When it comes to people handling the security in and around your home or business, you want to be sure that you can trust them. Queensland has strict laws in place regarding which security services require licences to be carried out. Find out how to ensure you’re always receiving only the most trusted services for the security of your property.
When a licence IS required
According to the QLD Government website, a licence is required to carry out the installation, maintenance, servicing or repairs of the following:
- monitoring systems
- audio or visual recording systems
- electric, electro-magnetic or biometric access control devices
- motion, infra-red, microwave or contact detectors
- safes or vaults
- basic locks for a commercial environment
- basic locks for common areas in a residential complex.
This means that if a tradesperson is maintaining any of the above equipment around your property, they must hold a security licence.
When a licence is NOT required
It is a very rare occasion where a security licence is not required to carry out locksmithing or security work. A licence is needed for the installation (but NOT the maintenance, repairs or servicing) of basic security items like electronic or mechanical locks, security screens or window grilles. However, this can only be done without a licence during renovations or when the building is being constructed. For more information on what constitutes a ‘basic security device’ please see the QLD Government website. A retail key-cutter also does not require a licence to undergo work in this area of expertise.
How do you know if you can trust your locksmith/security provider?
It’s always best to be vigilant when choosing a security provider or locksmith to carry out work in your home or business. You can ensure that they hold all relevant licensing and accreditations by searching their company name on QLD Government’s licence checking website. Of course, just because they hold a licence does not mean that they provide the best or most reliable services.
Here are a few tips to ensure that you’re only hiring a reliable security provider:
- Look for a legitimate company name, website or office.
- Take notice of how long it takes them to get back to your enquiry. Poor communication is the first sign of unreliable services.
- Check to see if they are a part of any professional associations such as Master Locksmith’s Association of Australia or the Australian Security Industry Association Ltd.
- Check that they use nationally recognised, trusted brands and up-to-date technology.