As the coronavirus has turned the world upside down, locksmiths are seeing the fallout:
“We’re the first people in a business and the last people out of a business,” said Jim Doyle of Delaware Valley Lock & Safe Co., who secures hundreds of restaurants and other businesses in the Philadelphia area. (He is loath to identify his clients, but if you can think of a downtown restaurant, it’s likely on his roster. “We had a running joke when we started this business back in 1994: ‘We service the restaurants we can’t afford to eat at,’” said his wife, Nancy.)
The silver lining is that he and his clients have plenty of time to work unimpeded by customers. “It’s hard to service a front door when you have a breakfast rush and then a lunch rush and then a dinner rush,” Jim Doyle said.
But just because business is steady right now, “we’re hurting like everyone else,” said Nancy Doyle. If the shutdowns are extended, ongoing locksmith maintenance may not be needed. Plus, Jim Doyle is trying to safeguard himself from the virus while on the street. “The job has to be done,” he said.