Because of our increased need for security, locks are now much more complex than they ever were in the past. There are few locksmiths who are proficient in all types of locks, which is why you may need a specialist for your job. Here is a basic overview of the types of locksmiths and what services you can expect from them.
All certified locksmiths have to be trained in basic lock picking, lock servicing, and key duplication. There are various levels of certification and the higher levels will be able to perform more specialty services.
From a certified locksmith, you can expect at least these services: lock picking for home lockouts (though you may need a specialist if you have a high-security lock), rekeying (process of changing the tumblers in a lock so it works for a different key), changing locks, and car lockouts (may need specialist for newer car locking systems).
In the past, general mobile locksmiths would take care of car lockouts. However, car keys have gotten very high tech in effort to reduce theft. Many newer model cars have transponder chips in their keys which prevent the car from being broken into. If you have a car with these advanced locking systems, then you probably will need a locksmith auto specialist to help you in event of a lockout. Make sure you know the make and model of your car when you call. Flat Rate Lock N’ Key Indianapolis are the leading locksmith in Indianapolis and they offer car key fob repair services.
Not all automotive locksmiths deal with lockouts. Some specialize in duplicating the modern “smart keys” for cars. These keys are difficult to duplicate because of their transponder chips. Getting a duplicate smart key is often much cheaper from a locksmith than at the dealership.
Locksmith Security Consultants
Security consultants generally know a great deal about the best locking systems for preventing break in. However, locksmiths will know much more about locking systems and which ones are best for your needs. In cases where security is of upmost importance, you may need to call on a locksmith to help you decide which locks to install. There are locksmiths which only do consultancy work. They should have information about locks which will get you discounts on your insurance premiums too.
Some of the elective specialties that certified locksmiths can take are in electronics, such as alarms, security systems, and time locks. If you have a high-tech locking system which uses electricity or is linked to security system, then you may need a locksmith with these specialties.
Locksmiths with the most basic certification (registered locksmith) are not required to know anything about safes. Even locksmiths with the highest certification (Certified Master Locksmith) may not be proficient in safes because of their many complexities. Instead, you will need to look for a locksmith which is certified by the SAVTA Safe Technicians Proficiency Registration Program. The low-level certification is Certified Professional Safe Technician (CPS) and the higher level is Certified Master Safe Technician. These locksmiths should be able to help repair, install, service, and drill/penetrate safes or vault doors.