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What is a Residential Locksmith?

How would you feel if someone walked inside your home without your permission and went through your stuff, possibly taking items of value with them? Intruded and unsafe.

Your home is supposed to be your safe place where only you and your loved ones are allowed inside. You have your family and your valuable possessions in and you wouldn’t want anyone to barge in uninvited.

The best and most basic way of guarding your privacy and space is by locking your doors and windows. Naturally, you’d open them only for selected people while keeping them closed and locked for strangers.

Doors are the main entry point for burglars trying to break into a property and the first thing that they look for when searching for vulnerabilities is unlocked doors and windows.

Despite that, many people overlook the importance of keeping them locked, with 21% of burglars simply walking in through unlocked doors. You simply cannot make it easier for them.

Every homeowner needs to consider the impact doors and their locks can have on their security and have a residential locksmith install one on their property ASAP.

Read on to find out what a residential locksmith is, what they do, and how they can help homeowners:


Locksmithing is one of the oldest professions in the world dating back 4000 years to ancient Egypt and Babylon where professional locksmiths were hired to keep valuables safe from thieves.

Over time, these locksmiths have become experts in the fields with chosen specialisations. Some have the skills required to work on residential locking mechanisms whereas some have taken the commercial route catering to businesses of all kinds.

If you are a homeowner looking to employ a locksmith for your home security, you must contact one who specialises in that only, aka. a residential locksmith.

A residential locksmith can help you with so much more than just installing locks on your doors and windows. They provide a comprehensive set of solutions that encompass helping you enter in case of a lockout to recommending the best form of security for your home.


What would you do if you were locked outside your home and couldn’t find your keys? While it might be intriguing to try to pry it open, or even break the door or windows, we highly recommend against it. It might lead to much more damage than you could anticipate.

The best and most viable solution would be to call a residential locksmith, of course.

They are trained to work with and around the security issues faced by homeowners and understand residential security standards needed to give the best recommendations to their clients.

As a homeowner, you are likely to be faced with issues with your locks, keys, and safes which is why it is necessary to build a good relationship with a residential locksmith, someone who you can rely on in your time of need.

Following are some of the services that fall under a professional residential locksmith’s job role:

Lock installation, maintenance, and repair

You might need locks for your home for several reasons and places. It might include the doors, windows, drawers, file cabinets, and letterboxes, among many others.

Residential locksmiths provide installation services along with repair and maintenance to ensure there are no vulnerabilities in the system.

There are so many different types of locks to choose from and picking the best one for your home can be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t know much about them.

In addition to installing new locks, residential locksmiths can also advise on the best locking mechanisms for different areas of the house depending on the level of risk and subsequent security required.

Lock replacement or rekeying

Lock replacement means changing the existing locks to new ones while rekeying, on the other hand, means keeping the locks unchanged – minus a few adjustments – and only changing the keys.

Locks are replaced when there is an issue with the lock, such as when they are broken, damaged, or malfunctioning. Locks and keys work in pairs and the system becomes compromised if either or both show signs of wear and tear, which is why it is best to have them replaced ASAP in such situations.

Locks are rekeyed when key control is lost, such as when you lose them or they get stolen, in which case, there is a high chance of them falling in the wrong hands and jeopardising your home security. Rekeying works best in these situations, rendering the old, lost, and stolen ones completely useless.

Both procedures, rekeying in particular, require an in-depth understanding of various locking mechanisms and using the right tools to getting the job done. It is always best not to risk your home’s security and have it done by a certified residential locksmith.

Lockout response

Imagine you come home after a tiring day and you realise you don’t have your house keys. What would you do? Panic, most likely, and try to find a way in somehow.

If it’s an option, you must call someone who has spare keys to your home. But if that’s not on the cards, you mustn’t worry and call a professional locksmith to help you.

Residential locksmiths are trained to deal with such situations daily and can do so without causing any damage to your doors, windows, or locks. It is best to get professional help from them by just giving them a call, having them come over with their tools, unlocking the doors for you, and getting you safely inside your home.

Burglary repairs

Burglars and intruders are ruthless having no regard for others’ property. They will do all that it takes to get inside your house, even if it means breaking a few locks.

Certain locks are very easy to break, and certainly not recommended, using a technique known as lock-snapping. It is a very simple, easy, and quiet method that burglars use to “snap” open doors fitted with standard euro-cylinder locks. All it takes is a few seconds, some DIY tools, and a bit of strength.

Other instances might be tampering with the doors, windows, and security systems, all which must be repaired ASAP.

Key duplication/cutting

Key duplication/cutting is generally done under two circumstances; when replacement or additional/spare keys are required.

House keys are one of the most commonly lost items in the UK, with nearly 37% of homeowners admitting to losing at least one set of house keys in their lifetime.

Having spare house keys is easy, convenient, and inexpensive, and can save you a lot of time and money by preventing lockouts, serving as a backup, and giving access to family members.

Residential locksmiths can easily make spare keys within minutes using the original set. It is a quick and inexpensive process, allowing you to make as many spare keys as you want.

Master keying

Master keys are mostly used in businesses where they have many rooms with locks on them. However, many homeowners understand the benefits that they offer and are adopting the system for their homes as well.

A master key system enables homeowners to access all locks with a master key while maintaining the security of all individual rooms and eliminating the need to carry around a huge bunch of keys for every room in the house.

Master key systems can be used to give complete or partial control to the keyholders, for example, the homeowner would naturally have complete control, whereas a house cleaner, who you wouldn’t want accessing certain rooms could be given a master key with certain restrictions. They can use a single key to open all doors of the house except the ones you want to keep off-limits.

Safe installation, repair, and opening

Residential locksmiths provide services for all kinds of locks. This includes not just the locks on doors but also windows and security safes.

Home safes, also called residential safes, are secure boxes that can be used to lock up valuable items such as cash, jewels, and expensive equipment. They ensure that the contents remain protected from threats such as theft, fire, floods, and other disasters.

It is always recommended to have your home safe installed by a professional residential locksmith to ensure that it is safe to use, the floor can bear the weight sufficiently, and it’s not in danger of falling or damaging anything.

In addition to providing safe installation services, locksmiths also help repair and maintain them and fix any sort of issues that might come up such as opening them when you forget the combination or when the hardware malfunctions.

Keyless door entry

Keys have been used for centuries to keep things safe and protected but it’s now time to move on to better things such as digital locks, also called keyless door entry systems.

Access control systems are one such example that eliminates the need for keys entirely and is much more efficient than fumbling through a bunch of keys to gain access into your home.

Also, keys are prone to being lost and stolen and are also easily copied, compromising the security of the entire property.

Access control systems grant or restrict access using a card swipe, key pin, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), or biometrics technology, and come with a variety of controllers that allow only authorised people to enter a property or a certain area inside it, and they all vary widely in terms of control and complexity.

Residential locksmiths provide all services related to keyless door entry systems from requirement assessment to installation, maintenance, and repair.


Issues with your keys and locks can be quite distressing because they are your first line of defence against intruders and any problems with them translate into problems with your home security.

When you get locked outside or when your key or lock break, you need immediate help. The more time you take to get your keys and locks fixed, the more chance you’re giving potential intruders to strike.

Criminals case a house looking for points of access and vulnerabilities in the system and damaged or malfunctioning locks are like an open invitation for them.

Here are all the reasons how homeowners can benefit from residential locksmith services:


Locks and their quality are the first things that intruders check before trying to break into a property. Therefore, to protect your home from such threats, homeowners must invest in a good locking mechanism, installed and maintained by a professional residential locksmith.

Their services not only help keep intruders out of the premises but also keep safes, drawers, and cabinets inside the premises safe and secure.

Expertise and skills

Professional residential locksmiths have the required expertise and skill to deal with several issues related to doors, keys, and locks. They are trained not to just install high-grade security systems in your home but also recommend the best ones and help you come up with the best security solutions for your home.

They stay updated with the latest advancements in security and due to their experience, they are also aware of the common practices of burglars and intruders.

Specialised services

Since residential locksmiths are trained to work on residential locking mechanisms, they know the system inside out and can provide unmatched valuable information you cannot get elsewhere.

Certain types and brands of locks are a little complicated requiring specialist skill to work with. You can count on residential locksmiths to be knowledgeable and experienced in all sorts of keys and locks out there.

Emergency callouts

In most key and lock mishaps, there is no time to waste. If you’re locked out of your house at night, with no one to call to and nowhere to go, quite obviously waiting isn’t an option for you.

Residential locksmiths take into account the safety and security of their clients and offer 24/7 emergency callout services for such instances. They are reliable and trained to respond to and resolve issues, regardless of the time.


In addition to securing your home with sturdy locks, there are other security measures that you can take as well:

Burglar alarms

Home security systems such as burglar alarms are one of the best deterrents against intruders. They work using a series of sensors that go off as soon as they detect any unusual activity, notifying the person-in-charge to take necessary action.

When triggered, the alarm makes a noise, usually accompanied by flashing lights which is enough to get people’s attention. For when the house is empty or for properties that are in secluded areas, professional burglar alarm monitoring services ensure that every alarm trigger is responded to.

CCTV cameras

CCTV surveillance systems are a powerful deterrent with experts believing that as many as 67% of domestic burglaries could be prevented if people had them installed on their properties.

They work using cameras that record footage, and monitors that display it in real-time. Placed in the right place and position, these cameras can help keep an eye on every inch of your property.

To take things up a notch, you can opt for professional CCTV monitoring services where trained experts keep a check on your camera’s live footage to pick up on any discrepancies and immediately inform you and the relevant authorities.


You need to be able to trust the locks you have in your home but you also need to be able to trust whoever installs them. You need to know that they are skilled in the task and that they are honest and trustworthy tradesmen.

We at Calder Security are members of the Master Locksmith Association (MLA) since 1976 and can work on a wide range of locking mechanisms.

We are specialists in wooden, UPVC, and aluminium doors and the official suppliers for leading lock brands including Chubb, Yale, Securikey, and Garrison. Our team of experienced professionals can advise on the best types of lock for your home.

In addition to professional installation services, our residential locksmiths also offer repairing services for when the locks become damaged or develop faults and may not require changing.

Our qualified locksmiths have an in-depth knowledge of all kinds of locks and can often repair them on site. We can also access locks that have become jammed, including safes, and can respond to your calls quickly which can be very useful if you’ve locked yourself out.

We also offer expert key cutting services from our Lock & Safe Shop in Wakefield where you can get your keys cut while you wait.

Using our state-of-the-art digital equipment, we can cut virtually any household key including cylinder keys, mortice keys, dimple keys, Mul-T-Lock keys, padlock keys, lockers keys, and safe keys to a high degree of accuracy without having to send them away to be cut.

Contact us here or call us at 0800 612 9799 to talk to our residential locksmiths right away!

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