April 14, 2016 | Becki Hooper | Blog

What does a Locksmith do?


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Locksmiths are professionals that work with various types of locks whether they are fitted to uPVC 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 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