Tuesday, 23rd April 2019


We all at some point in our lives, some more than others, experience that sinking feeling on realising we’re locked out. You leave the key inside and walk out the door, or you find you dropped your keys somewhere, or someone has left a key in the other side of the lock. Being locked out comes in many forms, but they are all incredibly annoying.

Thank heavens for locksmiths. These are the people trained to fix, install, break and change locks on doors and safes and just about anything else that houses precious contents or is itself valuable, such as a car. But locksmiths aren't just there to open locks. They do a lot more, for which they need to undergo training.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Key cutting and ordering
  • Looking after keys and security details for buildings and companies
  • Dealing with distraught victims of break-ins
  • Running a small business, including hiring and managing others

Important to note also is that locksmiths will often deal with customers who have had their houses or belongings broken into and can be extremely upset and under enormous stress. Being able to comfort people in these situations, or at least act with tact and sensitivity, is very important for the job. Locksmiths may at times be asked to speak to police investigating break-ins.

Some people choose to work as locksmiths as a part time or second vocation. It can be a very natural trade to learn for people who already possess practical skills and have contacts in the construction, maintenance and home improvement industry.

The nature of the work is such that many locksmiths will need to be contactable at antisocial hours of the night or during weekends.