Emergency does not come invited. Everyone can have an emergency at any hour. But, the most frustrating and the most irritating are those emergencies in which you have to rely on anyone else to help you. You certainly feel helpless and have no option than to contact other people.

A similar situation arises when you get locked out of your home, office or car or lose your keys of the car, house or a drawer. You have to call somebody else to help you, even if it is your family member or a friend. Nobody wants to bother anyone but unfortunately, you seek help from other people in such kind of alarming situations, especially when you have a threat to your life and your valuable assets.

Instead of bothering your friends and your family, you can simply rely on paid lock services to assist you and to get you out of the alarming situation. In this way, you never bother anyone and you get professional help too. Almost every region has 24-hour emergency locksmiths. Emergency locksmiths are far better than the regular locksmiths as they are available throughout the day and can provide technical help even late at night.

If you are living in Belfast, you would at least forget your car or house keys somewhere as life in Belfast is very busy. Every day, you have to keep up with your busy schedule. In the busy routine, anybody can forget or misplace the house or car keys. That’s when you need a 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast. 24 hour Belfast locksmith services are easy to avail, even if you are anywhere in Belfast.  If there’s one thing I like about living there, it is the 24-hour emergency locksmiths in Belfast.

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The 24 hour Belfast locksmith services are very prompt and provide quick assistance and solution to your problem. Moreover, it is very easy to find a professional 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast. You just have to look for a professional one and half of your problem is solved already. However, many people cannot determine between a professional emergency locksmith and an unprofessional emergency locksmith. An unprofessional emergency locksmith can pose damage to your property or valuable assets. That is why it is important to hire a professional and trustworthy locksmith in Belfast.

Here are some tips, that can help you to find a professional 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast:



Always choose the 24 hour Belfast locksmiths that are highly recommended. Make sure that the emergency locksmith has a good reputation. If you are hesitant to trust its capability, make sure to inquire about him through the company he is associated with. Moreover, your emergency locksmith should possess the skills to unlock the door, not to break into your house.

The best way to choose a professional 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast is to take recommendations from your friends and family. Always hire a 24 hour Belfast locksmith who has a good reputation in your social circle. Do not trust a new emergency locksmith with your valuable assets.


It is useless to hire a professional 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast who lives far away from your region or area. No one wants to wait for long hours outside his house only because he left the house keys outside. Choose the professional 24-hour emergency locksmiths who are close or in the proximity of your region.

Emergency locksmiths are live near can come up as fast as they can. They can resolve your problem within minutes. But if, the emergency locksmith whom your hired lives far away, you will have to wait for many hours before your house door gets unlocked. Always choose the 24 hour Belfast locksmith services that are within your region or near you.



Although most of the professional 24 hour Belfast locksmiths are licensed you should double-check their license. It is better to hire licensed lock services than to trust a locksmith without any license. A licensed emergency locksmith makes more sense. You can trust him with your house and your car.

Take some time to check your locksmith’s license. Check if it’s valid. Also, look if he has some sort of complaints filed against him. This will take some time but it will definitely solve your problem in a smooth way.


A professional locksmith is also an insured one. Choose an insured 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast to safeguard your property. When the 24 hours Belfast locksmiths render lock services, many things can go wrong. The locksmith can get hurt, your lock can be broken, your property can be damaged. It is important to anticipate the potential risks of hiring a locksmith.  If a locksmith is insured, you won’t have to worry about your door or your car getting damaged.

If a locksmith makes a mistake and is not insured, you would be liable to pay for the extra damage. That is why it is good to go with an insured locksmith. Moreover, the worker must have compensation insurance as well. You won’t be paying anything if the worker gets hurt in your house.


Moreover, choose a professional 24-hour emergency locksmith that’s in your financial reach. Many professional emergency locksmiths charge a lot. It is better to call them and ask them about their quote estimate so that you can have an idea about the fee that they are going to charge.

You may also need emergency locksmith services when you are low on cash or financially unstable. That is why always choose a 24 hour Belfast locksmith services that are within your financial reach. There are countless budget-friendly locksmith services across Belfast. But of course, their charges depend upon the kind of the emergency. If your emergency is big, you will be charged a pretty penny for sure.


Professional 24 hour emergency locksmith in Belfast are easy to find and everybody can hire them by keeping a note of these simple tips. It is always better to choose professional locksmiths as they are more reliable, experienced, licensed and can tackle the situations smoothly. They provide more technical assistance to you than any of your family member or friend can provide.




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grocery people

I am the guy you saw standing in line at the grocers. I am also the guy who drove by your house the other day and watched you walk inside your house. Nice yard! You don’t know my name, but a lot has been written about what I do in the local newspapers. You know, its the kind of newspaper article you read and you shake your head about. You probably wouldn’t like me if we met.

I’m a burglar. I chose this career when I was 15 and have been steadily increasing my skill level for 29 years now. I did some time when I was a teenager, but I convinced them I wouldn’t do it any more. I don’t know much of anything except how to break into folk’s homes and how to get away without anyone finding me.

So, you might be asking yourself why I’m coming clean at this point in my life. Well, I ran into a detective who said he “had the goods on me” and I better clean up my act. I found a lawyer and he got the district attorney to do a plea bargain. My part of the bargain is I have to tell the public how I find places to rob and sort of like telling my mental process. This is so people can know how to protect themselves from people like me.

So, here goes.

Do you think I look familiar. Of course I do. I was probably at your house last week cleaning your carpets or repairing your roof. That’s how I manage to take a look around a while. While you are inside making a sandwich, I just casually walk around like I’m taking a break and discover where you keep the most valuable things. Yep. While I was delivering your new refrigerator last week, I happened to glance over at the counter and saw that lovely, new laptop you just bought.

moving people

Oh yeah. I want to thank you for letting me use your bathroom last week when I was there cleaning your gutters. Nice bathroom. While I was in there, I just released the latch on the window. Probably something you don’t check very often. The open window allowed me an easy access to your house. I had a good conversation with you that day and you told me you play bingo every Tuesday with your friends. So, guess which day I”ll try the window? Yep. Tuesday between the hours of noon and 4pm. That’s when you told me you would be gone.

I have been looking at your lawn a great deal for the last few weeks. Nice grass! Those flowers indicate you like nice things. Pretty good chance you have nice things in your house. Did you buy that statue on credit or did you pay cash! Doesn’t matter. The odds are you have even better taste for the things inside your house than you do outside. Oh yeah. The toys I see your children leaving outside are of such good quality and on the newer side. Looks like you bought them recently. I can pretty much gather they have some very expensive electronic toys inside also. Don’t all parents want their kids to have the latest and greatest electronic and computer stuff. Bingo. Keep buying those things Mr. Dad and Mrs. Mom. It’s a goldmine.

I was walking by your house the other day and I noticed a pile up of newspapers in the yard. Now, I may not be the sharpest pencil in the drawer, but even I understand that if five newspapers are on the sidewalk, you are probably not at home. Also, about a week ago I left a pizza flyer in between your screen door and your main door. I watched it every day. Did you know it took you three days to remove that flyer? What do you do all day? Not much activity around your house is there?

newspapers on front porch

By the way, I actually started “casing” your house last winter. I noticed after a snow, there were no footprints from the driveway to the doors of your house. Neither were there any changes in the snow in the yard.

In regard to your burglar alarm system, you need to know what I know. Let’s say you have the locksmith or security alarm company install the control panel close to the front door for your convenience. Thanks for that! You also like decorative glass and your front door is beautiful. But, I can see through it to see if your alarm system is set. Amazing how stupid people are. You spent all that money and all I have to do is understand the alarm system, get to it within 20 seconds and disarm it. All because you had to have decorative glass to please your sense of aesthetics and your neighbors.

decorative glass door

Here’s a tip for you. Whatever locksmith you call to install your system and install your locks, make sure they alarm the window in the kitchen above the sink. People often think that window won’t be necessary to either lock or alarm. They also think that it is not necessary to lock and alarm the upstairs windows because they don’t think a burglar will go to that kind of trouble. Hey, let me ask you a question. If I know you have a $2000.00 Mac Book Pro in your upstairs office or bedroom and I’ve been watching your house for six months, don’t you think I’m going to exert the extra energy to climb up a ladder and go through the upstairs windows. I can even just walk right out the back door wearing a set of coveralls from “Bob’s Air Conditioning” and your neighbors will never know what happened. Come on, dude. Think!

I love bad weather. People do strange stuff when they are distracted by the weather. They fumble around with all the stuff folks think they must have to make it through the day. Your fumbling around with an umbrella, a phone, atache case, bag of lunch and heaven knows what else. Your trying to listen to the weather report, get your kids in the back seat and text your Mom for the 27th time that morning. You forget to set your house alarm and you don’t even lock the front door. Yep. I love bad weather.

Let’s talk about your home safe. You know, that thing you bought off Amazon that is supposed to stay locked even during a nuclear holocaust. Well, I’m not going to try to break into it silly. I’m just going to get one of my buddies to help me and we’re going to carry it down to the garage and load it into the landscaping truck we have backed up to the garage. Piece O’ cake. That’s usually the last thing I do when I’m at a house. It takes more people, but my buddies are very accommodating.

You can stop worrying about your kids rooms. I don’t usually go in there unless I know they have some really cool electronics. But, if they are toddlers about all that’s in there is possibly an electric cradle. Not important. And while I am at it, I always check the medicine cabinet, the sock drawer, and the bedside table.


One of the things that will keep me out of your dwelling is the television. Think about it. It’s late at night, the neighborhood is totally quiet. I am sneaking about outside. I’m all excited and approach your house. Immediately I see the flickering of the television and as I get closer, I hear the sound of it. I am most likely not going to try an entry unless I have “cased” the place and know you are gone. But, if its a spur of the moment adventure, that television may just save you from filing an insurance claim for your family valuables.

Don’t ever think that just because your house key has the words, “Do Not Duplicate” written on it that I can’t get a duplicate made. All I have to do is slip the underpaid big box store employee a tener and job done!

Well, I hope some of these things helped you out a bit. Don’t think too harshly of me. We all make mistakes. Maybe you can rest easy knowing I’ll be spending the next few years locked away somewhere.

And oh, choose a good locksmith who actually knows what they are doing!

This look into the mindset and thought process of your neighborhood burglar is brought to you by Mark at

Let’s hope you never have to experience the intrusion and trauma of having been burgled.

To keep your home and valuables safe, contact me at

Telephone Number 07866522422


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The first guy or gal to open a car back in the day, most likely threw a rock through the window. As things advanced and vehicles became motor driven and were designed with glass enclosures a new tool came into existence. They called it a brick and it was very effective in creating an access to the inside of the vehicle!

Somewhere around the 1930s when the coat hanger was becoming widespread, people began to sort out how they could use it to get inside cars. The metal hanger could be unfolded and pushed into the inside of the door. A hook fashioned at the end of the coat hanger got the job done. It was effective as long as the person was patient and didn’t over extend the ability of the hanger to keep its shape. The hanger also had a tendency to damage the rubber weather-stripping in the door.

Around the beginning of the 1950s, the Slim Jim was created. It’s actual origin is somewhat cloudy and the locksmith stories abound about how it actually came about. But, nevertheless it began to catch on and locksmiths along with the general public saw its practical use as important.

The original Slim Jims were designed and intended to push down or pull up something called the “lazy pawl” which is connected to the back of the door lock cylinder. Here is a picture of the “pawl.”



The strategy here is to insert the Slim Jim in line with the lock cylinder. When the “lazy pawl” was contacted and based on its design, one either pushed down or pulled up on the “pawl.”

After this, the pawls began to be made in a fixed position. This required that Slim Jims be redesigned. They had now to be bent to an approximate 35 degrees about 8” from the tip. This bent design was used to access a vertical rod. At this point, we begin to see the action typically associated with a Slim Jim. That of sending it vertically down and into the car door directly below the top button head of the locking mechanism.

After this, automobile engineers began redesigning doors to make the inside of cars more silent and access by thieves more complicated. This is when horizontal lock/unlock linkage systems came into use. The use of the Slim Jim changed. It was now necessary to insert it at the very middle of the door and angle it backwards toward the rear of the door. The lock could be opened by lifting up or going down on the horizontal lock/unlock rod.

In the 1980s, locking mechanisms changed yet again. At this point, more insulation was placed between the driver and the outside of the door. In addition, engineers created lining systems that moved with cable locking mechanisms. There were not many moving parts in this kind of system and the design necessitated the creation of what we now know as a Multi-Car Opening Tool (MCOT). That design looks like this.

multi car opening tool






This multi tool can be used in a variety of ways and with many different automobiles. Once this tool is inserted into the door you may either depress the power lock button, depress the manual lock/unlock button, or manipulate the inside pull handle. Many redesigns of the MOCT have taken place over the years as car design changed.

As the 90s and 2000s rolled around, the inside locking mechanisms became so sophisticated the Long Reach tool had to be created. The tool is inserted just like previous versions, but is intended to manipulate the lock/unlock button, lock lever, vertical button or the pull handle. You may also retrieve keys with this Long Reach tool. It is pictured here.

long reach unlock tool

There is a tool that has been around for a good while that can still be used in cars that do not have electric locks. It’s called a Slim Jim and is also known as a lockout tool. It’s a strip of metal made of spring steel about 60 cm long and 2-4 cm wide. The first company to manufacture this amazing strip of metal was HPC Inc.

You can use this thing on your car when you are stranded. The long metal works on the levers and rods inside the door of your car instead of the locking mechanism. You just place one end of the metal between the car window and the rubber seal. Your goal is to catch the rods connecting the inner workings of the locking mechanicals. If you are patient and can reach the rods, you can move the rods which will move the portion of the lock you see through the window.

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You must be careful with a Slim Jim. If it is used incorrectly, this tool may alter the locking mechanism in the car door. If you are new to this device, make sure you consult with a locksmith and get the proper training for its use.

Here is a brief and beginning, step by step instruction for the use of a Slim Jim.

  1. Go to the passenger side of the car. You will be attempting to unlock this side of the car.

  2. Insert a wedge between the window and the weather stripping. You may purchase a rubber wedge from a hardware store.

  3. Slide the Slim Jim into the space created by the wedge. Your goal is to find a horizontally directed bar that runs across the inside of the door. Using the hook portion of the rod, attempt to move this bar.

  4. Observe the lock inside the window and see if it moves.

  5. You will either push down or pull up based on the model of the vehicle.

You see, it is actually very simple in terms of actual steps to take. The most difficult part, of course is finding the correct bar or rod to move. This may require several trial and error attempts. Just keep your eye on the visible portion of the lock inside the window. When you see it jiggle or move upward, you are on the right track.

Here is a video that will allow you to see the process in action.

If you don’t happen to have a Slim Jim handy when you are locked out, you may also use the windshield wipers as a Slim Jim.

Take a look at this…

Remember, if you, a loved one or a friend get locked out of your car and you don’t have one of these tools, you can always call me. I’m Mark and you can reach me by completing the contact form on this website or

Email Me At

Telephone Number 07866522422


Key Duplication

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The process of key duplication refers to the process of creating another key based on the key on hand. The process of “cutting” refers to the actual removal of material or the shaping of material that makes up the key. “Cutting” is the main method used to create a duplicate key and is done worldwide.

Essentially, the process is a matter of placing the key on hand in a vise while adding a “blank” at the other end of a guide used to align the two keys. The blank is moved along a grinding or “cutting” wheel that is made to be an exact duplicate of the original. The new key is then deburred, scraped or sanded to remove burrs. These small pieces of the key can prevent the key from working, so they must be removed immediately. In addition, without the removal of burrs the key would have sharp edges that would cut the user. Further, these burrs could break off and foul the inside of a lock. Tumblers can be enmeshed by the shards of metal and be rendered useless.

You may find key duplication happening in hardware stores, “big box” stores, individual retailers and locksmith mobile vehicles or shops. The cost is minimal for the duplication of house, free standing buildings, and older automobiles. You may even find key duplicators online these days.

Sometimes locksmiths will use a punch machine to duplicate keys. This type of duplication is more labor intensive and requires the locksmith to be highly trained and skillful. However, the knotches made by the punch can actually be more precise and the margins/depth of the knotches will not wear as much as keys that are ground. Further, the original key is not needed for this duplication process if the placement and depth of the knotches are known beforehand. Often, large institutions prefer this method as these demensions are known throughout the property and variety of keying is kept to a minimum to prevent theft and breakins of undesirables.

Using the punch machine method requires the key being duplicated have the depth of each notch measured with a depth gauge. The key is then placed in a holder that also contains a numeric slider. This slider is adjusted to match the measurements taken by the craftsman. The lever is pressed and this cuts the knotch. When the lever is raised the key advances to the next indexed/marked position and the punch cuts the next knotch. This process is repeated until the key is completed.

A dual cutting machine is sometimes used by locksmiths and hardware people. This machine allows for the duplication of both cylinder and mortise keys. A mortise lockset is a design for doors usually where a mortise lock is used inside a mortise at the edge of the door. They are usually more classical in nature and design. A cylinder key and lock system involve pin tumbler locks inside a cylinder that can be removed by the locksmith. This is handy as the cylinder can be changed without changing the bolt or other hardware.

A sensitive area of locksmithing surrounds the category of key known as the DND or Do Not Duplicate. The key might also say “duplication prohibited.” This is a category of key designated by the manufacturer to be used as a deterrent to dissuade retail key duplicators from offering this service to the general public. This key is not suppose to be duplicated unless the person needing the key has the appropriate authorization. It is a key control system that is often overridden by stand alone key duplicators found in “big box” stores. The stand alone machine does not “read” the master key and simply reproduces whatever is inserted in the slot found at the front of the machine. In addition, some store employees will just accommodate the customer to make the sale and overlook the words “Do Not Duplicate” clearly written on the key.

Restricted keys are then the way to go! This key comes with restricted levels of sales and the distribution into the public retailers and locksmiths. They are protected by a patent. Any customer may be asked to provide identification before the locksmith will provide the duplicating service. A restricted key may also be sold with magnets, computer chips, and manufactured with a variety of metals.

Key Types

Berlin Key

Berlin Key

The Berlin key is designed with two key blades. One blade is at each end of the key. The key was designed so that the user must retrieve the key after the door is locked. This ensures the locking of the door. After the door is unlocked, the key must be pushed through the lock and retrieved on the other side of the door. This kind of design makes the retrieval of the key impossible unless the door is locked again. In 1912, Johannes Schweiger created this key and the Albert Kerfin and Co began its manufacture.



Car Key

old car key

The car key is a key to the automobile that can open/close and start the vehicle. They are usually symetrical in design and contain grooves that activate the locking mechanism. In addition, the key can open the glove compartment and the trunk. More recently, car keys are designed with coded immobilizers that prevent theft by not allowing entry without a code or starting of the engine.



Skeleton Key

skeleton key

The skeleton key may be used in several kinds of locks and is usually viewed as a master key. The sharp or serrated edge of the key is removed. It is a key that has been reduced to the essentials such as the teeth at the end that innervate and operate the tumblers of a lock.



Smart Key

smart key

A smart key is an electronic device that functions as an authorization and deterent system. It is the standard these days in new car sales and has been a significant advancement in the security of vehicles. The key is kept in the owners pocket and is used to open, close and start the vehicle. A button is pressed to unlock, another to lock. The automobile may often be started remotely using this kind of system.

This system is also handy because it can remember settings such as steering wheel position, mirror placement, climate control, seat position, and stereo preferences.



If you happen to be in a situation where you are undecided about which key to use or you need a key duplicated, contact





Famous Locksmiths

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Famous Locksmiths

The Famous Ones

Did you know that locksmiths have never wanted to be famous? The very nature of locksmith is that they know something that nobody else knows and are in possession of a set of skills that no one else has mastered. Locksmiths like to keep a low profile and have done so for centuries. The skill set they hone to a striking point is one that the average citizen neither has or cares to have. Here in the 21st century, locksmith still has that air of secrecy about it, but we have become interested in knowing who is providing the service.

If you can’t name some locksmiths from history, it is no major surprise. The very famous locksmiths who became well known for their skills started as purveyors of entertainment to the public by opening seemingly impossible locks made of wood, stone, brass, rope, and leather. The method by which they would either loose themselves or gain entry was kept a secret and the general public went away stunned, confused, and amazed with the skill and showmanship of the locksmith on stage.

Robert Barron

Consider Robert Barron, an Englishman made famous by improving the security of a lock by creating the double tumbler. He did not have the advantage of computers, technology, or electronic means to increase this level of security in locks. He did so by the power of his mind and the work of his hands to create a device that would be viewed as an 18th century masterpiece.

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The lever tumbler lock is a lock that uses levers to stop the bolt from moving. The tumbler is lifted to a certain height which allows it to slide past the tumblers. The number of levers vary depending on the level of security needed. Locks with levers use a bitten key that is either singular or double. These can be found in southern and eastern Europe in doors, barns, and other types of buildings.




Jeremiah Chubb

In 1818, Jeremiah Chubb received a patent for the detector lock. The Chubb detector lock is a variation of the lever lock and has as its major goal to detect and prevent picking by others who would gain entry for less than honorable purposes. This detector lock is also fitted with a relocker which serves to stop entry attempts and gives an indication that entry has been attempted.

The brilliant part of this kind of lock is that when someone attempts entry, it is designed to jam in a locked state until a regulator or original key is used to turn it in a different way. When the owner of the lock finds it in this state, it is a clear indication that the lock has been tampered with. Further, when the lock is tampered with the picker is faced with the added problem of having to reset the detector mechanism to attempt another entry. This level of complexity slows down the entry process significantly and often exceeds the skill level of the person attempting entry. This kind of lock remained unpick-able for 33 years and came into existence after a government sponsored competition.


King Louis XVI

Louis XVI,  the King of France was also an accomplished and famous locksmith.

During that era, children were encouraged to pursue both liberal arts interests and interests in practical matters. King Louis-Auguste was influenced by his parents to pursue the science of locksmiths and as a result the king became quite proficient at design, implementation and entry into locks.






Harry Houdini

Just the mention of this man’s name conjures up memories of consummate entertainment and masterful skill in escapology. His fame continues into this century and he remains the quintessential locksmith and escape artist that modern entertainers seek to emulate.

In regard to locksmiths, Houdini started learning these skills at an early age. Born Erik Weisz in 1874 and hailing from Hungary, he started as a vaudeville and circus performer. Originally known as “Harry Handcuff Houdini,” who challenged police departments all over Europe to contain him. His skill set included the use of ropes, hanging from skyscrapers, straitjackets, chains, being buried alive and holding his breath for long periods of time while submerged in water or milk!



Mark in Belfast

Moving now all the way into the 21st century we find an equally skillful and famous locksmith set to make his own mark in the emergency locksmith service field. With over 20 years experience with a variety of locks and providing prompt service to the Northern Ireland public, Mark is ready, willing, and able to provide you 24 hour locksmith services.

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Some of his areas of expertise include locks repair, key cutting, locks changing, locks fitting, car key service and 24 hour service. His work is always done with a smile and friendly demeanor. His name may not be written in the locksmith hall of fame as others have been, but his level of locks mastery is on par with any previous centuries famous locksmith.

Mark is devoted to constantly learning about technologies and techniques for both gaining entry through locks, preventing others from gaining entry, and providing the public with a variety of services needed in the 21st century. His career enjoys a history of famous and dedicated professionals of locksmithing and Mark is no exception.

You may contact Mark and engage him for locksmiths services by navigating to


Call him anytime at 07866 522422!


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Emergency Locksmith For Your Car In Belfast: Locked Out?

Oh No! You Are Locked Out of Your Car!

Have you ever noticed that you forget things? We forget our attache cases, computer bags, house keys, car keys, phones and a sense of what we are going to do next. The intricacies of what the average person has to do in any given day will boggle the mind. It is understandable then that a locksmith is an important and integral part of any cities’ services.

No matter the reason you are locked out, an emergency locksmith in Belfast can help you get on with your day or night. Don’t stress! Help is on its way.

Oh, and all that forgetting of things, places, and general stuff are pretty normal for the average 21st-century human. We have so many things to keep up with, it is no wonder we remember where our car is parked!

HYPERLINK “” will be there for you when you, for some reason are locked out of your vehicle. Through the years, we have learned what it takes to open a variety of automobiles. We are also keeping ourselves educated in regard to recent changes in lock technology. We are confident we can answer any question you may have regarding your particular transportation mode and locks.

We are also open 24 hours a day, which means we can assist you at any time to gain access to your car, truck, or SUV. We can usually respond immediately to emergency situations and will be at your service as fast as traffic and the laws of the land will allow. You can expect and receive excellent service and we will always be friendly while rendering it.

I’m locked out! What do I do now?

Don’t panic! First of all, if you can gain the presence of mind to remember where you may have stashed a spare key, then remember. Call a taxi or a friend to get you to that extra key. That is the first step. (That means you would have had to have the foresight to make an extra key and store it somewhere.)

It is also important at this point to begin to consider your options. Remember: Calling relatives and friends might make you feel better and one of them may come to get you, but they are not locksmiths and will not be able to get you back into your house, car, boat, etc. (If you can remember where you put that spare key, ask your relative or friend if they will get it for you.)

Make a determination if you will require the talents of a roadside service. Insurance policies can provide this service, but it is often an add-on. The policy will cover lockouts and may also include the provision of gas, battery jumps, and towing.

The next step is to make a phone call to  HYPERLINK “” Our lockout services are on par with any other company. When we get the call our first goal is to get to where you are.

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Why Should You Call Us?

Fast and Dependable. It doesn’t matter when you call, we will always make your emergency situation our top priority. We know what it is like to be standing next to your car in an unfamiliar area and wondering what is going to happen next. We will be there quickly and with your safety in mind.

Experience. After all these years of being in the business of understanding lock technology, we can arrive at a solution for your state of affairs. Knowledge is important in this kind of situation and knowing how to apply that knowledge is even more important. At  HYPERLINK “” there isn’t much we haven’t seen or had to figure out in the past.

You Can Afford It  The national average cost for changing a lock in this area can be between 30 to 300 euros. The cost varies based on the type of lock, fees for the locksmith, and the security level of the lock itself. Of course, the time of the lockout occurrence is important. Prices may vary if the occurrence is at the weekend or some major holiday. You must also understand the distance to travel to your car will figure into the cost. Not to worry. Our professional goal is to protect your property, possessions, and self. Our price will be well below the national average and in line with reasonable price points.

Areas of Car Lockout Service

At  HYPERLINK “”, we have knowledge and experience in several service areas. From reprogramming to making new keys, you can trust us to provide a solution. Here are some things we can do for you…

Provide vehicle lockout service. We can also get you into your trunk!

We can extract a broken key.

We duplicate keys.

We replace or repair your automobile door locks.

We can replace the ignition key.

We can assist you by replacing transponder chip keys.

We can provide keyless entry reprogramming.

So, why should you trust us with your car lockout recovery?

HYPERLINK “” is licensed, bonded and insured. Our pride shows in our full-service locksmith service areas and capabilities. We like to think we treat your situation with respect and care. That is a rare occurrence these days in any area of society. It is our goal to provide you with what you need and do it at a reasonable, affordable price.

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Emergency Locksmith For Your Car In Belfast: Locked Out?


Your external doors serve two purposes – making your house look good and keeping your home secure. Usually, when most people are looking to purchase new doors, they focus mostly on the price of the doors and the appearance of the door. But these are not as important as how secure the door is and how well it can keep intruders out of your home. These factors are especially important when buying French doors which are usually big and are made with mostly glass.

French doors have huge frames, and the glass is doubled all the time, which means the level of security is high. In spite of the robust frames and double glazing, the handle and locking mechanism of the door must be of the best quality. , and if your French door is an older model, the handle or lock may not be of modern standards,  and you may need to have your French door locks replaced Belfast.

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Why should you have your French door locks replace Belfast?

The most common reason why you may need your French Door Locks replaced Belfast is if the door handle or lock is broken. Your French door gets used a lot, and since it is the door at the entrance of your home, it constantly is exposed to the elements. These factors are bound to affect the functionality of your French door locks at some point in time which may warrant requiring you to change the lock.

You might also have to change your door handles if you are looking to change the look of your old French door and make it look fresh. A new handle will save you a lot of money, and the change will be easily obvious as well. Replacing door handles does not take time, so if you would like to revamp your home’s exterior, a good idea is to change your French door handle. If you are also looking at security, changing your door handle can also help you achieve this. There are different types of door handles with varying levels of security. The modern ones are more advanced and secure than the older ones. Their locks are more robust; they have double locking systems; are generally stronger, secure and harder to break into. The exterior doors of your house should keep your mind at rest every time you are away from home. You need to be able to be away from your home and be rest assured that your door can withstand any attempt to force it open.

Types of French door Locks

For you French doors, you will find different types of lock that you can use. Find out the one that suits you the most;

  • Key-Operated Locks (Top and Bottom) – These are most commonly used on patio doors.
  • Key-Operated Locks (Central Rail) – These are found on patio doors and not exactly peculiar to only French doors. They are however more secured than basic locks.
  • Key-Operated Locks (Multi-Point Locking Systems) – This type of lock is the most secure type of lock you can use for your French door. The rim-locking system bolts the door securely into the door frame or the supporting door. This makes it very difficult for intruders or burglars to force the door open.

How to have your French door locks replaced Belfast

For your exterior French doors, there are usually two doors, latched to each other, which open away from each other outwards. The doors are not latched to the door frame; therefore, you make sure you use a secure locking mechanism so that no one will find it easy to force the doors open.

The two doors each have their handles where one is active while the other one is a dummy handle. The active handle houses the lock while the lock is held in place by the dummy handle. First, you need to decide where the active handle will be then you identify the lock cylinder pin. The cylinder pin is a long piece of metal that goes through the door to the other side. Turn it anti-clockwise if you will have the active handle on the right and clockwise if you would like to have the operating handle on the left door.

You can create new holes in the doors if they are new and if there are existing handles, the holes might just fit. If the holes don’t fit, you can make use of the hole-boring template to know where you will bore the holes. The holes you will need include two holes for the latch and the lock mechanism, and one for the doorknob. The locking mechanism hole will hold the actuator slot on the active door. Put the lock bolt in the door’s edge through the hole and connect to the actuator. You may have to insert the bolt before the actuator depending on the handle design, so you have to follow the instructions in the user manual.

You will then have to position the face plate on the door and pass the lock cylinder pin through the actuator slot. The process of attaching the face plate to the door involves screwing it into position then you will need to screw the inner plate after sliding it over the lock cylinder pin. Then attach each of the handles and screw them tightly with a set screw.

Take the latching mechanism and slide it through the latch hole in the edge of the door. Screw the plates, including the outer plate securely. The outer plate is the one that covers the locking mechanism and latch. Test both the latch and lock to see if they both work properly and tighten all the plates.

Having your French door locks replaced Belfast can be a simple task if you follow the instructions to the letter but to save yourself the stress, you can contact a locksmith in Belfast instead. Emergency Locksmith Belfast can help you deal with issues like this. All you have to do is put a call through to 07866 522 422 today.


Auto Locksmith Belfast

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7 Reasons Why Your Car Key is Refusing to Work

One thing virtually all car owners have experienced is their car keys refusing to work. Imagine you are rushing out to work and you are unable to unlock your car or start it. You check what the problem is only to realize that your car key has stopped working. While you are locked out of your car trying to figure out what the cause of the problem is, you should also be thinking of the auto locksmith Belfast that you can call. The truth is, we have all been there, and it is a pain that we all share. To make this problem less of a problem, we will be looking at some reasons why your car key may not work.

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First off, if your car key is broken or if it breaks inside the lock, these reasons do not apply to you. Your problem is different, and you should reach out to an auto locksmith Belfast to check it out for you.

Is your lock damaged?

If, when you try to unlock your car, the car refuses to open, the problem might be with your car lock. If your car is a fairly recent model, you probably will never have this kind of issue as most new cars come with keyless entry remotes and key fobs. But if your car is an older model that requires opening the door with the key, this issue is quite possible. The lock gets spoilt over time after constant use, and in this case, the internal mechanism of your car lock may have worn down. Sometimes, it may be dirt or dust clogging up the lock, and all you have to do is clean the lock. In more extreme cases, an external collision could damage your car lock as well. The bottom line is if your car refuses to open, try and figure out whether the problem is with your lock.

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Is your key damaged?

If your car lock is not damaged, it is possible the key is damaged. A damaged key does not necessarily have to be a key that is broken into pieces. Your car key has grooves embedded on it which must correspond with the internal mechanism of your car lock or the ignition. If these grooves or any other element on the key have gone through some wear and tear, that key will not work. So, you need to pay attention to your key and if you do not know what to look for, an auto locksmith Belfast can take a look at your keys and give you a report on its current state.

Damaged Ignition Cylinder

The way it is possible for the internal mechanism of your car lock to be damaged, it is also possible for the internal mechanism or cylinder of the car ignition to be faulty if the car refuses to start. Get an auto locksmith Belfast to check it out for you as this is not something you can check by yourself.

Are your key fob batteries worn out?

If you drive a modern car that uses a Key fob or keyless entry remote, it is possible your key batteries have run out of juice. It is normal for batteries to run out after a certain period of use. This is a common issue, and it has a simple solution. Find new batteries and replace the old batteries with the new ones. You should be good to go afterward.

Is your Key Fob or Keyless Entry Remote Damaged Internally?

After replacing the batteries, if your keyless entry remote still does not unlock your car, then you have a much serious problem on your hands. The key fob works on the principle of communication between a transmitter and receiver. If any or both of these components are damaged, the car key will not work. The damage could be caused by frayed wires, dropping the key or even moisture. You need to have the key fob checked so you can ascertain what exactly is the problem with it. 

Is the key programmed?

This is another issue that may prevent you from being able to unlock your car. Usually, there is no need to pair traditional keys, but for transponder keys and keyless entry remotes, they have to be paired with the car for them to work. This hardly happens with keys that come with the car originally; it is more common with people who get duplicate car keys or replace their car key remotes. The new key has to be programmed to work with your car, and this fact is one that most people forget. An auto locksmith Belfast can do this.

Did you get aftermarket car keys?

When people are looking to replace their car keys, they go for cheaper options known as aftermarket car keys. Aftermarket car keys are usually not designed for your specific car model and brand, or they may not be fully programmed to work for your car. So, you may need to do some additional work on the key so it can be paired with your vehicle. If you buy an aftermarket key, do make sure all the programming and pairing work is done on it to avoid any future headaches.


Your car is useless without its key and if your car key refuses to work on a particular day, your activities for that day may be hampered. The points above are the most common reasons why your car key may not be working to either unlock or start your car. So, take your time to digest them keep them in mind and should you ever find yourself in such a situation, you would be able to do the necessary checks on your car’s components. And of course, to solve any car keys or lock problem in Belfast, you should not hesitate to get in touch with an auto locksmith Belfast to check it out for you instead of tampering with things and potentially causing further damage. You can get in touch with 24-hour Emergency Locksmith Belfast by calling 078 6652 2422.

Car Key Repairs Belfast

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Is your car key broken or damaged? Find out how to get Car Key Repairs Done In Belfast.

Having issues with your car keys will surely get you rattled a bit, and it is hard not to conclude or fear that your key is permanently damaged. Fortunately, there are some key problems that car key repairs Belfast can get fixed for you. You will not have to go through the stress of a car key replacement. As long as you do not try to force things, your car key should be back up in no time. Some of these issues include;

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Your car key is worn out.

Your car key got stuck in the ignition.

You are unable to start your car.

Your car key’s transponder chip is damaged or broken.

The key fob is damaged or broken.

Other than these issues, when going for car key repairs Belfast, you should make sure your Belfast locksmith can repair the following keys;

Standard car keys

Key fob Remote

Transponder keys

Motorcycle key

Van and Truck Keys, etc.

Even though there is a massive shift towards the use of electronic keys as technology is advancing, your car key repair locksmith will have to offer key programming as part of their services so they can deliver the best service to you. Imagine you have a car which is a recent model, and the key is faulty; then the locksmith is unable to fix it for you. Such a bummer, right? 24-hour Belfast Locksmith is a fully certified and well-trained locksmith that specializes in Car Key Repairs Belfast.

What are the common car key problems and how to fix them?

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Broken Key in the lock

A lot of car owners who have experienced this problem usually worsen the situation by pushing the broken part of the key further deeper into the lock. Some, who try to remove the broken segment out of the lock often end up damaging the entire locking mechanism. They would have prevented this if they had called a professional locksmith in the first place.

The job of a car key repairs Belfast specialist is to find solutions to things like this rather than escalating an already existing problem. Therefore, since you are not a professional, it is advised that you leave the problem for a specialist to fix. The task is a delicate one, and this is the more reason why you should contact a car key repairs Belfast Locksmith who specializes in the removal of broken keys. This way, you can be sure that the service you are receiving is a quality service.

Key won’t turn or is stuck in the Ignition.

Picture this; you want to drive out, you get into your car, insert the key into the ignition, and the key does not turn. You try to remove the key, but it does not budge either. Don’t sweat it, call a locksmith 

immediately so they can diagnose the problem. If it is a key problem, you might have to cut and reprogram another, but if it is an ignition problem, the ignition may need to be repaired or replaced depending on how damaged it is. Overall, this is not something beyond the skillset of a car key repairs Belfast specialist.

How to remove a broken car key out of the ignition

Of course, not everybody will have the patience to wait for a locksmith to come around to remove the broken key for them. There are some steps you can follow if you are confident you can pull this off.

First, clear off any form of obstruction from the lock. You can use compressed air to do this. Using spray cleaners can damage the ignition because of the harsh chemicals they contain.

Insert the key fragment that is with you back into the lock so it can join the other fragment inside the lock.

Slide straightened paperclips or stiff wire along both sides of the key. You have to bend the end of the straightened paperclips so that they can hold the broken fragment in place.

Keep the wire or straightened paperclip in the ignition then pull out the upper key fragment slowly.

Keep the fragment in-between the wires and pull out carefully.

How to remove a broken car key out of the door lock

Like the process of removing a broken car key from the ignition, you can remove a broken car key from the door lock as well. You should, however, note that you have to be careful and must know how to do this or else you might damage your car lock in the process.

Remove the broken upper part of the key from the lock. If the key is only partially broken, break it completely.

Use your thumb to rotate the lock to the “insert key” position.

Clean the lock and add some lubrication to make the key removal easier.

Buy a lock removal tool or get a long narrow object that has a small hook at one end.

Insert the tool and twist it towards the broken fragment inside the lock.

Carefully pull out the broken fragment until you can remove it with your hand.

Can you duplicate a broken key?

Yes, you can. Once you have removed the broken parts of the key from the ignition or lock, a locksmith can put the parts together to cut a brand new replacement key. The chip from the old key will then be removed and placed in the new key. This way, you will be able to unlock, lock and start your car normally.

Where can you repair key fobs?

A professional locksmith who specializes in car key repairs Belfast and full key programming can help in repairing your key fob. If your key fob is broken or damaged, you might be unable to have access to your car or even start the car. Therefore, it is important that you get the best car key repairs Belfast specialist to help you with issues like this.

Call 24-hour Belfast Locksmith on 078 6652 2422 whenever you get into fixes that have to do with your car key or lock.

How to deal with Burglaries

One of the most emotionally-draining things that a person can go through is a home or office burglary. Nobody should ever go through that, and whether it is a home burglary or office burglary, there is the potential to lose some of your belongings or properties. If you have never experienced a burglary before, you probably will not know what to do after realizing that you have been burgled. Apart from the loss from the burglary, experiencing a burglary can cause emotional issues. Before scheduling a locksmith Burglary Repairs Belfast, here is a guide on what to do for those who just experienced a burglary or if you want to be prepared.

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Imagine getting home from work, and you find out your home has been broken into or you go to your place of business and find out that it has been broken into. So, after you have called the police to report the burglary, you should also call someone close to you who you know and trust. You need all the support that you can get from friends and family, especially if you live alone. Find a way to calm yourself down then you can go ahead to check for other things.

The next thing to do is to call your credit and debit card provider to cancel them and check if your finances have been tampered with. Even if the cards were not stolen, the burglar could have written down the details to use them later to make internet purchases. Some websites do not require a security pin or code to make purchases.

When the police arrive

When the police arrive, they will want to know what property you have lost. If your phone was stolen and it has an anti-theft software installed on it, you need to tell them it is possible for you to track your phone. The police will then be able to help you with the tracking and possible retrieve the phone or even capture the burglar. The police will ask for a list of the missing items. This list will be useful when you move to the next step which is to contact your insurance provider. The police may give you pointers on how best to present your itinerary to your insurance provider. It will also help if you have receipts and model numbers of stolen items.

While you are focused on taking inventory of the things that were stolen in the burglary, you should also make sure you are taking full stock of your health state. Are you able to deal with the emotional stress of the burglary? According to government statistics, of the total number of people who have experienced a burglary, about 87 percent were affected emotionally. Of those 87 percent, 13 percent got depressed while 15 percent suffered from anxiety.


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Burglary Repairs Belfast

After you have followed all due protocols required under the law, the next thing you should do is figure out ways to prevent another burglary from occurring. You cannot pack your things and move out of the burgled property so; your only option is to beef up the security. This is where a locksmith burglary repairs Belfast comes in. You need to let a locksmith inspect and see where you had a lapse in security and give you solutions to fix it. 24-hour Belfast Locksmith can help you secure your home or business. If you want to repair or change your locks, repair your windows or doors, we can help with any or all of these. You have experienced one burglary, why don’t you make it harder for another burglar to break into your property? You can only do this by keeping your doors and windows more secure.

Some of our services include;

Lock replacement.

Lock repairs for damaged or broken locks.

Upgrading your window and door locks.

Provide you with insurance-approved locks and carrying out security surveys.

We are available every day, and in emergency situations, we have a 20 to 30-minute response time. So, we can get to wherever you are to provide you with immediate help. We also repair and replace locks. If you recently experienced a burglary, it would make sense to have a security survey which we can get done for you as well. For any damages done to your doors, windows, locks, and frames, you can get a locksmith burglary repairs Belfast such as 24 hours Belfast Locksmith at the scene within 30 minutes to carry out repairs of change locks if needed. We also provide security surveys to see if there are any further lapse in your security and if the property is secure enough. We will also teach you methods to make your property less attractive to potential burglars or thieves in the future.

In most burglar cases, the thieves usually damage the locks, doors or windows depending on their mode of entry and they leave them damaged like that. Damages like these have to be repaired as soon as possible, and this is why 24 hour Belfast Locksmith, an expert in burglary repairs Belfast exists.

To prevent a burglary from occurring another time, below are some tips to follow;

Know your surroundings: Get rid of trees and bushes close to your property so you can have a good view of every part of your property.

Think like a burglar: Sometimes, to defeat an opponent, you have to think like them. Identify the possible security breaches you have so that you can know where a burglar might get in through. Make the necessary changes as soon as you can by getting in touch with 24 hour Belfast Locksmith.

Keep your valuables strategically inside your property so that it will be difficult for outsiders to see them and also for a burglar to find them.

Be on the lookout always: Learn to keep an eye out; report all suspicious activities to your neighbors and the police.

It is better to find prevention than a cure. It is better if you prevent the burglary altogether instead of waiting for the robbery to happen before taking steps.

If you need further assistance with burglary prevention or locksmith burglary repairs Belfast, contact 24 hour Belfast Locksmith by calling 078 6652 2422.