Locksmithing is an established profession, and in most countries requires completion of an apprenticeship. The standard of formal knowledge required differs from country to country, from a straightforward training certificate granted by an employer, to a full degree from an engineering college. Locksmith professionals may be commercial (working out of a storefront), mobile (working out of a vehicle), institutional, or investigational (forensic locksmiths). They may focus on one aspect of the skill, such as a motor vehicle lock professional, a master key system technician or a safe technician. Many also act as security consultants, but not all security experts have the skills and understanding of a locksmith.
Historically, locksmiths built or repaired an entire lock, including its constituent components. The rise of cheap mass production has made this less common; the vast majority of locks are repaired through like-for-like replacements, high-security safes and strongboxes being the most common exception. Countless locksmiths also work on any existing door hardware, including door closers, hinges, electric strikes, and frame repairs, or service electronic locks by making keys for transponder-equipped vehicles and implementing access control systems.
Even though the fitting and also replacement of keys remains a vital part of locksmithing, modern locksmiths are really primarily involved in the installation of top quality lock-sets as well as the design, implementation, and management of keying and also key control systems. Locksmiths are frequently required to determine the level of risk to a specific or institution and after that recommend and also implement appropriate combinations of equipment and policies to create a “security layer” that exceeds the reasonable gain of an intruder.
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