In this article you will learn about the different types of locksmiths that are available for you to hire depending on your requirements.
Sometimes you may need a specialist locksmith to help you with your problem and these will use fall into one of the following categories:
You will find that a lot of locksmiths will offer emergency 24 hour call out services, but there are also emergency locksmiths who specialise in this area.
Typically they will help you if you are locked out of your car or house, if you need to lock a broken door or if there has been a burglary on a commercial premises.
Emergency Locksmith Services:
In the case where you’re locked out after hours, yes, you may have had a few drinks and “misplaced” your keys, then you can call a 24 / 7 emergency locksmith to let you back in.
- Emergency Lock Outs
- Re-locking broken locks
- Securing burglary sites
A residential locksmith is the most common type of locksmith that you will most likely come into contact with, if you have any issues with your domestic property.
Not only will they be able to provide you with the basic services such as cutting a new set of keys for you, they will be able to provide you with solid home security advice.
Residential locksmiths will have a good understanding of the latest locks and locking technologies and will often have a high street store with the latest stock and machinery to help you solve your problem.
Residential locksmiths will also manage services for large accommodation complexes and mansions.
Residential Locksmith Common Services
- Key cutting
- Lockout services
- Re-keying locks
- Replacement locks
- Home security advice
A commercial locksmith is usually responsible for providing locksmithing services to small to medium sized businesses, which will have specific requirements for their businesses.
A commercial locksmith will usually install and maintain security systems and locks, and will specialise in multi-use, high volume and keyless lock systems.
Commercial and industrial spaces will be subject to frequent break-in attempts, so will turn to a commercial locksmith to provide security advice for their businesses’ premises.
This means that it is important for a commercial locksmith to keep up to date with the latest technologies so they can advise business owners on appropriate security measures for their commercial property.
Commercial locksmiths will also specialise in locks, which are made made specifically for business purposes, and often a commercial locksmith will double up as a safe technician or safe locksmith.
Commercial Locksmith Services:
- Installation of Panic Bars
- Fitting and maintenance of:
o Emergency Exit Doors and Locks
o Hydraulic Doors
o Window Security Bars
- Safe and Vault Installation / Repairs / Removal
- Provisioning of the following systems:
o Keyless Entry Systems
o Access Control Systems
o Master Key Systems
- High Security Locks
- Mortise Cylinders
- File Cabinet Locks Replace and Repair
An industrial locksmith provides similar services to a commercial locksmith, however, usually operate with bigger clients.
Typically they will have longer term relationships with large businesses, where they will charge a monthly maintenance fee for upkeep and maintenance of security systems.
They will service industrial, warehousing and manufacturing clients.
Industrial Locksmith Services
- Access control
- Security technologies
- Door hardware
- Master key systems
- Replacement doors and frames
Automotive / Auto Locksmiths
Auto locksmiths focus on providing locksmithing solutions for different kinds of vehicles including cars, trucks, motorbikes and industrial vehicles.
Typically this is the fastest changing of all of the locksmith types, due to the rapid development of car keys and transponders, so auto locksmiths need to constantly update both their knowledge, and their equipment.
Car keys and locks are no longer simple devices but often have complex programming and immobiliser systems that an auto locksmith will need to understand and master. As new cars and technology are constantly being released an auto locksmith need to continually update their skillset.
Different car manufacturers have different locking systems so there is a lot for an auto locksmith to specialise in.
A key part of their skill will be to ensure that the car and its surface remain intact and are not damaged whist they try to open a lock or remove a broken key from the ignition.
Auto Locksmith Services:
- Auto Ignition services
- Replacement car keys
- Car opening
- Car key reprogramming
- Car key repair
- Car lock repair
- Transponder key programming
- Immobilizer diagnostics and repair
- Module programming and repair
A trained safe locksmith or safe technician will specialise in installing, opening, repairing and also removal and disposal of safes or vaults. As you can see this is a specialised trade and requires different knowledge and skillset than a regular locksmith.
Typically businesses or individuals will either have data safes, which protect files and data against file and theft, or security safes, which will protect your valuables. A safe locksmith will be trained to deal with both types.
A safe locksmith will be trained at non-destructive opening of safes via a combination of techniques from lock picking and manipulation to safe cracking.
Safe Locksmith Services
- Safe combination code changes
- Providing replacement safe keys
- Installation of high security electronic locks with multi user and audit trail facilities
- Safe opening services
- Safe Repairing
- Safe Installation
- Safe Removal
- Safe Disposal
A forensic locksmith is a relatively new kid to the block, and is usually called on to help aid police investigations into the scene of a crime.
Usually a forensic locksmith will have a background in locksmithing so they can analyse lock systems and determine if and how they have been tampered with.
They will have a good knowledge of locks, safes and security systems, but will also be familiar with operating in a crime scene.
A forensic locksmith would usually look at the following areas:
• Method of entry
• Tools used to gain entry
• Areas of weakness in a security system
It is now becoming more common for forensic locksmiths to provide advice and analysis of the security levels of a facility, for large corporations due to their expert knowledge.