There is a major difference between how the San Diego locksmith business was 25
years ago and how it is now. As long-time veterans in the locksmith business, we
have a unique take on the changes witnessed in the locksmith industry over the
last couple of decades or so and have adapted to every new development.
One remembers how, in the past, when someone needed a lock, they had to go to a
San Diego locksmith for it. Now, that is no longer the case – you can get a lock from
the internet, from Wal-Mart, a home improvement store, from a security consultant
or a home automation company.
So where does that leave the humble
? The San Diego
locksmith, like every other professional working for a traditional business in the
United States, has had to adapt. San Diego locksmiths have been more than able
to keep up with the technological changes seen recently.
We have needed to upgrade our skills and learn about the latest technologies such
as keyless entry locks, card access systems, smart locks, biometric locks and so on.
It is no longer enough for people from our profession to know how to help people
who have been locked out of their car or need their car key replaced.
An automotive locksmith in San Diego who does not know how to work with the
new fancy transponder keys and cannot program a transponder key can’t survive
for long in his profession. As a San Diego locksmith, you must upgrade your skills,
or risk losing your customers to newer, smarter and technologically more adept
Even the traditional locks of old have changed. San Diego locksmiths have to be
familiar with smart locks, which are locks that can be controlled remotely from a
smartphone app, based on the concept of the Internet of Things.
San Diego locksmiths have had to learn about keyless entry locks. This is new type
of lock that features a touch screen panel for entering the password for locking or
unlocking a garage, for example. No key is needed. Most cars come with keyless
entry fobs and transponder keys.
San Diego locksmiths need to be familiar with card access systems as well, which
are used in most offices, hotels, rental properties and apartments these days. It is
no longer enough for a San Diego locksmith to be knowledgeable about the
mechanics of a typical lock and key system. They need to well versed in electronics
and know a bit of programming as well.
However, a San Diego locksmith should still know how to work with a mechanical
lock and key system as a majority of homes, businesses and shops still use
traditional locks, such as deadbolts. A modern day professional locksmith should
have lock picking skills – the same as his predecessors from over 25 years ago. The
basics of locksmithing have not changed and remain relevant even today.
According to the stats available at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the
locksmith industry is poised for a steady growth and there will be as many as
24,800 licensed locksmiths in the country by 2018. That’s up by 12% since 2008,
which is not bad. Sure, there are fewer locksmiths today than there were in 1990,
but this is still a good business to be in, with a decent earning potential.