Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here are some answers to many of the frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding locksmithing and security.
Yes, Choice Locksmith can do this. In most cases you can keep your existing locks, you can have us code them alike. This is called “Keyed Alike”. We can make an assessment to to see if your existing locks are able to be keyed alike. If your existing locks are not compatible, you may need to purchase additional locks to accomplish your goal.
No. it is not necessary to buy new locks. Re-keying locks is usually significantly less expensive than replacing locks. You can have your Choice Locksmithing “rekey your locks. Re-keying locks is something that should be done if you have moved into a new residence or lost a set of keys.
Absolutely. we are licensed, bonded and insured, as well as a member of the ALOA (Associate Locksmiths of America)
Call Choice Locksmithing. We can generate new keys for most types of locks.
Yes. In many cases keys can be made from the code number of a lock. Security Professionals will require proof of ownership before cutting a key by code to safeguard security.
A Master Key is created when a group of locks are “custom” coded so each lock uses a different key, but a combination is “added” so one key will open all locks. It is a myth that there exists a particular Master Key that will open all locks. In order to Master-key a group of locks the locks must all be made by the same manufacturer or at least have “common” Keyways. In a group of locks that are Master-keyed (MK) each lock is operable by both it’s own individual key and the Master-Key. Each individual key operates it’s own lock only. The Master-Key operates all the locks in the group. Other systems are also possible using sub-Masters, Grand-Masters, etc.
No. Most locksmiths can reproduce these keys. Including the latest high security vehicle keys. In nearly all cases, your locksmith will save you money over the dealer. Believe it or not, your locksmith is usually more familiar with, how these systems work, than your dealer.
Choice Locksmithing is headquartered in Santee, California. We work with surrounding communities in any direction. These areas include:
Rancho San Diego
Rancho Santa Fe
Choice Locksmithing is available Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. After Hours emergency service available.
You should call a locksmith anytime you need to secure your home, offices, premises, assets and valuables from intruders, theft, etc and to satisfy insurance requirements.
Additionally call a locksmith to change the locks whenever you lose a key or move into a new location, especially if someone was occupying the place before moving in.
Another time to call is when you get locked out of your home/premises, car, or safe. A skilled locksmith can gain access for you with causing very little damage.
In short, anything to do with keys, locks, and safes.
Because of your security it is vital you use a qualified licensed tradesperson. The locksmith you hire should ensure competence and not have a criminal record. Look for a locksmith that is well established in the community and has a proven track record. Also look for a locksmith business that is well established and has a proven track record.
If you don’t see your question addressed in our Frequently Asked Questions section, please contact Choice Locksmithing and we will be happy to help you. Feel free to Contact us with your questions at:
Yes we can, we provide emergency 24/7 service.
We accept all major credit cards, as well as cash and checks.
Since we are a mobile locksmithing service we can come out and fit keys or rekey your house
If you have a question not covered here please feel free to send us your locksmith or security questions. We will do our best to answer it for you
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