PATIENCE and hand-eye co-ordination are two attributes essential to the making of a good locksmith, according to Lock Experts manager Peter Blake.
Having bought the family business 14 years ago, Mr Blake said he had seen spates of break-ins all before.
"It comes in waves.
"Younger ones grow up and start trying to break in; it's just kids looking for an opportunity," he said.
Mr Blake blames cheaper locks as a common security mistake.
"Your lock is only as strong as your door frame; they need to be fitted properly," he said.
In his time at Lock Experts Mr Blake has experienced the heart-wrenching to the downright humorous - babies locked in cars to people in toilets.
"My job is great because I can head anywhere and meet anyone; I have no idea where I will be," he said.
His favourite part of the job is automotive locksmithing, which has seen a rise in popularity in recent years.
"Most people don't know there is a chip inside their keys with plastic heads, and lose them when they drop their keys".
"We now have the technology to clone those chips, like that sheep," Mr Blake laughed.
Now using diagnostic scanners and transponder chips the face of locksmithing is always changing.
Locking Up: Keeping homes safe
- Plan to "burglarise" yourself. You'll discover any weaknesses in your security system that may have previously escaped your notice.
- Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time. Many burglars just come in through an unlocked door or window.
- Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house.
- For the most effective alarm system, conceal all wiring. A professional burglar looks for places where he or she can disconnect the security system.
- Your house should appear occupied at all times. Use timers to switch lights and radios on and off when you're not at home.