24 Hour Emergency Locksmith Hampshire

24 Hour Service | No Call Out Fee | Rapid Response | Competitive Prices | Fully Insured

Contact Us Today For A Free Quote

Contact Us
Full Name

Emergency Locksmith

If you find yourself locked out of your home or office and need a local locksmith our team of emergency locksmiths are ready to assist you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They are all fully trained and qualified to be able to gain entry to your premises using the latest non-destructive techniques and equipment.

Lock Replacements

If your lock is unreliable or hard to open, our team of professional locksmiths carry a wide range of replacement locks and cylinders, including 5 Lever Mortice Locks, UPVC door locks, Anti-Snap locks, enabling them to complete repairs in one visit, saving you time and money. If you would like a lock upgrade we can install all leading brands of locks.

Commercial Locksmiths

Our commercial locksmiths can help you to fully secure your premises. We provide a full range of commercial services, from simple lock replacement, filing cabinet locks to master key, keyless entry and access control systems. Whatever the size of your business we have a solution for you.

Security Surveys

If you are unsure whether your home is secure as it should be, or that your locks are approved then why not arrange for a free security survey? Our professional locksmith will check the security of your premises and offer expert advice on making your home as secure and burglar proof as possible.

uPVC Doors & Locks

We are specialist in uPVC multi-point door locks and mechanisms and have a large selection so if your lock needs changing our locksmiths can help you choose the correct one for your door. We also carry all the necessary spares to repair the most common uPVC door & lock problems on the spot.

Burglary Repairs

If you’ve had a break in, our locksmith can repair any damaged doors, frames and locks, they can also provide an emergency boarding up service, to keep your property secure until your windows are replaced.

As a professional 24 hour locksmith company all of our Hampshire staff are fully qualified and have years of experience, ensuring that we can repair, fit and gain entry to almost any lock in your home or office. We can also provide you with advice on the most up to date security equipment and ideas for your property, leaving you with peace of mind to know that your property and belongings are safely protected.

Areas We Cover

Finding A 24 Hr Locksmith Hampshire

So you need a locksmith but you are not sure how to find one. You obviously know the basics of checking out recommendations and reviews and doing price comparisons. But you have gotten to where there are just too many locksmiths in Hampshire to choose from and you do not know which way to go. You are pretty confident you know what you do want in a locksmith. But do you know what you do not want in a locksmith?

When it comes to choosing a locksmith for your needs, it is important to pay attention to those things you should avoid. Here are a few tips below:

Locksmiths who refuse to give an estimate

Locksmiths are experienced in what they do. They are familiar with the variety of services that they offer and they often can give an estimated cost for the service you need. Of course an estimate can change, but generally it will be in the ball park of the ending price. Any locksmith that flat out refuses to offer an estimate is likely not to be trusted.

Refusal to disclose their credentials

Locksmiths are generally a proud bunch of professionals. As with any professional service provider, they should have no problems disclosing any education, training or experience that they have. They should also be able to tell you if they are insured or not

Answering the phone generically

If they do not answer with a company name, you might want to steer clear. A locksmith will have a company name and will generally answer as such. If you get a generic answer, simply ask the name of the business and see if the name matches up with the ad you are calling.

What Services Does Your Hampshire Locksmith Provide?

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation

There are many great Hampshire locksmiths  and many great features they offer to customers. By simply avoiding a few things, you can save yourself a lot of headaches and money.

For information on Emergency locksmiths in other areas


Locksmith Key Codes

cost of locksmith

The art and science of making and breaking locks is carried out by locksmiths and the profession is known as locksmithing.

Sometimes, referred to as security engineering, a well established method of cracking locks and security systems was known as lock picking. The technology behind making locks has not changed since medieval times. The basic technology involves the 'pin tumbler' methodology. Therefore the role of the traditional locksmith has not changed much. However, with the advent of technology in general and digital and lasers, security systems have undergone a metamorphosis. It is only natural that today's security engineer as he is known as is more adept with laser and computer or digital systems rather than the traditional lock.

In the olden days, a single locksmith would make a lock single handedly. Hours of work with use of files and hammer would produce a single lock. Today the method of manufacturing locks have changed. A same basic design is used with one part being unique to each lock. The role of the locksmith also has evolved where today he is more in repairs rather than manufacturing.

Though their role has reduced in the area of production, certain specialized segments such as family vaults remain the domain of the traditional locksmith. Since these are exclusively designed chances of duplication as in locks which are produced in an assembly line environment.

Locksmiths work out of commercial showrooms, they may be moving around in vehicles and do in-house servicing, employed by a company or forensic locksmiths whose job is to investigate burglaries and unearth evidence for investigations.

A new breed of security engineers or electronic lock servicing locksmiths has emerged. They would work for security companies and design the entire security systems working on access control. The locksmith would evaluate the level of security, the threats and design a security plan according to the threat level. The higher the security level the more expensive it becomes. The locksmith has to do a trade-off between cost and security level for the customer.

The profession of a locksmith has also become specialized. It is common to see locksmiths who deal exclusively on domestic locks and keys, automobile locks. Many have become security consultants. There are various certification levels that a locksmith can acquire today depending on his levels of skills, areas of expertise and experience.

Master locksmith is a term coined by the fraternity of locksmiths who claim to have all round skills. However, many countries now insist on certain Certification and registration requirements before the locksmith can use the tag of Master Locksmith.

With dwindling scope of work due to technological innovations such as digital locks, locksmiths now have increased their scope of work to door hardware, door and window frames, door hinges and electric strikes.

Some common terms used by locksmiths are: Bitting, Bolt stump, Change key, Key blank, Key code, Key origination, Key relevance, Locksmith,Maison key system, Master keying, Rekey, Shear line, Slim Jim (lock pick), Tension wrench, Tubular lock pick.


How Do Locksmiths Work?

rekey locks

Keycodes are used by locksmiths to create keys. These key codes are made up of characters that have both numbers and letters; hence, they are called alphanumeric key codes. If you observe the locks on your desks or filing cabinets or their keys, you will notice that they have certain letters and numbers stamped on them; these numbers and letters are key codes. Key codes are generated in a random manner and provide an identity to a key that is different from that of other keys. Locksmiths have the skills to decipher any lock's keycoder and make a key to fit the lock.

There are several types of key codes used. One type is the direct digit keycode. Each digit on this type of key coder corresponds to a cut in the key. The value of the digit indicates the depth of the cut. Many lock manufacturers print the kay code on the key. Since each digit corresponds to a pin on the key, digit key codes are generally long codes. The second type of keycoder is one in which there is a pattern between the code and the key. Mathematical tricks are used in this type of key code and hence this code isn't a straightforward one where each digit corresponds to the depth of the cut. There is a third type of code which is quite complex and requires a codebook to decipher it. Since there is no pattern to the cuts on the key, the locksmith must have a codebook. One example of a codebook is the Reed Codebooks. This particular brand has a volume for each type of lock. In this day of computers, locksmiths can buy computer programs that have information on keycodes. This software is quite secure as it's copy-protected. There are different types of computer programs with different features and they come with demo disks to assist the locksmith in understanding them.

Locksmith key codes are usually categorized into 2 types; blind codes and bitting codes. Most key codes are blind key codes and a codebook or computer program is required to translate this blind code into a bitting code. However, for security purposes, only licensed locksmiths can have access to these codebooks and computer programs. Locksmiths can also create their own blind code systems for high security clients by using the technique of blind coding. Bitting codes are those codes that are translated by the locksmiths from the blind codes. Locksmiths use the bitting codes on blank keys to make the new key. The blind code provides the setting and information required for the bitting code. Once the locksmith gets the bitting code, he can then set his code machine to that particular setting and cut the new key.

The locksmith key coding system is in widespread use. It provides maximum security as this system ensures that there is only one code for one key. Computers will never generate a code that has been created once and, hence, keys cannot be duplicated by error. You are this way assured that your property is safe as only you have the keys to the locks that protect it.