What is non-destructive entry?

Locksmiths are generally called out to a home or business due to: being locked out, either keys have been left inside or lost. The normal way of gaining entry to the building without causing damage is by lock picking method known as non-destructive entry.

Non-destructive entry [NDE] is entry cost locks via manipulation [lock picking] or bypassing, without causing any impact physically to doors, keeps or locks. The policy at KeyChange locksmiths [unless the customer requests] is to attempt NDE for all call-outs. While sometimes this turns out to be impractical, the decision is left with the consumer. This does not mean that destructive entry is destructive, it just means that in order to gain entry the lock can be destroyed and a new lock is required to be fitted.  

Non-destructive entry, how does it work?

To pick a lock, specialist tools are required to manipulate components inside of the lock, thus allowing entry without a key. Locksmiths prefer to use this method because it causes neither the lock or the door to become damaged whilst gaining entry to the property. If the locksmith comes across a broken lock that is unable to be picked, drilling the lock may be the only option, which would cost more money whilst having to install a new lock

Lock picking is a centuries-old craft, back since the first locks were invented around the 1700s by Barronin; the original being called a double acting tumbler. In order to open a warded lock, a skeleton key would be used. These skeleton keys were designed specifically to bypass the wards inside the lock.

Two tools are involved in lock picking, one is used to apply pressure, the other is used to move the teeth preventing the bolt from moving. Different sized shaped and aligned components make moving the teeth possible. Different locks require different methods of lock picking. 

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Lock picking non-destructive entry in Brighton

KeyChange locksmiths are very experienced and highly trained at causing the minimum of fuss and the minimum of mess whilst gaining entry. At Keychange locksmiths, we are all experts in our craft; this means if we can’t use non-destructive entry to gain access, then no one can.

Why destroy a locks that works? 

If you work with KeyChange locksmiths, our expert locksmiths can use NDE to bypass the most demanding locks and gain entry. The other locksmiths would simply drill out the locks immediately, therefore costing you client. If however we find your knocks are of a poor quality, we would recommend upgrading to better quality locks which will deter burglars from your property.

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Whether you’re locked out of your house, boat, caravan, shed, garage, or any building, we’ll get you back inside, gaining access in a non-destructive way. Damage or repairs should not be needed when lost keys are the problem as long as you choose the right locksmiths. If you’ve lost your keys then key change locksmiths can help you solve this quickly and easily so that you can get back into your property as fast as possible. Do you need easy, reasonably priced, non-destructive entry? Contact us for a free quote on 0800 0209597 or send us an email. 

Why should you opt for non-destructive entry into your locked property? 

Firstly, it will save you the cost of replacements. The equipment and techniques used at keyChange locksmiths are state-of-the-art so that whenever possible we will cause no damage in order to open your lock. Whether you’ve lost your keys or locked yourself out, we are the right people for the job!

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Should I pick the lock myself?


Television shows’ lock picking is simple, however without proper training you could damage the lock thus costing yourself even more in replacements. Whilst you can learn lock picking or non-destructive entry, it is better to allow a professional locksmith to handle your emergency situations.

Different lock types need different techniques in order to bypass. Picking a padlock is very different to picking a door lock. Learning to pick a deadbolt mortise lock is very different to learning to pick a cylinder lock, and so forth.

Instead of risking unlocking the locked door yourself using NDE, contact your local locksmiths whenever you have a lockout situation.

At KeyChange locksmiths, we specialize in non-destructive entry and lock picking. We use the best skills, locksmiths, and equipment so that you can be back in your property before you know it, without the extra costs of lock replacement. 

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It is very frustrating to become locked out of your home, office or car. It can even be a dangerous situation. Therefore it is vital that the lockout service meets your needs quickly and professionally. It should not matter what time of day or night or where around Brighton you are located. With our 24/7 lockout service nearby, you should never need to wait long for an emergency locksmith. At KeyChange locksmiths our 24-hour staff are ready and prepared to help you with your needs, when you need it.

All of our locksmiths are licensed professionals; with experience and knowledge to deal with any kind of lock related situation. They are also available 24 hours a day. This means that whether your lockout problem happens during the day or night key change locksmiths will be able to solve it. Also, our locksmiths will use their expertise to pick the lock causing no damage, and not costing you the price of a new lock and keys.

Locked out of your home, office, or vehicle; don’t panic. Just call our team at key change locksmiths.

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