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Common Mistakes People Make With Keys and Locks

Common Mistakes People Make With Keys and Locks

keys on bench with coffeeThere are many ways to lock yourself out, and it is almost always accidental. Luckily, locksmiths like Out and About Locksmith Canberra are here to help you in your time of need! We decided to outline the most common mistakes that people make with their keys, be it house, work or car keys.

Car keys

  • Not keeping your spare key on you. Unfortunately, if you lock yourself out of your car, having the spare key at another location not easily accessible makes things a bit harder. Or leaving it in the glove box.
  • Not having a spare key at all. This is a big one. It is definitely worth having a spare key made if you only have one key. This applies to house and business keys as well.
  • Putting your keys down somewhere in your car. Some cars have an auto lock feature or a boot lock only feature. It is very common that you unlock your boot, put your keys down, load the car and then slam the boot shut. Thus, locking your keys inside the car.
  • Not getting remote locking looked at when it first starts playing up. It is always best to get this fixed at the first sign of the battery failing. If you keep putting it off, you’ll be up for a new battery and the locksmith’s services as well.

House/Business Keys

  • Giving keys to children to play with and lose as a result. There has been many times where a small child was given keys as a distraction because of their lovely jingly sound. Said child has gone off and left them somewhere, and is either unable or unwilling to tell the parent or caregiver where they have put them!
  • Another cause involving children is them trying to “unlock” things that shouldn’t and end up getting the key stuck or broken.
  • Not getting “sticky” locks looked at. You don’t want to leave getting this fixed. It will avoid the distress of a child or animal being locked inside a room. Getting them out will require time and probably noise.
  • Not changing locks when you purchase a new property. It is vital to do this, otherwise your safety might be compromised. Who knows how many other keys exist that can unlock your house?

Hopefully this has given you an insight in how to minimise the probability of requiring emergency services of a locksmith. Don’t forget though, Out and About Locksmiths Canberra are here 24/7 if this should ever happen to you.

Lost Your Keys?

Lock Emergencies

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we understand what it’s like when you have a lock related emergency. It might be that you’ve locked your keys in your car, accidentally left your keys in your house, dropped your keys down a drain, had your keys “mysteriously disappear”, left your keys at work, had your bag with your keys in it stolen, or even something crazy like broken a key off in the lock when you were in a hurry.

That’s why we’re on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whenever you need us, we will be there to help you promptly. Make sure you keep our number in your phone so you have the peace of mind of knowing who to contact when this happens.

Other Matters

We’re also there for other less urgent but still important matters. You might need your locks changed, rekeyed, decide you want to have just one key for all the locks in your house, window locks, locks repaired, a new lock for your safe, a new car key, spare keys cut and more. We can help you with all of these issues.

Our staff are friendly and professional, and you can find testament to that on our Google reviews (you can find a link at the top of the page). Our staff are trained to the highest standards so they know exactly how to solve every problem they’re faced with quickly and efficiently. This in turn drives the price down for you, not to mention we’re very competitive already in that way.

We use only the highest quality equipment and tools to make sure the hardware we install is going to last.

When it’s time to call a locksmith, you can spend unnecessary time and energy comparing available locksmiths, or you can simply rely on Canberra’s most trusted and reputable locksmith, Out and About Locksmiths.

Read more about us at Locksmith Canberra.

Locksmith Services

Our Services

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we offer a reliable, professional, friendly locksmith service that’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer a range of locksmith services that include installing locks, rekeying locks, cutting keys – including transponder car keys. We can even rekey car locks and program transponder keys.

We can set up all of your house locks to use the same key. We service Canberra and surrounds. We respond swiftly to your calls.

Locked Out?

Are you locked out of your house? Locked out of your office? Need to get into your safe? Don’t worry, call us and we can get you back in. If you’ve lost your keys, we can make you a new set. If you need a new deadlock, garage lock, or window lock, we can provide. We can also supply master keys and set up security systems. We can install commercial and residential safes and upgrades.

We are an SCEC (Security Construction and Equipment Committee) approved locksmith. The SCEC is a government committee which evaluates security equipment used by government agencies and departments.

We supply and fit door-closers. Our rates are highly competitive. We are a fully insured and licenced locksmith. We even provide an eftpos unit which we bring to you.

About Us

Our pricing can be flexible, especially if you’re a repeat customer. We like to give back a little, which is something you might not find with other locksmiths. Our locksmiths all have a GPS handy, so we’re ensured to get to you quickly and efficiently. You may have encountered questionable locksmiths in the past, but our locksmiths are all police-checked. You can count on the integrity of the staff here at Out and About Locksmiths.

Call us for an obligation-free quote!

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Locksmithing

General Information

In most countries, the traditional trade of locksmithing requires the completion of an apprenticeship. The formal education level varies depending on the country – from a simple training certificate awarded by an employer to a full diploma from an engineering college. Locksmiths come in a variety of types: commercial (working from a storefront), mobile (working from a vehicle), institutional, or investigational (forensic locksmiths). They may be specialists in one aspect of the skill, like automotive lock specialists, master key system specialists, or safe technicians. Many locksmiths are also security consultants, however not all security consultants have the knowledge and skills of a locksmith.

In the past, locksmiths repaired or constructed entire locks, including their parts, however, with the advent of cheap mass-production, this has become less common. Most locks are simply replaced if damaged. This excepts most high-security safes and strongboxes. Locksmiths also frequently work on existing door hardware such as door closers, frame repairs, electric strikes, and hinges. They also service electronic locks, for example making transponder keys for vehicles, and implementing access control systems.

While fitting and replacement of keys is still an important aspect of locksmithing, these days locksmiths are mainly involved in the installation of high quality lock sets, and the management, implementation, and design of keying and key control systems. Locksmiths are frequently needed to ascertain the level of risk to an institution or an individual, and then advise and implement correct combinations of policies and equipment to create a security layer that surpasses the reasonable threat of a potential intruder.

Out and About Locksmiths

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we offer a mobile locksmithing service that is available 24/7. We install locks, cut keys, advise about security systems and general home security, cater to commercial clients, cut car keys (including transponders), and we are an SCEC approved locksmith. Contact us today!

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Car Keys – Being Prepared

Will You Lose Your Car Keys?

We all tell ourselves that we will never lose our car keys – or lock them inside our car. You might have a great system of reminders in place, but unfortunately, sometimes the unthinkable happens. A distraction at the wrong moment might be all it takes – or sometimes, you don’t even know how something goes missing, it just does. It might not even be you that loses the keys or locks them in the car – it could be a family member or a friend. Sometimes these things are out of our control. The question is – will you be prepared for the worst?
If you lose your car keys or lock them in your car, it could cause all kinds of upsets in your life. For example: Getting to work late, getting stranded, missing important appointments, leaving other people stranded, or having important items stuck in the car.
What if you lose your car keys or lock them in your car on a bad day when you’ve just spent all your money on bills, and you can’t afford a locksmith? You’d be facing a huge problem. No one can afford being without their car.

What is the solution?

To avoid all the aforementioned problems, you should get a backup car key made. Did you know that Out and About Locksmiths can copy transponder keys (transponder keys are special car keys made for most post 1995 cars that switch off an engine immobiliser)? We can also code new car remotes, so don’t worry, that one key doesn’t have to be the only one. Having a spare key in your wallet, bag, or hidden under the car would make all the difference. If you take action and contact us today, you could save yourself from a world of grief tomorrow.