The 6 Different Types of Locksmiths You Should Know About

You normally call a local locksmith near you to pick the lock for you when you’re locked out. When your front door needs rekeying, you contact a 24 hour local locksmith to assist you, and they will normally cut a new set of keys for you right away. Even when you lost your car key or when you need a car key replacement, you can depend on a local car locksmith who is available 24/7 to assist you anytime you need, especially under harsh weather.


But did you know there are 6 different types of locksmiths who specialize in different areas of locksmithing? Locksmiths don’t just pick the lock, duplicate keys, or install door locks, they also have to advance in the technology and upgrade their tools to keep them competitive.


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The following are the 6 different types of locksmiths and the services they provide:

Emergency Locksmiths

When you’re locked out of your car, your house or your business (office, store, warehouse, etc.), the 24 hour emergency locksmiths will immediately come to your aide and help you get in. And because emergencies do happen anytime, they are available 24/7, even on holidays. Their lock picking skills can unlock any door locks in seconds without damaging your property. They can also make keys on site. They’d be able to create spare keys for you in minutes at an affordable price.


Auto Locksmiths

Auto locksmiths are the ones who you should call when:

  • you lose your car key
  • you left your key in the ignition
  • your car key got stuck in the ignition
  • you need car locks rekeying
  • you need car key replacement
  • your transponder key needs reprogramming
  • your ignition needs repair


Auto locksmiths have skills and knowledge in handling any car models, old or new. They have the tools to help you get in your car when you’re locked out, when you need help with key cutting or reprogram the key for you, or repair the ignition. These services can be done by a local car locksmith for a much affordable price than with a car dealer.


Residential Locksmiths

The residential locksmiths usually handle door locks installation, rekeying front door locks, lock picking when you’re locked out, or extracting the key from the keyhole, etc. When you need an upgrade in your home security system, a residential locksmith will help you install a digital door lock or smart lock, repair/replace your door if needed, and install security cameras in your house for additional security.


A residential locksmith can assist you with indoor and outdoor locks. He can install or repair:

  • front door locks
  • patio door locks
  • kitchen door locks
  • bedroom door locks
  • garage door locks
  • bathroom door locks


A residential locksmith can also assist you with any kind of safes. He can install, open or repair:

  • gun safes
  • floor safes
  • depository safes
  • record safes
  • wall safes
  • fireproof safes
  • biometric safes
  • custom safes
  • cash boxes


Commercial Locksmiths

Commercial establishments like retail stores, offices, buildings, schools, etc. must have advanced locks and high-security systems to fortify them against intruders. It is the commercial locksmith‘s responsibility to ensure that these businesses’ security systems are working properly. When someone gets locked out of the office, the commercial locksmith can get them in within minutes.


Commercial locksmiths can install and repair:

  • deadbolts
  • leversets
  • mortise locks
  • cylinder locks
  • panic bars and push bar exit devices
  • wifi door locks
  • file cabinet locks
  • safes


Institutional Locksmiths

Institutional locksmiths are like commercial locksmiths who install or repair the security systems in establishments like schools, hospitals, universities, commercial buildings, etc. These locksmiths are employees of these establishments who take care of the security system on a daily basis. They update the system, give access to authorized people, and keeping records of master key systems.


Forensic Locksmiths

Forensic locksmiths are the high-level kind of locksmiths who help in investigations on a crime scene. They use scientific methods in studying a locking mechanism or other security devices, analyzing how the device was opened or hacked, and the tools used to open the device. Although they do not solve criminal cases, they help in collecting evidence to identify suspects. They are also called to testify in a court to provide expert testimony together with the investigative reports and evidence they collected to support those cases.



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8 thoughts on “The 6 Different Types of Locksmiths You Should Know About

  1. I love that you talked about an auto locksmith being able to handle cutting or reprogramming new keys for you. My sister accidentally broke her key in the lock of her car door a few months ago and was panicking because she didn’t know what to do. I appreciate you talked about how a local auto locksmith can often be a more cost-effective option than a car dealership.

    1. Hi Khorae,

      Thank you for dropping by our blog! We’re glad that we’re able to help and provide good information about locksmith services. If you need help or your sister found herself being locked out of car again, you can contact us and we’ll immediately unlock her car. We are available 24/7 even on holidays!

  2. I do like how you mentioned some different kinds of locksmiths and what their differences are. Honestly, as of the moment, the emergency locksmith with their ability to be there when you need them sounds very promising. Being able to have the service of these people should ease my worries of being forgetful a lot. Hopefully, we find some reputable emergency locksmith services near our area before I forget my keys someday. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jeremy,

      We’re happy to share, and we’re glad that you find it useful. Knowing the different types of locksmiths is important so that you know who to contact in case you find yourself locked out of your house, car or business, and since these locksmiths have different specialties, knowing their skills is vital for you to know who can accurately help you.
      Thanks for dropping by, Jeremy! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help! Cheers!

  3. I didn’t know that there were so many different types of locksmiths. That is really cool that a residential locksmith can help with gun safes, floor safes and every other kind of safe. My husband and I have a safe. It would be really nice to get another key made for it in case we lose the one we have.

    1. Hi Deb,

      We’re happy to share with you the different types of locksmiths. It’s good to know which locksmiths you would call for your needs, as their specialties would certainly be the solution to certain locksmith-related incidents you’re in. Thanks for dropping by, cheers!

  4. It sure was nice that I saw this article and learned that there were various types of locksmiths that I should be aware of. What got my attention though was the residential locksmith because that was what I need right now. You said that residential locksmiths are capable of installing a digital door lock or smart lock repairs or replacement if needed. We need someone to install the smart lock on the door because my brother cannot understand the manual. It will take a while if we did it ourselves, so I am glad I saw this article. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Julius,

      Thank you for dropping by our blog. We’re happy to share with you the different types of locksmiths. If you need a residential locksmith to install a digital door lock in your home, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can count on our 24/7 mobile locksmith services.

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