Find a Good Locksmith BEFORE You Need One
Knowing how to find a locksmith is a little like knowing where the hospital emergency department is — you hope you’ll never need it, but if you ever do need it, you probably don’t have time to waste looking it up. Here are the easiest ways to track down your local locksmith services, just in case the situation ever calls for it.
Word of Mouth. The chances are good that you know someone who’s had to use a locksmith before. If they had a good experience, ask who they used. It may seem like the world is getting more impersonal as the reach of the Internet spreads, but word of mouth is still a powerful force where local businesses are concerned. (In fact, word of mouth is alive and well on the Internet — it’s called social media.)
Likely Locales. Another great place to find local locksmith services (especially emergency locksmith services) is to ask the people who probably call on them the most — such as the owners of bars and grocery store managers. Anywhere there are a large number of cars, a locksmith has very likely been called at some point in time. Ask who they trust, and who their customers have relied on in the past.
Ancient Artifacts. While much of the world is migrating to cyberspace, local businesses still need to maintain a strong local presence — and that means a listing the yellow pages. Looking up residential locksmith services in a bog book may seem anachronistic to the younger generations, but it’s still a great way to collect the numbers of potential locksmiths you may need at a future date. (Hint: The whole book is alphabetized, and they’re under “L”.)
Once you’ve found someone you can trust, store their number in your medium of choice (cell phone, Evernote, browser bookmark, or even a good ol’-fashioned note on the fridge). Treat it like you would any of your emergency numbers, and periodically check to see that everything is still up to date and functioning. You might still have to worry about locking yourself out, but you’ll never have to worry about who to call. Check out this website for more.