What to do if you suffer a Burglary in Rural Suffolk

What to do if you suffer a Burglary in Rural Suffolk

What to do if you suffer a burglary in rural Suffolk

It is unlikely that you will meet a burglar in your home or office because most break-ins happen when a property is empty. It is always best to prepare for a burglary or break-in however. I myself had to go see an elderly couple in August to repair the damage to their locks that had occurred after their Woodbridge home was broken into.

Carry an alarm and make lots of noise.

Always ensure you have a good property alarm system and CCTV, a personal alarm in your pocket, (not your handbag as it can be ripped away from you) always keep your mobile near or carry it around with you and don’t be afraid to make as much noise as you can possibly make if your home is broken into. Scream, throw things, shout, call for help, call the police and try to make any locals aware that something is happening. Anything that is loud and likely to make people pay attention can scare burglars away.

Always have an escape planned

Always have an escape route, talk to your neighbours and ask if it’s possible to run to their property if you feel threatened and scared. Always keep exits clear and run through what you would do. This is also lifesaving if you have a fire in your property. If you have children always ensure you make provisions for adequate escape.
Most burglars will try to access a property via a back door or window and then try to leave via the back door as they are less likely to be seen that way. They will usually head for the bedrooms for jewellery and electronics. Never try to confront a burglar, they may panic and become violent,

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Is Your Home Safe This Christmas?

Is Your Home Safe This Christmas?

During the winter months it’s extremely important to keep your home or business safe and secure. This is especially true over Christmas when people are out visiting relatives or away from the office and businesses are shut down for at least 2 weeks. This makes homes and businesses prime targets for burglaries, as thieves scout around looking for high value items to steal and sell on at car boot sales or places like eBay. Often these items are gone forever and will never be recovered, ruining Christmas day for family and colleagues.

Here are a few known facts about burglaries over the Christmas period taken from Government sources:

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24 Hour Emergency Locksmith in Ipswich

24 Hour Emergency Locksmith in Ipswich

I often get called out by customers at all hours of the day for various lock emergencies. Generally this is because someone has either had a burglary, have lost their keys or they have a lock that has broken and won’t work. I am on call 24 Hours a day and often can be found helping someone who is in a state of panic, get into their home using my non destructive locksmith processes to gain entry to their house, usually at 3am after they have come home from a night out.

Using my 24 Hour Emergency Locksmith services means that there are no hidden charges, you get a polite and professional service and above all and honest and local one, I can be on your doorstep in as little as 30 minutes on average. The quote I give you will be the price you pay and there will not be any additional charges you were not aware of to rack up the bill.

I am a local locksmith and not part of a franchise or national chain, I don’t use call centres either, so when you call Paul Montgomery 24 Hr Locksmiths I am the actual locksmith that comes to visit you. The person you talk to on the phone is the person that’s carrying out the locksmith services for you. I started my business from scratch, after undergoing professional locksmith training at an approved training centre and have now been a locksmith for many years. I am often to be seen driving around the Ipswich area as I am on the way to serve  local customers. I have a fully stocked van with all the latest equipment and hold more keys and spares than you will find in somewhere like Wickes or B&Q. This means that 99.9% of the time I can repair or replace your broken lock in the same visit and its rarely the case that any follow up visit is required.

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Maintaining your locks and what to do if your key is getting stuck

Maintaining your locks and what to do if your key is getting stuck

Often over time locks require maintenance to perform properly and being as they are mechanical devices, are just as prone to lack of maintenance as your car or any other precision piece of engineering. If your key is sticking in the lock here are a few pointers to look out for:

If your lock is working on the catch but not on the key, then examine your key to see if there is anything missing, check its straight and flat along its length, ensure there is nothing catching on it like an oversize keyring and also make sure its spotlessly clean and there is no debris caught in the flutes and the key edge. Also ensure the barrel is not loose in the body which can point to internal damage. In order to work properly a key and it s lock must be in good condition and nice and clean.

If your key is stuck in the lock try holding your finger on the cover plate on the barrel if on a high security front door lock and then try and remove the key, as sometimes the plate can catch the key preventing removal.

If they key is stuck try gently jiggling it left to right and back and forth while trying to either remove or turn it, if it then comes out or the lock opens, then your lock may be old and worn or the mechanism may need a clean. Do not force it, if it wont come out without a minimum of pressure then its best to call me as your lock may sustain damage if you are too heavy handed. To clean a lock you can use specialist sprays but be careful of using things like WD40 as this can cause dirt to stick to the inside and make the problem worse.

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Ipswich Locksmith Tips – When should I change a door lock?

Ipswich Locksmith Tips – When should I change a door lock?

A door that has the correct type of lock and is properly locked is a must in helping prevent burglars getting into your home or business. This is especially true in and around Ipswich where crime seems to be on the rise, it seems not a day goes by without a report of a burglary or break in on the Evening Star website. Replacing a door lock and being proactive about looking after the locks on your house or office entry points is a small price to pay to ensure they are working as they should be. Door locks that are up to date and work well without problems help prevent expensive call-outs from a locksmith and also add defence from intruders. Home or office security should be 100% reliable.

So I am going to run through when you should replace a lock and help you see what to look for.

Worn Locks

A work or corroded door lock is a weakness in how secure your home will be. Old, rusty or worn locks are easier to pick, especially on cars and they get harder to open with the correct key the worse the wear becomes. If you have a lock that has a loose key, jams when you try to unlock, appears corroded or you know it’s worn, it’s time to get it replaced. A worn or corroded lock is just waiting to go wrong and either leave you stuck outside or become an easy picking for a criminal.

Burglary

If you have suffered a burglary or a break in you should immediately see about getting your locks changed. This is a 100% must and I cannot impress on you hard enough how important this is. A break in compromises all of your security,

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A Locksmith Travels Round Suffolk

Being a 24 Hour Locksmith based in Suffolk, I get to travel a lot around our beautiful county and see all the lovely little picture postcard villages, hamlets and rural areas. Over 40% of my work takes me either to the outskirts of Ipswich or into the more rural regions of Suffolk to carry out my locksmith services for various customers.

Some of the roads in Suffolk can be quite tricky and hard to get around especially at this time of year now the light is fading early and winter is starting to set in, luckily I have my trusty van with its torquey diesel engine which allows me to reach even the most inaccessible of areas out in the far corners of East Anglia. It’s a good solid van and is fully fitted out with all the latest locksmith tools, locksmith accessories, lock spares and key cutting equipment.

During the last 2 weeks I have been doing a lot of Locksmith callouts out in rural Suffolk and have been to such places as Long Melford which is in the Stour Valley. The area is famous for some of the paintings that Constable did and it’s very beautiful. It also has a huge village green with a nice church and a street that goes on forever with trees either side of it.

Another place I have been too is Shotley which is a lovely place if you like the coast or estuaries. You can see both Felixstowe Docks and the Harwich Ferry Terminals from the river side. They are both amongst the busiest ports in the world and the Shotley area is a lovely place to go and spend some time in. Unfortunately I do not have time today as duty calls on providing locksmith services for my customers.

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A Day in the life of a Locksmith

My day is filled with all sorts of locksmithing treasures both good and bad. So I thought I would share an average day with you all so you can see what the working life of a locksmith is all about.

Like most working people I get up early and have a nice cuppa in the morning with the family (if I haven’t had any midnight emergency callouts) and prepare for the day by loading all my gear into my van. If I haven’t got any prearranged appointments I will do some things in the workshop like key cutting or cleaning my locksmith tooling after seeing the little ones off to school. Today is mostly prearranged call outs so it’s easier to plan what I am going to do.

I am not due at the customer until 11:30 so I spend some time cleaning and maintaining my decoders and also decoding some locks to make keys. This lock decoder is a Fortress mounted in a Bernstien Swivel Vice and is a neat bit of kit.

A decoder basically allows a locksmith to determine the correct positioning of components in a lock by manipulation, measurement and looking at what the lock is doing while moving it around. It doesn’t always pick the lock as such but gives me the information I need to produce a key.

I also spend some time practicing lock “bumping” on a euro cylinder lock. Bumping is an old and traditional way of lock picking. Like all things, its best to practise as you keep your skills honed and it’s better on the job if you are fast and efficient. The last thing you want to be doing is spending ages opening an exterior lock when the customer and you are stood out in the pouring rain.

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Clearing up the mess of National Locksmiths

I have often warned customers via my Social Media pages that its not always a very good idea to use National Locksmith companies. They often employ under-qualified, so called locksmiths with only a few weeks experience, days of experience in some cases.

National Locksmith companies also do not always care about a friendly, professional and local service, going instead for a hit and run approach, all in the pursuit of vast profits for a company that can be based hundreds of miles from Ipswich.

Typically they have head offices in large cities and their services are run like franchises. They often have very unprofessional people who really don’t care about charging you in excess of £150.00 to have your front door taken off its hinges, you are in your now right? So its all good, even if the wind and rain is whistling through the broken window or the door frame is damaged beyond repair.

They then leave with the cash and you are in a bad security predicament that was ten times worse than before and you can’t always claim this sort of damage off your home insurance and even if you can it will take weeks to resolve- that is even if you can find the Locksmith that did the damage in the first place.

It may seem exaggerated, but there are hundreds of unprofessional people masquerading as professional Locksmiths in the UK, they have had a few hours training off the job and don’t really have much experience into how to repair a damaged lock without resorting to a hammer or a drill. These people cause untold damage and monetary pain to vulnerable people and exploit them for money, often many hundreds of pounds and in the end the poor individual has to call in a good local locksmith to repair the damage which causes them to be more out of pocket.

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What actually is a Locksmith?

What actually is a Locksmith?

I am often asked what a Locksmith actually is and what we actually do. There is some confusion around as to what a Locksmith work actually involves.
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According to Wikipedia, the art of the locksmith began as the science of defeating a lock and it goes on to say that a lock is a mechanical device that provides security for buildings, rooms or storage and that a key is often used to open a lock.

Defeating a lock means just that and based on my experience I can open a very high percentage of them without damage. There are a few high security locks that can be hard to get into but on the whole no lock that has been manufactured up until now is capable of resisting being defeated. All it takes is time, experience and the correct specialist tools.

Another part of the locksmiths work is assembling locks, providing keys and designing suitable security systems for a specific premises or object. For instance a bank is going to need far higher security than a shed.

So the work of a Locksmith appears quite simple on the outside but like with a lot of things in life it’s all about how you do it. For example if you call a locksmith and they show up with a large drill and not much else it’s probably time to get out the yellow pages again.

I can open a lock without smashing it to smithereens which it turn saves you money as you don’t have to pay out for a new lock.

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Summer is when most burglaries happen

Now that summer is finally here I am sure most of you are happy and excited. Thieves are happy and excited too as summer makes it easy for them to apply their unwanted skills to our homes and businesses.

As is normal in summer it is very warm and as most of us live in homes that do not have aircon, we like to keep our windows and doors wide open to let in the fresh breezy air coming in from the coast at Felixstowe and up the River Orwell.

Mr Burglar takes this as an open invitation to go and treat your house as a car boot sale. Not because they will just walk in, but more due to the fact that when we go out to the shops or go into the garden we forget to close the windows or lock the back door. All they need is one point of entry and 20 seconds later your games console or expensive hi-fi or entertainment centre has gone along with all of nans’ precious gold.

If you have a home security or alarm in place that warns you if you leave windows or doors open then you are lucky but what do you do if you do not have such a system?

Paul has compiled a handy checklist for you to look through to keep you safer through the summer:

  1. When you go out check all the doors and windows are closed and latched correctly. If you have door bolts, then use them, along with any security chains.
  2. Check that any dark areas are well lit if its in the evening. Light areas deter burglars.
  3. Set the house alarm if you have one.
  4. Buy a small safe and put your spare keys,

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