You might never have needed to choose a locksmith before. You may have had some issues with your previous locksmith. We have some tips to help you find a reliable locksmith service in London.
First of all, you need to know what your problem is. You might need to have keys cut. You may have locked yourself out of your home, car or van. You may need to have new locks fitted for extra security. You may need a safe opened. You might need a door fitting service, or a CCTV installation. If you know exactly what you need, then you can find a locksmith that offers that service.
When you know what you need, you can search for it on the internet. You can use search terms, or you can simply search ‘locksmith near me’, and the search engine will use location services to find a locksmith near you.
You should also consider the working hours of the locksmith. Some services don’t offer an around the clock service, but other do. If you need a locksmith outside of 9-5 hours then you’ll need to find one that offers that service.
You may want the locksmith to give you a quote on the phone. If you’re asking for a quote, make sure you give as much information as you possibly can. You should tell them how fast you want them to do the job, the lock type and brand, as well as any other information you can think of. This way the locksmith can give a more accurate quote.
You might also want to ask if any new locks fitted by the locksmith are covered by a warranty. Some locksmiths won’t provide a warranty, but some do.
You may also want to ask what brand of locks the locksmith uses. You may have a choice between several brands, and several price ranges. Most locksmith services in London will have a range of brands, and will answer any questions you may have to help you choose the most suitable one for you and for your budget.
Professional locksmith services in London will be happy to answer your questions, but you should ask them in a polite manner. All the locksmith wants to do is resolve your problem as efficiently as possible, and help you feel that your property is as secure as it could be.
To provide answers to all these questions, and more, give us a call now on 02036378525.
Even though we’ve already had some absolutely beautiful weather in South London, summer isn’t over. Hopefully there’s still some amazing weather to come. Summer means that we’re getting ready for a vacation, or preparing for a staycation at home. Whatever your plans are, you should make sure that your home is as protected as it can be all summer long.
So many of us enjoy having an open window, or two, during the warm weather. However, open windows are often a signal that the property could be easily accessed. You should try to remember exactly how many windows you’ve opened, and which windows they are. If you’re going out, even if you’re going to be gone for three minutes, close the windows. If you don’t have any locks on your windows, you should consider having locks fitted on your window.
Some people find it difficult to sleep in the warm weather, and having a window open helps keep your bedroom cooler. If you are opening a window to help a comfortable sleep, it’s a better idea to only open an upstairs window. If you can’t open an upstairs window, then it might be a better idea to buy a fan.
The doors are actually the first thing a potential burglar will check. If they aren’t locked then it’s a simple matter of opening the door, and they can be in and out of your house in a matter of minutes. You should make sure that your doors are secured, and locked. Even if you’re out the back, you should consider locking the front door.
We can all be a little guilty of forgetting about the locks, but they should be checked regularly. Look for any signs of wear and tear, and have a locksmith service in South London check any minor problems. Minor problems can quickly become major problems if they aren’t seen to in a timely manner.
You should also make it routine to lock the door behind you when you come into the house. You could also consider installing anti-entry devices or door restrictors on your doors, especially any patio doors. You may also want to think about installing a safe to secure valuable items, sentimental items, and important personal documents.
It’s almost impossible to know how many keys there are for your house. Previous occupiers may have made copies, workmen may have had copies, and even your children could have given copies to their friends. You can have your house re-keyed, so you know exactly how many keys there are, and who has access to them. Even if you’re renting a home, you can ask your landlord to call a locksmith service in South London to re-key the house.
If you do have children, or teenagers, you should talk to them about the importance of home security. Explain that they should keep their keys with them at all times, and they should never leave a key in the lock for their friends.
Doors and windows are a common entry point for burglars, so they should be the first things you check. You should check:
If all the doors and windows are properly fitted
If you keep spare keys with a friend or neighbour, do they still have them?
Do you lock your door when you go out?
Do you lock the door if you are out in the back garden?
If you have sliding doors, or patio doors, do you have extra security locks installed on them?
Do you have a peephole, or some way to see who is at your door before opening it?
Do you have a security chain or door restrictor?
Have you ever changed the locks?
Could any previous occupiers have keys?
If you have a garage, are the doors properly fitted?
Do the garage doors have locks and deadbolts?
Are your windows correctly fitted?
Do you have window locks?
Do you close and lock all windows when you’re going out?
It’s not just your doors and windows that need to be reviewed when you check your security. You should also consider your other security measures, even if you don’t realise that they even are security measures.
Do you keep cash in your home?
Do you take safety measures to secure any amounts of cash?
Do you have timers on your lights?
Does you home look as though there is someone inside even if there isn’t?
Have you recorded details, including photos and serial numbers, of your valuable items?
Do you keep keys out of sight, and secure when they aren’t in use?
Do you have external lighting in the front and back of your home?
Do you have lights outside your doors, so you can easily see any late night visitors?
Are your tools and ladders secured, so they can’t be accessed by potential burglars?
If you have bikes, are they chained and padlocked?
Lastly, your friends and neighbours can be very helpful in protecting your home.
Do you keep a spare key with a friend or neighbour?
Could your neighbour collect your mail if you are away on vacation?
Could your neighbour close curtains and turn on lights if you are away?
Could your neighbour leave a car in your driveway?
Do you make arrangements for garden and lawn care if you are away for extended periods of time?
Is there a neighbourhood watch, or community alert group?
Do you alert the local police if you are going to be away for prolonged periods?
If you haven’t done some of these things, then you should call us. We have locksmiths in London, including locksmiths in West London, who can help you put properly fitted, professional security in place to protect your home. A professional locksmith can also come to conduct a full review of your locks, and repair or replace any that are broken or damaged.
One of the most exciting things is when you’ve finally exchanged on your new London home. Your new property will probably need some work to make it meet your tastes and style. You’ll need floors, paint, counters, bathroom, and much more besides. All these things mean that there’s a stream of people walking through your house before you do. You’ll hand out keys, or tell people where the key is hidden for all this work to be done. You probably won’t even think twice about it.
The problem is that by handing out key, after key, after key, you’re minimising your security. The more people who have access to your house keys, the more chance there is of your new home being burglarised. The easiest way to avoid this is to find a local locksmith to replace the locks on your house after all the work has been finished.
Replacing the locks at your new home means that you can be sure that nobody other than you actually has the keys to your house. The peace of mind and sense of security that this can give you is enormous. Talk to us today about protected keys solutions. We will explain how you can achieve so much, security wise, with so little.
People will notice when you move into your new home. Your neighbours will probably notice the moving van, but some burglars will too. It’s surprisingly easy for them to blend in with the movers, and walk off with your belongings. If you see someone hovering around, ask your movers if it’s somebody who works with them. Don’t let someone into your home that you haven’t invited.
Consider installing a keyless deadbolt. These locks can be very useful, especially if your new London home needs quite a bit of work. You can set a guest entry code for your tradesman, and then delete it afterwards. It’s an easy and simple solution which can be very cost effective.
Some people don’t think that there is any need to replace the locks on a new built home, but that’s just not true. You don’t know how many people have had access to your new home, so the only way to be sure that your home is secure is to have your locks replaced.
The only goal a locksmith has is give you security and peace of mind that you have done everything possible to keep your house secure. Our service is designed to help you protect you, and your family. We want you to enjoy your life without worrying that your home security isn’t up to par.
It’s happened to most of us. We’ve lost the key, or left a key in the house, only to find that we’re standing outside our own homes, and can’t get in. You may start to panic, and think of ways to get in, but there are some things that you absolutely should not do, and some things that you absolutely should.
You might think that breaking a window is a good idea, and while it will get you immediate access to the house, it really isn’t a good idea at all. All it means is that you’ll need to organise a window fitter to replace the glass. Also if you do break a window, and still can’t find a key, you’ll need to call a locksmith to cut new keys, or replace the locks. And you are also left vulnerable until you mange to have your glass refitted.
Some people try to take ideas from movies. In movies, people are always breaking into houses using nothing but a credit card. This isn’t a good idea. It’s highly unlikely to actually work, and it will probably break your card. The same goes for hair pins. People who have training and practice may be able to open locks using these common items, but you probably won’t be able to.
Another great movie idea is to scale the drainpipes. This is an extremely bad idea, and is much more likely to result in you still being unable to get into your house, and needing a trip to the emergency department of your local hospital.
Some people might be able to gain entry back into their homes by removing the door handle. It might work, but if you have an extra security locks, then you’re still going to be locked out of your house.
Realistically, despite the multitude of web pages available that will tell you how to get into your house in three easy steps, it’s not that simple. The best, and possibly the only, way to get back into your locked home safely is to call a locksmith. A trained locksmith will be able to get you into your home, without causing unnecessary damage to your windows, locks or doors. The locksmith will also be able to replace the locks, or make you a copy of your key. When you’re looking for a locksmith to help you, you should look for a 24 hour locksmith, as they will be able to help you at any time of the day or night.
If you want to avoid being locked out of your house, you should consider giving a friend, or trusted neighbour a copy of your keys. If you can’t do that, you can look for a key holder than can keep a spare key. Look for one that looks realistic, and place it somewhere where it is unlikely to be found by a potential burglar.
Everyone looks forward to getting away on vacation. Soaking up the sun, lounging by the pool, trying new things, relaxing, or whatever your idea of the perfect holiday is, it’s incredibly appealing. You’re going to be busy picking out beachwear, packing your suitcases, and looking for your passports. Even though you’re excited about getting out of London for a while, you still need to do a few things before you take off.
1. Protect Your Valuables
Put any valuables, and important document into a safe. These days you can find safes that are fire proof, and water proof, which are important for keeping your documents safe. Many safes allow you to set a passcode, but some do still use a key and lock system. If yours uses a key, you shouldn’t leave the key in your home, but you could take it with you, or give it to a trusted friend.
2. Put A Hold On Your Mail
When home invaders are looking for a property to break into, one of the things they look for is a build-up of mail. This would show that there’s definitely nobody home, which makes the house an appealing option. You should ask your local post office to put a hold on your mail. Instead of it being delivered to your house, it will be kept, and delivered within two working days of your return date.
3. Call Your Bank
If you’re going to be using your bank cards or credit cards, you should call your service provider. They may restrict your cards if they see transactions in odd locations, so you should let them know where you’re going.
4. Clear Out Your Fridge
The last thing anyone wants is to come home to a messy kitchen, so make sure that you tidy it up before you leave. You should clear out your fridge, and make sure there’s no perishable food items inside. Empty your bins, and check all the cupboards.
5. Close Up Your Home
Check all your windows, and make sure that they’re closed and locked. Check the exterior doors, and if you have one, close up your fireplace flue.
6. Keep Off Social Media
It’s something everyone is guilty of. You want to share your excitement about your upcoming vacation, but it’s not a good idea to post everything on social media. You don’t want too many people knowing that you’re away, and that your home is unoccupied.
Those six steps are only a few of the things that you’ll need to do before you enjoy a wonderful, relaxing vacation, but they are important. If, even after you’ve done everything possible to protect your home, you return to find that it has been burgled, then you need to call the police as soon as you can. You can use the non-emergency number, 101. You’ll also need to call an emergency locksmith in the London area. An emergency locksmith will be able to change your locks, re-key, or do whatever it takes to put your mind at rest. We do have locksmiths on call 247 to help with these situations, so call us now.
It’s quite unlikely that you will confront a burglar in your home. Most burglaries take place when the house is empty. However you should know what to do if you do happen to confront a burglar, and you definitely need to know what you should do afterwards. You should also make sure that your family knows what to do, if the worst happens when you are not there. Here are some options you should consider in the event of a burglary.
If you are in the house when a burglar is trying to rob you, you should escape. Confrontation is generally not a good idea, and you will want to avoid this. Research suggests that the burglar will have already chosen an escape plan, most likely out the back door, so try to escape out the front if you can.
Setting off your alarm system can be enough to scare a burglar into leaving your home. Anything loud will bring attention to your house, which is not what the burglar wants.
If you can’t escape, you should hide. If you can, bring your phone with you, and call the police. If you feel you can’t talk, you can press 55, and they will know that you need assistance, but need to stay silent. Keep the line open, so they can hear what’s going on.
Although, the three previous options are always a much better idea, sometimes you have no choice in confronting the burglar. Stay calm, and try not to make any sudden movements. It’s recommended that you avoid making eye contact, or raising your voice. Tell them that they can take whatever they want, and be compliant.
After you’ve discovered that your home has been burgled, or after you’ve discovered the burglars, the first thing you need to do is phone the police. If there was nobody home at the time of the burglary, then you can call the non-emergency number on 101. If you think the burglar is still inside your home, call 999.
It’s also really important that you don’t touch anything as the police may need to check for fingerprints, footprints, and collect other evidence. The police will take your statement, and the statements of anyone who may have seen anything suspicious. You will be issued a crime number, which is essential when you make an insurance claim.
When the police have left your home, you should call a locksmith. You can find one near your location who can change your locks, and board up any damaged doors or windows. Approximately 28% of people who have been burgled will be burgled again. Burglars often target the same house if they have been successful in the past. They feel familiar there, and they know that the security isn’t as good as it could be. Our London locksmiths can help you feel safe in your home again, so call us now.
Some people may think that only offices, businesses or warehouses should have safes. However, having a domestic safe can be incredibly useful. These days people are becoming more aware on the issue of personal security, and are installing home safes. You may be wondering why you should install a safe in your London, including East London, home, but there are several reasons why you should take the plunge.
The most common reason for installing a safe is to protect your valuables from burglars. Nobody likes the idea of being burgled, but if the thieves took something valuable, or sentimental, then it can be a very stressful, and emotional situation. Keeping your valuables in a safe adds an extra layer of security. The safe can only be opened by a combination, and it’s unlikely that the burglar would have the knowledge, or take the time to break into it. You could even have a hidden safe, which could mean that any burglar wouldn’t even find the safe.
There’s nothing worse than looking for your important documents, like your insurance policies, passports or birth certificates, and not being able to find them. Some people are realising that a safe is a great idea, as it means that all your documents can be stored securely, and away from anything that could cause them to be lost or damaged.
Kids and pets can be a little careless and destructive. It’s very easy for one of your children, or pets to cause some damage to your important documents or valuables. Keeping things that are very important in a safe can help protect them from accidental damage.
You may not have thought about it, but does your family have an emergency plan? You should make sure that every member of the family knows what to do if something unexpected happens. You could store an emergency pack in your safe, with things like your ID, torches, batteries, and a first aid kit. One member of your family should be responsible for getting the emergency pack in the event of an emergency.
You have a one in four chance of experiencing a fire in your home that would need emergency service attendance. In fact, in 2017 16% of all attended fires in the UK were house fires, and 86% of these were accidental. A fire resistant safe could protect your important personal documents, and your valuable items in the case of any fire.
House insurance is an absolute must, but you don’t want to be paying a higher premium than you have to. Some insurance will take safety measures such as a safe into account, which reduces your payments.
More people are beginning to understand the value of having a safe at home, but some think that installing a safe is problematic. Our ocksmith service in London, including East London, can help you choose the right safe for your needs, and recommend a secure, reliable safe.
People will choose a professional service for so much of our daily lives, but a shocking number of people won’t give the same consideration for security. Many residential, and commercial property owners may think they can DIY locksmithing. Others don’t think about locksmiths until there’s a problem. You should take time to find a reliable, professional locksmith for your London home, including North London home or business. There’s many situations when you should call a locksmith, rather than trying to fix it yourself.
When you’re buying a new home, or moving into a new rented property, you probably don’t think about needing to change the locks. However, you don’t know how many people have had access to your home. You don’t know how many copies have been made, so the safest options are to have a locksmith change your locks or re-key the property.
Estate agents and property managers often have many clients, and various properties to take care of. It’s a good idea for them to have a regular locksmith to change locks after tenants move out, and especially for tenants who have been evicted.
It’s surprisingly easy to break a lock or key. All it takes is something as simple as putting the wrong key into the lock, and turning it. When a key breaks in the lock, the lock can’t be opened, so you could be stuck outside your house, or have all your belongings stuck inside a gym locker.
Sometimes if a lock is sticking, it can fail, and snap your key. It’s a better idea to have a locksmith in London, including in the North London area check the lock when it starts sticking, rather than waiting until it actually breaks the key.
We probably don’t take as much care of our keys as we should do. We take them for granted, leave them in pockets, bags, hanging up beside the back door. Sometimes, people lose their keys, or leave them down when they’re out and about, or they’ve been a victim of theft. When this happens, it’s imperative that you call a locksmith. They can cut you a new key, re-key your house, or change your locks and make sure that you are as safe as you can be.
It’s not just our home, business, or locker keys that can be lost. Car keys can also be lost, or stolen, or you might have accidentally locked yourself out of your car. If this happens, you’ll need to call a locksmith who can open the car for you. You’ll need to give them information on the make, model, registration, and year of registration.
Business owners can get very busy, and sometimes, things that don’t seem like a priority get put to one side, and forgotten about. However, you shouldn’t let things like the security of your business become unimportant. A locksmith service in London, including North London, can organise a routine service for you before you have any problems, ensuring that your London or North London business is as secure as it can be.
Locksmiths can help you with your more unusual lock problems as well. Things like a bike lock, a suitcase, or a safe, can all be opened by a trained locksmith. Whatever the problem is with your London or North London home, or business, a locksmith can help you deal with the problem efficiently and professionally. Contact us now to see how we can help.
Most of us don’t think about emergency locksmiths in London until the worst happens, and we are in extreme need of an expert. We only think about locksmiths when we’ve locked ourselves out of the house, or our cars. In these cases, you may not even know if there’s a locksmith in your area. It’s a better idea to find a reliable locksmith before you even need one.
If you can find an emergency locksmith in your locality, or that serves your locality, it can mean that you reduce your waiting time when you actually need one. You should also ask friends, relatives, and co-workers for their recommendations. Word of mouth, and personal experiences, are still the most reliable source of recommendations.
When you’re evaluating a potential locksmith, there’s a few things you’ll need to take into consideration.
As well as finding out the location of the locksmith, you’ll also need to find out what geographic region they operate in. Some locksmiths won’t go outside a certain areas, others will charge for certain distances.
You’ll need to know if your emergency locksmith offers 24 hour availability. You won’t always only need these services in 9-5 operating hours, so it’s important to know that you can get help when and if you need it, no matter what time it is.
You should also check that your locksmith offers mobile services. You should keep a copy of your locksmith’s contact information, and carry it with you, in case you end up locked out of your home, business or car.
Your emergency locksmith will be able to give you advice on your home, vehicle and business security. They will also be able to offer recommendations on which locks, and anti-entry devices are best suited to meet your needs.
Your locksmith should also be able to evaluate your home security, and find any vulnerabilities. They can provide recommendations on how to strengthen these areas, so your home is a as secure as it can be.
In some instances, you may need to have your locks repaired, replaced, or rekeyed. You’ll need to contact your locksmith as soon as possible, so it’s important that you contact someone who can do this in an emergency. Emergency locksmiths in London should make every effort to do this for you as soon as possible.
When you find your locksmith, keep and carry their contact information with you. So you always know, that if and when you find yourself in need of an emergency locksmith, help is only a phone call away.
To provide help with all these instances, and more, talk to us now. We will be swift and efficient to provide you with the assistance that you need.