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Got a question about locksmiths? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear. If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, feel free to get in touch and ask away!

What do locksmiths do?
Locksmiths do a lot more than just cut keys. To become a fully qualified locksmith a person has undertaken 4 years of study. From here some go on to specialise in an area such as automotive or electronic security. Locksmiths are experts in security and are able to provide solutions about locks, electronic security systems (access control, alarms, CCTV) and more.

Take a read of this post for more inforamtion on exactly what a locksmith can do.

How do I know if I can trust a locksmith?

There are a few ways you can ensure that you are using a trusted locksmith. Look out for the MLAA logo. Locksmiths listed as MLAA members have passed strict criteria. Check if they have a social media presence which is interacted with regularly and look out for reviews and recommendations on their Google business listing.

There has been an increase of scam locksmiths over the last few years. Take a read of our post here for some more things to watch out for.

Do I have to replace all of my locks if I've lost my keys?
No. A professional locksmith will be able to rekey the locks to your house and cut copies of the new keys for you. Unless your locks are broken there is no reason for them to be replaced.
My key broke in the lock! What should I do?
Don’t panic! And avoid doing anything that might cause the broken fragment to lodge itself further into the lock.
To avoid unneccesary damage it’s best to call a locksmith to come out and give you a hand. The locksmith will not only be able to remove the key but also be able to cut a new key for you on the spot.

However if you do want to give the key removal a crack check out our post with these 3 tips to remove a broken key. Please keep in mind we are not responsible for any issues which may arise from you attempting any of these fixes.

Can I have just one key that works with all the locks in my house?
Yes. We are able to rekey all the locks on your property to use the same key. This would require you booking a locksmith to come out to your property and they will rekey all of your locks onsite. They will then also be able to cut as many new keys for you as you require.
Do you fix car keys?
Yes! We have a dedicated automotive department who specialise in the cutting and programming of car keys. We recommend calling us on (03) 9495 1122 to discuss the make and model of your car and ensure we have the correct equipment and key blanks instock to suit your vehicle.
How much does a locksmith cost?

There are lots of factors that impact the price of a locksmith. The main one is if the locksmith needs to come out to you onsite and if it’s an after hours emergency call or not. You can read our post on the cost of locsmiths for more info.

What is lock bumping?
Bumping a lock is a lock picking technique. It can generally be used to open a pin tubler style lock. It generally involves using a specially crafted bump key. Some high security locks are advertised as being resistant to picking and bumping.
How does a locksmith make a key from a lock?

There are a few ways a locksmith can create a key from a lock. Generally a locksmith would make an impression of the lock to help decode the lock. Or they might disassemble the lock to crack the code. Once they have the code they can make a key to suit. You can read more about these methods here.