What is a Locksmith?

Think “locksmith” and many people conjure up images of the key cutter at the local shopping centre. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Of course, Locksmiths do duplicate keys using key cutting machines, but more importantly, they are involved in providing the best possible security measures for their clients.

Locksmiths are professional trades people who evaluate security requirements for a wide range of clients and make, maintain and install the security devices. Locksmiths assess their client’s security needs by initially doing security surveys, whether it’s for residential, commercial, government premises or automotive security. This would include issues such as working out master key systems, creating restricted areas at office premises, checking the security of all entrances and exit points or assessing car security.

Once the client’s needs are understood, locksmiths design and install security lock systems, for example, transponder keys (for high security cars) and master key systems, including digital or electronic locking devices for business or domestic premises.

Locksmiths’ tasks vary depending on the area in which they work. As a Locksmith you must generally be able to:

  • sell and install high security lock systems and key control systems, window bars, deadlocks and keyless entry locks
  • repair, replace or adjust damaged or defective components of entrance/exit doors, including door closers, hinges, electronic release mechanisms and sometimes the door itself
  •  change lock key combinations by inserting new pins or new levers into locks
  •  design complex master key systems for industry, governments and institutions
  • determine security requirements through on-site inspection and risk assessment by customer consultation
  •  design or recommend appropriate systems such as safes, strong-rooms, master key systems, alarms or door and window locks
  •  install, replace and maintain locking systems, alarms and access control systems
  •  repair jammed, worn or damaged locks by manipulating, dismantling, repairing or replacing defective parts
  •  sell locks, safes and associated hardware
  •  keep records of specifications of installed locking systems
  •  design and construct master key systems manually or by computer
  •  design and install electronic alarm systems