New year, new home security resolutions!

It’s time to be more security conscious!

As part of your New Year’s resolutions for 2015 it may be worth thinking about being more security conscious when it comes to your home.

Your belongings may mean a lot to you but to an intruder they’re just a way of making quick and easy cash. A burglar can strike at any time day or night but most burglaries can be prevented by taking steps to ensure your home is secure.

Most burglars are opportunists and in 3 out of 10 burglaries access is gained through an open door or window, burglars love it when you make their job easier for them! The following steps will make it harder for them and in turn more likely that they will avoid your property.

 

When considering how you may want to upgrade the security of your home it is always a good idea to think like a potential intruder. The majority of intruders will look for the best opportunity to break into a property, some will even scope out a property prior to breaking in. Therefore it is important to think about how you can ensure that your property appears as if it is occupied at all times and that there isn’t anywhere external to your home anyone could hide i.e. high hedges or bins.

Which advises that you ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is it obvious when you’re on holiday or away from the home? For example, are your curtains always shut or is there lots of unopened post?

  • Are windows and doors left open, even if they’re not easily accessible?

  • Do your windows and doors have visible locks?

  • How well lit is the outside of your home?

  • Is there a spare key that’s easily visible, or easy to find, such as underneath the plant pot or above the ledge on the door?

  • Are the lights off all the time, making it look like you’re away?

  • Do you have high walls or hedges, which could give burglars protection from being seen?

  • Is accessing your house noisy for a burglar? For example, is there gravel on the driveway?

  • Are there any ladders lying around that a burglar could use to gain entry?

  • What equipment do you keep in your shed and garage? What is its value and can it be used to help someone break in?

  • How secure is the shed or garage? Is it always kept locked with high-quality padlocks and security locks?

 

Additional Security Measures

How many of us actually use additional security in our homes? According to figures by Which only 38% of Which members had extra locks fitted to their doors and 32% use a door chain.

As well as having an extra lock or door chain fitted it is also advisable you have the following fitted to your door:

  • Spy-hole – Keep out any unwanted visitors! A spy-hole offers 180 degrees of vision allowing you to identify callers before opening the door.

  • Hinge Bolts –Mortice fitted hinge bolts are designed primarily for outward opening hinged wooden doors. These offer added protection against forcing the door hinges and are automatically engaged when the door is closed.

  • Mortice Bolts – These are suitable for side and back doors as well as French doors. These are fitted to the top and bottom of the door and the bolts are not visible from the outside.

  • Letterbox guard/cage – These can be fitted to prevent ‘key fishing’ i.e. a burglar using props such as a coat hanger or fishing rod to hook keys on the inside of the door (Aviva).

 

Other additional security measures you may want to consider:

  • Security lights – Lights with sensors in the garden and front of your property will help to deter a burglar as they are more confident when working in the dark.

  • Key Safe – A Key Safe is a secure box where you can safely and securely store your keys without having to hide them or to rely on a neighbour or family member to look after them.

  • Leave a light on a timer when you are not at home as it will look like the home is occupied. Other products on the market such as ‘Fake TV’ also act as a good deterrent as these products make it look like someone is watching TV.

  • Upgrade the locks on any garages or sheds and if there is a window, fit a curtain to ensure a burglar cannot see what is inside.

When having any additional security fitted to your home it is always a good idea to call a local locksmith. A local locksmith will be able to do a home security and home insurance compliance check on your home and they will be more than happy to upgrade your home security for your peace of mind in 2015.

Happy Christmas from Keytek Locksmiths!

Stay secure and have a Happy Christmas by following our Home Security Tips!

Happy New Year from Keytek Locksmiths

Security Tips

Use British Standard locks.

In order for any type of lock to be classed as ‘British Standard’ the lock must have been through strict testing this includes the strength, durability and its security. You need to look for the British Standard Kitemark to make sure your lock is British Standard. By using these locks you can give yourself a sense of security, knowing they have been through rigorous testing.

 

Bins and Ladders should be stored away from your home

These could be used by any potential thief to gain entry to your house.

 

Put away your valuables

Never leave any valuables in direct view of a window, it’s like advertising the contents of your home to any potential intruder.

 

Don’t share holiday plans on social media

Letting everyone now when and for how long you will be away from your property is dangerous. An empty house is a burglars dream.

 

Make it look like someone is home

Invest in a light timer, you can set you lamps to go on and off during the day, even if you’re away! Giving the illusion that someone is in the property. You can take this to the next level by purchasing a TV simulator that gives the impression that someone is watching the television inside your home.

 

Fit a security light outside

Having a security light on a sensor outside your property will deter burglars as they are often more confident when it’s dark.

 

Store all house and car keys away from the front door

This will help stop what is known as ‘key fishing’ which is method of entry used by burglars, utilising the letterbox. A letterbox cage or guard is a good protection method as is a key safe.

 Lock your doors!

Of course the most simple thing you can do to secure your home is to make sure all the windows and doors are locked. The majority of intruders will use an unlocked door or window to gain entry.

Locksmith Training with Keytek

Whether you’re looking to make a career change or brushing up on your locksmithing skills, the Keytek® Locksmith Training Academy offers a variety of courses to suit your training level…

Locksmith Training with KeytekTraining to be a locksmith can lead to a long and rewarding career. However, with many individuals and private companies to choose from, all marketing their services for consideration, collectively offering a huge range of courses, finding the correct locksmith training provider ‘for you’ can be a challenge in any situation, within any industry.

Identifying the correct training facility and course is absolutely vital and the first step to gaining success in your chosen career as a professional locksmith. Before choosing the type of training that best suits your needs, you should think about what are your actual requirements to meet your own personal objectives.

Ask yourself the following questions when reviewing various training facilities and courses…

  • Have you considered the full range of locksmith training available, such as professional bodies and standards, individual or group training, gaining experience in related skills or relevant work experience?
  • Have you considered the different levels at which locksmith training can be gained?
  • Do you need foundation skills training and is there the possibility to gain further specific skills later on to enhance your knowledge?
  • Have you identified your own training needs to reach your personal goals and aspirations?

The best training provision can often be provided by those organisations who actually operate day to day within the industry in which you are looking to enter or progress.

The Keytek® Locksmith Training Academy

Since 2010 we have been operating a Locksmith Training Academy in Poole, Dorset to help set the standards for the locksmithing industry and provide support for our nationwide customer base.

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Over this time the Academy has grown significantly – becoming a preferred supplier with the CTP in September 2010, being given approved centre status in February 2012 enabling us to offer an NCFE level 3 Accreditation and then furthering this by being approved in January 2013 to offer an NCFE level 4 Accreditation. To date many students have passed our various courses to meet the high working standards that are pinnacle to help improve the current standards within the industry and are vital to its longevity.

The ongoing goal and commitment of the Academy is to offer those wishing to join the industry a gateway to a career as a professional locksmith through it’s courses and experience. All courses run by the Academy are taught by highly experienced and respected industry experts. The Academy is also the only training provider in the Country that is able to provide a Level 4 Accreditation through it’s 5 and 8 day courses.

If you have any questions regarding the courses provided by the Keytek® Locksmith Training Academy or would like to be sent an information pack, please call the Academy Team on 01202 711 195 or find out more about the locksmith courses we run by visiting www.locksmiths-training.co.uk Follow our locksmith training story by clicking the timeline below…

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