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Locksmiths may do some or all of the following

  • discuss security needs with clients
  • install and repair locks, safes and alarm systems 
  • cut or make keys to fit locks
  • open jammed locks and safes
  • advise on locks, safes and general security
  • develop and design master key systems
  • reset combination locks
  • unlock vehicles and make replacement keys if necessary
  • help law enforcement agencies with tenancy evictions, repossessions, search warrants, and forensic investigations.

Locksmiths need to have

  • knowledge of master keying, key making and key cutting
  • knowledge of different lock types, safes and locking mechanisms
  • knowledge of lock repair methods and locksmith workshop equipment
  • knowledge of security alarm systems
  • excellent technical skills
  • problem-solving skills and the ability to think laterally
  • good communication skills
  • basic computer skills.

Familiarity with hand and power tools is also useful.

Locksmiths need to be

  • careful and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • thorough and efficient
  • honest and reliable
  • patient, helpful, polite and well presented 
  • practical
  • adaptable and able to show initiative
  • able to work alone.

Locksmiths also need to have a good memory or be diligent about taking notes.