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Texas Safe & Lock Serves You In 2014
For over 35 years, Texas Safe & Lock has provided professional locksmiths services for the entire Dallas Ft. Worth region. The most important part of our job is that you understand who we are, what we do, and type of services we provide. Bearing that in mind, you may want to know what a professional trained locksmith is & what a security professional actually does.
Usually when new or replacement locks are required, the professional locksmith assists their clients in making the best decisions to correct types of locks needed. These decisionas are usually based on the security risk exposure, life safety applications and frequency of use. The professional can also install locks and security devices using manufacturer’s templates and or industry specifications. Normally cutting and drilling procedures are used with appropriate tools for the job.
The true professional will generally perform most of the following for homes, businesses, vehicles and other types of property:
- Install Locks
- Install Deadbolts
- Electronic Locking Devices
- Modify & Repair devices
- Rekey Locks
- Make Duplicate Keys
- Make Duplicate Cards
- Generate & Program New Keys For Lost Items
- Generate & Program New Cards
- Unlock Vehicles & Devices
- Unlock Accidental Locks & Malfunctions
- Install & Service Electronic Alarms
- Install & Service Surveillance Systems
- Install & Service Electronic Access Control Systems
- Install & Service Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Systems
- Maintain Security Hardware & Software For Computer Systems
Most locksmiths may sell, service and install safes for home and business use, and have specified industry training for that purpose. For instance, banks have many locking devices and related hardware that have regular service by locksmiths. This type of locksmith professional can service:
- Vault Doors
- Time Locks
- Safe Deposit Boxes
- Teller Equipment
A locksmith professional may also handle most lock repairs. This requires disassembling and examination in locating worn or malfunctioning parts, cleaning, adjustments of internal mechanisms and installs new parts. Some types of repairs may require the creation of custom repair parts using lathes, drills, grinders, and other power and hand tools.
Locksmith professionals most always can duplicate keys using a key-duplicating machines. Using the customers key as a pattern, numerous keys can be made for doors, boats, motor cycles, literally anything with a key.
In addition a locksmith may respond to emergency calls for the locked out of a home, business or vehicle. Close examination for extraction and entry methods vary with the type of devices and include lock picks, bypass tools or special instruments are required. The experience, skill and knowledge of the individual locksmith often dictate the method a professional selects to open a lock. Special circumstances like the quality of the lock, concern for safety of occupants and other factors such as a malfunction of the lock may force a locksmith to use destructive techniques to gain entry. As always, make sure in the case of an emergency opening or certain other sensitive tasks, the professional locksmith may require positive ID procedures or certifications in that field.
Today, most business, hotels, motels and apartment comples owners maintain contracts with approved vendors and locksmiths to provide new master key systems, reset combinations, and rekey door locks on a regular basis. City and State laws do apply and licensed and bonding is clearly a security issue. Most security for locksmiths industry wide may include submitting fingerprints, undergoing a state or national background check, passing an examination, and paying a fee to the licensing agency. Of these professionals, a self-employed locksmith is required to keep business records and maintain a proper inventory of locks, parts, keys and tools.
Proper qualifications for a mechanical locksmith is very precise and detailed work. Mathematical ability, good vision, spatial perception, eye - hand coordination and manual dexterity are critical to handle the trad. Reading and understand lock and key specifications, operating manuals and other written or oral instructions as necessary. Helpful additional traits for the locksmith to have would include patience, emotional stability, honesty, dependability, accuracy and the ability to get along with other individuals.
The professional locksmith requires some additional education & training you may not think of. Beginning in high school, the prospective locksmith should take courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, metalworking, basic electronics, physics, and English. A business education is very helpful at any level. If one wishes proficiency in installing electric locks, alarms, access control systems or surveillance devices, locksmiths must have knowledge of electricity and electronics.
Traditionally, on-the-job training has been the most successful method of learning locksmithing skills. In most cases, these trainees work with experienced locksmiths until they have master the necessary skills. There are also on-the-job training programs from 3 months to 6 years, where these trainees can go to demonstrations or receive classroom as well as practical training during this initial schooling. Completion of courses for locksmithing schools provide basic knowledge of the trade and may shorten the length of the on-the-job training programs.
Some states do require ongoing or continuing education for the professional locksmith. Seminars and classes presented by lock manufacturers, locksmithing schools and locksmith associations, including the Associated Locksmiths of America, and Safe & Vault Technicians are always available. Many have online classes where the trainee proceeds at their own pace.
Now that you have a better idea of the a Professional Locksmith is, we invite you to go to our home page and find out more about the specific services we provide to the Dallas Metroplex here at Texas Safe & Lock. For more than 35 years, David Blizzard, owner of Texas Safe & Lock, and his team of certified technicians, have proudly served the Dallas/Fort Worth area with integrity, quality and affordability. Texas Sare & Lock is a member of Associated Locksmiths Of America, and the Safe & Vault Technicians Associations.
Texas Safe & Lock should be your first and only call for locksmith services in Dallas.
Texas Safe & Lock provides residential, commercial, automotive locksmith services, safe and vault sales and service, and 24-hour emergency lock-out service, just for starters for the entire Dallas & Ft. Worth Metroplex. We proudly serve Dallas, Ft. Worth, Frisco, Plano, Richardson, McKinney just to name a few cities. Call 469-467-7233 24/7 for immediate service at your current location!