Emergency Locksmith in Ipswich

Emergency Locksmith in Ipswich

I often get called out by customers at all hours of the day for various lock emergencies. Generally this is because someone has either had a burglary, have lost their keys or they have a lock that has broken and won’t work. I am on call and often can be found helping someone who is in a state of panic, get into their home using my non destructive locksmith processes to gain entry to their house, usually at 3am after they have come home from a night out.

Using my Emergency Locksmith services means that there are no hidden charges, you get a polite and professional service and above all and honest and local one, I can be on your doorstep in as little as 30 minutes on average. The quote I give you will be the price you pay and there will not be any additional charges you were not aware of to rack up the bill.

I am a local locksmith and not part of a franchise or national chain, I don’t use call centres either, so when you call Paul Montgomery Locksmiths I am the actual locksmith that comes to visit you. The person you talk to on the phone is the person that’s carrying out the locksmith services for you. I started my business from scratch, after undergoing professional locksmith training at an approved training centre and have now been a locksmith for many years. I am often to be seen driving around the Ipswich area as I am on the way to serve  local customers. I have a fully stocked van with all the latest equipment and hold more keys and spares than you will find in somewhere like Wickes or B&Q. This means that 99.9% of the time I can repair or replace your broken lock in the same visit and its rarely the case that any follow up visit is required.

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Advanced Google verification probably coming to the UK

Advanced Google verification probably coming to the UK

Next year Google is probably going to introduce advanced verification for certain trades in the UK to be able to show their business on Google. At present this is happening in the US for certain trades such as Locksmiths in particular.

Google sent an email out that said that they plan to introduce a more stringent business verification process which they are presently trialing in some US cities. It means that all the specific trades they are targeting will need to go through the new process. Failing to do will mean that they get removed from Google maps which as you can imagine is like death for any small business.

The process is apparently fairly simple and consists of a few questions from Google and an application with a verification service that is a Google recognised third party. The process takes about 14 days or so. Any new businesses will also have to go through the same process.

Adwords is not immune either and that will also have to go through a verification process. You can read more about the process here on Google My Business.

So why target Locksmiths for these checks?

The trouble with the locksmith industry is that its well known that a lot of locksmiths are not really genuine and carry out a lot of underhand scams and schemes which leave customers in the lurch often hundreds of pounds out of pocket, Google is very wise to these scams and is starting to take things like this much more seriously, after all it wants businesses on Google that are served to customers in their best interests.

As we all know it only takes a few rogue traders to ruin the business for everyone and we have seen this in the past with Double Glazing and the reputation it had in the past for bad selling practices.

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Always stop an Ipswich Locksmith who gets a drill out and call another.

Always stop an Ipswich Locksmith who gets a drill out and call another.

It may sound implausible but many locksmith company owners, especially national chains and franchises, simply train their locksmiths to drill out old locks and then replace them with new before trying anything else. This is obviously to save time on the job, charge for new parts and get the maximum profit out of the customer. This is clearly not good if you are a customer who suffers from the experience of needing a locksmith repeatedly due to being prone to losing keys.

Often the solution to getting into your house or business premises can be a far simpler affair, as simple as picking a lock in under 30 seconds, but some shady locksmith companies go straight for the drill and then charge the customer a huge amount of money for the replacement and the privilege of having their quite serviceable locks destroyed beyond repair by a drill bit delivered on the end of a Black and Decker.

These kinds of locksmiths are trained to deliver you a solution that is the easiest for them, yields the most profit from replacement parts, allows them to charge you more money for the service and dismisses any proper and correct solutions that favour the customer. Think of it like you go to a garage to have a puncture repaired but are manipulated into buying four new tyres and an oil change – you are then charged £250 when a £25 service would have cured the problem. These kinds of locksmiths prey on the elderly, single parents, first time customers, the weak and infirm, the poor and people that generally have never used a locksmith or don’t know much about locks. Due to this they more often than not, never get taken to task about the extortionate service they are providing.

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