Locksmithing FAQs: Commonly Asked Questions About Locks and Security

  • 12th September 2023
  • posted in: Advice

This month, we thought we’d highlight locksmithing…

As one of the seven different trades we specialise in, locksmithing is a vital profession that plays a pivotal role in ensuring the security and safety of our homes, businesses, and personal belongings.

Whether you've locked yourself out, need to upgrade your security system, or have questions about the locksmithing industry, this comprehensive FAQ guide aims to provide clear and concise answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What Exactly Does a Locksmith Do?

A locksmith is a skilled professional who specialises in working with locks, keys, and security systems. Their services encompass a wide range of tasks, including lock installations, repairs, key cutting, lockouts, security consultations, and even electronic access systems.

Is Lockpicking Legal?

In most cases, lockpicking is legal when performed by licensed locksmiths or by individuals with the consent of the lock owner. However, attempting to pick a lock without proper authorisation can be considered illegal or suspicious behaviour. This is why it’s best to call out an expert if you get locked out of your property, otherwise someone may mistake you for a burglar.

What Should I Do If I'm Locked Out of My Home?

If you find yourself locked out of your home, the first step is to remain calm. You can contact us 24/7 as we operate an emergency service. Our professional locksmiths can quickly and safely help you regain access without causing damage to your property.

How Often Should I Change My Locks?

Changing locks is recommended in situations such as moving into a new home, sometimes after a breakup or divorce (if you deem it necessary), or if you've lost your keys. It's also a good idea to upgrade locks if they're old or damaged. Regular maintenance and changing locks when needed will enhance your security.

How Do Locksmiths Handle Key Extractions?

When a key breaks off in a lock, our locksmiths use specialised tools to carefully extract the broken piece without damaging the lock. If you have a spare key that isn’t broken, you can get that copied and replace the broken key. However, if there isn’t an intact key to copy, we will most likely need to change the lock cylinder or barrel for you.

Can I Install a Smart Lock Myself?

While some smart locks are designed for DIY installation, it's generally recommended to have a professional locksmith handle the installation. They can ensure proper alignment and setup, maximising the lock's effectiveness and security features.

Are All Locksmiths Available 24/7?

Not all locksmiths offer round-the-clock services, but at Able Group we do provide emergency assistance 24/7. So when an emergency occurs, you can contact us.

How Can Locksmiths Enhance Business Security?

Our engineers offer a range of commercial services across our 7 different trades, including installing and maintaining access control systems, master key systems, high-security locks, plus our electricians can install CCTV systems too. These measures collectively help businesses safeguard their premises and assets.

What About Extra Security For My Home?

In addition to lock repairs and upgrading, Able group locksmiths can install door chains, which are great for childproofing and providing extra security for the elderly. We can also fit various door furniture for wooden doors, including locks and handles on internal doors.

What’s the Difference Between Keyed Alike and Master Key Systems?

Keyed alike and master key systems are two common terms you'll encounter when it comes to locksmithing, and understanding the difference between them is crucial.

Keyed alike means that multiple locks, such as those on different doors or cabinets, are designed to be opened with the same key. This simplifies your key management, as you only need one key to access all the locks.

On the other hand, a master key system is more complex and typically involves a hierarchy of keys. In a master key system, there is a master key that can unlock all locks within a system, while each lock also has its unique individual key. This setup is often used in commercial or residential buildings where different individuals or groups need specific access levels.

The choice between keyed alike and a master key system depends on your security and access control requirements. We can help you determine the best solution for your needs.

How Can I Keep My Locks and Keys in Good Condition?

Regular maintenance is key to ensuring the longevity and smooth operation of your locks and keys. Lubricate locks with graphite or a designated lock lubricant, avoid using excessive force, and promptly address any issues to prevent further damage.

Choose Able For All Your Locksmithing Needs

Locksmithing is a multifaceted field dedicated to maintaining security and peace of mind. From emergency lockouts to complex security system installations, our locksmiths can offer a wide range of services to meet diverse needs for both homes and businesses.

We’re also experts in electrics, plumbing, drains, glazing, gas and heating, as well as pest control, so we have you covered when it comes to a smooth running property.

We hope these FAQs helped, and if you have a lock problem don’t worry, just call us anytime on 0330 108 4111.

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