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Secure Your Home This Christmas November 3, 2015

Ah, ’tis the season of goodwill to all men. It is also high season for burglaries, as those fiendish criminals know that homes will be packed to the gunnels with brand new items that are easy to sell on like phones, tablets, perfume, jewellery, alcohol and other luxury items.

Don’t fall victim at this time. Take a good long look at your home security, and you can prevent the worst from happening.

Home security starts outside the house. Is your property adequately lit? Motion sensor activated lighting is a good preventative measure, but please make sure the sensor it set up correctly, so as not to bathe your neighbours in 50 gigawatts of light every time someone walks past your house. Make sure any shrubs or bushes obscuring a potential break in point are pruned back, so burglars have nowhere to hide. Secure ladders and tools away, so you are not helping an intruder to help himself to your stuff. Is your shed or outside store a secure place for tools? Consider beefing up the quality of the locks, a cheap padlock is just not adequate.

Once your outside is secure, move inside the property and check that all windows and door locks are up to the standard required by your home contents insurance policy. Consider asking a reputable local locksmith to come round for a security survey. A colleague of mine, a Chesterfield Locksmith, offers this service for free.

Burglaries via uPVC doors is on the rise in the UK. If you have this type of doors fitted, you need to upgrade your cylinders to the latest 3 star rated cylinders to keep out unwanted guests.

Sliding patio doors are a weak spot. They require additional locking bolts fitted top and bottom. All windows should have key operated locks.

Ensure that you do not hang keys or just drop them on a shelf in the hallway. Thieves can steal these via the letterbox and simply let themselves in or drive off in your vehicle. Consider installing a key safe to secure all the residents’ keys safely out of site.

We hope this article has been of some help. Have a very Merry Christmas.

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Keyless Egress January 30, 2015

To comply with modern fire regulations, it is required that exit doors to multiple occupancy homes have keyless egress. This means that doors can be opened without a key. Quite simply, any door that can be deadlocked and the key removed will have to be upgraded to one with a thumb turn cylinder.

A locksmith Chesterfield can advise on your fire regulations and organise this work for you. It is a relatively simple matter to replace existing cylinders with the thumb-turn variety. Existing mortise locks can also be replaced with cylinder type locking cases, although this will also require a change of door furniture to accommodate the new cylinder. Most locksmiths will be happy to provide you with a free estimate of likely costs.

In any event, the peace of mind that comes from properly maintained exit doors is priceless. The convenience of being able to open the door to visitors or deliveries without scrabbling around for a key is great too. Why not investigate whether your doors and security are up to scratch today, with a quick call to your local locksmith?

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Leicester Locksmith October 20, 2014

Have you ever lost your keys while out and about in Leicester?This is a time you would require the services of a local Leicester Locksmith.

Being locked out of your home is one of the worst feelings, especially if it is dark, cold and pouring down with rain! It is at a time like this that you would be straight on your smart phone or around a neighbour’s looking in the yellow pages searching for Locksmiths Leicester and hoping that you will get someone out who will be quick, professional and competitively priced.

When your Local Locksmith arrives and gains entry to your home in no time at all, reunites you with all your lovely belongings, the sense of relief is huge!

leicesterHowever a Locksmith is not just there for emergency situations like this. Most Locksmiths are always at the end of a phone for advice on your lock issues. Most, not all Leicester Locksmiths will be willing to attend and give your home a free security survey, and offer advice on your home security. Locks may need to be added or upgraded to bring your home up to insurance standards or to act as a deterrent burglars.

UPVC door problems arise, for example your door jamming shut and on some occasions open! Which at any time when you are in a hurry is not a good thing. Many customers believe they need a new door but most  locksmiths in Leicester offer the service of replacing broken mechanisms or gearboxes, at a fraction of the cost of a new door, and many work 24/7 so you don’t have to wait till 9am the next day to call someone out.

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Where Can I Advertise my Locksmith Business? May 31, 2014

When you first set up a locksmith business it can be tempting to place adverts in every publication you can find. However, with advertising costs taking up such a huge percentage of your set up costs, it really pays to think about which ads are likely to give you the best returns.

With the rising popularity of the internet for locating services and trades, the traditional print publications are experiencing tough times. The Yellow Pages has reduced the size of its book, mainly due to the fact that many tradespeople are choosing not to advertise with them. The theory is that as people have access to so much information on the web, there is no need to keep a copy of a directory in their houses. A tradesman that I know who runs a locksmith St Ives, told me that since opting out of the Yellow Pages, he has seen no decrease in profits.

However, there are a few printed publications and directories that could prove profitable. Your local newspaper should be your first port of call, as these will give your customer’s a strong sense of your local connections, putting you one step ahead of the national companies. Adverts in a local paper are usually affordable, and as you pay by the word, you can create an ad to match your budget. Simple text adverts with basic information could be less that ten pounds, but you will also have the option of adding photographs, stand-out colours and design elements such as borders and shading.

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