How safe are my locks?

If you have never called a locksmith it means you have never had to defeat your locks. That’s great. But to the few who have been unfortunate enough to be locked out, it is a gruesome nightmare that you would never want to find yourself experiencing. 

Try these helpful tips;

  • Invest in a key finder.
  • Do a key-check before you leave the house/flat
  • A lot of people have resorted to smart or keyless locks
  • Keep a spare key with a friend or relative or neighbour.
  • Contacts us

In his book, “The Construction of Locks” A.C. Hobbs in a 19th-century controversy regarding whether weaknesses in lock systems should be kept secret in the locksmithing community, or revealed to the public. 

Here is a fascinating excerpt that I found rather interesting. 

“A commercial, and in some respects a social doubt has been started within the last year or two, whether or not it is right to discuss so openly the security or insecurity of locks. Many well-meaning persons suppose that the discussion respecting the means for baffling the supposed safety of locks offers a premium for dishonesty, by showing others how to be dishonest. This is a fallacy. Rogues are very keen in their profession, and know already much more than we can teach them respecting their several kinds of roguery.

Rogues knew a good deal about lock-picking long before locksmiths discussed it among themselves, as they have lately done. If a lock, let it have been made in whatever country, or by whatever maker, is not so inviolable as it has hitherto been deemed to be, surely it is to the interest of honest persons to know this fact, because the dishonest are tolerably certain to apply the knowledge practically; and the spread of the knowledge is necessary to give fair play to those who might suffer by ignorance.

It cannot be too earnestly urged that an acquaintance with real facts will, in the end, be better for all parties. Some time ago, when the reading public was alarmed at being told how London milk is adulterated, timid persons deprecated the exposure, on the plea that it would give instructions in the art of adulterating milk; a vain fear, milkmen knew all about it before, whether they practised it or not; and the exposure only taught purchasers the necessity of a little scrutiny and caution, leaving them to obey this necessity or not, as they pleased.” 

Compared to their predecessors, locksmiths today primarily install higher quality locksets together with the design, implementation and management of keying and key control systems.

Your locksmith could also help to establish the level of risk to a property or individual and then suggest the best equipment and safety policies to multi level secure you from potential intruders. For this one needs to find themselves a skilled and knowledgeable locksmith.

So next time you find yourself discussing locks with your locksmith, be sure to query his or her knowledge about your lock’s level of ability to barr intruders. 


We hope that it never comes to it! But, if you ever find yourself locked without your keys remember you  can Call JFK Locksmiths on Telephone 0203 3229180