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Security Advice

Your security is very important to us. Please find below some useful advice and tips to keep your premises secure. We offer replacement / high security locks, as well as secondary measures such as hardened door chains, sash jammers and PATLOCKS.

We offer a wide range of locksmith services and security devices to customers in and around our local area including :-

Birmingham, Wednesbury, Walsall, West Bromwich, Tipton, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Oldbury, Smethwick, Hamstead, Sutton Coldfield and surrounding areas.

Security Advice

There are many things we can do to deter break-ins to our homes and businesses. From quality door locks to keeping a light on, please see below some invaluable security hints and tips.

British Standard Locks

A British Standard locked door will ensure that, even if a burglar has managed to enter your property through a window, they will not be able to carry their plunder out through the door.

Many insurance companies will specify a BS3621 5-lever mortice lock must be fitted as a condition of home insurance.

Look out for the British Standard kitemark - the sign that assures the lock withstands drilling, picking, cutting and forcing.

Levers in a lock facilitate the locking action, the more levers operating the lock, the harder it will be to force the lock open. In most homes, Mortice locks have between 2 and 5 levers. Locks designed to British standard specification will always have at least 5 levers.

If your door has a night-latch fitted, it is a great idea to ensure that it also has a deadlocking facility for added security. This deadlock will completely lock the latch from the inside with one simple turn of the key. A night latch should be an additional rather than sole means of security.

Additional Security Devices

When using a door with a viewing lens, always take a look to see who you could be answering your door to. Check the viewing angles before you buy, the greater the viewing angle, the easier it will be to see callers wherever they may be standing.

Consider fitting a robust, hardened security door chain.

A high decibel alarm that activates if an intruder attempts to force the door. It is also a good security device.

Sash jammers fitted to the front / back doors and windows are a great, cheap but highly effective way to secure your doors and windows.

Do you have French patio doors? Just by adding a simple locking mechanism called a PATLOCK, your door security can be increased enormously.

Security Tips

Be especially vigilant if your garage has a connecting door to the house. Once a burglar is inside your garage he can continue to break into your house un-seen. Why not think of extending your alarms to cover your garage or shed? We often keep valuable possessions in them so let's not help the thieves to help themselves.

Keep your out houses and sheds securely locked, burglars could use YOUR tools to access YOUR house. It's always worth making sure that your insurance policy covers theft from a garage or shed.

Do not leave keys in your locks while you are sleeping. Always remove the key when not using a door and make sure you securely lock all of your doors when you go out. Try to avoid leaving spare keys in visible or obvious places such as under a doormat, it might be worth leaving one with a trusting neighbour or relative instead.

Never leave ladders laying around in your back garden.

Going out for the evening?. Close your curtains and keep a visible light on. Always activate your intruder alarm before you leave, insurance companies will refuse to pay out if you are burgled and you did not activate the alarm.

Don't leave curtains and blinds drawn during the daytime, doing so may attract thieves.

Cancel your milk and newspaper deliveries if you are going on holiday.

Ask a neighbour to remove any post or newspapers left showing through your letterbox.

Cut your lawn before you go on holiday.

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Including: Euro, Mortice, UPVC Multipoint, Rim Cylinder


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  • Anita Bailey

    Excellent service - changed locks and gave me some great information on how to keep my property secure. Have used his service more than twice.

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  • D Dhillon

    Excellent service from these guys. They are genuine no hassle professional locksmiths. Fixed my UPVC door lock and the door feels so much better now because they adjusted the hinges, which incidentally they didn't have to do. Cannot thank you enough.

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  • x x

    Got locked out yesterday and literally arrived within 15 minutes of calling. Managed to get me in with minimal hassle and left the lock in better condition than it was before. Would 100% recommend! Best prices given after getting quite high quotes. Thank you so much! 😊

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  • David Heath

    Great service, fast response and they managed to repair the lock rather than replace, refreshingly great old fashioned service

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  • Emma Wilkes

    Fantastic lock Smith, came quick very friendly amazing all around definitely reccomend cheapest around couldn't thank enough.

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  • Colin Robinson

    Called them at 9.30 Sunday morning as I had lost my keys, they were at my home by 10.45 fixed the problem and all finish by 12. Great service will definitely use again thanks.

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