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.
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Get The Locks Changed On A New Home
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.