Well, 2020 has undoubtedly been one of the most tumultuous and unprecedented years in recent memory. This time last year, I couldn’t have imagined donning a face mask to visit customers requiring my Hampshire-based locksmith services.
As I’ve been reflecting over the past year, it gave me the idea to let you in on what the day in the life of a Fareham locksmith looks like. It’s probably that it’s not quite as you imagined…
The Day in the Life of Nick the Locksmith
The thing about being a locksmith is that nothing is predictable. One moment I am called to assess a door that just won’t close. The next I’m hurrying over to help out someone who’s locked themselves out in an emergency.
I also spend time helping customers with dodgy door locks that only sometimes work or windows with mechanisms that don’t allow them to open correctly. Sometimes it’s the opposite issue, whereby a lack of window locks make a customer’s home an easy target to any would-be burglars. I also perform home visits for customers looking for an assessment as to how and where locks and security systems should be improved.
These are just a few of the tasks I find myself doing on a daily basis, but in many ways, that’s just the start when it comes to the variety of tasks I undertake.
If You Need Locksmith Services in Hampshire, I’m Your Man!
Yes, the majority of my customers are indeed homeowners. Still, I regularly find myself attending call outs for small businesses or commercial premises,
It could be that there has been a break-in at a local corner shop via a snapped lock, or perhaps an office complex has a fire escape door that just won’t shut properly thanks to a faulty mechanism.
In short, it doesn’t matter who or what you are, if you need locksmith services in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, or beyond, I’m just a phone call away. Speaking of which, some phone calls are so bizarre that, no matter how busy you are, you just have to schedule a visit out of curiosity.
The Curious Case of the Church and the Donation Box
One morning I received a call from a church (we won’t divulge any names here). Father John (again, not his real name) informed me that he couldn’t open his donation box, despite being absolutely sure he had the correct key (he’d used it weekly for years). Intrigued, I informed him that I could get it open for him no problem, and set off at my earliest convenience to start my investigation.
When I arrived, I was not faced with what I was expecting. On the drive over, I had imagined that the donation box was going to be of an old-fashioned wooden design. However, when I arrived, I soon discovered that it was actually a metal letterbox-style faceplate which was built into the church wall. It had one key way and one money slot.
Obviously, I tried the key (I had to be sure), but to no avail. A lock malfunction seemed the most likely explanation. But before I headed back to my van to fetch my tools, I decided I would take a closer look to see if I could spot anything unusual. It took a few seconds, but then I saw it, a piece of metal right at the end of the mechanism, stopping it from functioning with the correct key.
I managed to manoeuvre it out of the lock, and lo and behold; it wasn’t just a piece of scrap metal that has somehow weaselled itself into the lock, it was the end of a snapped key! Had someone attempted to use the wrong key to steal the donations? Or had there been a genuine mistake? I left that up to Father John to ponder.
But it just goes to show that I often don’t know what job is just around the corner. Whether it’s saving stranded locked-out homeowners or uncovering the answer to a mystery locked church donation box refusing to open for the correct key, the fun never stops!
Call Securit Locks and Keys for Competitively-Priced Hampshire Locksmith Services
No matter whether you are an individual or a business, if you need the help of a locksmith in Hampshire, don’t hesitate to give me a call any time from 8 am to midnight. For scheduled work, you can contact me to ask for a competitively-priced quote. Or, in the case of emergency, simply call the emergency number listed above.
Even if you just need some advice regarding your locks or security arrangements, I’m only a phone call away, and I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your security and locks. Call me (Nick) today on 07305 695963.