Locksmith Craig receives a shock on BBC’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show!

Shock, unlock and amaze, our Locksmith Craig receives a shock on BBC’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show!

Keytek®’s very own Technical Manager and resident locksmith Craig Hayward received the shock of his life last Saturday night when he appeared on the BBC One Saturday night television show – Michael McIntyre’s Big Show!

Craig arrived at the London Theatre Royal with our Marketing Director under the impression he had gone to sign up a new account. Whilst he was there a member of their production team (unknown to Craig) asked him to unlock a door they had ‘lost the keys to’. The door Craig needed to work on had conveniently been placed in a fake corridor, which lead to the stage of the London Theatre. Craig unlocked the door and found himself on stage with Michael McIntyre and became the unexpected star of the show! To his amazement more than 2000 people including Craig’s friends, family and work colleagues were there to greet him as he opened the door!

After the initial shock of making an unexpected appearance on stage, Michael asked Craig if he could carry out another locksmith task. A large crate was on stage which Michael asked Craig to open, Craig picked the padlock that was holding the crate shut with no problem, only to open it and find his wife inside!! Michael then asked Craig if he would help him with one final task for the show finale, Craig accepted and found himself agreeing to take part in an escapology illusion! After a little rehearsal, the time came for Craig to take the centre stage. Craig had to climb into a box with giant blades at either side and have his hands padlocked outside of it. Craig would need to pick the locks before the blades cut into the box, Craig succeeded in his challenge and if by magic he appeared in the stalls of the theatre. The show was spectacular; full of music stars and celebrities and of course Keytek®’s Locksmith Craig. If you would like to take a look at the show you can currently view on it BBC iPlayer. To go straight to the ‘Unexpected Star’ part of the show click here.


Further Reading:

What does a Locksmith do? 

Locksmith work available and working with Keytek 

5 Things To Consider When Changing Your Locks

There are many reasons why people decide to change the locks to their property. These can include moving home, failed locks or lost keys. When doing so there are some things you should consider.


When is it a good time to change your locks?

People will change the locks to their property for various reasons, however you should look to change the locks to your property if you have;

1. If you have recently moved: You can never be sure who has a spare key if you move home so replacing your locks is the perfect way to be sure you are the only people with keys to your property.

2. Your locks are over 5 to 10 years old: Locks will have various life expectancies depending on makes and models however we recommend looking at having new locks fitted every 5 to 10 years.

3. If you’ve lost your keys: Loosing a set of house keys can be worrying as you can never be too sure who may find them. We would always recommend having your locks changed if you have lost your keys, especially if you have lost them with something that may show where you live for example your driving licence.


What lock is right for you?

Depending on what type of door that you have will be the best way to determine which lock is suitable. Generally speaking, if you have a wooden door you will be looking to fit a Mortice lock or Night latch, if your door is made from uPVC door you will be looking to change a euro lock these are usually fitted as standard for uPVC door locks. It is recommended to check with a locksmith prior as they can help you with choosing a lock that meets the security levels you require for either your front door locks or other locks in your property. Take a look at our guide on Fixing a Broken uPVC Door Lock Mechanism here.


Why should I choose British standards?

When changing your locks choosing British standard is always recommended as these locks have passed various testing to ensure they meet a recommended standard. British Standard locks also meet the minimum standard requested by most insurers for home insurance policies. It can often be tempting to try and choose a cheap locksmith or cheaper option for your locks but we highly recommend having British Standard locks fitted and using an accredited local locksmith to fit them.


Should you go for digital?

There are now many companies offering new digital locks and if you are considering this it’s a good idea to understand the cost involved with fitting. Many of these locks can be difficult and more complicated to fit so you need to assess the extra cost involved in fitting when considering purchasing one.


How do I get my locks changed?

To ensure your locks are changed correctly you should hire a professional locksmith. A 24 hour locksmith will generally carry a wide range of locks and be able to fit these at a time that suits you, and can even be available out of hours if you experience an emergency. If you use a mobile locksmith they will be able to attend your home and also help with advice on meeting the needs of your security.

If you are wondering how a Locksmith might change your lock, read our guide on How to Change a uPVC Door Lock Cylinder.


Further Reading:

Locksmith Prices

Where to leave your spare house key 

5 Important Reasons Why You Always Need a Spare Key

Finding the right Locksmith

What does a Locksmith do?

Locksmiths are professionals that work with various types of locks whether they are fitted to uPVC doors or wooden doors, windows, vehicles or even a simple padlock. Many people find themselves needing a professional tradesman when either they are locked out or experiencing issues with a lock that they may have. A locksmith is able to fit new locks, open locks without keys and fix many other problems.


This page is set out to answer the following questions

  • What is a Locksmith
  • What does a Locksmith do?
  • How can I find a Locksmith?


What is a Locksmith?

“A Locksmith is a professional tradesman who works with a variety locks. A Locksmith uses various techniques to open, repair and fit locks to various buildings, offices and cars. Locksmiths offer services to people who are locked out, who have lost their keys, need keys cutting or for changing locks. A Locksmith either works mobile or from a shop”.


What does a Locksmith do?

The service they provide stretches much further from just opening and changing locks. It can take many years to become a highly skilled Locksmith. Most will be mobile and local to their area, many working as a 24 hour emergency locksmith attending customers with a responsive service to locking issues with keys and locks for a range of security issues. You will find a professional will have an extensive knowledge of many types of locks and systems from understanding suited key systems, uPVC euro locks to unlocking Mortice locks using non destructive entry methods.

There are a number of services a Locksmiths provides:

• Opening locked or jammed locks
• Lost keys
• Changing locks
• Fitting new locks
• Opening safes
• Opening locked cars
• Fitting digital locks
• Key cutting
• Boarding up broken into properties
• Advise on security options


How can I find a Locksmith?

If you’re looking for a local locksmith you can always find an engineer in a local directory to your area such as the Yellow Pages or BT Phonebook. You can also find professionals by searching online by using Google search and searching for locksmith near me or your location for example Locksmith Bedford. Many Locksmiths will have their own websites where you can find their details either on your desktop or mobile if your in a situation where you need a mobile locksmith for your front door locks.

If you need a Locksmith we are happy to help with any issues you may be having. You can request a call back from one of our advisers by requesting a call back from our website or by calling directly through to us on 0808 164 2928.

Further Reading:

Locksmith Prices

Searching for ‘locksmith near me?’ 3 easy steps to find a locksmith near you!

Finding the right Locksmith

Guest blog post from Locksmith Training Academy Student Thomas

How to Change a uPVC Door Lock Cylinder 

Fixing Common Composite Door Lock Problems 

What to Do When Your uPVC Door or Window Won’t Open