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 R Cecil Waterlooville, Hampshire

    Appointment change was easy – Engineer was very helpful – Good Service

  • Alan Jones – Newbury, Berkshire

    We always receive excellent service from CIA. We appreciated the text ‘reminder’ about the service appointment.

  • Mrs Hulmes Andover, Hampshire

    Asked questions and checked we were happy – nothing too much trouble…and all with a positive approach and a smile!

  • Mrs Ann Nash Woking, Surrey

    When I ring I speak to a real person who takes time to find my details and so can speak to me as an individual.  This personal contact is invaluable.

  • Mr D***** Hayling Island, Hampshire

    Very Polite, cleared up any mess he made. Hardly knew he was in the house.

  • Miss T Hxxxxx Churt, Surrey

    Designer was quite thorough with information and very prompt quote. Engineer is excellent and we will gladly have him back here for maintenance or future issue.

  • Mr T xxxxxxx Portsmouth, Hampshire

    The service we receive is excellent and always has been.

  • Mrs P Wxxx Waterlooville, Hampshire

    One employee was the one who liaised with me every time I rang, rather than being passed from pillar to post.

  • Bourne IFA Alton, Hampshire

    Your technician provided a first class service and we would have no hesitation in recommending your company.  Excellent. Thank You.

  • Mrs T Kxxxx Fareham, Hampshire

    Your staff are always pleasant, helpful and informative.  It is also nice not having a different person every time we have a service.