NYC Locksmiths that you most often see at a residence or working on a car are there because keys have been lost or locks are in need of repair. They have an extensive list of tools to complete these tasks and for trained and qualified Locksmiths NYC this is a relatively easy task. There are tools available to them to easily cut new keys even when a spare key is not available. They can contact the manufacturer of the lock and get the combination of grooves and valleys that are required to open the lock. They can pick the lock with manual picks or electric picks and then reset the tumblers or wafers so that they can cut keys to fit. When these options fail they can use other tools to defeat the lock and then replace it. These can be bumps and hammers which in basic terms is when the lock tumbler mechanism is forced open or when a special key is hammered into the lock and with the marks left on this key a new key can be cut.
Many new vehicle keys are chipped, and this caused some problems when a spare key was required or if a key was lost and needed to be replaced. In the past the vehicle manufacturer had to be contacted with the vehicle registration and VIN and then the Manufacturer would send a key to a dealership near the location and a person would have to get it from them. This used to take a few days to a couple weeks. Now there are tools that allow a Locksmith to clone the key so that a new key can be cut and it will have a proper chip in it. If the key is not available to clone there is equipment that can read the computer in the vehicle and then program a new chip embedded key which can then be cut. This greatly reduces the time involved in getting a key, however this equipment is expensive and so the replacement key becomes expensive.
Many security companies employ Locksmiths to help with the design and installation of proper locks used in securing premises. They have unique expertise obtained over time to properly install locks and to also identify areas that may need special attention such as special plates on doors or door jams so that the doors cannot be forced or shimmed open.
For the last 10 years, Highgate Security and Locksmith New York has become a major factor in the security and lock field serving most of NYC. We are grateful to our hundreds of satisfied customers, who have helped us become one of the leaders in NYC locksmiths.