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Baltimore Locksmith Tells How To Avoid Locksmith Scams


Randall Keith
24 Hour Locksmith Pros Baltimore

Baltimore Locksmith Tells How To Avoid Locksmith Scams

Baltimore, MD, 1/01/2015 — They can open the front door of you home and gain access to your car with ease. However you are paying them to do so. Can you trust the locksmith who shows up to let you into your home or your car? Will he do a professional job? Will he charge you what you werre quoted? Can he be trusted?

The team at 24 Hour Locksmith Pros Baltimore have some advice you can follow to make sure you are dealing with a legitimate locksmith service.

There are plenty of stories of people in Baltimore being ripped off by locksmiths. The most common scam is for the local number you call to be redirected to a national call center. They quote you a reasonable, low fee but when the locksmith turns up and pops your e can’t explain why the charge is 3 to 4 times what you were quoted or why the invoice is from an out-of-town company.

Until recently, there were no licensing requirements for locksmiths in Baltimore – no background checks, no fingerprinting, no qualifications, but unlimited access to your home or car!!

The laws in Maryland finally changed in October 2009 when the state legislature passed HB370, The Maryland Locksmiths Act, a bill that required locksmiths to be licensed in order to legally work in the state.

The Act requires that business owners submit to a background check and fingerprinting before being approved for a license, as well as a Certificate of Good Standing, insurance certificate and a physical business address.

Perform a thorough background check before you call any locksmith. “Obviously, the business should be registered with the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation” says Randall Keith, the owner/operator of 24 Hour Locksmith Pros in Baltimore, “but you can do so much more. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau and check out testimonials on their website”.

You can also ask them for references, ask friends for referrals and actually interview the locksmith. Also, try them out with a small job at your home – say installing some safety locks in your house – and see how they perform.

“Make sure you understand the quote you have received” states Randall, “so you won’t be disappointed when the locksmith presents you with his invoice”. Randall says locksmiths normally quote a call out fee and then a “starting fee” for the service, which may increase depending on the length of the service.

For additional information please contact: Randall Keith at 24 Hour Locksmith Pros Baltimore by phone (410-709-1865) or email (

You will also find further information on our web site at

Summary: Obviously you don’t have time to do all this when you have a lockout emergency, so select your preferred locksmith well in advance of actually needing them. Doing your homework upfront will give you the confidence that you have a locksmith you can trust when you really need them!

About 24 Hour Locksmith Pros Baltimore: Randall Keith started 24 Hour Locksmith Pros Baltimore in 2001. Ever since then he has been providing emergency locksmith services to the residents of Baltimore and surrounding areas of Maryland.

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