Do you know where your keys are right now?
October 7, 2014
It happens to the best of us, you get home at an untimely hour, looking forward to putting your feet up – reach for your keys and realise that you have locked yourself out.
It is extremely easy to lock your door on the way out without a second thought for picking up your house keys – even President Obama managed to lock himself out of the White House!
If no one is due to come home for a while or you haven’t given a spare set to a trusted friend, how are you supposed to get back into your house?
In this hour of need it can be tempting to rush into ringing the first locksmith you can find (that’s if you have surpassed the urge to kick the front door down), but you should hold out for a locksmith accredited by the Master Locksmith Association (MLA).
With the absence of government licensing of locksmiths, the MLA is a not for profit organisation established to promote the level of skills and ethics within the industry, its licensing scheme approves companies, which are then vetted and undergo regular inspections to ensure quality.
MLA locksmiths will not only help you get into your home with minimum or no damage to the door or frame (or even the lock on some occasions), but will also be able to provide you with the high quality service and are well placed to offer advice on the best security systems for you.
If your house keys can be copied at the local cobblers, this essentially means that anyone who briefly has access to your key could get it copied – no questions asked.
Did you change your lock when you moved into your new home? No? Well, that has just introduced a whole host of other people who could have access to your home. Not just the previous owners but a wider circle of friends and family too.
For additional security MLA locksmiths will be able to offer you locks and cylinders, which use restricted keys. These patented keys can only be cut by authorised locksmiths against a letter of authority and proof of identification, preventing their duplication – making your home safer.
Most people only think about their locks and keys in situations of need, but don’t just wait for something bad to happen, contact your Master Locksmith and upgrade your keys, locks and cylinders today if you think your security could be at all compromised.
These professionals work with manufacturers, such as UNION, who ensure that all locks meet the required standards, such as the BS3621 Kite Mark, which in turn could save you money on your home insurance.