1. Ensure any work carried out
is guaranteed. We guarantee all our work against faulty
materials and craftsmanship for a full twelve months.
2. Ensure the Locksmith you choose
is fully insured. We are fully insured so you can rest
assured when dealing with us that everything we do is
3. A mortice locked door will ensure
that, even if a burglar has managed to enter your house
through a window, he wont be able to carry his
plunder out through the door.
4. Many insurance companies will
specify a BS3621 five-lever mortice lock must be fitted
as a condition of home insurance.
5. Look out for the British Standard
kitemark the sign that assures the lock will
withstand drilling, picking, cutting and forcing.
6. 'Choose a higher lever'. As
levers facilitate the locking action, the more there
are, the harder it will be for the lock to be forced.
In most homes, mortice locks have between two and five
7. Make a habit of always looking
through your door viewer before opening the door.
8. Check the viewing angles available
on door viewers before buying. The greater the viewing
angle, the easier it is to see callers wherever
they are standing.
9. It's a good idea to ensure your
night latch has a deadlocking facility. Adding extra
security, giving the key an extra turn will deadlock
the night latch so it can only be opened with a key
from the outside but not from the inside foiling
the thief who has smashed door glass to reach in.
10. Use night latches as an additional
rather than sole means of security. As it is screwed
to the door, it may still be possible for burglars to
kick the door in or trip the lock tongue with a thin
piece of plastic.
11. Be especially vigilant if your
garage has a connecting door to the house. Once a thief
is in your garage he can break-in to the house un-seen.
12. It's probably worth making
sure your household insurance policy covers theft from
your shed and garage.
13. Always remember to remove the
key from your patio door lock when you are not using
the door or go out. Hide all keys in a safe place.