1. AVOID DAMAGING THE LOCK. Whether it’s your car or your house, the worst thing you could possibly do is violently try to force your lock open like an angry, confused bear. The reason you don’t do this is firstly, because it’s useless and secondly, it’ll make the job for whoever has to pick/open the lock a lot harder than it needs to be because by damaging the lock you could make it either more difficult or impossible for it to be opened. If they do somehow manage to get it open, it will likely result in some sort of damage to your car/door/safe etc.


2. KNOW WHO TO CONTACT. If all else fails and you can’t pick locks, your first instinct may be to call the authorities. Sadly, most police officers and firefighters aren’t put under the sort of training that would allow them to assist you without battering the door until it comes down SWAT-style. You should instead contact your nearest locksmith which will likely be able to come to your location. Make sure the locksmith you call is from an official business and is authentic; you don’t know who you may be letting into your home. The locksmith will then come with specialist equipment to make sure that the lock is picked quickly and properly. Some locksmiths charge you for services like this, others don’t. What matters here is that you have access to your house/car again without any collateral damage. 

3. If it’s a house that you’re locked out of, LOOK FOR UNLOCKED WINDOWS. Getting back into your house may be as simple as seeing a window big enough and accessible enough for you to climb through and let yourself in. This saves not only your time (maybe in the freezing cold) but also the time of whatever locksmith or friend you may have to call for help. 

4. DON’T FORGET ALTERNATE POSSIBILITIES. If you can’t find any unlocked windows possibly because you live in an apartment that doesn’t have any accessible, if you have a roommate or a family member who might have a key to help you get in or are just already inside and can open the door. If you live in a house that you pay rent for then call the landlord. They’ll likely have a spare key just in case and if you’re lucky enough to have them in the area at the  time then you may be out of that sticky situation quicker than you think. 

5. IMPROVE YOUR LOCK/SITUATION ACCORDINGLY. Maybe your lock was an off-brand, unreliable lock and the best thing to do for your home is to buy a more durable, reliable lock. Maybe you just made an innocent mistake. For example; you have a door that locks when it’s shut, and you’ve left the keys inside. An easy solution for this problem is to simply have a spare key hidden somewhere outside your house/apartment at all times so you never have to worry again about being in a rush for work and forgetting your house key. 





#These solutions are only for situations that stop you from being able to get inside for several hours. E.g. you’re locked out very late at night and have no one to call who will be up# 

  1. SLEEP IN YOUR CAR. This is something that a lot of people have probably had to do at one point in their life or another and is probably more comfortable than you might expect, especially if you have one of those chairs in your car that goes all the way back. Another thing you could do to improve your comfort would be to have a backup blanket and pillow in your car at all times, just in case of an emergency like this one. (Or if you need a power nap during your lunch break at work.) 

2. ANY FRIENDS WHO ARE MAD ENOUGH TO ALSO BE AWAKE??? It may or may not be a bit awkward asking but if you explain your situation and be polite you may be lucky enough to stay at close friends house for the night until you can call a locksmith (or whoever may have keys) and get back into your home. It’s worth a try because worst case scenario they say no. There’s not much to lose. 

3. SLEEP IN YOUR SHED/GARAGE. Yes, you probably don’t have the proper space or materials to be sleeping your shed or garage but on the off chance that you do it’s certainly better than staying outside in whatever harsh, unforgivable weather there may be that night. Personally, I think that the cars a better option but not everyone has a car so a shed might be your last option. 

4. It may seem a bit over the top but if you’re one of those people who can afford it and need the luxury of it CHECKING INTO A HOTEL might be a good option for you. Maybe even just a B&B. This is probably only worth it if you can find somewhere to stay at an affordable price and maybe have work or something important the next day and need to make sure you have the opportunity to shower, brush your teeth etc. which would only be possible in a  hotel/B&B. 

5. GO ON A WALK. This might sound ridiculous but maybe its 6 or 7 in the morning and the locksmiths open in an hour or 2 so the best thing to do is just wait it out and assuming the weather isn’t miserable then a leisurely stroll is the perfect option for you. Not only just to pass the time, but it’s also good for your health and gets your muscles moving.  

Hopefully you now feel more prepared for when a situation like this may come up at some point in your life whether it’s next week or in 10 years. Remember to always have a backup plan no matter what the situation is.  Whether it’s spare blankets in your car or a spare key under a plant pot. 

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Biometric Locks

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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 24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com. We will be glad to assist you.

You may also email us by using Mark@24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com

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Turning a house into a home starts from the front door. Home security is a present and ongoing concern for homeowners and tenants.

Choosing a front door lock can be a minefield of information. You are spoiled for choice but sometimes you can feel overwhelmed. Here are 10 important things to consider when choosing a front door lock. 


1.Consider Function

Since you are choosing a front door lock the primary use of the lock will be for entry. This means high level of security and daily use, which will require durability. 


2.Consider Grade 

Lock grading varies from 1 to 3, with level 1 being the highest level of security. Naturally this will be the one you might choose for your front door. 

Deadlocks are a typical choice for a front door. A deadlock is a type of steel bolt, that extends into the door into the jamb of the door and strike plate of a door frame. To ensure a proper function the bolt must extend fully into the hole on the door jamb. 

The security benefit of a deadlock is that it can be locked from the outside and the inside.

3.Consider a nightlatch.

A nightlatch is a type of lock which was historically used during the night-time, hence the name “night”-latch. Night latches are commonly very sturdy and durable and are a mechanism which consists of a lock fitted onto the surface of a door and can be opened one of 2 ways. 1 being a key on the outside of the door and the 2nd way is automatic and locks when the door is closed. This can then be further enforced by flicking a switch up or down to prevent the knob from being turned to unlock the door. This switch would normally be turned at night before people went to sleep as it is the most secure way to use this lock.


4.Consider what material is your door

There are 2 common features in a standard door. 1 is that it’s hollow and the 2nd is that it has a molded skin or texture on it. Doors like these will likely be made out of wood and may have glass too if it’s a partially see-through door. Something that’s less obvious may be the strength of the wood that was used for your door. Check this either by simply pressing down into the middle of your door and seeing how easily it bends, if it bends unnaturally easy it’s likely that it’s quite thin and isn’t made out of a very strong wood.


5.Consider what type of door it is 

Linking back to the 4th point, depending on what type of door it is and how strong or durable it is you may want to consider the type of lock you’re using. For example, there’d be no point in spending a ridiculous amount of money for an incredibly secure heavy-duty lock when the door can barely stop a kick. With the same logic in mind there’s also doors that only reach their true potential when paired with a strong lock to make a perfect match and to give the user maximum security.


6.Consider A Rim Cylinder Lock

Commonly used on doors for apartments, rim cylinder locks are usually for front door locks and are also commonly used for emergency safety and panic rooms. The mechanism in this lock consists of a lock in which a cylinder rotates to move a bolt; tumblers are pins; inserting the key lifts and aligns the pins to free the cylinder to rotate. lock – a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed. If you have a panic room or just think that this is the lock for you then a rim cylinder is perfect.


7.Consider your budget 

I’m sure you know as well as the next guy that nothing in life as free, locks included. Certain locks compensate with loss or addition of features depending on price. Before deciding on which lock will benefit you most. It’s important to first make sure that the door that you have is durable and will pair well with whatever lock you decide to get. Things to consider would be, the size of the door that you’re getting, the material in which the door is made of, the price the door is, whether or not it’s customizable in a way that benefits you in a positive way and whether or not it looks nice with your home because no matter how safe you may want to be, no one likes an ugly front door. Now to help you figure out which lock you want would probably depend on the area that you live in (how rough it is, crime rate etc.) I personally think a nightlatch is the perfect front door lock as it has the versatility of being a very welcoming door as you can have it set to be permanently unlocked but then it also has the potential of putting your house under full lockdown.


  1. Consider strengthening your door frame and hinges


It is worth remembering , that hollow doors will give away possibly before the lock itself. Regardless of what type of lock you choose to install remember to use a heavy metal strike plate and install it properly. Your other option is to insert 3 inch screws into your existing strike box.


The hinges should be secured with at least 3 inch screws. This will ensure your front door itself is strongly attached to the wall and it will prevent easy unwanted access. 



The unfortunate reality is that nearly 70% of all bulgrals gain access through the front door. Choosing the best lock for the front door of your home is an important decision. Keep this in mind when shopping. Obviously there’s also a back door so there’s no harm in doing some research into finding one of those that you like too and If I’m going to be real with you, if someone really wants to break into your house, they’ll find a way. Life’s short so pick a nice door and lock that makes you happy.


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You have lost your keys. What an inconvenience. What should you do next? Getting new car keys might not be as easy as getting keys for your house but you can be prepared if you lose your car keys. 

We are based in Belfast and if you need a car locksmith service call Mark on 07866 522422

Here are some things that will be very useful in case of emergency.

First of all establish what type of keys you have. The technology surrounding car keys has evolved significantly in the last 10 years so it is good to know what kind of key you have.

Transponder Key If you have a relatively modern car there is a high possibility that you have a programmed transponder key coupled with a key less entry remote, or that you only have the transponder key. Most cars that were manufactured after the late 90’s come with transponder keys. A transponder key takes the pairing process between a car and a key to a heightened level. 

Key less Entry Remote are commonly referred to as key fobs.  These kinds of keys are constantly communicating with your vehicle and it essentially makes your car much more accessible to you. There are many advantages to having a key less entry remote, but it is hard to see any of them once you have lost your car keys and have no spare. 

Traditional Car Keys   are the old faithful. They have been around for years and they are relatively easy to replace or duplicate. They do not offer much security for your car, but they are the best kind of key to own if you ever lose your key and have no spare.  It is relatively easy for spare car keys and duplicate car keys to be made of these traditional keys.

First things first!

Search your immediate area again. 

Take the time to look for your keys to make sure that you have defiantly misplaced them and the only way to start your car is to ask for help. There is chance that you might have left them somewhere, or they might have fallen from your pocket accidentally. 

Check your vehicle

After you have searched for your car keys and you have established, that they might be lost it’s best to look inside your car. Leaving your keys in the car is the most common reason for people to need a locksmith for their car. 

Gather the necessary vehicle information

Once you have established that your car key is definitely lost you need to make sure you have all the information that the locksmith will require so he can help you. 

Being able to identify that you need a transponder key or a traditional key is only part of the entire process.

You will have to provide your vehicle identification number (VIN), as well as the make, model and year of your vehicle. Most of this information can be found on insurance cards or the car registration document. 

A professional locksmith will be able to help you and assist you further. 

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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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Historical Locksmithing

The profession of locksmithing was originally the art and science of designing and creating locks and various kinds of metal and wood mechanisms. These intricately created marvels of small mechanics could be found in castles, bridges, wagons, gates, cabinets, houses and various kinds of buildings. Locksmiths could “smith” something using wood or metal and eventually were called upon to make keys, files, armor and locks.

History records the first mention of locksmithing originating in Babylon and Ancient Egypt. Wood formed the first locks that used crude tumblers to prevent the door bar from moving. The citizens of that time used something that looked like our modern toothbrush to move pins and tumblers inside locks.

As the 18th century approached, various chemicals, minerals and metals were combined to begin making metal locks and keys. The basic design of locks stayed the same. Just the materials from which they were made changed. As the industrial revolution came into fruition, mass production facilities required locksmiths to step up their game and produce more sophisticated locks to protect property and people.

Locksmiths today may be found in various subcategories of the career field. There are locksmiths who only work in the automobile industry who focus on working with locks as a security consultant. Others work for security companies that need them to create even more intricately designed locks and security mechanisms. Investigational organizations such as intelligence agencies employ locksmiths to work in various forensic applications. From their shops across the world, locksmiths continue to hone their craft and introduce new ways to protect life and property.

Other Services

A locksmith carries with them a great deal of history related to locks, keys and historical design. However, there are other things locksmiths do that are not often talked about commonly. The general public is not often aware of these less known skills and services.

Safe Verification

It is a good idea to work with a locksmith you know and trust before purchasing a safe. This locksmith can advise you regarding which safe you should purchase and where or how you should have it in your home or business. A skilled locksmith can also help you sort through the myriad of advertising gimics used these days to get you to buy something that may not be worth a “tinker’s damn.”

People, to this day still like finding old safes and treasure chests. The age old wish for “striking it rich” still takes us over when we make a find like this. A locksmith is the one person in town who should be able to get into an old safe and show you if you are the next millionaire.

Locksmiths Come Behind and Check Work

You must have a trusted locksmith in the industry. You need someone who will check another locksmith’s work to ensure it is done correctly. Having this kind of professional relationship will prevent your being scammed and taken advantage of in the marketplace.

Locksmiths who are reputable tells us that they run into a variety of shabbily down things in the industry. One of the situations that may happen is the incorrect installation of a dead bolt. The problem centralizes around the security plate and the screws used to attach it. The bolt should be a full one inch and have an adequate “throw” into the door, window or cabinetry. If these bolts are not installed correctly the door will not be protected and keys may break off in the structure.

Another place locksmiths find themselves working is the automotive industry. Manufacturers of vehicles sell the security feature of what they advertise as a key mechanism that cannot be duplicated. But, in very truth many of these keys and electronic opening systems can be duplicated by imitating the radio frequencies involved. A locksmith trained in this area can in fact provide you a locking mechanism that cannot be duplicated.

Dealing With Electronics

Locksmiths have had to move straight into the digital age of the 21st century. Computers, cell phones, car jobs and key location devices are now common. The technological advances have required locksmiths to upgrade their tools and procedures. Locksmiths have been installing “smart locks” for several years now.

Doors can be secured these days with an electronic pad that requires the owner to know a pin code or have a keycard. The average locksmith driving around the city must have an extensive inventory of electronic locks and the resulting security tools needed to both install and open them.

They Secure Windows

People often just think of securing their doors to prevent entry and theft. But, did you know you can call upon your local locksmith to “batten down the hatches” so to speak?

Windows are usually made of glass. So, securing them is imporant to prevent the evil doers from gaining entry. Not many know that a locksmith can protect that glass by installing a security screen or some other kind of cover that will prevent breaking the window.

Mr. and Mrs. John Q Public are not often aware that locksmiths can install window locks precisely designed for that location in a structure. Window locks are designed with double bolt locks or double cylinder locks that require a key from the inside of the structure. So, the combination of a window cover combined with a lock that can only be unlocked from the inside is a “one/two punch” to any would be intruder.

Locksmith Wisdom

Good locksmiths do things like sit around and exchange ideas and stories with other locksmiths. They join professional organizations for fellowship with like minded people but also to find solutions to problems. Its that old adage, “Two heads are better than one” at work here.

They then share this wisdom with their clients. They can offer free advice to home and business owners that will reduce theft and reduce the cost of security for a family.

Feel free to ask locksmiths questions. They like giving anwers.

At 24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com we like doing many things related to locksmithing. Answering your questions is one of those small joys that keeps our career interesting. If you require locksmithing services of any kind or just have a question that demands an answer, contact Mark at



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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.

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Don’t put a key under the mat at your front door and gone are the days when you can just hide a key in your wallet.

It is very important to have a spare key to something. Keys get lost in drawers, closets, the floorboard of cars and the deepest recesses of that old couch over in the corner. It is always a good idea to have a spare key. Maybe not just for you, but in case relatives or friends come over for a few days. If you can trust them with a key, then by all means give them one. For those of you who want to hide a key, then this article is for you.

It is a certain kind of security threat to have a spare key lying around your house. However, if you want to save a visit from the locksmith, having one stowed away somewhere will be a smart thing to do.

A spare key is a great idea but is completely useless if you can’t get to it when you need it. If you place it in an obvious place, then you are defeating the purpose. Putting a key under a doormat or false rock or a plant has been done for many years. So, you have to get a little more creative and industrious than that.

You want to stay away from and resist the urge of placing a key near a front entrance or other common areas of the house.

So, a little bit of thought and some focused creativity will help you hide a key in an area known only to you and those who are privy to the information

Here are some inspired thoughts and locations to place that spare key.

A fake rock is pretty obvious, but have you ever thought about a fake sprinkler? Purchase your fake sprinkler and stick it in the ground with the top exposed. It won’t water your lawn, but it really is only a box that holds your key or keys. This kind of device is affordable and if you already have sprinklers in your yard very doable for key safe keeping.

If you have a house with vinyl siding, then you already have a great place to hide a key. Attach a hook and loop fastener to the key and make your way to the bottom run of siding closest to the ground. The siding will have a curled loop at the very bottom. Place your key and the loop fastener inside this curl of vinyl. You can also attach a small wire such as a paper clip to the key and leave the paper clip sticking out. You want to have enough to grab, but not so much that it is obvious the wire is there.

Do you have trees on your property? What about many trees? Choose a tree that is far away from your house and select the side of the tree facing away from your house. Place a small nail in the tree at a location where the bark is the thickest. Hang the key there and if you can place it so the key dangles within the valleys of the bark ridges, even better.

A neighbor’s house is a great place to hide the key to your house. If somebody finds it and tries to use it on your neighbor’s house, it won’t open anything. Most folks just aren’t clever enough to realize the key is for the house next door.

If you would like to take it a step further, you might actually hide a key down the road in your neighborhood at a friend’s house. Make sure you are in a good friendship with the person down the road and they won’t mind you walking on to their property at some odd hours of the day and night. Losing a key does not adhere to any time schedule, so make sure your friend is ok with you walking around their property at 2am when you arrive home from a social engagement.

You can still use those magnetic, under the bumper key holders. They are good because at least your key is not at your house until you are. Make sure the thing is secure wherever you choose to put it. Also ensure the lid to the device is securely shut and holding fast to the metal surface you choose.

A better alternative to the magnetic box is a lock box on the hitch of your vehicle. This kind of device locks with a combination of digits. Someone would have to drive your vehicle away to get at the key.


Here are some helpful tips for stashing keys around your dwelling.

  • Just don’t be obvious. If you find yourself using a spare key often, then don’t just hide it back where you stored it the first time. Mix it up. Move the key around the property. Just in case somebody has seen it hanging from something or sparkling in the sunlight, they will not see it again if you keep it moving around the land in a variety of locations.
  • Put your key in its hiding place or put it back in its hiding place after the sun goes down. You want to avoid walking out in broad daylight and hiding your key.
  • Use a separate lock and key for a least often used entry way. A side door is the usual choice. Don’t hide away a key to your front door. Use a less often trafficked entry and exit way.
  • If you find yourself constantly losing a key, consider installing a dead bolt with a number pad or a smart lock. Let your cell phone lock and unlock the device.




Happy hiding!


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Should Vs Reality
So, a guy walks into a locksmith shop. He says to the locksmith, “I need a copy made of my car key. It barely works and I need a new one that works better.”
The locksmith looks at him incredulously and says, “You do know, don’t you that we make a copy of whatever you give me?” I can make you a copy of your car key, but it will only work as well as the original you have given me to copy.’
The gentleman stares blankly at the locksmith and says, “No, that’s not true. The copy you make will work as well as my car key did the first day I had it.”
The locksmith, now perceiving he is dealing with a person who is not in possession of his entire mental facility says, “Sir, that would be an accurate statement if the key you were giving me was new. But, it is not.”
The gentleman then asked the locksmith, “Why can’t you make the copy better than the original?”
The locksmith decided to break it down for him a little better. “Sir, enjoined the locksmith, let’s assume that we wanted to make a copy of a document that contained misspelled letters. Do you think the copier would also correct the spelling of words while producing a copy?”
The gentleman declared, “Why, yes. I think it should.”
The locksmith, looking quite bewildered says, “Sir, herein is your lesson for the day. There is a difference between “should” and “reality.” You Sir, have not learned the difference in these two things and I must ask you to leave my shop until you can understand the difference!”


Who are you and how did you get in here? I’m a locksmith and I’m a locksmith. LOL!
What do you call a locksmith with a lisp? Keith.
Why are locksmiths in Japan cooler than the rest of the world’s locksmiths? Because in Japan they are rocksmiths. HeHe!
A locksmith is a key employee. HaHa!

A lawyer was on his cell phone, calling a locksmith.
“I locked my keys in my sports car!” said the nervous lawyer.
“No problem, I should be there in about an hour,” replied the locksmith.
“Do you think you can make it a little sooner?” pleaded the lawyer. “My top is down and its starting to rain.”

Pick-up line for locksmith’s: “Hello lass, is your name Ness? Cause, I’m lovin’ you a loch.”



Wisdom Can Be Expensive

A fine antique collector purchased an old safe at auction. The anticipation of what might be inside was causing general distraction, so he decided to get a locksmith to unlock it.
The locksmith arrived and using every bit of knowledge, skill and tools at his disposal was not able to unlock the safe. The collector paid him his trip fee of 35 pounds and sent him on his way.
Still urgently wanting to see if anything was inside the safe and dreaming of great wealth, the collector contacted a locksmith who had been in business five decades.
An older man with gray hair and wrinkled face showed up. He takes a look at the safe noting the make, model and year. He goes to his truck and returns with a drill, a ruler and a bent piece of metal. He measures around the lock and marks an “x” at exactly the spot he would drill.
After drilling for a solid hour the old locksmith sticks the bent piece of metal through the hole and with no fanfare a small “click” is heard. He turns the handle on the safe and the door opens! To the collectors great dismay, nothing was found inside the safe.
Disappointed but knowing the old locksmith had done his job, the collector asked what the charge would be.
The locksmith declares the sum expected would be 120 pounds. In response, the collector asks him to produce an itemized bill showing the charges.
The elderly locksmith then hands him an itemized bill with the following written:
20 pounds for hole drilling
100 pounds for knowing where to drill.


And here is a blond joke just because they are always funny.
This is the story of the poor blonde flying in a two-seater airplane with just the pilot.
He has a heart attack and dies. She frantically calls a May Day:
“May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My pilot had a heart attack and is dead. And I don’t know how to fly. Help me! Please help me!”
All of a sudden she hears a voice over the radio saying:
“This is the tower. I have received your message and I will talk you through it. I’ve had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now, just relax. Everything will be fine! Now give me your height and position.”
She says, “I’m 5’4″ and I’m in the front seat.”
“O.K.” says the voice from the tower. “Repeat after me: Our Father. . . Who art in Heaven. . . ..”




Judge: Tell me your occupation.

Prisoner; I’m a locksmith, Your Honour.

Judge: Then what were you doing in a jewellery shop in the middle of the night when the police saw you?

Prisoner; Making a bolt for the door!


Well, here’s hoping you didn’t have too many groans and a few laughs while reading this. We also know that getting locked out or needing a key duplicated or opening your house is not a laughing matter.

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