Advice and Security
With crime on the rise and burglaries increasing there has never been a better time to invest in the security of your property. Did you know that over 70% of intruders enter through the door and worse still as many as 90% could be made preventable simply by having the correct security in place. Check out some of our great tips and advice on security below.
I’ve lost my keys, what now?
If your keys have been lost or stolen, you need to act fast to protect yourself, your family, your home or commercial premises. Firstly, you should report the keys lost or stolen to your local police, you can do this by calling them on the non emergency number. Try to give them as much descriptive information as possible such as keyrings, colours and key style. If you have lost your keys and are locked out then call Locksmith St Albans Emergency 24 hour call out service and one of our professional and friendly locksmiths will come to your home and get you back in. We aim to attend with in 15 minutes of your call to open your door. After you have completed the necessary from the things above you can start to think about what else there is to do. For instance was there any other keys on your key ring because if your keys were stolen or mysteriously disappeared, we would strongly recommend you have all the locks re-keyed for your safety. This is a relatively inexpensive service that could prevent you from being a victim of further crime. If this is something you do decide to do, We can do it whist we are there attending to your lockout or at a later date when it is convenient for you however we would advise the sooner the better. If you simply misplaced your keys, but you are reasonably sure they are secure, you will not need to re-key your locks. We can simply come to your house and get you in via a non- destructive method. This whole process usually takes less than 30 minutes and Locksmith St Albans can then assist you with any of your further requests.
Help I’ve been burgled!!!
The last thing anyone expect is to come home to find they have been burgled. However if you do find yourself in that unfortunate situation then we are here to help! First and foremost you will need to call to police and inform them of the situation but once that is done you can call Locksmith St Albans and we can attend swiftly to secure the property for you. Next you should start to make a list of anything missing or damaged as you will need this information for the insurance company should you need to make a claim. Finally this would probably be a good time to think about what kind of upgrades you could make in order to prevent further break ins. Our St Albans locksmith will be able to advise you on this matter whilst with you or you can contact us after at a time more convenient for you to discuss the options available. With our price match promise we can assure you that you wont find the package offered for cheaper and it will be a worthy investment into the security of your property and the safety of all those that live there.
I’ve locked my keys in my car!
With technology increasing locking keys in the car is becoming a thing of the past however there are still many vehicles where this van still be a problem. If you do happen to lock your keys in your car then worry not as We at Locksmith St Albans can come to your location and and get you back in your vehicle and on your way swiftly. If it is the case that you have lost the keys or think they may have been stolen then we would advise that you contact to police to inform them of this and then search for a local vehicle locksmith that can replace them for you. If you still need to just get into the vehicle then we can still attend and provide this service for you.
My key snapped in my lock, now what??
Snapping your key off in your lock can be an extremely frustrating thing to do however if your door is open already then fear not as there are some things you can try before having to call on some help. If you are locked out though then do not hesitate to contact Locksmith St Albans 24 Hour Emergency lockout service so that one of out fast, reliable engineers can come to assist you. Now with regards to getting the broken key out, firstly do not be tempted to push the part of the key you are still holding back into the lock as this will not help open the door and will push the broken piece further into the lock making it harder to extract. to begin with you can try to pull the piece of key back out using pliers or tweezers, but be conscious of how thick the tweezers or pliers are and how far back the broken piece of key is as trying to use something that is to thick may end up just getting further stuck. You could try adding something such as WD40 to loosen the key easier. If that doesn’t work then you could try using some glue however again if the broken key is far back this may not be an option. Finally if all else fails and you cant get the key out then simply call one of our local Locksmiths in St Albans and we can come and get your lock sorted for a very competitive price.
Upgrading Your Locks
There are many reasons why someone might decide to upgrade there locks. It could be that you have just moved into a new property and you need fresh locks, or it could be that your lock is old and worn or broken and is starting to get stuck, in which case you may end up locked out in an emergency situation which could be far more costly depending on the day and time that it would be to book in a non emergency lock change which would be organised for a day and time to suit you. Another reason to upgrade your locks would be to heighten the security on your property enabling you to feel rest assured when you leave or go to sleep that you and the people you live with are safe. Arrange an appointment with one of our security specialists now where they can come out and asses the best possible options for you and your property, they will be able to provide you with a quote that you are sure to be satisfied with and don’t forget that all written quotes are back by our price match promise which means that if you find the same package for less will will match it! We also offer a 3 month workmanship guarantee and 12 months warranty on all our parts and locks used. Please checkout our current special offers for amazing deals on insurance approved high security lock upgrades!
With the recent increase in crime and burglaries it is important to take some time to make sure you have done all that you can when it comes to securing your home or property. Firstly having the correct insurance approved high security locks can make a huge difference to whether an intruder would even try to enter your property as there as many un reliable locks out there that can be broken into in just a number of seconds, that being said there are also some amazing British standard , anti snap high security locks out there that are fully insurance approved that can be fitted at a very reasonable cost that an intruder would take one look at and not even bother to try! Besides locks the other things you might consider are large flood lights that are movement censored as these will deter any intruder that comes on to your property and also having CCTV or one of the camera style doorbells can make a big difference and also hold vital footage should the worst ever occur however don’t forget to put a sign up to say that you have it otherwise the footage could be deemed useless. All in all there is not much more important than making your home secure and letting you sleep easy knowing you and the people you live with are safe. For any further security advice please don’t hesitate to contact one of the team at Locksmith St Albans.