Until a few decades ago, a locksmith was a secretive person who always carried a tool bag that contained all of his picks and specially designed tools that enabled him to do his work. Locking mechanisms were all manually operated by turning the key, and with his intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a lock, he can effectively gain access to any known locking mechanism.
The digital world we now live in, has changed our lives forever, and the traditional key lock is soon to be a thing of the past. Biometric locking devices are becoming very popular, and they use fingerprint and retina scanning, along with facial and vocal recognition, which allows authorised people access. The lock industry has seen more dramatic changes than most, and with the rise in crime figures, home security is now more important than ever. The digital highway has changed the way we live, and if, for example, you needed a locksmith in Leeds, or any other city, a Google search would soon source the right company.
Keyless systems eliminate the need to carry keys, which often are misplaced, and although the disappearance of traditional key locks is upon us, the locksmith is still very much in demand, and because he is constantly updating his knowledge of new technology, the transition will not affect him in a negative way, it is just that his trade requires a different approach, which is more electronic than mechanical.
A locksmith would have a large library of handbooks and manuals, as he must be able to work with a long list of products, and the modern approach would require him to use his mobile device to store the many documents he might need to refer to. Wiring diagrams and special codes that allow him instant access are often required, and rather than carry a large briefcase, the modern locksmith would have all of his essential documentation available on his laptop.
The automobile has long used microchip technology in their keys, which is an obstacle for car thieves. If a thief managed to get hold of the car keys for a while, he could have a new one cut, and return to steal the car at any time, yet without the inserted microchip, the vehicle’s ignition is disabled, and a locksmith would have the ability to reproduce the chip and cut a new key.
Even the most secure of safes now use digital technology, and wearing a stethoscope to hear the tiny sound of tumblers clicking into place will soon be a thing of the past. Learning about the locking systems of digital safes is a major part of a locksmith’s training, and this may involve attending special classes, which might last a week or more.
A locksmith can never say he knows everything about his profession, and must constantly update his existing knowledge to incorporate the new technology that modern locking systems incorporate, and whenever you need his services, he is just a phone call away.