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Canberra’s Finest Locksmith

If you live in Canberra and are in need of a locksmith, you’ve come to the right place! Out and About Locksmiths is Canberra’s finest. Here’s why.

Why are We The Best?

Out and About Locksmiths has been providing first class locksmith services to Canberra since 1999. We have the experience in the field to be able to know what to do, and do a quality job quickly and for a competitive price.

Most people think of locksmiths as an emergency service, which is true, a lot of what we do is emergency work, but we also supply a range of other services that you may not be aware of. We can install security systems for your home, or new locks on your windows and doors. We can re-key your locks and make all your locks fit the one key for your convenience. If you don’t have spare keys, it would pay for you to get them made just in case, so if you ever misplace your keys you have a backup copy.

About Us

A lot of people think that a locksmith can’t make car keys due to the transponder technology, but we actually can cut and code new car keys on the spot. We have the equipment.

Our locksmiths are fully insured, and we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our services. You should put our number into your phone so you have easy access to us in case of a lock related emergency – 0431 515 640. If it’s not an emergency, call us any time for an obligation free quote, or send us an email.

Another advantage to choosing Out and About Locksmiths is that we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As you can see, there are many reasons to make Out and About Locksmiths your number one locksmith. Thanks for reading!

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The Importance of Locksmiths

Locksmiths are an important service in our society. They help us get into our homes and cars when we’re locked out, make new keys when our keys are lost, and help protect our homes, valuables, and more. Can you imagine a world without locksmiths?

Locksmiths Throughout History

Ever since the invention of locks, there have been locksmiths. Ideally we would never lose our keys or get locked out, but that’s not the case. People accidentally end up in situations where they need a locksmith all the time, so when that happens, we are there to help.

The trade of locksmithing is a highly specialised one. We have to know locks inside and out (literally!), and know our way around security systems and safes. A locksmith is a trusted tradesman that we all need from time to time.

Locksmiths help everyone from residents to large corporations. We help set up security systems and make sure that the correct level of security is in place for your home, office, or safe.

What Would We Do Without Locksmiths?

Without locksmiths, people would have to go through the difficult process of learning the techniques and buying the equipment themselves – and this would pose a security risk. If everyone knew how to crack locks, no one would be safe from intruders.

Another thing is that lock technology is always evolving. Not everyone has the time and energy to stay on top of the current trends. Locksmiths are dedicated to their craft, and will always be ready to utilise the latest lock devices to ensure your home and property is safe.

So next time you call a locksmith, remember that they’re there to help you 24/7, and appreciate the good service they do for our society (we’re sure you do already!)

Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog. Stay tuned!

When should you change your locks?

When is it a good idea to change your locks? For many people, this isn’t a question they have even ever asked themselves. If you have ever lost a key, had a key stolen, or maybe you just can’t account for all of your keys, you could be putting you and your belongings in harms way. It is extremely important for you to keep all of your keys together and accounted for. If a thief gets a hold of your keys, you could be putting your belongings and even your personal safety in harms way. This is NOT ideal.

Often times when you lose a key, the first thing that comes to mind is whether you have another and where it is located. Basically, how losing the key affects your daily schedule. Beyond this, little thought is given to where the key has gone, and better yet who now has possession of it. You wouldn’t leave your house wide open at night, with all your possessions and personal safety in harms way. So why would you leave your locks knowing that someone may have your house key and be able to enter your household or business at any point in time. It is extremely important to change locks when you lose your keys or have them stolen. (Especially if it’s the latter)

It is paramount to the safety of you and your possessions that you change your locks when you lose keys, or can not account for all of the keys that are supposed to be in your possession. This will not only assure your safety at all points in time, it will also enforce the great habit of ensuring that your locks are all up to date and working correctly. This is especially vital for businesses who may be stocking expensive goods. Think you need to change locks? Check out our locksmith Canberra services for a full list of the services we provide.

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.

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!

Don’t Get Locked Out Again

Have you ever been locked out of your own home? It can be embarrassing, and even dangerous. This can be a stressful and inconvenient situation, and it takes time and hassle to get back inside. Here at Out and About Locksmiths, we’ve put together some precautions you should take to avoid this.

Keep Track of Your Keys

This is a straightforward point. Use a system to keep your keys in the same place all the time, for example a key hook by the door.

Develop a Checking Habit

To ensure you never forget important items when leaving the house, make a mental note every time. For example: “I’ve got my wallet, keys and phone”. You will find this greatly reduces the chances of locking yourself out. You can even say this out loud if it helps reduce your anxiety about forgetting.

Hold Your Keys in Your Hand

If you’ve forgotten something inside the house and return to grab it, keep the keys in your hand – don’t put them down on a table or you might forget to pick them back up before you leave again.

Back Up Your Keys

Pre-emptively distribute spare keys amongst friends, neighbours, and family whom you trust. This makes getting back inside a breeze. You can just make a call or take a short walk and you’re back inside. You can also keep a spare key at work or in your car.

Digital Locks

An alternative to keys is digital locks. They are secure, convenient, and easy for a qualified locksmith to install. They can be programmed with different entry codes.

Spare Key Safe

Never just hide a spare key outside your house. This makes it far too easy for intruders to get in. A good option is a wall-mounted safe. These tough, coded containers are a safe backup option.

Although being locked out can be an emergency and we’ve all done it, following some of these pointers should drastically reduce or eliminate the likelihood of it happening again. Make sure you put our number in your phone – 0431 515 640. This way you will always have someone to turn to just in case.

Apart from calling us, you can contact us here.

ASSA ABLOY Apprentice Day

ASSA ABLOY has held a successful locksmith apprentice day at its Portobello site in the West Midlands (UK) for the second year in a row.

They hosted the 10 apprentices signed up to the Locksmith Level 2 Apprenticeship as part of their commitment to the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) and Skills for Security apprenticeship partnership.

The theme of the open day was ‘Past, Present and Future’. It consisted of manufacturing facility tours and practical product assembly sessions. It provided an insight into the future of the industry, especially pertaining to smart home technology.

Steve Ross, from the team who delivered the training on the day, said: “This programme is an excellent way to connect with the next generation of locksmiths, and is a great forum to allow us to share our knowledge and experience whilst also discussing trends for the future. After all, it is these young individuals who will become tomorrow’s business leaders and who will help take the industry into the digital word – exciting times indeed.”

He also said: “It is important that these young locksmith entrepreneurs are made aware of how fast our industry is changing, and see the opportunities which exist beyond the traditional mechanical world. Notwithstanding this, the mechanical world is still a significant part of the industry, and is the bread and butter of most locksmith businesses. The digital revolution brings with it fantastic opportunities with ‘smart home’ technology and app based management growing at a phenomenal rate. Security products are part of this revolution, as can be seen within the Smart Living portfolio of solutions from Yale.

“It’s great to spend time with these apprentices at the beginning of their careers within the industry, and we hope that our overview of the history of locking from 4000 BC through to the exciting world of tomorrow will help them on their way.”

At the end of the day, each apprentice was presented with a commemorative plaque as a memento.

For more information, visit ASSA ABLOY.

How to Look After Your Keys and Locks

Ever wondered how to properly look after your keys and locks? Here’s how.

Look Out for Extreme Temperatures

Very high or low temperatures can cause problems with locks. This is due to the fact that extreme temperatures cause metals to expand or contract. When it’s very hot, the lock, key, and door frame can expand, making the lock difficult to turn. One thing you can do to avoid this is to lubricate your locks on a regular basis. If your lock is properly fitted to the door frame, this will lessen the chances of any issues.

Clean The Locks

Over time, dirt and debris builds up in the lock. This can make it a lot harder to open. Compressed air blown into the lock is one solution, but for a deeper clean, take off the cover and use a brush to remove any foreign matter.

Don’t Force It

Sometimes a lock won’t turn easily. If this is the case, don’t try to use force. You might bend the lock mechanism and your key. If this happens, the problem will get worse. If your lock doesn’t respond to gentle pressure, maybe it’s time to call us.

Clean Your Keys

A dirty key makes a dirty lock. Eventually it will become damaged, and jam. Avoid this by wiping down your keys from time to time, and try not to store them where they will gather dust.

Check Your Door Position

Sometimes doors can hang down and sit in the wrong position. If a lock’s bolt is incorrectly aligned with the hole, this can damage it in time. If your lock rubs or grinds when you turn it, this might be a sign that your door’s out of position. If it’s only a minor misalignment, you can file the hole slightly. Otherwise it’s time to adjust your door.

Contact Out and About Locksmiths for any help and advice regarding these issues.

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