Locksmithing is a traditional trade, and most countries require the completion of an apprenticeship before you can operate. Locksmiths may be commercial (working out of a storefront), mobile (working out of a vehicle), institutional, or investigational (forensic locksmiths). They may specialize in one aspect of the skill, such as an automotive lock specialist, a master key system specialist or a safe technician. Many also act as security consultants, but not all security consultants have the skills and knowledge of a locksmith
Although the fitting and replacement of keys remains an important part of locksmithing, modern locksmiths are primarily involved in the installation of high quality lock-sets and the design, implementation, and management of keying and key control systems.
These days a locksmith is often asked to determine the level of risk to an individual or company and then recommend and install appropriate combinations of equipment and policies to create a “security layer” to the premises.
What services can my locksmith offer me?
1. Key Cutting
Any type of lock ( cabinet, garage, back door, upvc door, padlocks etc) your locksmith will be able to cut keys for.
2. Door & Window Locks
Windows and doors contribute a lot to the aesthetics of your home. But they are also one of the most vulnerable parts of your home without the correct type of locks on them. Your locksmith will be able to recommend the best way to secure your windows and doors.
3. Security Safe Services
Safes come in many designs, all with different uses in mind.
High security. Cash, Bankers safe.
- Medium security. Cash, Larger retail.
- Low security. Cash in lower volumes, Documents
- Record protection. Protecting paper and the like from fire and humidity.
- Data protection. Protecting computer media from fire and humidity.
Locksmiths are able to open safes, repair, supply and install and even move large vaults and security safes.
4. Auto Locksmith
Not all locksmiths can offer an auto locksmithing service but those that do can get you into your vehicle if you’ve locked your keys inside. Autolocksmiths can repair car key fobs, program remote keys and transponder keys or simply cut a new key for your car.
5. Access control
These are electronic devices designed for sensitive and restricted areas and they come in a range of different sizes and complexity, from a proximity fob to swipe and key cards. Access control systems are here to prevent unauthorised access to certain areas of a building, they can help to monitor staff movements and can be important to the security of the business.
Changing your entry options to use electronic devices such as swipe cards and fobs give a greater sense of security and are harder to duplicate than a key system. An access control system can also be monitored remotely.
Access control is a powerful technology that can range from a small stand alone system that has 1 -15 users or to a multi-user system with up to 40,000 users and over 500 different doors. An access control system can be linked with other systems like alarms, CCTV cameras and intercoms for a complete security solution.
6. 24 Hour Emergency Locksmith
Most locksmiths now offer a 24 hour emergency callout service. Beware though that if you are calling outside standard business hours the callout fee and hourly rates are likely to be much higher than if you can wait until standard business hours.