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5 Situations That Require a Professional Locksmith

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Brock's Lock & Key offers comprehensive locksmith services, from repair to new installations and emergencies. We provide auto locksmith services to fix your car door lock, rekey the ignition, make a duplicate, or address key fob issues. Our commercial and residential locksmiths also offer quality, expertise, and prompt services for small locks, safes, security systems, and lockouts. Here are five situations that require a professional locksmith:

1. Lost Key

Locksmiths are the professionals to call whenever you lose a key. At Brock's Lock & Key, we service master key systems and rekey, replace, and repair locks. If you lose a car key, our auto locksmith services can provide entry into the car so you can retrieve items. We can offer duplicates and install new locks if the keys are stolen or security is a concern. Our residential services include solutions for panic bars, gates, doors, cabinets, and safes. We also provide commercial solutions for storefronts, warehouses, offices, businesses, and other outlets.

2. New Lock Installation

If you need to install a new lock or security system, we recommend working with our experienced locksmiths. Brock's Lock & Key can handle all new lock installations for basic and advanced locks. Our locksmiths are trained to handle quality lock installations for doors, gates, garages, trunks, windows, and commercial outlets. We also install safes and handle lock replacements if you need security upgrades. Our locksmiths are readily available and have the experience required to install locks properly.

3. Forgotten Access Combinations

You're likely to hire a locksmith at some point if you use safes and security systems that combine keys with access codes. Such systems let you set and change access combinations, and you can forget the codes required to open the lock. If this happens, Brock's Lock & Key can help you change the combination, reset to older patterns, or recode the system. Our locksmiths are trained to resolve forgotten access combinations without exposing your security architecture.

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What Tools Does a Locksmith Use?

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Locksmiths specialize in installing, maintaining, and repairing locks and security systems. At Brock's Lock & Key, we use high-quality equipment to provide residential, commercial, and auto locksmith services with optimal client satisfaction. Here are some tools we use to offer reliable and efficient services:

Pick Sets 

We use picks to manipulate the pins inside a lock's keyway. Here are some common types of pick sets:

  • Hook picks: These help lift individual pins inside a lock. They're available in different shapes and sizes to allow us to open different types of locks.
  • Half diamond picks: These look like hook picks but with a triangular shape at the tip. They're ideal for single-pin picking but can also help open disk and wafer locks.
  • Rake picks: These are available in several variations: the snake rake, with an S-shaped tip; the wedge rake, with a W-shaped tip; the long rake, a longer version of the wedge rake; and the Bogota rake, a tip resembling hilly peaks. These picks can manipulate multiple pins at once to open locks quickly.
  • Ball picks: These have a circular or half-circular tip. They're ideal for auto locksmith services as they open wafer locks, usually found in car door locks and ignitions. 

Tension Wrench

We use tension wrenches to apply pressure to a lock's cylinder to keep it in place as the pins are moved. Tension wrenches are used simultaneously with picks to enhance the quick and efficient manipulation of a lock. 

Plug Spinner

We use a plug spinner when a lock has been picked incorrectly or a key has been broken off in the lock. This tool helps to spin the lock plug in the opposite direction than what is usually required to unlock it. This allows us to reset the pins and open the lock without damaging it.

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The Future of Automotive Locksmithing

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Whether you're going on a long road trip or just driving to the gym, automotive security helps protect your valuables from theft. While automotive security is useful, the same technology that protects your valuables can work against you if you lose your key or lock it inside your car. As vehicle quality and security standards continue to improve, auto locksmith services are also evolving and updating their practices. At Brock's Lock & Key, we are committed to providing services that align with best practices in the automotive locksmithing industry.

Here is information about recent and future developments in automotive locksmithing technology and how our services can help:

Recent Changes in Auto Locksmith Services

Standard auto locksmith services include making copies of keys, repairing broken keys, and extracting keys that have broken inside locks or ignitions. As security technology has changed, automotive locksmithing has changed along with it.

One significant change in automotive security technology was the invention of the transponder key (or microchip key) in 1985. Although the technology has been around for a while, transponder keys have only recently become a standard for vehicles. Transponder keys look like regular keys, but they have a microchip installed that communicates with the car. A standard copy of a transponder key will not work to start the car unless a programmed microchip is present.

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Brock's Lock & Key Our Auto Services

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You may not have been in a situation where you needed an auto locksmith yet, but you want to know who to call if it happens. Brock’s Lock & Key provides locksmith services when you are locked out of your vehicle. If you need locksmith assistance, contact our team.

Help Right When You Need It

Getting locked out of your vehicle can happen to anyone, but it’s never a good situation to be in. If you get in a situation where you cannot open or start your vehicle, we are happy to help. Our locksmiths are trained to quickly open your vehicle using top-quality tools.

Brock’s Lock & Key is here to take care of you with just one phone call. We have the equipment to replace most missing keys for your vehicle, as well as motorcycles, RVs, boats, and even heavy equipment.

When You Have a Broken Key

If you break your key inside the door lock, you don't need to worry. A locksmith will extract the broken key and replace it with a new one. Don't try to extract the broken key on your own. That could cause more damage to the lock.

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Killeen, Texas 76541
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