The public perception of locksmiths is limited to cutting keys and changing door locks. Most people think locksmiths are merely handymen, not security experts.
Yes, locksmiths do change door locks and cut keys but they also do so much more. The locksmithing industry has evolved drastically over the years.
Most people don’t take notice of locksmiths and what they do. We only think of them when we need them like when you are locked out of your homes or car.
There are other things that locksmiths do and specialise in that we do not know. Locksmiths are highly-trained security experts who play a major role in our community’s safety.
Following are 3 things you probably didn’t know about locksmiths.
1). Qualified Locksmiths Complete A 4-year Apprenticeship To Get Certified
The 4-year locksmithing apprenticeship is achieved by completing a course under the government-owned college system TAFE (Technical and Further Education).
During the apprenticeship, locksmiths learn the trade from simple fitting or picking of locks, cutting keys through to modern skills in electronics. Electronic security ranges from electronic entrance control to servicing safes, installing CCTV to programming car keys and fobs.
It takes many years of training and learning new skills before a locksmith can get certified and start working the trade. Knowing this should give you a new sense of respect for the trade and for the locksmith himself.
2). Locksmiths Are Security Experts
When we say security experts, we mean from simple door locks to complicated and sophisticated security systems. This includes thermal scanners and other COVID-19 precautions for homes and business establishments.
Safes are under the locksmith’s jurisdiction too. Locksmiths cover the following areas:
- Home security
- Small businesses and organisations
- Big corporations
3). Locksmiths Have Widespread Knowledge And Access To Special Tools
In order to perform their job properly, locksmiths have access to special tools and products that are not sold directly to the public.
This is done to ensure that all the work done by qualified locksmiths is of the highest quality using only top-grade products.
Skills and extensive training coupled with top quality products and tools guarantees that the locksmith provides the best services in his location.
This is important because locksmiths deal with residential and commercial security. The safety of the public relies on the quality of the work and products each locksmith provides.
The next time you have security concerns for your home or office, consult with your local locksmith. Chances are, they can help you fix it. Whether it is old school lock issues or anything electronic, your locksmith will be able to help you with it.
Now more than ever, your local locksmiths need your patronage. COVID-19 has affected all businesses and your trusty locksmith is no exception.
Following are some important reminders when it comes to choosing a trustworthy locksmith:
There are many benefits of hiring local locksmiths like:
- They are easier to find and fast to reach.
- It is more cost-effective because they are based near you.
- You can choose a good one from recommendations and past experience from friends and family.
- Because they are part of the community, they are more motivated to do a good job to uphold their reputation.
- They are friendly and more personal.
- They are trustworthy because they are part of the community,
- They are easy to reach in case of emergencies and follow up services.
Hire Only Certified Locksmiths
When you hire professionals to work on your home, hiring locksmiths should follow the same process. Your security and the safety of your loved ones and employees depend on reliable security systems that are installed by your trusty locksmith.
Locksmiths are privy to important security details and information that when placed in the wrong hands, can threaten your safety and everyone else around you.
Check For Online Reviews
Other customers are a great source of information when it comes to a tradesman’s reputation. Just make sure you are getting reliable information online.
If a locksmith has one or two negative reviews, you might want to give him a chance by asking friends and family or your local business organisations. However, if there is a high number of negative reviews, move on and find another one.
Hiring a certified locksmith nowadays is challenging. With the resurgence of a high number of new cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, in Melbourne in particular, make sure you are diligent enough in your research before you choose a locksmith to service your home or office.
Choose locksmiths that observe strict physical distancing and safety protocols. Make sure they are wearing protective gear when they enter your home and interacting with you. Be vigilant.
At Casey Locksmiths, we have adjusted the way we do business to adapt to the new normal. Just like the quality of our service, we make sure that your health takes top priority.
Please call us today on 0416 161 332 or contact us through our enquiry form.