The Best Locksmiths in Canberra

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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.

  1. Ensure the locksmith runs a registered business through the Australian Business Registration website.
  2. Confirm that the locksmith holds a Security Employee licence on the Access Canberra website.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Class Locksmiths

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!”

Advance Locksmiths

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.”

Night and Day Locksmiths

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.”

ASI Locksmiths

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 Locksmiths

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

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on locksmiths in Canberra. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the locksmiths listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know whether a locksmith is qualified?
Qualified locksmiths hold a Certificate III in Engineering Mechanical Trade (Locksmith) and have completed a four-year locksmith apprenticeship. To practise their trade locksmiths are also required to hold a security licence.
Do locksmiths need to be licenced?
This requirement varies by state however in Canberra, locksmiths are required to hold a state government issued Security Employee Licence, which is generally a Class 2 categorisation. You can check their licence number on Access Canberra's website.
What does a locksmith charge for an emergency lock-out call?
Whilst the price charged varies depending on time of day, day of week, and distance travelled, expect to pay between $150-$350 for an emergency lock-out call. Any parts or products such as new keys are typically an additional charge.
Is it cheaper to rekey or replace locks?
On most occasions it is much more affordable to rekey existing locks. This is due to the price of key pins in the locks themselves, which tends to be cheaper than replacing and fitting a new lock.
Can a locksmith make a key without the original?
Yes, in most cases locksmiths can make keys without the original and the method used depends on the type of lock and whether it is fixed or not.

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jason_marsh jason_marsh 9:12 pm 16 Feb 16

Hi Bennop,

We also got deadbolt locks installed recently for the ensuite. We wanted some one reliable to do the job, We checked out the Master Locksmith Association and got few quotes from local locksmith.
Ended up http://www.highsecuritylocksmiths.com.au – Have got them bookmarked as well

We recently purchased the CCTV from Aldi, not the best but does the trick.

cranky cranky 8:03 pm 24 Jul 15

The question of locksmiths has been canvassed previously on this site.

You may wish to do some research. There are some unsavourable operators out there.

zllauh zllauh 4:42 pm 24 Jul 15

interestingness said :

Canberra Locksmiths in Phillip have handled every strange request I’ve ever thrown their way. Highly recommended.

+1

interestingness interestingness 6:51 pm 23 Jul 15

Canberra Locksmiths in Phillip have handled every strange request I’ve ever thrown their way. Highly recommended.

greyhaired33yo greyhaired33yo 12:47 pm 23 Jul 15

Googong Locksmiths 0408 004 916.

Jason is great – turned up really quickly when I locked myself out and also gave me advice on the weaker points of security in my house. He does installations as well and won’t sell you stuff you don’t need.

Sandman Sandman 4:37 pm 18 Jul 15

Any competent Handyman should be able to install a deadbolt. As stated earlier though, a deadbolt on an internal door won’t be particularly effective due to the weaker door and doorframe. Go for a doggy door or find another alternative to letting the dog access the laundry.

JC JC 10:50 am 18 Jul 15

Bennop said :

JC said :

Hopefully a good one will tell you you are wasting your time.

Internal doors and frames are not really strong enough to justify deadbolts on them. One kick and the door will be open thus defeating the deadbolt function.

If all you are tyring to do is keep others (like borders) out of some rooms you would be better off financially with just some standard key locks and if you really need dead bolts you need to replace the door and frame with something more substantial.

Thanks recommenders.

And thanks for the info JC, I will keep that in mind and may modify my plans. I am actually trying to allow our new puppy to be able to access the laundry whilst we are at work- thus leaving the backdoor open, but wanting to lock the internal laundry door that connects to the rest of house.

Thoughts on doggy doors anyone?

Ah, was wondering if you might have a grow house going there! Just joking.

But another thing to think about now you have explained what you are trying to do, is the laundry door will more than likely open into the laundry, which makes what you are trying to do even harder.

The reason being is your hinges will be inside the laundry on the ‘unsecure’ side, so even with a dead lock anyone who can get into the laundry will be able to just pop the pins on the hinges and pull the door off.

So you really need to ensure if they have popable pins (95% chance I reckon) you change them to hinges that have fixed pins.

Alternatively cannot think of the name of them off the top of my head, but you can get some things that look like pins that mount to the hinge side of your door frame that go into holes in the frame. Basically if the door is shut you cannot remove hinges and pull the door off. Though again you need a door that is a bit more solid than the average internal door to take these.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:22 am 17 Jul 15

Try CLASS in Fyshwick if they can’t do it, they’ll be able to recommend someone who can.

Bennop Bennop 11:00 am 17 Jul 15

JC said :

Hopefully a good one will tell you you are wasting your time.

Internal doors and frames are not really strong enough to justify deadbolts on them. One kick and the door will be open thus defeating the deadbolt function.

If all you are tyring to do is keep others (like borders) out of some rooms you would be better off financially with just some standard key locks and if you really need dead bolts you need to replace the door and frame with something more substantial.

Thanks recommenders.

And thanks for the info JC, I will keep that in mind and may modify my plans. I am actually trying to allow our new puppy to be able to access the laundry whilst we are at work- thus leaving the backdoor open, but wanting to lock the internal laundry door that connects to the rest of house.

Thoughts on doggy doors anyone?

JC JC 10:42 am 17 Jul 15

Hopefully a good one will tell you you are wasting your time.

Internal doors and frames are not really strong enough to justify deadbolts on them. One kick and the door will be open thus defeating the deadbolt function.

If all you are tyring to do is keep others (like borders) out of some rooms you would be better off financially with just some standard key locks and if you really need dead bolts you need to replace the door and frame with something more substantial.

sbugden sbugden 10:27 am 17 Jul 15

Ryan French from FROGS LOCKS will look after you.Good prices and great service. 0434 811 166.

Whitepointer Whitepointer 10:21 am 17 Jul 15

ASI Locksmiths in Belconnen are very good.

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