There are perils that come with each line of job, and the locksmith craft is no different. Most people would not consider the trade of a locksmith to be dangerous, but it can sometimes be. So, what are some of the most common dangers that locksmiths may face on their job?
The dangers can be of both physical and fiscal kind.
Locksmiths will sometimes be called to work in a potentially dangerous area, such as in a bad neighborhood or a correction facility. They may be accompanying a police officer or a sheriff’s deputy during situations such as repossessions and enforcement entries, a state of affairs that can sometimes turn sour. They may be required to work at night, in areas they are not familiar with.
Because of the nature of their occupation, locksmiths have access to sensitive information, and tools and equipment that can also be used for nefarious purposes. That is to be closely guarded, so that it does not fall into the wrong hands. Another consideration regarding security that has to be taken into account has to do with hiring the employees that have questionable backgrounds.
As a locksmith, you are responsible for all aspects of your customer’s security. You can be sued for giving advice as well as failing to do so. Accidents can happen! Both you as a locksmith, and the staff that you hire, has the potential to cause personal injuries and damages to your customer’s property. You are also liable for any such damages caused to your employees and third parties.
To protect themselves, locksmiths should always make sure that a person asking for their services is indeed who she says she is, and be aware of their surroundings at all times. If a locksmith is found assisting in opening a house or a car to a person who is not the occupant, he is going to be held liable and possibly face legal judgments.
A locksmith should arm himself with his license and insurance, and know his rights. Before doing business with anyone, he should make sure that he has assessed the situation right. He is going to encounter people such as trespassers, angry ex spouses, disgruntled family members or business partners, and similar individuals that can make a locksmith’s job harder than it should be. As a locksmith, you should make peace with the fact that it just goes with the territory!