Locksmith Frequently Asked Questions
A locksmith is a skilled professional that can fix and install a wide range of security products that protect one’s property from unwanted entry. While a majority of people first become acquainted with their local locksmith after being locked out of their home or car, they can also provide a multitude of additional services that help deter thieves and other criminals from breaking into your home or business.
Most locks can be installed within 30 minutes, but this depends on the type of lock and if there are any modifications that need to be done.
A deadbolt such as Schlage’s High-Security Primus lock is one of the most secure options you can choose to defend your home place or business.
Yes, but only on a lower knob lock with no lower latch guard.
The direction in which the door opens.
Most padlock keys can be duplicated, but it depends on the padlock.
Just like any area of business, locksmiths vary in their availability. A reputable locksmith shop, though, that staffs several certified professionals can respond to requests any time of the day or night. After all, emergencies don’t happen on a set schedule.
Some services are only available during normal business hours, but when locked out of a house or vehicle, a reputable professional will always be on call.
There is a lot of training and education that goes into being a professional locksmith. Some are trained in handling vehicle locks, while others are skilled at defeating door locks. Eventually, most locksmiths are able to handle both as they gain experience in the field. And a locksmith shop will have professionals on hand that can assist with either vehicle or door locks.
Reputable lock shops can provide high security locks as a replacement for standard hardware, which can be defeated in several ways. It pays to be careful here, though, because there are a lot of “locksmiths” out there that will claim to install a high security lock, only to replace poor hardware with even poorer hardware, while charging their customer a lot of money for nothing.
A Residential locksmiths can improved the following:
- Enhance door and window security
- Offer security products like gun and fire safes
- Provide an assortment of keying services
That’s a question most property owners will have to confront eventually, as even the sturdiest lock is eventually going to wear out. It might start sticking. The bolt may not line up with the strike plate. The pins inside the lock may be bent or warped. Although deadbolts are relatively simple pieces of technology, they are made with plenty of moving parts. And when those parts start failing, the deadbolt immediately becomes a security liability.
It is a very quick process, and our professional locksmiths should have you back on the road within 20 minutes.
Keys marked “Do Not Duplicate”, “Do Not Copy”, or “Unlawful to Copy” may be duplicated only if a letter of authorization from the owner or supervisor is presented with the request for duplication. If we are not already familiar with the property, and if we can’t confidently confirm the keys belong where you say it does, then under the Business and Professions Code
Currently we can program most keys for General Motors, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, Honda, and more. However, European models such as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Jaguar, etc… can only be programmed by their respective dealers.
High-security locks have restricted key access, and these keys are very difficult to duplicate. They also offer the safest protection against potential burglaries, so if that is your concern, just ask us for the options.
If your key broke inside of your lock and the door is unable to open and the key is stuck in there, give us a call. We can send out our locksmith technician to remove it in no time.
Since most hardware store employees are not licensed locksmiths, they are limited in the scope of locksmith services they can provide. Locksmiths are licensed and trained professionals in the field of lock maintenance and security.
We absolutely do, and our mobile locksmith service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week!
No. We have the best locksmiths near you, and they will use the safest methods and practices, without causing any damage to your car or truck.
No, not all locks are able to be picked. Some residential and commercial locks are high-security and pick resistant.
Yes, but only if all of the locks have the same keyway or are made by the same manufacturer.
No, Our Locksmith Service was founded on the extensive knowledge of three generations of locksmiths. I’ve been a locksmith for over 40 years, and my father and grandfather were also locksmiths. I will personally take care of all your locksmith needs.
Rekeying means you can keep your present locks, but requires changing the pins inside them so any copies of your old key will no longer work. Rekeying saves you time and money!
Our Locksmith Services, we accept all major credit cards, as well as cash and checks.
Yes, Our Professional Locksmith Services can key lock sets together
The answer depends on the particular lock. With over 40 years of first-hand experience installing and repairing residential and commercial locks, I can tell if a lock is capable of being fixed or if the lock will need to be replaced altogether.
The first step would be to make sure that the door frame is strong enough. Consult an expert and use brands that are known for their durability. Do not attempt to use new technology unless you fully understand what it entails and the possible risks of installing it. We recommend that you always go for quality!
Lock rekey involves the replacement of the current configuration or tumbler of the door locks so that the lock will only open and lock with a new key. This ensures security when someone is moving to a new house or the room-mate moves out. Our diligent specialists in Los Angeles will make a new key to fit the lock.
The short answer is no. While there are some bad apples out there, not all locksmiths engage in unlawful or dangerous practices. Before you hire a locksmith, make sure that the business is valid. Also, check with the appropriate government agency that the locksmith has a license. Most legitimate locksmiths have properly marked vehicles and teams with professional uniforms or clothes that identify the company.
No, we won’t damage your car when you call us to unlock it. We designed the tools that our team uses specifically to prevent damage when unlocking your car.
However, it’s possible for aftermarket window tint to sustain damage if we have to use a swan tool. In cases like this, we suggest making a key to open your car. Although it costs more this way, it won’t scratch the aftermarket tint.
The safest way to fix this problem is to call Pop-A-Lock White Marsh. We can provide a free estimate to repair or replace the ignition cylinder. You shouldn’t try to force your keys to turn because you could break off the key. Having a broken key in the ignition will cost more to resolve.
The price for a new key will vary depending on the make, model and year of your vehicle. Previously having the locks rekeyed or changed will affect the price too. To replace a single key or key fob, to a high-security key system, it can cost anywhere from $145 to a few hundred dollars depending on the vehicle. We can provide an accurate estimate when you call us for a quote.
No, picking building door locks doesn’t damage the locks. The reason is that picking the locks simply decodes the pattern of the existing keys. Picking locks isn’t easy, so only an experienced locksmith with the right tools should do it.
Pop-A-Lock White Marsh can perform an evaluation of your home or business, including the entry points. We’ll suggest solutions that fit your personal concerns, needs and budget. These include lock options as well as other tips that can improve security.
Absolutely – although you may think it’s unlikely that anyone would find the keys and know which lock they open, that’s really going to depend on who finds them and where! It’s better to be safe than sorry and, as above, if you are burgled using a key, your insurance will not pay out.
Lock snapping is a burglary method which has received much publicity recently. Without going into detail, this method involves literally snapping a cylinder lock in order to gain entry to a property. This can be prevented by making sure your lock is correctly fitted, and by fitting an anti-snap cylinder. We advise that you seek professional advice from a locksmith if you are concerned that your lock is vulnerable.
Absolutely, all works are guaranteed for 12 months, any failure of materials is also guaranteed at St.Locks expense
No I never charge a call out fee, neither do i charge for coming out to your home or business to diagnose or quote on works. I only charge when you actually have works carried out after having all costs and details of works explained to you.
Yes, this is no problem for a skilled locksmith. Although you would usually have keys cut from another key, if you have lost your keys or your key is severely worn – it is possible to have a key made from a lock.
This can be achieved by either disassembling the lock or making an impression of the key hole.
Most people won’t be able to tell if a standard key has been copied as there are no restrictions on a locksmith or hardware shop making a copy of these keys
A special product that locksmiths offer is a ‘Restricted Key’, this is a key that can only be issued and copied by the locksmith who first sets this product up for their customer. Only an authorized person can request a Restricted Key to be copied which offers a higher level of security and peace of mind to the customer that extra unknown copies are not in circulation.
There are many factors that impact the price of a professional, registered locksmith.
The best way to get an accurate quote is to call us
You should call a locksmith when:
- You need to physically secure your home, office, warehouse or any other assets or valuables from potential intruders and thieves
- You have strict insurance guidelines that require locksmith services to be compliant
- You’ve lost or broken your house or car keys
- You’ve recently moved premises and need to change your locks
- You’re locked out of your house Any other issues you may have with keys, locks or safes.
Avoid touching the key or lock as this might cause the key to push itself further into the lock.
It’s best to call a locksmith immediately and let them know what has happened – they’ll be able to quickly come out, remove the broken key and cut a new key for you on the spot.
There is no need to change the locks on your old home when you move out of it – the new owner should do this themselves. You should definitely change the locks on your new home when you move in – and this should be a priority!
You have no idea how many keys exist for the old locks, or to whom those keys belong. It is also a common practice for estate agents to put their copy of a key on a keyring marked with the address of the property.
Yes – to become a locksmith you need to complete a 4 year apprenticeship and a Certificate III in Engineering- Mechanical Trade (Locksmith). To work as a locksmith you are also required to pass police security checks and to hold a Security Licence.
Ask to see their State Government issued Security Employee Licence. In the ACT it should have the subclasses of 2B, 2C, 2D and 2E listed on it. Also most reputable companies will list their Master Security Licence numbers on advertisements, websites, etc.
A qualified licensed experienced locksmith is more efficient, will do the job quicker, provide quality workmanship, provide a warranty for products and workmanship, provide quality security solutions with better protection. This means peace of mind and saves you money in the long run. Only a locksmith has the necessary skills, experience, qualifications and authority to perform your security work to a high standard to protect you, your family and your possessions. There are three types of service: GOOD – CHEAP – FAST You can choose any two. GOOD service CHEAP won’t be FAST GOOD service FAST won’t be CHEAP FAST service CHEAP won’t be GOOD
Yes we can and you call us, we have an emergency 24/7 service – 365 days a year.
We have an extremely large range of keys; they range for keys that are of quite an old design to the most modern transponder type keys.
In most cases yes; the basic principle is if one key fits in to all the locks then we can change the pins so that the key turns. If you have locks of different profiles (shape of the key) we may have to replace some of the locks.
You have several options. We can come out and fit keys or rekey your house, you can bring the locks into our workshop to be rekeyed or have keys fitted or you could replace the cylinders.
Yes, we have padlocks from 20mm to 80mm that we can get keyed alike or key alike to your existing key.
Yes, in the vast majority of situations we can. We may need some additional information depending on what the key is for. Such as; make, model and year if it’s a car key or type of cabinet, photo or brand if it’s for a filing cabinet. Feel free to call for us to check for you.
Yes, in most cases we can, if we don’t have the blank key we’ll try our utmost to get it.
Yes, we stock, supply and fit both mechanical and “stand alone” electronic digital locks.
Absolutely we stock, sell, supply and fit several different types and brands of deadlocks.
Absolutely yes! In order to add new deadbolt on your door, we can drill a new hole. We are also aligning the bolt with the door frame.
Using your key for long time can cause wear and tear to the lock or the key. Furthermore, making copy of a key out of another copy causing tiny differences on the cuts of the key.
You cannot buy or carry lock picking tools. Lock picking tool are illegal to sell or possess burglary tools in most states. As a matter of fact, only licensed locksmith is able to carry lock picking tools.
We highly recommend to change your house locks whenever the locks start to have issue and problems. A professional locksmith can install new locks properly.
Bump keys is a key made with special cuts. When forced in a certain way into a lock its energy can open most cylinders.
Yes, in order to keep your property and your assets secured, not to mention your family or your staff safe. We recommended to install high security locks.
Yes, all your locks should be working on the same key. This is more comfortable and also prevents a case of a house lock out by misplacing keys.
It is important to realize that the locks at home center are low quality and easy to break. The question you have to ask yourself is what is your time really worth?
Yes! In most cases, we can pick almost every residential lock with a proper training and professional tools. In the words, we can unlock almost every door.
Yes, call us anytime, we are here to help.
Feel free. You can reach us online anytime. Please call to confirm if it’s an emergency.
Yes, call ahead or email us for help. We can schedule to meet your needs.