Most of us consider a locksmith to be just another utility guy like a plumber or an electrician. Now that is the primary mistake. A locksmith does not just fix the problem and leave and then get called again in case of an emergency lockout. There is a lot of confidential information that you pass on to them especially when they replace car transponder keys plus they have access to the lock pin combination. Nothing is more risky than working with a locksmith who is not reliable and one mistake has huge repercussions.
perhaps not to that degree, but their importance cannot be underestimated. Ideally it is good to do a complete evaluation of the current level of security at home periodically.
Read up on some tips and tricks that are commonly used to get a basic idea of what locksmithing is all about. Even checking out the latest news can help you stay on guard against potential burglary.
The importance of good quality locks cannot be over emphasized and likewise keys and other parts should be in good working condition all the time. Substandard parts do not last a long time and should not even be installed in the first place. In case of a lockout, the first step is to remain calm and never try to do anything on your own to damage or drill the door. A deadbolt lock should never be drilled at all.
Take time to understand all about different types of locks, installing, modifying, taking them apart and reassembling them. Invest in a key blank and work up your own master key scheme. Deadbolt installation and re-keying kits are also helpful.
Weather changes can also influence the functioning of locks, especially if the color of the door is dark; they tend to swell up fast. Some simple techniques like pouring cold water can help in cooling it down. This may sound silly but certainly helps and prevents the use of tools that can harm the door.