The First Official Locksmith Qualification!

Here at Keytek® Locksmiths we pride ourselves on providing you, our customers with professional home security by our highly-trained Locksmiths. We are consistently working to provide you with the most secure technology and advice in the industry and are always looking to improve our work, ensuring you receive the best-quality service available! Which is why we are here to announce some exciting news! Keytek® Locksmiths Training Academy are now offering our students and future Locksmiths the opportunity to gain an official Locksmith Qualification, new for 2020 and the first available in the UK! Find out more below!

 

The Official Locksmith Qualification

We are so proud to reveal to you the Keytek® Academy’s brand-new Locksmith Qualification course, the only official Locksmith Qualification in the UK! Keytek® Locksmiths Training Academy are one of the first institutions to offer this course in partnership with Highfield who are a global leader in regulated apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications. The course is a Level 3 Diploma for Commercial Locksmiths and Property Security to ensure the Academy students learn everything they need to know to become a highly-skilled Locksmith.

The Locksmith Qualification course is taught by industry professionals in the Academy’s purpose-built Locksmith Training Academy located in Poole, Dorset. It compromises of 14 separate units that encompasses everything the students need to become a successful Locksmith.

Keytek® Academy courses are limited to just three students per course to ensure each student receives plenty of 1 to 1 training, remain a safe distance from one another as well as ensuring each student has their own door and set of tools to work with at all times. Throughout the course the Academy trainer assess each student and provides them with additional help and advice where needed to ensure Keytek’s high standards are met.

 

The Locksmith Industry

So why is it only now, in 2020 that there is an official Locksmith Qualification I hear you ask?! Officially, Locksmiths do not need any qualifications to call themselves a Locksmith. However, Keytek® Locksmiths were required to attain a Level 4 Locksmith accreditation (previously the highest Locksmith award in the UK) before visiting you, our customers.

Times are changing in the Locksmithing industry however, which is why we are getting prepared by offering our official Locksmith Qualification course to new and existing Locksmiths to ensure they can carry on working and providing security to you, our valued customer when the time comes.

 

Keytek® Locksmiths Training Academy

You may have seen already that the Keytek® Academy have also launched a brand-new website! They have been a busy bunch over there, here you will find everything you need to know about the Keytek® Academy, the Locksmith courses on offer and some useful tips and advice too! Take a look and tell us what you think at www.locksmiths-training.co.uk.

 

Interested in Training to Become a Locksmith?

We’re glad to hear, becoming a Locksmith is a fantastic industry to become a part of. You can either take a look at the Academy website (see link above) or give one of the Academy team a call on 01202 711195 or drop them an email at academy@keytek.co.uk! Good luck!

Top Tips on Teaching your Kids about Security

There will come a point in your child’s life when you will need to leave them alone in your home for a period of time. This might seem a scary concept, but it’s all part of them growing up. It’s important that you instil good security practice in your child from a young age, so your child knows how to keep themselves safe. We will go through some tips and advice about educating your child on security (without frightening the life out of them!)

 

Your child needs to know they’re safe

It’s important that you reassure your child that they are safe, especially if you are updating or changing your home security method. Chat about your security measures; focus on what it does to keep your home safe, rather than what outside forces can threaten your home (burglars and bad guys etc.).

Installing cameras is a new, modern way to secure your home. However this could cause small children to become afraid and teenagers to moan about their privacy. Our advice would be to involve them in the camera installation, ask them wear they think the cameras should go and show them how they work. Reassure your little ones that they were safe before the cameras were installed, and are even safer now. Maybe make a game if it, see if they can spot daddy on the video feed etc.

 

Security responsibilities

As your child gets older and understands more about security, you may want to outline the responsibilities they have for keeping the house safe. Start small, like making it their job to make sure the door is locked; this will instil a habit of checking every time they leave the house as they get older.

If you have a security system then it’s important that they know how to turn it off and on, especially if they leave or return from school while you are not in the house. Do some practice runs, be sure they have memorised the code and make sure they know what to do if the alarm goes off and you’re not home.

Once they hit their teens and are coming and going from your home alone more frequently, they need to know how to secure the house. This could involve making sure all the windows are shut and locked, checking the alarm is set and they may need reminding that there is more than one door in the house.

 

Safety when home alone

It is not unusual that parents teach their children to not answer the door or phone when they are home alone. This is a great way of keeping your child safe while you are out of the house; however, it’s not for everyone. If you want your child to be able to talk to people either over the phone or through the door, it’s important to set some rules as to how to handle it.

One really important thing you need to teach your child is to NEVER let anyone know that they are home alone. If someone rings and asks to speak to an adult, teach your children to say that you are busy, rather than that you are out. If your child is a bit older then you could get them to take a message, teach them to ask for a name, number and reason for calling. This way you can be sure that anyone who called is not a threat. It’s also important that your children are taught not to give out any information about your family, such as the address of the house, phone number or name.

These rules apply for your child talking to someone through the door. One of the most important rules you can teach your child is to NEVER open the door to a stranger when you are not home. If you are happy for them to speak to someone through the door, then you might want to consider installing a peep hole, or a smart doorbell you can talk through.

 

Install a smart security system

These days there are 100s of smart security systems out there. You can read more about smart security systems here.

Installing a smart doorbell would allow your child to see who is at the door, without letting them know they are in the house. You will also be alerted to anyone approaching the front door, so you can see remotely if anyone suspicious attempts to gain entry. This gives a new level of security for parents and added piece of mind.

You can also get smart locks for your front door; these are particularly helpful if you don’t trust your child with a key. Smart door locks often come with apps, which means you can activate ‘virtual keys’, once activated your child will just need to scan their phone on the lock and it will open.

These smart security systems may give you peace of mind and added security, but they do make it easy for a child to become complacent about security. Seeing as you can lock and unlock your front door remotely with these smart door locks, it makes it easy for a child to get into the habit of not locking the door when they leave.

If you do choose to get a smart home security system then it’s up to you to instil and enforce the same rules we talked about above.

 

Have an Emergency Plan

It’s important that your kids know what to do in the event of an emergency, for example this could include a break in or a fire.

If you have instilled the rule that your child should never leave the house without you, it’s important to discuss times when it would be appropriate. The police advise that if an intruder does enter your home, the safest thing to do is leave (where possible) you need to relay this information to your children. Discuss different routes out of the house, any back doors or conservatories etc. this applies to if there is a fire, your child needs to know the safest and quickest way out of the house. For each emergency scenario, come up with a simple step by step plan of what to do. Practice this regularly to make sure you child knows exactly what they are doing.

Your children should also have a list of numbers they can call in an emergency. These need to be written down in an obvious place or programmed into their phones. These numbers can be 999, a trusted friend or neighbour as well as extended family, grandparents for example.

Its good practice to go over these measures with your children every couple of months, to make sure they haven’t forgotten what to do in an emergency, also the more you practice the more comfortable they will feel doing it in an actual emergency.

 

Online Security

Its not just home security that you need to talk to your children about. With more and more children having access to sites such as Facebook, twitter, Tik Tok and WhatsApp, it’s important for you to talk to them about online safety.

With 34% of children aged 12-17 having experienced some kind of cyberbullying it’s important that you talk to your children about it. It’s interesting to note that 11.5% of kids have admitted to actually cyberbullying someone. So you need to talk to your children about not just being a victim of cyberbullying, but also the perpetrator.

Online predators are another risk when using the internet; an online predator is an adult that uses the internet to entice children for various types of abuse.  This is something you needs to talk to your child about, so they know what to look out for. Encourage your children to stay in ‘safe’ websites that are aimed at children and have safeguards in place. However you should always be aware of any online activity your child has.

There are also an unlimited amount of inappropriate websites your child can access online, so make sure you have the right internet protection. Most internet providers give you the option of blocking certain websites and can filter internet searches, they can also block any inappropriate pop ups.

 

To finish…

The key to all security related worries involving your children is to talk to them about it and be prepared. A child that is unprepared for unsafe situation is more vulnerable than one that is. Whether it be locking the front door or not talking to stranger online, your child needs to know how to keep themselves safe.

 

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The Most Secure Homes in the World

Only the richest people in the world are able to afford the million-dollar mansions you see on TV and in magazines. While they may be the subject of many people’s envy, owning a house that expensive isn’t all fun and parties. These millionaires, sometimes billionaires, have to consider their security very seriously. Not only do they need to protect the expensive items in their homes, but also protect the wellbeing of their families. Having that much wealth and being in the public eye opens these home owners up to the threat of strangers knowing where they live and trying to break into their homes.

This means in recent years there has been a surge in the need for high end, advanced security in residential homes. Security that would have been suitable for the White House and Buckingham Palace is now in place protecting the homes of the super wealthy. We are going to look at some of the securest houses in the world.

Securest

The Corbi Home in Los Angeles, California

Take a look at this link here to see some images! 

Now, when you are the president of a highly respected security firm, you would expect to have the best home security in the world and Al Corbi has just that. His sprawling 7,744 square foot mansion, in the picturesque Hollywood Hills, boasts some of the most advanced security technologies around.

It’s keyless

Sounds counterintuitive, one of the most basic things you can do to secure a home is lock the front door, right? However, in this home, you are the key. The smart home blends facial and voice recognition and uses what’s called ‘behavioural recognition’ to recognise those that live or are allowed into the house.

Surveillance

This may sound common place; many houses have security cameras. However, in the Corbi house, it’s taken to the next level. They have thermal imaging cameras that can read the heat signatures of anything; it can even see a person hiding behind a tree and has a range of 15 kilometres.

The Windows

The windows of any home are always a weakness in the security; they can be broken and used as an entry point. In the Corbi house they have glass-break detectors that can operate with in a 15-foot radius. They have also added a blast film to the windows; this means that the windows would not shatter if subject to a blast such as a bomb.

The Fog

This one is a little different; the Corbi’s have a system that will release a harmless fog into the house, the aim being to disorientate any intruder. While harmless the gas will emanate a strong unpleasant odour that can disable a burglar for up to 24 hours. The real clever thing is that this gas can be laced with a synthetic ‘DNA code’ that will attach itself to the clothes and skin of an intruder for weeks. Traces of the gas would show up under a UV light, meaning they could be identified if they get away.

Panic Rooms

Yes, panic rooms plural. The panic room has definably come a long way from the Jodie Foster film we all know, those with a high net worth often have ‘panic suites’ rather than rooms. Not only does this house have two specially designed ‘safe rooms’ (on of which is reported to be 2,500 square feet) there is also two ‘safe core’ bedrooms which can be immediately sealed by locking a specific door or doors. One of Corbi’s safe rooms is actually his wine cellar that sits below the house. It has its own electricity, sustainable food and safe water supplies. Corbi builds these bunkers to survive; natural disaster, nuclear holocaust or even a catastrophe involving the sun. Corbi has even boasted that you could survive for ‘three generations’ in there.

The ‘Zombie’ House

No, it’s not a house full of zombies. It’s a house in Poland that claims to be able to withstand a zombie apocalypse. You can see a picture of it here.

It’s also known as the ‘safe house’ and was designed by architect Robert Konieczny specifically to be the world’s most secure home. What makes this house so secure is that it is completely impenetrable when the concreate walls seal shut. What sets this house apart is the fact that almost every part of it moves; the concreate walls, the inner walls, the shutters and even the gate. This means the owner can configure the house to adapt to whatever threat is around; fire, flood, intruder or thousands of zombies. It also features a 6.6ft perimeter wall (that also moves) that can be electronically sealed. And of course, no secure house would be complete without a drawbridge that leads to a roof terrace above the pool, why should you not be able to enjoy your pool while a zombie apocalypse is going on?

All of this means that this house becomes a sealed concrete cube when under attack. We couldn’t think of a safer place to be if zombies attacked.

 

3 Indian Road

There is a group of 35 homes on a barrier island in Miami called The Indian Creek, this has been the site of the most expensive house sale Miami has ever seen. So, you can only imagine what security goes into keeping these properties safe. Take a look at some of the images here!

None of these houses are more security conscious than 3 Indian Road, rumoured to have been brought by a Russian billionaire. The gated community already has a 15-person strong dedicated private police force that patrol on land via jeep, and by sea via Jet Ski and boat. They provide 24 hour dedicated home security for residents. However, number 3 clearly doesn’t feel that this is enough. The mystery buyer has installed their own panic room with its own isolated generator, in case of an intruder cuts the main power. This panic room can only be accessed by a fingerprint recognition system and once you are in the panic room you have access to the control hub. This allows the occupier to see what’s going on with an inferred surveillance system, even in pitch black.

Keytek Locksmiths

Whilst many of us (unfortunately) are not made of millions it is still important to protect your home. Why not take a look at our other blogs on ways you can secure your own home such as anti-snap locks or take a look at our comprehensive home security guide here where we break down the security of your home bit by bit!

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School Safety 2020

Ensuring the safety of a school is not a new issue, although it’s never been as publicly scrutinised as it has been recently. Schools have had to consider more than just the threat of Coronavirus for many years now. With the schools going back over this week and next, take a look at some of the safety measures put in place by schools.

Health and Safety

Your child’s school has a responsibility to keep your child safe while they are attending. Day to day this responsibility falls with the headteacher and management staff. It is required that school appoint a ‘competent’ person to ensure the school are meeting all the health and safety requirements required. This person must have the necessary skills and experience to be able to ensure the school manages its health and safety risks.

It is required by law that all schools have a health and safety policy in place, this policy should be integrated into the day to day running of the school. The policy should make clear the roles and responsibilities within risk management processes, the strategy to control risks and specific measures that need to be implemented. It is the responsibility of the headteacher to monitor and update this policy when appropriate.

Security

Schools are required to have a policy in place that outlines how they will react in response to a security related incident. This policy should go hand in hand with the health and safety and safeguarding policy, especially if it puts in place measures to protect students and reduce the risk of serious violence.

Staff and students do have a responsibility for their own security and that of others that they have contact with while at school. This alongside the official policy and affective management should ensure the safety of staff and students.

As much as it is very important for schools to have security measures in place, it is equally as important that school remains a welcoming and friendly environment for children. It is up to the headteacher and management staff to maintain this balance. A culture of safety needs to be created, meaning that staff and learners will naturally be aware of their own safety and the safety and security of others.

Any effective security policy should take into account realistic security concerns for any individual school, meaning no one school will have the same security policy as the next. The policy will make clear expected roles of staff, students and even the local community in the event of an incident. Local government and the police will be involved in making sure any security policy is suitable and effective.

A security policy won’t just cover protecting students for external threats, but also protecting them for any internal risks. Internal risks can involve the welfare of students, including the potential for serious violent crime, drugs and child exploitation. All staff have the responsibility to be aware of the associated risks and understand the measure put in place to manage them.

External threats covered within the policy can include; school evacuation, bomb alert and treat procedure, lockdown template and terrorist incidents. Not only will there be policy in place to handle these situations if they arrive, but also aftercare policies. These can include; debrief and lessons learned plans and post incident support documents.

Schools often have security cameras on the premises, to monitor students as well as those entering and leaving the grounds. Most schools will have a main entrance, with a receptionist to meet any visitors, this also acts as a way ensure only people with permission enter the school building. Many schools also employ a fob based or coded entry system for staff, not only on external doors but on some internal doors as well. This means that staff can move freely about the building, while maintaining the safety of locked doors.

It may sound complicated, technical and a little bit scary, but all these policies are there to ensure your child is safe and happy at school. All eventualities are covered in these procedures, to ensure the smooth and effective reaction if a serious incident was to occur. If all staff and students are familiar with the safety measures put in place, then they are more likely to stay safe if anything untoward happens.

Covid-19

Schools in the UK have had to expand their health and safety policies within the last year to deal with the unprecedented pandemic that started this year. At first schools were closed to guarantee the safety of all students and staff. However, as the government have learnt more and more about Covid-19, it has been deemed that it is safe for children to return to school this month.

The government has laid out advice for schools on how to protect students from the threat of coronavirus. The guidelines have changed more than once meaning you might not be clear on what producers are in place to protect children.

Minimising risk

Schools must do everything in their power to reduce contact and mixing between students. However the main priority will be minimising student teacher contact, this is where ‘bubbles’ come in. by keeping groups in separate bubbles, pupils will only see a limited number of staff, cutting down exposure.

Classes such as drama and music will be modified, meaning where possible teachers should not speak in a raised voice for extended periods, the use of microphones is advised. Within music classes, singing, chanting and playing wind or brass instruments should only be undertaken with extended social distancing, as these are potentially higher risk activities. Undertaking these activities outside would be preferable.

Sport classes will also be adapted, only certain team sports that have been approved by government will be allowed to be played in schools. Schools will need to make sure that all equipment used is cleaned regularly and thoroughly, to stop the spread of infection. Outdoor sports should be prioritised as much as possible and when needed large indoor spaces with good ventilation should be used.

 

Transport

Because of social distancing the availability for transport has reduced. Dedicated transportation such as school busses are able to be used, however there are some guidelines that must be followed;

  • Social distancing should be followed where possible
  • Children should try and sit with their ‘bubble’ or with the same group of children everyday
  • Children should wash or sanitise their hands before boarding and again before getting off
  • A more stringent cleaning process needs to be followed for the interior of the transport
  • An organised queuing system should be put in place
  • Windows and ceiling vents should be open wear possible to maximise ventilation

The government has advised that anyone over the age of 11 should wear a face covering when using school transport. This doesn’t apply to children who are exempt from wearing facemasks.

 

You may not have realised the amount of work that goes in to make your child’s school a safe environment. It’s reassuring to know that most eventualities have been thought of. In this time of Covid-19 it’s more important than ever that schools follow correct procedure to keep everyone safe.

All info from www.gov.uk

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-and-college-security/school-and-college-security#risk-assessment—identifying-internal-and-external-security-risks
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-safety-advice-for-schools/responsibilities-and-duties-for-schools
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools