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Lockrite Security are proud to be members of the MLA (Master Locksmith Association) but we’ve found our customers are sometimes unaware of what the MLA is and why it’s important to choose an MLA approved Security Company.
Since day one we have setup out to provide excellent workmanship and quality security advice to our customers – being part of the Master Locksmith Association helps assure the quality of our work to our customers.
Who are the Master Locksmith Association?
The Master Locksmiths Association is a non-profit body; established to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing.
The following organisations recognise the MLA as an authoritative body for locksmith services within the United Kingdom:
- The Police: Police forces encourage those in need of a locksmith to use MLA Approved Members
- Home Office: The MLA has been instrumental in campaigning for national standards in the locksmith industry and the regulation (through licensing) of the Private security Industry
- British Standards Institute: The MLA supplies a panel of its members to assess locks under BS3621 clauses 4 and I 0 on their behalf
- Risk Insight Strategy and Control Authority (RISCAuthority): and many other trade and professional bodies all acknowledge the MLA as the authoritative body in its field
- The European Locksmiths Federation (www.eurolockfed.com): Where the MLA represents the UK locksmith industry
Why should I use an MLA approved locksmith?
In the past customers have asked us, “Why should I choose an MLA approved locksmith over a regular locksmith?” and we feel this should be fully explained. The important things to bear in mind is that MLA approved locksmiths have regular inspections and training to ensure industry best practices are followed.
The Approved Companies inspectorate means the MLA can demonstrate that all company members are meeting high standards so you can be assured of quality.
Below are a list of reasons why you should be contacting MLA approved locksmiths:
- Standards are kept high by employing a qualified locksmiths, strict vetting and regular inspections. Training is also provided by the Association to ensure members are constantly up to date with the latest industry developments
- Provides peace of mind to the end customer through its licensing scheme, in the absence of Government based licensing
- Following a change to the law on the vetting of locksmiths implemented thanks to a campaign by the MLA, the only way for locksmiths to get standard Criminal Record checks (or DBS checks as they are now) is via Master Locksmiths Association membership
- MLA approved companies have to pass a practical (hands-on) exam to prove they have the necessary skills to warrant the accreditation
If you choose a locksmith who isn’t part of the Master Locksmith Association you’re taking a gamble that any work carried out meets industry best practices. You also have very little comeback if the work carried out is not fit for purpose.
What are your thoughts?
We hope you found our article useful and look forward to answering your questions.