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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Emergency Locksmith in Ipswich

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 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 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 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.


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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Suffolk Security and How secure is my Safe?

Suffolk Security and How secure is my Safe?

Safes are widely used by many different people, from businesses to homeowners, to keep precious and valuable items safe. Thousands of safes exist throughout the world. So how safe is a safe and what do you look out for when buying one? Are safes as secure as they seem? Will they protect you from a determined criminal? Paul answers your questions in this blog post.

Safes are not as secure as you would imagine.

Safes are not as secure as many people think. Paying for the best quality safe always offers you more protection. A determined and skilled thief will always be able to defeat a safe. A cheap safe will remain secure for seconds whereas a high quality safe will remain secure for maybe a half hour. Paying more for better security gets you more time but does not lessen the chances of a determined criminal eventually gaining access to your valuables. Safes should be used in tandem with other security devices. The more you pay the harder it is for a criminal but that doesn’t mean impossible.

Short and sweet

The most usual thing that happens with a safe is that the criminal will take the whole safe. They won’t hang around with an ear to the combination lock listening for the clicks as depicted in many old black and white movies. A thief is not concerned with being that technical just yet, all they want to do is get the safe out of your house in as little time as possible. Once they have the safe away from the crime scene they can then do what they need to do to crack the safe, even if it takes them days. By then it’s too late, your safe has gone and any valuables along with it.

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Ipswich Locksmith News- April 2015

Customer Locks himself out of a VW Golf

Locksmith Ipswich - VW GolfOn Sunday I had a callout to a customer who had locked himself out of his car, a Volkswagen Golf. He had called his insurance company who sent out a mechanic to try and unlock it, but as the car was deadlocked it was impossible for it to be opened with the tools he had arrived with.

The mechanic had damaged the roof of the car by sticking Gaffer tape on it, just above the door, in an attempt to prevent tools from marking the car. The tape then baked in the sun and caused damage to the paint when it was removed.
Fortunately I was able to get into the car without any fuss or bother and most importantly without further damage to the car or the locks. Another satisfied customer.

Suffolk Car owner locked out of a Ford outside a key cutting shop

Ford Tibbe Locksmith IpswichAnother customer I visited this week had locked himself out of his Ford outside a key cutting shop of all places. The shop had kindly telephoned me on behalf of the customer. Using my specialist tooling from the well respected Locksmith tooling company Safe Ventures, I was able to unlock the car and get the customer on their way.

Older Fords use Tibbe Locks and Safe Ventures provide by far the best tools for these locks. They also do training which I have been on twice and will go again in the near future.

Key Alike Services in Ipswich

3G114E pt 1I provide key alike services which is when customers want the same key to unlock more than one lock. Below is an image of one I did recently for a customer.

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Ipswich Locksmith News – March 2015

Nottingham Locksmith Expo

Last weekend I went to the Annual Locksmith Expo in Nottingham and really enjoyed my time there. It was run over 2 days. It is the annual exhibition for UK Locksmiths and is a trade expo and conference.

There are also demonstrations of locksmith tools and training taking place on the first day. Many large lock and safe companies have exhibits and so it’s a useful event to attend to network and learn about the new advances in lock technology.

I didn’t take any photos as I didn’t want to appear like a tourist but I demoed some of the tools that Outside In Tools supply. A thoroughly enjoyable two days and it was great to put some names to the faces I deal with in my trade. Here is the expo site if you are interested: http://lockexpo.co.uk/

3 Lever Deadlock

Locksmith Ipswich 24 Hour CalloutThis week I had a call-out to visit a customer who had lost the keys to his bedroom. The bunch also had the keys for his front and back door, the keys for four sheds and their padlocks. He was desperate for access to the sheds.
So we agreed for a quick fix to saw the padlocks off as they were the small and cheap varieties you find on eBay or in local pound shops. I also non-destructively unlocked the 3 Lever Deadlock on his bedroom door. He was happy so I was happy. Here is an image of the locksmith work in progress:

Stowmarket Charity Shop Lock Repair

Chubb Locksmith IpswichOn Monday I visited a Charity Shop in Stowmarket. The customer had told me the key was very loose in the lock. I stripped the lock and replaced the curtain and it was working as a brand new lock again.

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Vehicle Locksmith in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk

Over the last week I have had two call outs to attend to owners who have locked themselves out of their vehicles. It is easily done and happens a lot this time of year when people want to keep the warmth inside their cars and keys get misplaced or lost while being dropped with thick gloves on.

The first call out was to visit an owner of a Fiat Ducato Camper Van in Sutton Heath, which is near Woodbridge in Suffolk.They had locked the van keys inside and were just about to head off for a long weekend and came to the realisation it was not going to happen. They phoned me in a bit of a panic and I got to them within 15 minutes as I was in the area. 30 seconds later and they were off on their weekend break to Devon. Happy and smiling which I like to see.

fiat ducato locksmith

The second callout was early on Wednesday morning. A man was late for work as he had locked himself of the car with the keys inside the boot. Unusual as most people lock them in the car itself. The car was a 2005 Mercedes E Class, nice car and not one you want to be locked out of when you are tight for time to get to work. After about 2 minutes of professional locksmithing I was in and the owner set off for work.

2005 Mercedes Locksmith

Using the correct tools and experience allows me to unlock these cars and many other types without damage to the car or lock so if you are worried you may lock yourself out of your vehicle one day its probably a good idea to put my mobile number into your phone: 07873 610131

So what should you do if you lock yourself out of your car or lose your car keys?

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Safe Opening and Post Boxes in Needham and Bures

This week I have had two unusual but very interesting locksmith callouts in the heart of Suffolk. It’s nice to have a bit of variety sometimes and these two jobs definitely qualified as varied. Not what you would call a typical Locksmith task.

The first job I did was out in Needham Market, where I went to visit a customer who runs an Equestrian and Country Clothing shop which has lots of nice things in it.

The task I had before me was to unlock a vintage post box. Quite rare and valuable it was and the owner wanted to restore it to its former glory and place it in the garden as an ornamental feature.

He was going to have it professionally sandblasted and repainted, but first he needed to get into it, which is where I came in. It took a bit of persistence as the lock was very old and stiff, but it paid off and I was able to get in.

This post box was a Royal Mail wall mounted postbox and is fitted with a Chubb Lock and was probably made by WT Allen & Co in London in the 60’s. It’s quite big at about 3 feet tall and 12” deep and is made of cast iron so as you can imagine is quite heavy.

Here are some pre-restoration images of the lovely old postbox:

chubb lock royal mail postbox Royal Mail Postbox Locksmith

royal mail postbox rear vintage postbox locksmith uk

The next job I had was at Bures Primary School and was another unusual request. I was to open an old Safeguard safe. This was quite a small safe but it wouldn’t open. The safe used a cruciform key as well as a combination so was quite a secure little thing.

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