Locksmiths specialise in locks of all kinds including, houses, safes and cars. We take a look at what they actually do…

Locksmiths are familiar with metal locking systems, as well as electronic security systems and card-activated systems. Hire a Locksmith to install, repair, and adjust locks in everything from cars to office buildings, and they also offer services to people who are locked out or individuals who want to consult with someone about their security systems.

Locksmiths install locks on an office building, he or she usually becomes that building’s default locksmith, because of his or her presumed familiarity with the building’s locks. Some locksmiths retain extra key sets, by request, to gain quick entry when needed.

Locksmiths may provide some of the following services:

  • Install locks, deadbolts and other mechanical or electronic locking devices
  • Modify or repair such devices
  • Rekey locks
  • Make duplicate keys or cards
  • Generate or program new keys/cards for locks whose keys/cards have been lost
  • Respond to emergency calls to unlock vehicles, homes and businesses

They also keep records of the types of locks used in a structure, replacement or repair work undertaken, and any other relevant information, such as connection with a security system which demands that a code be entered when a door is unlocked. Locksmiths will carry a vast array of tools, designed for picking locks, so that they can get into locked structure and vehicles.

They also have equipment to fabricate keys, program electronic locks, and to perform other tasks related to the profession, such as diagnosing problems with electronic lock and security systems.