The MLA has close ties with the police, we recently reached out to the MET Police on locksmiths using their logo & those claiming to be endorsed by MET Police, read their thoughts below.
Are Locksmiths Police Approved or Police Registered?
At the MLA we undertook work to change the law on the vetting of locksmiths, we were informed that there is no such thing as a Police Approved / Police Registered Locksmith.
Police Approved – No Such Thing
Our dealings with various police forces lead us to believe that it’s that Police forces do not “approved” locksmiths.
Police Registered Locksmith – No Such Thing
Again there is no such thing as a Police Registered Locksmith, the police DO NOT register locksmiths.
A locksmith claiming to be police registered or approved is usually the sign of a rogue locksmith.
MET Police Advise Using an MLA Approved Locksmith
The Met Police have their own problems with rogue locksmiths using the MET Police logo without authorization, the MET Police told us:
“We take action against companies and those who misuse our logos and trademarks and who falsely claim to be endorsed by the MPS.
We advise that people only use locksmiths who have been accredited by the Master Locksmith Association
“The MPS does not, as a matter of course, allow companies to refer to the Metropolitan Police Service on their products and materials (for instance on websites) as this can be perceived as providing a commercial endorsement and the MPS does not provide such endorsements.”
Please see our how to spot a rogue locksmith page for signs of a potential rogue locksmith.
All MLA Approved Locksmiths are Vetted
Why the MET Police Advise using an MLA Approved Locksmith
The MLA are proud to have a strict vetting, inspection and qualification procedure in place for our locksmiths:
Our Locksmiths are Vetted
Following a change to the law on the vetting of locksmiths thanks to a campaign by the MLA, our locksmiths are:
- DBS Checked via the MLA
Our Locksmiths are Inspected
- MLA Approved Companies are inspected on a regular basis to ensure standard are maintained
Our Locksmiths are Fully Qualified
- Personal members must pass the MLA exam in order to obtain QML (Qualified Master Locksmith) status
- Similarly, in order to gain Approved company status QML status is required
- The MLA exam consists of a written module and 3 practical exams
No Regulation in Locksmith Industry
So with the lack of any government regulation of the locksmith industry, it’s even more important to make sure the locksmith you choose is somebody who’s been vetted, is regularly inspected and has a proof of competency.
MLA Approved Locksmiths are Fully Vetted