Master Locksmith Association Door & Window Security
October 6, 2014
With the nights drawing in, security becomes even more important, with statistics showing that 62% of burglaries take place at night. So whilst things like timed lights within the house, sensor or dusk- to-dawn lights outside are important, keeping unwanted people out is vital. Not only do you need to use your locks (we’d recommend you lock your doors and windows even when the house is occupied during the day, and never leave the key in the door when going to bed) but you need to ensure you have the appropriate locks fitted. With all the relevant standards that exist and the different types of products available we’d highly recommend that security isn’t something you should “do yourself” – it’s best left to the professionals who can specify, supply and fit the correct product in order to not compromise your security and ensure you meet your insurance requirements.
One thing worth asking yourself is when did you last change your locks? Have you changed them since moving into your current property? This leads on to how many people may have the keys to your home? (And having bought a new build home is no reason to expect your security to be up to scratch; there are no security requirements in building regulations – new builds need the locks changed too! We regularly hear of new developments which have a limited number of keys, meaning residents can often open other people’s houses with their own keys!) Perhaps you want to control the ability for people to cut your keys so that you can provide them to others without fear of new keys being made? Your local professional locksmith will be able to specify, supply and fit the appropriate door and window locks to ensure you, your family and possessions are safe and secure.
Worried about home security issues mentioned during NHSM?
If you are worried about any home security issues covered during National Home Security Month then we thoroughly recommend you discuss your home security concerns such as new locks, security safes, outdoor security, etc, with your local professional locksmith. It’s worth considering that locksmiths not only deal with locks and keys, but most aspects of home security and indeed security in general. For example, if you need a spare key for your car then an auto locksmith can help. If you need a new safe to store valuables or documents, your local locksmith can specify, supply and professionally fit the correct safe for you. You may want to add some security grilles or bars to windows, or even fit a parking post – a locksmith can help. And of course there’s the electronic side of security too with things such as CCTV, alarms and electronic access control.
It’s also worth considering the convenience aspect that an expert locksmith can provide in addition to security. For example why not have a “one key home”. A locksmith can fit locks that work off the same key meaning less keys to carry with just the one key to open front and rear door, possibly also the garage and padlocks on sheds etc.
With the lack of any government licensing within the industry, meaning anyone can advertise as a locksmith, we’d always recommend the use of a vetted, inspected and qualified locksmith, approved by the Master Locksmiths Association. To find your local MLA approved locksmith please visit the Master Locksmiths Association at www.locksmiths.co.uk/find-a-locksmith/