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Keeping your keys safe

A locksmith is someone you expect you can trust, but in many states, there are no licensing requirements for them.

Maria Elias-Williams didn't realize there were no locksmith licensing requirements in South Carolina when she recently called one to help her.

Elias-Williams needed her car re-keyed. She was pleased with the work the locksmith did, and added that he was very professional.

"[He] took about an hour to change the locks and charged me what he said he was going to charge me, and it worked," she confirms.

Elias-Williams used a referral to find a reputable professional. That may seem like an obvious thing to do, but Fred Paxton with the South Carolina Locksmith Association says lots of people do not know anything about the locksmiths they call.

Paxton says many customers open their home, vehicle, and business to a locksmith, assuming the company or individual is reputable.

Most locksmiths are trustworthy, but there are a few ways to be sure you find one without the help of a licensing safeguard:


  • Don't wait until you need a locksmith to find one. Research now to figure out who you would choose when the need arises. Ask friends and family for suggestions. It is usually easier to check the background of locksmiths who use their own names in their business name and/or advertising.
  • Find out if the locksmith you are considering belongs to a professional association. You can check with the association to validate if the locksmith is in good standing. Using a locksmith who is bonded and insured provides some protection against criminal negligence by the locksmith.


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