Fake Locksmiths Shit-storm

Every couple of years the NY Times does a piece about the subject.

Every time this issue surfaces we see the same reactions:

Google has been doing a good job trying to keep the fraudulent locksmiths to a minimum.

This phenomenon isn’t just going to go away on it’s own, so buyer be ware:

Always double check on Yelp.com that the said business is legit, has been around long enough and has reviews from multiple users. ( you’re looking for a 4 stars average as a minimum ), most local businesses will be displayed on Yelp.

Check for a locksmith license and make sure the address on the invoice matches the name and address on the company’s website or ad.

Address On Car

(local companies would have the address displayed on the vehicle in most cases).

Check out our Yelp page with 5 star review average!

Take a few minutes to read the Times article on the subject.

Why we do what we do

Philosophy of service ( why we do what we do ):

The locksmith industry in America, and in particular, New York City, has a very bad reputation, and not without good reason.

There’s a lot of misleading information and not-so-honest marketing techniques going around out there by dishonest companies.

On one hand, a lot of these companies or dispatch centers will tell you exactly what you want to hear on the phone, while on the other hand, these same companies will do the exact opposite of what was agreed upon when they arrive for help.

These companies will use the old bait and switch methods by letting a customer think a specific service will cost a certain amount while actually charging seven or eight times more.

It is a truly reprehensible tactic, but that’s becoming the standard in the industry today.

When I first started in this industry, I worked for a locksmith company who implemented these dirty methods. This company would quote a costumer an intentionally low price on the phone – a price they had no intention to honor, and would then order the technician to hike up the price on site as high as possible.
It did not take long before I understood what type of people I was working for, and decided to go out on my own and establish a brand that was unlike these other companies – Metro NYC Locksmith.

Metro NYC Locksmith is a collaboration of vibrant, young and energetic professionals who share the same ideas, beliefs and values – that there is a better, more honest and cleaner way to do business while being a local locksmith in New York City.

This is why Metro Locksmith came to be, and why our Yelp reviews are amazing, proving that we do as we say, 100% of the time, day in and day out!

We believe in transparency and clarity with our costumers. As far as I’m concerned, it’s our core value. We believe that a FULL price for a specific job, project or service should be given prior to the job being done. We believe a locksmith company should have clear prices for cut-clean services on its Web site, and that if a price can’t be quoted over the phone, a general price that is close to reality should be given instead to a customer. We believe there is no room for ‘beginning prices’, ‘minimum prices’, or an asterisk next to any service on a ‘price list’, with a fine print so minuscule and hidden, most customers will never notice it.IMG_3371.( MVP pro key programmer by advanced diagnostic ).

We grew sick of those scams and dodgy techniques.
We believe in a different approach to locksmithing and security services – you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg in order to get quality, professional and courteous locksmith service.

We are definitely not the cheapest locksmith company out there, but I promise you this, we’re not the most expensive either.
What sets us apart, and what makes us different, is that with us, you’ll know exactly what you get every single time. If you’re looking for the cheapest service, Metro NYC Locksmith is not the best solution for you. But if honesty, quality, fair prices, and great craftsmanship are a priority for you, then you have come to the right place at Metro NYC Locksmith.

We will answer all of your questions patiently and with respect. We’ll email you an estimate or order your parts as soon as we can, as fast as humanly possible.
The idea is actually very simple – we’d like to treat you the way you would like to be treated yourself, because we expect others to treat us with the same respect and honesty that we’ve become accustomed to. These are some of the very basic elements of decent human behavior we seem to have lost along the way.

We won’t lose track of what is important, and we won’t get blindsided by money as we grow with more and more corporate accounts and new clients. We won’t forget WHY we started Metro NYC Locksmith to begin with – because we wanted to make a difference, and because we wanted to prove that there is another way that it can be done – honestly, with quality, fair prices, and great craftsmanship.  The Metro NYC Locksmith way.

If you’re a likeminded person, we invite you to join in on the fun.

Your security new year’s resolution

We all know it, right after christmas you start and rethink the year that’s about to go in books.

That week between christmas and new years, resolution week: yea right, you’re gonna go to the gym, stop eating junk and drink more water.

These decisions typically last 3-4 days on January.

So why don’t you make simpler resolutions it’ll be easier to keep.

From the people who brought you #lockthefuckup we bring you:

Security and locksmith resolutions for the new year:

  1. That’s the most important one so pay attention, this year you’ll only call us at Metro Locksmith (646) 450-6320.
  2. On this new year you’ll make a spare key to your car Before you’ll lose it.
  3. You’ll change that crapy lock on your apartment’s door you’ve been contemplating to change since you’ve moved in 3 years ago.
  4. This year you’ll make a copy of your apartment’s door Before you’ll lose it.
  5. Install that video camera system you’ve been saying you’ll install for a year now, your business security is no joke buddy.
  6. 2016 will be the year in which you will never loose your key.
  7. Make a habit of checking your pockets frequently ignored to make sure you’ve got it.

New year, new you new decisions.

Have a great year,



How to not get locked out

It sounds easy enough right ? Well, it isn’t.

If you take into account that ironically  most people have their spare set of keys either in their apartment or in their car, it starts to make perfect sense.

The fact that you’ve lost your keys, and your spare ( if you even have one ) is in your apartment behind a locked door doesn’t really help you right ?

Same thing happens when you’ve accidentally locked your main set of house or car keys in the car, and your other single most important spare key to your car is where ?  Exactly, it’s in your glove compartment or center counsel INSIDE your locked vehicle.

So having a spare key doesn’t always yield salvation!

Here are some tips from us to you ( the residents of the upper west side ):

  1. Always lock your apartment or car door with the actual key ( than you know for a fact you have it and it’s not locked inside ), instead of using the push button or the self auto lock function on the door.
  2. Make a habit of touching your pockets ( only your pockets buddy, don’t get any funny ideas here ),   and feel your keys, phone and wallet very now and then or whenever you get up and move from place to place during the day.
  3. Spare key (maybe that should’ve been #1 ), make sure you have one!
  4. After making that desired spare key make sure you’re placing it in a logic place, one which you’ll remember and have access to when time comes.
  5. If you choose to leave a spare key with a friend or a neighbor than obviously make sure you trust them fully and that they are around most of the time or at least when you think you’ll need them.
  6. Don’t wait until it’s too late, if your lock or key gives you a hard time don’t wait for tomorrow, deal with it now, replacing your cylinder on your apartment door lock or making a new spare key instead of your old worn off one takes very little time and it’s almost effortless not to mention relatively cheap, if you do wait until it’s too late than you might find the hard way that a locksmith emergency trip to your place on the upper west side ( or any other neighborhood in the city for that matter ), is going to cost you much MUCH more than it would’ve to take the necessary steps ignored to avoid this ordeal in the first place, so don’t be lazy.
  7. When braking the old pattern and doing things you wouldn’t usually do on a daily basis like taking a road trip, a vacation or even scheduling an unexpected urgent meeting in your daily schedule, make sure you pay EXTRA attention to where your keys are.

No doubt i can find two more tips for you but I’ll leave it empty for educational prepuces, its up to you to figure it out.

There are quit a few things you can and should do in order to make you’re not just hanging there when time comes, but if all else fails stay come and Metro Locks!



(Spare car key).


(646) 450-6320


What you can and can not do!

We’re too often encounter New Yorkers who try to do it them selves, kudos, good on ya!  More often than not they end up calling us in frustration after they’ve tried to tackle the lock project and failed miserably.

The common way in which we find the average person is in hives on the floor in the fiddle position when all lock parts and screws are on the floor in a pile of mess.

It’s very important to know and acknowledge our own limitations, installing a lock or repairing an ignition switch on your car ( or programing a vehicle key for that matter ) isn’t exactly brain surgery, nonetheless you need an extensive knowledge of the system you’re working on, not to mention the right set of tools and some technical competency.

Let’s face it, you probably wouldn’t try and solve your own medical issue, or diagnose and fix your electrical issues by googling it, or by watching a youtube “expert” take on the subject with a short “do it yourself” tutorial.

So why do you try and solve your security and locksmith problems on your own ?

Call a professional, certified and licensed locksmith who will get the job done right the first time every time with the peace of mind of a warranted job ( parts and labor should both be included in the warranty ).

At Metro NYC Locksmith we’ll always do the job for less and make sure it’s done right and for a fair price.

I’m a skydiver amongst other things ( yes, I jump out of a perfectly good airplane ) and I only pack my own main canopy ( parachute ), I’m neither certified nor have the knowledge and ability to pack and inspect my reserve parachute, the reserve canopy may be inspected and packed by a certified professional rigger only.


(main canopy).

In the same way that I trust my rigger ( with my life Wepa ) to get the job done for me, you should trust your local locksmith (Follow us on Yelp.) professional to get the job done for you and solve your security problems.

Let us be your local New York City locksmiths, I promise, you won’t regret it.



(646) 450-6320