How do I find a good locksmith (as opposed to a cowboy)?
Because the internet has a maze of websites, directories and other platforms, generally promoting themselves of course, you possibly finish up with more questions than answers. For example, directories are reluctant to post unfavourable reviews about a paying subscriber except for the most serious violations. Clearly, an advertiser is bound to abandon a directory if there are reviews painting the wrong picture.
There are nonetheless a few fundamental principles that are universally reliable guides.
Locksmith associations, such as the Australian & New Zealand Locksmiths Association, insist on their member locksmiths meeting minimum standards in terms of both trade qualifications as well as ethics and general business practice.
Licensed locksmiths, licensed by the appropriate state government body, have passed at the very least a criminal history check.
Currently in Queensland, licensing is also conditional on locksmiths having submitted fingerprints to state police.
These 2 criteria are a good starting point when seeking a locksmith.
Is the locksmith a member of a recognised trade association?
Is the locksmith licensed?