About Longs Locksmiths

Longs Locksmiths shop is a small lock and key shop with a big personality. We run a retail key store and offer complete locksmith service. We provide quality service at a reasonable price. A price that will allow us to provide for the needs of the community as well as the needs of our staff. We believe in sustainability. We do our best to be efficient, effective, and low impact.

Longs Locksmiths was founded in 1974 by Jay Long. It has been built on a reputation of integrity. We strive to uphold that reputation as we improve the quality and scope of our services.

Longs Locksmiths offer locksmith services to people who live and work in Berkeley, California. We also provide service to the surrounding areas such as Albany, Alameda, Emeryville, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Piedmont, Montclare, Oakland, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Alameda & Contra Costa Counties.


Tom E. Appel CPL, ALOA Certified Professional Locksmith, has been working in the East Bay as a full-time locksmith for over twenty-five years. He grew up in Berkeley where he attended 8th & 9th grade at West Campus, just up the street. In 1984 he graduated from Berkeley High with honors. An opportunity at a local and well respected lock shop, Rex Key, led to a career that has prepared him to carry on the legacy of Jay Long, founder of Longs Locksmiths.

Tom has attended numerous certification classes on virtually every facet of locksmith work and product sold and serviced by Longs Locksmiths. Certifications available for review.

Tom is also a semi-retired professional DJ & journeyman electrician. He has attended Laney College and DVC focusing primarily on business, marketing, and the study of music theory.

Hours of Operation

Our shop is currently open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.

We offer mobile service for your home, business, automobile, boat, motorcycle, RV, etc.

We are often available after hours and on the weekends for emergency service, evictions, people who are at work during the day, etc. We are generally closed on all legal holidays.

You can call us anytime to find out if we are available to meet your needs or to set up an appointment at your convenience.

If you find that we are not available to meet your needs please accept our apology and keep us in mind for the next time.