Locksmith FAQs: 5 of the most commonly asked questions about locksmiths

Locksmiths have been around for centuries. For as long as there have been locks and keys, there have been locksmiths around to fix and fit them. Today, locksmiths perform a wide array of services and tasks. As security specialists, they’re responsible for servicing, maintaining, and repairing mechanical and electronic locks and security installations within a variety of settings.

At Jim’s Locksmiths, we get a lot of questions on a regular basis regarding locksmithing and home and/or business security. Here’s a roundup of our most commonly asked questions.

 

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1. Can locksmiths make keys from a lock?

Yes, a skilled locksmith should be able to do this without problems. Generally speaking, locksmiths will only make a key from a lock if there are no other keys available to copy. However, sometimes there aren’t other keys available; for example, if you’ve lost your keys or if your key has been damaged or worn. In these cases, a skilled locksmith should be able to make a new one for you either by disassembling the lock or by making an impression of the keyhole.

2. How do locksmiths open doors?

A licensed locksmith has many techniques under their belt to help them unlock most doors. The first thing a locksmith will do in most cases is to try and open your door by picking the lock. Professional locksmiths will have a lock picking kit that contains all the essential tools to unlock your door without damaging the lock. This requires a lot of skill and experience, but a professional locksmith should be able to open your door fairly quickly and without issues.

3. Can locksmiths be trusted?

Unfortunately, there are some dodgy locksmiths around that don’t always have the best intentions at heart. Luckily, there’s a number of simple ways to tell if you’re dealing with a legitimate, trustworthy locksmith. One thing to do is to consider how they’re presenting themselves. Check to see if they’re driving in a company-branded vehicle or if they’re wearing a business branded uniform. A trustworthy locksmith will proudly advertise themselves and their business, just like Jim’s Locksmiths. So if you’re dealing with someone who doesn’t want to disclose their business or wants to operate anonymously, then it might be best to find another locksmith.

Another thing to do is to ask for a quote before any work begins, including emergency service. Some locksmiths may advertise low prices initially, but then bait-and-switch their customers once they’ve completed the job. Don’t hire a locksmith who refuses to provide an estimate. Always ensure that they’re being upfront and transparent.

 

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4. Can locksmiths open cars?

Lockouts are one of the most common reasons why customers request locksmith services. Lockouts happen all the time when it comes to homes and offices, but they also commonly happen in cars and vehicles. Locksmiths are trained to respond to a variety of different situations, so if you find yourself locked out of your car, it’s best to call a professional locksmith who will get you back on the road in no time.

5. Can locksmiths open safes?

There are many reasons why someone might get locked out of a safe. They may have forgotten their code combination, or perhaps the safe’s locking system has malfunctioned. Safe’s are designed to keep people out, so getting access to a locked-out safe can be a little more complicated than getting access into a locked-out car or home. In these situations, it’s critical to call a professional locksmith to help you regain access to your important belongings and documents without causing any damage to them.

If you ever find yourself locked out of your home, car, office, or safe, don’t risk damaging your property by attempting to break in yourself. The best thing to do in these situations is to call a professional locksmith right away.

At Jim’s Locksmiths, you can trust us to help you with all your lock and home security issues when you need it. Call us today on 131 546 to receive an obligation-free quote.