James Locksmith Cardiff

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24 hr Emergency Locksmith Cardiff Services

We Do Not Break In, We Gain Entry For The Client

Different Types of Locks - Locksmith Cardiff

Mortice Locks - Locksmith Cardiff 

Found on wood doors known as the bottom lock, we specialise in picking most mortice locks and also can use destructive methods of entry. These sometimes can fail when the curtain which retracts the bolt gets worn away and fails to do its job. Mortice Locks which are British standard will have 5 leavers in side. The Leavers can differ in design dependant on make and models. Leavers of the Mortice Lock are what makes it unique and unworkable by other keys as they range in different patterns they also contain false notches in them which makes it very hard and in some cases impossible to be opened from picking which only skilled locksmith with good knowledge are able to open them using specialist tools. Our locksmith service can also offer you a service at decoding the lock and then making you a new key if ever the key had been lost to your mortice lock.

Rim Cylinder - Locksmith Cardiff

Can also be known as the Yale Lock. These are mainly found on wood doors and are classed as the top lock, also used on aluminium shop doors. When these locks are fitted to aluminium doors they are classed as a Mortise Rim Cylinder due to the leaver on the back of the lock, which operates the locking mechanism inside the door which the Mortise Rim Cylinder is fitted to. Mortise Rim Cylinders are screwed into the mechanism then held stiff in its correct position from securing a grub screw through the mechanism into the Mortise Rim Cylinder. Rim Cylinders locks do not regularly fail but often keys are snapped inside which are caused from copied keys which are made of a cheaper material. Like all locks James from James Cardiff Locksmith has had plenty of practise opening these locks when keys have been lost, stolen and even when this lock has failed to open with the correct key.

Euro/Oval cylinders - Locksmith Cardiff

These locks are mainly found on PVC and Composite doors. They are the most commonly used locks of today. Dependent on security, price and make, these locks can offer medium to very high security. The locks offering the highest security can even make it difficult for an experienced locksmith to gain entry. They come in a range of different sizes which can suit all doors.  You can have ones with thumb turns on the back of them if you wish to have this mechanism which doesn't require key operation from in side the house. You can also get ones which are specially adapted for schools and other public places which can be locked and un-locked from the outside but only unlocked from the inside in case a pupil was locked in and the reason for no locking from the inside is due just incase the pupil wanted to lock someone out of the classroom which the lock wouldn't allow which gives ultimate security.

UPVC - Locksmith Cardiff

The most common known door in Cardiff and surrounding areas. This is one of many areas we specialise in. The downfall to these doors is after years the door eventually drops down, then more pressure is needed to lock and unlock the door. This then damages the system. From a simple adjustment to the door hinges and receivers which would cost a cheap call out adjustment, now costs a whole new mechanism and fitting charge. These doors are very cost effective though as they hardly ever require much maintenance as they don't need to be painted every year due to stop them rotting and come the winter months they don't swell up which won't allow them to close.

If you feel your door is harder to lock and unlock give your local locksmith James in Cardiff a ring before it's too late. 

High Security Locks - Locksmith Cardiff

High Security Locks do exactly what they state. They are locks which offer higher levels of security. Often these locks are found on commercial buildings rather than your average domestic property. James your general and auto locksmith has experience in fitting and unlocking of these locks which made to high levels of security.

Tubular Locks - Locksmith Cardiff

Tubular locks are a round circular lock with pins running around in a circle with a round key needed with cuts at different depths which puts the pins in there correct opening sheer line position. A leaver on the back of the lock operates the opening and locking of the door. Tubular locks can be found on various items which need securing, such as cash machines, bandit machines, safes, and many other interior and external locking cases. James Cardiff Locksmith can offer services to open these type of locks which we can also offer a 24hr emergency locksmith opening service for. These locks often have 7 pins but on some occasions were a higher level of security is needed they can have 8 or even 9.

Auto Locksmith - Car Locksmith Cardiff

As we hold one of the best skills of locksmith through Cardiff our services just don't stop like many other locksmith just at opening shut slammed doors. When you are locked out of your Car or Automobile in Cardiff and many of the surrounding areas such as Barry, Penarth, Newport and Bridgend we can get you back in Safely within the shortest amount of time possible. 

As we are an independent company in Cardiff our prices are standard and don't give unrealistic prices like other larger national firms. James Cardiff Locksmith is able and has got the knowledge of opening 100% of vehicles when the keys has been locked inside. Yes that is correct 100%. Here at James Cardiff Locksmith we have put a lot of time and effort into the practice of opening different locks on every vehicle within the U.K. This makes it possible for every emergency callout we attend which keys have been locked inside of the vehicle to be on there way with 100% success rate from James Cardiff Locksmith your local Emergency Locksmith in Cardiff.

Dead Lock And Slam Lock Fitting 

Here at James Cardiff Locksmith we offer the fitting of Deadlock and Slam Locks to all commercial Vehicle. This is a large step in upholding vehicle security one that all our locksmiths here feel confident that fitting of these locks will give everyone who haves them installed peace of mind knowinth there belongs are in a safer position. 


James Cardiff Locksmith has recently moved into the installation and setup of cctv Cameras and dvr systems for commercial and residential properties. A typical installation takes James your Locksmith and security specialist around 4 hours to wire up a typical 4 channel cctv system. We are able to talk you through all desired installions and can provide a Camera System of up to 16 channels 

Assumptions Of A Locksmith 

For some strange reason people often refer to locksmiths as people who just open locked doors and changes locks when needed. As much as this is true James your Cardiff Locksmith does far more than the general requirements of standard locksmiths. One thing which people don't think locksmiths do is Cut keys or make duplicate copies. Locksmiths can cut keys and because many of them hold mobile key cutting equipment they are able to make sure the key actually works unlike your local hardware shop. 

We take key cutting to the next level as when we attend lockouts to certain locking devices we are able to unlock the door by decoding the locking system then make up a pattern key from high graded steel to then make duplicate copies of the patterned decoded key which we give to yourself as a new key. James Cardiff Locksmith are also able to use the same lock on occasions with the same leavers inside just mixing up the order and then make you a new keys from the new order. So you would keep the same lock just with a different key leaver set this gives you security that if your key was found they would no longer work in your lock, Which would also :

  • Give you a cheaper price on materials as you don't require a new lock just labour and 2 keys cut 
  • Can be done 24 hrs a day 
  • Is of the same dimensions as your lock no need to chissel out of any material
  • Locksmith only needs to attend once as using the same lock which won't run bill up further for time


Why Locksmith Still Charge Even If We Aren't The Ones to Open The Door

If you need a locksmith in Cardiff whether it is us James Cardiff Locksmith or any other 24hr emergency locksmith in Cardiff one thing which we all hate is you ringing us, then us getting with your self or near to were the address you have given us and you no longer needing one of our emergency locksmith services. In theses instances partial, of the over the phone quote is still payable which is normally 50% of the quote. You may feel this maybe unfair and slightly like we are ripping you off. What you should remember though is that if it is late in the night you may have woken us up and we had started to travel to get with your self.  Even though we are a 24 hr locksmith service we still have to sleep and are just like any other human being.  When we start traveling to your address this is our time and our fuel which we will have to pay for this is why a charge is made to your self. Most emergency lockouts takes us between 10-20 mins to open the door. Each average drive to the majority of properties in Cardiff from out destination takes on average 15 mins each way 30 mins transport time in total. It would be fair to say that the most time taken on most 24hr emergency lockouts is traveling this is why James Cardiff Locksmith, Your 24hr Locksmith in Cardiff still charges when no actual entry tactic has been used to gain entry but has started traveling. We recommend that before you phone for a emergency locksmith you should always exhaust every other option which you are capable of :-

  • Think of someone that may have a spare key even if its late in night I'm sure they understand.
  • Check all  your windows there may be one which you may have left unlocked.
  • Check your back door you may have left it unlocked.
  • If someone had posted your keys through a simple magnet on a pole may be able to pick them up. 
  • If you have slim arms they maybe enough to grab the handle. 

Locksmith - Lock Out Insurance

Why not subscribe to a years subscription of James Cardiff's Locksmith. which would give you 24 hour insurance for lockouts this could essentially save you hundreds of pounds if find your self locked out more than once in the years superscription. it only costs £70 a year which would give 3 free callouts 2 locks on any door opened one callout. just lock cost opening. so have two roughly average £140.Our locksmith lockout emergency service is available to general public and maximum call us now 07967725135 sign up our service. tendency getting residents who live cardiff we know are able be with selfs short amount time. The Insurance just don't cover the person taking out the insurance but the actual premises of house this means any one living in the property can call the emergency 24 hour locksmith and access the insurance with nocharge.Locksmiths in Cardiff, the independent Cardiff Locksmiths

News of Some Recent Locksmith Jobs

1.3.2019  - James Cardiff Locksmith attended a emergency callout as a gentleman had lost his keys to his Peugeot 107. As this car in particular can take a long time to re-program and only expert locksmiths can undertake this lost keys situation. We booked the job for the replacement key for the following morning as expected time to make this Car Key Replacement was around 5 hours. This job took our Car / Auto locksmith the complete 5 hours to complete the key replacement and another happy customer was achieved from our friendly locksmith service