March 8, 2018

The Benefits of Hiring a Locksmith

Virtually everyone will at some point in their lives need a locksmith. Despite what a panicked mind might think at the time, you can rest assured that using a professional is the safest, quickest, least stressful and consequently most cost-effective thing to do. Remember the adage, ‘pride before the fall’, and from quite a height if an attempt to climb through a bathroom window after a night out on the tipple is attempted. Safety isn’t the only good reason for calling a locksmith. You can pretty much guarantee that without the correct tools, time served skills and experience, some sort of damage will be done to the lock, vehicle, door or window that is being worked on. How about that time when the key snaps and gets stuck in the keyhole. The lock is fine and there’s probably a spare key. A professional locksmith can remove the broken key without causing any damage to the lock’s mechanism. The outer part of the lock will remain unscratched and dent free, which is what usually happens when an attempt is made to pull out the broken key using a screw driver and pliers. A lock’s mechanism can get damaged after long term […]
February 2, 2018

Using a safe in your home

Privacy and security are important. Identity theft is a growing crime and burglaries are an everyday occurrence. For many households, installing a home safe is a sensible precaution for protecting important documents and valuables. Home safes are built to serve different purposes. Fire resistance, burglar resistance and water resistance are the three main purposes for safes. Some safes can provide protection for all these problems, others only meet one or two. Protecting important documents from a fire is often the most important reason for getting a safe. Fire Resistant Safes Fire resistant safes are designed to protect documents, electronic media, and photos from a house fire. These safes are rated to withstand a designated temperature for a 30-minute period. As most house fires move from room to room, a fire will often burn near the safe for about 20 minutes then move on. Safes which hold electronic media, CDs and DVDs, or celluloid products, will often require a rated lower temperature than a document safe. Document safes are usually rated at 175 degrees for 30-minutes. This type of safe should have an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) or Intertek (ETL) rating of fire resistance. Burglar Resistant Safes These safes are designed to […]
January 4, 2018

Why a Home Alarm System is an Important Investment

Are you the kind of person who worries about the safety of possessions and family? Would you like more peace of mind when you lock the door and travel to work? Perhaps a discount on your home insurance might be very enticing. Or would you like to be able to give the impression you’re home when you’re not? All these can be solved by installing a home alarm system and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can do it yourself or bring in a professional to do it for you. To help you evaluate whether it’s worth the expense let’s look at some of the advantages. The Advantages of a Home Alarm System Proven deterrent – There have been a number of studies undertaken relating to the effectiveness of home alarm systems as a deterrent. Evidence shows that homes with alarms installed can make a significant difference to household crime in an area. And not just for those who have it installed. Residents have found a decrease in crime across the local area where the majority of properties have an alarm. Peace of mind – This is an obvious benefit of installing a home security alarm. The […]
December 1, 2017

Do CCTV Cameras Reduce Crime

The use of CCTV cameras in commercial and residential houses has increased substantially, since their invention in the 1980’s. They have become a necessity for business and homeowners as a way of reducing crime and helping in monitoring the premises efficiently even when not around. These cameras have been used by crime investigators to solve some of the most mysterious crimes, and hence, the role they play in providing security cannot be ignored. CCTV cameras have also become very affordable with the emergence of various competitor brands. How Well Do CCTV Cameras Work to Reduce Crime? There have been various studies conducted regarding the psychological impact of CCTV cameras in the reduction of crime. Research conducted by Campbell Collaboration, for example, shows that theft in car parts reduced by 51% due to the installation of CCTV cameras. For CCTV cameras to attain their full potential, additional safety measures, like installing alarm systems and improved street lighting need to be integrated into the initial plan. Crime rates have significantly reduced in areas with proper CCTV installation for various reasons. Busted in Crime The worst nightmare for an offender is the thought of getting caught while in the act. While many criminals […]
November 13, 2017

Fire Doors: Just What Do They Do?

Fire doors act as resistance barriers in the event of a fire. Fire doors can be made up of glass, gypsum, steel, timber, vermiculite, and or aluminium. They are often placed in large buildings with several floors that see a lot of traffic on a daily basis. However, fire doors can be fitted in residential houses, and are quite popular in larger, suburban-type homes. When properly installed, fire doors can help keep a fire burning in a certain room, isolating it and preventing it from spreading into other rooms etc. Fire doors can also help absorb blasts and explosions. How do I know If I need a Fire Door in my home? There are many factors to consider before installing a fire door in a home. One of the most common fire doors available is called an FD30 (the 30 stands for 30 minutes and the FD stands for fire door). These doors are typically 44mm in thickness, while normal residential doors come in at about 35mm. This means that, if one would want to install a fire door in an existing house, he or she would have to advise with a carpenter & joiner or architect to properly dismantle […]
October 2, 2017

Six Benefits of an Automatic Gate

When it comes to the decision to have a gate installed at your home, you probably already have an idea in mind of what you want it to achieve. Whether it’s intended primarily for decoration or you’re tired of neighbours and passers-by casually trespassing on your property because it’s not closed off, you should be ready for this kind of question from your gate installer – because if they’re good at their job, they’ll want to know this information so they can design a system that’s right for you. There are also some further benefits of having an automatic gate installed that may not be immediately obvious, or may simply have slipped your mind during planning. Here are just a few of them to help you make that all-important final decision: Security Perhaps the most obvious benefit of a good automatic gate is the added security it offers. Subconsciously, opportunistic criminals are naturally going to be less tempted by your property if it seems harder to get in. This counts both for keeping your vehicle safe in the driveway/ garage, as well as your home itself – an automated gate adds that extra level of security between a potential criminal […]
September 4, 2017

Do I need CCTV at home?

Nowadays, with the cost of technology continually dropping in price, it has never been cheaper to install a home closed-circuit television (CCTV) system. Although prominent figures in policing have encouraged homeowners and businesses to install their own system to aid the fight against crime, do you really need it and it is something that every homeowner should consider? We briefly outline the case for and the case against having your own CCTV system in your home. CCTV means that any images recorded by your security camera cannot be picked up by other transmitters or receivers. A basic CCTV system can be installed relatively cheaply; a starter system can be installed for approximately £50, although it is not uncommon for top-of-the-range CCTV systems to cost as much as several thousand pounds. Modern CCTV cameras will usually allow a homeowner to record the captured footage straight to a DVD, or more commonly to a hard drive, for subsequent storage. Whilst modern CCTV systems are accurate and will record good-quality footage, in order for any recorded footage to be useful, homeowners are advised to pay careful attention to the location of installed CCTV cameras. However, reputable CCTV installation companies have experience of successful […]
August 2, 2017

Everything you need to know about fire alarms

Instant warnings regarding smoke or fire in your property could save your life. Understanding the rules and regulations regarding fire alarms, and knowing how to use them correctly, are essential steps to making sure that you, your home or business, and your possessions, stay as safe as possible. What are the regulations surrounding the use of fire alarms in the UK? Fire alarms are covered by a piece of legislation called The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which is often referred to by the shortened title of ‘The RRO’. Practically all businesses, and all rental properties, are legally required to have an adequate fire detection and warning system in place. Usually, this means that your business premises need to have a fire alarm system installed. However, in rare circumstances, where numerous specific criteria are all met, a fire alarm is not legally required. The criteria that need to be met include the ability for everyone on the premises to hear a shout of ‘fire’ and the certainty that there will be no vulnerable, elderly or disabled people on the premises. It is clear that as a matter of course, it is best practice for all businesses to have a […]
July 3, 2017

When to change your locks

There a many reasons locks need to be changed. Because they are the first line of defence against intrusion your locks need to be kept at maximum efficiency, and that means being able to offer the highest levels of security. MOVING TO A NEW HOME Moving home can be an expensive business and it is tempting to try to save wherever possible on further costs. But without exception, changing the locks on your new home as soon as possible is always advisable. Even if the locks are fairly new and in perfect working order, the security they can offer is still compromised. It is impossible to know how many keys are in circulation and who has them. Often homeowners will give trades people they trust keys whilst working on their home. Even if these are trustworthy, sub-contractors may not be. Homeowners regularly leave duplicate keys with neighbours in case they lock themselves out. Again, whilst these neighbours may be trustworthy, they are just as liable to lose keys as anyone else. Rather than risk keys having fallen into the wrong hands, it is always better to have new locks fitted. WEAR AND DAMAGE It may seem obvious, but a lock […]
July 1, 2017

How Safe are Your Window Locks?

When thinking about improving home security, most homeowners concentrate on the gate, doors and surveillance. Windows are some of the most neglected points of entry. The windows in your home pose as much vulnerability as other areas. Many individuals assume that the factory-grade locking mechanisms installed by window manufacturers are sufficient to provide security, but it may not always be the case. A simple latch on your window is easy to open with the right tools. Burglars and other intruders can get very creative when motivated to gain entry into a property. Manufacturer locks are common, meaning intruders can learn how to force them open easily. For this reason, reinforced window locks have become valuable investments for homeowners. Getting the Right Lock One solution to improve the safety of your windows is to make certain that each installation has the right lock. The suitability of a locking mechanism dictates how much security it offers. For example, a pinhole lock is an appropriate choice for a sliding glass window. If it’s a UPVC double glazed window, then you must find the ideal lock gearbox. A window lock expert can tell you when to get a deadbolt and if a window sash […]