For quick emergency service in West End when locked out of a car or home, mobile locksmiths can often get the job done within the shortest time possible. For example, instead of leaving a car, getting picked up by a friend or relative, going home and risk having the car harmed or stolen, a professional locksmith can come to the rescue. These experienced locksmiths can also provide emergency services to home and business owners, saving both time and money.
From re-keying ignition locks to helping home or business owners get into a locked building, a mobile locksmith is often the best solution. Why suffer the stress of leaving a car unattended or a home or business unsecured?
Instead of waiting days or longer for a locksmith to arrive – or possibly even having to go to a store front – customers can have the locksmith come to them. If home keys have been stolen and the homeowner worries about possible break-ins or other dangers, a mobile locksmith service can change or upgrade locks and restore peace of mind and home security.
The homeowner doesn’t have to leave home first. Any potential burglars will be foiled in their attempts to use the stolen key to open a door.
What other types of services can a mobile locksmith provide? If cost is a factor, free estimates can be provided before arriving to handle a car, home or business emergency. Even if there isn’t an emergency, a locksmith can assess home, business or auto security and make recommendations about how to ensure the maximum safety.
The History of Locksmiths
Do you know that locksmithing may have been one of the oldest professions in the world? It seems people had been fussing over security and privacy for, literally, thousands of years. Various archaeological records suggest various human civilization's lasting interest with locks and keys.
The first indications of something that resembles a lock and key system - surely, the work of a locksmith - was found in Egypt, near what was known in ancient times as Nineveh. Many experts say that this lock, a large wooden bolt with holes that is believed to have been made around 2000 BC, is a direct precursor to the basic pin-tumbler lock design that is still in wide use today. It had pins from the lock housing drop through holes on one end of the bolt. Its key was made of a long wooden bar that is fitted with pegs whose pattern matches that of the lock, enabling it to lift the pins and allowing the bolt to slide.
Locksmiths from other countries around the Mediterranean, most prominently Greece, have also produced rough lock-and-key systems that have contributed to the development of security systems. The early Greeks were believed to have been the first civilization to use keyholes.
Meanwhile, the Romans who came into widespread power after the decline of the Greeks, were the first to create metal locks, which meant that the first true locksmiths - skilled artisans who worked with metal - also came into fashion around this time. The Romans also created the early forms of padlocks and developed small keys (a departure from the heavy designs favored by earlier civilizations). Roman locksmiths are also credited for introducing the warded locks, various versions of which are still being mass-produced today. This type of lock uses projections (the wards) inside the lock casing that obstruct any key except one that has the exact cut of notches matching the ward. The warded lock had been the standard design for lock-and-key systems from then until around the 17th century, with the only variations being the quite elaborate aesthetic designs.
While locksmiths in Eurasia was stuck for a couple of centuries on the easily picked lock, in another part of the world, Chinese locksmiths was able to develop the combination lock. This type of lock does not need a key to be opened. It can only be locked and opened by the correct alignment of letters or numbers on a dial. By the 16th century, a variation of the combination locks that had been developed in China also appeared in Germany. By the 17th century, some English locksmiths were also starting to produce the combination locks.
Modern locksmithing entered modern history in the 18th century, when Joseph Bramah received a British patent for a lock mechanism that requires a cylindrical key to push down and turn aside an arrangement of thin metal slides in a plug holding the bold in place. This is believed to be the first lock-and-key design that was mass-produced.
In the mid-19th century, the men whose name still appears in one the most popular lock brands in the world, Linus Yale and Linus Yale, Jr., received the patent for a lock with radial pin tumblers and its improvements. The Yales manufactured the lock which features a cylindrical plug, with the pin tumblers arranged in a row along the cylinder's turning axis. This can be opened with the matching flat, serrated key that lifts the pin and subsequently releases the bolt.
Do I Need a Domestic or a Commercial Locksmith?
Keycodes are used by locksmiths to create keys. These key codes are made up of characters that have both numbers and letters; hence, they are called alphanumeric key codes. If you observe the locks on your desks or filing cabinets or their keys, you will notice that they have certain letters and numbers stamped on them; these numbers and letters are key codes. Key codes are generated in a random manner and provide an identity to a key that is different from that of other keys. Locksmiths have the skills to decipher any lock's keycoder and make a key to fit the lock.
There are several types of key codes used. One type is the direct digit keycode. Each digit on this type of key coder corresponds to a cut in the key. The value of the digit indicates the depth of the cut. Many lock manufacturers print the kay code on the key. Since each digit corresponds to a pin on the key, digit key codes are generally long codes. The second type of keycoder is one in which there is a pattern between the code and the key. Mathematical tricks are used in this type of key code and hence this code isn't a straightforward one where each digit corresponds to the depth of the cut. There is a third type of code which is quite complex and requires a codebook to decipher it. Since there is no pattern to the cuts on the key, the locksmith must have a codebook. One example of a codebook is the Reed Codebooks. This particular brand has a volume for each type of lock. In this day of computers, locksmiths can buy computer programs that have information on keycodes. This software is quite secure as it's copy-protected. There are different types of computer programs with different features and they come with demo disks to assist the locksmith in understanding them.
Locksmith key codes are usually categorized into 2 types; blind codes and bitting codes. Most key codes are blind key codes and a codebook or computer program is required to translate this blind code into a bitting code. However, for security purposes, only licensed locksmiths can have access to these codebooks and computer programs. Locksmiths can also create their own blind code systems for high security clients by using the technique of blind coding. Bitting codes are those codes that are translated by the locksmiths from the blind codes. Locksmiths use the bitting codes on blank keys to make the new key. The blind code provides the setting and information required for the bitting code. Once the locksmith gets the bitting code, he can then set his code machine to that particular setting and cut the new key.
The locksmith key coding system is in widespread use. It provides maximum security as this system ensures that there is only one code for one key. Computers will never generate a code that has been created once and, hence, keys cannot be duplicated by error. You are this way assured that your property is safe as only you have the keys to the locks that protect it.