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  • 10 Most Common Types of Lockout

    Being locked out can be one of the most frustrating things that can happen to you. That feeling of being so close to being inside your home or place of work, yet being unable to gain access has people tearing their hair out.

    Here we’ll look into the most common types of lockouts, how to deal with them and how much you’re expected to pay should you have to call a locksmith to help you out of the situation.

    Let’s get started.

    The Nature of Lockouts

    There can be many causes of a lockout; you could have lost your keys, forgot your combination, the lock could be faulty, you could have snapped your key in the lock or even just a plain old “I didn’t pick my keys up” moment. Whatever the reason is all you want to be able to do is get back into your property as soon as possible.

    Have you been locked out?

    If you’ve been locked out it’s probably time to call an emergency locksmith.

    Genuine emergency locksmith should be available 24/7 for callouts and you can expect most to arrive within 30 minutes of your call.

    Are you locked out and need an emergency locksmith for your lockout in London? Call now 020 8123 8060.

    Let’s have a look at some common types of lockout.

    Front Door Lockout

    This is by far the most common type of lockout and the real bread and butter of emergency locksmiths. Any emergency locksmith worth their salt will look to use non-destructive methods first, but it may be that the only way to gain access is to drill the lock which may affect the service cost as well due to the need for changing the lock. Rim locks and Mortice deadlock are the most common types of locks that are involved in a front door lockout.

    Time to resolve: Most front door lock outs are relatively easy to resolve and should take around 10-30 minutes;

    How to deal with a front door lockout: If you’re not an expert locksmith the only thing we will advise that you try before calling a locksmith is to use a laminated card (such as credit card) to slide in the latch. In this article about methods locksmiths use to open doors you can find more about how you can do that and other ways locksmiths will attempt to use for opening your door. Don’t however try anything you’re not familiar with as thing could do more damage and you might end up paying more for a locksmith to fix problem.

    Front door lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £60 for opening the lock at a basic front door lockout. Replacement locks and parts will come at additional cost. The cost of new cylinder locks would normally start at around £20.

    In the Ask a locksmith section on our site you can find some more advice about how to open a front door if the keys broke inside the lock, the door is stuck and more.

    Here: Amazing tips about how to deal with emergency lockouts by yourself!

    Interior Door Lockout

    I bet you’ve never heard of this one! It may seem hard to believe but interior door lockouts are more common than you think and can be among the most tricky to resolve. Interior lockouts generally occur when locking mechanisms become jammed or stuck and often they can take over an hour to break open as your locksmith will be extra careful not to cause damage to an internal door.

    Time to resolve: These types of lock outs are relatively easy to resolve if there is no complex issue with the lock and should only take around 10-20 minutes; however, if the lock is faulty this could lead to a lot of trouble and can take up to 40 minutes to resolve.

    How to deal with an interior door lockout: You can try using a screw driver or laminated card based on your lock. If the lock seems faulty this would again be a job for a locksmith to handle.

    Interior door lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £60 for the call, but parts tend to be cheaper ranging from £10 - £30.

    Cars and Vehicles Lockout

    The first type of lockout that we’re looking at isn’t a property lockout at all, but it is just as frustrating. Vehicle lockouts are common just as front door lockouts. They happen when keys are locked inside the vehicle, are lost, snapped in the vehicle’s door or being stolen.

    Time to resolve: Most vehicle lockouts are relatively easy to resolve and should only take around 10-20 minutes once the auto locksmith arrives.

    How to deal with a car lockout: Emergency locksmith specialising in vehicles is what you need to resolve an issue like this. If it’s an emergency (such as when a baby is locked in the car) you can smash one of the car’s windows (one far from the baby of course:) until the locksmith arrives. If you know how to open a vehicle by yourself, you can try that as well.

    Car lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £50 for the call out of a basic car lockout.

    Padlock Lockout

    These types of lockout can occur in a variety of settings. It could be that you are locked out of a shed or garden storage box, a garden gate or even something like a petty cash box. Often there is little that can be done other than to cut and replace the padlock.

    Time to resolve: Padlock lockouts should only take a matter of minutes to resolve;

    How to deal with a padlock lockout: If you have a grinder and know how to use it than cut off the lock carefully. Otherwise call a locksmith.

    Padlock lockout cost: You can expect to pay around £50 for the call out plus the cost of a new padlock (which you could source yourself for as little as £10).

    Electronic Lock Lockout

    Most emergency locksmiths can handle this type of emergency. The electronic smart lock market is a growing one and locksmiths have responded by becoming skilled in their repair.

    Time to resolve: These can be tricky to resolve and can take up to an hour depending on the brand of the lock;

    How to deal with an electronic lock lockout: This would require a locksmith. Don’t try to fix by yourself as you may end up ruin the lock and paying a lot for a new one.

    Electronic lock lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £80 for the call out plus parts.

    Safes and Vaults Lockout

    Increasingly people are turning to more sophisticated means of keeping their valuables safe and secure via the use of safes and vaults. This means that consequently, more and more people are finding themselves locked out of such contraptions! That’s where your friendly neighbourhood emergency locksmith comes in! Safe cracking isn’t just something for the movies; locksmiths are well-versed in this type of work too!

    Time to resolve: Safes lockout could take from around 20 hours up to a few hours to resolve. This would depend on how secured is the safe.

    How to deal with a safe lockout: lf it's just that the battery run out on your safe you can fins some guide online on how to open a safe. Otherwise a safes engineer or locksmith is the tradesman to contact.

    Safes lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £80 for the opening of a simple safe. More complex safes could cost a few hundreds to open. You may also need a new safe, so take also this into account in terms of costs.

    Locked Gates

    Locked gates to a garden or passage way can be a real inconvenience when you lose the keys or the mechanism becomes jammed. Whilst it isn’t a matter of great importance it can mean that you lose access to a garden and anything you need in that garden like a shed for example. Locksmiths can get you out of this pickle in an emergency.

    Time to resolve: Depending on the type of lock you have on your gate it can take from 10-20 min. and up to an hour to resolve.

    How to deal with a locked gate: Calling an emergency locksmith would be the best way to hanlde this one. Ulocking a gate yourself could be very difficult.

    Gate lockout cost: The cost for opening a gate will start from around £60 for a simple gate lock and up to £200 for gates with high security locks.

    Bicycle Locks Lockout

    Cycling is growing in popularity for a multitude of reasons including the healthy living agenda, success at the Olympics and as a greener alternative to travelling by bus or car. All of this means that there is more call for effective security measures for bikes and that means big business for emergency locksmiths! For cyclists, this can be as serious as getting locked out of your car or vehicle as it is often a means to get home from work or a social gathering.

    Time to resolve: Most bicycle locks are relatively easy to open and should only take around 5-10 minutes;

    How to deal with a bicycle lockout: If you have a grinder and know how to use it than cut off the lock carefully. Otherwise call a locksmith.

    Bicycle lock lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £50 for the call out plus the cost of a new device.

    Mailbox and Wardrobe Lockouts

    Yes, both of these are a thing! And what’s more, resolving these issues are just two other strings to any serious emergency locksmith’s bow. Probably something you have never thought about though right?

    Time to resolve: Most mailbox or wardrobe lock outs are relatively easy to resolve and should only take around 5-10 minutes;

    How to deal with Mailbox lockout: Mailbox lockouts could be fairly simple to resolve. You can try picking the lock or opening it with a screwdriver. If you're not comforable with doing it by yourself you can always call a locksmith.

    Mailbox lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £60 for the call out plus parts.

    School Lockout

    OK so this one isn’t a thing! Well, for a locksmith any way! This is just when the schools go on strike and there’s nowhere for your children to go. This type of emergency is easily recognised by the parents tearing their hair out and children climbing the walls!

    Not even a highly training, specialist emergency locksmith can help you out with that one I’m afraid; yep, you’re on your own!

    Have you been locked out?

    If you’ve been locked out it’s probably time to call an emergency locksmith.

    Genuine emergency locksmith should be available 24/7 for callouts and you can expect most to arrive within 30 minutes of your call.

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  • The 5 Best Electronic Smart Locks and How to Choose Yours

    At one time, electronic locks and smart locks were seen as a bit of a luxury; a niche innovation available to either the rich and famous or the technology obsessed. But you too could be opening your door with your smart phone or a fob; smart locks really are a great alternative for the security conscious among you that would like to integrate the latest technology on their home security systems.

    Some key factors that you should consider before purchasing an electronic lock are the usage requirements and the method of entry. Do you know who will need to use it? How regularly? Can you use a smartphone to gain access? Would you require it to be accessed with a card, fob, a biometric scan or maybe all of these together? These are all important questions that you need to be able to answer before buying your next smart lock.

    So, before buying your smart lock take the following 3 steps:

    1. Make a List

    Make a list of all the most important aspects you’d wish to get from you new smart lock. These can be factors like the design, how easy is to fit the lock, what technology features you’d like the lock to have, the price of the lock, etc.

    List your needs by which has higher priority and continue to the next step.

    2. Compare

    Go through your list of most important characters you’d like your lock to include and compare it with those of the locks in the list below.

    3. Buy with confidence

    Now after determining which of the electronic locks will best meet your needs buy them from somewhere you can trust.

    Since smart locks are not widely available at local locksmith and security shops yet, you’d may want to buy them straight from the internet. To make sure you buy your lock from a reliable source we’d recommend to purchase it from websites like ebay where you can view the seller’s score.

    Patlock Instant Smart Patio Door Lock

    These electronic smart locks solve an age old issue about securing the weakest point of entry. Often this is a pair of patio doors at ground level; it is a well-known fact that standard, two door French patio doors can be easily forced in under 30 seconds.

    Once fitted the Patlock keeps shootbolts and levers in the locked position meaning that even if the cylinder locks have been disabled from outside, the doors cannot be forced.

    Advantages:

    - Mobile device – Can be carried and installed instantly on almost any patio door.

    - Adds Real value to the level of your door security - Highly effective as securing a traditional weak spot.

    - Upgrades the visual deterrent factor - no would be burglar would attend to force the patio doors of someone who has it.

    Disadvantages:

    - The Patlock remains a secondary locking product and needs to be used in conjunction with standard locks on the doors themselves.

    - Some basic DIY skills may be required to set up the lock.

    - Clearly, this product is not designed for single doors.

    Ultraloq UL3 BT – Bluetooth Enabled Fingerprint and Touchscreen Keyless

    This is a seriously effective electronic lock available at a very reasonable price. It stores up to 95 different codes from 4 to 8 digits long and has anti-peep technology which means you can enter as many numbers before or after your code as long as you have entered the completed code.

    Advantages:

    - This lock is incredibly easy to install; it really can be accomplished by anyone regardless of experience.

    - There are five ways to open the lock including smartphone, fob and biometric.

    - Reasonably priced at around £150 RRP.

    Disadvantages

    - The fingerprint recognition can be a little tetchy.

    - Moisture might affect the reliability of this electronic lock.

    - Has no ANSI rating.

    Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock

    The Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open electronic smart lock is a great looking piece of kit and certainly looks like a secure enough deterrent for any would be burglar; let’s have a look at how it shapes up.

    Advantages:

    - Beautifully put together in size and aesthetics - comes in three different finishes (Venetian Bronze, Satin Nickel and Polished Brass).

    - Bluetooth enabled.

    - Compatible with smartphones.

    - Has touch to open technology and is third party friendly.

    - User can create as many “e-keys” for friends and family as you want via the Kevo’s app.

    Disadvantages:

    - Takes some work to set up

    - Installation requires drilling - May require the help of a locksmith to install.

    - Although it has touch to unlock technology, it can be a little unreliable and the lock as a whole can be buggy at times.

    Shlage Lock Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt

    The Shlarge is one of the most highly rated, top selling smart locks out here and for good reason. Schlarge have an excellent reputation in the business and are known for producing quality products.

    Advantages:

    - As with all Schlarge products, this lock is extremely well-made, durable and is pleasing on the eye without being the showiest looking product on the market.

    - Stores up to 30 personalised codes.

    - Uses z-wave technology to integrate with other devices.

    - Has keyless security.

    - ANSI Grade 1 - highest residential security and has an extremely durable touch screen.

    - Has an alarm which sounds if someone tries to disturb the lock.

    Out of these, the major benefit that jumps out is the security features; we believe this electronic smart lock out performs the others on the market in this respect.

    Disadvantages:

    - For someone who isn’t used to this type of work, it can be a little difficult to install.

    MASTER LOCK Smart Padlock Bluetooth Outdoor

    The Master Lock 4401DLH is both durable and smart with its heavy duty rubber coating and smartphone/Bluetooth enabled features. Let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages.

    Advantages:

    - The body and shackle feel robust to the touch; reassuring to you and big deterrent to would be burglars. The anti-shim technology means it is extremely difficult to pull loose.

    - The app is very straight forward to use, easy to follow and works reliably.

    All in all this is a high quality padlock; it’s everything that you’d expect from a Master Lock.

    Disadvantages:

    - The only big disadvantage is the price; but you do have to pay for quality.

    In summary

    You now have all the information you need to decide which electronic smart lock to buy. So as mentioned in the beginning - Make a list of your desired features, Compare your list to the features of the locks that are listed above and Make your purchase from a trusted source.

    We hope this would help you to make the right choice of your new lock.

    And contact us 24/7 if you need a locksmith that can supply and fit electronic locks in London.

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  • Are locks the best door security device?

    What is a lock?

    A lock is the most common form of security hardware on both commercial and domestic property doors. It is made up of the components that for the latching mechanism. These components are generally the lock handles, deadbolt, latch bolt, strike plate, faceplate, escutcheon, turn button, thumb button, push button and trim.

    How can a lock help in preventing burglary?

    The installation of quality locks is a crucial stage in developing your approach to securing your home. Not all locks are the same; they certainly aren’t much of a muchness, so it’s important to understand the difference between different types of locks as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

    Here are some more ways you can improve the security of your existing doors.

    Popular Lock Types

    Electronic Locks

    Electronic locks come in a variety of forms. They can operate with electronic devices that are combined with locking hardware, with magnet locking systems and more.

    - Keypad locks that use a simple key pad.

    - Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks – Opens with a key fob.

    - Bluetooth enabled locks - relies on a Bluetooth signal to open the lock.

    - Biometric entry - Uses finger prints or even retinal scans to unlock the lock.

    Doorknob Locks

    These types of lock generally include a keyed lock cylinder and you probably have it in one of your current doors. These types of lock are extremely easy for burglars to bypass. This is why they should be only fitted on internal doors. If your front door has a doorknob make sure it is paired with a deadbolt as a minimum.

    Deadbolt

    This is probably the second most frequently used domestic door lock. These are the locks that lock by a metal cylinder being slid between two pieces attached to the door and the door frame. They are reasonably effective, but a persistent burglar could smash the doorframe to gain entry.

    Keypad Locks

    These locks often have similar locking mechanisms to other lock types, but with the added feature of keypad entry. There is often a keyed cylinder option with these types of lock too.

    Bar, Bolts and Chains

    Physical barriers like bars bolts and chains are useful additions to your locking choice to beef up your security measures. They can’t be tampered with from outside, but aren’t fool proof; you should not use one of these exclusively without a lock.

    Combination locks

    Combination locks require a code (usually four digits) to unlock the lock. They can be useful in conjunction with other solutions so long as you keep your combination secret and change it frequently. Digital locks and mechanical locks are the most popular types of combinations locks.

    Pin Tumbler locks

    A pin tumbler lock is a lock that uses a mechanism comprised of pins which are of varying lengths so as to fit one key only. They are most commonly used in cylinder locks but can be found in tubular pin tumbler locks (you may know these as redial locks or ace locks).

    Popular Lock Brands

    Let’s look at locks in a little more detail focusing on different brands to start with.

    Yale lock

    When most people talk about a “Yale lock” they are actually referring to a night-latch lock in the vast majority of cases. Yale’s long history of producing night-latch locks means that their name is synonymous with latch locks. Most Yale locks will meet BS 3621 and BS8621 standards.

    Chubb lock

    When people talk about a “Chubb lock” they are usually referring to a deadbolt type of lock (mortice locks). Chubb are another market leading brand of locks. The Chubb brand name was actually changed to “UNION” (of the ASSA ABLOY Group) in 2010 due to Chubb owner deciding not to renew the manufacturing of locks under the Chubb brand with ASSA ABLOY. The manufacturing of “Chubb locks” been going for over 200 years and have built a reputation of quality products. The Chubb brand name tied up with latches, mortice locks and cylinder locks. Their C Series of locks are particularly highly regarded.

    Banham Patent Locks

    Banham has some of the most secured locks in the UK (and worldwide). Banham pride themselves in their effectiveness in deterring burglars from entering your property; Except of their popular rim and deadlocks Banham is a manufacture of many home security devices. They cite their century of expertise couple with their use of modern technology. Banhams locks have earned the title of “Police Preferred Specification”.

    Master Lock

    Master Lock is a truly global and instantly recognizable brand. Their padlocks and security products have been available since 1921 and they are innovators to this day. They have a wide range of locking solutions in both the domestic and commercial arenas including key and combination options.

    Is lock really the best door security device?

    Well, the honest answer is yes and no. You just have to take a walk down any local street and you see that every home has a lock on their door; so in this sense, there is a case that they are. There is, however, a strong argument that for real security, the type that can give you piece of mind, you need to deploy a number of different security solutions to give yourself the best chance of keeping your property secure.

    Need help with deciding on which door lock would be best for your home or office security?

    London 24 Hour Locksmiths has a team of professional locksmiths and advisors that can help you make the right decision. Contact us now at 020 8123 8060.

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  • Landlord & Tenant Law in the UK – Locksmithing

    As locksmiths in London we get asked a lot of questions regarding with the law around landlords, tenants and locks in the UK. Here we’ll provide some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

    Can a landlord change locks without the tenant’s permission?

    Not usually, though you should check your tenancy agreement to make sure that this is explicit. If your landlord would like you to vacate the property, they can change the locks in certain circumstances, but they must also give you reasonable notice of this. Such circumstances include:

    • When you share communal facilities with your landlord or their family (kitchen, bathroom etc.).

    • You’re living there as part of a holiday.

    • You don’t pay any rent.

    • You’re a hotel guest.

    If you are none of the above your landlord must follow a fair process to evict you.

    If your landlord just wants to change the locks as part of a routine repair they have certain obligations which they must meet in order to comply with the law; they are:

    • Meeting health and safety requirements.

    • Making sure you as tenants can live peacefully.

    • Accepting rent.

    • Keeping you informed.

    • Actually carrying out some repairs.

    • They give you a spare copy of the keys to the new lock.

    Locksmith can sometimes be called by a landlord to change locks. If you find that a locksmith attempts to change your locks but you didn’t ask for it and the landlord haven’t ask for your permission to do so; you basically have the right to send the locksmith away.

    Can a tenant change the lock without the landlord’s permission?

    Generally speaking, no, they can’t. There is no right to be able to change the locks and thus exclude the landlord from the premises without “cause”; and just what “cause” means is a legal minefield so it really I best to avoid this. Changing the locks without the landlord’s permission could lead to the following:

    • A breach of the tenancy agreement

    • Committing an act of criminal damage based on the premise that you are altering the state of the property with the landlord’s express consent (even though you aren’t technically damaging the property)

    Tenants can only usually change a lock when one or more of the following are satisfied:

    • The landlord has given you permission to do so (and it is best practice for this to be in writing).

    • If there is a clause in the tenancy agreement permitting you to make such an alternation to the property (this rarely happens; usually there is a clause the other way preventing this from happening).

    • If the tenant feels justifiable harassed by the landlord (if they repeatedly turn up unannounced or at inappropriate times etc.).

    • If the keys are lost a the safety of the tenant has been compromised.

    You’ll need your landlord to agree on a lock change.

    If the keys are lost or when you are locked outside of your home as a tenant you must always contact the landlord to inform them first, before calling to a locksmith.

    Moreover, if it’s a building you may even need the permission of the free hold owner to change locks. Especially when the lock is to the main entrance and when it’s electronic lock that operates with key fobs.

    A locksmith might not also be able to help when the issue is related to keys of electronic locks. So contact the building owner first.

    Who should pay for a lock change tenant or landlord?

    As a general rule of thumb, the cost sits with whichever party is at fault.

    - If the tenant has lost the keys or locked themselves out and requires a locksmith to drill the lock to gain access then the cost of the new lock sits with the tenant.

    - If the locks need to be replaced through general wear and tear, after a burglary or after an eviction the cost of the new lock sits with the landlord.

    - If, in the case of an eviction, the outgoing tenant damages the lock the landlord may be within their rights to withhold some deposit money to pay for the replacement.

    Etc.

    If you call a locksmith, please note that they will normally require a payment on site. Be sure that you can pay the locksmith as they probably won’t accept any “my landlord will pay you tomorrow” or any sort of similar suggestions.

    Must the landlord change the lock when a new tenant moves in?

    The short answer is that they are not obligated to. Often it will be the case that the locks are not changed as long as all keys have been returned when the tenant moves out.

    Really, the only time that a landlord would make this change would be if they are worried about the integrity and honesty of the outgoing tenant. If a landlord thinks that they may have made copies, or if they just feel that they have it in them to be disreputable, this will often result in the locks being changed.

    Can landlord lock out a tenant?

    No, they basically can’t; they must go through the court eviction process and the tenant can remain in the property until the process is complete. If it is decided that the eviction is lawful and fair the tenant will then be given an eviction notice and will have five days to vacate the property else they will face criminal charges. If they refuse to leave then a bailiff agent, local officers from the metropolitan police and a locksmith will return to evict and lock the tenants out of the property altogether.

    Can a landlord enter a property without notice?

    Many landlords think that they can, but the law protects tenants from such behaviour. A landlord can only enter a property with their tenants’ express permission and if they have a valid reason which is clearly articulated to the tenant. Examples of such access may be a gas safety check, a property inspection or to fit a new appliance. Popping round for a shower or a cup of tea is not acceptable!

    Landlords must still give 24 hours’ written notice of any visit, even when it has been agreed. They also must visit at a reasonable time of the day; no midnight property inspections!

    The info in this article does not provide a suggestion for any action you should take or a guarantee of any type. Before taking any action you are advised to talk to a lawful UK solicitor.

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  • 5 Most Popular Methods Locksmith Use to Unlock Doors

    Locksmiths use different type of techniques for opening doors and locks.

    Some of the ways locksmith may use to unlock your door would be non-destructive while others may cause damage to the locking system. in general, a locksmith should never need to damage the door in order to get access to the property. There are however some exceptions. With certain types of locks for example the locksmiths might cause a small, repairable damage the door so they don’t have to ruin and replace the lock.

    Below are examples to how locksmiths may open your door when you’re locked outside of your home or office.

    1. Lock picking

    Tools: Picking tools.

    How do locksmiths pick locks?

    Lock picking is a non-destructive method for opening locks. It is based on the idea of using special tools to align the pins, leavers or wafers of a lock. Using picking tools, the locksmith will adjust the parts inside the lock to align them into a position that allows the lock to open.

    In this technique the locksmith will use picking tools; which are narrow, sharp tools that are designed to adjust the internal parts of different types of locks .The type of picking tools locksmiths use will depend on the type of lock at hand. Different type of picking tools are used for different types of locks. Some locks have anti-picking mechanisms that interfere with the smooth movement of pins and therefore prevent anyone from trying to unlock the lock without a key. These are normally considered high security locks and usually the more pins and lock has the more difficult it is to unlock it. 

    2. Slide open the night latch

    Tools: PVC laminated cards.

    How do locksmiths use laminated cards to open doors?

    Maybe the most basic technique every locksmith will use when they first arrive at your door is to slide the door open with a unique laminated card that is designed for this purpose.

    The locksmith will slide the laminated card in the gap between the door and frame where the lock is positioned. By sliding the laminated card between this gap the latch of the lock will slide off its place back into the lock and the door will open. It’s important to note that this will only work if your door is slam shut and not actually locked. 

    If you already made your online research about how locksmith unlock doors, you’ve probably came across this very popular method which is suggested by many locksmith websites. These sites often suggest that you can try to opening your door with a credit card. This might work but credit card might also not be flexible enough to slide between the door and frame in order to slide the latch and unlock your door. 

    3. Drilling the lock

    Tools: A Drill, screwdriver.

    How do locksmiths opening doors by drilling the lock?

    Where unlocking the door nondestructively is not an option or when there is a high security lock installed the locksmith will most certainly need to damage the lock in order to gain access to the property. The professional way to open many locks is by is by drilling a part in the lock that prevents it from turning.

    Since drilling is very accurate method it can be used to open a lock while causing damage to the lock only, without damaging the door.

    Experienced locksmiths can usually drill just one whole to remove the pins or a small element inside the lock that prevents from opening. This can be done whether the lock has levers wafers or pins. Genuine expert locksmiths should know exactly where to drill the lock so that the process would take no more than a few minutes. this is true for both basic in high security locks. If the locksmith takes long to open the lock it may be that they haven’t got enough experience or either the could be faulty.

    4. Using a Letterbox tool

    Tools: Letterbox tool, borescope.

    What is a mailbox tool and how locksmiths use it to open doors?

    Letterbox tool is a curved bar which is designed to slide through a door letterbox to reach the interior side of a door and reach the lock to open it. The Letterbox tool assembled from a few parts where the tip of the tool could be replaced to better match to different locking mechanisms types.

    As part of this tool or separately a mirror/camera will be used by the locksmith. Professional locksmiths will use borescope to view the interior part of the door. This is so that they can watch the lock and reach it with the letterbox tool to compromise it from the inside.

    5. Drilling a hole in the door

    Tools: A Drill, Drill bits, screwdriver / special locksmith tools.

    How do locksmiths unlocking doors by drilling a hole in the door?

    This method is only used on a small number of locks. It should only be carried out by professional locksmith that knows exactly for which type of locks it works and how to preformed the work. It should be done accurately so that the damage to the door is minimal.

    It is usually recommended only with high security locks that would cost a lot to replace. As an instance, for opening a high security lock such as ingersoll or Banham lock. If your door is very expansive it might still be worth to drill open and change the lock so that the door stays undamaged.

    The way locksmiths opening doors by drilling a hole in the door is by drilling a small hole near the lock and use some tool to reach the internal part of the lock. The tools can be either a simple screwdriver or special tools that are designed for this purpose.The tools use to hit some part of the lock from the inside that unlock it. In most cases it’s a matter of pulling the lock handle.

    Important note: Non of the information above is a suggestion or reccomandation on actions you should take to open a locked door. It is always reccomended to get help from professional locksmiths before trying to open doors or locks by yourself.

    London 24 Hour Locksmiths is a provider of professional locksmith services for unlocking doors and locks in London. The company's locksmiths has an extensive understanding of the best and latest door opening methods. For more info feel free to keep browsing our site or contact us at 020 8123 8060.

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