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Find a local locksmith

Locksmiths can help you make your home secure by fitting a new lock or replacing an external door. They tend to do a lot of reactive work where they help you get back inside if you've been locked out of a house. Many offer a 24 hours' emergency locksmith service for when you need to get back into your house quickly or out of hours.

Some locksmith companies also offer auto locksmithing services for when you need to gain access to a vehicle if you've lost your car keys or locked your keys inside a car.

What a locksmith can help with

  • Fitting a new lock.
  • Opening a locked door.
  • Replacing a door with a lock.
  • Emergency locksmith services if you're locked out of your house or need the locks replacing quickly (normally 24/hr).
  • Burglary repairs where there's damage from forced entry.
  • Key cutting.
  • Auto locksmithing (helping you get back into a locked car).

What should I do if my key's hard to turn in the lock?

Over time, dust and dirt can build up on the internal mechanisms that control the movement of a lock. You can try applying dry graphite to lubricate it or if you think it might be more than just dirt affecting it, a locksmith can assess the mechanism and tell you if you need a new lock.

Wooden doors can also expand and contract which stops the lock from fitting into the door frame. This can happen if the lock was installed during hot weather or in the middle of winter. Once the temperature changes, the door can shift slightly. In most cases, the lock will still work if you wriggle the key around and get it engaged, but you can ask a locksmith to adjust the lock for you to stop this from happening.

Should I have all of my locks changed if my keys are lost or stolen?

You won't always need to replace your set of locks if your keys are stolen. If you choose to replace your entire lock, the lock itself and the knob will be replaced but it can be cheaper to have your locks re-keyed. In a re-keying job, the tumbler's replaced so that you keep your old lock but only a new key would be able to open it. Your old keys would stop working in the lock.

Insurance for locksmith work

There is no legal obligation for locksmiths to be insured but locksmiths may choose to purchase public liability insurance so they're covered in the case of injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a locksmith

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Find out how to secure your home and add burglar deterrents. Also learn how to look after your locks to prevent them from seizing up.

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    Added 20/05/2017

    Unable to unlock door. Bolt has come away from the lock

    £100
    M33, St Mary's

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    Changing a front door lock

    Added 20/05/2017

    We need to change a wooden front door lock and 2 sets of keys

    £100
    SE26, Sydenham

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    change external locks on front and back door

    Added 17/05/2017

    change external locks on front and back door one front is yale lock and deadlock needs to be...

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    L4, County

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    New lock and key

    Added 17/05/2017

    Hi, I want to replace the main lock on my door with a new one. Also, our front door has a key...

    £250
    SE16, Surrey Docks

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    need a new eurolock supplied and fitted

    Added 16/05/2017

    lock not working. need eurolock repaired or replaced.

    £250
    G52, Govan

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    replace front door lock

    Added 16/05/2017

    key will not turn fully in lock on front double glazed pvc door

    £100
    SL3, Datchet

    What other homeowners are saying

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    Posted by Helen on 05/22/2017

    Went the extra mile to make good my old gate and made sure I was able to unlock without any difficulty. He will be boarding my loft in a week's time as well.

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