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09/28/2014
By: C R.
Lake Area Locksmiths LLC
Needed a key and cylinder done for my vehicle after the key remote died. Never had a key to the door.Blake unlocked my vehicle and suggested ideas regarding the key and cylinder. He wasn't able to remove the cylinder. After a friend got it out for me, we took it to Lake Area Lock and Blake stayed after hours to make the cylinder and key work.Thank you very much for your help.Cheryl Roch
09/21/2012
By: bbqwest
Lake Area Locksmiths LLC
Very,very professional. I called their business and got a pleasant man on the telephone. He listened carefully and told me that he would have someone out in a short time. The gentleman who came to my home rekeyed all of my exterior doors to the same key. I would recommend this lock shop to anyone in need of good service!
07/24/2013
By: cindy.s.353
Lake Area Locksmiths LLC
Nice man that was very helpful on the phone . He came right out. Was fast and a expert at is job. I will tell everyone to not waste their time calling anyone else. LAKE AREA SAFE LOCK AND KEY is the company to call first. They are the BEST in Lake Charles ,Louisiana ...I will use them again . THANK YOU
10/17/2016
By: David G.
A-Z Locksmith
Fast friendly and knowledgeable service He knew his stuff no one else made us feel as comfortable that job was done right
Tips & Advices
Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management. From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
  • If possible, research local locksmiths online and take note of any that have poor reviews or complaints.
  • When calling a locksmith, confirm their address matches what you found online or in a directory. Then ask for a cost estimate for the service you need, and ask to have them bring a written copy of this estimate.
  • Some states require locksmiths to be licensed. If your state is one of them, require the locksmith to bring proof of registration when they arrive.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
  • First, determine the type of lock you have, as well as the manufacturer or model if possible. You should also obtain measurements of your door and frame.
  • Remove exterior and interior knobs by unscrewing any visible screws you find. Many knobs will include a decorative cover on the interior side that can be removed.
  • Once you've removed the entire lock, find the screws on the inside of the door frame to remove the latch or deadbolt.
  • With everything removed, repeat these steps in reverse order to install the new lock.

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