For quick emergency service in Hedge 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
The art and science of making and breaking locks is carried out by locksmiths and the profession is known as locksmithing.
Sometimes, referred to as security engineering, a well established method of cracking locks and security systems was known as lock picking. The technology behind making locks has not changed since medieval times. The basic technology involves the 'pin tumbler' methodology. Therefore the role of the traditional locksmith has not changed much. However, with the advent of technology in general and digital and lasers, security systems have undergone a metamorphosis. It is only natural that today's security engineer as he is known as is more adept with laser and computer or digital systems rather than the traditional lock.
In the olden days, a single locksmith would make a lock single handedly. Hours of work with use of files and hammer would produce a single lock. Today the method of manufacturing locks have changed. A same basic design is used with one part being unique to each lock. The role of the locksmith also has evolved where today he is more in repairs rather than manufacturing.
Though their role has reduced in the area of production, certain specialized segments such as family vaults remain the domain of the traditional locksmith. Since these are exclusively designed chances of duplication as in locks which are produced in an assembly line environment.
Locksmiths work out of commercial showrooms, they may be moving around in vehicles and do in-house servicing, employed by a company or forensic locksmiths whose job is to investigate burglaries and unearth evidence for investigations.
A new breed of security engineers or electronic lock servicing locksmiths has emerged. They would work for security companies and design the entire security systems working on access control. The locksmith would evaluate the level of security, the threats and design a security plan according to the threat level. The higher the security level the more expensive it becomes. The locksmith has to do a trade-off between cost and security level for the customer.
The profession of a locksmith has also become specialized. It is common to see locksmiths who deal exclusively on domestic locks and keys, automobile locks. Many have become security consultants. There are various certification levels that a locksmith can acquire today depending on his levels of skills, areas of expertise and experience.
Master locksmith is a term coined by the fraternity of locksmiths who claim to have all round skills. However, many countries now insist on certain Certification and registration requirements before the locksmith can use the tag of Master Locksmith.
With dwindling scope of work due to technological innovations such as digital locks, locksmiths now have increased their scope of work to door hardware, door and window frames, door hinges and electric strikes.
Some common terms used by locksmiths are: Bitting, Bolt stump, Change key, Key blank, Key code, Key origination, Key relevance, Locksmith,Maison key system, Master keying, Rekey, Shear line, Slim Jim (lock pick), Tension wrench, Tubular lock pick.
Lock and Key Services
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.