How we did it : Locksmith Investigation - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

How we did it : Locksmith Investigation


FOX19 Investigates wanted to know if locksmiths would overcharge us for a simple job. We set-up a scenario where a FOX19 NOW producer was locked out of her Cincinnati-area home and needed a locksmith to get her back inside.

We had a longtime locksmith install an inexpensive $10 lock on the home's back door that the locksmith said could be easily picked. We then had him pick the lock to show how long it would typically take to pick. It took the locksmith roughly three minutes. He said the average cost to pick the lock should be no more than about $75.

FOX19 NOW photographers then stationed cameras, including several tiny hidden cameras, around the home. The producer/homeowner also wore a camera to catch the details of the interaction with the locksmiths we called.

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