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Tips for finding a reputable locksmith

Attorney General DeWine offers consumers the following tips for finding a locksmith:

• Find a reputable locksmith before you need one. Ask family and friends for recommendations. Check for any complaints with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and Better Business Bureau.

• Be cautious of online ads for locksmiths. Research multiple businesses rather than selecting the first service you find online.

• Be wary of businesses that operate under multiple business names. They could be using multiple names to hide unsatisfactory business practices from consumers.

• When a locksmith arrives at your home or vehicle, check the representative's identification. Be wary if the locksmith arrives in an unmarked car or has no official identification.

• Be skeptical if a locksmith says the only way to open the lock is to break it. Most skilled locksmiths can open locks without destroying them. Plus, breaking the lock could damage your property and result in much higher costs.

Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive business practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at 800-282-0515 or www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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