Every occupation has its share of myths and misconceptions, and locksmithing is no exception. A little bit of clarity can go a long way towards getting the most value out of a locksmithing service, so let’s bust open these 10 common locksmithing myths:
A Locksmith is Only Needed in an Emergency Situation
It’s true that many locksmith enquiries are related to emergencies, where clients are locked out of their home or business. In reality, many locksmiths provide a wide range of services such as repairing or replacing locks, upgrading security measures, working with digital locks, and providing consultation on home and business security.
Locksmiths Keep a Set of Master Keys
A quality locksmith service has no reason to keep a Master key or replica of your key on hand. Breaches of confidentiality or integrity by keeping replica keys without your consent are unethical business practices that respectable locksmiths that have been in business for years would not engage in.
Calling a Locksmith is Too Costly
On-call emergency locksmiths don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If possible, ring a 24/7 locksmith service and obtain a quote before hiring them. If the locksmith has to come by in the middle of the night or on a public holiday, the service fee may appear steep, so always enquire first.
Locksmiths Only Deal With Residential Calls
Many locksmiths respond to residential calls regularly, but they can also help with commercial businesses, automobile lockouts, and other services where lock and key systems are used.
Lockpicking on Television is Accurate
False. Often, locks have complex mechanisms that may require drilling or adjusting the door frame. Lockpicking can take minutes as shown in popular culture, but it may take far longer as well. Patience is key.
Most Burglars Can Pick Locks
Most burglars try to break in doors or windows rather than picking locks, which can be a complex and time-consuming task for most. A deadbolt can deter burglars as can properly locking all doors and windows whilst away from the home.
I Can Pick the Lock Myself
Coat hangars, paperclips, and credit cards are all common tools that some people will try to use to break into their own home or vehicle. Lockpicking isn’t so easy to do and you may end up further damaging the lock. Call a professional instead.
Breaking Through a Window Will Save Money
Locksmiths are almost always a more cost-effective (and safer) solution to gain access to your home than breaking through a window. Window replacement can be quite expensive and isn’t a good alternative to a locksmith.
All Locksmiths are Reputable
Unfortunately, this is false. Anyone can create a “business” as a locksmith only to engage in unlawful behaviour at the expense of their victims. Don’t trust a locksmith immediately, but instead look for signs of quality such as customer feedback, reviews, and enquire about their licenses to operate and recognition of trade training. In New South Wales, ensure that the locksmith is certified by the Security Licensing & Enforcement Directorate (SLED).
All Locksmiths Offer the Same Quality
Locksmiths simply need to open locked doors and cut new keys, so there isn’t so much differentiation in quality, right? Wrong. Locksmiths provide various services in addition to these two, but they also vary widely in terms of quality. Always choose a reputable locksmith that has a solid track record of providing reliable and quality service such as ZS Locksmith.
Contact ZS Locksmith Today
If you’re in need of a qualified, professional locksmith service in an emergency situation or not, ZS Locksmith in Sydney can help. Contact us and obtain a quote for your residential or commercial locksmithing needs.