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Being locked out is almost never a welcomed experience. It gets even worst if your keys are broke inside the lock and you have no other option but to call a locksmith in Belfast.

There are some things you can do to minimise the possibilities of needing a locksmith and save yourself time , money and unnecessary stress.

1.Have a spare key. It seems simple advice, but it is the most valuable one. Having the right key on the right place at the right time is worth the effort. Think up what is the best solution for your property and go for it.

Pick a safe place for the key, but not an obvious one and make it a habit to change it once you have lifted the spare key from there.

It is not always possible or safe to leave a spare key outside your doors. In that case the better option is to leave a spare key with a trusted friend or a neighbour.

2.Repair your lock on time. Once you have noticed, that something is about to get worst or your keys are not “biting “properly consider calling a locksmith. Repairing or replacing a lock it will remain cheaper than calling an emergency locksmith.

3. Regularly maintain your locks Like most mechanical tools, locks require a simple maintenance.

Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of WD-40(or similar lubricant) to ensure that your lock it’s in optimal condition. The lubricant will prevent your lock from rust and corrosion and it will prevent it from stop working properly fro longer.

4.Invest in a good quality sturdy lock. Your front door lock is one of the most heavily used locks in the house. It is used daily and it is also in many cases exposed to the elements. It is worth getting one, that offers not just high security, but also is made from high quality materials and it will last you for many years to come.

Even if have done everything possible to avoid calling an emergency locksmith in Belfast, sometimes that’s your only option to get into your home, without doing any further damage.

If that’s the case make sure you ask for a price before you send the locksmith your way. Explain to them what exactly has happened and if possible send them photos of your locks.

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Covid 19 is affecting businesses and people all over the globe. It’s impact is already emerging rapidly.

Limiting physical contact with hard services, rethinking the flow of customers and people into premises and new ways of entering buildings are just the tip of the iceberg.

If you have to change a lock or a whole security system now is the time to possibly replace it with an upgraded version.

Since the Covid 19 Lockdown from the 23rd of March you may be wondering if locksmiths are open and working.

The short answer is “Yes”, excluding some shops depending on their location, but most of them offer a mobile service for essential services.

Which services are classed as essentials?

  • 24 Hour Emergency Locksmith Call Outs
  • Lockouts if locked out of house
  • Front and back doors not locking
  • Opening locked doors if locked in
  • Door Lock repairs
  • Replacement locks if locked out or locked in
  • Key Cutting
  • Safe opening
  • Emergency auto locksmith work
    • Lost car keys, vehicle keys not working
    • Auto work for Ambulance, Police, Local authorities & other key workers

All of the above services can be provided by your chosen locksmith including myself in Belfast and the surrounding areas.

There are some services, that might be considered non essential, but nevertheless less they might be essential for you. Here are some of them:

The following are types of locksmith work that may be considered as non-essential during the current COVID-19 lockdown.

  • Lock upgrades
  • Replacement door and window locks
  • Access control systems
  • Burglar alarm and CCTV system Installations
  • Fitting Security grilles, gates and shutters
  • Non-Emergency auto locksmith work
    • Car key cutting and programming spare car keys
    • Repair of intermittent fault on spare car keys

If you are self isolating a locksmith will be able to do all the work. Do let them know in advance so the appropriate arrangement can be made. I can complete the work on my own and I am happy to do so.

Each locksmith can consider work essential or not. When you are contacting me please tell me all the work that is required.

You can send me a photo or a short video which will help me to give you more accurate and detailed quote. It won’t take too much of your time and it will get the job done wright.

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What can a locksmith do?

Mark Burns  —  September 20, 2020 — Leave a comment

Most people never think about a lockout situation until they’re in the middle of an emergency.

Suddenly, you find yourself staring through your window at your car keys or wondering how you left your home keys in your room after you’ve walked out the door.

This is the time when it’s good to be familiar with a professional locksmith service. We operate in and about Belfast area, but we can be almost anywhere in Northern Ireland.

My name is Mark and I am a  professional technician who specializes in lock and key repair, can cut a new car key , can gain access to unlock doors, safes, windows, cars, and commercial business, everything that operates on locks and key tumblers system.

Locksmits can help you in many other ways. Your local locksmith in Belfast can do much more than simply replacing keys and repairing door knobs.

Here are some of them.

1.Security safes-open, supply, fit and repair. 

Safes offer both storage and security. If it has been installed properly there might not be any issues with it, but nevertheless problems may occur. That is when you can use the services of your local locksmith. They can help you with

Opening safes and vaults – from digital safes to dial lock safes
Repairing safes
Supplying and installing safes

2.24 Hour Emergency Locksmith 

If your locked out at an unsociable hour, lost your keys or only need the locks replacing & changing an out of hours service is available from some locksmiths.

We can help you with:

Emergency Lockouts
Burglary repairs
Help with lost keys
Spare key cutting


3. Car Keys and Locks 

We offer an auto locksmith service and can help you if you have lost or damaged your car keys.

Our work includes:

Copying and duplicating car keys
Repairing and replace car keys and locks


4.Window and door locks-supply, fit, replace and repair 

One of the most common areas of locksmiths is UPVC door and window locks on a domestic house.

UPVC locks and windows are a specialist area of locksmithing and we can fit, service and repair door and window locks.

Of course, it’s not only doors that need locks but windows too, which give you a little extra security and a pice of mind, too.


We can help you with a wide range of services to improve the safety and security of your home or business.

Some of the most common things you may need a locksmith’s help include repairing a broken lock, key duplication, re-keying, etc. We can do much more than that.


If you need specialist locksmithing work carried out, feel free to ask us if we have  experience in carrying out similar work.

I can give you a quote over the phone. Call me now.



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Life is unpredictable and sometimes your key is breaks inside the lock. What should you do? Most importantly WHAT SHOULD YOU NOT DO? There is no simple answer. It depends on where you are, what tools you have available (if any), how deeply is the broken key inserted,  and how much time you have in your hands.

Nevertheless, I hope you find some useful tips here and manage to get your key out of the lock without calling a locksmith in Belfast. 

One of the most important things that you should avoid is to insert the key again. This can push the other half of the key further and create further delays. Some people are under the illusion that if you place the other half of the broken key back inside you might still open the door. 

You should put the broken part of your key in your pocket and give it your locksmith. Sometimes the other half might stick out and in this case, I hope you have a spare key, too.

Before you start trying to get the broken key out of the lock you have to do a bit of preparation. This is optional and it will make your job easier. 

Begin with applying some kind of lubricant on the lock. You can use the most common one WD-40 but for better results, you can use a dry graphite lubricant. You will need a towel to wipe the access lubricant. Once you have done that you can try to get the half key out with needle-nose pliers.

Don’t put too much pressure on the lock just in case you accidentally further damage it. If enough of the key is accessible you can simply pull it out. Here are some examples of what you can use to do that apart from the needle nose pliers-hair pin, metal paper pin, safety pin, swiss army knife. 

What else can you use to extract the broken key? 

broken key extractor

1. Broken Key Extractor-This is a professional tool, that your locksmith will have. To use this tool you place it inside the keyway along the bitting of the key. To clarify further, you will be trying to hook the teeth on the key with the hook(s) on the extractor. Once placed along the biting, turn, and pull, and this should grab and remove the key. Of course, this may take several attempts. 

2. Jigsaw blade-If you don’t want to buy a specialty broken key extractor, you can make one yourself out of a small jigsaw blade. (This will also work with mini hacksaw blades.)

What you want is a thin piece of metal that will be able to fit in your keyway along with your broken key, so the smaller the better. If needed, break the blade with some needle nose pliers so that you can insert the serrated edge into the lock. If the serrations on your blade are on an angle, place the blade in the keyway so that the serrations are pointing back toward you. This will allow the blade to go in easier, and hook the key easier. 

Keys are subject to frequent use and the normal wear and tear happen, no matter how great the quality of the materials is. If you can’t get the broken key out of the lock by yourself, we are here to help you. Call us and we can fix your broken keys. 



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Locksmiths are specialized professionals who belong to a fraternity of craftsman that hearken back for centuries. They possess a highly focused set of skills and render to the general society an measurable gift of safety and security in a variety of ways. Here are some things you might not have known locksmiths do in addition to making keys or getting you back into your car.

Check the Work of Other Craftsman

It is possible for locksmiths to become a regular and trusted member of your home or business “go to” list for products and services. We all know that over time, people learn who to do business with and who can be trusted to give unbiased advice for a variety of issues. If you have done business in the same district or lived in the same neighborhood for several years, then you have no doubt begun to make a list of businesses and individuals you would call.

Having a professional and honest relationship with your local locksmith can prevent your being taken advantage of by unscrupulous, fly-by-night companies that seek only to line their pockets with your hard earned cash! You will have a deeper sense of security and peace of mind if you employ the same locksmith over time and work on developing a bond of trust between the two of you.

Through consumer research, it has been determined that the most often issue that homeowners run into are poorly installed locks. A deadbolt lock is most often the lock that was not matched to the door or installed according to the manufacturers specifications or builder’s requirements. A dead bolt lock should be installed with a security plate using three inch screws. Further, the bolt must have a “throw” of at least one inch in order to secure the bolt will hold. The door will not be protected and the keys used for the deadbolt can be damaged if turning mechanisms become misaligned.

Another area in which consumers are sometimes misled is in the area of automobile security. A person goes out an purchases a new car and gets told the key fob they are being given cannot be duplicated. Indeed, coming back to the dealership is the only way to gain entrance to their car should they misplace the electronic key fob. Your local locksmith can duplicate these keys and a lock professional can even provide a key that will prevent future duplication.


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They secure windows.

It is common to think of securing doors because after all, these are the primary gateways of entrance to a home or business. However, windows are often the preferred method of entry, especially for those ne’er do wells who want to break into your dwelling. Windows do not offer much resistance to blunt force objects or a specialized set of tools. So, it will be important to your security to employ the services of a locksmith to evaluate your window situation and provide solutions.

Remember that glass is an easy substance to break and offers very little resistance to intruders. Many people make the mistake of thinking there is no purpose in installing a sophisticated lock when a would be thief can simply crash through the window and open the window from inside. This is a mistake in thinking and a lack of understanding regarding the advantages of allowing a locksmith to investigate the situation.

A locksmith can determine if a security screen would do well for your situation. This is a cover that prevents windows from breaking. The screen may limit your vision through the window and may change the aesthetics of the room and this must be taken into consideration. However, the advantage of knowing a thief would not be able to easily break through the window will help you sleep better at night.

A locksmith can also install locks designed to work with windows. The locks designed for windows are not easily sprung and resist tampering. A double bolt lock or even a double cylinder lock may need to be installed.

Some of the window locks that can be installed by a locksmith and with which you should become familiar are as follows:

Check Your Safe 

Marketing of a product is a well thought out process of convincing people to buy a product or service. People who advertise through the internet, television or mailers are educated to understand human behavior and apply psychological mechanisms to draw more buyers. Therefore, having a locksmith to recommend the purchase of a safe or checking one you may have already invested in will be a great advantage to you.

The Master Locksmiths Association of the United Kingdom has recommended consumers to consult with locksmiths about their purchase of a home or business safe. The locksmith can advise and suggest brands or types of safes based on your particular circumstances. You will want the safe that best suits your needs and accomplishes the degree of safety and security you wish to provide for your personal belongings. Locksmiths are adept at suggesting where to place the safe based on architectural drawings and exactly where the safe would be the most secure in your home or business.

If you need to get into a safe, again a locksmith can come to your rescue. Locksmiths are in possession of the tools and skillset required to open a variety of safes.

Electronic Locksmiths

This is a digital age and most everything may be operated by computer, smartphone or the installation of apps. Locksmiths have had to upgrade their equipment and in some cases reeducate themselves regarding recent development in “smart” technologies.

The modern and local locksmith can provide you an electronic pad that will allow you to input numbers and letters as opposed to the use of a key. A code or keycard is also used in some circumstances and depending on the preferences of the customer.

The tools necessary to work with these electronic devices have also changed over the years and your local locksmith had had to become quite computer literate in addition to remaining acquainted with the developments in lock technology.


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Advice, Suggestions and the Answers to Your Questions

Everybody needs a friend in the business world. The world of locks, keys, locksmiths, electronic technology and security in general can be an overwhelming subject to the average homeowner and small business entrepreneur. Your local locksmith can solve your problems and answer your questions.

If you are having a hard time locating a trustworthy locksmith then get in touch with the Master Locksmith Association which can provide you a list of credentialed, licensed and trustworthy locksmiths in your area. You can check a host of online resources to find comments regarding a particular locksmith business and make a determination that way. Check with your neighbors, coworkers and friends in general to see who they have used. Listen for comments such as “They did good work,” “Their price was reasonable,” “They responded immediately to my problem,” etc. Check the locksmiths website for comments left by previous customers and do not hesitate to leave your own comment based on your personal experience with that locksmith.

You will want to begin your research into finding a reputable locksmith before you need them in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, you will be driven by emotion and solving the immediate problem at hand. Do your research, find your locksmith and develop some degree of beginning rapport so that the locksmith will know you during the actual emergency event such as a home or car lockout.

Locksmiths provide a variety of services that the average homeowner does not know about or may need very often. But, it is good to know they don’t just install locks, get you back in your dwelling or make duplicates for keys. Your local locksmith is a “go to” guy for many reasons.

If you need a locksmith, don’t hesitate to contact me.

My name is Mark and you can reach on  07866 522422




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Biometric Locks

admin  —  October 27, 2019 — Leave a comment

In this 21st century, the advances in technology have entered the world of locksmiths. Locks are no longer just mechanical devices operated by a physical key. No! They are highly sophisticated things that call into play the latest in biometric technology and the science of things.

Locks can now detect a humans walk, their respirations, the makeup of the eye and the final designator that is unique to us all, our fingerprint.

Biometrics heretofore has resided in the military domain with only the elitest few at the top understanding its capacity for identification and the security applications. This field is the technical term for the use of body measurements and the resulting calculations necessary to identify individuals and groups of people.

People involved in biometrics take into consideration several distinctive, calculated and measurable human characteristics that allow them to lable, decribe and authenticate humans. Further, the process of using identifiers is classified into both physiological and behavioral characteristics.

Physiological characteristics include the size of a person’s body, the shape, fingerprint, veins in the palm, facial structure and recognition points, the geometry of the hand, iris and retina recognition and even the odour or scent of a person.

Behavioral characteristics include an understanding of the daily patterns of a given person, their walk/gait, frequency of the voice and even the rhythm of their fingers as they type on the control panel of a lock.

It is important to note that other identification systems such as the use of passports, passwords, a personal identification number or a driver’s license have proven faulty and in need of further sophisticated features that counterfeiters cannot copy. All of these items can be duplicated and passed off as authentic with what are known as token based identification systems. Biometric identifiers are more reliable and cannot as easily be duplicated, thus increasing the security potential of a given lock and location.

The issue that has arisen with biometric data and identifiers is the possible invasion of privacy that could occur. How the information is used is of utmost importance as we increasingly live in a world of technology that seems to every day drive us toward “group think” as opposed to strong individualism.

Biometric Authentication

Biometric locks and their built in authentication methods take into consideration the chemistry, physiology and behavior of human beings. The suitability of each trait for any given lock is built around seven basic domains of understanding. (1)These domains or factors in authentication include the universality of a human trait that all humans possess. (2)Uniqueness is perceived to be different for each human requiring access through the lock at any given point. (3)The concept of human trait permanence is taken into consideration as a trait may change over a period of time. (4)Measurability is viewed as a factor determining the ease by which a trait is measured. (5)Performance is measured and determined in relationship to the speed, accuracy and robustness of the technology being used in the lock. (6)Acceptability is an algorhythm factor that is based on the human populations relative ability to accept the lock-biometric-technology as acceptable. (7)Circumvention is a word describing the ease with which a trait might be imitated thus compromising the lock.

Features to Look for When Purchasing a Biometric Lock

There are a few features you will want to make sure your lock has before laying out some cash. Take a look at each feature and see which ones are important for your application and need.

Live Finger Detection: Fingers can be duplicated using silicon casts. You will want a lock that has technology able to detect a finger that is actually human and alive.

Source of Power: Most biometric locks are powered by the house electrical grid. If the electricity into the house is compromised, then you will not gain entrance. Still other locks are powered by batteries. You will want to have a lock that has multiple power sources and a variety of ways to bypass it and enter.

Multiple Fingerprints: Consider the purchase of a lock that allows you to enter the fingerprints of a good friend or family member. This is in case you are inside your home and having some medical emergency. You may also need the fingerprints of a family member so emergency responders can enter your dwelling should the occasion call for it.

Built-In Alarm: If someone is tampering with the lock, you will want an alarm to sound. In addition, a sound such as a chirp to indicate a successful entrance will let you know if someone else is in your dwelling.

Mechanical Key: A biometric lock is the latest achievement in lock technology, but it can still fail from time to time. You will want to have a practical and mechanical means by which you can activate the locking mechanism in case of catastrophic failure of the algorhythm or changes in biometric data over time.

False Rejection Rate (FRR): You want a lock with a low FRR. No technology can be perfect 100% of the time. So, you want the number of times a particular model has failed to allow access to be low. Lock Construction and Materials: Choose a lock that is strong and made of titanium steel. Check its construction and ensure solid and cohesive strength in all areas.

LCD Display: Locks are known to be plain and without any significant indicators. An LCD display can show things such as access attempts, a readout of how many times access has been granted and time of access. You will also want a lock that will tell you why you have not been granted access, should that happen.

Low Battery Indicator. If you are using an isolated power source for your lock, then you will need to know when the battery may be low. If you let the batteries completely drain out, you will not be able to gain access to your home!

So, choose your biometric lock wisely. There are many from which to choose. But, if you just cannot make a decision, contact us here at We will be glad to assist you.

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Fire Proof Safes:

It is possible to protect your most meaningful valuables from fire and water as well. The safes that are made for protection from fire may also be made of materials that prevent water damage. Hard to imagine, but true. They are made from heat resistant materials and also created with water tight sealants that prevent the onslaught of water from the outside. So, you get double for your money when you purchase a fire retardant safe.

Be aware that fire proof safes come with a variety of features that help you secure your personals. They usually come with a combination lock that contain either a 3 or 4 number combination set at the factory. Each door is held shut with 4 large 1-inch bolts that are made of hardened steel. These safes are made with interiors that allow you to protect tablets, phones, hard drives, memory cards, USB drives, CDs, DVDs, and other kinds of media. The hinges used are pry resistant and reinforce the door for added strength. Inside these safes you will find key racks, door trays, door pockets and various adjustable trays for specific items you wish to secure.

Each fire proof safe also comes with a reactive desiccant that can absorb humidity inside the safe.


Wall Safes:

Probably the most iconic safe known to the human race is the wall safe. They have been around for a long time and many homes have made use of their ability to both keep things safe and conceal themselves within the walls of the home.

Wall safes are designed to provide protection and security for documents, money, and other valuables. The depth of the safe in the wall may be adjusted to provide for maximum use of the wall space and compensate for the thickness of the wall.

Home and business owners have hung paintings in front of wall safes. They may also be hidden behind ornamentation and fake construction pieces.


Record Safes:

These safes are designed to protect your most valuable documents, digital media and other things that record things for you and your family. They usually come with a higher tolerance for fire and water damage.

A record safe is evaluated and sold to the public based on the highest temperature it can withstand before its contents will be destroyed. They are rated by the amount of time they will protect contents from natural elements. They are not the most secure of safes made for the market, but they will protect paper, vinyl and other manmade products for longer periods of time than a simple box or wall safe.

A record safe is for just that, important records or documents that you want to keep protected.   These (and other fire resistant safes) are rated by amount of time they will protect the contents from the elements, high temperatures or actual fire.   These are very useful, yet they are potentially more easily broken into than a higher security safe.


Gun Safes:

A gun safe usually holds and protects some kind of firearm and the associated ammunition for that firearm. These safes prevent unauthorized individuals from accesssing the weapon and its ammunition. This will prevent a burglar from also stealing your weapons while engaged in taking other items from your home or business.

Some gun safes can also protect your weapons and ammunition from high intensity fires and extreme flooding of your area. Natuaral disasters do occur and this kind of safe can prevent damage to your high cost weaponry. The law of some areas require access prevention by a gun lock, a metal gun cabinet or a sophisticated gun safe.

In Ireland and according to British Standard BS7558, under Firearms secure accommodation Regulations 2009, all homes owning a firearm must be in possession of a gun safe. If a gun safe is not owned, then it is acceptable to remove the firing mechanism and store it in a secure container. You must store the rest of the weapon by locking it away.


Floor Safes:

These types of safes are also known as “in-floor safes,” and “floor vaults.” It is a type of safe that is embedded into the floor and oftentimes into the concrete foundation. They are versatile safes that can be installed in wood, concrete and have been used in offices, homes, gas stations and various kinds of stores.

Be careful to know the depth of your flooring so you can choose the correct dimensions of your floor safe. The type of flooring you have may also impact the type of floor safe you purchase because the flooring may or may not assist to retard any future fires you may woefully encounter.


Cash Boxes:

These types of boxes are not intentionally designed for secure protection of money, but are rather a depository for temporary storing of paper money and coins. It is simply a metal box container for money with compartments made for coins and bills of different denominations.

Other names for this type of money storage are cash register, box, checkout, money drawer, cash desk, coin box, money box, register, sales register and till. You may have also heard it called a piggy bank, collecting box, savings box, strong box, coffer, safe-deposit box, depository and locker.



Depository Safes:

This kind of safe is always found in a business or location where business transactions occur requiring the use of cash, deposit slips and receipts of various kinds. It is known as a deposit safe and also a drop safe. This is a special purpose safe and comes in handy for high volume sales and business transactions. This safe design will often have many different compartments that can be locked to provide for varying levels of access and control.

Many depository safes are designed with defenses against drill attacks and time delays for after hours access. They come with digital locks that are programmable and anti-drill doors made of reinforced steel. They may arrive with an anti-fish feature which prevents evil-doers from accessing its contents with hooked wires and extendable tools. They will be designed with either three or four locking bolts making it even more difficult to obtain entry to its contents. You may also purchase this device with hardware that will allow you to bolt it to another structure, the floor or steel under-girding structures.


Should you need more information regarding your next purchase of a safe or just exactly how you may be able to protect your most valuable assets, contact us by


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A locksmith is a person who saves our day whenever we have a lockout emergency. Anybody can have a bad day. For instance, if you lose your house keys inside the house and you do not have the spare keys with you, you can be in so much trouble. But, the locksmith always saves the day in such situations.

There are two types of locksmiths. Regular locksmiths and the emergency locksmiths. Regular locksmiths car be hired for a short time and only when you need him and that too, in the daylight. Regular locksmiths do not work at night. What if you forget your keys at the office and it is late at night. You won’t have any other option other than calling the locksmith. But, the regular locksmiths do not offer their lock services at night.

Due to similar emergencies like this, we have emergency locksmiths. Emergency locksmiths are those people whom you hire for 24/7. Mishaps do not have a fixed time to happen. They can happen at any hour. That is why it is always important to hire an emergency locksmith.

Who knows you lose your house keys or cannot open the door at midnight. Instead of checking in the hotel, you can just call your emergency locksmith to help you with your problem.

Emergency locksmiths provide you with quick and responsive services. They do not delay like the regular locksmiths. Instead, they are more professional and can tackle the situation better than you. They have the right and the latest equipment and stuff with them throughout the whole day. They can easily offer you their technical knowledge and experience to put you out of an emergency.

Recently, I moved to Belfast, and one day, I got stuck at my office and that’s how I came to know through my friend that there are 24-hour emergency locksmiths in Belfast. Not just Belfast, but across the globe. However, the 24 hour Belfast locksmith services are phenomenal. I got out of my office in just half an hour and it was a relief. Since then, I hire the 24-hour emergency locksmith because I cannot take risks when it comes to getting stuck or losing your hour or car keys.

There are many reasons why you should hire 24-hour emergency locksmiths. Some of them are:



Getting locked out of your car, home or office is an alarming situation. Anything can happen, especially at night. If you get stuck during the daylight, it is pretty easy to tackle the situation and to get out my calling your friend or a family member. But, if its dark and late at night, then getting locked out of your office, home or car can prove to be dangerous for you. You never know what can happen and what if no one picks up your call?

You have to be careful, prepared and alarmed in every situation. You must always stay in contact with the 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast to seek help and the lock services, even at night. 24 hour Belfast locksmith services can assist you in any kind of an emergency. Whether you are stuck at your office, home or in your car, 24 hour Belfast locksmith services can get you out of any emergency even if it is 2 am in the morning.


Losing your keys is one of the most frustrating situations and the fact is, you realize it too late that you have lost your keys. There are many reasons for losing your keys. First of all, the keys can get stolen. Or, you can misplace them or forget where you kept them. Whatever the situation, you have a risk of losing your valuable assets if your keys go missing. If your car keys go missing, there’s a high chance of your car getting stolen. You have to have quick and responsive locksmith services to get you a duplicate pair of keys.

You can call the 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast to restore or replicate your keys to minimize the risk and to safeguard your valuable assets.  24 hour Belfast locksmith provides a quick solution if your keys are lost. They have the advanced tools to open your car door or the house door in case you do not have any spare keys. While the regular locksmiths delay the process, the emergency locksmiths can get you out of a lockout in no time.


Keys are made up a material that can tear and wear. That is why we should not just rely on a single key.  It is a frustrating and irritating situation if cupboard drawer or your office drawer does not open, especially when its past the office hours. This situation can get you in trouble as the drawers might have important documents or valuable assets that belong to you.

In this situation, it is better to hire an emergency locksmith to help with your drawer. 24-hour emergency locksmiths have the knowledge to tackle every problem related to locks.


Who does not love going on extended vacations? But, what happens if you come back and find valuable assets and liquid cash missing from your home. Probably some thief took it while you were enjoying.

To avoid this situation, it is better to hire an emergency locksmith to check all your door locks, cupboard locks, drawer locks, and safe locks before you leave. Better late than sorry. 24 hour Belfast locksmiths do not only provide assistance during a lockout but also assist you in double-checking your locks.


By witnessing a road rage, the first thing you should do is call 911 or the local emergency helpline and should help the people right away. What if you find out that the person is alive but the vehicle door is jammed and the person would die out of suffocation.

This situation can probably fall on anyone. That is why it is better to call a 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast to save people stuck in the ruined or damaged car.


  • During a lockout in home, office or in a car.
  • After witnessing road rage.
  • In case of jammed drawer locks
  • Before leaving on an extended vacation trip.
  • When you lose your house or car keys or when your keys get broken.
  • When you do not have a spare set of keys.


24-hour emergency locksmiths prove to be a helping hand when an emergency situation arises. Your keys might get lost without prior notice and you might witness an accident in the woods. In both cases, it is best to hire a 24-hour locksmith to provide the best lock services.



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Some People Are Not What They Seam to Be

Most everyone thinks they are doing the right thing by looking online and searching for a local locksmith. I mean, if Google returns the first page of locksmiths after you place the words “local locksmith” or “locksmiths near me” in the search box, then they must all be reputable, right?


Scammers, nare do wells and people of questionable character are able to make their dubious sites rank just as well as the others. You see, Google is a mathematical algorithm. If somebody is able to please that equation for ranking, then guess what? That locksmith who says they are local and can be at your home in less than 20 minutes may just be somewhere in another country creating ways to separate you from your hard earned money.

In many cases, the authorities have discovered these are not local shops at all. They are run by out of country call centers and they are mostly likely not even trained in the ancient art of locksmithing at all.

To avoid mistakenly hiring an unskilled worker or an expert con man, use this article and take the time to research the company.

Make Sure That Company Is Truly “Local”

The best way to determine if a locksmith is worth his/her salt is to do the research. Call them and ask them detailed questions related to many different aspects of the locksmith career. You have a very basic, but good conceptualized notion of what a locksmith is supposed to do. Work off those assumptions and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Check local websites already set up for the public to show the reviews former customers have left about the locksmith. Are the reviews positive? They don’t all have to be glowing statements of the companies approach to diety, but their needs to be more positive comments than negative.

When you call them, listen to how they answer the phone. Did they say “locksmith services” when they answered? Or, do they sound like a person with a strong dialect from another country. If they do have a strong dialect, don’t hesitate to enquire about how long they have been in the country and where were they before they came to Northern Ireland. If a locksmith will not provide a full company name or provide the business legal name, then you will do well to keep searching. A business name is part of the “public domain” of information and can be found at a local registry of businesses.

If you have the address of the company, then search for that. See if you can find it on MapQuest or Google Maps. It might be that this company is using an address that is registered to someone else. When you call the locksmith, ask them to confirm their address. Engage them in conversation and ask them to guide you to their business address. Listen for local landmarks, buildings, streets, well known businesses. You might even throw in, “Oh, your over there by Maxi’s Deli, right?” (All the while knowing there is no such business.) If they say, yes you know you have a scammer.

If you are dialing an 800 number, you must be even more careful to determine their base of business. In short, make sure local is local.

Locksmith Licensure and ID

When the local locksmith arrives at your home, you are perfectly within your rights to ask him/her for their identification. If they are reputable, they will not mind this small request. You may also ask to see their license from the city to practice their craft.

By the way, a truly ligitimate locksmith will ask you for identification to verify they are working on the home or automobile of the initial caller.

Another way to clearly identify the locksmith is to look carefully at their van, truck or car. Look at the lettering of the business name. Does it match the name of the company you called? Compare the address on their website to the address on the business license and identification offered to you by the locksmith. Are they all the same? Ask about any differences. If the vehicle they are in is unmarked, then all kinds of warning bells should be going off.

Ask For An Estimate of the Work

When you call a 1-800 number, you are most likely going to talk to a call center or at very least an answering service. If the situation is a scam set up, they will quote the price of the job lower over the phone to get you to allow them to send out a locksmith. These prices usually come in around 35-55% lower than the final cost of the job. This is called a bait and switch operation. They will price gouge you when they arrive claiming you didn’t explain the details of the need completely and the job is actually more complicated than the person on the phone reported.

You have to understand that when you ask a locksmith to come to your home or rescue you from the side of the road, you are requiring them to bring their entire shop to your location. They have to leave their shop with everything they may need to do the same job at a location that they would inside their business building. There is a bit of overhead that must be built into the call. The wear and tear on the vehicle, the gasoline required to get there, the time of day and the intricacy of the final work are all factors in the estimate. That locksmith must also pay for ongoing educational opportunities, fees for professional organizations and the purchase of the latest softwares and tools to work with the locks that are being made these days.

In short, get an estimate and don’t work with anybody who won’t provide an upfront estimate of labor and parts cost.

Ask About Any Possible Additional Charges

If you are calling in an emergency situation, you will want to enquire regarding the charge for emergency hours, mileage and whether or not there are any emergency call minimums. Do this before you agree to pay for the work. Emergency, after hours calls can be expensive.

Scammers like to tell you that an additional lock is needed to replace the old one. They will declare it is out of date or possibly had to be damaged during the entrance efforts. They may say the locks were obsolete and there are no more replacements for them. So, an entirely different lock had to be installed.

They may even charge a very high rate for a lock they had to install which is a “high-security” lock. In very truth, it is an inexpensive lock that can be purchased at bulk at some wholesale website somewhere in the world.

If you are in the initial call with the locksmith, ask them about the details of the repair process such as how are they going to gain entrance to your house or car. How much time does something like this normally take? What kind of tools are used to gain entrance? If the service or locksmith you are talking to cannot or will not answer these kinds of questions, then move on to the next locksmith. If they simply will not answer or you sense they are “hedging,” then these are signs they are either completely incompetent and don’t know how to answer you or they are intending to exaggerate the amount of time and labor required for the job.

Bids That Change or Fluctuate

When the locksmith arrives and initially takes a look at the job, he/she is beginning to form an estimate of the time, labor and products necessary to do the job. If the price you are given changes from the amount given over the phone, don’t give the go ahead for the work to begin.

Another thing that will happen with a scammer locksmith is they will demand payment after doing less than perfect work or after exaggerating the bill. They may threaten to call the police or file a lawsuit if you refust to pay.

Do this. Call their bluff. Let them call the authorities or even offer to call for them. Any locksmith company worth their salt will stay with the original quoted price and not inflate a bill. Allow the police to come and work it out after they arrive. Remain calm until they arrive!

Essentially, if someone is bullying you into paying they are the ones who have the most to lose when the police arrive. They are not operating within the law and what they are attempting is not ethical. Let the police work it out.

Don’t Drill the Lock

Locksmiths go through training, take examinations and have to pass the muster of a variety of offices and professional organizations. They are skillful, clever and smart.

Reputable locksmiths are in possession of the skills and tools necessary to open a variety of highly sophisticated modern locks. Because of this, if a scammer locksmith immediately tells you the only way to gain access is to drill the lock open. Then, it is highly likely that are telling a lie.

High Security locks are designed to prevent people from “bumping” or “picking” them open. They require specialized keys to open them. A high security lock will require drilling, but will cost around 320 quid to replace. If a scammer attempts to drill a lock that is not high security, then he/she is just amping up the cost.

Most people who have high security locks know that. They purchased them specifically for their homes to keep their home and loved ones safe.

Here are some helpful questions to ask a locksmith company before hiring them.

What is your address?

How long have you been in business?

Where did you receive your education and experience as a locksmith?

How will you get into my house?

Will it be necessary to drill the locks?

Will you tell me the exact process you will use to get into my car/house/business?

Will you provide a written estimate?

Are there any circumstances that will require you to change the price of the estimate?

What methods of payment do you accept?

What is the name of the person who will be coming to do the work?

IF you think you have been scammed, contact the police immediately. Have your bill in hand and any proof of payment.

I hope this article on how to spot a scammer has been helpful to you.


I’m not a locksmith scammer. I have been a locksmith for several decades serving Northern Ireland with pride and skill.

Contact Mark at


Email Us At

Telephone Number 07866522422




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Inevitably “It” Happens

lost keys

You are a very busy person and you have a great many things to accomplish before the sun sets today. You are a mover and a shaker. If you don’t get these things done, the planets will realign and the gravitational pull of the earth will suspend its work. Well, guess what social climber? You just left your keys somewhere and you can’t get at them.

But, never fear. Some good minds have joined together to help you with your lapses in memory. Key finders may have started with somebody wrapping a string around the middle finger in the middle ages. However, key trackers are numerous these days and can be found offering several different kinds of features. They most often are combined with a technologically advanced smartphone and may even have an app that goes along with it.

The average distance these things will work is around 100 feet. The alarms inside the tracker can reach decibel levels of at least 98. The following are on offer and can serve you well.



An offering that comes in at a cost of around 15 pounds is the Orbit bluetooth tracker. It comes in 12 different colors and has a very sleek design made of aluminum. It will make your phone ring even if it is in silent mode and you can take a selfie with it. It will give you the last GPS location of your item. The battery is replaceable and the app will tell you when to replace it. Battery replacement is easy.






The FindX is compatible with Android and iOS systems and is made by RapidX. It does everything every other locator does and uses the findx tracker app. It also has a remote camera and selfie trigger. The battery life is long and there is an extra battery included in the purchase.






Boldguard Tracking Device


You won’t lose things using this device! It comes with a phone locator and the indicator is a buzz that your phone emits. The Boldguard also uses Bluetooth technology to take pictures with your phone while you are away from it.

The device is small in size and will fit in your wallet or attach easily to your key chain. You may choose between a round or square option. It uses an app that comes with educational, training videos that will train you up in no time.

The price point is around 15 pounds.



At a cost of around 15 pounds, this device also boasts of having one of the longest battery lives available. Reports from consumers indicate battery life to be between 12-18 months. An extra battery is included with the purchase, so new technology may come out before you need new batteries!

The alert on the Njoiii is also a resounding 98 decibels. You can locate anything it is attached to and will help you find your phone also. It uses an app called The Smart iTrackEasy app. You will be alerted if you stray beyond the 30 meter indoors and the 50 meter outdoor parameters. The Njoiii comes with a button that allows you to take pictures remotely. Great for selfies!

One of the cool features of this offering is the Njoiii Community Network and Navigational Guidance feature. If, for whatever reason you cannot locate the Njoiii you can mark it as being “lost.” When it is in this category, other users who have the iTrackEasy app will send you its location when they are within its range. Using Apple or Google maps, your lost item or the Njoiii itself will be found.

AIKO Finder

AIKO Finder

Coming in at a cost of around 40 pounds is the Aiko made by Nonda. This device is rechargeable using a micro USB port built into the token. It will alert you when recharging is required. You can buy this modern marvel in packs of four, packs of two or buy only one, whatever suits your convenience.








Do you like pixie dust? Well, this item uses it to show you where your lost item has landed. An arrow is provided to point in the direction you should search while the pixie dust becomes more concentrated the closer you get to your lost item. The Pixie shows you the distance to the lost item exactly. It will also work when your iPhone is off or has a dead battery. The battery life is good lasting up to 12 months with a one year warranty.







Get four of these for around 14 pounds! This item comes complete with a US trademark and uses bluetooth to find things. It has an effective distance of 25M and when not within this range, it will ring to warn you. It is compatible with Android and iOS. You will be required to download the iSearching app. The app will also inform you where a disconnect may have happened along with locating the device you are tracking. The Xenzy is easy to carry and fits nicely into wallets, luggage, purses, backpacks, cameras, toys, etc. Support explains they are online 24/7 so help is available when you need it.

This tracker can remotely control your phone by accessing the camera and the voice recorder. It takes wide angle shots using front or rear facing cameras. It also provides a last seen pin-drop on a map through the app which will help you find items lost. Handy stuff if you lose your car in the car park!



This sleek device changes the way you interact with the fob or actual locator. This offering does not use your cell phone, but a handheld device. It flashes and beeps at the appropriate times up to 100 ft. away. You will be happy to know this item comes with one transmitter and 6 receivers that you can use.

The radio frequency of this device will go through walls, doors and floors. Sounds will reach 80 dB. It doesn’t consume a great deal of power and can stand a long time by itself without a recharge. It comes with free lifetime technical support and a 12 month full replacement warranty.

TrackR (Pixel and Bravo)


Amazon gives you two different options. The TrackR Pixel gets an edge on the TrackR Bravo as it reaches 90 on the decibel chart. The Bravo only reaches 82. The Pixel also comes in a large variety of colors, if that matters to you.

TrackR features include LED lights that help you in the dark and you can also see where your keys are on a map. A locate feature tells you when your keys have been identified. If the battery is running low, it will notify you and you can even find your phone when it is on silent mode.



With this technology, the product and your device will sound off when you are 30 meters or more from your lost item. This device uses iPhone and Google maps to identify the general position of where you may have lost the item. You may use this product to search for your keys or your phone.

Folks like this item because of its price. As of this publication, the price is an affordable 15 euro. There is also a model that settles in at a quick fiver for cost. Battery life of this device is between 6-8 months and some have reported even longer usage times.

You will also be happy to know that the device comes with an alarm that will sound off when your phone and the device lose connection.

So, there you have it. Some amazing devices that will help you get on with your day of conquering the world and bringing home the bacon.

And if you just happen to get stuck without one of these devices and your locked out OR you lose a set of keys, get in touch with us. I’m Mark and you can find me at


Email Us At

Telephone Number 07866522422









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