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Locksmiths sure are a secretive bunch. They come and go as they please and have the ability to open just about any door they come across. It’s easy to see why a number of misconceptions have developed over the years about them. With that in mind, here are 14 of the most common misconceptions about locksmiths.
1) Locksmiths only work office hours
In reality, most locksmiths will offer emergency service with some being on call 24-hours a day. This is important since a lockout can happen at any time and assistance might be required late at night or early in the morning. For example, Action Lock Service is one locksmith in Perth to offer these emergency services.
2) Having a lock opened will always cost the same price
Some locksmiths charge extra for service outside of certain hours. In addition to this, certain lock types might also be charged at a higher rate. It is wise to discuss this on the phone before bringing a locksmith out.
3) A locksmith can’t work on every lock
It doesn’t really matter what type of lock it is, most skilled locksmiths can attempt to open it. They can also repair locks that are damaged and get them functioning again.
4) They can open everything
However, a locksmith might not be able to open every lock they come across. Sometimes a lock will be too rusted or complex to be opened.
5) They judge those they are helping
Believe it or not, a locksmith doesn’t think a person is stupid because they left their keys in the car. They understand it’s part of life and are happy to help.
6) Anyone can be a locksmith
Becoming a locksmith requires years of training and apprenticeships which means anyone who wants to give this profession a shot must be willing to put in the work to make it happen.
7) It’s an easy job
Locksmiths find themselves in some troubling situations. Whether it is one spouse locking the other out of the house or having to open the home of someone who recently passed away, there are challenges.
8) Locksmiths are magicians
Nope. A locksmith is just a well-trained individual using the right set of tools.
9) They will keep a key when it is duplicated
Simply put, when a locksmith duplicates a key, they use a process similar to a photocopier. A tracing of the original is made on the blank key and then it is carved. After that, both the original and new key are handed over with no traces remaining.
10) No warranty is available
A number of locksmiths in Perth are willing to provide a warranty with their goods and services.
11) They can’t help protect a home
Locksmiths know what locks work at stopping would be thieves from entering and can install these at most houses.
12) There are no certifications for locksmiths
If a person is looking for a reputable locksmith, they should check to see if the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA) certifies the locksmith.
13) Locksmiths only specialise in one area
Homes, cars and businesses, most locksmiths can provide service just about anywhere.
14) All locksmiths are the same
Each locksmith uses different equipment and offers different services. This should be considered before hiring them.
Now that the truth about locksmiths is finally out there, it is important to find one who can be trusted. This will ensure a locksmith is only a phone call away should they ever be needed.