It can be difficult to find a genuine and trustworthy locksmith in Taunton or  Barnstaple as it is one of those easy to set up industries that requires very little knowledge to set up and get by and the industry does not have any official regulation here in the UK.  Many people and businesses have fallen victim to amateur locksmiths and so called security experst, some without even knowing.

Remember a locksmith requires no premises as most, even the highly skilled professionals, work from home and are mobile, trading mainly from their vehicle, you don’t even need a van as a car will do if your just working as a locksmith and not cutting keys etc.  Also, locksmith ‘tool kits’ can be purchased online, by anyone…

 So how to you sort the amateurs from the professionals.

It is not easy to find a professional locksmith or security expert as there are so many around and a simply search on Google for a local locksmith may give you unwanted results as the search engines don’t know who is fully trained and skilled at their profession and who is not so its pot luck really who you click on, or is it?

Most people wanting an emergency locksmith will want one immediately, they may be locked out of their home, business, shop or vehicle and need someone local to come out and gain access as quickly as possible and without causing too much damage.

Now a good locksmith will first try to pick a lock so as to cause the least amount of damage, but this isn’t always possible especially with the modern high security multi-pin barrels that are around nowadays. A professional locksmith will however have a range of other tools designed to just work on the lock and not cause damage to doors, doorframes etc, beware of the locksmith who’s entire toolkit comprises of a hammer, a chisel and a drill, these are the ‘have a go’ amateurs with no training and should be avoided at all costs.

Another thing causing a lot of negative feedback in the locksmith industry is the rise of the ‘call centre’.   Locksmith call centres are on the rise. A locksmith registers with them and pays an annual or monthly fee and the call centre pays for all the online marketing which is why call centres usually come up first on Google as a paid ad, they claim to have locksmiths all over the country an usually have a free phone number too.

So what is the issue with Locksmith call centres?

Most people requiring the services of a locksmith do so in an emergency so want to use a local locksmith who can be on site in under an hour, however if you ring a call centre and they don’t have a locksmith in your area they will still take the job and contact their nearest member which can be 100’s of mile away leaving you waiting all day or all night.

The main issue people report is the fact that they remembered ringing local number and thought a local nearby locksmith would attend, but these call centre purchase a number for every area,  so beware, if unsure click on the link rather that just ringing the displayed number as a call centre website is easy to spot.

If you live or work in North Devon then you are in luck and you don’t need to use a call centre. North Devon Locksmiths offer a 24 hour 7 days a week emergency callout service and cover most of North Devon including Exeter, Taunton, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Bideford, Ilfracombe, Bude, Braunton, South Molton and Chulmleigh