Recently I was called out to a job where the door in question was improperly mortised out for the bolt. The level of craftsmanship seemed very poor. The bolt did not line up with the strike. The customer told me that he had to lift up on the door in order to even throw the bolt. It was a combination of poorly chosen, unsharpened tools wielded with some inexperience. I removed the faceplate that was putting pressure on the bolt, removed the uneven material beneath it and corrected it to function properly.
Reflecting on what I encountered, I realized that perhaps all professionals may find themselves in a position of inexperience or caught with improper tools at one time or another. In those times, a humble attitude and willingness to put the extra time and money into doing a job properly can make all the difference. There has to be a commitment to retain pride in one's work. This should remain even in times like these; when many industries are tempted to cut corners and not keep up on their training or tool maintenance. So be savvy in choosing a professional for your next job. Look for their sticker on other buildings. Check out what sort of work each company claims as their own: it should be something of which they can be proud.
This would never work in other applications. A professional would never set up a computer network for a customer and fail to install an adequate system of cyber protection. A dentist would never recommend you not bother brushing since the cavities will get in anyway. It would seem criminal for them to do so!
And yet this sort of thing happens in residential and commercial building security all the time. Advice is given without an understanding of break-and-entry technique, hardware is installed that is easily compromised and no long term solutions are given the customer without a monthly price tag.
My advice? Deal with Locksmiths or security professionals who take the time to fully survey your property to find the best solution for you. Set aside a portion of your home or business budget for external security as well as monitoring. You should be offered options and be given a full explanation of particular risks to your building. There should be self-monitoring systems with no monthly fee offered you as well as barrier suggestions regarding your premesis.
You’ll be surprised how much you can save in the long run and actually retain greater control of your property.
Just a word of caution. When you google "Cheap locksmith" along with your local location, you will find a very promising Locksmith site offering immediate service, a first time customer discount and most likely some sort of "Call Now!" command. If you do happen to call, don't fall for "15$ Service Call" bait. The reality is that these companies hire dispatchers from remote locations to schedule your service, send non-licensed, untrained "technicians" to your site and will most likely charge you much more than needed. It is not only that these companies are competition for legitimate Locksmiths, but that the blatant strategy of deceiving people in such a way is highly unprofessional and taints the whole industry. You can read more at the PLAA website. www.plaa.org/alberta-locksmiths.html
Professional Locksmith Manager and Administrator