If you are locked out of your house or have lost your keys, locksmiths can get you in fast! Professional Locksmiths can use the latest technology and techniques to gain access to your home with the minimum of fuss and little, if any, damage. Most locksmiths will manage to open your door by lock picking or other non invasive techniques, keeping any potentially costly damage to the door and surrounding frame to a minimum. Often you will be able to continue using your existing set of keys. None Destructive Entry (NDE) is a term used to describe the art of lock picking or opening doors and windows with minimum damage.
The vast majority of locks can be opened without any damage by either picking or bypassing using NDE techniques. However these techniques require a lot of training and sadly there are many unscrupulous locksmiths that don't even attempt NDE and simply want to to sell a new lock or even a new door, so they will immediately attempt to drill out the existing lock or lever your door open causing considerable damage and leaving you with a hefty bill! A good locksmith sees damaging the lock by drilling as an absolute last resort to be used only if all other methods of entry have failed.
If you lose keys to a Yale lock, any professional locksmiths should be able to pick the cylinders or bypass the lock if possible. The worst case scenario would involve them drilling out the lock to open the door and then changing the lock barrel, which is relatively inexpensive. Mortice locks will normally require drilling the lock to gain entry, then replacement of the lock with a new set of keys. Professional locksmiths can pick mortice locks to gain entry then make a new key, however this is more time consuming and often the more expensive option. If you lose a key to a suited or restricted lock, locksmiths can replace the lock or order a new key on your behalf. Most professional locksmiths will be able to duplicate virtually any key type, either on site in the locksmiths van, or back at their workshop.
If you loose or leave your keys locked in your home or premises, a door opening locksmith can fix or repair any type of door lock. Accomplished locksmiths, often called a Master Locksmiths, can open a lock even when the keys are lost and provide other services including replacement keys and repairing locks. Door opening locksmiths should be qualified, licensed and fully insured. If you need their services the best option is by recommendation from a friend or family member. Failing that you can use the "post your job" button on this page to have local professional locksmiths in your area get in touch to provide quotes and security advice free of charge. Reputable local locksmiths normally charge a fixed hourly rate with no call-out fee, typically around £45 per hour.
Beware of cowboy locksmith services which will often quote a similar figure over the phone of £45-£55, only for them to arrive and then you find out that is just the call out fee, at which point they will add £100-£200 on top for gaining access to your property! Stick to recommended local locksmiths who are members of respectable trade associations such as the Institute of Certified Locksmiths or the Master Locksmiths Association.