Thomson Local is, or rather was, a local business telephone directory distributed free to households in printed form. However, the success of the online version, thomaslocal.com, which is searchable by name, classification and postcode, hastened the demise of printed directories.
To search for emergency locksmiths with Thomson Directory, visit thomson.com and, in the box labelled “I’m looking for…” enter “locksmiths”. In the box labelled “Location”, enter the first few letters of the name of the town or city, or the postcode region, in which you want to search. A list of valid possibilities will be displayed in a drop-down box, so that you click on the one you want, rather than having to type it in full.
Once you’ve filled in both boxes, click on the magnifying glass icon to retrieve the list of relevant tradesman. By default, the list is displayed by relevance, but can also be displayed by distance or by rating, simply by clicking on the appropriate button. Each listing displays the name, address and telephone number of the business concerned, along with a list of bullet points highlighting the salient points of the business and a snippet of its profile.
In one or the other of these sections, you should find important information about emergency call-outs, call-out charges, trade accreditations, etc but, if necessary, links are also provided to the complete business profile and the company website, if one exists. If you’re still unsure about the about the business you’re looking at, you can also click through to customer reviews provided by other Thomson Local users. Do bear in mind, however, that not all reviews are genuine, so look for those spread out over a period of months or years, which are more likely to be bona fide than those cobbled together over a day or two.
Obviously, you’re looking for a locksmith who lives locally and responds 24/7, but remember, too, that the locksmith industry is unregulated. Before you call a locksmith, check their website for a DBS checked logo and an MLA approved member logo. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is a background check for spent and unspent convictions, etc, while membership of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) indicates that the company is licensed to carry out the work you need. Licensed locksmiths will also have a real, bricks-and-mortar address and a landline telephone number.