Charity collection box stolen in Swindon bar break-in

Police urge people to review the security of their homes and businesses following a break-in at a Swindon bar, where burglars stole cash from the till and a charity collection box. Often as days become darker there is a rise opportunistic burglaries, and as Christmas is around the corner, often there is a rise in charity collections and small businesses will be taking donations, therefore it is optimal to check your security at this time of year.

Our local locksmiths in Swindon offer a comprehensive security check scheme aimed at helping the general public make their homes and commercial properties more secure. Visit Keytek Swindon for more information on our local Swindon locksmiths, and to book your security upgrade today.

With a potential rise of opportunistic burglaries, we have compiled a list of a few simple steps which can improve the security of your home or commercial property.

Check you locks

Make sure all exterior doors and windows are locking correctly. If you have any problems or feel your security is not sufficient, call a reliable local locksmith to either service or replace your locks.

Check your outdoor lights

Outdoor lighting ensures there are no dark areas for unwanted visitors to hide, and having fully functioning lights outside your home, commercial property or car park will help deter a burglar during the darker nights.

Put your valuables away

Keep valuables out of sight, try to make sure all valuables such as computers and laptops are kept out of sight on the ground floor and keep any machinery or tools locked away.

Arm your security system

It is important to have your home protected at all times, therefore invest in a top quality home security system, or ensure your own system is functioning correctly.

If you believe your home, business premises or office could do with a security check, give us a call on 0330 332 0589.

Security Warning Following Burglaries in Harrogate

Residents are given a security warning following a series of burglaries in Harrogate

Police are urging residents of Harrogate to improve home security measures in order to reduce the chances of being burgled. Following a spike of ‘2 in 1’ burglaries, where thieves have not only broken into and stolen contents of properties but have also stolen car keys and cars, police are recommending people use deterrents in order to make homes appear occupied.

There are various measures that can be taken in order to make a property seem occupied even when it is not. Simple measures such as using a light timer, TV simulators or leaving a car in the driveway can indicate someone is home, even when the house is vacant. For more intelligent ways you can fool a burglar into thinking there is someone home, visit our ‘Bluff the Burglar’ post.

While deterrents and preventive measures are effective, it is crucial to ensure your home security is up to date. Our locksmiths in Harrogate offer a friendly and reliable locksmith service, whether you are in an emergency situation or in need of a pre-booked security check. So if you feel your home is not adequately secured, head over to our Locksmiths in Harrogate website at for more information.

Salisbury Police Hand Out Deterrent Purse Straps

Salisbury Police hand out deterrent purse straps following a rise in purse thefts.

Following a number of incidents of purses being stolen from people’s handbags in Salisbury city centre, police officers are urging shoppers to come and collect an anti-theft purse strap for free.  The strap simply attaches your purse or wallet to your bag, making it difficult for a thief to remove it in minimal time, without you noticing.

The police in Salisbury are worried this may put shoppers off during the festive period, as city centres become busy and crowded. They assure people that these offences are not violent in any way, but are pick-pocket type crimes where people do not realise their belongings have been stolen until later on.

Unfortunately pick-pocketing is a common occurrence and is easily done by professional thieves if you do not secure your belongings sufficiently. It is important to take care of your belongings when venturing into a crowded place, and there are many ways to prevent having your belongings stolen from your bag.

  • Ensure your bag has sufficient fastening such as a zip or buckle.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary items in your bag; try to keep it as de-cluttered and light as possible.
  • Make use of internal compartments that can be fastened. These are not easily accessed and make things more difficult for a thief.
  • Keep your bag close to you, preferably strapped across your body.
  • When you are going out to a public place, only take what you need. Do not carry valuables unnecessarily.

As well as securing the valuables you carry in your bag while on the go, it is crucial to check the security of your home. Our locksmiths in Salisbury offer a friendly and reliable locksmith service, whether you are in an emergency situation or in need of a pre-booked security check. So if you feel your home is not adequately secured, head over to our Locksmiths in Salisbury website at Keytek Salisbury for more information.