Is it time to replace the door locks?- Keytek® Blog

A secure lock on your front door is the first line of defence against burglars and intruders in your property, therefore it is crucial to replace the locks on your doors when you feel your home security may be compromised or in need of an upgrade. In order to avoid finding yourself with a failed lock and insufficient home security, look out for the following signs or scenarios prompting a lock replacement.

5 Reasons to replace door locks in your home

Someone moved out

Whether it is a roommate, tenant, family member or ex partner, as soon as a person who previously rented or shared your property moves out, it is recommended to replace your locks.  Various people with spare keys to your property can increase the risk of a break-in, as although spare keys may be handed back, there is no way of being sure copies were not made and distributed.

Wear and tear

As your locks get older and increasingly worn out, they often stop performing to the best of their ability and develop weaknesses, this could result in locks that are easier to pick and break making your home less secure. If your door locks show apparent signs of damage, rust or wear, we advise you to consider a lock replacement.

Keys stolen or lost

If your door keys are ever stolen or lost, it is vital you replace your locks immediately without hesitation. If you repeatedly find yourself losing your keys it may be convenient for you to consider a smart lock which can be opened using a code.

Moving in

It is good practice to change the locks when moving into a new house, as while you receive the keys to your new home when it is officially yours, there is no way of knowing for sure how many copies have been made and not handed in.

Recent break-in

In the unfortunate event of a break in or burglary, it is critical to change all your locks as soon as possible. Burglars may have tampered with your locks to gain unauthorized entry, this could leave your lock damaged and your home vulnerable to a repeat burglary. Following a burglary it is best to assume that your keys may have fallen into the wrong hands, for that reason replacing your doors locks and upgrading your security is crucial.

If you require a lock replacement or upgrade we believe our expert locksmiths are the best possible people to complete the job. Our locksmiths are experienced, credible, trustworthy and cost efficient, and aim to provide the best possible solutions for your security needs. Call a local locksmith today on 03303320589 or visit https://www.keytek.co.uk

 

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How do Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Protect themselves?

How do Kim and Kanye stay safe?

Having just welcomed a new baby to the family the security around Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will be the best money can buy. After the robbery in Paris Kim and Kanye take their personal security very seriously. Take a look at the different measures they have taken to protect themselves, their children and their surrogate.

 

They have a panic room.

After Kim was bound and gagged during the Paris robbery she has spent a reported $100,000 on a state of the art panic room. A panic or ‘safe’ room is a fortified room installed in a property that can offer shelter or a hiding place for anyone living in the house. It can provide protection from fire, terror attack, and extreme weather as well as break ins. The Kardashian’s panic room will, according to reports, be made to withstand fire hotter than 1000 degrees and a 7.0 earthquake. We are also guessing that it will be pretty comfortable in there, often panic rooms have sofas and beds installed as well as food, meaning the occupant can survive in there for a number of weeks.

 

 

Round the clock security 

Again, after being held at gunpoint in Paris, Kim now has a round the clock security detail that apparently include trained officers who have guarded government officials and royalty. They appear whenever the couple leave their home, they provide not only a physical deterrent but also an intelligence angle. They can look at the family life and see if and where there are any venerable spots that criminals can take advantage of. So it’s not just the beefy guy in the tight t-shirt that is protecting Kim and Kanye, it’s the security you don’t see that is doing most of the work.

 

Armoured cars

Kim and Kayne are driven around in a fleet of armoured cars, meaning they can also be protected while on the move. Reportedly the cars can withstand attacks from landmines and rocket-propelled grenades. This is a measure usually reserved for presidents and other important figures. But when you have as much money as Kim and Kanye then you can afford the best protection.

 

 

Scaled back the social media

After the Paris robbery in 2016 Kim took a few months break from social media, as she feared that flashing her upgraded diamond engagement ring on Instagram is what caused the robbery. The robbers admitted to studying the stars social media pages to work out her movements in the days leading up to the break in. Kim has also stopped showcasing or even wearing any jewellery in her social media posts, as it showed her attackers the amount of expensive jewellery she had. Also by using apps such as snapchat and tagging yourself at locations on social media, not just celebrities leave themselves vulnerable, you do as well.

 

Protection for their surrogate

Having another woman carry your child for you must be stressful enough, add to that the pressure of being one of the most famous couples in the world and it’s no wonder Kim and Kanye spent millions protecting their surrogate. They rented her a house in a secret location and kitted it out with lots of security measures. Apparently there is stae of the art cameras filming every inch of the property, so there is no chance of intruders getting in. She also has a six man security team doing shifts to make sure she is protected 24/7 as well as a driver to take her wherever she needs.

 

So it seems that the Kardashian-Wests are one of the most secure families in the world, perhaps second only to the First Family. But when your life is so public and everyone knows where you are, what your wearing and how much you’re worth, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

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New Year Resolutions for your Home

So it’s the middle of January and have you kept your new years resolutions? Have you gone for a run at least once a week? Cut out chocolate? Or quit smoking? Resolutions are hard to stick too, but one thing you can’t ignore is your home security. Whether you forget to lock the front door, leave the window open or not set the burglar alarm, you can set yourself home security resolutions that are easy to stick to!

 First resolution- do a security walk through

This involves inspecting your home, starting from the outside. Is there any damage to the doors or windows? If you have a security alarm, check that it is working. It’s also worth checking your home insurance policy and making sure all your security measures match their requirements. It’s worthwhile making sure the batteries to your smoke/fire alarm are working while you’re doing this check as well. You can get a free home security check with Keytek when one of our engineers comes to perform work on your home.

 

Second Resolution- Get in to some good home habits

Getting yourself into a routine with your home security is one of the best ways to secure your home. You could have the best burglar alarm money can buy, but if you forget to set it, it’s useless. Get in to a habit of setting the alarm or checking the front door is locked every time you leave the house. It doesn’t matter if you are popping to the corner shop for 10 minutes, on average it takes a burglar between 8-12 minutes to break into your home and get out again. Even less if you’ve left the front door open for them!! Leaving your home unsecured for any length of time is a big risk.

 

Third Resolution- Consider a security update

If you don’t already have a burglar alarm, then consider investing in one. The sight of an alarm alone may be enough to deter burglars, so it doesn’t have to be the most expensive or advanced model. Home surveillance will also deter potential thieves, if you set up a couple of cameras (even fake ones) at visible points around your home will make a difference. If you really wanted to up the ante you could invest in one of Yales latest range of ‘smart locks’ these are a range of front door locks that you can lock and unlock remotely with an app on your phone. There are also camera doorbells, which can show you who is stood outside your home. However if you don’t want to splash that much cash,  investing in a simple measure such as a security light can be very effective.

 Fourth Resolution- Make it look like you’re in

An empty house is a burglars dream, so making it look like there is life inside your home is a great way to put them off. You can buy light timers for relatively low prices and with lamps going on and off throughout the day it gives the impression that someone is inside. You can also buy a television replicator that simulates scene changes, light fades and on screen motion, so to anyone lurking nearby, it would seem that someone is watching the television. You could even invest in an automatic curtain opener, if you are going away for a long time. Much like a light timer, it will open and close your curtains at the times you set. A burglar is less like to break in if they think someone is at home, so it’s worth thinking about investing in one of these measures.

 

You may not be making it to the gym every day or given up drinking, but you can make your home safer with our safety resolutions. They are simple and easy to stick to, but can make a huge difference in keeping your home secure.

 

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How do celebrities protect their homes?

Celebrities Homes

You may remember a few years ago there was a group of thieves targeting celebrities homes. Nicknamed the ‘Bling Ring’ a group of eight teenagers and young people burgled the homes of several stars in 2008. Since that story hit the headlines, celebrities have amped up the security on their houses. These celebs are filthy rich so can afford to splash out on extreme home security, but you can take inspiration from them, and take away ideas for your own home.

50 Cent

 

The famous rapper spares no expense when it comes to securing his Connecticut mansion, spending a reported $1 million per year.  50 used some of that money to install an extensive camera surveillance system all over his home. Which is a great deterrent for buglers, you can even buy fake ones for much less money. An offender is less likely to break into a house, if they feel they are being watched.

Tom Cruise

 

The movie stars’ mansion home is sectioned off into ‘zones’ with fingerprint identification required for a person to enter. This means the staff are only able to access the sections of the house they work in. There is also an impressive electric gate, with guards posted at the entrance 24/7. Now we know that not many people could afford such a beefed up security system, however you can make small changes to your own home, to make it more secure. Be sure to install a peep hole in your door, so you don’t have to open the door to strangers. You can also make sure (if it can be accommodated) you have a sturdy gate with a lock, to prevent people trespassing on your property.

 

Johnny Depp

The quirky Pirates of the Caribbean actor has an equally quirky house in Los Angeles, fit with turrets, battlement and towers. However his home security is definitely not medieval, his security systems include security cameras and security guards. He has also employed the architecture of his home to help with security. Depp’s mansion only has one entrance, so is impossible to enter without somebody seeing. He also uses the tall trees around the property to obscure the view of inside for any potential thieves. This may not be advisable if you do not have round the clock security, as the trees can stop neighbours or a passerby knowing someone has broken in or attempting to break in. You can definitely take some ideas from Johnny – making sure any valuables are out of sight is a great way to deter burglars.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Now as you would expect, the security for the future king is the best you can get. Security details of the couples’ new home were made public not that long ago and include an ‘air lock’ double door system, a CCTV system, pop up bollards and spiked railings. An ‘air lock’ double door system is simpler than it sounds. It means that there is a small passageway between two doors that are air tight. Meaning if an intruder was to enter the first door, he could be trapped within the passageway until the police arrived. Now it is impossible to have as many precautions as the Royals, however you can secure your home by making sure all doors and windows are locked securely. If your house does have a porch area, make sure both the front door and porch door have sturdy locks, if a burglar has to get through two doors, they are less likely to break in.

 

 

Or if you have the money and really want to protect yourself, then you could buy your own private island like Virgin founder Richard Branson. Who needs cameras and security guards when you are surrounded by water?

 

For more tips on protecting your house visit our Security Tips page

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Which? Trusted Traders

Finding a locksmith when you are locked out of your own house can be difficult. The doors shut behind you and all you have is your mobile phone. Do you really want to spend hours trying to find a reliable locksmith that’s not going to overcharge you? No, you don’t. That is why Keytek has become a Which? Trusted Trader, so when you see the Which? Logo on our website, you know you are getting a trustworthy, reliable service. Whether you are locked out, have a change of tenants or your locks getting a bit loose, Keytek are experts in all types of locks and can help you within the hour, without costing you the Earth.

We know that Which? is the largest independent consumer organisation in the UK and has been testing products and services for nearly 60 years and we know they only let the highest standard of traders into their trusted traders service, so we are very pleased to be included in that number. This means that if anyone is a first time customer with Keytek, you can rest assured that you are getting a fast, reliable and quality service. We put the customer at the forefront of everything we do; your satisfaction is our number one priority.

So what is a Which? Trusted Trader? Which? Trusted trader

Which? Trusted traders is an endorsement scheme run by Which? That aims to distinguish reputable traders. Traders have to pass a assessment process carried out by Which? Trading standard professionals. This means not just any Tom, Dick or Harry can become endorsed. There is a rigorous assessment process, which includes;

Credit report– This validates the financial health of a business who applies to be assessed.

Customer Satisfaction- The endorsement team will check a selection of customer references, at random, from 10 domestic customer details.

Business Procedures- A thorough examination of business and administrative procedures to ensure that businesses have consumer interests in mind.

Interview and assessment- The standard assessment includes a face to face visit and interview carried out by a Which? trading standards professional to fully understand all aspects of how the applicant runs their business.

Report– Businesses receive a report of the assessment, providing valuable feedback from our experienced assessors to ensure that they meet our high standards before they are allowed to join the scheme.

Endorsed trader– Having passed all these checks, the trader is now able to choose to join the scheme, agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions, code of conduct and pay the membership fees. They can now show their customers that they are an endorsed Which? Trusted trader.

The process is lengthy, but we are extremely proud to have made the grade for Which? Trusted Traders as not everyone makes the cut, as the assessment is rigorous. We are pleased to say that we met Which? High standards and have become a Trusted Trader.

 

For more information on Which? Trusted Traders then visit the Which? Website.