Found yourself in a lock-out emergency in Manuka? Need to re-key some locks in Bruce, or plan an entire security system for a newly built home in Taylor?
When it comes to selecting a locksmith in Canberra, chances are you will want the best that your money can buy. After all, one’s home is one’s castle; and this old adage holds true for all property great and small.
For many, good security is a basic need going well beyond a front door deadlock. The task of selecting, installing, and maintaining safes or locks is best placed with the professionals. This is where an experienced, skilled, and dependable locksmith comes into play.
Whether your locksmithing needs are for residential or commercial; finding the right locally licenced technician, who is ethical and affordable can be a mission.
Fortunately, we have handpicked the best Canberra locksmiths so read on below to find one that suits you!
What makes a great locksmith?
Great locksmiths are equipped to handle any locksmithing need; available around the clock, and efficiently execute their work with skilled finesse.
When searching for a locksmith in Canberra we suggest considering the following:
- Qualified, Licenced and Insured. When seeking a locksmith trade qualifications and appropriate licencing should be at the top of your list. The best locksmiths are highly skilled completing years of formal training on the craft. Locksmith operators in Canberra also require a state government issued security licence and respective police checks in order to do business. Finally, ensure they are professionally insured.
- Industry Accreditation. A great way to assess your shortlisted locksmiths is check on their industry accreditation. The Master Locksmiths Association Australia is the core industry body; and membership indicates that your trade is not only qualified, licenced and insured – but also adheres to strict ethical standards governing practise.
- Quality Workmanship. While selecting an appropriate locksmith seek one that delivers not only impeccable workmanship, but one that also uses high quality products and fittings. Loosely fitted, second-rate locks defeat the purpose of having them there in the first place. Great locksmiths will offer guarantees on not only their products, but also their work.
- Professional and Ethical. The best locksmiths conduct their business as professionally and expertly as the craft itself. With integrity in the security industry being so vital, seek a locksmith with glowing past customer reviews that point to their approach and demeanour. Not only does a level head diffuse potentially stressful lockout situations; high ethical standards ensures peace of mind over the security of oneself – and ones belongings.
- Agile Service Delivery. Regardless of whether your locksmithing needs are planned or based on an emergency seek one that has a fantastic track record in punctuality, and prompt execution.
Important essentials to check before engaging a locksmith
To ensure quality and professionalism a couple of minutes spent checking the following will help to give you peace of mind; and ensure you avoid a dodgy locksmith.
- Ensure the locksmith runs a registered business through the Australian Business Registration website.
- Confirm that the locksmith holds a Security Employee licence on the Access Canberra website.
- Check that the locksmith is professionally insured with public liability insurance. For larger jobs it wouldn’t hurt to request of proof of this before commencement.
- Enquire as to whether they are members of the Master Locksmiths Association Australia.
The best locksmiths in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.
ACT Mobile Locksmith provides fast and reliable service Canberra wide.
Purely mobile, this business is a member of Master Locksmiths and holds a Canberra Master Security licence, ensuring a professional guarantee with all work. The team operates from a fully equipped mobile workshop, which means low overheads and better prices.
ACT Mobile Locksmiths carries a complete range of locking hardware to get most jobs, large and small, done on the spot. Services include key cutting, lock installations, lock service and repair, lock re-keying, lock opening and master key systems. The business is also expert in planning and installing master key systems.
A locally owned family business, ACT Mobile Locksmiths was established in 2020 by Brandon Hart, who has over a decade of experience providing locksmithing services to thousands of clients.
Free, no-obligation quotes are available.
As Thomas Reaston wrote on Google, “Highly professional and did all work quoted to a very high standard. Would definitely recommend for any locksmith jobs.”
Located in Wanniassa, they provide automotive, commercial and residential services, key-cutting for your home, car or restricted key systems, and also stock garage and car remotes. They also provide a 24-hour mobile service in case of an emergency. Sue Field had a good experience with them, commenting in her Google review “First time use of an emergency locksmith & Paul was awesome! Prompt, polite & precise. Would definitely recommend.”
With over thirty years’ experience Class Locksmiths are known as Canberra’s complete lock and safe service experts. Offering and installing an extensive range of lock and safe products, Class Locksmiths master locksmith team also provide maintenance and repair services.
With a specialisation in master key systems, Class Locksmiths cater to commercial and residential clientele alike. Their mobile service fleet also provides round the clock emergency assistance from their experienced, qualified, and fully licensed team of locksmiths.
Ash Thomas had this to say on Google, “I was pleasantly surprised with the high-level of customer service I received from Class Locksmiths. Really great communication, friendly, and excellent quality work. I’ll definitely be using again – would recommend!”
Family-owned and all-hours, Night and Day Locksmiths have over 35 years’ experience in the Canberra region.
Fully licensed and professionally accredited they specialise in commercial locksmithing services, offering expert advice about the best business security measures available. This commercial focus includes comprehensive real estate and strata management security solutions
Night and Day Locksmiths also provide residential and emergency locksmith services including lock installations and changes, as well as solving all manner of lock out problems.
As Max Koulavkov wrote Google, “Highly recommended, fast response time and very friendly. Got me out of my predicament, thanks again guys.”
Business owner John Gough has been independently operating as a mobile locksmith in Canberra and surrounds for 30 years. The highly personalised one-to-one nature of his service delivery is well regarded by past customers, who attest to his motto “Try us and you’ll be pleasantly surprised”.
Qualified, experienced, and a member of the Master Locksmiths Association, Advance Locksmiths offers a wide range of services across both residential and commercial including restricted keying systems and master locksmith access keys.
Philip Bywaters shared this wonderful feedback on Google, “Very happy with the installation and communication throughout. John was superb at making himself available for us.”
ASI Locksmiths are locally owned company servicing domestic, commercial, and government security needs in the Canberra region for over forty years. Their extensive industry background is backed by an incredibly professional team with in-depth knowledge on all locksmithing needs.
ASI Locksmiths specialise in automotive services and have an innate knowledge of the latest transponder systems through to the classics. This expertise is supported by cutting edge technology and equipment.
Helen Trembearth shared her experience with ASI Locksmiths on Google, “I had a great experience with ASI. Attendance was prompt, service friendly and very efficient. Will recommend ASI to my friends and colleagues.”
Canberra Safe Crackers is a small family business offering a number of services, ranging from opening and repairing safes, re-keying your house, to emergency lockouts of houses, apartments and more. The team at Canberra Safe Crackers is fully insured, licensed and industry qualified, and provide first-rate services at an unbeatable low price.
As happy customer Lucy Templeton wrote in a Google review, “My husband and I were really happy with how quick and professional Chris was. He told us a time he’d arrive and he stuck to it. He really knew his stuff. I’d highly recommend!”
As the regions first local locksmithing business and now with over half a centuries experience; Canberra Locksmiths have been flawlessly servicing Canberra and surrounds for end-to-end locksmithing needs.
Their expertly trained, fully licensed and industry certified team cater to all markets from residential, to commercial, government, and automotive.
Equipped with the latest state of the art products, tools, key-cutting machines and equipment; Canberra Locksmiths are renowned for their seamless execution of expert locksmith solutions.
As Denise Collins wrote on Google, “I rang 3 different locksmiths, Canberra Locksmiths welcomed my enquiry, were very pleasant, helpful, and willing to assist. Where the others started with very expensive fees to look at the problem, these guys were happy to have a look and then quote. Best bit, successfully opened safe & supplied the needed new key for a fraction of the cost the others quoted just to look.”
If you’re looking for more specialised security services check out article on the best security companies and alarm monitoring systems in Canberra.
Your experience with locksmiths in Canberra
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