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Have fun browsing through our selection of blog articles. We recommend the locksmith case studies, since they showcase the cool solutions we can implement for you.

Copying Gate Remotes/Gate Fobs

Copying a gate fob – or gate remote – doesn't have to be as difficult as many people think. In fact, the vast majority of gate remotes can be copied relatively easily. There are two steps, normally, to getting a new gate remote, which we will guide you through. 1....

“I’ve found a key lying around. What do I do!?”

What to do when you find keys lying on the street It's not uncommon to see keys just lying around in the street, and there are many conscientious people out there who would love to return those keys to their rightful owners. Anyone could find those keys...

Locksmith Case Study: Too many keys spoil the broth, over time

Problem: The management of a large block of flats felt that over the years their key-security was compromised by numerous tenants not returning their keys when they moved out. The cost of changing all main entrance and back door locks every few years was...

Locksmith Case Study: Waiters don’t like waiting

Problem: A busy pub kitchen had a simple fob-reader installed, to avoid guests erring into the kitchen. Having to hold a fob up against the reader proved impractical for staff carrying dirty dishes back into the kitchen. Solution: Metrolocks installed a...

We Love Keys, the place to go for replacement ABUS keys

We’re proud to announce the launch of a new website, welovekeys.co.uk. We Love Keys is the best and fastest way to get replacement ABUS keys, with low prices and short lead times. Why should I care? ABUS replacement keys have for years been notoriously difficult to...

Lock & Key Parties: How locksmiths fall in love?

The idea behind a lock and key party is simple: it's a silly icebreaker for singles looking to meet new people. A bunch of people meet, where all the men have a padlock and all the women have a key. They each wander round the room having a quick chat with...

Why we love out-of-hours calls (and you should, too!)

I recently had to find a locksmith for a friend outside of London. It was around 10.00pm and I didn't know anybody in her area, so I went online to look. Immediately I found ten locksmith websites who claimed to be 24/7 operators and began calling them. Call 1: Ring,...

When the fireman came by… (feat. kick-ass photos!)

A fireman is as cool as Jack Bauer or Indiana Jones: they rush into burning buildings and rescue people; they use raw force to smash open doors; they wear a cool uniform and drive in a big red truck. A locksmith has a van, doesn't wear a fancy helmet, and is a million...

Mental Health Assessments: Working with the Police and the Council

A locksmith does all kinds of exciting work, and his repertoire is not limited to bog-standard slam-shuts. We're regularly called out by London Borough councils who need assistance on what are known as mental health assessments. Social workers at the council sometimes...

Authorising Security Keys

If you're here, you've probably been asked to supply a letter of authorisation for a security key. Security keys tend to be restricted in a number of different ways, and therefore usually require some sort of end-user authorisation to get made. In most cases, a simple...

What Fobs Can We Copy?

Our nationwide fob copying service is fast, efficient and affordable. If you need a fob copied, you’re in the right place! To read more about the service, including how it works and how much it costs, click here. Below you can find a list of all the fobs we know we...

How to Send Keys in the Post

At Metrolocks, we offer a mail-order fob copying service and an online key cutting service. Both of these things occasionally require customers to post us their keys or fobs, but problems occasionally arise... This article is designed as a guide to posting us your...

Smart Locks: What are they and why do I need them?

I once met a locksmith who, when he applied for an apprenticeship in the early 80s, was told, “Don’t bother, mate; everything’s going to be electronic by the mid-90s.” Well, that didn’t really happen, did it? But smart locks – locks that you can control from your...

Why Locksmiths Aren’t Rich

Locksmiths are all thieves who charge unholy amounts purely because they know they can, right? Wrong. Being a locksmith these days isn't easy. Life in the 1990s was much simpler, in pre-internet days: an ad in a local parish newsletter provided many locksmiths with...

Locksmiths on the London Underground

The London Underground is famous for all kinds of reasons. It was the world's first underground railway network; its tunnels extend staggering distances; the distinctive topographical Tube map... Read all about these things in The Guardian here. One thing that is...

Metrolocks Episode IV: A New Hope, A New Website

Way back when, Metrolocks was one of the first locksmith companies to embrace the internet. We had one of the first email addresses, locksmith@axford.com, and one of the first locksmith websites. While the world was still experiencing the inconveniences of dial-up,...

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