Moving Home Hassle Free

How to move home securely

Moving home is said to be one of the most stressful times of our lives. Issues with paperwork, solicitors’ appointments, estate agents and then the worry of the sale potentially falling through are some of the factors that add to the stress of the ordeal. After possibly one of your most expensive purchases, comes the much anticipated move involving more exercise than you’ve probably done all year. Once all is over and you’ve finally settled into your new home, comes a vital part that many people either forget or disregard… the importance of having the locks changed on your new property.

If you think of your current house key and how many people you know that have a spare, it becomes slightly worrying when you realise you have no idea how many people could have a key to your new home. Changing the locks when you move home should be a basic security precaution for every home owner, but this is still something many people forget or possibly never do. As well as leaving your home and its contents potentially unsecure, many insurance companies will not pay out if an intruder gains entry using a key, as there generally needs to be clear signs of breaking and entering.

When moving home and changing the locks there are a few things you should consider. You should check with your insurance company prior to the change to make sure they don’t have any minimum requirements. Many insurance companies will require you to have a tried and tested British standard lock fitted to your door and your locks changed can be fairly expensive making this an important requirement to double check, prior to a locksmith attending your property. When getting your locks changed/upgraded, it may also be worth investing in a key safe. Key safes are a fantastic way of storing spare keys; meaning you won’t run the risk of being locked out. You also have the security of knowing that the key is safe, especially since nearly 20% of people still hide their spare keys in an area of their garden in places many intruders will know to look.  If you are interested in buying a key safe, take a look at www.keytekshop.co.uk.

 

Whilst the locksmith is changing the locks, it’s a good idea to have a security check completed on your home at this point. Potential intruders could enter the property through a window so if you’re missing any window keys or the locks are looking a little old, it’s a good idea to have these checked also. These simple tips and considerations can help you enjoy your new home with no worries or shocks in or out of the house. If you would like to read any more information on home security and locksmith services, our website has lots of useful information!

You can visit our website by going to keytek.co.uk. Or if after reading this blog you need your locks changing, call us now on 0800 035 0451!

Summer Security

Stay secure during the Summer Holidays with our Summer Home Security Tips!

Whilst enjoying any holiday period whether it is summer, Easter or Christmas, one of the last things on your mind will probably be making sure that your home is secure. Whatever the time of year it is still very important to make sure that the security of your home doesn’t lapse whilst you are enjoying the holidays.

Don’t let a burglary ruin the summer holidays…

Unfortunately higher temperatures are not great for uPVC or wooden doors as changes in heat can often cause doors to swell or shrink. Potentially, these changes can unfortunately leave your property unsecured, as you may be unable to unlock or worse lock your door, leaving your home vulnerable to a break-in. When a door swells or shrinks it’s often a simple case of calling a highly skilled and trained locksmith to fix the problem for you, making ongoing accessibility much easier during those hot summer days, leaving you far less likely to find yourself locked out when you return from a day on the beach!

Problems with your door can be caused by a variety of other factors during the summer; a common cause being simple wear and tear especially when everyone is more partial to popping in and out of the back garden to top up the tan. This can also cause security issues for your home, especially if you’re unable to lock up due to the lock being damaged by continuous use. This problem can also be solved by calling a local locksmith to your home who will be more than willing to fix or replace any locks that have been damaged by wear and tear.

Also, don’t forget to secure your home even when just popping out to the garden, this includes the window you have left open to catch the rare breeze. Leaving any doors or windows open during a sunbathing session in the garden could leave your home unsecured and pretty much a burglar’s dream of entering your property undetected whilst you’re in the garden.  According to statistics provided in this fantastic UK Burglary report provided by Tesco Compare 73% of burglars use a door to gain entry and in 3% of cases the door was open.

How vulnerable is your home?

There are many different reasons why a burglar may break in to your home, although some are opportunistic whereby they will take the opportunity when it arises i.e. a door or window is left open, others will scope out your property beforehand. Therefore it is important to evaluate the security of your home to ensure your home isn’t targeted by a burglar whether it is opportunistic or pre-planned.

Ask yourself the following questions when evaluating the security of your home:

  • Are the locks on any doors and windows visible?

    By making sure these are visible will help to deter a burglar as they will be able to see it will be harder to break in.

  • Are any doors or windows left open, even if it isn’t easy to access them?

    Make sure all doors and windows are locked before leaving your home.

  • Ensure all your windows are locked and closed at night

    When closing up your windows for the night ensure they are all locked and securely shut. If any small top windows are accidentally left open or open to let in cold air overnight a burglar can easily reach through and open a large window internally.

  • Do you have any lights with sensors fitted to the exterior of your property?

    Fitting lights with sensors to the outside of your home will ensure your home is well lit if an intruder was to approach your property. These will not only help to alert you and your neighbors but may deter an intruder from breaking into your home as they tend to be confident when working in the dark.

  • Is the front of your home visible from the road?
    Having high walls and hedges can give a burglar protection from being seen therefore making sure your home is visible is important.

  • Is accessing your home noisy?

    Consider having gravel placed on your driveway as it is impossible to walk on gravel without making a noise. The more difficult you make it for a burglar to access your home without making a noise the less likely you are to be a victim of burglary.

  • When you are on holiday or away from your home is it obvious that your home is unoccupied?

    Make sure that when you are going to be away from your home for a long period of time that you do the following:.

    • Ask a trusted neighbour, friend or family member to keep an eye on your home whilst you’re away. Ask them to open and close curtains etc so that it appears that your home is occupied
    • Cancel any deliveries such as the newspaper or milk.
    • Use the Royal Mail’s Keepsafe® service to hold any letters or parcels whilst you’re away to avoid any post piling up whilst your home is unoccupied.
  • Are there any ladders or equipment lying around that can be used by a burglar to gain entry to your home?
    Make sure that any ladders or equipment that could be used to break in to your home are stored securely in a locked garage or shed.

Make sure you check out www.keytekshop.co.uk’s wide range of burglary deterrents to protect your home from opportunistic burglars!

A Festival Goer’s Guide to Security

National locksmiths, Keytek®, have put together a ‘Festival Goer’s Guide to Security’ to ensure those attending festivals this summer are taking all the precautions available to them to ensure their valuables stay secure.

Festivals are big business in the UK and have increased in popularity considerably, when Glastonbury Festival first opened in 1970 just 1,500 people attended and in most recent years around 150,000 people attend Glastonbury each year (KGB Answers). Festival goers will spend more than £1,600 a year attending summer music events and will spend an average of £450.18 on tickets and an estimated £203.97 whilst at the music festival on food and drink (Female First).

With the popularity of festivals increasing over the years this has also seen an increase in the risk of crimes such as theft. Did you know that an estimated £190,000 worth of items were stolen from those attending festivals in the summer of 2010 (Telegraph)? The average unattended tent will contain valuables such as mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, designer clothing and shoes which total an average of £928.

For the average thief festivals can mean big business! Follow Keytek® Locksmith’s ‘Festival Goer’s Guide to Security’ for useful tips and advice on how you can keep your valuables safe and secure at a festival.

  • Try to take only the essentials with you! The fewer valuables you bring the less likely you are to be a victim of theft.
  • If you do decide to bring any expensive items register them for free, then if it is stolen and recovered it can be returned. Visit www.immobilise.com to register your property.
  • Do not leave any valuables in your car.
  • If you have used a sat nav remove any suction marks on the windscreen.
  • Don’t bring large amounts of money/expensive jewellery, watches, neck chains etc. or any costume jewellery that appears to be of value.
  • If you do bring valuables don’t leave them in your tent or car – put them in the on-site lockers. These can usually be booked in advance and are open 24 hours a day.
  • Mark any valuables with your details. You can do this with a UV pen.
  • Insurance provider Aviva advise extending your home and contents insurance to include personal belongings cover otherwise you may end up facing a bill of replacing lost or stolen items.

For more security advice and tips from beach security to home security visit our blog https://keytek.co.uk/blog/

We Built a Shop!!

We Built a Shop!! ImageSo its launch day! Locks, shopping carts and logos have been the topic of conversation here in the Keytek® office the last couple of months, as we continue to look for ways to improve our services and our customer needs by offering better access to excellent security products.  In the recent months we’ve been doing just that with the creation of our first online lock shop, which you may have heard about from our recent blogs and on our social media. After months of hard work we are all very excited to announce the launch of our new online shop, Keytek shop, now security really can be brought to your door, quite literally!

The project started back in March 2015 when we felt we needed to offer our customers a means of improving their security at home with great products. The idea of not only providing a locksmithing service for changing your locks and emergency call outs, but also to pass on our knowledge and recommendations to help you purchase new security items for your home from a trusted and respected  brand.  Keytekshop has been packed with all the best security products we could find ranging from Yale laptop safes to intruder deterrents to decoy safes in the shape of soup cans, all on a simple, clear shopping platform. With Keytekshop, improving your home security couldn’t be easier. However if you do struggle, or are not quite sure we’ve added in a helpful online chat service with an expert on hand to help you with choosing the right product. So go on over to our shop and have a look through our range of products to see what you can find to help secure the things you love and as a gift on us we are giving you 20% off on ALL products on our site and free delivery on orders over £40.

Also don’t forget to sign up to our weekly newsletter if you would like to receive offers, promotions and useful tips on improving your home security. More information and advice on the products we stock can be found at keytekshop.co.uk

We built a shop!!!

Keytek Shop

So its launch day! Locks, shopping carts and logos have been the topic of conversation here in the

Keytek® office the last couple of months, as we continue to look for ways to improve our services and our customer needs by offering better access to excellent security products.  In the recent months we’ve been doing just that with the creation of our first online lock shop, which you may have heard about from our recent blogs and on our social media. After months of hard work we are all very excited to announce the launch of our new online shop, Keytek® shop, now security really can be brought to your door, quite literally!

The project started back in March 2015 when we felt we needed to offer our customers a means of improving their security at home with great products. The idea of not only providing a locksmithing service for changing your locks and emergency call outs, but also to pass on our knowledge and recommendations to help you purchase new security items for your home from a trusted and respected  brand. Keytekshop has been packed with all the best security products we could find ranging from Yale laptop safes to intruder deterrents to decoy safes in the shape of soup cans, all on a simple, clear shopping platform. With Keytekshop, improving your home security couldn’t be easier. However if you do struggle, or are not quite sure we’ve added in a helpful online chat service with an expert on hand to help you with choosing the right product. So go on over to our shop and have a look through our range of products to see what you can find to help secure the things you love and as a gift on us we are giving you 20% off on ALL products on our site and free delivery on orders over £40.

Also don’t forget to sign up to our weekly newsletter if you would like to receive offers, promotions and useful tips on improving your home security. More information and advice on the products we stock can be found at keytekshop.co.uk