Why should I use a professional locksmith company?

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If you’ve lost your keys, accidentally been locked out of your home or car, or sadly suffered a break-in, using a professional locksmith company is always your best bet.

Locksmiths are trained, qualified and professional tradespeople who help keep your home or business secure.

Like plumbers and electricians, much of the work that professional locksmiths do is highly specialised and outside of the capabilities of even the most skilled DIY enthusiast.

So, when it comes to your locks and security, you are always better off leaving things to a professional.

While there are many individuals and businesses companies on the market offering locksmith services, some are better than others, which makes knowing what to look for when it comes to choosing a locksmith vital.

Here are some of the benefits of using a professional locksmith company.

Training and expertise

Most professional locksmith companies are highly trained and have a vast amount of expertise, which is crucial when it comes to recommending the best solutions for your needs.

They will know the best products on the market, which problems they solve and the best way of doing things.

They can, for example, recommend the best locks for external doors or the best alarm systems to protect your home or business.

They can also help make your home or business as secure as possible in the unfortunate event of a break-in or burglary, and help you protect it better, so it doesn’t happen again.

Most professional locksmith companies are accredited by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), a not for profit organisation established to promote a high level of skills and ethics within the industry.

All locksmiths approved by the MLA have been vetted, inspected and passed the MLA exam, to ensure they can provide locksmith services to the highest standards in the industry.

Local knowledge

One of the main benefits of using a professional locksmith company is the local knowledge and expertise they can provide.

Not only is this great in an emergency – a local locksmith will be able to reach you faster than a national one – they will also be able to tailor their advice to your needs, based on their knowledge of your local area.

For example, if you have a business or home in an area with a high crime rate, they will be able to recommend the best products, such as locks, shutters and other measures, to keep your property secure.

And where they can’t provide services directly – such as specialist vehicle lock programming, for example – then the chances are they will be able to recommend a local partner.

Their call-out charges are also likely to be cheaper than their national competitors.


Another benefit of using a professional locksmith company, especially a local one, is availability. Most MLA-approved locksmiths offer a 24-hour emergency call-out service.

That means that if you lose your keys, lock yourself out or need to board your property up after a break-in, you can usually get it done quickly and easily.

Trust and reliability

Your home, business and vehicles are probably your most valuable assets, which means you need to be able to trust anyone that works on them.

Because the MLA vets most professional locksmith companies, it means they are proven to be trustworthy and reliable.

It also probably means they offer a more personal level of service, where you can speak directly to one of their team rather than dealing with a national call centre and build up a relationship.

Locksmiths are, after all, professional tradespeople. You’ve probably got a plumber, an electrician and a builder you can trust in your contact book. Why not have a professional locksmith company in there too?


Most professional locksmith companies come highly recommended by customers who have used them in the past.

While it’s one thing for a locksmith to say how good they are on their website and in their marketing, it’s quite another to have recommendations from people that have used their services.

Websites like Trust Pilot, Google Reviews and local ‘Trusted Trader’ type schemes are worth checking out, to see which locksmiths have received positive reviews.

And of course, checking out the MLA website to see if they are accredited is also an excellent place to start.

Professional locksmith company Nottingham

Grays Locksmiths Nottingham is a member of the MLA and has been providing professional and trusted locksmith services to the people of Nottinghamshire and its surrounding areas for more than 30 years.

We aim to make all our customers feel safe and secure in their homes and businesses and protect what’s precious to them.

We are compliant with BS3621 standards, up to date with current insurance legislation and strive to stay ahead of the curve with all the latest security trends and technologies to ensure you are always getting the best advice and solutions on the market.

To find out more about our products and services, give us a call on 0115 9422315 or email enquiries@nottinghamlocksmith.org.uk