Checkatrade Review: Is it worth signing up to Checkatrade?

This is an updated post from 2016.

We were trading as AW  MAster Locksmiths back then when we joined Checkatrade.

We found that joining checkatrade was not effective at all and their website didn’t even rank on page 1 of google for any of the popular search terms!

It was also common knowledge that many of their members had fake reviews to bump them up in the search rankings.

The sales team were very pushy in getting me to sign up and they delivered very little results.

I decided to leave Checkatrade on the basis that I was paying around £700 to get about 3 jobs.

I have since been contacted by the ‘Misuse’ team to take down my old blog post from 2016 as it displayed their logo!

I explained that this was old news but they have threatened legal action so I’ve turned this old blog post from 2016 into a 2020 review for anyone thinking of joining Checkatrade.

Is Checkatrade worth it?

My overall my conclusion is: NO

It might be helpful for some types of business but as a locksmith, I have managed to out rank checkatrade for most keyword terms.

Put your efforts into your own SEO or PPC.

Thanks for reading!

Securing your home this Christmas

AW Master Locksmiths


Did you know that in the UK there is a 50% increase in house burglaries during November and December?

AW Master Locksmiths not only rescue customers who have been unfortunate to have locked themselves out but we also like to advise people on keeping unwanted intruders out of their homes. We aim to be the go-to place for Brighton and Hove residents who are looking for security advice, questions about certain locks, insurance standards etc
Should you want a free security survey by one of our expert locksmiths, be sure to get in touch by clicking here and filling in our contact form.
What will happen during a free security survey?
Just book an appointment with one of our expert locksmiths in Brighton and they will assess the security of your home including front and rear doors and access to windows. They will also advise if your locks are up to insurance standards! This could save you money should something happen and it’s always good to know you have the best quality locks on your doors. If any of your locks do not meet the standards required we will offer you a 100% free no obligation quote in replacing locks or adding further security such as a peep hole, door chain, extra sliding bolts, dummy cameras, CCTV, further window locks, bolting down your safe, securing sheds and garages more efficiently etc
 If you are just looking for some top advice about how to keep your home secure this Christmas – we have packed this blog post with useful information that we hope you will benefit from and share with your neighbors, friends and family. Father Christmas is the only intruder you want this year!
Here are our TOP 10 TIPS for keeping you, your family and your possessions secure this Christmas;
1; Start by just looking at the exterior of your home. Are there any broken windows? do you have a flat roof that is next to a window that could be easily accessed by an intruder? Make sure you have no tools in your garden such as spades that could be used to prize open windows or ladders that could be used to climb into bedroom windows etc
2; Next step is to check the locks, do you have a night latch and a deadlock? Does the deadlock have a British Standard kite mark on the face plate? For UPVC doors, is the euro cylinder correctly fitted and if flush with your door handle? You do not want the cylinder protruding more than 5mm as this makes it possible for ‘lock snapping’ if you are unsure about any of this, please contact us and we will happily come out to your property in Brighton or Hove and carry out a simple survey.
3;Most burglaries are from opportunist thieves who enter your home because a window or door is open – this sounds obvious but NEVER leave windows and doors unsecured, also consider leaving a light on when you are out to give the impression that people are in. If going away on holiday, you could purchase a timer plug that will turn your lights on and off at the times you set.
4; Consider investing in sensor lights to the front and rear of your property, this will deter any potential thieves from snooping around your property.
5; If you have a security gate to your drive way that requires a code then now is the time to change the code! Maybe it hasn’t been changed in a number of years and people may know the code, it may only take 5 minutes to change it but could save you a lot of grief! Same for any office locks that require a code or an alarm system. Try to change these on at least a yearly basis.
6; If you have windows that are out of sight from the rest of the street for example around the side of your house, consider getting some security bars across the windows, not all of them are ugly now and some can look quite stylish, anyway if its on a window that is hidden then it is well worth doing!
7; Do you have a safe? Where is it? could it be more hidden for example under the floorboards, under the stairs, in a cupboard etc also is it properly bolted down? If not just get in touch, we charge just £55 to bolt your safe down using special expanding bolts that would take a JCB to rip out of the concrete!
8; Consider add-ons to your current security such as a door chain, a door viewer, sliding bolts, on UPVC doors you can add sash jammers to the top and bottom of the door. Windows could be fitted out with sash stops, or restriction locks.
9; KEYS!! Who else has copies? previous tenants? old friends that are no longer friends?! previous partners that left on bad terms – stay one step ahead and get all your locks changed, you could also invest in locks that have a restricted key that cannot be duplicated without your permission. This way you have control of the amount of keys that are being cut to your house. This is becoming more popular and we have many happy customers who now have a patented key. Another thing to consider is where the keys are left when you are at home… are they hanging up near the front door or on a side board close to the front door in the hallway? Remember you have a big hole in your front door called a letter box – people can ‘fish’ out your keys using a coat hanger or something similar.
10; Always use an MLA (Master Locksmiths Association) approved locksmith. We are proud members of the MLA and the reason for this is due to the fact that we are regularly checked by the criminal records bureau, our skill levels are up to standards and we are up to date on the latest technology. For more info on the MLA, please visit the website at;
If you have any questions or would like to book a free security survey in Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas, we would be delighted to hear from you! Just call us now on; 07817 170327
Remember – Stay safe!

ERA Approved Experts

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Without fail we bring you our monthly news post here at Emergency locksmith Brighton and this is without exception one of the most exciting posts we have for you so far!
AW Master Locksmiths are proud to announce we are now the ERA Security Experts in Brighton!
We have teamed up with one of the leading lock manufacturers to give you the very best advice when it comes to securing your home in Brighton. ERA offer a five star guarantee which includes up to £5,000 worth of benefits, all you have to do is register your home by clicking HERE.
Here are some benefits of our campaign with ERA Security in Brighton:
Save money on your home insurance – by using ERA products which have the  highest levels of security you can reduce the cost of your insurance every year!
With the ERA five star guarantee you are covered by a FREE 24/7 call out service in the event that something should go wrong with one of our locks. In the unlikely event that someone will force entry – we will come and secure your home in Brighton again totally free of charge.
ERA are so confident about the quality of their products that they will even pay up to £1,000 access on your insurance should any of the locks fail – This way you know you are 100% covered.
If an ERA component has failed, we will offer £1,000 to go towards the cost of repairing a window or door!
Now in the very unlikely event that a burglar would gain entry and bypass any of our high security products – ERA will offer a cheque for £1,000 for the inconvenience caused!
What are you waiting for? This is a fantastic offer from ERA and we are very happy to be Brighton’s approved security experts. We are always looking to move forward with the times and seek the best products and services for our customers in Brighton and Hove.
We aim to be up to date with the latest in home security and by teaming up with a respected company like ERA we can do just that.
If you would like to book a FREE HOME SECURITY SURVEY in Brighton or Hove just click HERE.
If you would like to chat with one of our friendly team here at AW Master Locksmiths – just pick up the phone and dial – 01273 921027

MLA Expo 2015 – The UKs Largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition Trade Show

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The Master Locksmiths Association are hosting the MLA Expo 2015, the UKs largest exhibition trade show for the locksmithing and security industry.

For anyone who is serious about their profession, want to improve their knowledge and skill, this would be a great place to start. You will also meet many people in the industry and make good contacts as well as friends – this could improve your business in itself as people will pass you work they cannot cover and vice versa.

AW Master locksmiths from Brighton will be attending the event so please come and say hello if you see us!

It will be held at The The International Centre, Telford, St Quentin Gate, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4JH on

  • Friday the 2nd of October 2015 : 10:00 – 17:30
  • Saturday the 3rd of October : 10:00 – 17:30
  • Sunday the 4th of October : 10:00 – 15:00

It will be jam packed with info on new products, the latest locksmith tools and security products, great show deals and of course training classes, this would be great for anyone new to the industry as it is certainly an eye opener. With the security world moving rapidly its important to keep up to date so you can offer your customer the very best products.

For more information, you can follow the Master Locksmiths Association on twitter by clicking HERE

Don’t forget to follow AW Master Locksmiths too by clicking HERE


Connect with AW Master Locksmiths on Social Media


If you have looked online for a Brighton locksmith in the past you will likely have come across us at AW Master Locksmith, Brighton. As well as an informative website, we also have a strong presence on social media, on Twitter and Facebook. We have over 10 years of experience as locksmiths in Brighton, and are proud of our high standard of work.

If you happen to lock yourself out of your house and require an emergency locksmith in Brighton, call us and it is highly unlikely that we will need to change your locks, and as specialists in non-destructive entry you will be glad that you called us instead of attempting the job yourself! This is where viewing our Facebook page can be helpful, as you can see customer failed attempts at DIY locksmith jobs before calling us, as well as comments about our fast and efficient work.

In today’s world, we all want to check out what tradesman’s previous customers are saying, and our AW Master Locksmith Facebook and Twitter account provide every opportunity for you to read what our customers say about us, as well as leave comments of your own. We aim to be as genuine and transparent as possible in this area. Following us on Twitter, you will also find links to articles, news, and then it is also another way in which you can contact us with a question or comment.

We aim to cut out the unfamiliarity between our company and you as a customer. We would love it if you could add us to your friends and follow lists, then the next time you or someone you know require an emergency locksmith in Brighton, we will be pretty much at your fingertips.

You can click HERE to like us on facebook

You can follow us on Twitter by clicking HERE


Brighton Based Commercial Locksmith


With our world so focussed on the internet and online security these days, it can be all-too-easy to look past your bricks and mortar. The majority of businesses inherit their building security from the previous occupier and unfortunately, only gain advice from a commercial locksmith when it’s too late! Business security in Brighton is just as important as your anti-virus software, but needn’t be daunting or frustrating. As professional commercial locksmiths in Brighton and Hove, we can help with any lock-related situation, along with offering comprehensive advice on what security systems would be most suitable for you and your business.

As a member of the Master Locksmiths Association, we pride ourselves on giving a comprehensive and professional service, 24 hours a day at highly competitive prices in the Brighton and Hove area. Whether you’ve locked yourself out of your office, or been unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime andneed an emergency locksmith to repair your shop or business security in Brighton ASAP, you can count on us to provide atop-notch service.

We all know that sinking feeling when your key snaps in the lock, but fear not, because as experienced and highly qualified locksmiths we can remove snapped keys, fix new locks and even service existing ones. We are also more than happy to fit new locks that you have supplied, whilst ensuring that yourbuilding is as safe as possible.

If you feel your business or shop security could be improved, we are more than happy to give no-obligation advice on which locks would suit your company best. We can offer master key systems, which can operate each individual lock throughout your building, meaning no more cumbersome bunches of keys, whilst still controlling who has access to certain areas. We can even provide and fit keyless entry systems, either mechanical or digital, to office or main building doors meaning you can throw away your keys altogether!

Did you know that your insurance premiums will likely be reduced, thanks to your new and improved business security systems? This means not only will you be able to sleep better at night, safe in the knowledge that your assets are as secure as possible, but your wallet will thank you too!

Why not give us a call at AW Master Locksmiths Brighton on 07817 170327 to see how we can help you with your business security


Master Locksmiths Association Approved

We are very proud to announce that AW Master Locksmiths are now approved company members of the Master Locksmiths Association.

Who are the Master Locksmith Association?

With the absence of government licensing of locksmiths, The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), a not for profit organisation established to promote the level of skills and ethics within the industry, has established its own licensing scheme whereby its approved companies are vetted, undergo regular inspections to ensure quality, and employ a locksmith with an exam based qualification.

Members of the MLA must first undergo a 4 part practical and written exam, this tests the skills and knowledge of the locksmith to the highest standards, if they successfully pass this stage and wish to become an approved company member, they are then required to become approved company members and are regularly inspected.

Approved company members must also have a clean Criminal Record Disclosure and have the correct public Liability Insurance.

Here are just a few benefits of using an approved member of the Master Locksmith Association in Brighton.

  • It is the leading association for the Locksmith industry
  • Promotes standard of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing
  • Strict vetting and inspections – standards are kept high
  • MLA are recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by Police and home office
  • All locksmiths are adhered to the honesty and integrity rule – this keeps the pricing fair for customers and the standard of work exceptional.

If you are looking for a trusted locksmith in Brighton, Hove and surrounding areas who is an Approved company member of the Master Locksmiths Association then you have to look no further – Please visit the MLA official website for more information;


Call: 07817 170327 Now to book an MLA approved Locksmith in Brighton.


Warrant Locksmith Sussex


Warrant Locksmith Sussex

Sometimes qualified locksmiths are required to gain access to a property in the event of a tenant eviction, unpaid energy bill, assisting bailiffs and high court officers to repossess goods.

AW Master Locksmiths offer a professional service assisting warrant officers.

Looking for a warrant locksmith in Sussex to assist in gaining access to a property?

Here at Emergency Locksmith Brighton we offer a 100% discreet and confidential service to assist warrant officers, the high courts, credit officers, landlords and energy companies to gain access to homes and business’s.

With many years experience working with companies such as EDF, Southern Electric, British Gas and G4S to name but a few, AW Master Locksmiths in Brighton are fully aware of the sensitive nature of this work.

Reasons to use Emergency Locksmith Brighton for Warrant work:

  • We have full Public Liability Insurance for up to £5,000,000.
  • Discreet unmarked van to draw minimal attention.
  • Full stock of locks and padlocks carried on the van.
  • Many years experience in this area – cautious and aware of dangers.
  • 100% honesty and integrity – aware of customer confidentiality.

If you need a last minute locksmith in Sussex to help you gain entry to a home or business we are here to help!

Whether you are a landlord who is evicting a tenant in Sussex and need the locks changed or you are a Gas supplier that needs emergency access to a property that has been reported of a gas leak – Pick up the phone now and give us a call: 07817 170327

Please Note; ID and eviction/warrant documentation will always be required and must be provided to the locksmith before any work is carried out.

If your trusted Warrant Locksmith in Sussex has let you down at the last minute – we are here to help you – give us a call now and we aim to be with you anywhere in Sussex within the hour!*

*An ETA will be given at the time of call and in the event we can not make it we will aim to get one of our trusted sub-contractors out to you as soon as possible.

Call Now to book one of our expert Locksmiths: 07817 170327


Fast Affordable Locksmith Brighton


Fast Affordable Locksmith Brighton

Have you ever been in the unfortunate event of being locked out of your home because you forgot your keys?

You no longer need to feel that moment of panic when you reach the door and realise you left your keys at home.

Thanks to Emergency Locksmith Brighton, if you are in the Brighton area, no matter what time of day it is, you will have a 24-hour locksmith at your service.

Why Our Services Are Affordable & Fast

Over 95% of our jobs are completed in less than an hour. We can get you into your house in any time from 10-40 minutes. We always try to use non-destructive ways to enter your property to minimise any damage. Since you pay by the hour, our prices are very affordable.

At Emergency Locksmith Brighton, we pride ourselves in our speed to help you out. We will make our way to your home the moment after you call us, and in an average time of 20 minutes, you will be back in the comforts of your home.

Using a local service such as Emergency Locksmith Brighton – AW Locksmiths can help ease any of your worries about safety. You are not only supporting a local business, but also working with a trusted company.

Our local reputation is valuable, and we will do everything we can to help you with what you need. Our past clients have been satisfied with our services, our speed, and our affordable prices. We also often offer special deals in the Brighton area.

We provide the service of inspecting your property to make sure your home and belongings are protected. We can repair and service your locks up to insurance standards. In order to make our services as affordable as possible, we first offer you a free quote when you call 07817 170327 so that you can have a general estimate.

Booking Emergency Locksmiths Brighton


We realise that everyone is subject to such unfortunate situations such as losing or forgetting their key, and know that it can be a hassle to deal with this problem. We are here to help ease your stress. You no longer need to panic if you find yourself in such a problem, just call Emergency Locksmith Brighton – AW Locksmiths on 07817 170327, and we will be on our way to your home!


Brighton Locksmith Offer


Deck The Doors With Locks And Bolts

With a whirlwind of shopping sprees, festive getaways, trips to visit the in-laws and seasonal events or parties to attend, Christmas is known for being the busiest time of the year.  The chance of your home being stocked up with brand new gifts, cash and perhaps even a new TV installed just in time for Christmas day is just too tempting, and as such, criminals take extra chances knowing that they are more likely to strike lucky come December than at any other month of the year. 

Keeping this is mind, why not ensure the safety of your home this Christmas with as much joy and enthusiasm you would give to the buying and receiving the gifts? After all, you want those presents to reach to their respective recipients, and not fall into the hands of local petty thieves. 

The 24 Hour Locksmith Brighton To The Rescue

As an emergency locksmith in Brighton, we are use to be being called out for many issues, but naturally one of our least favourite jobs is changing the locks of a home after a break in.  We are offering our free security survey over the next three months to help keep you and your homes’ safety one step ahead of the burglars this December.

Our Brighton 24 hour locksmith will come out to your home and asses the doors and windows completely free of charge. If there is a potential improvement to be made which could add an extra layer of security to your home, such as extra bolts or a higher security lock, you will be given a no obligation quote and the decision to implement them or not is yours.  With over a decade of experience as an emergency locksmith in Sussex, we know what is needed to keep a house safe and we will only offer the additions if we feel they are necessary. 

Home Security Brighton

Home security in Brighton is one of the most important ways you can guarantee a happy Christmas and we want to make sure you have everything necessary in place before the festive season really gets under-way.  

Locksmith Brighton and Hove

We are 24 hour locksmiths in Brighton, but provide services as a locksmith in Hove and surrounding areas too. With our free security survey, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, including peace of mind for a safe and secure Christmas.


Contact us now on 07817 170327 to arrange your no obligation free security survey in Brighton & Hove.