IF YOU ARE LOCKED OUT OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS, PLEASE GIVE US A CALL IMMEDIATELY. WE ARE OPEN TO ALL OF OUR EXISTING CUSTOMERS WITH HIGH SECURITY LOCKS 24/7, AND MOST OF THE DAY TO NEW CUSTOMERS. IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE, CALL NOW 514-484-0284
VITAL INFORMATION ABOUT LOCKOUTS
There are a few things you should know before hiring a locksmith to get you back in while locked out. Please read the following advice it can save you BIG headaches!
AS EMBARRASSING AS IT MAY BE TO ADMIT, THERE ARE ESSENTIALLY TWO TYPES OF LOCKSMITHS: LICENSED, BONDED, HONEST AND...THE OTHERS
HOW TO AVOID SCAMS
If you have ever been locked out of your home or business, you know the vulnerable uncomfortable feeling that comes with that. Unfortunately, there are companies out there who’s sole purpose is to take advantage of you in this state. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure good honest service.
Always make sure your locksmith has a physical establishment. Although there are some legitimate locksmiths who are mobile, this is a good general rule of thumb. A company who cannot give you a physical address does not wish to be found, this is not a good start. If given an address, type it into Google Maps and make sure they have a store of some sort. Addresses linked to vacant parking lots, shopping centers, private homes, and empty fields are a good indication that something is wrong. Greene Locksmiths have a physical establishment for over 30 years and you can find us HERE anytime you would like. We are licensed, bonded and insured and built our reputation on trust and honesty for more than 30 years.
All locksmiths in Quebec are mandated to have a valid permit with the Bureau De Securité Privée (BSP) Both the individual locksmith and the company they represent should have no problem giving you their permit number over the phone, which can be verified HERE on the BSP website. You can also ask the technician to show you their BSP ID card when they arrive at your place. Greene Locksmiths BSP number is SER20007724
Emergency Lockout Services are EXPENSIVE and there is a very good reason for this. Generally when you call for an emergency the technician on duty is dispatching from their home. If we assume a half hour travel in both directions, plus time spent on site, this easily amounts to 90 minutes of a skilled professional’s labour, add to that the cost of putting a vehicle on the road, gas, insurance, mileage etc we quickly see that the cost incurred by the company is significant. Anyone advertising $15 service calls to cover the above mentioned expenses will quickly find themselves bankrupt. Avoid any adds claiming pricing this low, it is impossible! Read more and check out a great CBC Marketplace Video in our news article titled How to Avoid Locksmith Scams.
HOW DO WE DO IT? - GETTING YOU BACK IN
Every lockout situation is different and can call for a different locksmith technique to regain access. Generally speaking, and if we assume that a standard lock needs to be opened without a key, the ideal situation is to get you back in quickly, with the least amount of damage possible. NOTE: Most standard locks can be picked open, and most locksmiths are capable of this. The concept here is to insert some small picking tools that mimic a key. This approach is harmless and leaves your lock fully functional afterwards. Most lockouts are resolved this way. On occasion, we encounter difficult, older or worn down locks that prove to be un-pickable, and we are forced to take it to the next level. Generally, this means the lock would be drilled open. A skilled locksmith can drill open a lock and even save most of it needing only to replace the cylinder afterwards. In other cases, the entire lock is replaced and our technicians are very well equipped in their vehicles for most situations. In a worst case, we will always find a way to re-lock your door for the night, and return on the next business to finalize.
Alternatively, if you own a high security lock by Medeco, Mul-T-Lock or Abloy, and have registered this lock with us, we can simply open our office 24/7 and cut a key for your lock to allow you access.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED? - PROVING YOUR IDENTITY
You must be able to prove that you have access to home or business you are trying to open! For this, a piece of photo ID with your address is the only option. Greene Locksmiths will never grant access if you cannot prove this to us. Be advised some mail with your name on it does not necessarily prove that you are allowed to have access to that space. Mail can arrive after you have moved out and cannot be considered a valid form of identification. If you are house-sitting or checking in on a relative’s property, you will need a signed paper from the owner with their photo ID attached granting you permission to have the door opened. Greene Locksmith technicians are trained to abide by the laws set forth by the Bureau De Sécurité Privée (BSP), before granting you access, everything must be legal!
IT HAPPENS TO EVERYONE! - EVEN LOCKSMITHS GET LOCKED OUT
Greene Locksmiths would love to see a world where no one has to suffer from being locked out of their home or business or vehicle, however until that day comes, we are here to help. After 30 years of servicing people who have been locked out of their home or business we can assure you it happens to everyone at some point, even to our own locksmiths! Check out some humorous anecdotes in our news article titled Even Locksmiths get Locked Out!
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