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Are your locks up to standard?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Friday, September 21, 2012, In : Security 

We were recently called out by a customer who had lost their keys. When we got to the property it was a very nice period property with a beautiful wooden door with stained glass panels. The lock keeping it closed turned out to be a 2 lever mortice lock. This did mean that getting the door open was quick. The customer agreed that they should have a new lock fitted as their insurance policy was invalid due to the lock not meeting the relevant British Standard. If your house has a wooden door th...


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Window locks - do you need them?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Security 

Went to a job a couple where the customer had wanted locks fitted to their windows. They had called a locksmith as they were unsure which lock would be most suitable. After a discussion about the options available they decided to swap the window handles for locking handles. The reason they had called was because they had just moved in and their insurance policy stipulated that all windows must have key operated locks fitted. Do you know if all the doors and windows in your house have locks in...


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Some people have no shame

Posted by Kevin Readman on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Security 
Just been called out to change all the locks on a property due to the keys being in a safe that was stolen. The premises are owned by a charity. I don't know if there was anything else in the safe but let's hope it was empty apart from the keys. If you have a safe of your own then please ensure that it is securely bolted to the floor / wall. If you're thinking of storing your valuables in a safe at home then make sure you buy one that meets the requirements of your insurance company for the v...
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Check your locks before it's too late!

Posted by Kevin Readman on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Security 
Went to a customers house today to change a mortice lock as they sad it was getting difficult to turn the key sometimes. The lock looked like it had been on the door for a few decades, so it had definitely been good value for money. However it was a 3 lever lock and in the event of a burglary the insurance company may have refused to pay out as the lock did not meet the relevant standards. Please check what locks are fitted to your door - don't assume that it meets the required standard just...
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New home - Is it secure?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Sunday, March 25, 2012, In : Security 

On the day when you finally move into your new home the last thing you will want to think about is whether or not you are likely to become a burglary victim. Although not as exciting as decorating the living room or planning a new kitchen, ensuring your home is secure should be right at the top of your "to do" list.

Firstly you need to consider how many people have keys to your house — is it only you and your family or do other people still have keys? People who may have keys include the ...


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Don't make it too easy!

Posted by Kevin Readman on Saturday, March 10, 2012, In : Security 
We were called out to a lock out situation this week. Upon arriving I noticed that the bedroom window on the first floor was ajar. When I asked the householder if they minded me getting my ladders and climbing in they offers me the use of their ladders which were in the alley at the side of the house. This must be a dream scenario for a burglar - open window and ladder provided! We would always recommend keeping windows shut and locked if not in the room, and all ladders, steps etc. should b...
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Timber Doors - Is Your's Secure?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Security 
We have recently done a few jobs on timber doors, which although not normally fitted to new builds are still fairly common in older properties. Here is some advice if you have a timber door on your house. Timber doors are traditionally fitted with two different types of locks: night latches (commonly referred to as Yale locks) and mortice locks (commonly referred to as Chubb locks). Mortice locks come as either deadlock or sash lock variants, sash locks have a latch as well as a deadbolt and...
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UPVC Doors - is yours secure?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Security 

During the last 20 years UPVC doors have overtaken timber doors in popularity. One of the reasons for this is the multipoint locks which are fitted to them and are seen as very secure due to all of the locking points. However, with crime rates on the rise and burglaries increasing rapidly, is your UPVC door as secure as you think it is?Should you consider fitting a better lock or fitting additional security measures to your door?

Many of the first generation of multipoint locks have a latch ...


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