with your key to monitor access ). If you don’t do your homework correctly, you could end up being part of the Nation Wide ( yes, Nation Wide ) Locksmith Scam.

When you hear the word nation wide, you don’t think Carlsbad, Ca, or the fact that in you calling a local locksmith in Carlsbad could be part of this scam? Let’s step back a moment, and observe what this Locksmith Scam is. If you want the fast answer, give yourself a hot minute to check out the video below.

Scary huh? The thing is though, regardless of media coverage, this horrible scam still goes on rampant. In the San Diego area alone 91% of the ads in the phone book and web sites online are these “Scammers”. These scammers have a perfected system of duck and dodge that keeps them in business because you, the customer, aren’t up to date on whats happening. Mr. Keyman has remained vigilant, on this cause, and although we blog as much as we can regarding this scam, it still happens in our local San Diego County and yes Carlsbad, Ca Neighborhoods. If you live in or around any of these neighborhoods below, you need to be aware if your calling a Carlsbad locksmith.

Aviara
Beachwalk
Blackrail
Bressi Ranch
Carlsbad Village
Casa Laguna
Dejong
Faraday Spectrum
La Costa
La Costa Greens
La Costa Oaks
La Costa Ridge
La Costa Valley 
Magnolia Phase
Ocean Mist
Olde Carlsbad
Pacific Sunset
Ponto
Rancho Carrillo
Riva Gardens
Robertson Ranch
Roosevelt Garden
Sea Shore on the Sand
Summerhouse
Sunny Creek
Tanglewood
The Barrio | Elm
The Bluffs
The Colony
The Summit
Village by the Sea

So, besides the scam, what else do you need to keep yourself safe from. Well, if you don’t know who’s arriving to your house to change your locks, and to make a series of keys for your new home, something you should keep in mind is that this “locksmith” goes back to his van and makes copies of keys. If you don’t know who your locksmith is, this is something of your concern. The locksmith could make copies for himself, after being welcomed into your home and come back later and rob you! This all sounds like something on television but its very real.

This post has been all doom and gloom, but it’s important to know these things, especially in these tough financial times. Be careful, and be vigilant, and know your locksmith. Mr. Keyman has made a reputation for educating our customers, and even if our price isn’t right for you, we refer you to one of the many trusted local locksmiths in in San Diego County.

Doom and gloom aside, if you are looking for locksmith service know exactly what to ask for.

Automotive Locksmithing

  • transponder keys
  • ignition repair
  • car door unlocking
  • trunk unlocking
  • automotive lock out
  • VATS keys
  • removing broken keys
  • key fobs
  • replacing automotive door locks

Residential Locksmithing

  • locks changed
  • locks replaced
  • lost keys replaced
  • lock repair
  • broken keys
  • mailbox locks
  • deadbolts
  • new locks

Motorcycle Locksmithing

  • broken motor cycle keys
  • unlock gas caps
  • lost motorcycle keys
  • replace motorcycle keys
  • open seat locks
  • motorcycle key replacement
  • custom motorcycle keys

Commercial Locksmithing

  • Commercial lock out
  • Commercial grade lock installation
  • safes
  • business locks changed
  • commercial rekey
  • access control
  • card reader systems
  • commercial mailboxes
  • master key systems
  • fire exit hardware
  • panic bar hardware

What You Should Consider Before Choosing a Carlsbad Locksmith

Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 in Locksmith San Diego

So, here’s the senario.

You get locked out of your home in La Costa, and go next door to your neighbors house to find a locksmith on the Internet. At a time like this, you don’t really think about screening a locksmith company before letting one come out to to your home. You might see Google ads on the top on the search result page saying $29 dollar locksmith, or choose one of the first companies to come up in your search results and call. When you call the dispatcher tells you it will be $35 dollars to come out and help you.

When the locksmith arrives at your Carlsbad home he then tells you the service call is $35 and lock out labor  is going to be $85 dollars. You just want to get back into your home, so you tell him to go ahead. After fiddling with the lock he goes back to his unmarked van and comes back to you door with a drill. The unknown locksmith then goes ahead to drill out the lock because he says the lock cannot be picked.

After drilling the lock, the locksmith puts on a new lock, with new keys and then the total bill comes out to around $250. You hesitate and tell the locksmith that you were told a lesser price, he then bully’s you into paying the inflated price.

Believe it or not this is a typical scenario. The reason being that right now currently there is a nation wide locksmith scam going in the United States. It doesnt matter if you need a Carlsbad locksmith or a Las Vegas locksmith. All over the country this is happening to the over 350,000 people a day who call for lock out service. This locksmith scam is attributed to a network of shady companies who employ non Americans who are here in the country. They do this for two reasons.

One: It’s almost impossible to file a complaint about a un-documented worker. The company attached to the phone number you called could just very well say that the locksmith they sent out there has never been employed by them.

Two: There is no way to track your service call because  the receipt is usually just a piece of paper…not attached to any sort of tracking database. It’s just a generic receipt book that you can purchase at any office supply store.

Don’t be the next notch on the belt of this scam. Call a Carlsbad locksmith that will give you the best price, and the most honest service you can get from a locksmith security company. Typically a lock out costs around $65 dollars total. This includes all labor, and in 90% of cases a legitimate locksmith can pick a lock saving you money and time.

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