How an App can save your Life! What3Words

The Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance services and Coastguards up and down the UK are all using it. The simple but ingenious little app that can help save your life: What3Words.

slurs.this.shark no this isn’t a typo! These three seemingly random words give you the exact location of 10 Downing Street! Find out more below:


What is What 3 Words?

What3Words is a free app that provides users with an exact location within a 3mx3m radius. The inventors realised that using three individual words together was enough information to provide a unique location to every 3m2 space in the world!


How is What3Words Used?

What3Words has been used in inventive ways across the world since its launch in 2013 from deliveries to hiking tours but most importantly What3Words has been used to save lives. By providing the emergency services with the three words that are shown up on the app they will be able to find your exact location immediately. This is extremely effective in an emergency where time is of the essence.

The BBC reported how the operator advised a couple to download What3Words after they became lost for over three hours in almost 5,000 acre woodland in County Durham. They stated that within a minute the local police had found them and were able to send rescue! As well as this a 65 year old man was located using What3Words after falling down a railway embankment, a woman who had crashed her car and it was even used to safely rescue a victim in a hostage situation!

As well as incredible life-saving uses, What3Words is now used by Mercedes Benz and the Lonely Planet, wow!


How to Use What3Words in an Emergency!

Using What3Words in an emergency couldn’t be easier:

  1. Open What3Words app on your mobile phone, the app works offline too if you find yourself without a data connection.

  2. Tap the location button in the top right corner.

  3. Share your three unique words with the call handler who will identify your exact location and send help!

the three words that can save your life

Check out the What3Words YouTube tutorial here:


Who Created What3Words and Why?

What3Words is an app created by Chris Sheldrick, a musician who had enough of turning up to the wrong venues in rural areas where the postcodes or Google Maps couldn’t provide him with the exact location he needed. He tried asking others to use the longitude and latitudes of the location but it didn’t work so well and providing someone with 16 numbers can go wrong very easily. After sitting down with his friend Mohan Ganesalingam, a mathematician they devised an initial plan as to how What3Words might work. Another friend Jack Waley-Cohen a friend who is able to translate was brought into the picture and with the brain power of these three, What3Words was born!


Keytek® Locksmiths Blog

Your security is our priority here at Keytek® Locksmiths. If you enjoyed reading this blog on the life saving app, What3Words we think you’ll enjoy our other blogs including How to Know when to Change your Locks and The Most Secure Homes in the World.

Protect your Home like a Palace… Buckingham Palace!

Your home is your palace, no matter how big or small! And so you probably want to protect your palace like one and the little heirs who sit on your throne inside it! Unsurprisingly, there isn’t much detail about how the queen’s home is protected but from what we do know here’s how you can protect your home like royalty!


The Queen’s Guard

Guarding the expanse of Buckingham Palace is no easy feat. In total there are 36 soldiers and 3 officers who guard the building, including 4-foot guards when the queen is in residence, who are all highly trained members of the British Army.

The iconic red uniform and large furry hat spans back years, as it seems way back to the 17th Century and thus is the traditional uniform of a Queen’s guard. However, the uniform may not be practical if you wish to employ your own guard to your palace as a number of guards have fainted under the heat and weight of the uniform. The tall black hats are made from black bear fur, are 18 inches tall and weigh up to 9 pounds! The weight of the hats are why the guards wear the straps under their mouth rather than under their chin as if the guard were to fall down unexpectedly the weight of the hat could snap their neck!

Victoria Memorial Outside Buckingham Palace

Secret Tunnels

Legend has it that there are secret tunnels that lie beneath the palace to all the important buildings in London such as Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament! Perfect for a quick escape or to travel un-noticed! Although, if you’d like some secret tunnels under your home we don’t think your home insurance or planning permission would have some very good things to say about it!


Royal Protection Squad

A policeman sits outside the Queen’s bedroom at night to keep watch and supposedly is given the command to shoot anything that moves that shouldn’t! Again, we don’t recommend you give your own bedroom watch person a gun but a pair of slippers might come in handy. Apparently, the policeman who sits outside wears slippers instead of his usual boots so as not to wake the Queen whilst she sleeps!

The policeman are of course not only tasked to watch over the Queen during her beauty sleep but to keep close to the Queen herself and the other royals whilst they are travelling out and about. The Royal Protection Squad is an elite Scotland Yard squad that formed in 1983 to provide 24hr security. It is thought that there are 185 of these SAS officers that watch over the royals! Maybe a bit too many guards for the average UK family, plus it is reported that this protection squad costs just a cool £27million per year!

buckingham palace gates

Buckingham Palace Locks

We can’t be sure on which locks are implemented in Buckingham Palace but with 1,514 doors and 760 windows there are plenty to ensure they are consistently up to high standard! We believe the Queen enjoys reading our blogs and has upgraded her locks to Anti-Snap Locks and fancies taking on a new role by training with us to become a Qualified Locksmith!


Buckingham Palace Intrusions

On the downside of such famous buildings with royalty embraced inside is that there are often a few attempted intrusions into Buckingham Palace and a few successful ones too! Most famously, the intrusion of Michael Fagan in 1982 who found his way into the Queen’s bedroom! Unfortunately, the guards were switching over shifts including the policeman who sat outside her door and they turned the alarms off thinking it was a mistake when he broke in. It wasn’t until one of the Queen’s maids found him sitting in her room and called another staff member that he was arrested! According to many news articles the Queen kept him calm by having a ‘nice chat’.


A Royal Locksmith

We can’t say that any of us are members of the royal family (yet, we have not denied it) but you for sure will receive a royal security service when calling one of our Keytek® Locksmiths! That’s because on every call out we receive we will offer you a free home security check to ensure your palace is as secure as can be without the Queen’s guard watching you 24/7. Find your local Locksmith here!







5 Things to do whilst on Lockdown: Security Edition

We’re all back to spending more time indoors! Why not boost your mood and your home security whilst you’re at home with these 5 simple and easy home security checks:


  1. Check your Locks

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The first thing you should always do when checking your home security is to check the quality of your locks to ensure they keep your home locked up but yourselves not locked out! A good quality lock should be:


  • Fitted correctly
  • Insurance Compliant (British Standard)
  • Not loose or appear to be damaged
  • No signs of weather damage or decay over time
  • No signs of tampering


For more details on knowing when to change your locks check out our other blogs and pages.


If you think your locks are in need of an upgrade it is better to be safe than sorry and have the misfortune of being locked in or out of your home. Find your local Locksmith! Unsure about calling a Locksmith during Covid-19? Worry not, check out the protocols of what to expect when calling a Locksmith during Covid-19!


  1. Doors and Windows

It is vital that your doors, frames and windows are in good working order to ensure they cannot be forced open of kicked down with applied pressure. These are the things you need to look out for when checking them over:

  • Ensure there is a consistent gap around the door and the frame. This gap should be around 3mm all the way around although this number can be slightly higher or lower depending on your door type. If the edge measures at different sizes around the frame it means your door is misaligned and will work as it should and will not be as secure as it could be. A Locksmith can rectify this for you.
  • Bulging and splinters – this could indicate the door, window or their frames have been weather worn or maybe damp has attacked them and they may need to be replaced.
  • Cracks in glass – a crack in the glass on your door or window will create a weak point and will grant easy access to a burglar who tries to smash it. Repair or replace the glass as soon as possible.
  • Lock your doors and windows – when they’re not in use they should always be locked, even if you’re at home all day.


For a full comprehensive article on the ways in which you can improve your door security check out our advice here and for window security check out of Ultimate Window Security Guide here!


  1. Gates and Sheds

This element of the home is often overlooked by many when completing home security checks. Here are the things you should do to improve the security:

  • Check your Padlock – ensure your padlock is heavy duty and not affected by weather erosion. Whilst we think of it, have you got the keys in a safe and secure place?
  • Doors and Windows – much like your doors and windows on your house it is important to check the quality of those of your gate and out buildings. Check for weather damage, cracks, holes etc.

We have a full comprehensive guide of garden shed, garden gate and garden fence security! Click on each of them to find out more!

  1. Burglar Alarm

Check out the quality of your burglar alarm whilst doing your home security checks, remember the following:

  • Batteries – ensure they are in good working order
  • Details – if your alarm is registered ensure your details are up to date
  • Password – it is always a good idea to change your alarm system password every now and then, especially if your circumstances have changed say if a resident no longer lives at that address in a house share for example.
  • Sensors – test out the sensors of your burglar alarm to ensure they are working as they should.


  1. Outdoor Security Lights

Finally, to round up this list of quick and easy things you can do whilst in lockdown is to test out your outdoor security lights and sensors.

  • Batteries – of course if your outdoor security lights are battery operated the first thing you should do is to check and replace the batteries where needed.
  • Damage – repair any broken elements to your security lights, e.g. clear and replace any broken glass. A burglar will be looking for faults in your home security in hope that they won’t get caught out so ensure it is in tip top condition!

That’s right we also have a comprehensive guide on Outdoor Security Lights, find out more here!


Keytek® Locksmiths

Did you know that on every call out Keytek® Locksmiths will evaluate your home’s security for free and provide you with industry advice on how to ensure your home is as secure as can be! There are no strings attached to this advice so although we recommend you boost your security it is totally up to you! If you’re in need of a Locksmith, find one local to you on our Find a Locksmith page here!