Whether you own a home or business, you may find yourself in a situation in which you need an emergency locksmith, also known as a 24-hour locksmith. And while you probably know that a locksmith can help retrieve car keys you've locked inside a car, there are some other services these professionals can offer you in urgent situations.
After you suffer some kind of break-in or home invasion, your first thought is to secure the entry points into your home or office to prevent another incident. An emergency locksmith can offer you a rekey service, in which he will replace the tumblers of the lock cylinder in your existing locks. Rekeying is much less expensive than replacing all the locks, but it changes the configuration of your locks so that only a new set of keys provided by the locksmith will work.
If you're a superintendent of a set of flats or an office building and you lose your keys, an emergency locksmith can create a master key, which allows you to access all the entry points of a building or set of flats with one key. A master key reduces the need for you to have a lot of keys that can easily be lost, and gives you the peace of mind of knowing that one key opens all the doors to a building. Master keying is different from rekeying in that one key fits all locks, whereas with rekeying, a locksmith creates new keys for each set of new locks.
If a vault or safe in your home or office has been compromised, an emergency locksmith can make repairs, and change the combination codes to ensure a new level of security. Safes come in a number of different styles, including combination-code safes, digital code safes and fingerprint-entry safes.
Emergency locksmiths are trained to reprogram digital and fingerprint-entry safes, in the event that they are breached, or in the event that you can't remember the code to gain access. Locksmiths also stock a variety of safes that they can use as replacements for a safe that isn't salvageable.
Emergency locksmiths can also offer you restricted key service, in which they create a special key that can only be recut by the locksmith who made the key. The locksmith will use a patented key blank for a restricted key that only he has access to, which prevent s the key from being duplicated by anyone else.
Learn more about these and other services by contacting companies like AAA Coalfields Locksmiths.