The services locksmiths render are a vital part of any community, and they’re relied upon to keep people safe. However, many locks that can be used to secure homes and businesses can also be challenging for even the most experienced professionals to open without damaging them.
Many people believe that locksmiths are the only ones who can open any type of lock. In truth, there are many different locks that many locksmiths will have trouble with. In this article, we have a list of them. Before you get a locksmith over to crack your lock, discuss with them the kind of lock you have and make sure they can do something about it.
You can skip ahead to mechanical locks.
Electronic locks are not easy to get past without damage. They usually require that the locksmith have experience in IT to crack it. Some of such locks are:
- Electronic safe locks
Some safes are electrical and require a code before they grant access to the treasures they hold inside. If you’ve lost your code, it can be difficult, if not impossible to open it yourself. Even a locksmith can find it difficult to overcome.
This is because the way most people know to get past a lock is by picking it. For a lock to be picked, however, there must be a keyhole. This is a feature electronic safes have no need for.
A locksmith who wants to open such a safe will need IT knowledge to unlock it without going so far as to damage it. If you don’t care about damage, just about any experienced locksmith will be able to open it using drilling equipment.
- Smart Locks
Evolution is the natural progression of things. Over time, just as we moved on from horse-drawn carriages, we’re moving on from locks with physical keys to smart locks one can only access with a code, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or near-field communication.
These locks aren’t made like normal. They’re basically small computers and have none of the locking mechanisms that have become conventional over the past few centuries. This means, lock picks and other specialist equipment are useless in cracking these. What works is an expert with experience in advanced IT and programming. A bit outside the capabilities of your garden-variety locksmith, isn’t it?
- Biometric Locks
Biometric locks are those that require unique human traits like facial recognition or fingerprint, that comply with preset dimensions before they grant access. Like all electronic locks, these are pieces of hardware and software that can’t be cracked without expert knowledge of IT and programming. Such knowledge doesn’t typically grow on trees.
If you have no way of getting through such a lock, your local locksmith can only get you in by breaking it. If you’d prefer it intact, best call the company that made the lock. It’ll likely be weeks before they can send someone over, though.
- Electronic Vault Locks
Generally, vaults are more complex, more secure, than safes. If you’ve lost your combination, there are likely to not be that many locksmiths with the necessary IT knowledge and experience to get past without damaging the lock. You’ll save more on specialist locksmith labor hours getting a more common locksmith to use specialized drilling equipment to get through to the locking mechanisms.
- Combination Safe Locks
This should make you happy. It shows manufacturers know what they’re doing and someone with some experience cracking padlocks can’t get at your valuables. Safe locks are incredibly complicated – by design. Their locking mechanisms are no joke, with the costly ones complicated enough to have hundreds of thousands of possible combinations.
Unfortunately, all that security adds up to the necessity of special tools in the hands of a true expert if you forget your combination. Most locksmiths learn through hands-on practice, and the number of jobs from people who’ve forgotten their combination is probably less than you think.
Also, artisans are more likely to buy the tools for a job they expect to do sometime in their careers. Why expect something you’ve never faced before?
But among the staff at Alcatraz Locksmith, who’ve been around for the last 30 years, you will find the expertise you need to crack your stubborn safe.
If you can’t contact us, reach out to the manufacturers of your safe.
- Combination Vault locks
If safes can have millions of possible combinations, their big brothers, the vaults, have hundreds of millions, maybe even billions, of them. They can’t be cracked except by a highly-trained, experienced locksmith with specialized equipment. If you legally own a vault you’ve forgotten the combination to, simply call us over.
- Old or Rare Locks
Remember that all things evolve, and now we live with the products of that evolution.
Locks made a very long time ago are different from those made today. They were made using techniques that either are lost to time and are now mysteries or have been modified. Such locks can be a challenge for modern locksmiths.
Besides, these locks are pieces of history important to locksmiths. There is only far a locksmith is willing to go when cracking them, for fear of damage (it has to do with our professional pride).
- Unpickable Locks
They might be a bold claim, but they’re not all full of hot air.
There are locks whose keys are like something out of a child’s imaginative rendition of a key, all curves and jagged pins. There are some with uniquely placed magnets along the blade. HYT even has a lock that requires a flexible chain key. It all depends on the manufacturer’s imagination and execution.
But the point is, these locks are designed to be unpickable, and there is a surprising number of them that still hold that title. If you have one of these, all you can call a locksmith to change it (and by changing it, we mean destroying the old and putting in a new one).
Get the Best Agency to Preserve your Security
With Alcatraz Locksmith, you can have the peace of mind to let a stranger have a look at your security. We have been providing services for up to 34 years, and we’re confident we can help you with any lock-related problems you might have. Simply call us anytime you need us.