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The History of the Locksmith

Tuesday, 24 September 2013  |  OLS Staffer

The History Of The Locksmith

 by Baruch

Medieval LocksmithOf course one of the priorities is to get the best locksmith available for the money you are willing to spend, but having a little insight into the background of the trade will give you an appreciation for it. 

The word locksmith was actually derived from the medieval term blacksmith and as that trade evolved through the middle ages, it became more and more important for locksmiths to understand the workings of locks as well as the armor they were used to making for knights ready to go into battle.

However, it wasn’t until the 1900s generally and more specifically the 1930s that at the trade of being a locksmith actually began to come into its own with the increased crime that was prevalent in a more modern society. As the trade grew in importance with the onset of WWII so did some of the controversy surrounding it. The knowledge that locksmiths had pertaining to how everyday people locked their homes fell under some suspicion in certain segments of society. There was much debate in that era as to whether the locksmith’s knowledge should become public or stay in the private domain. 

From past to present day, locksmiths have always been an important part of keeping homeowners and business people safe and secure and with the advent of the Internet, there are more choices than ever before when the average homeowner sets out to find one of these professionals.

Narrowing down the choices you have is one of the first steps that you’ll need to take to make sure the locksmith that you are considering is the right one that meets your needs. Take a look at their emergency services and make sure that their response times offered are quick and also cover your geographic location. Many people make the mistake of shopping for one of these companies on the Internet but not being sure by double checking whether the firm that seems to have the best prices and services also works in the area they reside in.

It’s good to have a history of the locksmith you’re looking at under your belt, but you need to be sure the one you’re considering has all of the latest innovations as well. Deadbolts and latches are standard fare for these professionals but you need to look for electronic surveillance in this modern world as well that can cover the area around your property with video camera surveillance. 

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