Locksmiths – More than meets the eye

I found this interesting article written by Lockey Smith on the Master Locksmiths Association’s website

A common misconception or lack of public awareness for a better description, is just what a locksmith does. Many might say a locksmith simply cuts keys or repairs locks on doors.

There is much more to locksmithing in these modern times; as we take a look at how a locksmith can assist you with your security needs.

The locksmithing profession has a history as old as civilisation itself, with discernable periods extending from classical antiquity through to the computer era. The security of ones possessions dates way back to the ancient Pharaoh’s, with tombs containing locking devices regarded as the fore-runners of modern locking systems.

Today a locksmith may be required to perform services ranging from providing customers with a new transponder key for their Volkswagen Golf, provide advice on best securing ones valuable jewellery or designing and implementing a high-security restricted master key system for a high rise building.

The services and skillsets of locksmiths has also changed dramatically, with automotive specialists, forensic locksmiths and those that’s expertise lies in safe-work becoming more and more prominent.

That being said, they can still make all of your locks open with the same key and yes, they DO cut keys!”

Services performed by Locksmiths:

  • Re-key Locks
  • Key cutting
  • Restricted Master Key Systems
  • Electronic Security
  • Install locks
  • Door installation
  • Security monitoring
  • 24 emergency service
  • Alarm installation
  • Alarm monitoring
  • Fitting security screen doors
  • CCTV
  • Safe Installations & Safe Sales
  • Safe Picking
  • Change safe combinations
  • Security Audits
  • Repair or replace broken locks
  • Home security advice
  • Lock sales
  • Forensic Locksmithing
  • Covert surveillance
  • Transponder cloning
  • Automotive lock-outs
  • Domestic lock-outs
  • Install door closers
  • Keys cut to code
  • Commercial Door Hardware
  • Window locking devices
  • Hardware sales
  • Supply & repair of remotes
  • Home automation

It’s also important to note that locksmiths are qualified to provide you with security advice and solutions to help solve your issues. For example, if you’re wanting to purchase a safe  to protect your gold bullion or irreplaceable jewellery, wouldn’t you want to talk to someone who actually knows what type of safe is suitable rather than a teenager working in a hardware store with no practical experience or specific product knowledge?

The same can be said when engaging a professional locksmith as opposed to a ‘handyman’ in any residential or commercial situation. They may install a lock on a front door (your first line of defence) that isn’t strong enough, on a door that is actually built for internal use or on doorframe wouldn’t withstand direct impact from an intruder. A great line used by many locksmiths is ‘there is a reason why cheap locks are so cheap!’

Additionally, would a handyman, real estate agent or property manager know whether a deadbolt can be placed on the entry doors of a unit in a high-rise apartment block or alternatively which lever or knob sets comply with the Australian Building Code?

A Locksmith will be able to tell you that deadbolts cannot be fitted on unit entry doors in an apartment block, they do not comply with Australian Standards (AS 1530.4 – 2005)

Locksmiths can also access patented security key-systems, where a purpose built security system can be installed allowing for a whole range of scenarios including access permissions, date/time access control, key expiry and more. Whether it be an a old fashioned master-key system or wireless electronic system, MLA members can access exclusive profiles ensuring a securely maintained system.

The Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLA) is recognised and respected as the peak organisation for locksmithing professionals in the Pacific region.

If you are unsure of what preventive measures or products are currently out in the market, ask a security professional or ‘locksmith’ for advice. MLA Members are more than happy to discuss your security needs, whether it be commercial or domestic, and help you solve your security concerns


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