Do Locksmiths Make A Mold Of Your Lock?
There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in East Ardsley. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the East Ardsley locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.
In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.
Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Wakefield Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.
Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.
What Services Does Your East Ardsley Locksmith Provide?
- Commercial Locksmith Services
- Residential Locksmith Services
- Emergency Locksmith Services
- Locked Out Situations
- UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
- Rekeying Of Locks
- High Security Lock Installation
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Moving outside of the office and into the field is hardly an uncommon scenario for the locksmith. A large majority of work undertaken is done out of the shop and in emergency situations that require the locksmith to be mobile. Automotive work requires precision instruments, tools, in order for the locksmith to complete his or her job in a timely, secure and professional manner especially when dealing with a clientèle who are often times scared, nervous and unsure.
With proclamations such as "cool", "wow", "what does that one do?" and various other comments and question from customers and bystanders a like, this article will list some of the more important and necessary tools used for many issues that arise with automobiles requiring the use of a locksmith and provide explanation of some of the lesser and well known ones for better understanding of their uses.
At the beginning of our list is the basics of various automobile entry tool and wedges to help in a quick and streamlined performance, aided by such tools as a bezel nut wrench, the Chrysler shaft puller appropriate for makes and models in this line, code books pertaining to automotive work, face caps and face cap pliers.
In working with various lines and makes of cars a General Motors Decoder helps the locksmith to decode the tumblers of GM locks with having to perform a complete disassembly of the lock. A cordless power drill is a necessity for moments such as these when there is no electricity present and the need, and it usually does, arises for use of a power drill.
A broken key extractor is always to be found on hand as they are incredibly useful in removing broken keys and key parts from locks and the door handle clip removal tool that assists in removing the retainer clip that secures a vehicles door handle to the door. Thereby allow the locksmith to complete the job with a higher degree of accuracy.
Another useful tool is the code key cutting machine which allows the locksmith to make accurate keys without the original to duplicate.
In this virtual tool chest of an article we also find items used with automotive work such as the door trim pad clip removal tool, the flexible light for night time scenarios and hard to see or reach areas, a lock plate compressor in addition to a steering lock late compressor and steering wheel pullers.
In mobile situations that require work on the more modern and technological vehicles and keys, keyless entry, etc., a VATS PASSKey decoder or a key analyzer is essential for the locksmith to determine the electrical resistance values of VATS PASSKey duplicates, a mechanical code key cutter to make accurate keys without having the original to duplicate.
As we can see from the basic to the technological the locksmith's tools in the field are not only "wow" inspiring devices, but integral everyday parts of each job and its performance.
Locksmith Key Codes
Before we can discuss ways to prevent a home burglary, it's important to have an understanding of when the burglaries occur, who commits the crimes, and what is usually taken. Almost all home burglaries happen during the day, when people are at work. The summer months see a lot of burglaries, especially in July and August. February actually has the fewest number of burglaries compared to the other months.
Home burglaries are usually committed by males under 25 years old. These guys are usually trying to grab small things that are easy to carry away and sell for quick cash that is needed for living expenses an most often, drugs. The favorite items of theft are cash, guns, jewelry and watches, computers and DVD players, and CDs. These things are easily concealed in a duffel bag as the thief exits the home, and are easy to convert to cash.
Thieves never like to do any extra work if they don't have to, so they first look for an open door or window. And, unlike most movies where the bad guy carries a fancy lock pick kit, burglars prefer to use common household tools like screwdrivers, pliers, pry bars and hammers. Although it may seem like burglaries are random and happen on a whim, this is rarely the case. Burglars will always go for the easiest target. This is the house with the easiest access, good places to hide, and a good escape route.
Burglars always go for the easy target! Most burglars will skip your house if it seems too difficult to enter. So the best way to help prevent a home burglary is to make it difficult for a thief to get in. Most burglars pick a point of entry that has the most cover, and usually has the weakest lock. This is typically the garage door, followed by the back door, and then the front door.
Now let's take a look at some pointers for the types of locks you should consider:
- Use a high quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock that has a one-inch throw bolt (The part that goes into the door when locked)
- If you have to use a "knob-in-lock", make sure you get one that's high quality, heavy duty, and has a "dead-latch" feature.
- A "dead-latch" mechanism prevents a credit card or shim from being used to pop open the lock
- A high quality deadbolt will have what's called a beveled casing. This usually stops the use of channel lock pliers to break off the lock pins and gain access.
- Always spend the extra money and get Grade One or Grade Two locks for exterior doors, as these resist prying, hammering, and lock picking.
Expert (But completely obvious) Tip:
Most people leave an extra set of keys in the car. Burglars are wise to this and first look inside your car for house keys and valuables. Make sure you lock your car, even if it's in the garage.
Now let's talk about Doors. Follow these tips below when considering doors in your home.
- Always spend the extra money and buy solid core or metal doors for all exterior entrance points. Many cheap exterior doors have hollow cores, and can easily be kicked through with not much effort by a determined burglar.
- If the door doesn't come with one, install a peephole that is a wide-angle 160°, mounted no higher than 58 inches from the floor.
- Make sure the door comes with a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate deep into a wooden door frame. The strike plate is almost always the weakest part of the door, as it is where the deadbolt secures the door in place with the door jamb. Cheap doors come with very soft wooden moldings that are usually tacked onto the door frame. It just takes a strong kick or shove with a shoulder to tear the lightweight molding away and burst the door open.
- Also make sure that the screws that hold the door hinges in place have at least two 3 inch screws per hinge plate.
- Make sure that the screws holding the knob lock strike plate are longer ones as well.
We always recommend spending the extra money to get good solid core or metal exterior doors, and strong, heavy duty locks. Remember that an experienced burglar can identify good doors and good locks. It is very likely that the mere presence of these upgrades will cause the burglar to think twice and move onto an easier target.