What to do when a Key Breaks in a Lock

What should you do when your key breaks in the lock?

You’re back home after an exhausting day at work. You reach your porch and insert your key and ‘SNAP’, the key breaks in the lock. When you’re looking forward to having dinner and a good night’s sleep, the broken key in your lock ruins your day. No matter how hard you try, getting the key out is a futile effort.
In such a case, getting you out of such a stressful situation is only possible with the help of a locksmith service. In this post, we’ll help understand why keys snap in the lock and how to tackle this issue calmly.

Why do keys snap in the locks?

Usually, keys snap in the locks due to-

  • A damaged key
  • A brass/nickel key (experienced locksmiths do not recommend soft metal keys)
  • A Jammed or non-lubricated lock

What can happen to the lock if you don’t extract the broken key from it?

  • There is a risk of further damage to the lock.
  • You could be left locked in or locked out of your home.
  • If you don’t extract the broken key from your lock, your home is left vulnerable to break-ins.

3 things to try yourself before calling for help

Use needle-nosed plyers– You could consider this if there is a small part of the key jutting out of the lock. You will need to be quite careful with these plyers though.

Use a strong magnet An easier way to remove the key, a strong magnet could help you get the key out quickly.

Use a hairpin– If a magnet or a pair of plyers isn’t at your disposal, a hairpin could do, if you know how to use it properly.
Though you could try any of these methods, there is a grave risk of damaging the lock further if you try too hard. Worse, you could end up pushing the broken key further into the lock if you try too hard.

How to make sure the key doesn’t snap in the lock again

To ensure you don’t get yourself into such a situation again, you need to-

Lubricate your locks– Your lock requires its share of maintenance. Every six months, you should lubricate your locks to help prevent issues like broken keys or jammed locks. Apply a mild lubricant to the lock. Do not use oil-based lubricants like WD-40 as this could damage the locks.

Use the right replacement keys– Just like any metal instrument, keys are prone to wear and tear. If you see any damage to the keys, you should immediately replace the keys with new ones. Ensure you do not make the keys with soft metals like Brass or Nickel.


You need to care for your locks just as you would with any electronics. Regularly lubricating your locks makes sure they work well and are long-lasting. Though there are many types of locks you can use, it makes sense to hire a locksmith who will help you choose the right locks and maintain them when necessary.

Thank You

Todd Theroux

Lock & Key Facts

Locks & keys help us to control and manage access to our homes, offices, businesses, and belongings. They enable us to deter unauthorized access to properties and physical assets; thereby making us feel secure. If there were no locks and keys, theft would be the order of the day, and most people wouldn’t feel secure in their homes.  

Here are facts you probably didn’t know about locks and keys.

  • The key was invented by Theodorus of Samos—a Greek sculptor

Theodorus of Samos –a Greek sculptor and architect is credited with the invention of the key in the 6th century BC. The key was made out of wood and was about 30 inches long.

  • The largest padlock measures 144.3 cm tall, 105 cm wide, and 26 cm deep

Students and teachers from Pavlovo Arts College in Russia created the world’s largest padlock. The padlock and its key weigh 916 lb (415.5 kg). The padlock holds the Guinness World Record to date.

  • Locksmithing has been around for over 4,00 years

Locksmithing is believed to have originated in Ancient Egypt and Babylon. The oldest known lock is roughly 4,000 years old. The first locksmiths in Ancient Egypt used their locksmith skills to protect the tombs of rulers.

  • Keys were a symbol of wealth in Egyptian society

It’s only a few people who could afford locks and keys in Ancient Egyptian society. Having a lock and key was considered a symbol of wealth. Affluent Egyptians used to put keys around their finger to reflect power.

  • Mass production of locks in the U.S started in 1840

Before 1840, locksmiths used to make locks and keys by hand.

  • Master keys have key serialization

Master keys have a unique serial number that allows one to track keys to their individual holders using tracking software. Key serialization allows for effective key control in businesses and protected areas.

  • The oldest known lock was found in ruins near Ninevah

Egyptian archeologists found the oldest known lock in ruins near Ninevah 4,000 years ago. However, archeologists believe that there could be locks older than this artifact. The lock was primitive in nature as it used a wooden bolt and pegs to secure a door.  

  • Nearly 30 percent of burglaries are attributed to unlocked windows or doors

Not all burglaries occur as a result of picking locks or tampering with the lock mechanism. A considerable proportion of burglaries happen because people leave their windows and doors unlocked.   

  • James Sargent invented the earliest combination lock in 1857

James Sargent (1824-1910) created the world’s first key-changeable combination lock. Sargent’s lock mechanism became instrumental in making safes. He later established a company that specialized in manufacturing a wide range of high-security products.  

Call BAYSIDE LOCKSMITH & SECURITY For All Of Your Locksmith Needs

At Bayside Locksmith & Security we offer a wide array of locksmith services, including key cutting, key duplication, lockout services, key replacement, key fob programming, emergency locksmith services and many more. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve you.

How can we help you?

A locksmith is a specialist.  We can sometimes do magic with locks.  We always offer our best, professional advice for your security.

What can BAYSIDE LOCKSMITH & SECURITY do for you today?

When you are thinking about spending some of your hard earned cash on improving your locks, spend some time talking with our locksmith about the proper way to design your locking system.  Often we are rushed for emergency service and you end up with additional keys or locks that should be only temporary.

It is easy to take a lock for granted.  A lock is the most reliable machine that we use everyday.  We think that the builder or previous owner installed the best lock for our needs. This is rarely the case.  I encourage you to review all your locks and keys when you need service on just one.

One Key to Rule Them All
Using the most basic locksmith skills, we can give you one key that opens every door in your house or even every lock you use everyday!  No need for a large ring of keys.

When you lose control of your keys we can cancel the lost key and create a new key for your locks.  If your lock is in good working order this is just regular maintenance.

Our locksmith can take a series of doors, as you will see in an apartment building or condo, and make a key for each door that will only open that one door.  Next we make a master key that will open all the doors.  The manager of the building will carry the master key in case of an emergency.

Thank You,

Todd Theroux

Locksmith Tools

After being asked over and over about locksmithing work, and about the tools of our trade, in particular, we decided to write a blog post about them. We love that people are interested in what we do and are always happy to tell our trade secrets.

As locksmiths, we work out of our vans, which we like to consider a “mobile workshop”. We pride ourselves on our timely and efficient work and of course, our tools play a big part in this. In order to be able to do our best work, at any time, we need to have our tools easily accessible, and that means that they should always be kept very well organized in our vans.

Our tools are organized by types of tools and their uses in different tool bags and tool boxes so we can just take the tools we need at any given time in order to do a specific job rather than take everything in a large, heavy tool bag with us.

Here is a list of some of the most useful tools that every locksmith uses:


These are long tweezers, the tip of the tweezer has been milled and has a grooved tip for fast and easy loading of cylinder pins, used for rekeying.


Slim Jim (Lock Pick)

Slim Jims are used to unlock car doors without the use of a key or slip pick.  It is a thin strip of metal roughly 24 in. long and about 0.79–1.57 in. wide. Using a Slim Jim, with careful manipulation, the car door can be opened without a key. Only trained locksmiths should use a Slim Jim, unskilled users can cause damage to the car.

Key Cutter Machine

We have key duplication machinery that enables us to create a new house or car keys on the spot, from right out of our vans.

Key Gauge

A gauge that’s used to measure keys to find out the cut depths of a key.

Hook Pick / Lock Pick

Used to pick locks, this tool is one of the most common tools used by locksmiths. These picks come in different sizes and shapes to fit different sized locks.

Precision Screwdrivers

A set of screwdrivers that are smaller than regular screwdrivers, which come in handy with the very small screws that are found in locks.

Shim Stock

This is a very thin piece of shaped metal that is used for re-keying locks.

 Jackknife Pick

This took has about 5 picks on it that can be used to pick simple household locks, like the locks on bathrooms or bedrooms. The different picks are suited for different types of internal lock mechanisms.

 Bump Key

Bump keys are essentially keys that have been shaved down to enable you to bypass a lock.

These are just the most common of the many tools we carry with us in our mobile locksmith shop. We hope that this has taught you a little more about the tools that professional locksmiths use in their day-to-day work, and what they are used for. All professional locksmiths have been professionally trained at their job and know how to use these tools without damaging the car or door that they are working on. We do not suggest using these tools unless you have had the proper training to do so.

If you have any further questions or  if you are in need of our services in GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN please don’t hesitate to give us a call, we are always happy to hear from you.

Thank You

Todd Theroux

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Choosing the Right Lock

In order to choose the best lock for your needs, it’s important to know what type of lock you’ll be using. Security locks are typically used in industrial and high-security areas such as government buildings, banks, homes, or commercial establishments.

Electronic locking systems are commonly found on public doors on schools and universities, health care facilities, airports, or large facilities such as hospitals. The best locks for your house are made from hardened steel and feature a high-security locking mechanism that is difficult to pick.

They should also be able to resist attacks from drills and saws. You will find the best lock by checking the ratings of each product. It’s important to get a high-quality lock in order to prevent a break-in or burglary. There are many types of locks available, but the most common ones include lever locks, deadbolts, and knob locks.

It’s important for you to decide which type of lock is the best for your needs before visiting a locksmith to change your lock. The best lock is always the one that you have at home, but if you live in a dangerous area then choose a “high security” kind.

High-security locks are meant to deter potential intruders to protect your belongings from theft. It’s also important that the locks are installed properly so as not to be easy for burglars. Types of locks can be very confusing. There are different types that someone may want to use depending on the situation.

A good lock is key-based and offers mechanical security and a defense against drilling, picking, or manipulation.

Call BAYSIDE LOCKSMITH & SECURITY today for information or advice on your specific situation.


Todd Theroux

Choosing the Right Lock for your home

When upgrading your security system the locks could be easily forgotten. To feel home and secure, many of people consider installing a strong garage door. Unfortunately, they forget about the door locks. Did you know that the locks count when it comes to securing your belongings and safety of your children? In this post, we are going to look at some important considerations when you want to change locks on house. By the end, you will learn how to choose the perfect lock for your house.

  1. Factor the intended daily use

The number one factor when purchasing new replacement locks for your house is the intended daily use. Today, you will find a growing number of front door locks available on the market. Each of the options you find is suitable for specific use. Before purchasing a replacement lock, consider how you will be using the lock. For instance, let us say you are purchasing a replacement door lock for the front door. Number one, you expect to use the lock for several times a day especially when living with relatives. It is without doubt that the front door lock is one of the most used locks in a house. Therefore, you will consider a mortise lock compared to the standard rim cylinder deadbolt.

  1. Determine the desired security level

The second factor to consider when purchasing the door lock is the desired security level. If you are protecting your valuables, the security level here is higher than just locking up a house to control entry. Realistically, everyone wants to feel as safe as possible. Finding out the level of security when purchasing a replacement lock for your house door is very important. Therefore, ask the dealer to give an explanation of the deadbolt features. Why is the dealer recommending the particular lock? Ask yourself whether the lock really meets the security standards as expected. You should be sure to pick appropriate lock that will meet the expectations when it comes to security levels.

To evaluate the security level, consider how easy it is picking the particular lock. What resources and time is required to pick the particular lock? For high-level security, you want to ensure a lock that takes time to pick and requires advanced technology to pic

2. Do not be carried away by the brand name

A serious mistake that many people make when purchasing a replacement door lock is being carried away by the brand name. Ensure that you consider quality rather than purchasing base on brand name. Ask for the best door locks that meet your desired security level and is best for the intended use. This way, you will be able to choose a better door lock for your house

3. Consider the smart locks

We are in an era when everyone wants to consider the smart door locks. The smart locks provide curb appeal ensuring high-level security, and enjoy convenience. There are various smart lock options available in the market.

4. Ease of installation

Some door locks provide an easy installation experience while others are complicated. It is advisable that you go for the door locks that are easy to install and provide the user simplified use experience.

Consider the above factors when purchasing the replacement locks for your house. Remember that security is an important consideration when purchasing the door locks. Do not forget to engage a professional to assist you in choosing an appropriate replacement lock. At Bayside Locksmith & Security , we provide the best door lock installation. Contact  us today for professional expertise.

Thank You

Todd Theroux

Car Theft Protection

Theft of personal items happens every day. Unfortunately, one of those common crimes is the theft of vehicles. Automobiles have become one of the most important and valuable items that a household can have. For most individuals, they are essential for getting to and from work, for others they are essential just for general mobility. A vehicle?s value, whether monetary or not, is precisely why thieves target them.? Vehicles can be stripped for spare parts or even used to commit other crimes. Now more than ever it is important to protect your vehicle just as you protect your home and family.

There are a few simple tools you can use with your vehicle to help deter or even prevent theft.

The first and primary tool is your vehicle?s car alarm. Luckily this tool already comes pre-installed with all modern vehicles. The sudden loud noise it emits is perfect for chasing off most thieves since they prefer to work quickly and quietly. However, even if your vehicle already has an alarm, it does not mean it is safe. Car alarms are so commonplace that most people have become desensitized to them, so they are not 100% likely to deter thieves. Other tools may be necessary.

Another useful tool may be a steering wheel lock bar. A lock bar is a convenient and compact tool that can be placed on your steering wheel to prevent it from being turned. This can usually deter a thief since its presence makes it a huge inconvenience for them to attempt to remove it. A brake lock is also an effective tool to prevent theft. Brake locks secure to the bottom of the brake petal so it can?t be suppressed. Thieves can?t steal your car if they can?t drive it away.

The final tool is quite effective and most modern cars possess one, a tracking device. Tracking devices are useful for determining your vehicle?s position via GPS if a thief manages to make off with it. Tracking devices are one of the most useful functions vehicles have these days and can be quite powerful when used with other tools. Some companies can even disable your car for you once they find out it was stolen, often causing thieves to abandon the vehicle. Sadly, older vehicles do not come with this function and it can be an expensive system to add to your car. Please research which tools would be most effective for you and your vehicle before you buy.

Thank You

Todd Theroux

Why do keys break?

Ever had a day when you’re running late for work and in a rush, you go to lock the door, and your key breaks in the lock? If you have, you know how frustrating it can be. But why did this happen? You’ve had your key for years, and it’s always worked fine before.

So, what are some reasons why keys break in door locks?

What can you do to prevent it? And what should I do and not do? You may not realize it, but keys are made of relatively soft material like nickel or brass, so they aren’t as strong as you think. The best way to keep it from happening is not to apply too much pressure when using them.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to prevent breaking your keys, what to do when it does happen, as well as some tips to prevent keys from breaking, continue reading below.

Why Do Keys Break in Locks?

    • Keys are made out of soft metals such as nickel or brass
    • The lock is malfunctioning or poorly lubricated
    • You applied too much pressure on the key when locking or unlocking the door.
    • Due to warm or humid weather, the door itself has bent or become warped.
    • The lock is poorly lubricated.

How Can I Prevent Broken Keys?

The best way you can do this is to make sure your lock is adequately lubricated. You can simply do this by using WD-40. Watch for a few simple signs that the locks are not appropriately lubricated. You may notice they are starting to stick, or the lock isn’t turning as smoothly as it used to.

If your key is getting old and you notice that it is becoming weak or damaged, make sure you have a spare, then throw the old key away. A few things to look for in a damaged key is:

    • It’s bent
    • There are cracks
    • The key is sticking even after your lock is lubricated.

One mistake many of us make is not having a knife or scissors to open a package, and so we grab a key and do it. This is something you shouldn’t do. Ever. This simple action causes your key to weaken and eventually break.

If you pull your door closed with your key still in the lock, it will cause a weak spot and break. You may grab the wrong key in a rush and start fighting with it to look or unlock your door and before you realize it.

What Do I Do If My Key Breaks in the Lock?

There are a few different ways you can try to remove your key from the lock before you call a locksmith. If part of the key is still sticking out, you can get some spray lubricant and a pair of pliers. Then you simply spray the lock and remove the exposed end with the pliers. Once removed, get a new key made. If none of the keys is sticking out, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to remove it, and you’ll need to call a locksmith.

Note: if you have trouble grabbing the key, don’t try to force removal or poke and prod; otherwise, you’ll damage the lock itself.

Common Questions

Can a new key be made from a broken one?

Yes, most of the time, you can take the broken key and have a new one made. Since key cutting machines make the key based on the original, it may not work if the key has a damaged node. If this is the case, you may have to get a new lock.

Can a locksmith remove the key?

Yes, typically, locksmiths can remove the broken key. They have specialized tools that other people do not have, and they are familiar with most types of locks.


No matter what steps you take to prevent it, at some point, you may end up with a key stuck in your door. If it’s sticking out, there’s a good chance you can remove it yourself. If not, your best bet is to call a locksmith, so you don’t damage your lock or create a bigger door lock problem.


Todd Theroux

Business Owner

Transponder Keys

Transponder keys are a wonderful example of how technology can be designed as a part of your car’s anti-theft mechanism.  Without a right key, no one can unlock or start your car – limiting the chances of break-ins and getting the car stolen. If somebody attempts to start the engine without a properly programmed key, the car’s electronic computer panel will fail to recognize the code and will even go to the extent of disabling the engine temporarily. While your transponder key is definitely taking the security a notch above, they still are complicated and expensive to be replaced or repaired by just any auto locksmith.
Do you find your transponder keys or proximity fobs stop functioning? What if your transponder keys are lost, damaged or stuck in the ignition? It is very important that you are able to quickly call a local, reliable auto locksmith in the Fox Cities with high technology expertise and experience to resolve your transponder keys issue.
More often than not, people usually consider a visit to their dealership to fix this. Good news is you simply don’t have to pay such high costs for transponder keys replacement and programming services. Call a local, reliable auto locksmith, such as Bayside Locksmith & Security in Green Bay. We offer the most cost-effective and convenient utransponder keys services in your area.
Why us?
1. High quality end to end auto locksmith services in Wisconsin – including car key repair, transponder car keys replacement, ECU programming, ignition repair and replacement, remote fob repair, programming, spare keys.
2. Our technicians take pride in reaching you within minutes of placing the call. We come equipped with all the required transponder keys programming software, hardware, tools and car keys cutting machinery to offer the best auto locksmith services right there, on the spot.
3. Our expert auto locksmiths can provide professional transponder keys replacement and programming services for any model and make of car, including but not limited to Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, Infiniti, Lexus, Honda and Mazda.
4. We have unrivalled technology expertise with real-time experience in working with latest transponder keys technologies and programming software – making us the preferred auto locksmith in the entire Fox Valley area to perform expert transponder keys programming services.
5. At Bayside Locksmith & Security, our auto locksmith services are available 24 x 7, even after business hours and on weekends and holidays.

Thank you for your business,

Todd Theroux

Digital or Combination Safe?

Myths Vs Reality: Which is Better? A Digital or Combination Safe Lock?
Can you change the lock on your safe from a dial locks to an electronic lock? Yes you can. But are you ready to? Do you feel comfortable making the change?
Do You Even Need to Decide Between a Mechanical & Digital Lock
The debate between with safe lock is better, a combination lock or a digital lock, is strong. One is entirely mechanical; the other much easier to use. But there are myths associated with both.
With today’s technology, Bayside Locksmith & Security recommends upgrading to a digital safe lock from a combination lock for the ease-of-use provided by the digital safe lock. If you are ordering a new safe, get the digital safe lock.
The digital safe lock is better than the combination lock because:
* You get in fast. If you need to access the safe quickly, there’s no better way than a user code.
* If a dial fails, you’re drilling the safe and replacing the dial. If an electronic lock fails, many times you can simply replace the key pad to get in. No drilling. A much less expensive option.

Safe Lock w/ Audit Trail
Myth: Mechanical locks don’t fail.
Reality: They do. Without regular maintenance the combinations of those locks tend to drift with time and at some point, the owner can no longer get in. For example, if one of your numbers is “45” and you notice you have to dial “45 1/2” instead of “45” it’s time to get your safe dial serviced before it’s too late.
Myth: If my batteries die, I’m locked out of an electronic safe.
Reality: Most new safes have the batteries placed in the face plate on the outside of the safe. Those that don’t either have temporary ways to get power to the keypad or a key override.
Myth: Electronic locks fail too often, and I’ll be in for costly repairs later.
Reality: We see both types of safe locks fail. The main advantage for an electronic lock is that if the electronics on the keypad do fail, most can simply be swapped out by the owner of the safe. You don’t even need a locksmith in this case. If a dial fails, you are definitely hiring a locksmith to drill and repair the safe.
EMP Rated Safe Lock

Myth: An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) will wipe out me electronic lock.
Reality: You can now get EMP-rated electronic locks that can withstand EMPs.
Myth: Biometric lock technology is poor.
Reality: Biometric safe lock technology has been improving for years, but it’s true, we still don’t like them, and we don’t recommend them in most cases.
We see them often result in false negatives (a registered user not being able to get into the safe) or false positives (a non-register user getting into the safe). You see biometric locks a lot in the cheaper brands of safes.
Mechanical & Electronic Duel Lock
Myth:You need to choose between a dial and an electronic lock.
Reality: You don’t! There are safe locks that contain both keyed entry and a dial combination. If one fails, no matter which one, you can use the other method to get into the safe.
Changing a safe lock is something you will want to hire a profession to do. You don’t want your lock installation failing because you’ll need to hire someone to drill the safe to get you back in. If you do try this on your own, never close the safe door without thoroughly testing your install and proper operation of the safe lock several times.
Ready for an electronic lock? Call us today!!


Todd Theroux