A common misconception or lack of public awareness for a better description, is just what a
locksmith does. Many might say a locksmith simply cuts keys or repairs locks on doors.
There is much more to locksmithing in these modern times; as we take a look at how a
locksmith can assist you with your security needs.
The locksmithing profession has a history as old as civilisation itself, with discernable periods
extending from classical antiquity through to the computer era. The security of ones
possessions dates way back to the ancient Pharaoh’s, with tombs containing locking devices
regarded as the fore-runners of modern locking systems. Today a locksmith may be
required to perform services ranging from providing customers with a new transponder key for
their Volkswagen Golf, provide advice on best securing ones valuable jewellery or designing
and implementing a high-security restricted master key system for a high rise building.
The services and skillsets of locksmiths has also changed dramatically, with automotive
specialists, forensic locksmiths and those with expertise that lies in safe-work becoming more
and more prominent.
That being said, we can still make all of your locks open with the same key and yes, we DO
cut keys!” The good news is, at Dibble Locksmiths and Australian Security Brokers we can
provide the following services:
Restricted Master Key Systems
24 emergency service
Safe Installations & Safe Sales
Change safe combinations
Repair or replace broken locks
Home security advice
Install door closers
Keys cut to code
Commerical Door Hardware
Window locking devices
Supply & repair of remotes
Supply and program automotive transponder keys
It’s also important to note that locksmiths are qualified to provide you with security advice and
solutions to help solve your issues. For example, if you’re wanting to purchase a safe to
protect your gold bullion or irreplaceable jewellery, wouldn’t you want to talk to someone who
actually knows what type of safe is suitable rather than a teenager working in a hardware
store with no practical experience or specific product knowledge?
he same can be said when engaging a professional locksmith as opposed to a ‘handyman’
in any residential or commercial situation. They may install a lock on a front door (your first
line of defense) that isn’t strong enough, on a door that is actually built for internal use or on a
doorframe that wouldn’t withstand direct impact from an intruder. A great line used by many
locksmiths is ‘there is a reason why cheap locks are so cheap!’
Additionally, would a handyman, real estate agent or property manager know whether a
deadbolt can be placed on the entry doors of a unit in a high-rise apartment block or
alternatively which lever or knob sets comply with the Australian Building Code?
A Locksmith will be able to tell you that deadbolts cannot be fitted on unit entry doors in an
apartment block, they do not comply with Australian Standards (AS 1530.4 – 2005)
Locksmiths can also access patented security key-systems, where a purpose built security
system can be installed allowing for a whole range of scenarios including access permissions,
date/time access control, key expiry and more. Whether it be an old fashioned master-key
system or wireless electronic system, MLA members can access exclusive profiles ensuring a
securely maintained system.
Have I mentioned that we can make all your locks work on the same key? Just thought I’d
mention that point again.
If you ever find yourself locked out of your home, office, car or even boat, don’t panic and do
not risk costly damage to your property to simply get inside. Just pick up the phone and call
The same can be certainly said if you’ve lost your car keys. Obtaining a replacement key from
the manufacturer of your car can often be quite expensive – think about calling an automotive
locksmith first, who can also cut and program a new key on the spot or in the workshop.
The locksmithing profession is ever-changing, but one thing is for certain, the need for the
humble key will never diminish and locksmiths will continue to do a whole lot more than just
‘pick locks on doors’.