Door Security Advice

73% of burglaries between the years 2011/2012 were as a result of the intruder gaining access through the door. Source: Office for National Statistics

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Your doors need to be as easy for you to enter your home or work-place as they are difficult for a burglar. This fundamental protection is still performed with a key, thankfully as burglars become more aware so has lock technology. You need to be sure that you are protected, that you understand what to look for, what to expect and what to ask for.

This site will help simplify the terminology, explain the testing processes and show the difference between lock types. As well as giving helpful do's and don'ts to help protect you, your family, and anything you want protecting.

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Heading ArrowFitting your own locks - the risks

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Fitting your own lock can seem straightforward. But there are many risks that can lead to breaking your lock, your door, or being locked out (or in!)

Ordering the wrong size

To accommodate the many types of door and handle there are many different sizes of lock. Getting the wrong size can cause problems other than the poor appearance of the lock sitting inside the handle or sticking out too far. If the lock is too short the key may not fit and water entering the mechanism can lead to long term breakdowns. Locks that are too long are a visible temptation for burglars.

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Ordering the wrong handing

Some of the more secure locks on the market are now handed. Ordering the right size only to find that the inside and outside are the wrong way round can be avoided by using an experienced locksmith.

Knowing how to clean the chamber

The manufacturing process of a door creates swarf and dirt that normally stays inside the door frame (particularly for PVC doors). When the cylinder is removed this dirt can fall into the lock mechanism. At first this may feel like the lock is stiff, but it can lead to jamming and possible damage to the entire multi-point locking system, which generally requires a locksmith to fix.

1 in 4 car thefts are done by stealing the key. This is up from 1 in 14 thefts in 1997. Source: Office for National Statistics
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Heading ArrowConsider lock snapping security

Lock snapping is a fast growing epidemic where the intruder can quickly, quietly and simply snap your handle and lock and walk into your home. Anti-snap locks are designed to snap off in the correct place leaving the burglar incapable of being able to open the door. But not all anti-snap locks will stop him then attacking the central section of the lock and opening your door.

Heading ArrowLocks with online registrations -
giving your key to strangers?

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What may seem like a convenient option for being able to order extra keys in the future can be a risk. In the same way as you wouldnt write your PIN number on a credit card, your unique door key code and the address to which the key gives access should not be given to anyone. If that database gets hacked, stolen or copied your security could be compromised.

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Heading ArrowConsider one key to fit all locks

Imagine how convenient it would be if one key operated all of your doors. The benefits don't stop at never forgetting where the patio door key is because its not been opened for months. Whether you free up handbag space or reduce the weight in your pocket, one key that fits all lets you enter your home through any door - without any hassle or confusion.

Simplify your home and make life easier.

One key fits all locks