Burglaries are predicted to increase when the clocks go back and darker nights set in. According to a report by Halifax Home Insurance, burglary claims go up by approximately 21% in the winter months compared to summer. Some simple precautions can help you from becoming just another crime statistic in .
Make sure your doors and windows are locked at all times, even when indoors. You might not hear an opportunist thief even if you are at home.
Consider using external, motion activated security lights, or indoor lights on a timer switch while you are away from the house.
Do not leave valuable items on display. Consider hanging some net curtains or blinds on your windows to obstruct easy viewing from outside.
Make sure your insurance cover is suitable for your needs, and ensure your locks are British Standard insurance approved, otherwise your insurance could be invalid if you need to make a claim.
If you would like to discuss the benefits of installing anti-snap locks, please call us today on 0203 292 0060
Advice When Choosing a London Locksmith
There are many factors to consider when choosing a locksmith in London. Our checklist below should help you when making a decision.
Check the locksmith is DBS (CRB) checked. This will reveal whether they have a hidden criminal past. You need someone you can trust working with your home security, so if they do not have a clean DBS (CRB) check walk away.
Check the price quoted is what you will pay. Many locksmiths will quote one price on the phone only to bump the price up dramatically once the work has been undertaken. Make sure you know what you will be paying before work commences and sign something agreeing to the charges.
Make sure you are happy with what the locksmith says regarding your home security and don’t be pressurised into an expensive upsell. Not all locks are equal, and some cheaper locks do not provide adequate security for home insurance purposes so make sure if you’re having new locks installed they are right for you.
Always use a trusted locksmith with a decent reputation and accountability. There are many rogue traders who just want to rip customers off. Check their websites for testimonials and guarantees. If anything looks or feels dodgy, walk away and find another locksmith.
Call their advertised number and see how long it takes them to answer. If calls are left ringing with no answer or diverts to voicemail numerous times it could indicate they will be difficult to get hold of if there is a problem with their work. Use a locksmith who answers their phone!
Hopefully this checklist will help you to choose the best locksmith for your needs.
All LockRite locksmiths are DBS (CRB) checked and will always confirm the price you will pay before commencing any work.
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How Safe Is Your London Borough?
If you want to know how safe your London borough is, use our free crime stats checking service by entering your postcode in the box below. All data is provided by police.uk under the Open Government Licence.
Identifying Different Types of Door Lock
When calling a locksmith it is important to know what type of lock needs fixing or replacing. Use our visual guide below to identify your particular lock type.
Van Drivers At Risk Of Theft
Many of Britain’s van drivers could be putting themselves at risk of theft without the correct level of insurance cover according to a survey by a leading insurance comparison website.
Approximately 65% of van owners surveyed, which included many small businesses, said they used their vans to transport tools, goods or equipment and over half of those surveyed said they left items in their vehicles overnight.
Approximately 10% of those surveyed also admitted to selecting the ‘social only’ insurance level to reduce insurance costs which would not be adequate for a business/commercial insurance claim.
Do you know how many sets of keys are in circulation to your new home? How many generations of people have lived there? Do they still have keys? Do you trust they will never return or pass on those keys?
Don’t take any chances, change your locks today!
Protect Your Home – Advice From The Metropolitan Police
The Metropolitan Police have a useful online guide for protecting your home, especially now the darker evenings are drawing in. As well as plenty of useful tips there is also an interactive virtual house tour which provides advice on how to secure specific parts of your property, both inside and out and make it less appealing to thieves.
25% Of All Vehicle Thefts Now Involve The Use Of A Key
The latest UK crime statistics show an alarming rise in vehicle thefts involving the use of a key with 25 percent of all stolen vehicles now being taken with the original key or a cloned copy.
It is important to lock your car, even when kept in a garage, and ensure your car keys are kept out of sight from the opportunist thief as a car which is stolen with the use of a key is unlikely to be covered in the event of an insurance claim.
Yale’s New Digital Door Locks TV Advert
Watch Yale’s new TV advert showcasing their new range of digital door locks … with a pretty humourous twist! Call us today on if you would like to discuss getting a Yale digital door lock installed.
Fit the correct locks to doors
When it comes to secure your doors do not leave it to chances.
A rim latch (Yale type) on its own is not sufficient.
The door should also be fitted preferably with a 5 lever mortice deadlock – insurance approved and compliant with British Standard 3621 or the equivalent European Standard EN12209. You might choose a rim automatic deadlock.
Once you decided on the lock(s) also have a look at the door and frame itself. Identify the weakest link: Quality locks are only as strong as the doors and frames to which they are attached. The frame needs to be sound and the door suitable for external use. It should be of substantial construction, at least 44mm (13/4″) thick to support the mortice lock and hung on three strong 100mm (4″) hinges.
Would you risk all your possessions for the sake of a few pounds?
Do you know who else might have a key to your property? If you are renting or have bought a property and never had your locks changed then a complete stranger may have a key to your home. Also, if your house is entered without forced entry it is very unlikely an insurance company will pay out in the event of a claim.
You can prevent this often overlooked scenario from ever occurring by simply getting your locks changed. Call now for a quote.
Home Security Tips – Garden Sheds
Thefts from gardens and garden sheds, this has always been a problem, but with a few simple steps like putting a secure lock on your shed or garden store and back gate. Also putting your gardening tools/equipment, bicycles etc away and out of sight when they are not being used will also help to deter to oppotunist thief.
Exactly How Secure Are uPVC Doors?
Double glazing and PVCu door salesmen usually sell their products around the aspect that multi point locks on uPVC doors (such as dead locks, roller-bolts and hook bolts) are particularly robust, and they are totally correct. Having said that, there’s an inherent weak spot in almost any uPVC door and that is the lock cylinder (i.e. the part you’d put your key in). More often than not this tends to be the lowest priced element of your entire door which generally translates to being the weakest and least secure. They unquestionably provide no security, and any partially-knowledgeable burglar will most certainly endeavor to wreck the cylinder to be able to achieve entry either by drilling or snapping, as after the cylinder is destroyed, all the rest of the important door security stops functioning.
Alternative methods intruders could use to gain entry to many PVCu doors are via using special kinds of keys known as ‘bump keys’ which are for sale for several pounds on-line, and there’s no protection against anyone duplicating your keys either.
The perfect solution is to this is to purchase a more secure lock cylinder which can resist almost all attacks including bumping, snapping, picking or drilling. Some can also be installed which provide security against unauthorised key reproduction. Phone today to get a quote.