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Locked out? Need emergency assistance? Or maybe you’d like your locks changed, or a full security system installed. Either way, you’ll need a top-quality locksmith that services the Canberra region.

With the help of your real-life experiences, we’ve put together a list of the best five locksmiths in Canberra. These companies can help you out in an urgent situation, and safeguard your home against unwelcome visitors.

If you know of a reliable locksmith, join the conversation below. Your feedback could help us make the best possible choice.

What Makes a Great Locksmith?

Most of us don’t require the services of a locksmith very often, but when we do, we want a high-quality service at a fair price.

What exactly makes the greatest locksmiths stand out from their competitors? Here’s what we think:

  • Expertise. The locksmith industry is fairly niche, and requires quite a bit of expertise to perform correctly. The best locksmiths know exactly what they are doing, whether they are working with residential or commercial customers.
  • Prompt. If you’ve locked yourself out of your home or office, you’ll need the help of a skilled locksmith as soon as possible. The best locksmiths in Canberra provide prompt emergency services that get you back inside sooner rather than later.
  • Experience. Years and years of on-the-job experience gives the best locksmiths their edge.
  • Reliable. As with all service providers, reliability is an absolute must. A good locksmith should turn up on time, every time. If they do need to cancel your appointment, they should give you plenty of notice.
  • Respectful. When we hire a locksmith, we invite them into our home or commercial premises. They should treat your space with the upmost respect, and should clean up any mess their services make.

The Top 5 Canberra Locksmiths According to You

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 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.

Advance Locksmiths

Ran by owner John Gough who has been in the locksmith business for over 26 years, they service the entire Canberra. They can do master key systems, rekey locks, repair locks, fit keys and supply and fit deadlocks. They’ve also received some good online reviews like “We had problems with our rental house, John came ASAP, re keyed all our locks for a good price, we were very happy with his work and professionalism.” (Royale Hardin, Google).

Superior Locks

Covering all suburbs in Canberra and surrounding regions, they do everything from safe locks, keypad door locks, replacing car keys and remotes, to mailbox locks, sliding door and window locks and rekeying and lock servicing. They also provide 24/7 emergency services. Peter said in his Google review “I found Josh extremely friendly and professional the first time he cut my car key. He was the cheapest when I needed a spare car key cut…

API Locksmiths

Located in Fyshwick, they’re considered Australia’s largest 24hr emergency locksmith operating nationally with offices in most other major cities around Australia. They provide round-the-clock emergency assistance, and can also help with automotive keys and lock-outs, master key systems, school locker locks, safes and alarm systems, CCTV systems, alarm monitoring and electronic keying.

ASI Locksmiths

Based in Belconnen, they’ve been around since 1978, have a large fleet of cars that can provide 24/7 emergency assistance, and are set up to help residential, commercial and government clients. They can help with things like master keys, car keys and remotes, safes and electronic security systems. Rioter Whitepointer said “ASI Locksmiths in Belconnen are very good”, and they’ve also received loads of positive reviews on Google and Facebook.

Essex Locksmiths

Specialising in commercial and high security installations of lock hardware, they’ve worked with various Government departments, large corporations, medium and small commercial enterprises, educational, medical and other clients, and are experienced working with electric strikes, electric locks, magna locks, access control, restricted key systems and servicing of vaults, safes and B Class containers among other things.

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra locksmiths.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based locksmiths? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?

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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 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 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 6:51 pm 23 Jul 15

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 10:27 am 17 Jul 15

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

Whitepointer 10:21 am 17 Jul 15

ASI Locksmiths in Belconnen are very good.

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