Bromley trading standards is advising residents to be on their guard when looking for a locksmith.

Residents should be on their guard when looking for a locksmith, especially in an emergency, to avoid being overcharged, having unnecessary work, and struggling to get resolution.

We are grateful to the Master Locksmiths Association for information on spotting a rogue locksmith as well as a price checklist which are both available on their website.

Protect yourself:

  • Use one of our own approved locksmiths at Trading Standards Checked.
  • Get a quote for the service you require before you agree to the work.
  • Don't rush - even in an emergency; a few minutes to research could save a lot of problems later. Research, read reviews, and check any claims of membership to trader organisations.
  • Don't leave it until an emergency occurs - check out reliable locksmiths and keep their number to hand.

Further information

For help and advice about scams - visit the Citizens Advice website or call 0808 223 1133.

Report to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website.

You can also visit Trading Standards on the Bromley Council website for more information.

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Published: 17th November 2023