When it comes to locksmiths, you could be forgiven for harbouring a few misconceptions. After all, many of us only consider a locksmith when we get locked out of our house or car. But there is so much more to know and consider when it comes to using the service of a local locksmith.

In an effort to leave you more informed, we’ve debunked some of the biggest locksmith myths around so you’ll know what to expect when you next call a Melbourne locksmith.

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Myth #1 A locksmith is just for key cutting and emergencies

Actually, a locksmith does more than just cut keys or help you when you get locked out. A professional locksmith can provide a range of services, both in the home and at your commercial premises.

They can replace the existing locks in your home or install new locks when you need an upgrade to your security. They can also add locks to doors and windows, and even secure external gates and garages.

A professional locksmith can also install an access control system at your business premises, to give you complete control over who, when and what staff and visitors have access to within your building.

A quality locksmith can also provide a security consultation at your home or business, assessing your current level of security and providing recommendations that will keep you safer and improve your accessibility.

Myth #2 All locksmiths offer the same level of service

In fact, the type and level you’ll get from locksmith providers can vary wildly. Some will be focused on just getting you inside your home, without worrying about retaining the lock intact. Others will be able to work with newer locks, but will be stumped by antique or valuable locks.

It comes down to the expertise and experience of your locksmith. Amalgamated Locksmiths have over 30 years experience with domestic and commercial locksmith services, so whether you need a new lock fitted to your front door, an antique lock repaired or a full commercial security system installed, we’re the company to call.

Myth #3 Locksmiths have access to Master Keys

In general, there isn’t such thing as a Master Key and locksmiths don’t have access to a suite of keys that can open every door in the city.

However, some locks have been adapted to allow access using a Master Key. For example, a business might give employees keys to their individual offices, then have a Master Key that opens all doors.

Myth #4 All Emergency Locksmith are prohibitively expensive

No one likes getting locked out of their house. But especially galling is having to pay through the nose just to get your front door open.

While you will pay more for an emergency locksmith to visit out of hours – compared to a standard day visit – the cost doesn’t necessarily have to be prohibitive. It comes down to finding a local locksmith that operates a 24/7 emergency service. You should be able to obtain a quote over the phone before a locksmith arrives, and your locksmith should also provide a written quote before they start any work.

Myth #5 All locksmiths are certified

It is possible to obtain the necessary skills to become a locksmith without being licensed. And it’s relatively easy to create a professional-looking website online.

For that reason it’s important you verify the credentials of any locksmith before they commence work. A legitimate locksmith will be registered with the Victoria Police Register of Licence, Registration and Permit Holders.

Amalgamated Locksmiths is registered, and is also certified by the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia. The MLAA is an independent professional body and the peak organisation for locksmiths in Australia and the Pacific region.