It’s a question we’ve heard many times here at Grays Locksmiths: what does a locksmith do?
For many people, a locksmith is someone they call when they are locked out of their car, home or business, have lost their keys or have been unfortunate enough to suffer a break-in.
While it’s true that a locksmith can help with all these things, there are so many more services that they can also provide.
From installing CCTV and access control systems to security audits, advice and helping you comply with your insurance requirements, locksmiths supply a wide and varied range of services.
So, read on as we try to answer the question, ‘what does a locksmith do?’…
Window and door security
One of the most common tasks a locksmith does is to supply, fit, maintain and repair window and doors security solutions – mainly locks, but also things like roller blinds, shutters and security grilles.
A good locksmith can also install new and different types of doors and windows, including uPVC, wood and steel or aluminium.
These days, it’s easy to pick up a new lock from a DIY store and fit it yourself.
However, the key benefit of using a locksmith to fit a new lock, rather than doing it yourself, is that not only do you get a professional installation, they can also advise you on the many different types of lock available and the best one to suit your needs.
This can sometimes help save you money on your insurance if, for example, your insurer requires locks which adhere to specific security standards.
Another key (pun intentional) service that locksmiths provide is key cutting.
Again, this is a service you can access in many DIY stores and supermarkets these days, but the likelihood is that the service you receive from them will be provided by a shop employee, rather than a trained and experienced locksmith.
Most locksmiths can cut a wide range of keys, including house or garage keys, car keys and safe keys.
They can also re-programme electronic car keys, which could save you a fortune compared to what a main dealer might charge.
Most locksmiths use a machine to cut keys but will also be able to cut keys by hand for trickier jobs which need expert attention.
Some locksmiths offer an auto locksmith service, where they can recreate keys for a wide range of vehicles, no matter how complex.
This work can include duplicating and creating replacement car keys, repairing keys and locks and reprogramming electronic remote key fobs and onboard systems if, for example, your car key gets stolen.
Again, using a professional locksmith can be both cheaper and quicker than going direct to the main dealer.
Commercial and residential safes
Most locksmiths can supply, fit and maintain or repair safes and safety deposit boxes, both for domestic and business customers.
This can include opening safes where the key has been lost or the combination or code forgotten, repairing broken safes, installing safes and even moving, installing or repairing large commercial security vaults.
Again, you could buy a safe from a local DIY store and fit it yourself, but a professional locksmith will be able to give you some expert advice about the right product for you, and the best place to have it fitted or installed.
Digital security systems
The world of security – both at home and at work – has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, with many digital solutions on the market.
A good locksmith will not only be able to advise you on the right measures for you – whether that’s domestic or commercial, and for CCTV, lighting, access control or intruder alarm systems – they will also be able to source and install the best system, and make sure you know how to use it properly.
They will also be able to give your existing system a regular check-up to make sure it’s working as it should and advise on how it can be upgraded or enhanced with the latest technologies.
We always say that prevention is better than cure when it comes to security – in the long run, you can save a lot of money and heartache by installing security measures that protect your property, rather than having to put things right after the event.
However, if you are unfortunate enough to have suffered a break-in, attempted burglary or damage to your doors and windows at home, a locksmith can help.
Locksmiths can board up all types and sizes of windows and doors quickly and efficiently, as well as fitting temporary doors to all types of properties.
This will not only help you to make your property secure but can avoid further problems that may arise due to leaving your broken door or window unrepaired, putting your property at risk from more break-ins and squatters.
They can also advise you on the best locks and other security measures to install once you’ve had a new door or window fitted, to prevent it from happening again.
Locksmith Services Derby
As a trusted provider of locksmith services in Derby and across the East Midlands for many years, Grays Locksmiths Derby has helped thousands of happy customers to keep their homes and businesses safe and secure.
As well as the services listed above, we can provide customers with a full security survey to highlight any weak points of entry, before providing a bespoke solution that can be adapted to suit any budget.
Our expert techniques ensure your property is protected when you are not around, offering further peace of mind.
So, if you need the services of a locksmith in Derby, give us a call on 01332 404255 to find out how our friendly, expert team can help.