TIPS FOR FINDING A LOCKSMITH
What is the best way to find a local business or service? Try to get advice from others you trust, word of mouth, or neighbourhood or community social groups.
But what if you're locked out of your house in the middle of the night? In that case, here's what you should look out for:
Avoid the cheapest prices or unbelievable deals; generally they really are too good to be true. Most reputable locksmiths will generally charge around $90-125.00 for a service call.
While Ontario has no licensing or regulations around locksmiths, the Association of Ontario Locksmiths (TAOL) has a database where you can find a TAOL-approved locksmith near you - a comprehensive list of approved locksmiths who have met TAOL requirements and passed criminal background checks.
Only B.C., Alberta, and Quebec currently regulate and license locksmiths. For other provinces, try to find locksmiths with positive reviews on sites like the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and ask for recommendations from your community.
HOW TO KNOW IF A COMPANY IS FAKE?
1. Check the address. If the business is not actually located at the address provided on Google Maps, you might find a vacant lot, grocery store, drugstore, or even a parking lot there instead.
2. Do you see only glowing 5-Star Google Reviews? It could be a sign that these are fake reviews, and a fake location and company.
3. If you see reviews where users claim the business is fake, misleading, or not at that address - it might be a fake location listing.
4. If you suspect a fake listing or company location, alert Google.
HOW TO TELL GOOGLE IF YOU SUSPECT A FAKE LISTING OR LOCATION?
Open the business’ Google Maps profile
Scroll down and click or tap “Suggest an edit.”
Select whether you’re looking to change details or request a removal.
Fill out the form and click “Submit.”