Frequently Asked Questions
Can I have all of my locks on my house use the same key?
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 assesment 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.
My keys were stolen, now I need to change my locks, Do I have to purchase new locks?
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.
Is Choice Locksmithing and Security a licensed, bonded and insured locksmith?
Absolutely. we are licensed, bonded and insured, as well as a member of the ALOA (Associate Locksmiths of America)
What do I do if I lost my keys?
Call Choice Locksmithing. We can generate new keys for most types of locks.
Can A Choice Locksmithing cut a key from a number?
Yes. In many cases keys can be made from the code number of a lock. Security Professionals will eequire proof of ownership before cutting a key by code to safeguard security.
Is hiring a locksmith when I am locked out of my car the best choice?
Yes, Your vehicle is one of the biggest investments you have. It use to be, anyone could open a locked car using only one tool. However in recent times, auto manufactures have really incresed the security of almost every car. Now a professional with the right tools and techniques is required to open your locked vehicle. By calling a trained professional locksmith they arrive in a service vehicle equiped proper tools and machinery, ready for any emergency. It should be noted that in many places, the police no longer will respond to lockouts unless it is a dire emergency. The more informed police departments do not want to risk doing damage to your car.
What is a Master Key?
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.
I have a new car, It has some kind of security device built into the key, do I have to go to the dealer to get a copy?
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.
What areas around do you serve?
Choice Locksmithing is headquartered in Santee, California. We work with surrounding communities in any direction. These areas include:
- El Cajon
- Lemon Grove
- La Mesa
- San Diego
- Scripps Ranch
- Clairemont Mesa
- Kearny Mesa
- Pacific Beach
- Del Mar
- Mira Mesa
- Sabre Springs
- National City
- Chula Vista
- La Jolla
- Other Locksmith Service Areas…
What are your hours of operation?
Choice Locksmithing is available Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. After Hours emergency service available.
When should I call a locksmith?
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.
What should I look for in a locksmith?
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.
I have a question that is now found here. Where can I go to get an answer to my question?
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:
If I get locked out of my house can you help?
Yes we can, we provide emergency 24/7 service.
What kind of payments do you accept?
We accept all major credit cards, as well as cash and checks.
I’ve lost the keys to my house, what should I do?
Since we are a mobile locksmithing service we can come out and fit keys or rekey your house