A Locksmith that advertises Non Destructive entry uses professional techniques to gain entry without causing damage to your door locks and or mechanism.
This entry method is ideal for those individuals who have just misplaced their and wish to merely gain entry to their home or office without any damage being done and without needing to replace locks or other parts, nevertheless, you must be very careful when calling on the services on an emergency locksmith as not all locksmiths will gain entry in this professional way, some will basically “break in” leaving you with damaged door and a hefty bill and some will even try to sell you replacement parts at inflated prices too.
Not all emergency call out locksmiths are the same
Like any business or trade there are the good and the bad, the skilled and the unskilled, the honest and the dishonest, so you need to be careful who you actually call out because if you call out the wrong locksmith company you may find that you are not only left with a damaged door but an overpriced bill for their trouble too.
Even though a majority of locksmiths operating in the UK are highly skilled and well equipped to gain non destructive access to most types of locks on the market there are a growing number of “have a go” unskilled locksmiths without any training whatsoever who will simple “break in” to your home by any means necessary and expect you to foot the bill.
I was called out to one client last year who had used an amateur locksmith to gain entry and I’m being honest when i say that I’ve seen better and less destructive entry methods from burglars.
The reason for this is that the locksmith industry not officially regulated and it’s easier than ever to set up a basic website and start touting for business after watching a few Youtube videos and buying a cheap, imported locksmith toolkit off the internet.
Because of this you should check out the locksmith carefully by visiting the company website to check whether they do in fact mention non destructive entry and to check for reviews… now website reviews can be faked so you should check Google reviews which are much harder to fabricate.
Regrettably these things are harder to check when you have used a national call centre who will basically be contacting a local locksmith on your behave and taking a cut. My general advice is to avoid national locksmith call centres entirely, simply because they are not locksmiths and you don’t know who they will be sending and from where, which is my other gripe with these call centres as they’ll claim to have locksmiths from all over the country which just isn’t true and some customers have been left waiting for hours whilst a locksmith travels from miles away.
You also find that because they can’t get work from referrals or tempt you with genuine, trustworthy reviews these amateur locksmiths tend to sign up with these call centre making it more likely that you’ll get a bad job.