One of the worst times to discover your phone's battery is dead or your internet connection is down is when you are in a pickle and need to immediately go online and search for help. One common example is a lockout emergency outside your house or car, especially if you are in a real hurry to get back in for whatever reason. Nigeria is not the safest place on Earth, especially if you live in areas like Adamawa, Borno, Sokoto, Zamfara, or Yobe where the risk of kidnappings, robberies, and armed attacks is constantly high.
Even if your phone or computer would be working fine, searching for a good locksmith while anxious or angry will most likely not result in the expected results. This is why it is best to be proactive and make time to search for emergency locksmithing services when you are not actually dealing with an emergency to begin with. Unfortunately, the emergency services in Nigeria often times leave a lot to be desired and are in desperate need of vast improvements. Our crime rates are at critical levels and many Nigerians fall victim to a number of political, ethnic, economic, or religious violence, not to mention the threat of terrorism. With the government showing little to no interest in improving the current state of things, it is up to the individual to make sure our families, homes and cars stay safe.
So, to learn how to handle personal safety and lockout emergencies without being swindled by unprofessional crooks, here’s a great example of how it’s done in the USA.
Know What To Look For
It is not enough to be solely searching for a locksmith throughout Nigeria or the U.S.; if they are located in Dallas and you live in New York for example, they will not be of much help in case of a real emergency where a fast response time is critical. Another thing is to know exactly what to search for; if you are looking at flat rates for home locksmiths but you in fact dealing with a car lockout emergency, you won't get far either. Keep in mind not all locksmiths specialize in providing emergency lockout/lock picking help; so be very clear with what you are looking for and state it from the very beginning. There is no point in wasting 10 minutes over the phone trying to explain your problem to customer support if the respective company doesn't provide emergency service to begin with.
If you have locked yourself out of your home or your key was stolen, you will need to search for an emergency home locksmith online; if your car is the one you cannot get inside of, look for a car/automotive emergency locksmith. Be very precise when formulating your request.
Ask If They Are Licensed
If there is one thing Americans know how to do is to ask questions, especially when they are about to hire a complete stranger and have them come over to their house and repair their front door locks. While looking at your locked baby inside your car, the last thing you will probably think of is to ask whether the locksmith you are about to hire over the phone has a license. However, you should follow the American lead and not skip this step. In the U.S., there are certain states that require locksmiths to be licensed. Check out the state of locksmith licensing in Nigeria and try to come across licensed technicians willing to show proof of their license. If they start telling you a fantasy story of how they don't have it “on them” temporarily, hang up and call someone else.
Search Locally But Keep Big Companies In Mind
It is best to start your search locally, in your area or city. While Nigeria might not have a lot of the nationwide types of locksmithing companies specific to the U.S., you can still find plenty of options. Pick a nearby locksmith and ensure a fast response time in the event of future emergencies. However, many Americans also like to find local locksmiths at 247locksmithfinder.com, a nationwide company that has headquarters in all states. They lead a well-developed emergency service that can reach any address within 20 minutes from placing a call with them.
Just to be on the safe side and make sure you are getting the service you were promised, check the locksmith's identification before they enter your home or unlock your car. Don't forget to get an estimate over the phone so you can know exactly what to expect when they will reach your location.