For most people outside the locksmithing trade, our profession is a complete mystery. After all, no one learns even basic locksmith skills in school unless they actually plan to become a locksmith! As a result, the average person who calls a Toronto locksmith doesn’t always know the protocol or what to expect. Unfortunately, some Toronto locksmiths want to keep it that way because it’s in their best interests to keep their customers ignorant. After all, you can’t challenge a locksmith’s fees or question the quality of their work if you don’t know anything about locks and home security!
Pro Locksmiths is different. We want to educate our customers on all things to do with residential and commercial security and emergency locksmith services, because a better-educated customer is the kind we like to work with. We respect your thoughts, questions, and comments, hence this blog! If you have questions that you’d like to see us answer or topics you’d like us to write about, just contact us and we’ll be sure to act on your queries.
Today, we’ll talk about some of the things most Toronto locksmiths won’t tell you, even though they’re thinking it.
- It’s not so much about the lock, it’s how it’s installed. If you don’t have a security strike plate with screws that properly anchor it into the door frame, you’re wasting your money on that fancy deadbolt.
- When you call a locksmith because of an emergency situation like a lock-out, and the locksmith tells you they’ll be there within a certain time frame, that’s not a signal to call a few other Toronto locksmiths and see who shows up first. You might think you’re hedging your bets and plan to give the business to the first company that arrives on the scene, but you might not be so lucky – this is a sure-fire way to upset locksmiths. They just might all leave. Note: Pro Locksmiths is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to deal with your emergencies. Our vans are fully stocked so all we have to do is drive to your GTA location as fast as the traffic will allow.
- Sometimes we get calls to unlock a safe that a resident has purchased from an auction. This is usually a sad occasion because the buyer often doesn’t even recoup our fee for unlocking the safe. If a safe ends up at auction or at a flea market, chances are good that it doesn’t contain any gold bullion or missing bits of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Of course, that’s what gambling is all about, but just be aware that that’s what you’re doing.
- If you bought a house and gratefully accepted the keys from your lawyer on moving day, know that you’re not the only ones out there who have that set of keys. Who knows how many the previous owners cut – for their maid, babysitter, in-laws, contractors? You should have the locks rekeyed immediately to prevent unauthorized entry to your new home.
- Is your key stamped Do Not Duplicate? This is about as useful as a “Keep Off The Grass” sign. Some people will obey it…others won’t. These keys can and will be duplicated very easily by the nearest hardware store, so don’t take the risk; get your locks rekeyed when moving into a new home, or better still, invest in high-security locks whose keys are guaranteed to be impossible to duplicate.
There are so many mysteries your Toronto locksmith can ‘unlock’…this is just the tip of the iceberg! Check back soon for more tips, tricks and trade secrets.