MLA Approved Locksmiths are Vetted Inspected Qualified
UK's Largest Trade Association For Locksmiths
Home > ADVICE AND TIPS (FAQS) > Should a Locksmith Drill My Lock? (When to Drill a Lock & Not to)
Have you recently hired a locksmith & the locksmith drilled your lock to gain entry to your house as you were locked out, or your door lock was broken?
Find out the scenarios when it is acceptable for a locksmith to have drilled a door lock, and when a locksmith really should not be using a drill.
There are instances when a locksmith has to drill a lock such as when the lock is broken, however drilling a lock should not be the first attempt, we would expect a locksmith to try non-destructive methods first and only use a drill as a last resort.
A professional Locksmith will have various tools and the knowledge to apply specialist techniques first, before drilling a lock.
We recommend always using a skilled & vetted MLA Approved locksmith that has the skill set and knowledge to know when not to drill + when drilling a lock is required as a last resort.
There are various scenarios a locksmith may need to a drill a lock, below are some examples :
Most MLA Approved Locksmiths are skilled enough to pick, bump, rake, bypass a lock to get a customer back in without the need to drill a lock.
A locksmith will not always need to drill your lock in various scenarios, for example:
Drilling through a lock will definitely not open the lock, a lot of modern locks are actually designed to combat drilling, or snapping, therefore drilling should be considered the last thing to ever attempt.
When drilling a lock, this can cause further issues like damaging the locking mechanism inside the door that ultimately makes the job even more expensive replacing more parts.
A Professional locksmith will be able to identify the lock in question, establish where to drill and how to then open the lock with minimal damage.
A rogue locksmith will use drilling as the first attempt, as the exact intention of a rogue Locksmith is to inflate the price by damaging the lock.
After drilling a lock, the invoice produced by a rogue locksmith will include lots of items to inflate the cost, such as a) labour to drill b) labour to fit a new lock.
Multiple item charges on a invoice after drilling is a massive indication that you could be being overcharged, as the labour is usually one item while you are on site.
How to spot a rogue locksmith
If a locksmith has drilled your lock & you would like expert advice, contact us:
Message Us or
01327 262 255
How to Spot a Rogue Locksmith – 3 Red Flags to Prevent Being Scammed
Locksmith Bait & Switch Price Scheme – What is it?
Broken Key in Lock – Has Your Key Snapped in Your Door Lock?
Choosing a Locksmith: How to find a good locksmith (6 Tips)
My uPVC Door Handle is Floppy or Loose – Price To Repair + Is a New Handle is Required?
Locked Out with Key In Door, Key Left in Other Side of Lock?
Our Locksmiths are criminal record checked.How we check our locksmiths
Our Locksmiths are Regularly Inspected.How we inspect our locksmiths
Our Locksmiths have passed the MLA exam.Read about MLA Exam here
Use My current Location
Join the UK's largest locksmith association, all levels of membership available for those new to locksmithing to trading locksmiths.
MLA Member ID