So, as a locksmith you not only help folks get into their properties but you sometimes have to help them get out. The last week has had 2 such jobs for me.
The first one was a homeowner locked in their house due to a mortice key partially snapping inside of the lock. This obviously rendered the lock unworkable from the inside of the house. To gain access allowing the occupants to exit the building entailed fishing out the broken piece of key, and then cutting a new key using the pieces I'd managed to recover from the lock. The guy who had been trapped in his own home was very relieved to have been freed. Also was quite surprised that I was able to cut a new key instead of having to replace the whole lock.!
One of my unwavering principles of locksmithing is that wherever I can fix a lock rather than replacing it (replacing a lock is often at a substantial cost), I will! At Key Change we are responsible locksmiths, we're not a 'fleece the customer' cowboy type of outfit!
The second 'lock in' was a poor soul locked in their bathroom, this actually happens much more than you'd think! The latch on the bathroom door failed while in the locked position and with the customer in there. Fortunately there was another person in the house who was able to call Key Change and off I popped to the rescue! It was a simple gain entry by bypassing the lock, then replacing the latch.