Security Upgrade Estimates
An engineer can visit your property at a prearranged time and complete a security assessment taking into account any extra security needs, budget and time requirements – please call for any assistance.
Emergency – Domestic, Commercial & Automobile Access
Lost or broken keys? Our locksmiths can gain entry to all vehicles and replace or duplicate keys (this service may take more than 24hrs – please call for a discussion and quotation).
Boarding & Glazing
Our Glazing Repair Service include 24 Hour boarding up – no damage to window frame, Supply, glass repairs, window repairs, glass fitting, all styles including laminated, toughened, Georgian wire, single and double glazed units. All aspects of glazing, glass repair, glass fitting and window repairs.
All lock repairs undertaken including the following Chubb locks, Era locks, Union locks, Euro Cylinders, Mortice locks and Yale locks.
Our locksmiths are equipped to replace window locks in the event of a break in.
Door & Frame Replacement
If you are in need of either a door or frame replacement our engineers will be happy to assist, quote and fit to suit your needs.
Safes & Padlocks
Our locksmiths will advise and take commission on work needed for safes and padlocks. Please call for a professional and friendly discussion.
Key Cutting Services
Lost keys, key broken in the lock, stolen keys? We can supply and fit replacement security locks or duplicate keys within 24 hours.
Garages & Outbuildings
Our locksmiths can repair, open and replace garage and any outbuilding door locks.
A Locksmithing History
Historically, locksmiths actually made the entire lock, working for hours hand cutting screws and doing much file-work. Today, the rise of cheap mass production means that this is no longer true, and, though a few expert locksmiths are also engineers and capable of sophisticated repairs and renovation work, the vast majority of locks are repaired by swapping of parts or like-for-like replacement, or upgraded to modern mass-production items. Until more recently, safes and strongboxes were the exception to this, and to this day large vaults are custom designed and built at great cost, as the cost of this is lower than the very limited scope for mass production would allow, and the risk of a copy being obtained and defeated as practice is removed.
Although fitting of keys to replace lost keys to automobiles and homes and the changing of keys for homes and businesses to maintain security are still an important part of locksmithing, locksmiths today are primarily involved in the installation of higher quality lock-sets and the design, implementation and management of keying and key control systems. Most locksmiths also do electronic lock servicing, such as making keys for transponder-equipped vehicles and the implementation and application of access control systems protecting individuals and assets for many large institutions.
In terms of physical security, a locksmith’s work frequently involves making a determination of the level of risk to an individual or institution and then recommending and implementing appropriate combinations of equipment and policies to create “security layers” which exceed the reasonable gain to an intruder or attacker. The more different security layers are implemented, the more the requirement for additional skills and knowledge and tools to defeat them all. But because each layer comes at an expense to the customer, the application of appropriate levels without exceeding reasonable costs to the customer is often very important and requires a skilled and knowledgeable locksmith to determine.
In the general case, a lock will not keep out an absolutely determined intruder with unlimited resources, skills, knowledge and time. However, even a minimal lock can delay a typical intruder for a time, and the disturbance generated in circumventing a high-quality lock, for example by breaking windows or doors, can deter many attackers, causing them to direct their attacks against weaker targets.
When combined with secure containers, or document destruction systems, or electronic access or alarm systems, locks can provide much higher levels of security. Some locksmiths possess these skills, and others form business relationships with companies or individuals with these specialties.