For quick emergency service in Regents Park 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.
Locksmithing - Science and Art of Making and Defeating Locks
These days the locksmith is not only relegated to the ever present, but various lock and its parts, automobile lock outs, home lock outs or merely thought of for residential use. The locksmith has, in fact, become quite a force to be reckoned within the commercial and residential field when it comes to knowledge, service, repair, sales and installation of safes.
We all know that various retail locations and companies specialize in safes and sales, but so does the locksmith and his or her personal, professional and dependable service are just a small number of the benefits one receives when utilizing a locksmith for all of their safe and security needs.
When working with safes a Seattle locksmith and his tools are always the precise and required instruments to keep them ready and able to complete most, if not every type of circumstance that might present itself in regards of installation, service or repair.
Pulling up to the worksite location the locksmith is certain to have his or her borescope. The borescope is an optical device consisting of a rigid or flexible tube with an eye piece on one end and an objective lens on the other linked together relay optical system in between. In most cases the optical system is surrounded by optical fibers used for illuminated. This allows for the remote object to be illuminated forming the image in the objective lens which is relayed to the viewer's eye. This helps to inspect areas that would otherwise be inaccessible to view by any other means.
A drill rig is an instrument that holds a drill in place while a safe is being drilled and carbide drill bits are used for this type of work. Also known as a "rotary or roto hammer", the hammer drill is a rotary drill with a hammering action and the tool provides a function similar to that of a jackhammer. While hammer drills are well suited for work on stone and masonry, they are also used with safe work.
Additionally a door puller and a nose puller are typically made accessible on site with the locksmith and ready to be used for different types of service, entry or repair and if needed the sledgehammer can certainly come in quite handy.
Resembling a sort of Swiss army pocket knife the assorted safe change keys are mandatory when needing to change the combinations of different types and brands of safes.
One who not only works with safes, but those who own them as well know that it is of the utmost importance to have proper safe moving equipment available. While sometimes relatively small in appearance safes are typically not always the lightest of items. Proper safe moving equipment may become necessary and the locksmith is certain to bring all of the components for a successful move when servicing safes in the home or business alike.
When servicing safes, or any other closely related forms of security such as safe deposit boxes, file cabinets and vaults, the correct use and application of a locksmiths tools are essential.