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Providing Licensed and insured Locksmith Services in Richmond, VA

While security systems have grown in their sophistication, the first line of defense for your loved ones and prize possessions is still good quality locks. Unfortunately, like anything else mechanical, they occasionally need to be replaced or repaired.

Beyond this, because of the vagaries of life, they will sometimes need to be replaced. That is when 1-800-Unlocks can be of service. We are one of the fastest-growing networks of local locksmiths in the country for some very good reasons.

All of our local Richmond locksmiths are vetted, insured, and licensed. We are dedicated to customer service and offer a 100% professional guarantee on the products we sell and the services we supply.

Whether you need to schedule having a door lock rekeyed or emergency mobile locksmith service throughout the Richmond, VA area, 1-800-Unlocks stands ready to serve you with honesty, respect, and dependability.

Automotive Locksmith Services in Richmond

There is never a good time to have a problem with your car keys or key fob. Most of the time, when you are trying to get in your vehicle or get it to crank, you are on some type of schedule, and delays are not welcome. That is where we can help. 1-800-Unlocks offers a full range of automotive locksmith services, including these car lock services:

  • Car key programming
  • Ignition repair
  • Replacing ignition switches
  • Key fob programming
  • Transponder key programming
  • Broken key removal
  • Laser-cut car keys
  • Car unlocking services
  • Car door lock repair

As an added bonus, our fees can save you a lot of money. Our certified automotive locksmiths charge a fraction of what the dealers will for the same services. Best of all, most of our services, including key fob programming, are available as roadside services on an emergency call-out service. You won't have to pay to have your car towed in to have work performed.

Residential Locksmith Richmond, VA

At 1-800-Unlocks, you can count on our professional, certified locksmiths to take care of your residential locksmith needs. Whether you have just purchased a new home and need the locks rekeyed or want to install a master key system for convenience, we offer a full range of services to meet your house key needs. A small sampling of the residential locksmith services we have available include:

  • Key making
  • Lock rekeying
  • Smart lock installation
  • Door jam repair
  • Keypad lock installation
  • Lock repairs
  • Lock replacement and upgrades
  • Lockout services
  • New lock installation

1-800-Unlocks understands the needs of our clients and the budget restraints that many face. Like you, our top priority is your security. That is why we keep our prices low and standards high. When you contact us, our people will provide you with an honest upfront estimate and possibly offer some cheaper alternatives. Unless you are changing locks for aesthetic reasons or to upgrade, it is much more cost-effective to have your locks rekeyed than to have them replaced. We will happily supply either service. Ultimately, it is your choice, and we are ready to provide the best residential locksmith services available.

Commercial Locksmith Richmond, VA

Working as a commercial locksmith in Richmond, VA, requires more than an in-depth knowledge of locks. Building codes, electronics, electrical work, and mechanical door hardware all come into play. At 1-800-Unlocks, we have decades of experience, and our people are trained to the highest standards in the industry. We can supply a large array of commercial locksmith services that go way beyond installing locks or making keys. A small sampling of the services that we offer include:

  • Automatic and handicapped access door installation and repair
  • Installing access control systems
  • Door closer installation and replacement
  • Intercom and buzzer installation
  • Door replacement and repair
  • Security door installation
  • Master key systems
  • Exit device installation
  • Sales and service of Grade 1 (commercial) hardware

When it comes time to protect your livelihood, it pays to develop the most secure system possible without it becoming so intrusive that it impacts your clients' experience. Our licensed commercial locksmiths can help you develop and implement just such a system. From security features that will protect your inventory and personnel to hardware that makes it easier for your customers to enter and exit your business, we are your one-stop shop.

Safe Cracking in Richmond, VA

Safes are considered a bit of a specialty among locksmiths, and when you are having issues with one, it pays to find someone who is SAVTA (Safe and Vault Technician Association) member. Luckily many of our techs are. Safes can fail for many reasons, and because of the way they are constructed are much more difficult to open than a standard lock. In most cases, a STAVA member will know how to help you regain entry to your safe with minimal fuss and the least amount of damage possible. In most cases, if drilling is needed, they can repair the safe without jeopardizing its strength. Of course, if you are not locked out of your safe and simply need the combination changed or assistance in choosing a safe for your particular needs, these techs are more than capable of providing top-quality service.


A locksmith is a highly trained and educated security professional. This is not a term that should be tossed around lightly, there are far too many companies and technicians that call themselves locksmiths, when in fact they neither have the training or the professional ethics to do so. According to the Department of Criminal Justice in Virginia, the term “Locksmith” means any individual that performs locksmith services or advertises or represents to the general public that the individual is a locksmith even if the specific term locksmith is substituted with any other term by which a reasonable person could construe that the individual possesses special skills relating to locks or locking devices, including use of the words, lock technician, lockman, safe technician, safe man, boxman, unlocking technician, lock installer, lock opener, physical security technician or similar descriptions. Source:

First of all, it is important for consumers to be aware that there are fake locksmiths out there. The 1800unlocks directory has its roots in the real locksmith industry and we essentially peer-reviewing our fellow locksmiths. It’s not a large community, so we know who you, as a consumer, can trust. Our goal is to help you find a local professional for your car key, car remote, or car unlock problems. A car locksmith can do many things but must be trained to service your remotes, key fobs, ignition, door locks, and more. You don’t want to hire someone that has no training, education, or professional association ties. Fortunately, our locksmiths are capable of unlock car doors, programming key fobs, cutting high security car keys at their lock shop or on the road. Our technicians use state of the art equipment and OEM car keys to get the job done right, at a fair price. Locksmith prices can vary from City to City, so always ask for a quote over the phone, and confirm in person. As long as you provide the tech with the Make, Model, and Year of your car, we can provide you with upfront pricing to remove any doubts or concerns you may have.

Car Unlocking Service: Our locksmiths are pros when it comes to unlocking cars. Whether you need your glove box, trunk or door opened. We have the training to do it quickly and without damage.

Car Key Replacement: Buying car keys is easy. Finding a locksmith that can cut and program your laser cut key is difficult. 1-800-Unlocks makes it easy!

Key Fob Programming: Key Fobs work with cars that are push-to-start. 1800-Unlocks excels at finding you a real local locksmith that is trained to use car key programming equipment.

A verified residential locksmith, is a professionally trained and insured technician that’s able to work on your home door, home locks, home safe, home keys, and possibly even home cameras.  Most locksmiths are highly trustworthy and honest people who care about your safety and protection.

Typically, residential locksmith customers are in need of a lock rekey.  A lock rekey is one of the most common services a local locksmith can provide because it is cost effective when compared to completely replacing your locking hardware.  Rekeying locks is sometimes referred to as changing locks but it is best to clarify which service is needed when scheduling the appointment with your local locksmith.
Two of the more common reasons for having your home locks rekeyed are: you’ve moved into a new home, or you realize you’ve given copies of your keys to too many people.  A quick and simple service call to a local locksmith can fix both these situations and make sure your home is completely secure.

So what exactly is a lock rekey? It’s the process of removing your lock from the door, disassembling it, removing all the bottom pin tumblers and replacing them with new pin tumblers of different heights so that a new key will create a totally different shear line.  This means your old key will no longer work your lock. In fact, after taking apart your lock, many locksmiths will check the entire inside of your lock cylinder to ensure it has all top pins and springs.  They’ll then lubricate the lock before putting it back together. Locksmiths are very familiar with the multitude of different residential locks and keyways out there and they’ll make sure your lock is as secure as possible.

Key Duplication: Need a key in a minute? It takes just 5-20 seconds to cut a standard house key. Find a locksmith locally and visit their office or have a technician visit your house. Most locksmiths have key duplicating machines right in their truck.

Lock Repair & Lock Rekeying: Save time and money and let our trained techs repair, rekey, or install your locks. Whether you want a smart lock, push button lock, or a standard deadbolt we have the door hardware you need.

Smart Lock Installation: Home Security, Surveillance, and Automation is the next frontier. Our locksmiths are ready with the latest products and tools to keep your family safe. Gain the convenience of controlling your lights, cameras, doorbell, and lock with your smart phone today!

Your commercial space requires a high level of security, and it all starts with the outer perimeter. Regardless if the property is a school, business, hospital, or government building you’ll want to deter, monitor, and secure the facility by controlling access. Your students, customers, and employees depend on you to keep them safe in and around your facility. A commercial locksmith can work on everything from the doors, hinges, pivots, to locks, cameras, and keys. Once our locksmith is at your door, they can integrate electronic locks, access control, and cameras so that everything communicates as a single security system thus protecting everyone you care about.

Access Control Systems & Electronic Locks: Most commercial properties use access control keypad readers, pin codes, and key fobs. This enables real-time security with an audit trail that doesn’t lie. If further identity verification is needed, then combine your locking system with a camera system.

Door Buzzer Systems: Many apartment complexes, gated communities, jewelry stores, and banks use gate locks with door buzzer systems. This is a great way to secure a property without giving out keys and it allows the owner to change codes at a moments notice.

Security Cameras: Digital security cameras are available in many shapes, sizes, and offer many functions such as point tilt zoom (PTZ), low light, infrared, and zoom. If you need indoor or outdoor cameras, we have the exact camera and installation experience you need.

Safes are one of those things that definitely require service from time to time. If you’re like a lot of people, you use your safe a lot to store cash and documents. Daily usage is going to cause wear and tear over time. Whether you have a combination dial safe or an electronic keypad safe, this wear and tear can eventually lead to a lock malfunction or failure.

That’s why 1-800-Unlocks works with some of the most highly decorated and trained locksmiths in the USA, certified from organizations like SAVTA (Safe & Vault Technician Association).

The verified professional safe locksmiths we work with can provide you with an honest quote to help you with safe cracking, repair, moving, and installation. Check out our video on our safe locksmith page to learn more.

Safe Cracking & Unlocking: This is a term we hear a lot and it pertains to gaining entry to your safe without damaging the safe itself. Without a professional safe cracker, you could overpay and do more damage to the safe than necessary. We’ve seen what untrained technicians can do to a safe. Most of the time, the customer ends up needing a new safe due to all the damage they cause.

Safe Drilling & Opening: When cracking the safe is not an option due to broken spindles, damaged safe locks, or lost combinations, the locksmith may choose to drill your safe. A trained pro will know exactly where to drill through the outer wall in order to hit the lock or bolt release. If you have a TL safe or safe with a re-locker – you’ll definitely need a pro. Once the safe is open, we can then repair the drill hole, replace the lock, and check for proper function.

Safe Sales & Service: Did you know that some locksmiths have walk-in locations and offer mobile road service? The family owned companies with walk-in locations often carry a variety of door hardware, key chains, keys, smart locks, and gun safes for sale. If you’re in the market for a high-quality safe with featured such as a 2-hour fire rating, Burglary rating, or EMP proof keypad lock, then call us first and shop local.

When a locksmith programs your car key it is alwasys recommended to have all working keys on-site. Once the job is complete you can then test every key to ensure proper function. The programming procedure can sometimes clear out the memory from the on-board computer. If that happens, the locksmith can easily add your old keys back into the computer.

If your car was made after 2000, there is a high liklihood that it has a chip in the key. This chip communicates with the cars on-board computer. The chip disables the anti-theft module and allows the car to start. 

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