For quick emergency service in Southampton Common 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.
How Do Locksmiths Work?
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.
Locksmithing - Science and Art of Making and Defeating Locks
Locksmiths can play a vital role in the day to day running of many businesses large and small but they are also vital to the domestic or residential client and offer many services from emergency lock repairs to gaining access to you home after a lock out.
Nearly all locksmiths offer both domestic and commercial services because to a professionally trained locksmith it is all the same; a lock is a lock whether it's on a residential or commercial property so if you have had a break-in or an attempted break-in and simply need locks replacing you don't really need to tell the locksmith that it is a residential job or a commercial job.
Boarding up can be a different job depending on the premises being commercial or domestic, most domestic boarding up simply requires standard sizes of board and standard tools and equipment, but a commercial premises especially a shop with large display windows can require large, specially designed boards and special equipment for securing the board, which a locksmith or a security firm may not carry on their vehicles as standard, so it is wise to make sure that the emergency locksmith you call knows that he or she is coming out to a commercial premises, shop or office building otherwise they might turn up and not have the correct boarding up equipment with them on their vehicle.
This can result in longer waits for you and a larger bill, remember even locksmiths who say that they don't charge a basic call out fee will charge you for the time it takes them to carry out the boarding up job and if the locksmiths are driving backwards and forwards through no fault of their own it is you or your company who will have to foot the bill.
It is also important to remember that not all locksmiths actually carry out an emergency boarding up service and you should make sure that this is a service they do actually offer by looking on their website before you ring them and you also need to make sure that the locksmith you call out knows exactly what type of call out it is so he or she can bring the correct tools and equipment for the job.
So, whether you have had your home or office broken into, your home, office or shop window damaged or you simply need a locksmith to get you into your own home after losing or misplacing your keys it is important that you take care when choosing a local locksmith to come out to you as not every company offers the same service and a rule of thumb is that you should always call a local independent locksmith and never call a nationwide call centre.
A nationwide call centre will charge a call out fee, whereas many independent locksmiths will not, remember; all a nationwide call centre will do is ring a locksmith on their books on your behalf and add their percentage to the job. Another big issue people have with the large call centres is that they will claim to have locksmiths in every area when in reality the nearest locksmith on their books may be 50 or even 100 miles away resulting in a much longer wait.