What is it, exactly, that a locksmith does?

A professionally trained locksmith installs locks, deadbolts and other security devices to protect your home, your car, and your business. Locksmiths also rekey locks, make duplicate keys, and program new keys when a transponder chip is involved. They respond to emergency calls to unlock vehicles, homes and businesses that have been locked accidentally, or whose locks have malfunctioned or been compromised by burglers. More times than you’d guess, keys break off in ignitions or in locks which requires the skills of a locksmith to remove.

If you need to replace or rekey a lock, you can get valuable information from your local professional locksmith to help you find the right solution to your problem. Many times people believe they are going to save money by attempting to fix the problem themselves; but without the knowledge and skill of a professional, the truth is they will often spend more money than if they had simply contacted a locksmith first.

One of the simpler tasks of a locksmith is making duplicate keys. Using your key as a template -- and assuming it does not have a “Do Not Duplicate” directive stamped into the metal -- the locksmith can quickly and inexpensively duplicate the key for your use.

A professional locksmith has mechanical abilities, good vision, spatial percepetion, hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. Their job often requires tremendous patience, both with difficult locks and with frustrated customers.

Although there are trade schools which offer classes in locksmithing, most locksmiths receive their best training as an apprentice to an established professional. As new keys and new locks come onto the market, locksmiths must continue their education to stay current. There are seminars and conventions that offer continuing education and most professionals belong to the Associated Locksmiths of America.

Automotive
  • Emergency lockout service
  • Transponder chip keys and remotes replaced
  • All types of automotive locks replaced
  • Broken keys extracted
  • Trunks opened
  • High security ignition keys replaced
  • Ignitions replaced
  • Locks rekeyed
Commercial
  • Master key system installed
  • High security locks installed or replaced
  • Dead bolts installed
  • Key entry knob installed
  • Door closures installed
  • Panic bars installed
  • Surveillance systems designed & installed
  • Store front locks installed and rekeyed
  • Emergency lockout service
  • Keyless entry system installed
Residential
  • Emergency lockout service
  • High security lock installation
  • Security door and gates
  • Rekey and repair locks
  • Garage door remotes
  • Mailboxes rekeyed
  • Safes installed and repaired
  • Combination locks installed
  • Security systems designed & installed