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The Skills Needed to Become a Locksmith

To become a successful locksmith, it is recommended that you register with the British Locksmiths Institute, (BLI), which is going to require you to have 2 references and a full disclosure through the DBS. (Disclosure and Barring Service)

Before either going through checks or applying for training, through BLI approved courses, or approaching local locksmiths or franchises, you should be aware of the skills and desires, you’ll need to make it as a locksmith.

1. Practicality and Problem Solving

Locks can be difficult and some are more advanced than others are. As a locksmith, you’re going to be challenged on each call out you receive as you’ll need to understand the inner workings of each lock, in order to remove it with minimum damage and restore the doors with secure locks and replacement keys. You’ll need to be skilled in the development of locking solutions in order to minimize damage caused when replacing locks, as practically as you can.

2. Customer Care and Communication

Working as a locksmith, you should be customer orientated. People are going to be stressed out when they call for whatever they need your service. Sometimes it might be lost or stolen keys, whereas others it could be their locks have been damaged by criminal activity. You’re going to have to be customer orientated and help assure the customers that you have their best interests at heart, and perhaps even explain in a non-technical manner the security steps you’re putting in place for them.

3. Patient and Attention to Detail

As you’ll be dealing with customers during some stressful times, you’re going to need to pay attention to detail with the job you’re doing, while listening to your customers concerns. This can be a frustrating part of the job, but nonetheless, it’s an essential part of your role as a locksmith and putting the needs of your customer first.

4. Problem-Solving

The attention to detail on some technologically advanced locking solutions, can mean you’re going to face some complex security locks, that’s going to need quite a bit of creative and analytical thinking, before removing it, so you can cause the minimal amount of damage, and keep the repair costs to a minimum for your customers.

5. Carpentry and Metalwork skills

An understanding of how doors and windows are installed is necessary so you can minimize the damage caused and sometimes even remove doors and windows, for replacement. Different jobs call for different repair measures, therefore it’s essential that you understand the basics of metalwork and carpentry, so that you can tailor your lock solutions to the materials used for maximum security.

There’s more to being a locksmith than tearing out one lock, repairing or replacing it. You have to understand the surroundings and materials used to secure the lock, tailor solutions to customer needs and assure people that their property is secure.

The job can be demanding, and there’s always going to be a need to help people with both home and vehicle security, therefore having the above skills, and qualified as a locksmith is going to give you excellent job security, by securing people’s property.
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What About These Locksmith Myths There is never a good time to get locked out of your office, car or home. It just happens at any time with anyone. When a locked out situation occurs, everyone gets in a panic. In such a situation you don’t need to get…
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LANDLORDS BEWARE! Sometime ago on a routine repair job the tenants of the property told me a story of when they came downstairs in the morning to find a complete stranger drunk and fast asleep on the sofa in their front room. As alarmed as they were…
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Smartphones

Smartphones are clearly our future. Its time to embrace the fact that it will soon become the key to your security too. Spooky but true!!

In current times we are using Smartphones applications in commercial, institutional and residential settings include identification badge, credit card and/or a key.  On the back of this commercial lock companies and access control hardware manufacturers are taking advantage of all this available smartphone technology to control access at some colleges and universities. For these applications, smartphone access begins at the door or inside a building.

Because of this advance potential future direction for the "smart home" will be presented at the Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The news media has presented some of the pre-conference discussions ranging from a remote for your entire house to a bunch of devices cobbled together over Wi-Fi.

For me, one important technological aspect that has hopefully been thought of is communication with the residence beginning prior to the person or vehicle entering the property, not waiting until the "entry" door. If this is evenly summarily discussed, it will be an important step towards a new level of controlling access.

The future of access control is knowing exactly where each person is at any moment. For this to become reality, a way to identify each and every person must occur before attempting entry.

Hopefully, the new "smart home" technology will extend access control to at least the property line.

Stay Safe peop
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Euro Cylinder Standards

In previous years there has been many new standards applicable to the Euro Cylinder.  All standards have different meanings and it has now got the point where it can be confusing for us locksmiths, let alone you the customer.   However, let me see if I can break it down and simplify things a little.

The Standards

Generally, when you're looking for a product, not just locks but most products in general, the British Standard Kitemark is your guarantee of quality, giving you piece of mind that what you are buying has been tested thoroughly to a high standard.  The humble mortice lock is s great example of this incorporating all the security standards required by BS 3621.  The euro cylinder, however, does not have to pass the snap test which to most is bizarre and this is where the confusion begins.

BSI TS 007:2012

This is the British Standard that applies to Euro cylinders but that doesn't mean they have been subjected to the rigours of the snap test to gain the British Standard Kitemark.  Yes, its confusing already but stick with me.  This is where the star system is used.  3 stars being the highest security rating that can be awarded. a 3 star cylinder will have passed the BSI TS 007:2012 scrutiny and the snap test.  A cylinder awarded 1 star will have undergone TS 007:2012 scrutiny without undergoing the snap test.  The lock may not have been designed to pass the snap test.

Sold Secure Diamond

Solid Secure diamond is highest anti snap test level that can be awarded.  However, this test is still being revised to incorporate the latest edition of tools available to locksmiths to snap cylinders.  these tools are only available to locksmiths so worry not.

Conclusion

It's safe to say that these standards are somewhat confusing. If you were to 'ask me on  a Monday' I'd say as long as you have a British Standard Kitemark on your cylinder on your front door, coupled with sturdy door incorporating a good quality multipoint lock you should be safe from the bad guys.  However, If in doubt, call Dougie at ACQ locksmiths Ltd and will be happy to provide you with thorough and free security check to put your mind at rest.

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Stay safe people!!

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So Ive been out and about this week with British Gas and we happened across a British Standard Euro Cylinder. Ive not managed to pick on of these in ages but today was my lucky day. Picked it open in under 30 seconds. Feeling very smug!!

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Another great day working in Winchester. Locksmith Winchester is always here to help you, whether you are locked out or in need of a security upgrade. Just give us a call anytime of check out our website for more information.

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Its my week for finding badly fitted euro locks. Heres another whopper from Portsmouth this time.

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Its my week for finding badly fitted euro locks. Heres another whopper from Portsmouth this time.

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