There's nothing quite as stressful as locking yourself out of your automobile, home or business. Whether your keys are trapped in your car or you lost them while out and about, a professional locksmith service can help save the day. As long as you still have your cell phone on you, you can make a quick call to any local locksmith and expect them to arrive as soon as possible. If you've found yourself locked out during the middle of the night, look for a company that offers 24/7 services, although you may end up paying more for the emergency call.
If you have time, you can call around to compare prices for several different locksmith companies. It may also pay to check online reviews to see what businesses are recommended. In addition to lock-out services, many locksmiths also offer a variety of other residential and commercial solutions. Here are a few of them:
1. Residential Locksmith Services
When you've locked yourself out of your home, condo or apartment, not only can locksmiths open your front door for you, they can also make you a new key. They will also help you open any yard gates, such as the one leading to your pool area, as needed.
If you've just moved into a new home and want the security of new front, back, sliding, patio and garage door locks, professional locksmiths can install new ones for you as well as make you extra keys. They may also re-key your mailbox as well. In addition, you can also call on locksmiths to fix malfunctioning locks, as well as install brand new doors if needed. If you have a broken cabinet or safe lock, it can also be replaced.
2. Commercial Locksmith Services
For business owners, many locksmiths will supply industrial locks and door hardware, including security bars. They also offer re-keying services, alarm exit devices, and key control systems to protect your building and/or office. You may also need to change your door locks after firing an employee or in case of theft.
3. Automotive Locksmith Services
Locksmiths are always on hand to pick your automobile, or RV lock in case you've lost your keys or locked them inside the vehicle. They can also extract broken keys that are stuck in ignitions, replace remote and transponder keys, and make you duplicate keys to prevent a future lock-out.
If there is a problem with your vehicle's ignition, some locksmiths can replace it onsite so you don't have to be towed to a repair shop.