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Who is a locksmith?
A locksmith is a professional technician who specialized in lock and key repair, can cut a new car key and program it to the car computer, can gain access to unlock doors, safes, windows, cars, and commercial business, everything that operates on locks and key tumblers system.
What services does a Locksmith provide?
Most locksmiths provide a wide range of commercial, residential and automotive services.
A locksmith create space for a new lock and adjusts the new lock mechanism to the original door.
In a case of a broken lock, a professional Locksmith will know to assess the situation and provide a solution that will leave you with a perfectly functioning lock. If some parts are broken, the locksmith will try and fix them or provide a replacement if that is the case in order to safeguard your home or business.
Lock rekey means changing the internal components of the lock to allow a different key to open it. Rekey of a lock can be done only by a locksmith, except kwikset smart key system, which allows you to “do it yourself” with no need of a locksmith technician to perform the job. This lock is not recommended for use. Lock rekeying saves you money while increasing your home’s security.
Did you know there is an immobilizer chip inside most car keys?
The Immobilizer key was invented in year 1986 (VATS ‘anti-theft system name’) it’s an anti-theft system to protects a car from being stolen. If you get locked out of your car or lose your car key, an automotive locksmith will be able to help you cut a new key tracing the car’s vin number.
Transponder key programming can be done by the car dealership or by a locksmith technician. Locksmith companies provide different, you can say even better, service the the dealership, since most of them are mobile and will provide service at your direct location. They also tend to be more affordable and work 247 around the clock. You can save yourself the headaches and expenses of towing your car to the dealership. Key programming means that the key needs to be programmed to the vehicle computer. Without the key being programmed to the vehicle, your vehicle won’t start.
If your car ignition broke or got damaged, a repair or replacement will be required. You are also advised to do an ignition replacement if someone else has unauthorized possession of your car keys. This could expose your car to theft.
Car door lock change or rekey
If someone has a key for your car door, a professional car locksmith can help you with replacing the vehicle door locks or rekeying the locks creating a brand new set of keys in order to prevent old keys from unlocking the car doors.
Call a professional locksmith to help you extract any bent or broken key that is stuck in a door lock or a car’s ignition.
Residential Window locks
Lock installation for windows is provided by most locksmith technicians for residential and commercial windows.
Not all locksmith companies provide push bar installation. why would you want to hire a locksmith and not a handyman to perform this work? A Locksmith technician will be more equipped, and will be able to cut matching keys to other doors if needed.
Lost the key to your mailbox? A professional locksmith will unlock it and install a new mailbox lock for you.
If you want your door closer to work smoothly and be installed accurately, call a professional locksmith.
For any key you need to duplicate, a locksmith store is the right place to go to get the key duplication right. Of course you can always call a locksmith and have him come out to your location.
Lost the only key to your car or house?
In case of a lost car key, a Locksmith can recover the original key with a key code, either by contacting the local dealership or by tracing the vehicle’s vin number. This service is available 247.
Locked out of your car or house?
Professional Locksmith is the right person to call for help. A locksmith can also help unlocking other locks including: safes cabinets locks, desk locks etc.
Some locksmiths provide access control installation. This allows you to manage all of your doors and locks making sure only authorized personnel have access to restricted areas in your home or work facility.
If you are locked out of your car or house, almost anywhere, there is a 24-hour locksmith to help you to get inside. Professional locksmiths can provide most locksmith services for you on short notice any time of the day that you need them.
Most locksmiths are mobile (mobile Locksmith store),due to the job needs. In case of an emergency or just a routine job a technician will meet you at your direct location. Some locksmiths have a store that serves customers. You can buy your locks and safes at a locksmith’s store.
Most common lock brands used by locksmiths in the USA
- Master Lock
- RR Brink
- Kaba Ilco
Most common Lock models in the USA
- levers handle
- cam lock
- mortise lock
- euro profile cylinder
- jimmy proof deadbolt
- keyless locks.
How much does a mobile locksmith service cost?
Each locksmith company has their own rates. below is the average range of prices that a mobile locksmith service costs in the USA, including the service call. Prices below are average estimates and may differ by location and time. (Locksmiths typically charge a minimal fee to come out to your location)
• Car lockout: $50 to $150
• House lockout: $50 to $150
• Lock change: $50 to $500 (depends on the lock brand)
• Lock rekey: $15 to $50
• Safe unlocking: $80 to $600
• Car key: $150 to $650
• Key duplication: $2 to $25
• Fresh Lock installation: $70 to $200
• Keyless locks: $100 to $500
How does a locksmith unlock cars?
There are four common ways to unlock a car;
• Slim Jim – Slim Jims is a slim metal bar that was used to unlock most cars until about 2005. it’s still can unlock some cars today (there is a high risk of damage using this tool).
• Airbags with long reach tools – Airbags are the most common way to unlock cars because this method does not damage the car at all and is very safe
• Lishi (car lock picking tool) – Lishi (lock picking) is a safe way to open vehicles. it might take longer compared to the airbags method but is very reliable and has a high success rate.
• Laser key decoder – this method works same as the lishi method, but is used for cars with laser key locks.
How does a locksmith unlock a house door lock?
For a deadbolt, a locksmith can use a number of tools depending the situation:
• Pick gun.
• Electrical pick gun.
• Manual pick tools.
• Bump key.
All these tools are meant to unlock a door lock without causing damage to the door or the lock itself. But in some cases, there are high security locks like: locks like Kwikset smart key, Mul-t-lock, that might be impossible to unlock with the tools mentioned above and the locksmith will have to damage the lock in order to unlock it.
For a doorknob, a locksmith can use a number of tools depending the situation:
• Pick gun.
• Electrical pick gun.
• Manual pick tools.
• Bypass doorknob tool.
• Under the door doorknob tool.
Doorknobs are usually easier to unlock compared to dead bolts.
Thats is why Locksmiths will recommend deadbolt as the safer choice.
How to find the best locksmith in your area
These are the most recommended places to get reliable certified locksmiths:
Yelp has a great review system that is quite reliable, and another advantage is that a lot of customers choose to post reviews on Yelp and use others when they need.However, their review system is not always right as it is quite strict and sometimes wrongly deletes real reviews while leaving fake ones. I recommend that you use both Google and Yelp to collaborate your decision before making a choice of a locksmith service near you.
Better Business Bureau goal is to let the public know when a business is not being fully straight, giving them the option and the knowledge to choose if to go in business with them in the future. But usually their main work is to help customers who were wrongfully treated to find a solution.
Usually used in claims against Retail business nit as much to service providers. Most reviews on BBB won’t even get published and will only be kept on their records. That is why many service providers choose not to pay the annually membership and use their services.
Google are number one when it comes to finding a professional locksmith. Why Google?
Google has the tools to identify the difference between fake and real reviews, they take all matters in consideration when giving your business a score. that includes: number of calls a day- which indicate the if the business activity is high or low, good and bad reviews and how often does the business get them, number of years in the area, activity online, cooperation with city law enforcement and more to determine the best professional near you.
How not to get scammed by a fake locksmith?
There are a lot of fraudsters advertise locksmith services on Google, Bing and Yellow pages online. If you see a locksmith offering you a low price, in example $15, it is most likely a scam because a professional locksmith service will be starting at 50$. Scammers will not give you a price estimate over the phone but will instead give you different starting prices for different services and tell you that they would confirm the actual price upon seeing the job. Do not fall for this.
A real locksmith will tell you the price range, give you an estimate or exact price over the phone, before even stepping out.
Locksmithing is one of the oldest profession in the world, Locksmiths as professionals are over 4,000 years old, and started in Egypt. Locks at the ancient days were used only by wealthy people that wanted to protect their properties and money, and they were the only people that could afford it.
Locks have greatly improved over time, they started with 3 simple pins that prevented the bolt from moving. In 1778 Robert Barron made the lever tumbler lock double-acting. later, in 1784, Joseph Bramah made the “unpickable” safety lock, it worked for a while but thieves got it open. Locksmiths didn’t stop but they kept working to prevent locks from being picked.
in 1848, Linus Yale made the Pin Tumbler lock which is still the most common around the us today.
The world’s first combination lock was invented by James Sargent in 1857. Yale started working on the modern combination lock in 1862 (we are still using his idea today). The jimmy-proof lock was invented in 1916 by Samuel Segal. Locks stayed the same till the Electrical / keypad Locks was invented. In keypad locks, you can unlock it remotely with your phone or computer and monitor when the lock was opened or closed and other advanced features.