In Heart-To-Heart Conversation with a Locksmith I Know

There was once an old, jolly locksmith in my neighbourhood who used to call himself a tinker. Indeed, there wasn’t much difference in the work of the two; the man would spend hours tinkering on metal and stuff to create and mend things.


He would often reminisce about his early years when locksmiths used to repair everything from locks to motorbikes to lawn mowers. ‘Our work would mostly be manual because there weren’t much of technologically advanced tools available then’ he says.

He once told me how a cop had called him up to assist a man who has accidentally locked himself out of this house. Only when he visited the scene did he come to know that it was actually his wife who had kicked him out. Ah, what humour!

He says present-day locksmithing has come of age. ‘It is way different from what it used to be. The locks have changed, turned more complicated. Their installation, replacement, and repair demand expertise.’

Today, he would get a call only if any of the following situations arises:


  • When people lock themselves out of their house or car

This is the most common and obvious situation when a person needs locksmiths in Orpington, according to my old mate. ‘During the daytime, this might not look like much of an emergency. You could go about asking help from your friends, neighbours, or anyone who’s willing to help. However, if you’re in hot waters during odd hours, hiring the experts is the only option you have’ he quips.


  • When someone has lost his keys.

‘Keyless locks are dangerous,’ says he. ‘The keys could land in the wrong hands and cause troubles like burglary or other perilous situations. It’s frustrating to get your lock rekeyed. Of course, changing the lock is another option as well. But, whatever be the circumstances, you’ll have to call in the professionals.’


  • When a lock has malfunctioned.

‘Defunct locks are much like keyless locks,’ he adds. ‘They can no longer protect your real property, be it your residence, office, or car. To top that, operating them is extremely annoying. The sooner you get them repaired or replaced, the better. However, this is not a DIY thing. You’ll have to rely on experts anyway.’

  • When a person would be out of town for some time.

My old friend says he often gets calls from people who want him to ‘check’ the locks of their homes and offices. ‘If you are planning to go on a vacation or be out of town for business needs, you must get your locks examined by locksmiths in Bexleyheath.

If there’s a need to change the locks, you can ask the professional to do it so that you can go on your trip without worries. You don’t want to come home and find thing stolen, do you?’ he says and laughs.

  • When an emergency is witnessed.


‘It could be anything — a fire outbreak inside a confined space, a vehicular accident, and the like. If someone is trapped inside the building or car, people call up professionals like me, because they believe we can break open jammed doors and save lives,’ says the old fellow.

He has served for over four decades now, and he isn’t tired yet. He says the profession is never going to die as long as people manage to lock themselves out of their homes. What spirit!


Hear From Locksmiths Why You Should Replace the Locks in Your Residence

As much as you like to think that locks are a one-time investment in your residence, you will end up replacing them some day or the other. The occasions could be different, but the motive remains the same – the safety of your belongings and most importantly, life.

However, there’s one important thing you should consider. Do you really need to replace the entire lock or just rekey it? This is a dilemma. On one hand, the latter seems to be a convenient and affordable option. You simply have to do away with the old keys. But, let’s hear from the locksmiths in Forest Hill why replacing is a better option than rekeying.

How many times would you repair a malfunctioning lock?

Like everything else, the locks of your residence, too, have a specific life span. Beyond this, most locks fail to function properly. When this happens, you will notice that you can no longer turn the key easily and that it gets stuck more often. If this continues, the lock will ultimately become dysfunctional.

Now, think about this. Rekeying would mean you have to repair the lock so that the key fits into it properly. How logical is this? Don’t you think you should get rid of the thing altogether? Yes, replacing is a more rational thing to do, because malfunctioning locks are bound to happen over the time, anyway.

It’s the safest option, if you are moving into a new residence.

If you want the existing locks of your new home to remain intact, just wait and think about this – isn’t it likely that the previous owners have a copy of the keys, too? And then again, most people prefer to copy keys and provide them to other family members, and sometimes even neighbours.

The key to your house in the wrong hands can cause a lot of nasty troubles. Of course, rekeying can help in this matter as it renders all the copies useless. However, according to locksmith in Orpington, better have the locks replaced so that you are sure about the total dependability of the same.

Are you in two minds about the reliability of the current set of locks?

Don’t be, because you can always upgrade them by installing new locks. You need not be in doubts about the security the current set of locks offers. Improve it instead to enhance the protection level in your residence.

Look around carefully. A door might be missing a deadbolt. Or, the present locks might not be as sturdy as they should be. Opt for stronger and more durable locks so that you are hundred percent ensured of the safety of your home.

Further, if you want your residence to be secure, but are investing in low quality locksets, please remember, this is going to be a total waste of time, money, and energy. Put your money in locks that are robust and durable. Discuss the matter and the options with a reliable locksmith. Let him access your residence and inspect what would serve it best.

Have a happy home.