Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, although this can be a difficult task for the public – this is no problem for a skilled locksmith. Although you would usually have keys cut from another key, if you have lost your keys or your key is severely worn – it is possible to have a key made from a lock. This can be achieved by either disassembling the lock or making an impression of the key hole.
Wherever possible, non destructive entry (NDE) is utilised when trying to open doors and gain access to a property. Locksmiths open doors without damaging them by emulating the way in which the door is intended to open. It’s important to bear in mind that this depends on the type of lock or locking mechanism. Certain locking mechanisms cannot be picked with a lock pick for example.
Locksmiths can help you regain access to your property, whether this is a private home, flat or apartment complex. They will however, need to have access to a working key for the apartment or a lock in which an imprint can be made or where disassembly of the lock can take place. You may also require permission to open certain apartment areas if you do not own the door or lock for example.
Yes, a locksmith can change your current lock and replace it with a new and improved locking system. This is vital in securing your property against intruders and ensuring that your property is fully secure. If you have recently purchased a property, anybody could have a copy of a key – so it’s highly recommended to change locks to keep your home secure.
Locksmiths can pick locks using a variety of special tools. This is to try and achieve non destructive entry (NDE) so that no or minimal damage is caused to your lock. If a lock cannot be picked (because it is an advanced locking system or has anti-pick lock) then there are other methods that a locksmith can use to gain entry.
A local locksmith takes client reviews and referrals highly seriously and so a trusted local locksmith is highly trustworthy. Be wary of national call centres that pose as trusted local companies. They may quote cheap labour charges but will inflate part prices to cover all of their costs. There is no middleman involved when using a local locksmith so think local!
There are a variety of tools to open doors including lock picks, special locksmith tools as well as master keys. Destructive entry can be used if non destructive entry is not appropriate or effective to gain entry and this includes using a drill to drill the lock or a small hole in the door as well as bolt cutters to cut parts of the lock or the bolt of the lock.
A locksmith can open external and internal house doors using a combination of tools and techniques. The techniques used to open a house door are separated by non-destructive entry and destructive entry. NDE attempts to cause minimal or no damage to the lock whereas destructive entry is used to open a house door if the door is unable to be opened using non-destructive tools and methods.
UPVC doors are highly secure, provided you engage the locking mechanism correctly. Some people turn the key without pulling the handle which may not activate the mechanism, leaving your door unsecured. This can leave you at risk to intruders and can affect the way that you can make an insurance claim.
UPVC are highly safe, durable and secure against intruders. However, there are certain methods that are becoming employed by thieves to break into homes that have UPVC doors such as blowtorching doors, snapping locks and forcing entry. This is why it is important to invest in highly secure locking systems. Ultion locked doors for example are still secure against a variety of attacks such as forced entry and blowtorching.
Our technicians are fully equipped with a wide range of the latest locksmith technology and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Our 24 hour service ensures that no matter what the emergency, we can help you with our reliable service. We serve Edinburgh as well as the surrounding areas of Kirkcaldy, Stirling, Livingston, Dunfermline, Falkirk and beyond.
Being unable to access your business can risk business security and lose your business money due to the fact that you cannot access your business premises. We offer our emergency locksmith service that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with fast response times. This ensures that your business will be up and running again in no time.
There are a number of steps that you can take to make your home more secure. There are options such as upgrading front door locks (including UPVC door locks,) side gate locks, window locks and outbuilding or large door locks. We can visit your property and discuss with you the various ways in which you can make your property more secure.
Our typical response time for an emergency is 30 minutes. We are not a national call centre that is out of the area and when you call we will give you an accurate estimate of when we will be with you. Getting to you as soon as is possible is our top priority.
We are not a national call centre and are trusted local locksmiths. We do not charge a call out charge and we will offer an honest quotation for the work that is carried out and the parts that are required. We endeavour to arrive swiftly and provide a professional and efficient service.