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Locksmith Scams - Trust Your Locksmith

  The overwhelming majority of calls to locksmiths are made under emergency conditions. Customers are often placed in victim-like situations, in dire need of help—often late at night—and therefore are easy prey to shady locksmiths.

Who Do You Trust with your Security? Choose a locksmith service based on:

1. Trustworthiness

The locksmith must be reliable and trustworthy as well. This is an important quality because they enter your property and will know about the locks on each of your doors. Therefore, it is important that you only call a locksmith who has impeccable credentials and can be trusted.

2. Your Own Research

Researching for a locksmith starts with actually getting to know the locksmiths in your area if you have the time. Make sure the addresses on their websites are their actual places of business. Dishonest locksmiths can easily get away with their trade if you do not authenticate their business information. Also make sure the business as well as the locksmith is licensed or certified to do the job.

3. Beware of Scams

Before hiring a locksmith, it’s a good idea to get a price confirmation in writing, as well. You should also make sure there are no hidden charges.Dishonest locksmiths will attract you by putting a vague price in their advertisements. They use words such as “$20 and up” which means you cannot be sure about how much they will charge you later on. Some also mention words like “plus labor” where the fee for the labor is not specified at all. They can use that as a tactic to charge additional fees once they are done with their job. The vagueness of their prices only implies that they want to charge you more than the amount you know you are supposed to pay them.

4. Track Record

Since reliability is an important issue when it comes to locksmiths, it is essential that you look at the past track record of a locksmith before calling. You can check the past history of a locksmith by contacting the Better Business Bureau.

5. Experience

It is important that you see to it that the locksmith you are calling is an experienced one and has been in this profession for a long period of time.

6. Professionalism

The locksmith must be uniformed according to his profession and his behavior must always remain professional too. Both of these aspects are a sign of a seasoned professional who knows his work.

7. Proper Identification

The locksmith must have his own shop or at least a mobile unit that is properly marked with his brand name and is professional in appearance. It can help you in identifying that the vehicle and the person coming to your home is a professional and not an imposter.

8. Punctuality

 When calling , make sure that your locksmith is punctual and can reach you quickly when called in an emergency.

9. Bonded  and Insured

Locksmiths that are insured and bonded can offer a lot more security to you in terms of defective workmanship and damage to your property. Take this aspect into consideration when finding your locksmith.

10. Multiple  Offerings

Locksmiths often offer multiple services. Such a locksmith can prove to be far more helpful to you, if you ever get locked out of your car at night and have no car locksmith in your area. When you find someone reliable and trustworthy, you want that locksmith to be able to help you with any needs that may arise – home, car, residential, and auto!

The United States Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning to consumers to help them avoid locksmith scams. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, consumers are urged to visit the FTC website at http://www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

The FTC has also created a page to help consumers make smart choices when selecting a locksmith.

Carl Jarl Group | Our Promise to You- Convenience – Peace of Mind – Protection                        

We have been providing full service locksmith, gunsmith and security services to the Omaha community since 1892, and are the #1 choice for your security needs. We realize that trust, honesty and quality service build long lasting relationships. We take our responsibility seriously and understand that security issues are very personal. Your Security is our Business. Contact Carl Jarl Group here or call now 402-393-7800

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You Need a Key. Do You Trust Your Locksmith?

Carl Jarl Group | Our Promise to You- Convenience – Peace of Mind – Protection                        

You lost your house keys or locked your car keys inside your vehicle. The only person who can help you then is a locksmith…but how do you know if you can trust your locksmith?

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  • In the USA, a burglar occurs every 8 seconds.
  • On average, 1 out of every 6 homes will be burglarized this year.
  • Half of all burglaries take place without forced entry. In many cases the burglar used a “key”.
  • One study showed that 12 percent of burglaries occurred through an unlocked door.
  • Homes without security systems are about 3 times more likely to be broken into than homes with security systems.
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A professional locksmith such as Carl Jarl Group not only changes locks, but can also re-key them, install and check security devices like surveillance cameras, and unlock the door to your house and car if you leave your keys inside. We are also well informed with the existing laws related to the job, and aware of insurance policies. Carl Jarl locksmiths do the job in a quick, efficient manner and can answer your questions. We are willing to do consultations about updating your security measures and evaluate anything that might compromise your safety.

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  Re-keying vs. Replacing Locks

The Security of your home or business is your highest priority, and the locks you have on them are the first line of defense. If you have just moved into a new home or you’re not sure if your locks meet your security standards, you may want to consider changing them. Your two options are to replace or re-key, and here are some things to consider before you make that decision.

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Re-keying

Rekeying a lock is a way of trading out the cylinder tumbler with a tumbler of a different size. The change in tumblers prevents the original keys from working with the new tumbler; a locksmith will provide you with new keys to work with the new tumbler.

The main benefit to rekeying your locks is cost; it is a significantly more cost effective option to rekey your locks rather than replacing them all together.

Why Re-key

The main benefit to rekeying your locks is cost; it is a significantly more cost effective option to rekey your locks rather than replacing them all together. This process is much cheaper than changing every lock, primarily because you don’t have to replace all the hardware. In addition, you will not have to make any cosmetic changes such as staining or painting, as there are no external changes to your doors.

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Lock Replacement

If your apartment, house or business has been recently broken into it is recommended to change out the lock completely and install a brand new one it it’s place. If you have recently purchased a new home or moved into a rented one it is highly recommended to replace the lock to a completely new one to ensure it functions properly. Replacement locks will also give you the opportunity to upgrade the security level of your locks.

Why Replace a Lock.

At times, lock replacement is the only viable option to ensure the security of your property. If one or more of your door locks have been damaged it’s time to invest in new locks. If your home or business requires increased security, replacement is your only option. we always recommend changing out a lock completely if a lock has been installed on a door for a long period of time since after years of locking and unlocking the security level of a lock is naturally compromised due to normal wear and tear and continued usage.  

Both re-keying and replacements have advantages and disadvantages, but both options will provide added security to your home.

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Keyless Entry Products

Beyond a full rekeying, there is a third option: Keyless Entry Products. These products allow you to easily change the keypad entry combination with the push of a few buttons, allowing for self-maintenance and a cost effective option.

No more getting extra keys made or getting locked out because you forgot your keys. Or forgetting who, exactly, has a key to your house. With a digital door lock, coming and going is effortless, and keyless!

In Case There’s a Next Time

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Once you’ve found a reputable locksmith, keep the company’s name and contact information in your wallet and address book at home or at work. You also may want to program this information into your home and cell phones. This can save you time and trouble the next time you need these services.

If there is any doubt, then there is no doubt at all – that means that if one or another company seem to be suspicious, for any reason (their real location, their estimated time of arrival, or anything else), it’s better to avoid dealing with them.

  • No 800 numbers. Many scam locksmiths gain work through a 1-800 number that goes to a call center. Low estimates for the work are given and the locksmith is sent out. The locksmith does not work for this company, but generally pays for the referrals and works on his or her own.
  • Check with the BBB. When you find a company check them out with the BBB before you call. Look for companies that are BBB accredited.
  • Listen for a company name. Local, reputable locksmiths will answer their phone with a company name that can be crosschecked with the Better Business Bureau and online review sites. Make sure you hear it when you call.
  • Look for the logo. Make sure the locksmith arrives in a van or truck with the company logo and is dressed in clothing with the logo.
  • Get a written estimate and a receipt.
  • Don’t allow extra services. If the locksmith cannot get a door open call another locksmith. Do not let him or her replace the lock.

Why Carl Jarl Group?

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We have been providing full service locksmith, gunsmith and security services to the Omaha community since 1892, and are the #1 choice for your security needs. We realize that trust, honesty and quality service build long lasting relationships. We take our responsibility seriously and understand that security issues are very personal. Your Security is our Business. Contact Carl Jarl Group here or call now 402-393-7800

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Carl Jarl Group
11055 I St.
Omaha, NE 68137
402-393-7800
1-888-KEYS LOST