Finding a local fast response locksmith in Taunton and Barnstaple

It can be hard to find an authentic and reliable locksmith in Barnstaple as it’s one of those simple to set up industries that requires very little understanding to set up and the industry doesn’t have any certified guidelines here in the UK.  A lot of people and businesses have fallen prey to amateur locksmiths and so called security professional, some without even knowing.

keep in mind a Locksmith Taunton does not require a  premises as most, even the extremely capable professionals, work from home and are mobile, trading mostly from their van, in fact,  you don’t even need a van as a car will do if you are just working as a locksmith and not cutting keys etc.  Also, Locksmith Taunton ‘tool kits’ can be bought online, by anybody…

So how to you sort the amateurs from the professionals?

It’s not easy to find a professional locksmith or security specialist as there are so many around and a simply search on Google for a local locksmith may give you superfluous results as the search engines do not know who is skilled and who is not so its pot luck really who you click on, or is it?

As a rule people wanting an emergency locksmith will want one right away, they may be locked out of their home, business, shop or vehicle and need someone local to come out and gain access as swiftly as possible and without causing too much damage.

Now a good locksmith will first try to pick a lock so as to cause the smallest amount of damage, but this isn’t always possible particularly with the modern high security multi-pin barrels. A professional locksmith will however have a range of other tools designed to just work on the lock and not cause damage to doors, doorframes etc, be cautious of the locksmith who’s complete toolkit comprises of a hammer, a chisel and a drill, these are the ‘have a go’ amateurs with no training and should be avoided at all costs.

Something else causing a lot of negative feedback in the locksmith industry is the rise of the ‘call centre’.   Locksmith call centres are on the rise. A locksmith signs up with them and pays an annual or monthly fee and the call centre pays for all the online marketing which is why call centres typically come up first on Google as paid ads, they claim to have locksmiths in all areas of the country.

So what is the problem with Locksmith call centres?

Most people requiring the services of a locksmith do so in an emergency so want to use a local locksmith who can be on site in under an hour, but if you ring a call centre and they don’t have a locksmith in your area they will still take the job and contact their nearest member which can be 100’s of mile away leaving you waiting all day or all night.

The main problem people report is the fact that they recalled ringing local number and thought a local nearby locksmith would attend, but these call centres acquire a number for every area, phone number are very cheap nowadays, so beware, if uncertain click on the link rather that just ringing the displayed number as a call centre website can be easy to spot.

If you live or work in North Devon then you are in luck and you don’t need to use a call centre. North Devon Locksmiths offer a 24 hour 7 days a week emergency callout service and cover most of North Devon including Exeter, Taunton, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Bideford, Ilfracombe, Bude, Braunton, South Molton and Chulmleigh

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Help Finding a Local Emergency Locksmith and What to Expect

Having break-in or burglary can be a nightmare, imagine coming home after a night out or a few days away and finding that your window is broken or your door broken and ajar and then there is the fear of thinking that someone might actually still be inside your home laying in wait after being disturbed by you suddenly coming home, what do you do?

The first thing to do of course is to call the police and report the break-in right away, most people in this day and age carry around a mobile phone anyway so this isn’t the major obstacle it used to be where people had to call on a neighbour or find a pay phone. However, if you are on your own it’s advisable that you do call on a neighbour you can trust who will wait with you until the police arrive.

Most recent burglary statistics from the Crime Survey for England & Wales (CSEW) show that there were an estimated 6.5 million incidents of crime against households last year so if it’s any comfort at all you are not alone and people go through this on a daily basis.

After the police finally arrive, which can take a while especially in rural areas, and have inspected your premises to make sure that no one is still inside and your home is safe for you to enter they will expect you to give them a list of everything that is missing or broken and finally after telling you that they rarely catch burglars they will give you a crime reference number and be on their way, but what now?

Now you need to secure your home as you can’t sleep in house all night with a broken door or window. You need to find yourself a local emergency locksmith who offers a 24 hour call-out service in your area, a majority will do both boarding up and Lock replacement.

Our course no one uses telephone or business directories anymore and why anyone would use a £3 a minute directory enquiry number when a Google search is free is beyond me so you need to turn to the internet and do a search for things like emergency locksmith or 24 hour locksmith, you can add your area to the search but most search engines whether on a computer or smartphone will know your location and should show you the nearest results.

Beware of sponsored or paid results as these are usually large Locksmith Barnstaple call centres who will then contact a locksmiths on their books on your behalf, the price is typically more that you would pay going direct as the call centre needs to take their cut and many will give you the run-around making you wait hours or even until the morning because they either have no one on call during the night or they don’t actually have a locksmith in your area and don’t want to lose your business.

Many people are unaware that they have contacted a national call centre because they came up in local searches and their telephone number looked local so when browsing the search engine results look for a genuine, local, independent locksmith in your area who says on their website that they are on call 24/7, many independents won’t even charge a call out fee and will just bill you for the work carried out.

Devon Locksmith are a 24 hour  emergency locksmith based in North Devon covering all the major towns and cities including Exeter, Taunton, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Bideford, Ilfracombe, Bude, Braunton, South Molton and Chulmleigh