Locksmiths are persons who equip themselves with special equipment to manipulate, open, and close (or open and close) locks and safes. They are trained professionals who are entrusted with the responsibility of duplicating keys or opening locked doors or vaults. A locksmith’s services include repairing, installing and building locks and safes.
Locksmithing has been a specialized trade throughout history, and has been one of the most essential professions for several reasons. First, locksmiths are highly unlikely to be found lacking in any town, city or village; so, if you plan to move to a new home, the chances of finding a local locksmith are high. Second, most houses, cars and other property are protected by locks, so they cannot be left unattended; likewise, keys and locks are highly likely to stay with owners for a long time, so it would be highly likely that if you move away from your old home, you will find it difficult to find an alternative key. Finally, locksmiths are highly likely to be contacted regarding concerns about locks, so if you want to install a new lock in your home or office, the likelihood of finding a professional locksmith is high.
Most locksmith companies charge a fee for their services, but in many cases, this can be kept low because locksmiths do not usually install the locks unless requested to do so. Some locksmith companies may also provide complimentary lock installation upon request, though this does vary from company to company. Generally, locksmiths are called in for a variety of tasks, such as replacing deadbolt locks, opening jammed locks, opening office drawers and developing pin tumbler locks.