Denver locksmiths give tips on staying safe and secure
As a locksmith, what are some of the services you provide?
Rory Sanger: "We do lock rekeying, cutting keys, installation, repairs and safe combination changes."
Sheri Gagstetter: "We provide emergency service for every kind of security system and, sometimes, we do car lockout openings."
Cindy Angell: "We're a full-service locksmith. We do everything from rekeying a house to opening cars, replacing ignitions, transponder keys, door closures, electronic access systems and safes."
Who we talked to
Rory Sanger, owner
Arvada Lock Key Company
Sheri Gagstetter, owner
Denver Key & Lock Company Inc.
How do you charge?
Sanger: "We have a service call charge that varies with distance and I have set prices for certain things except repair work, which we gauge by the time and parts."
Gagstetter: "It's all custom. Every job is different and distance always plays a role."
Angell: "It all depends. Most of the time there's set pricing that includes the service call. If we're rekeying, there is a charge per lock."
What's the average fee for customers locked out of their house, their car or their safe?
Sanger: "For a house or car in my area that opens fairly easily it's a flat $45, but I don't have a lot of time for emergency lockouts anymore."
Gagstetter: "If it's in Denver, it would depend on what kind of lock it is and if we have to drill. A regular easy-open lock would be $85 for a house, and $65 for a car."
Angell: "It varies by geographical location. A house or car an go from $39 up to $100. Safes are dependent on the safe. There are massive differences in the quality of safes."
Before you start a job, do you require some type of identification?
Sanger: "It depends on the job. If it's opening a home or car, we like to see proof of ownership."
Gagstetter: "They have to have ID or we don't do the job."
Angell: "It depends on the job. If I opened a car I would."
What's the hardest lock you've ever had to open and how long did it take?
Sanger: "The high-security type locks can be pretty tough. Some are un-pickable- you have to use a drill to open them."
Gagstetter: "We had to drill open a safe the Army brought over from Iraq. It took several days, and they were watching us the entire time."
Angell: "Some locks you just can't open, you have to drill them."