Things to consider when changing your locks........
There are many reasons why people decide to change the locks to their property.
These can include moving home, failed locks or lost keys.
When doing so there are some things you should consider.
When is it a good time to change your locks?
People will change the locks to their property for various reasons, however you should look to change the locks to your property if you have;
1. If you have recently moved: You can never be sure who has a spare key if you move home so replacing your locks is the perfect way to be sure you are the only people with keys to your property.
2. Your locks are over 5 to 10 years old: Locks will have various life expectancies depending on makes and models however we recommend looking at having new locks fitted every 5 to 10 years.
3. If you’ve lost your keys: Loosing a set of house keys can be worrying as you can never be too sure who may find them. We would always recommend having your locks changed if you have lost your keys, especially if you have lost them with something that may show where you live for example your driving licence.
What lock is right for you?
Depending on what type of door that you have will be the best way to determine which lock is suitable. Generally speaking, if you have a wooden door you will be looking to fit a Mortice lock or Night latch, if your door is made from upvc door you will be looking to change a euro cylinder as these are usually fitted as standard for upvc door locks.
It is recommended to check with a locksmith prior as they can help you with choosing a lock that meets the security levels you require for either your front door locks or other locks in your property.
Why should I choose British standards?
When changing your locks choosing British standard is always recommended as these locks have passed various testing to ensure they meet a recommended standard. British Standard locks also meet the minimum standard requested by most insurers for home insurance policies. It can often be tempting to try and choose a cheap locksmith or cheaper option for your locks but we highly recommend having British Standard locks fitted and using an accredited local locksmith to fit them.
How do I get my locks changed?
To ensure your locks are changed correctly you should call a professional locksmith. Im a 24 hour locksmith so I carry a wide range of locks and am able to fit these at a time that suits you, I can also be available out of hours if you experience an emergency.
If you call a mobile locksmith they will be able to attend your home and also help with advice on meeting the needs of your security.
Home Security month have had some good guest blogs recently and have put some good and useful information about home security.
click on the link below and check out the blogs
If you have questions after reading the blog then please contact A.R Locksmiths on 07813842390 and i'll be happy to answer any questions on home security.
I also provide free home security checks, call now to take advantage of this
Have you or someone that you know been burgled?
In the last year over half a million people have had their homes burgled in the uk.
As a locksmith I have attended a few burglary's over the last few weeks which is more than in previous months, and it seems like at the moment everyone seems to know someone that has been burgled.
The burglary's I have attended, the burglar has gained entry by snapping the lock. If you haven't got anti snap Euro cylinders then snapping the lock is a very simple and quick method, would take under a minute to do this and wouldn't make much noise.
Because of this I advise people to get the security on their homes upgraded as soon as possible. Get anti snap locks fitted - get British standard locks fitted - extra security - get an alarm fitted - if you are unsure about the quality of your locks or would like advice regarding the security then please call your local locksmith.
The hassle and stress of a burglary is not nice, knowing that someone has been in your house looking through all your belongings. I know we all think it wont happen to us but if we haven't got the right security on our homes then unfortunately it could. The more deterrents you have your property the better, a burglar will always pick the easy option.
- lock all doors
- upgrade the locks
- get an alarm fitted
- keep expensive stuff out of sight
- make sure the windows lock
Do you need a locksmith in Essex, put this number in your phone now 07813842390 Even if you don't live in Essex then please call me and I would be happy to give you some advice.
I was reading an article written by IKS Locksmiths and it got me thinking.
The article was regarding Local independent Locksmiths Vs National Locksmiths and as I have worked under both of these I thought I would give my opinion on the subject.
I worked for a National Locksmith company, who claimed to be the biggest locksmith company in the uk, for about 3 years but soon began to realise the difference between the two.
I'm not going to mention the company as I think that would be unfair, and plus I wouldn't want to promote the company in anyway.
When you call one of these big companies you are normally put through to a call centre who will have little knowledge and no experience of being out in the field working as a locksmith.
They will then take down your details and have to give you a call back whilst they speak to a locksmith and get some more information and a time slot for you, a long and lengthy process.
The National companies will also charge you a lot more than a local independent locksmith. The company I used to work for would charge £85 per hour, plus VAT, and then the mark up on materials would be horrific. For a lock that would costs them £8, they would charge the customer anything up to £50/60, so for a simple lock change it could cost you £170, that's nearly double to what it would cost using a local locksmith.
I think you can see my point already! And the way they treat the customer and us the locksmith was disgusting, they didn't have any consideration for anyone else but themselves. As long as they were making money they didn't care who's toes they were stepping on.
Quite nice getting all this off my chest!!ha
Local Independent Locksmiths
So when you call a local locksmith company you will speak to an experienced locksmith who will be able to give you advice and information straight away, they'll be able to give you a time slot and a quote, all within a couple of minutes.
And normally a local locksmiths response time will be quicker than a national company. My response time is generally 30 minutes.
So like I said above, you will get a better price with the local locksmith. using the same example as above, for a simple lock change you shouldn't be looking at anymore than £100.
The only thing I find hard as a local locksmith is advertising. The big companies pay big money to be number one on the search engines etc whilst the smaller companies rely on reviews, feedback, word of mouth and putting adverts in the local magazines.
I do find it hard trying to compete with the bigger companies and their advertising budgets and this is the only thing that makes me think sometimes am I doing the right thing.
After two years now of working for myself I am now starting to see a lot more recommendations and reviews about me and my company so fingers crossed it will keep improving.
If you haven't already then put the number of your local locksmith in your phone.
As a locksmith all I want to do is help the customer out by completing the job and leaving them feeling happy that they called me. I Love my job and if I can earn a bit of money as well to look after the family then that's all I ask.
A.R Locksmiths covering all towns in the Essex area: 07813842390
If you’re in the middle of moving house, having your possessions boxed up and transported around can leave them vulnerable to opportunistic thieves. But don’t let this ruin the excitement of moving house! Taking precautions and following our tips will go a long way towards keeping your items safe and secure.
Why Are you at Risk During a House Move?
Combined with the stress of planning for the move and packing the house up, it’s easy to be forgetful or lax when it comes to home security. You will likely be distracted, especially on moving day when boxes are moved and left around the house or next to the removal van ready to be loaded. Your front door will probably be unlocked, as people will be walking in and out; any opportunist paying attention could quickly walk over and take whatever they want.
Here are some tips to help minimise the risk of this happening.
Look at Crime Rates in the Area
The area you live in can impact the likelihood of you being burgled when moving house. Ideally, you should look into crime rates before deciding on the area you live in, you won’t always get a totally accurate depiction of the level and type of crime, but they can indicate certain trends which you can compare with other areas.
Book a Reputable Removal Company
Your removal company is responsible for your home move, transporting all your worldly possessions safely and securely. To ensure your items are in the right hands, do your research and make sure to get several quotes to compare before deciding. In general, a legitimate removal company will:
• Agree to a home survey before the move
• Provide a comprehensive quotation
• Have trained and uniformed staff
• Be insured
• Provide quality customer service
On Moving Day
Keep an eye on your valuables and create an inventory of exactly how many boxes are being moved, and how many are in each room.
Make sure boxes are taken straight from the house and on to the van or lorry and not left outside waiting to be loaded. If you can’t keep locking and unlocking the van, ask either a member of the removal staff or a family member or friend to keep a watchful eye.
For extremely fragile or valuable items like jewellery and important documents, don’t keep them on the van; rather, keep them on you at all times.
After the Move
When you arrive at your new home, make sure the boxes are taken straight from the van to the house and not left unattended at any point. Put your curtains and blinds up as soon as possible so people don’t see moving boxes and try to slip in and take them.
It’s a good idea to introduce yourself to the neighbours too; if you are on good terms, they are likely to keep an eye on your house when you are away, and you can return the favour.
For extra peace of mind, once you have moved in, make sure you change the locks – you don’t know how many duplicate keys were made by the previous owners. You should also fit in dead locks on doors and windows. Make sure that if you’re fitting on new doors and windows that they are fit for purpose and certified.
Get the Alarm Details
Your new house might have an alarm system installed, so make sure you get the manual from the sellers so you can change the existing password the previous owners used. If the house doesn’t have an alarm system, you want to have one installed for peace of mind.
When you’re out of the house, try and make the house look occupied by leaving the radio on so it sounds like people are home.
Spot the Security Weaknesses
Take a look around your new home and try to spot any security weaknesses. For example, is there a window without a lock that someone could climb through without being detected?
These tips will greatly decrease the risk of burglary, but sometimes the worst can still happen. If you get home and notice signs of a break-in:
• Don’t enter the house or make noise; the burglar could still be inside.
• Go to the neighbour’s house and call the police – let them know you think they’re still inside.
• Even if you are certain the burglar has left, don’t touch anything as you could destroy valuable evidence.
Get Contents Insurance
Contents Insurance covers the damage to, or loss of your possessions while they are in the house. Again, if the worst happens make sure your home contents insurance covers your all of your valuables.
When you are in the middle of moving house, your possessions are in a vulnerable position as boxes are left out in the open and people are walking in and out of your house. Following our tips and hiring a reputable removal company will significantly decrease the likelihood of this happening, but if the worst still happens, make sure your contents insurance is in place and call the police immediately
Being a locksmith for over 6 years now i often have requests regarding church keys. Can i cut and supply them?
I have said no in the past as it has become more difficult to buy church key blanks.
I recently had a call from a local church in maldon asking if i could cut them a couple of new church keys. After searching around for the right key blank and having no luck i decided to speak to my friend who works with metal to see if we could make a new key blank from scratch.
After a few days he had made me a new church key blank which i then had to file out by hand.
So of you know anyone that needs a church key, A.R Locksmiths can now supply church key blanks and also cut them to all the different and wonderful styles that church keys come in.
Rightmove UK have written a small blog regarding security at xmas, please give it a read and hopefully some of it might be useful.
The countdown to Christmas is officially underway. With the hustle and bustle of attending parties, visiting relatives and cramming in some last minute Christmas shopping, it can be hard to keep track of what day it is. However, all this chaos also means that our homes are left vacant and vulnerable, and as it’s present buying season, often filled with goodies.
That’s why it’s not surprising that we’re not the only ones making the most of the festivities, with research showing that burglaries increase by 20% over the Christmas holiday period*.
With this in mind, the security experts Yale have put together their own handy hints to make sure you’ve got Christmas all wrapped up.
Keep presents hidden until the big day
Once wrapped, it is tempting to leave gifts out in plain sight under the tree. However, this makes it much easier for window-shopping thieves to spot any presents you may have. Keep these hidden out of sight until the big day.
Similarly, you don’t want people knowing what valuables you have after you’ve opened them. Don’t leave packaging outside by your bins, instead take this straight to the tip and don’t share images of your gifts on social media, creating a ready-made catalogue of presents for thrifty thieves.
Consider storing valuables in a home safe
Jewellery, small electronics, and cash are all popular items for picking as they are small and easy to sell on. Consider storing these in a home safe that is securely bolted to the floor or wall for added peace of mind.
See who’s being naughty or nice with a home IP Camera
A small IP camera can be placed freestanding anywhere in your home, letting you see inside your property at the touch of a button. These can be used as a standalone device or connected as part of a wider smart home security system.
And it’s not just thieves these are useful for tracking! You can also monitor your property to see if your kids are home safely or if your pets still chewing the furniture.
Set your alarm before leaving
A surprising 34% of homeowners admit that while they have a home alarm fitted, they rarely remember to set it!** While visually having an alarm acts as a good deterrent, they are no use if they are not activated in the event of a break-in. Make setting your alarm part of your routine before you leave home.
Invest in a newer, smart alarm device that can send real-time notifications, updates and images direct to your smartphone or tablet to give you added peace of mind that your property is protected.
And remember; lock all doors when leaving your property
Perhaps the most obvious piece of advice, but also the most neglected, always remember to lock your doors and windows when leaving your property.
Where security is concerned, ensure external timber doors are secured with a mortice lock and/or nightlatch that meet British Standard BS3621. Or if you have a PVCu or composite door, consider upgrading the cylinder to a British Standard TS007 Kitemarked model.
Still not quite sure where to start when assessing your own home security? A.R Locksmiths can help, call: 07813842390 and we can give you advice or come and give a free home security check.
Maldon Locksmith - Emergency Locksmith - www.arlocksmiths.co.uk
Not posted for a few months due to being busy, which is good, but the blog below has been written by Ralph Goodman who is a Lock and security expert from America.
He approached me and asked if i could be a guest blogger on my site, so will be interesting to know what everyone thinks and how it compares to us in the UK
What Every New Homeowner Needs To Know About Home Security
Congratulations! More likely than not, if you are reading this you just acquired a new home. Regardless of whether or not this is your first home, it is still an accomplishment you should be immensely proud of. Not many people get to say they are the proud owners of a new home. However, your journey as a new real estate parent is just beginning, and there is a lot of unchartered water that you have to learn to navigate. Among these unchartered waters is the vast amount of information that falls under the category of home security. Home security is going to be a vital part of your life and you have to treat it just like you would a child. It requires care, attention to detail and a whole lot of patience, but luckily you won’t have to pay for college tuition.
When it comes to home security, especially for new homeowners, there are some crucial things that you need to be aware of. I hope this does not sound overwhelming to any new homeowners. If it does, you might be looking at it the wrong way. Home security shouldn’t be viewed as a chore, instead, it should be seen as a rather challenging hobby that yields rewarding results. The effectiveness of your home security is tied directly into how much time and energy you put into establishing it, so new homeowners have to take extra care when crafting their security. Without further ado, here are some of the most important things that every new homeowner needs to know about home security.
Maintenance is key
First and foremost, maintenance will always be your best friend throughout your time in your home. This point cannot be stressed enough, even though it needs to be. There are many homeowners who neglect the responsibility they have to maintain their homes. The manner in which you keep your home security maintained will determine the longevity of your security measures. Maintenance involves attention to detail and continuous regimented checks on the state of things within your home. In terms of home security, new homeowners will need to pay attention to their locks, alarm system, surveillance cameras, doors, and a host of other things that all tie together to give you a well-oiled home security machine.
Abiding by a fixed maintenance schedule gives you the opportunity to verify that all your security measures are in working order, and it also gives you a chance to see what needs to be upgraded or switched out. Without effective maintenance, new homeowners will see their homes gradually start to fall apart before their eyes, and this is when burglars tend to strike, due to your vulnerability. Proper and effective maintenance is one of the best burglar deterrents that homeowners have access to.
Love Thy Neighbour
Before anyone gets confused, not about the ten commandments. It is simply addressing an underrated facet of home security, which are your neighbours. In some cases, your neighbours can make or break your home security and this is something that many new homeowners are never aware of. Neighbours are like a free security system that lives in close proximity to you. Neighbours are adequate at keeping an eye out, grabbing your mail if you’re out of town or even calling the authorities if they ever see anything out of the ordinary. New homeowners should make it a point to cosy up to their neighbours so that they can get a lay of the neighbourhood, and have a trusted ally close by should an emergency ever call for it.
Home Security Audits
This actually sounds more intimidating than it really is, and that is probably because of the use of the word audit. Home security audits, however, simply involve figuring out what needs to change in your new home. Performing a home security audit is the perfect time for new homeowners to become comfortable with their security measures.
For instance, a previous homeowner could have installed a security system that did not accommodate remote access, but you might want to upgrade to a surveillance system that does because you will be away from home more often. New homeowners tend to gloss over things like this if they do not take advantage of home security audits. In addition to changes, it allows you to become aware of the emergency exits and safety protocols that you can institute within your home. Also, these audits give homeowners the chance to replace locks or to rekey them. This is an important aspect of moving into a new home that many people ignore because they think it is inconsequential. It allows you to regain complete key control of your new home and it is one of the most important steps in tightening up your home security.
Learn About Emergency Services
As I have touched on briefly above, home security is not always centred around the home. Sometimes, it involves the action of people or institutions outside of the home to keep your constantly secure. For new homeowners, this means that they need to make themselves aware of the emergency services and personnel that are in their neighbourhood and in close proximity to their home. This might seem like a heavy dose of paranoia but it really helps homeowners properly outline their safety and security plans.
It also helps give them an idea of the kind of crime prevention strategies that might be employed in their neighbourhood. It is always a good idea to know how far emergency services might be from your home so that you can adequately plan for any emergency situation. The fact that the term is ‘home security’ does not always mean it has to be centred in and around your home. But many new homeowners forget this, and approach security with tunnel vision.
There is a lot that new homeowners need to know about home security, and the list above is just a starter to help you move in the right direction. It is important to take the necessary time and care that goes into crafting proper home security. New homeowners should have nothing to fear as long as they are adequately prepared and they invest time into learning about their new home and new neighbourhood.
Since half term in October it has been a busy few weeks for A.R Locksmiths, as I'm sure you can tell as I haven't updated my blog for a while.
Its been a good few weeks with a steady flow of work coming in. I would say most my work is shared between auto locksmith jobs and Residential locksmith jobs, but I also get a few commercial jobs as well.
Auto locksmith jobs are generally Lost car keys or keys locked in the car - I can now deal with 90% of vehicle makes and models which are on the market, pick and decode the locks, cut and program new keys, replace door locks, gain entry to vehicles if the keys are locked inside the car.
Had a few keys locked in the car recently with most of those being in the VAG range, Volkswagen, Audi, Seat etc. Some locks are harder than others to pick for one reason or another but I can normally guarantee that I will pick the lock within 30 minutes.
And then with my new Car key cloning machine I can program new car keys quicker than ever. My keyline cloner can read various transponders and then re-write the information onto another transponder which will then be able to start your vehicle. This makes things quicker and easier for both me and the customer.
I am now in the position where I am looking too upgrade and add to my car key programming equipment, I want to have the latest equipment on the market so one day their wont be a vehicle or problem that I cant deal with, which in turn will hopefully attract more customers and help me build A,R Locksmiths into a bigger company.
Locked out your house - I can gain entry to any property non destructively
Been burgled - I can make your home secure again, replace locks and give you advice on improving the security.
Lost your keys car keys or hah them stolen - I can come gain entry to your vehicle, then cut and program new keys to your car. I can also replace the locks on the car if needed.
keys locked in the car - again I can gain entry to the vehicle and retrieve your keys
Call A.R Locksmiths for a quote or even just to ask a question, I can provide free home security checks and help put your mind at rest.
Ncfe Level 3 Qualified Locksmith