Top 5 Things to Look For When Choosing a Locksmith

With security becoming more and more important to homes and businesses across the UK, finding a trustworthy locksmith is essential.

Whether you’re locked out of your home or need to upgrade your security systems, doing your research before choosing a locksmith can make all the difference in terms of quality and value for money.

In this blog post, we will look at our top 5 things to consider when choosing a locksmith for your home or business.


One of the most important things to look for in a locksmith is their accreditations. Membership in organisations such as the Master Locksmith Association (MLA) and the British Safe & Vault Trade Association (BSVTA) ensures a proven level of expertise and professionalism and gives you peace of mind that the locksmith has been properly vetted and has the expertise to secure your premises.

What’s more, using a locksmith that holds these accreditations may give you an additional level of recourse in the event of something going wrong.

At Thornhill Security, as part of our commitment to providing a trusted service, we maintain a number of professional accreditations including Master Locksmith Association, the British Safe & Vault Trade Association, SafeContractor and Constructionline.

Reviews and Testimonials

Checking online reviews is an excellent way to get an idea of the quality of service provided by a locksmith.

Whilst they shouldn’t be relied upon exclusively, Google reviews and testimonials on the locksmith’s website can give you valuable insight into past customers’ experiences.

At Thornhill Security, we’re proud to have several publicly available Google Reviews and testimonials on our website from our satisfied customers over the years.

Range of Products

A reputable locksmith should offer a wide range of products to meet your security needs. Whether you require key cabinets, safes, locks, keys, master key systems, gun cabinets, or till safes, they should have the expertise to fulfil your requirements.

At Thornhill Security, we offer a wide range of products to meet your security requirements, from key cabinets, locks, master key systems and safes for every premises through to specialist products such as vaults, security grilles and security cabinets.

We also offer our own range of key cabinets, safes and safety and security mirrors to give you high quality products and the best possible price. All the products within our own range of safes are AiS approved, ECB.S certified and adhere to European Standards.

Sector Expertise

Different sectors have unique security challenges, and a locksmith with expertise in your industry can provide tailored solutions.

Look for locksmiths who specialise in your sector ensures that they will understand the unique challenges you face, and be better placed to provide product recommendations.

At Thornhill Security, we provide a specialist service for the following sectors amongst many others:

  • Domestic – Ensuring the security and safety of residential properties with a range of affordable products tailored to your needs.
  • Warehouses – Implementing robust security systems for storage facilities that often house large quantities of stock.
  • Schools – Providing secure access control systems such as master key systems and other security products to meet the needs of these establishments.
  • Pubs and Nightclubs – Installing durable locks and access control systems to protect customers and till safes to prevent theft of cash.
  • Shops and Retail Premises – Enhancing retail security with access control systems, deposit safes and security grilles to prevent forced entry to these premises that experience a high level of theft.
  • Offices – Securing sensitive data and assets within office premises from both internal and external threats.
  • Religious Buildings – Preserving the security without impacting the aesthetics of these important buildings.
  • Agriculture – Securing farms and agricultural equipment from theft and vandalism in these premises that can be seen as easy pickings for thieves due to their often rural locations.
  • Healthcare – Master key systems, keys and specialist anti-ligature locks to protect patients and staff.
  • Defence – We have a long history and wealth of experience working with the MOD and government departments & partners.
  • Estate Agents – Protecting properties belonging to estate agents and landlords from theft and unauthorised entry with access control and safes.

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Links with Manufacturers 

A reputable locksmith will have strong partnerships with leading manufacturers in the security industry that have been built up over many years. This ensures access to a wide range of high-quality products and solutions.

Looking for security companies who work aren’t tied with a single manufacturers means you’ll get access to more products and ensures the locksmith can recommend the most suitable security solutions tailored to your needs, rather than being limited to products from a specific manufacturer.

At Thornhill Security, we maintain excellent relationships with all of our manufacturers, meaning that we can work with them to deliver high quality products and have a detailed understanding of their product range. Visit our dedicated manufacturer page to get an insight into over 25 manufacturers that we work with.

Looking for a Trusted Locksmith?

When choosing a locksmith, consider these factors carefully to ensure that you’re entrusting your security needs to a reliable and competent professional.

If you’re looking for a trusted and established locksmith, Thornhill Security has years of experience in the industry and has helped hundreds of customers secure their belongings and premises.

To find out more about how we can help you, give us a call today on 0117 967 4944, email or fill out a contact form and one of our friendly team will get back to you.

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