San Francisco area locksmiths open up
As a locksmith, what are some of the services you provide?
Badertscher: "All of the lock services."
Baker: "We rekey locks and let people in when they're locked out. We sell and service safes, and we sell hardware and accessories. People bring in locks to have them repaired."
Lawson: "We do installation and repair, and we replace keys."
Who we talked to
Peter Badertscher, owner
1720 Sacramento St.
Katy Lawson, owner
3410 18th St.
Are there any types of jobs you won't do?
Badertscher: "We don't do cars."
Baker: "There are some things we don't get involved in, like some of the newer automotive work with the new transponder keys."
Lawson: "We don't do safes or car lockouts."
How do you charge for the job?
Badertscher: "By the hour."
Baker: "Mainly by distance, the number of cylinders and the complexity of the hardware. On the road, you have a service call, which depends on the location and the time of day or night."
Lawson: "We charge a trip charge and then we charge by time."
What's the average fee for customers locked out of their house, their car or their safe?
Badertscher: "Somewhere around $85 [for a house]. A safe starts at about $100 and works its way up."
Baker: "The average is between $75 and $85 for a typical car or residential lockout during business hours. If they're a long distance away, it's going to be a different situation."
Lawson: "It's $85 for a house lockout."
Do you have any advice for people who lock themselves out of their cars or homes all the time?
Badertscher: "For cars, I have no advice. For homes, get a high-security lock with a registered key so you can go to a local locksmith and have them cut you a copy."
Baker: "Have a spare key hidden somewhere."
Lawson: "I'd suggest they leave a spare set of keys with someone they trust. I tell people that if they're locked out, it's probably cheaper to take a cab to someone who has a spare set of keys than to call a locksmith."