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Locksmiths sell and install locks and security systems, and assist people in getting back into their homes or cars if they accidentally lock themselves out. Locksmiths also often work on installing doors and their associated hardware and fittings.

Many locksmiths maintain shops that are relatively small, since they usually work on-call at homes, apartments, and business locations. Locksmith stores make spare keys, and sell key chains, padlocks, combination locks and car security devices for owners who wish to install the items themselves. Locksmith shops also sell personal security alarms and, depending on state laws, mace and other repellent sprays.

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