What to Know About Hiring a Locksmith

Hiring a locksmith entails giving someone access to some of the most personal parts of your life. This is why it is important to be especially diligent when deciding what locksmith to hire. With so many different companies available for hire, this decision can feel overwhelming—especially in emergency situations. As a trusted name in the Las Vegas community for over 20 years, we at A&B Security Group want to make sure you are not taken advantage of next time you have to hire a locksmith. Here are some useful tips from an interview we did with Contact 13 News.

Context Clues

The easiest way to determine if a locksmith is legitimate is through visual context clues. A locksmith that works for a reputable company will arrive in a car and uniform bearing the company’s name. Be wary of anyone claiming to be a locksmith who arrives in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle. It is also important to remember locksmiths are required by Clark County to have their license number (see ours) prominently displayed on the vehicle as well. These important contextual clues will help you immediately identify a reputable locksmith.

Get a Quote

Many people have been overcharged and ripped off by illegitimate locksmiths who advertise a low price, and ask for more money after the service is completed. Any professionally trained locksmith will be able to give you a quote on the price after examining the lock. This will ensure you know what you are going to pay up-front, and that you don’t experience sticker shock after the service is complete.

Ask for Identification

For a locksmith to be properly licensed to work, they will have to have completed a background check with the Sheriff’s Department. Always make sure to request a Sheriff’s card when hiring a locksmith. This will guarantee the person you are hiring is fully licensed and can be trusted to access your home or business. This also gives you the peace of mind to know the person is who they say they are.

We strive to provide the community with the best tools and information to protect some of the most valuable aspects of their lives. These tips will help ensure you receive legitimate, trusted service when you need it most.


  1. Bennett Fischer Dec 21, 2015 - 07:18 PM

    I always lock myself out of my home, and it’s so annoying having to call the police to come and help me out. I’d like to hire a locksmith to help me, but I’m not sure how to go about finding one. That being said, I really appreciate you giving me some insight about this and letting me know what things I need to know about hiring a locksmith. I’ll be sure to follow your tips and see who I can find. Thanks for this.

  2. Jeff Madison Feb 20, 2016 - 03:24 AM

    I really appreciated your tip on looking for context clues when hiring a locksmith. I imagine that the easiest way to identify a professional would the fact he wears a uniform or drives a company car. My wife and I recently had a break in and need to get our locks replaced, using these clues seems like a good way to be sure we hire a licensed professional to do the job.

  3. Simon Brooks Apr 09, 2016 - 02:53 AM

    I really like that you remind people that they can ask for identification when it comes to whether or not they want to hire a locksmith. Most locksmiths will be required to have some form of legitimization documents that can used to prove they have a real business. Calling the Better Business Bureau might help as well as they can tell you whether or not that business has had any trouble in the past and what the customer reviews are.

  4. Chrishickmott May 09, 2016 - 01:27 PM

    Excellent post.I want to thank you for this informative read, I really appreciate sharing this great post. Keep up your work.


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