Locksmiths are handling ever more sophisticated security products. The lock and key and internal bolts still have their role in securing property but there are now many electronic systems that are often designed to prevent those wanting to access property illegally even getting to a door and window. It makes the job of a locksmith interesting to say the least. Companies that offer the best service to clients, residential and commercial, have mobile units that will respond 24 hours a day to calls for help. In some cases it is just a lost key but there are many more serious problems that technicians have to solve. Their mobile units need to be well stocked with tools and spare parts.
This is now a high tech industry with tools to solve technical problems but there are many other tools that are used for more conventional jobs. They can mostly be found in a good hardware shop but that does not mean that everyone will know how to use them.
One of the most common ones for locksmiths but rarely used by anyone else is a Jack Knife Pick. The word ‘pick’ says it all; it is used to help pick a lock. It looks like a Swiss knife and will fit easily in a pocket. Amateurs will perhaps use them, as might criminals of course.
Tubular lock picks came on to the market later, quite logically when tubular locks first appeared. These more advanced locks have become the norm in most properties and every locksmith needs such a pick.
Thefts from automobiles and of automobiles themselves are frequent. Most have immobilizing systems installed these days but problems do still occur in the auto sector. There are special tools that a locksmith will use to gain entry to a vehicle which might be because the owner has lost the key or locked it inside. They can be opened with jigglers now that manufacture tends to prevent basic wedges from doing the job. Some of today’s wedges inflate once inserted between the window and the beading to increase pressure to open the door.
There are even tools that allow a locksmith to see the internal mechanism of a lock as an aid to being able to open the automobile door.
The point is that each of these tools is available for those wanting to gain unlawful entry as well. If for no other reason you should have a good locksmith available at all times to advise on security and fit it to combat crime.