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1st For Locks Locksmiths


0191 394 0771

Durham Locksmith: Domestic, Commercial & Auto Locksmiths

Durham Locksmiths operate across the city of Durham, catering for both Domestic and Commercial customers. We a family run business who understands the importance of customer satisfaction and excellent service.  When you need to use a locksmith service we understand that you want to be confident that you are using someone who is credible, reliable and trustworthy.  All of our staff therefore have undergone full DBS background checks.

Durham Emergency Locksmith

When you need a quick response locksmith in Durham, 1st For Locks will be close to hand. In many cases we can reach you within 30 - 60 minutes.

Free No Obligation Quote at a Competitive Price

Durham Locksmiths operate a NO CALL OUT CHARGE policy and our prices are highly competitive.

Calls are always answered and always answered by a friendly and knowledgeable locksmith who will normally be able to give you a free no obligation quote over the phone, or if you prefer we can visit your home or business and give you a free no obligation quote.

Durham Domestic Locksmith

Durham locksmiths provide a complete locksmith service for your home or residential premises including :

Lock Changes & Upgrades

Emergency Access & Lockouts

New & Replacement Locks

Lock Repairs

Snapped Key Extraction

Durham  Auto Locksmiths

Need a Auto Locksmith in Durham?

Keys Locked in the car?  Durham Auto Locksmiths provide a complete Auto Locksmith service throughout the Durham area. We use the latest tools and techniques to open your vehicle without damage.

Lost car keys or just need a spare car key?? Durham Auto Locksmith are mobile and can come to you and cut and program a spare or replacement key for your car or van.

Commercial Locksmith Service Durham

Durham Locksmiths are Commercial Locksmiths specializing in the Retail, Hospitality, Care and Education Sectors. Our liability insurance covers us to the value of £10,000,000 enabling us to gain work permits at some of the UK's largest and prestigious shopping centers. In addition to this we also hold SafeContractor and CHAS accreditation giving you the assurance that all jobs will be completed in a safe manner. Our vans carry a wide range of stock catering for commercial sites resulting in most jobs being completed on the initial visit, saving our clients both time and money.

Durham Safe Engineers

Lost the keys to your home or Commercial grade safe?

Have your batteries ran flat and unable to access your important documents??

Call Durham Locksmiths have the ability to open your safe without damaging the safe or its contents. We also supply insurance rated new & reconditioned safes suitable for business use 

Durham Locksmiths covers the following areas

Aykley Heads, Bearpark, Belmont, Brancepeth, Brandon, Broompark, Carville, Esh Winning, Framwell Gate Moor, Gillesgate, Langley Moor, Meadowfield, Nevilles Cross, Sherburn Village, Shincliffe, Ushaw Moor.

Locked out and don't have any cash??


We accept the following credit and debit cards.

Durham Locksmiths are UPVC repair specialists
We can repair a wide range of faults on UPVC doors including jammed door locks and hinge realignment. We stock a large range of  Multipoint locks and cases manufactured by:


AGB, Avocet, Azbe, Corbin, ERA, Fab & Fix, Fix, Fuhr, Fullex, GU, Gridlock, Kenrick, KFV, Lockmaster, Maco, Mila,

Millenco, Roto, Safeware, Ucem, Vita, Winkhaus, Yale.

How Secure Is Your Home?



Many homes are not up to insurance required standards as they have poorly fitted locks or locks that were fitted a long time ago. A poorly fitted lock in a UPVC door can dramatically increase the risk of you becoming a victim of lock snapping. Lock snapping is a method of entry that is becoming a popular way of thieves gaining entry to your home.

Wooden doors that were fitted some time ago may also be lacking modern security and be fitted with non-British Standard locks. All exterior wooden doors should be fitted with a 5 lever British Standard Mortice lock that is kite marked in order to comply with the BS3621 British Standard  


We can carry out a free security survey to ensure that your home is secure and up to the standards as set out by your insurance company. If necessary we can carry out upgrades to locks from the following manufacturers.


Anti Snap Euro Cylinders and British Standard Mortice Locks by:


Abus, Avocet ABS, Brisant, Chubb, Cisa, ERA, Ingersol, ISEO, Legge, Mul T Lock Lock, Squire, Union, Yale.

Recommended Product : Burton Safe Warden W Gun Safe

We can supply and install a wide range of gun and ammunition safes including the Warden W manufactured by Burton Safes. This high quality gun safe  has a £10,000 cash rating and a £100,000 jewellery rating and features the following.

Officially Police approved under the Secured by Design scheme

Independently Tested an certified to EN1143-1 Grade 1 by ECBS

High security, high quality gun cabinet

Suitable for shot guns or rifles

Will accommodate most models with scopes and silencers fitted

Foam gun holders

Holders for cleaning rods and ammo belts

Internal lockable ammo box

Optional side shelving for other valuables

Handle driven boltwork increases the lifespan of your lock

Choice of key, pin code or fingerprint locking

Back and base fixing

How to Identify Your Lock

Rim Cylinder

Commonly found on wooden doors and used in conjunction with a Nightlatch


Euro Cylinder

Found on UPVC, composite, metal wooden doors. Also comes in a half size for use on garage doors and with a thumb turn for areas  such as fire escapes.


Oval Cylinder

Similar to the Euro cylinder but oval in shape. Also comes in half sizes and with a thumb turn. Often found in older wooden and aluminium doors 



Found on the rear of wooden doors and used with a Rim cylinder.



Mainly found on wooden doors. Available in 2,3,5 & 5 lever British Standard variants.

The British Standard variant will feature the kite mark and is required to meet insurance standards.



Found in wooden doors and similar in design to Sashlocks, however they do not feature a handle. Often used to upgrade security on old wooden doors to meet modern insurance standards


Rim Mortice Lock

Often found on shed and out house doors they provide a very basic level of security. These locks are not suitable for securing exterior doors in a house.


Cam Lock

Cam locks have multiple uses including apartment post boxes, roof racks and notice boards. Higher security version with a radial key are often used on vending machines.

Contact Durham Locksmiths

Your Local Durham Locksmith

Unit 18

Dragonville Ind Est


County Durham


Tel : 0191 394 0771

Email :



112 Secure Limited Head Office

Unit 18

Dragonville Ind Est


County Durham


Tel : 0333 4444 112

Email :

Why Choose Durham Locksmiths? Read Our Fantastic Customer Reviews

As a landlord currently living away from the city my property is in, I dealt with Chris purely by phone and email to have some work done. He was very communicative, kept me well informed and was upfront about what work he was going to do, sticking to his original quote. He completed the work to a professional standard and I received positive feedback from my tenants about him too - would definitely use again and recommend to anyone looking for a locksmith.

Mr Cartlidge - Newcastle

I Required an urgent door repair and within ten minutes of listing the job Chris rang me. He was at the house within an hour and a half and the job was completed within 15 minutes. Would highly recommend.

Miss Bishop - Durham

The young man who fixed the problem with our door could not have done any better. He was on time and assessed the problem straight away. This lad was like the SAS, swift and efficient. I would recommend to friends and family.

Mr Blyth - Esh Winning

A Very polite and courteous young man. He came at agreed time and repaired my lock within 20 minutes. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.

Mrs Weddle - Bowburn

Whilst out shopping I accidentally locked my keys in the boot of my car. I called Durham Locksmiths who advised that they would be there within 30 minutes. About 20 minutes later Chris arrived and opened the boot of my car quickly and without any damage. Excellent service and have stored his number in my phone in case it ever happens again. Highly recommended.

Mr Jackson - Durham

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