Saturday, March 29, 2014

Is it ok to drill a lock?

Today was busy for a Saturday! Saved yet another customer from being taken advantage of by the "scammer locksmiths". The guy told this lady that the lock could not be picked......without even trying and that it had to be drilled and replaced.

I had the lock picked within 10 min and had her back in her house. I will admit that not every lock can be picked easily. I will also admit that there have been a few times I have had to drill a lock. I ALWAYS try to pick the lock first, any legitimate locksmith will.

Sometimes locks just refuse to pick in a reasonable amount of time and drilling is necessary. At some point there comes a time when you just have to do what needs to be done to get someone out of the elements and back into their home.

You don't go to step B before you get done with A. If you hire a "Locksmith" out and he or she comes walking up to your door automatically with a drill and a drill bit, tells you that locks cant be picked that's only in movies, SEND THEM HOME.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Make sure your locksmith is local!

Don't get taken advantage of by phony locksmiths. These "scammer" locksmith companies have been giving the industry a bad name. Basically what happens is you need into your car or home, you go to the phone book or the online search engine of your choice. You type in locksmith from your phone and get a few of the local listings available in your area, or you start dialing from the phone book. If you are lucky you will find a legitimate locksmith, the odds are not in your favor though.  What happens is your call gets routed to a call center in some other city. You get quoted a rate that seems more than reasonable. When the "locksmith" shows up they might be able to actually do the job without damaging your vehicle or lock. Once again the odds are not always in your favor. Upon completion of services you receive a bill that has sky rocketed from your original quote. When you ask why there is a difference,  you will more than likely get some drawn out story about how the office quoted you for just the service call alone, and this and that had to be done to get you taken care of. There have been people that have been bullied into paying 3 or 4 times what they were quoted.

Ok, so who can you trust? How can you tell the good from the bad? Well the phone book or the search engine listing isn't always the best place to start. The best place to start is through a referral, call a friend or a couple of friends. We all know somebody who has locked themselves out at least once. Ask them who they used and how they thought the service was. Next thing you can do if you are going to use the internet is utilize services like Angie's List. Reputable services like this usually won't steer you wrong, and if there is a bad experience the company almost always tries everything in their power to make it right. Next thing you would want to try is check out local listings and see what people are saying about these companies. If the company has had a few good reviews from people that have used their service,  it is worth a shot.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if the price quote sounds too good, it probably won't stay that way. When the "locksmith" gets there, before he performs any service, GET THE QUOTE IN WRITING! A good locksmith will be able to give you an estimate and pretty much stick to it. The reason I say "pretty much" is that you don't always know what lies beneath the obvious, but they will confirm that you want the work done before proceeding. Legitimate locksmiths have been trained and had enough field experience to be able to predict worst case scenarios. So keep in mind that if you are getting quoted  an extremely low price, you running a risk of a hiring someone not very capable of doing the work right, or a final bill that looks quite different from the quote. Real locksmiths quotes will usually tend to be a little higher than the phonies, but you will be getting a competent technician. 

Make sure you locksmith is local and legit! Anyone needing service in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas give me a call. Click HERE for contact information to Hood's Locksmith Service. If  for some reason I can not solve your problem, I have no problems referring one of my capable competitors. I would love your business, but I am backed up or unavailable, I want to make sure YOU are taken care of professionally and promptly.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Who has the keys to your house?

I was talking with my friend Andy Corman from A.C. Trash Hauling, he gave me an idea for a question to ask of everyone. Do you know who has your house key? For those of you who have been living in your house for quite some time,  I am sure that you have a good idea. What about the new home owner, or those of you who have just been in the house for a couple of years? Did you have the locks re-keyed when you moved in? Most people's response is either "No" or  "I can't remember, why?" Here is some food for thought.  Have you ever given your key to the neighbor or a family member to let the pet out when you couldn't make it home on time? Have you ever left your key with someone to bring in the mail when you went on vacation? I know I have. When you think about it, most of us have. Some people still  the put the key under the doormat.  So that brings me back to the question of who has a copy of your key? Most people don't think of calling a locksmith out when they get their new home. Your home is usually your single most expensive investment that you make in your lives. Somehow the homes security seems to be in the back of everyone's mind. There could be dozens of people that have access to your home. Making that call to the locksmith can benefit you in a couple of ways. First you have the peace of mind in knowing that you are the only one who has the key to your home. Secondly most homes these days have a couple of  locks that don't use the same key, some people even have the infamous lock that has no key. The locksmith can  make you a fresh unique key to your house, but we can also solve that multiple key problem. Wow all the locks on the same key, even better a key for every lock. Keep this in mind if you are moving or have recently moved. There are a lot of expenses when purchasing a home. This is a necessity  that is often over looked. If you would like to find out what the cost would be to make your home more secure click  HERE and it will take you to the Hood's Locksmith Service website. Give me a call or email me.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hood's Locksmith Service Blog

Hello all, Hood's Locksmith Service, LLC is now set up to blog. For those who do not know us yet we are a mobile  locksmith service in the Indianapolis area. We mainly serve the Northern Indianapolis, Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Geist areas. Our services include keys made and duplicated, locks re-keyed, locks installed and repaired, emergency lockout services, etc. We offer many services, to find out what we can do for you contact us @ (317) 698-0146 or visit us on our website or email us at We look forward to doing business with you.