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What To Ask A Locksmith
Checklist of questions to ask when requesting a quote:
  • Where are you located, and is there an additional charge for mileage?
  • What is your minimum fee for a service call?
  • What do you charge for: opening a locked door (if the key is lost, stolen or misplaced); removing a lock (if the lock is broken or damaged); making a key, re-keying a lock, installing a lock?
  • Before hiring a locksmith:

  • Verify the Business Name online at Business Name Search in Oregon: http://egov.sos.state.or.us/br/pkg_web_name_srch_inq.login
  • Be sure the locksmith is bonded
  • Verify that the Locksmith has a CCB License: https://ccbed.ccb.state.or.us/ccb_frames/consumer_info/ccb_index.htm
  • Check for membership in a professional association (such as the Associated Locksmiths of America). Although it's not a requirement, many legitimate locksmiths do belong to professional organizations as a way to keep up to date on industry news.
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    Locksmith Scam in Portland Oregon by KATU News

    Here is the news video that aired in September 2010. It's about a local locksmith scam. 

    I wish other local news stations would do locksmith scam stories at lease once a month if not more.

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