Don’t be a Fool This April!

Don't be a fool this April

Don’t be a fool this April!

Only 1 in 10 burglaries are solved and only 7% of stolen goods are recovered according to a recent post by The Huffington Post. There are many ways to avoid falling for the tricks of a burglar. This article highlights some well-known information burglars would never reveal, but it is vital information you should consider to help prevent becoming a victim of burglary.

Burglars don’t wear stripes

Burglars have often been depicted to wear black and white stripes in children’s comics and cartoons, however this is associated with prison stripes with the intention of presenting burglars as criminals to younger audiences.

Unlike common stereotypes, burglars are almost never dressed in black and white striped outfits, and will most commonly be dressed in everyday clothing in order to be comfortable and blend into a crowd when needed. At times burglars will also disguise themselves as servicemen in efforts to appear professional and trustworthy.

Burglars may have been inside before

Unfortunately, a burglar could also be someone you know or someone who lives nearby. Burglars will study your lifestyle including when you are home and the value of your belongings. As mentioned previously, burglars often gain the trust of homeowners by appearing as servicemen. Often burglars may have entered your home previously to repair something or deliver a large package, all while looking out for weak spots in your home security.

They may strike again

Often burglars will target the same house more than once. Most burglars want to spend minimal time in a property, therefore if they already know their way around a house they will potentially have a smaller chance of being detected. Second time around the burglar will also know where you hide your valuables and will be familiar with the entrances and exits are.

There are various products available to help you avoid becoming a victim of a burglary, however it is important to remember the most common point of entry used by a burglar is by simply opening your doors. For this reason, we recommend starting with upgrading the locks on your doors and a full home security and insurance compliance check by a security expert at Keytek Locksmiths, where you will be recommended high-quality products to increase the security of your home.

 

Keep Mum Safe This Mother’s Day

 

keep mum safe this this mothers day

While boxes of chocolates and bouquets of flowers make great Mother’s Day gifts, chocolates will get eaten and flowers will wilt, therefore why not consider a gift that will last. Give your mum the gift she truly deserves this Mother’s day – peace of mind! Read the many reasons why the gift of safety and security is a great alternative to traditional Mother’s Day gifts.

Mums are always on the move

Whether they are popping to the shops or doing the school run, mums are always out and about. As they are often rushing out of the house, it is important mums are able to arm and disarm the security alarm with ease. The Yale easy fit smartphone alarm kit is the perfect solution for mums looking to improve productivity and make life easier, as it allows you to use an app to activate, deactivate, monitor or program the security alarm system with a touch of a button.

https://www.keytekshop.co.uk/product/yale-easy-fit-smartphone-alarm-kit

Homes can be hectic

Mothers focus all their energy on raising their children and ensuring their home is a safe and happy environment. Between cooking dinners, running baths and loading the washing machine, mums have little time to themselves. Even when relaxing for a moment, their children’s safety and security will always be a mother’s priority, therefore peace of mind is one of the greatest gifts a mother could receive. Read our spring home security checklist containing some simple yet effective steps to improve your home security and keep your family safe. https://keytek.co.uk/blog/spring-home-security-checklist/

Remember, our mums are ageing too

Mums can be of all ages; for that reason a gift that will help your mum stay safe in years to come is the perfect gesture to show how much you care. If you have an ageing parent who lives alone, there are many safety devices available to lengthen their independence and give them the feeling of security. Safewise have compiled a list of top innovative safety devices for seniors, which can make great Mother’s Day presents, read their blog here: https://www.safewise.com/blog/the-top-safety-devices-for-seniors/

Although home security devices are not traditional Mother’s Day gifts, the safety and security of your mother is a gift that will last for years to come. We wish all mothers a safe, secure and happy Mother’s Day from KeytekTM Locksmiths!

Don’t leave your safety to luck this St. Patrick’s Day

 st patricks day safety

Don’t leave your safety to luck this St. Patrick’s Day

To most St Patrick’s Day is considered a day of celebrating with friends and family, wearing lots of green and most commonly, enjoying a few drinks. While St Patrick’s Day should be a carefree celebration, don’t leave your safety and security to the luck of the Irish and prepare yourself by following our tips.

Plan ahead

Under no circumstances should someone drink and drive, therefore it is always smart to predetermine a way to get home, especially if you know you will be enjoying a few drinks. This can be done by designating a driver who will remain sober, arranging a taxi or planning another form of public transportation. Remember to prepare yourself by keeping travel fare separate from your spending money.

Drink responsibly

It is important to always know what your limit is when drinking in order to avoid any unwanted mishaps. Eating before you start drinking and drinking water to keep you hydrated will help to slow the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream, and will help you avoid a March the 18th hangover.

Be wary

Be wary when accepting drinks from strangers and drinking unfamiliar drinks. It is also important to never leave your drinks unattended, always ask a friend to watch your drinks if you need to leave. For more information and advice regarding drinking safely visit the Drinkaware website on https://www.drinkaware.co.uk.

Watch your belongings

Wallets, pots of gold and various other valuables can go missing while celebrating St Patrick’s Day, for this reason we recommend you avoid bringing unnecessary valuables with you. If you are hosting a St Patrick’s Day celebration in your own home, be sure you store your valuables in a safe place.

Finally….Wear green or get pinched!

An Irish tradition is to wear green on St Patrick’s day to respect and honour Ireland… so if you are celebrating this Friday why not join in the festivities and wear an item of green clothing, if not you might get pinched!

We hope that with these tips you are able to have an enjoyable, safe and lucky St Patrick’s Day. For more security tips visit Keytek security tips page.

Spring home security checklist

Spring security checklist

Spring home security checklist

As the days get warmer you will no doubt be finding yourself spending more time out of the house and enjoying the sunshine, but remember that you won’t be the only person whose habits change according to the seasons. Burglars will also impose upon the brighter days and vacant houses, therefore we have created a checklist containing simple steps which can improve your home security this spring.

Arm your security system

It is important to have your home protected at all times, so why not consider investing in a top quality home security system, or ensure your own system is functioning correctly.

Check your locks

The most common point of entry for a burglar is the front door, therefore it is crucial to make sure all exterior doors and windows are locking correctly. If you have any problems call a locksmith to either service or replace your locks.

Evaluate your exterior

Coming out of winter can often see our gardens left messy and overgrown, this makes spring the ideal time to start trimming shrubs and bushes. This will also eliminate places for burglars to hide. Raking leaves, mowing the lawn and keeping the front of your house tidy in general will indicate that someone is home even if you are absent.

Safety first!

The start of spring is a great reminder to ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are still working correctly. Remember, if your detectors are over 10 years old, they should be replaced.

Going away?

If you’re going on holiday you may be tempted to post your plans on social media. Announcing your house will be vacant publicly can prove harmful as it may result in unwanted attention.

For more of our top security tips to protect your home and your loved ones visit https://keytek.co.uk/security-tips/

“Can You Hear Me?” Telephone Call Security and Scams

 

Telephone Scam calls

Telephone scams are an old tactic telephone fraudsters have been using to deceive people into providing personal and financial information. It is crucial to have telephone call security in mind whilst talking to strangers over the phone, particularly when taking cold calls.

Never disclose the following details:

  • Any passwords or online banking codes
  • Your four digit card PIN to anyone, even if they are claiming to be the bank or police (your bank will never ask for your PIN over the phone or by email)
  • Personal details, unless you are completely sure you know who you are talking to.

How to spot a phone scam

  • What is a cold call?

Cold calls are often an indication that you are being contacted by someone you do not know. Occasionally companies do reach out to their customers out of the blue for authentic reasons. It is important to always verify who you are speaking to before any further discussions, this can be done by calling the official number for the company they are claiming to be calling on behalf of.

  • In a Hurry?

Often scammers will pressure you to respond promptly and make decisions in a hurry. It is important to always take a moment to make an informed decision, particularly if a sale is being made and money is being transferred.

  • Too good to be real?

Scammers may offer you a deal which appears too good to miss. It is important to research whether these offers are being presented by legitimate companies and are not simply being used to entice you. Remember, if a deal appears too good to be true, it usually is.

Latest call security scam – Can you hear me scam

A recent telephone scam residents are being warned of, which could cost a victim thousands, consists of simply answering the question ‘Can you hear me?’ The fraudsters are known to record your voice and use this as a voice signature to make unauthorised payments for products and services you have not used.

Be vigilant when taking calls from unknown or withheld numbers, and if you hear this phrase you are advised to hang up straight away. Kris Hicks of CPR Call Blocker says ‘If you don’t recognise the number, don’t answer. And if you do pick up, and they instantly start asking ‘Can you hear me? Are you there?’ as if they are trying to get you to say ‘yes’ to something, don’t say anything and hang up. It’s fishy, don’t fall into the trap.’

If you have responded to a suspicious call and believe you may be a victim of fraud a central point of contact is Action Fraud. You can report fraud or cybercrime using their online reporting service at any time of the day and they will also provide you with support.

Burglars break into garage in Winchester

Police in Hampshire are urging residents in Winchester to secure their bikes and review their garage security after a spike in bike theft. Warnings were issued following incidents where burglars broke into garages where bikes were being stored.

This highlights the importance of adequate garage security, as often the garage is used to store a range of power tools, expensive sports equipment and various other valuables which are highly sought after by burglars. Whether your garage is attached to your property or separated from your house, the contents could be at risk if the garage is not secured.

How to increase the security of your garage:

  • Installing motion-triggered security lights will make sure any activity around your garage will be detected.
  • A heavy duty garage door lock would deter opportunistic burglars as they aim to complete a job in minimal time without being noticed.
  • The installation of a garage defender disables the use of the garage door and also creates an obstruction for the burglar.
  • Consider extending the home security alarm to the garage in order to protect your contents.
  • If your garage contains high-value items, it is worth securing the contents internally using ground and wall anchors; these will prevent burglars simply carrying your items away if they do manage to break in, and will usually require a fair amount of effort to remove without being noticed.

For further tips on securing your garage check out our blog regarding garage security, it includes some great advice on how to increase the security of your garage and help protect the contents with ease.

If you are in the Winchester area and would like additional security measures added to your garage, call your local Winchester Locksmith today on 01962677099 or visit Keytek® Winchester to book an appointment!

Vehicle Thefts in Bridgend

Surfers and sea lovers targeted by vehicle thefts in Bridgend

Residents in Bridgend are urged to evaluate the security of their vehicles following a series of thefts where valuables were stolen from cars as surfers and sea lovers headed into the water. It has become apparent that there are elevated levels of crime in areas around the beaches in Bridgend, specifically Porthcawl.

Police in Bridgend South Wales issued a message asking those visiting beaches not to leave keys and other valuables unattended in vehicles while going in the sea. Your car is more likely to be targeted if valuable items such as wallets, phones and sat-navs are on display, therefore it is better to remove them from the car or tuck them away into the glove compartment or under the seats. Don’t forget to remove sat-nav holders and any suction marks on the windscreen as they indicate you have valuables in the car.

Read our blog on keytek.co.uk/blog/help-prevent-car-stolen/ for more vehicle security advice. If you ever find yourself locked out of your car call your local Bridgend locksmith on 01656 334326.