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Insurance for locksmiths – why is it important?

Whether you’re fitting a new locking system or simply replacing a set of keys, you need the back-up of a comprehensive locksmith insurance policy. From injuries to legal costs, if you were hit with a claim, would you have the funds to handle it? Business insurance is there to protect you against unexpected costs.

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  • locksmith insurance online, from quote to claim
  • public and product liability between £1 million and £10 million

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What does locksmith insurance cover?

The first cover to consider is usually public liability insurance, which covers you if a member of the public gets injured or loses out financially and blames your business. Then you can add other covers to a policy that protect against the different risks that locksmiths face.

Public liability insurance

In case your business and products cause an injury or property damage.

What’s typically covered by locksmith public liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • injuring someone else while you’re working, or afterwards as a result of your work
  • damaging someone else’s property while working, or afterwards because of your work
  • injury or damage caused by your employee (remember, if you employ people, you must have employers’ liability insurance – it’s a legal requirement)

For example:

  • someone trips over a bag on the floor in your premises, causing them to break their ankle
  • you accidentally knock a client’s laptop onto a hard concrete floor, damaging it beyond repair
  • your employee smashes a TV while working in a client's house

**If you do employ anyone, you’re usually required by law to have employers’ liability insurance too.**

Read more about public liability insurance

Employers’ liability insurance

In case anyone gets ill or injured while working for your business

What’s typically covered by employers’ liability insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • an injury to someone you employ, including contractors and temps, that happens as a result of working for you
  • a member of staff (including casual workers) falling ill due to your business

**Employers’ liability insurance is required by law if you have people working for you. Without it, you could be fined up to £2,500 a day for each employee.**

For example:

  • one of your employees falls down some stairs in your business premises, and makes a claim against you for chronic shoulder pain
  • a temporary employee traps their hand in a door at your premises, causing several fractures
  • a member of staff trips on a ledge on their way to a meeting, injuring their hip

Contents insurance

In case something happens to your fixtures, fittings, or operational equipment.

What’s typically covered by business equipment insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • destruction and damage of your contents equipment, such as furniture or photocopiers
  • cover for flood or fire damage, plus theft and vandalism

For example:

  • some of your business equipment, including a printer, is damaged by a fire
  • several TV screens you use for virtual meetings are stolen by thieves
  • an upstairs leak in your premises causes damage to the sofa and chairs in your reception area

Read more about business equipment insurance

Business legal insurance

In case you’re hit with legal expenses connected to your business.

Claims against your business for:

  • costs and expenses for contractual disputes arising from an agreement
  • cases relating to civil action taken against you for compensation under data protection legislation
  • employment disputes and compensation, for both employees and volunteers

For example:

  • a client says that your work wasn’t delivered on time and that you didn’t meet your contractual obligations, and they’re refusing to pay
  • your employee leaves their laptop unattended in a coffee shop, and a third party is able to lift a customer’s data
  • you need to dismiss an employee following client complaints, and they threaten to file an unfair dismissal lawsuit

Read more about business legal insurance

Personal accident insurance

In case anyone you’ve covered is accidentally injured, at work or off-duty.

What’s typically covered by personal accident insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • accidental death or injury, whether it happens at work or elsewhere, for anyone you’ve chosen to cover on your policy
  • lost income, plus medical costs and hospitalisation benefit

For example:

  • an employee you’ve covered on the policy slips on ice while commuting to the office, injuring their lower back
  • you’re tidying the office and an old printer falls onto your shoulder, causing a serious injury
  • your business partner bumps their head after a fall, causing ongoing health complications which stop them from working

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Stock insurance

In case something happens to your products and consumables.

What’s typically covered by stock insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • loss, damage or theft of essential stock
  • destruction of stock caused by fire or flood
  • the cost of replacing items that you’re going to sell

For example :

  • a fire in your shop destroys key stock
  • your stockroom gets flooded by a leaking pipe
  • someone breaks into your shop, stealing stock and damaging stock they leave behind

Read more about stock insurance

Tool insurance

In case your tools are lost, stolen or damaged.

What’s typically covered by tool insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to the tools you use for work
  • loss of your business tools or specialist equipment
  • theft of your locksmith tools and equipment

For example:

  • a thief steals your locksmith equipment and you miss out on a job
  • you accidentally leave some specialist equipment out in the rain, damaging it beyond repair
  • you lose your tools on a work trip

Read more about tool insurance

Buildings insurance

In case something happens to your business premises.

What’s typically covered by business building insurance?

Claims against your business for:

  • damage to the structure of your building if there’s been a fire, flood, or vandalism
  • contents, fittings, and equipment if they’re damaged by an event like a fire or flood
  • repair and rebuild costs

For example:

  • your shop’s wooden floor is damaged during a flood and needs replacing
  • your employee damages an interior wall installing new equipment, as well as a glass door
  • after a pipe bursts, you need to spend lots of money replacing flooring

Read more about business buildings insurance

Excess insurance

In case you need to make a claim on your insurance policy.

What's typically covered by excess insurance?

Claims made by you for:

  • when you make a claim on a cover included in your business insurance policy, you won’t need to pay excess

For example :

  • after a heavy storm you need to make a claim on your building cover – you don’t have to pay the £250 excess thanks to your excess insurance
  • a leak in the bathroom causes a guest to slip and injure themselves and thanks to excess cover, there’s no excess to pay on the claim
  • a tenant’s suitcase scratches the wooden flooring in your hallway – you won't have to pay any excess on your accidental damage claim

This content has been created for general information purposes. Make sure you have the right level of business insurance by checking your policy documentation for details. Read our full Terms and Conditions

How much does insurance for locksmiths cost?

Find out how much you’ll pay by comparing prices from a range of trusted insurers. You choose what goes into your policy, so you only pay for what you need.

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*The price is for £1 million of public liability insurance - 10% of customers paid £41.87 or less annually between 1st Oct 2023 - 31st Mar 2024. Equivalent to £3.49/month (and excludes the extra costs for paying monthly). If you complete a quote more types of cover will be available, these all have additional costs.

What kind of excess should I expect?

An excess is an amount you pay towards any claim you make on your insurance. For example, if your excess is £250 and you make a claim worth £1000, your payout will be a maximum of £750.

Insurance cover

Lowest excess

Highest excess

Public liability

No excess

£750

Employers' liability

No excess

No excess

Contents

£200

£4,000

Stock

£200

£4,000

Main building

£200

£400

The figures above are for guidance only and any excess applying to your quote may differ. You’ll get a breakdown of the excesses for each quote when you compare with us.

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Locksmith insurance FAQs

Whether you’re new to buying business insurance or you’ve been trading for a while, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about insurance for off licences. You can also check out our business insurance FAQs.

  • Yes. You may start offering additional services that require you to use different skills or carry out different tasks. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to give us a call on 0333 0146 683 to update your policy before you take on this new work.

    If you don’t have the correct type of cover in place for the work you do, you may be unable to claim on your policy if something goes wrong.

  • Each insurer looks at CCJs and IVAs differently – some apply stricter rules than others, but having a CCJ or IVA doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to buy insurance.

  • You can choose the payment type that suits your business and cash flow best. Some customers prefer to pay in one go, while others prefer to pay a regular monthly amount, like you do with lots of other bills. Simply Business offer three ways to pay for your policy:

    • one-off credit or debit card payment
    • BACS payment
    • Direct Debit

    If you choose to pay by Direct Debit, our credit provider, Premium Credit, pays Simply Business the full amount for your policy up front. You then repay Premium Credit in 10 monthly installments.

  • This will depend on whether you have employers’ liability insurance in place. Public liability insurance is designed to protect your business against the consequences of legal action brought by members of the public for injuries or damage to their belongings. But when it comes to your employees causing injury or damage, this protection only activates if you also have employers’ liability insurance.

    If you employ people, you’re required by law to have employers’ liability insurance.

    There’s one exception here. Family businesses that aren’t incorporated as a limited company are not legally required to have employers’ liability insurance. The government defines a “family business” as one where all your employees are closely related to you (as a spouse, civil partner, sibling, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, step-parent, stepchild or half-sibling). So if you run an unincorporated family business and you choose not to get employers’ liability insurance, it’s important to know that your public liability insurance wouldn’t cover you against damage or injury caused by your team.

We create this content for general information purposes and it should not be taken as advice. Always check policy documentation for details and seek professional advice. Read our full Terms and Conditions

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