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.
The following are the 6 different types of locksmiths and the services they provide:
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 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.
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 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:
- mortise locks
- cylinder locks
- panic bars and push bar exit devices
- wifi door locks
- file cabinet locks
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 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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