MLA Approved (Master Locksmith Association) Company

The Master Locksmiths Association is generally regarded as the most respected of all the compliancy bodies governing locksmithing practice.  The Police, Home Office and British Standard Institue all recognise the MLA as the authoritative body for UK locksmithing. This page outlines the benefits to choosing an MLA Approved locksmith.

The Benefits of Using An MLA Approved Locksmith

By using an MLA (Master Locksmith Association) approved company you are assured that the locksmith you employ is of the highest standard of integrity and that the work undertaken will be carried out to very high standards.

All Master Locksmiths have undertaken and passed an independently assessed BLI examination to ensure they are qualified and competent to carry out all aspects of the Locksmith trade. And every Approved Company undergoes stringent, regular inspections, thus ensuring that it maintains high standards in workmanship and administration. Additionally members are expected to conform to legal requirements and follow a customer charter to service customer satisfaction.

Many businesses utilize their own maintenance teams or a local maintenance company or builder to supply and fit, repair or replace locks. However did you know that the incorrect application of locking devices may invalidate your insurance!

MLA approved Locksmiths will provide accurate advice on locking solutions and physical security applications relevant to current insurance requirements, relevant British Standards and current industry Codes of Practice.

Some relevant British Standards and Codes of Practice are;

  • BS 8220 Guide for Security of Buildings against Crime
  • BS 8220 Part 1 – 2000 Dwellings
  • BS 8220 Part 2 – 1995 Offices & Shops
  • BS 8220 Part 3 – 2004 Storage, Industrial & Distribution Premises
  • BS 3621:2004 Thief Resistant Lock Assemblies – Key Egress
  • BS 8621:2004 Thief Resistant Lock Assemblies – Keyless Egress
  • BS EN 1303 Building Hardware – Cylinders for Locks
  • BS EN 179:1998 Emergency exit Devices Operated by a Lever Handle or Push Pad
  • BS EN 1125:1997 Panic Exit Devices Operated by A Horizontal Bar
  • BS EN 12209: 2003 Mechanically Operated Locks & Latches
  • BS EN 12320:2001 Building Hardware – Padlocks & Padlock Fittings
  • PAS24-1 Enhanced Security Performance for Door Assemblies
  • Secured By Design (Police Initiative to Design Out Crime)
  • MLA – Guidelines for Minimum Security Requirements for Domestic Property

Full workshop and key cutting facilities offer maximum support to our locksmiths whilst on the road. Additionally our Retail showroom stocks a wide range of locking products for DIY applications & our friendly knowledgeable staff are on hand to provide the best possible advice.

For more information about the Master Locksmiths Association please click here

MLA Approved Locksmiths

NOTE: Emergency locksmith services are only available during office hours and only in Hampshire and West Sussex.

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  • Mr M Cxxx Portsmouth, Hampshire

    Quick response and very polite.

  • Mrs J Kxxxxxx Farnham, Surrey

    Had to change pre-arranged appointment and office was very helpful.

  • Mr P Bxxxxx Stubbington, Hampshire

    Excellent explanation of system options and how to use it. Nothing was too much effort. Engineer took his time to think about the best way to overcome problems that were not apparent at the time of survey. He made suggestions as to the best way to overcome them. Everything was done and cleaned up. Thank […]

  • Mr Johnstone, Priory School Southsea, Hampshire

    Another great job – Many thanks.

  • Alan & Gwen Waters Fareham, Hampshire

    Always helpful with a swift service – would happily recommend to anyone interested in alarms.

  • Martin Carter Clanfield, Hampshire

    Always get good service and prices are competitive. Re-arranging appointments is easy and technicians always turn up as arranged.

  • Mrs M Munday Portsmouth, Hampshire

    The technician was helpful and explained what he was doing, making me feel at ease about the service visit and even showed me new features that we can use.

  • Dr P Darling Basingstoke, Hampshire

    Have been with CIA for over 10 years now and they have never disappointed me.  The system designer showed a great deal of professionalism and expertise as well as being personable.

  • Southern Water Various locations throughout the South

    Thanks to the designer, project manager and all engineers whose work during this contract was carried out with efficiency, professionalism and care.

  • Dr Dxxxxx Rowlands Castle, Hampshire

    When I need help it is available (with a smile, inferred by the telephone conversation!)