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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  • Roger Garth Hutton Farnham, Surrey

    Prompt, efficient service. Courteous and efficient technician.

  • Ricara Ltd Brighton

    Always helpful, always proficient, efficient and effective.

  • Mr A***** Clanfield, Hampshire

    Local company with a good reputation and we have been very impressed so far – thank you.

  • Mr & Mrs Hxxx Rowlands Castle, Hampshire

    The service has always been excellent.

  • Mr M Cxxx Portsmouth, Hampshire

    Quick response and very polite.

  • 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 A Price, Price Motors Waterlooville, Hampshire

    All people I encountered were a credit to CIA.

  • Mr Lockton – Rowlands Castle, Hampshire

    Prompt service, helpful technicians, no attempt to sell us a ‘modernised’ alarm system.

  • Mr *** Petersfield

    Very neat and tidy installation.  Very considerate with young family.  Professional and efficient service throughout the whole process.

  • Mr R Clist Liss, Hampshire

    They were prompt in arriving.  They were able to overcome a small problem with little fuss, and seemed technically very capable.