Locksmiths are people who make or break open locks, usually with the help of a key. Locksmiths usually work for the manufacturers or big companies, as they need to be able to operate large equipment. Locksmiths can be highly skilled or just ordinary handymen and this is why there are many locksmiths who don’t even finish high school.
Locksmiths are usually called in to either create a security system or to add a little fun to a birthday party by giving out some “doors openers” or “pick locks”. Locksmiths don’t usually create locks unless they have to. Locksmiths work all kinds of doors and windows, from commercial to residential. Locksmiths also work on vehicles, sometimes creating new locks or duplicating existing ones. Sometimes locksmiths are needed to install “homing” devices in cars, such as ignition or keyless entry systems.
Locksmiths have been used for hundreds of years, starting with simple locks that locksmiths used to open just about any kind of lock. The first real locksmiths created and fixed combinations for people’s doors and drawers. The basic idea was that if you had something valuable in the house that you didn’t want to get lost or stolen, you could put a lock on it and make it difficult for anyone who knew the combination to get into the house. Locksmiths developed more secure locks and eventually started creating safes to hold very important or personal things. Today we use safes to store our most valuable possessions: our money, jewelry, family photos and documents, and even our cars (in case they get stolen).