I want all of my locks on my house to take the same key, can this be done?
Yes, your locksmith can help you do this. In most cases you can keep your existing locks, you can have a locksmith code them alike. This is referred to “Keyed Alike”. If your locks are not compatible, you may be able to use most of your locks, and need to purchase 1 or 2 to accomplish your goal. Consult with your locksmith; they can help get you on the right track, with a minimum amount of money spent.
Why should I call a locksmith when I am locked out of my car?
If you’re like most people, you have a big investment in your automobile. In years gone by, almost anyone could open a locked car using only one tool. It only took a second or two. Today however, auto makers have really tightened up the security of almost every car on the road. This means that a trained professional must have dozens of tools and techniques in order your car with no damage. Additionally, unless it is a dire emergency, the police no longer will respond to lockouts. The more informed police departments do not want to risk doing hundreds of dollars of damage to your car.
What is a Master Key?
A Master Key is created when a group of locks are “custom” coded so each lock uses a different key, but a combination is “added” so one key will open all locks. It is a myth that there exists a particular Master Key that will open all locks. In order to Master-key a group of locks the locks must all be made by the same manufacturer or at least have “common” Keyways.
Someone has stolen my keys; do I have to buy new locks?
No. You can have your locksmith “rekey your locks. Rekeying a lock is the process of replacing the tumblers (pins, wafer tumblers) of a lock cylinder with new tumblers of different sizes. A new key will coincide with the new tumblers and the old keys will no longer work. In other words, it is not necessary to buy new locks. Re-keying locks is something that should be done if you have moved into a new residence or lost a set of keys. Most automobile locks can be Re-keyed as well. Re-keying locks is usually significantly less expensive than replacing locks.
I have a new car, It has some kind of security device built into the key, do I have to go to the dealer to get a copy?
NO. Most locksmiths can reproduce these keys, including the latest high security vehicle keys. In nearly all cases, your locksmith will save you money over the dealer. Believe it or not, your locksmith is usually more familiar with, how these systems work, than your dealer. Also most locksmiths require that you purchase the keys from them.
Can A Locksmith cut a key from a number?
In many cases keys can be made by a Locksmith from the code number of a lock. This is common with vehicles, padlocks, filing cabinets, etc. Requiring proof of ownership before cutting a key by code is a standard procedure used by Security Professionals to safeguard security.