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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Don’t become a victim of crime

It is shocking to come home and find out you have been burgled, all your possessions broken or stolen and your personal space violated. It can take years to get over and some don’t get over it and decided to move. It is a horrible experience to go through. To help keep you safe Paul gives you some tips on how to avoid being burgled.

  • Change your Locks – When you move into a new house always have the locks changed. Even if it is not a new house and you have lived there a while get them changed anyway. Getting locks changed ensures you have the latest technology in security. If you get your keys stolen or you lose them whilst out, get your locks changed as soon as possible.
  • Get your keys registered – Buy high security locks which require that you register them. This means that only you can have them copied by providing adequate proof and identification. This is particularly important if you run a bed and breakfast, a company with many keyholders or a similar establishment.
  • Install an Alarm – Install a burglar alarm, even if its a fake box. Having some form of visual deterrent can mean the difference between being broken into or not. A burglar may choose to rob another premises without a burglar alarm
  • Have better locks than those next door – Having better locks than your neighbours can mean the burglar chooses to rob them instead of you. A burglar will always choose the house or premises that is easiest and quickest to get into. It might just save your life one day.
  • Security Lighting – If you have a house with a dark back garden install Security Lighting or Lights with PIR detection.

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Are your locks insurance approved?

I am going to help you identify if your locks are insurance approved with this post.

Burglaries in Ipswich are a huge worry for most homeowners and businesses, with over 900 in the last year alone, but there are steps you can take to help keep your premises secure and stop the thieves getting in.

Make sure at least one lock on each of your external doors is kitemarked to BS3621:2007

Make sure your outside door locks have a Kitemark symbol on them, this is important. Without that kitemark if you are burgled your home insurance won’t be worth anything at all, as all policies will state that locks have to be of a certain standard. Insurance companies will do anything not to pay out.

Check that all your windows and patio doors have key operated locks fitted. These can be the hex key type but as long as they lock it is ok.

Minimise people being able to see into your home, keep the front door shut, use net curtains or blinds and don’t advertise all your expensive possessions. A great one I see all the time is when it gets dark and people show off the fact they have a huge widescreen TV system and Xbox, as you see it flashing through the net curtains. Close the curtains.

If your front door looks well maintained and it looks like it has a modern insurance approved lock fitted, burglars will be far less likely to try and break in. If you have a door that is on its last legs with rusty hinges and a lock that is clearly very old they will know its easy pickings. Thieves do not tend to target houses that are well maintained as they are harder to get into than an old council flat.

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