Best locksmith services
Rated Locksmiths is the best way to find reliable, competitively-priced domestic and commercial locksmiths in the UK. Our network of over 300 qualified and skilled locksmiths are just a quick phone call away.
Whether you need spare keys cut for your home or business, emergency lockout services, or you’d like to install an alarm or CCTV system on your property, you’ll find great value from our approved list of locksmiths.
Keep your home safe and secure with the services of a reputable residential locksmith found here on Rated Locksmiths. Our member partners can help you install, repair, or replace door locks and deadbolts, window locks, and configure home burglar alarm systems to keep your property safe and sound.
Business owners need reliable, secure access for employees and customers whilst keeping the property secure from unauthorised entry. A commercial locksmith can help install, repair, or replace locks, configure tiered access entry systems, install or relocate safes & vaults, and install CCTV and burglar alarm systems for your commercial property.
Need a set or two of spare keys for your home or business? Our members provide key cutting services with or without the original set. If you've got a remote entry system, our members can reprogram the lock & key system.
If your property has been the target of a burglary, you've just moved into a new residence, or you let property and need to keep the property secure, a locksmith can help install, repair, or replace your door locks? All door lock services are performed in accordance with BS3621 British Standards, in compliance with insurance requirements.
Keep your property secure with high-quality UPVC window locks from our member partners. Rated Locksmiths members can help install, repair, or replace window locks at your home or business.
Safes & Vaults
One of the best ways to keep valuables safe from burglary, fire, and other environmental hazards on your property is with a safe or a vault. Our locksmiths can help install, open, relocate, repair and remove safes & vaults of all shapes and sizes from your property.
Lost keys replaced
Can't access your home or business because you've misplaced or lost your keys? Our locksmiths can help cut a replacement or duplicate set of keys for your property while you wait.
Locked out of your property
If you've lost your keys or are accidentally locked out of your house or business with the keys stuck inside, don't stress out. Our locksmiths can help you regain access to your property by using non-destructive methods.
Alarm & CCTV cameras
A security system is vital for monitoring and responding to any threats to your property. Our member partners can install, fit, and calibrate intruder alarm & CCTV cameras at your home or business. These include bells, wireless security systems, monitored burglar alarms, and much more.
Electronic access control
Maintain secure access control for your property with an electronic access control system. Rated Locksmiths members can install and calibrate electronic access control systems for offices, warehouses, and other businesses.
Respond to property damage from burglary, vandalism, fire, or flood by boarding up your home or business. Our locksmiths can secure your property in response to emergencies and to limit the threat of further burglary or vandalism.
Frequently asked questions
You should consider calling a locksmith if ever you’re locked out of your house or business, or if you need duplicate keys cut, if your property was targeted for burglary, or if you need to have your locks replaced or upgraded. Locksmiths in the UK can help provide all these services and much more.
The cost of hiring a locksmith in the UK can vary widely depending on many factors. The most common service provided by locksmiths is for lockouts from homes and businesses and the average national charge is around £65-£70. Lock replacement services can cost anywhere from around £70-£220 depending on the type of lock and the amount of labour required. Always request a quote before engaging a locksmith to come to your property so that you have an idea of how much it will cost, and only deal with reputable locksmiths.
No. As of 2023, there is no licensing requirement in the UK to operate as a locksmith, although efforts have been made to bring regulation into the industry to combat the growth of rogue traders and scam artists. Although a locksmith does not require a license in order to operate their business, it is nevertheless a good idea to ensure that your locksmith is qualified and holds certifications. All locksmiths listed on the Rated Locksmiths platform have been vetted and approved for quality.
Yes. Most locksmiths should be able to open most doors without physically damaging the lock or the door, although there are some circumstances whereby the lock will need to be drilled out. Generally, an experienced locksmith will not need to drill the lock at all. If a locksmith’s first instinct is to reach for the power drill, you may be dealing with a scam artist posing as a genuine locksmith.
Genuine locksmiths must exercise due diligence, which includes requesting proof of ownership from you when they come to your property. Typically, a locksmith will request to see a form of identification as well as evidence that you legally own or reside at the property, which can be a utility bill, driving license, or any other document that clearly demonstrates that you indeed live at the given address. If your documents are locked inside the house, the locksmith can open the door provided that you show these documents afterwards.
There are a few things you should always consider before hiring a locksmith. These include:
- A proven track record of quality and trust, such as locksmithing certifications and years of industry experience.
- FREE, no-obligation quotes over the phone for any services requested. If a locksmith is hesitant to offer a quote or insists on a low price, no questions asked, you may be speaking with a rogue trader.
- Liability insurance for their trade. Locksmiths working on your property should always be adequately insured should anything go wrong.
- Warranty coverage on all newly-installed replacement locks. Locksmiths should be using high-quality locks supplied from reputable brands, including BS-compliant locks. Ask your locksmith if the parts come with a warranty.
- Good reviews and testimonials from past customers online, such as on Google Reviews or here on Rated Locksmiths.
Unfortunately, the locksmithing industry in the UK is threatened by the presence of rogue traders operating bait-and-switch schemes, especially in London and other big cities. There are a few giveaways that you may be dealing with a scammer. These include:
- Unwillingness to speak at length over the phone regarding quotes or their so-called business.
- Adverts that look too good to be true. Many of these scammers advertise on Google and elsewhere, advertising £65 comprehensive services. Expect to pay £200 or more after they’ve finished their ‘job.’
- If the locksmith arrives at your property, ask them about their business and who they work for. Some scammers have a network of rogue traders that do their work on their behalf, perhaps not even being familiar with the company you initially called.
- If the locksmith makes little to no effort to investigate the lock or ask you any questions, but instead reaches for a power drill to extract the lock, it is highly likely you are dealing with a scammer.
The best way to find affordable, genuine commercial and residential locksmiths in the UK is to use the Rated Locksmiths platform. Our network covers towns and cities across the UK with dependable and competitively-priced locksmithing services. Moreover, every member partner listed on our platform has been thoroughly vetted and approved on the basis of quality and reputation, so you will not be dealing with a rogue trader but rather a trustworthy and experienced locksmith.
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