What to do if someone breaks into your home 2020

It is very unlikely that you will be confronted by a burglar breaking into your home, as most break-ins happen when a house is empty. However, it is always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario. In 28% of burglaries someone is thought to be home when a burglary happens, this can be an extremely traumatic experience and you might not know what to do. We detail below our suggestion paths to take should this happen to you.

Burglar in your Home? Get to a Safe Place outside your Home

Plan A should always be to escape, in most cases a burglar will want to be in and out as quick as possible, and will have the most easy exit route in mind. Information from ‘Safe’ says ‘burglars will have a clear exit to the rear of the property through the back door before heading upstairs to check the bedrooms’ so if you can, try to avoid this route out of the house.  It should be the last resort to confront a burglar as this can invoke a violent reaction. Nothing they are taking is worth your life.

 

Activate Your Burglar Alarm System

Plan B would be to use any alarm system you might have, especially if you have one with a panic button, if you don’t have an alarm system like that then try the alarm button on your keys. Anything that is loud and will bring attention to your house will spook a burglar, hopefully enough for them to leave.

 

Hide and Try to Call the Police

Hide. Grab your mobile phone if you can and get somewhere safe, the best place to be is somewhere you can either lock the door or barricade yourself in. Call 999 as soon as you can and explain that someone has broken into your home. It will be difficult but try to be calm and explain what is happening in short and concise words. However if you feel that speaking or making a noise would endanger your life or give away why you are hiding then you can stay silent and press 55 (silent solutions) and this will alert the police that you need help but cannot make a noise. Keep the line open so they can hear what’s happening and sit tight and wait for the police.

 

Be Calm, Collected and Compliant

However you could be in the situation where the other plans fail, so you arrive at plan D. You come face to face with the burglar. Easier said than done but it’s very important that you stay calm, the calmer you stay the calmer the burglar will be. Don’t shout or scream, keep your voice as normal as possible. Don’t make any sudden movements or move towards the burglar, hold your hands up and be compliant; tell them that you are cooperating and they can take whatever they want, nothing you own is worth your life. Whether or not the person’s face is covered, it’s advised that you don’t make eye contact with the burglar, it could be interpreted as a sign of aggression and the burglar might feel like you would be able to identify them afterwards.

 

 

What to Do After a Break-In

First things first you need to call the police, if you are sure the burglar is out of the house then call 101, but if you are in doubt then call 999 from a safe place. It is important that you don’t touch or move anything, as the police forensic team will need to look for fingerprints or footprints. The police should arrive within a few hours if the situation is non urgent, they will take a statement from you or anyone else that may have seen anything suspicious. You will then be issued a crime number, this is important as it’s essential to have one when making an insurance claim.

 

What am I allowed to do if someone breaks into my Home?

If someone has unlawfully entered your home, you are entitled to act in self-defence using reasonable force. The CPS has cleared that you do not have to wait to be attacked to defend yourself, but you must only take actions that are deemed necessary to the situation. The general rule of lawful self-defence is that the more extreme the situation the more force you could reasonably use.

 

However, it is strongly advised that you never actively try to confront an intruder but rather firstly get to a safe location and then call the Police through 999.

 

How do you Report an Attempted Break-in?

Calling 999 is reserved for when you or another are in immediate danger or if the crime is currently in progress. If a break in has been attempted but you do not feel in immediate danger and it is not an emergency then we suggest calling 101 which will send you through to the non-emergency Police line.

What Attracts Burglars to Homes?

The biggest thing that will attract burglars is the belief that they could break in without getting caught. This may be because you have areas around your home they could use to hide and remain unseen; such as overgrown bushes and trees or houses with no external lighting, or your home may be seen as to hold lower security so they believe they could easily gain access. 47% of burglars are ‘spur of the moment’ so it is really important that you take the time to secure your home so as not to give the impression that you are an easy target for a burglar that might pass by.

 

Leaving valuable items in plain view is also what can attract a burglar to your home. Clearly visible valuables can be a cause of why opportunistic burglars might target your home as most will want to be in and out and grab as much as possible, so if they know what already might be on offer they are more likely to target that house.

 

Do Burglars Come Back After a Failed Attempt?

There are a number of things that thankfully could have prevented a burglar from entering your home; however this doesn’t mean that they won’t try again. Unfortunately the burglar thought that they would have been able to enter your home and would have targeted you for a reason, there is a chance that they still could think they may be able to do it successfully at a later date.

 

How to Protect Against Future Burglaries

Consider Installing a Burglar Alarm

The physical sight of an alarm is a great visual deterrent to ward off any burglars scouting the area but also provides the sense of peace that if someone was to enter your home the alarm would sound alerting people in the area of a break in and scare off the burglar.

Act like More People are Home

If you are home alone and the doorbell goes you should always try to make it sound as though you are not home alone, you could do this by shouting “Can some get the door please” before opening the door yourself. Deterring burglars is all about appearance, giving the facade that your home isn’t easy to break into, that there are multiple occupants in the house are factors that would be considered when a burglar is choosing a target.

Teach Children How to Respond To Strangers and Intruders

A knock at the door can be exciting for children, running up to see who it is and want they might want, but this can be partially dangerous if they were to accidentally let in a stranger. Teach your children to never open the door, especially if home alone, but instead turn on a light somewhere in the house and notify someone that there has been a knock at the door.

Invest in a Few Simple Items to Make your Home Less of a Target

There are multiple things that you can do to make your home more secure and a less attractive target to intruders. Simple things such as motion flood lights, thorny bushes and anti-climb paint are all blockers that you can implement to secure your home. To find out how to secure all the different aspects of your home head over to our Ultimate Home Security Guide.

 

Change your Locks after a Burglary

Once the police have left your property then you should call a Locksmith, if any doors or windows are damaged, or if you need emergency boarding up services. Keytek® Locksmiths has local Locksmiths available 24/7 so we can help you out whenever. 28% of people will get burgled for a second time at the same address, so it is important that your house is secure. Burglars will often target the same house again because of ease and familiarity. They might think they have been successful once, so they can be successful again, so it is imperative that you engage a fully accredited, trustworthy Locksmith to make your home secure again.

 

For more info on what to do after a break in visit our Burglary Page.

 

 

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What is a Tubular Key? When is best to use them?

A tubular lock is also known as a radial lock, barrel key, Ace lock or a circle pin tumbler lock where there are a variety of pins (between 4-10), arranged in a circular pattern with the matching key in a tubular or cylindrical shape. It became popular in 1933 by the manufacturer Chicago Lock Company, and has since been widely used with commercial products, such as computers, bicycle locks, ATM’s, glass display cabinets in stores, vending machines and elevators. They are ideal for business owners who want to secure their valuables, but also for theft and vandalism prevention, public safety and protection against unauthorised entrance to buildings and machines. Tubular locks are a smaller version of a morticed lock and are very budget friendly, making them ideal for home and door use. The tubular lock uses a basic pin tumbler system but has a few differences, with the shape of the key being circular and open in the centre, with grooves cut into the outsides of the circular shape.

 

Slots

 

What is their background?

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, tubular locks were recommended as high security locks for apartments and houses. In the 1980s, this was challenged by advancements in lock manufacturers, as well as locksmiths becoming familiar with their certain weaknesses. This led to a decline in the consumer market for tubular locks and keys. However, manufacturers such as Ace, the Van Lock company and Illinois Lock company, continued to manufacture different variations of the tubular lock concept. Today, these are still challenging to lock pickers and burglars, and therefore are used in the gambling industry for slot machines.

Tubular locks are also commonly found on doors and are most suited for new post-1950’s pre-drilled doors. They are one of the most common types of residential locks in the US and require your door to be drilled and prepared in different ways for installation. They were originally designed in order to prevent high manufacturing costs and labour-intensive preparation needed on doors. Tubular locks have an independent latch and independent deadbolt, so you can identify them though the independent face plate for each of these functions.

 

Door Keys

 

How do they work?

The key is circular and has a ring-shaped hole, with a metal cylinder surrounding it in the middle. The pins are pushed in horizontally to the lock; this compares to the standard pin and tumbler system where key pins are moved vertically. The notch on the key should correspond to fit the similarly shaped hole in the keyway of the door, and these will have to line up to allow insertion of the key. Once the key is fitted into the keyhole, the key pins are depressed to the correct depth.

 

What is their design?

The design is similar to the pin tumbler lock, the key has notches around each edge, these depress a pin inside the lock to a certain height, allowing the cylinder to turn. The key pins (red) and driver pins (blue) push towards the front of the lock, stopping the plug (yellow) from rotating round. Once the key is fitted correctly into the gaps between the key and driver pins; this will depress the key pins aligning them with the indentations and shear plane, separating the plug from its outer casing (green), and allowing the lock to turn.

 

Are they secure?

They are secure and good for emergencies, with a feature that allows quick access or exit in the case of an emergency. For tubular keys, this emergency mechanism is on the inside of the door, with a longer protective plate. However, they are also good for securing homes and doors, as a separate deadbolt can be added to the lock to secure the door. Tubular deadbolts have a hardened steel pin within the bolt, and this prevents people from drilling down on it. They are also available with a key in knob or lever function with or without an emergency system and can be great for storage areas or mechanical rooms where a deadbolt is not needed. They offer a high level of security and can be purchased for a good price, providing security for your home and doors.

 

Conclusion

Now that you understand the history and background of the tubular lock, and the basics of using one, you can appreciate why this lock is used widely in different industries. These locks are often considered safer and more resistant to picking than a standard lock, and therefore can be a good option for anyone who requires a higher level of security.

 

 

Home Security in Period Properties

Period properties combine class and style with both character and history, but can prove a challenge for security, especially if you are living in a listed building with restrictions or conservation area regulations. One of the main challenges can be home security, as period and heritage properties often have outdated security systems, making them easy targets for criminals. Modern security solutions can be introduced to increase the security of your traditional property and these are worth the investment. It is also possible to install security measures that work with the aesthetics of your property and its setting, without disrupting its visual appeal.

 

Home Interiors Chandelier on ceiling. Luxury Vintage Chanderlier

 

Window Security

Period properties have older windows such as wooden-frame sash instead of the lockable, double glazed uPVC windows that modern houses often have. You should consider looking at specialist sash-window locks as these will provide higher levels of home security. However, these might be subject to restrictions so you should always check with your local council’s conservation officer first before making any changes. You could also consider installing collapsible grilles for the insides of your windows; these may disrupt the period aesthetics but they do fold away when needed. These retractable security grilles are a good deterrent for burglars and also offer a higher level of security.

 

White Window

 

Door Security

Period doors can often be very thin, and therefore can be vulnerable to crime. If you have wooden doors, you could consider turning them around so that they open outwards instead of inwards, as this makes it harder for thieves to kick them in.

Georgian homes were built during the 18th Century and are often very symmetrical with large solid front doors, whereas Victorian properties were built during the 19th Century, identifiable by their red brick, large bay windows and gothic architectural style. Victorian front doors were representative of wealth within the community, presented through colourful, patterned tiling in the artwork on the door. If your door is from the Victorian or Georgian era, it may  not be as durable or sturdy as more modern doors to protect from intruders, with an increased risk of age and wear making it vulnerable to break-ins.

There have been advancements in door security for period properties, with improvements supported by the government’s Building Regulations. Doors should meet or exceed the British Standard PAS24 and locks should conform to British Standard 3621 . You should check that your new front door meets the latest minimum British Standards in aspects of glass for security, thermal ability, energy-efficiency and safety qualities. Modern security systems can be installed to your period front door and property, ensuring that its original charm and elegance is sustained to achieve a period aesthetic without compromising security. In order to protect your period property, the main doors should have a door viewer, such as clear glass or a window next to the doorset, a door chain or limiter. A door chain or limiter is not always necessary and there can be alternative ways to identify visitors, such as electronic audio-visual door entry systems.

Furthermore, a good locking system will ensure that your home is secure, by having locks built in with bars, bolts and support structures to strengthen the body of your door. Locks available for timber doors are considered far superior and stronger than those for uPVC, composite or aluminium doors, as these can be worked into the door and provide you with the flexibility to choose from a range of high-quality door locks. If you do not have a timber door, there are options for improving uPVC door security, these can be secured by design accreditation and police approved. Examples of these include: anti-snap locks, uPVC door handles, door chains and sash jammers to improve the security of the door, these prevent the door from opening if the lock is broken or opened. High bolts or dog bolts can also be fitted to an opening door, as when it is closed hinge bolts will prevent the door from being forced open off the hinges.

 

Mortice Locks

There are many options to increase security solutions through the use of locks for period doors, such as mortice locks. Mortice locks are fitted inside the edge of the door, these make it difficult to break into as most of the locking mechanism is contained inside the door frame. They are visually pleasing as less of the locking mechanism is visible, and therefore do not compromise the style and aesthetics of your original period home.

 

Door handle with knob

 

Deadlocks

You could also consider using deadlocks or deadbolts as a secure locking system, manually operated using a key. When a deadlock is unlocked, it is held in the withdrawn position. These are much easier to unlock in emergency situations, such as fires overall providing higher safety measures.

 

Modern Security Solutions

You could consider installing modern technology and security solutions into your period property, whilst retaining its grandeur and style. A requirement of home technology is to install alarm systems, alarm bell boxes and CCTV systems, all of these can be hidden if you do not want them to affect your house’s period style. Modern lighting is also ideal for preventing burglaries and you can find specialist security lights in a period style or adapt outdoor lighting with a standard movement sensor.

You could also consider fitting spy holes, door chains and bars to your period front door, carefully designed to retain your door’s style but also to prevent intruders. You could consider replacing the spy-hole with a security camera or smartphone app for peace of mind. Wireless technology can be an asset to period properties and can be easily fitted without damaging its original features. You can also use remote monitoring and viewing from your smartphone to identify visitors without affecting your personal security. It is also possible to automate security functions and control them remotely from your smartphone or computer. Discretely styled monitoring equipment and wireless technology can allow higher levels of security for your home, whilst retaining the period aesthetic and in some instances, you won’t fall under planning legislation.

 

Top Tips for Ensuring Home Security for your Period Property

  • Hide all keys, especially away from the letterbox as a device could be used to hook keys through.
  • Install a visual burglar alarm and outside lighting.
  • Ensure you have good rear and outside fencing to protect your property.
  • Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property, e.g. trim high hedges.
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise. The system where you can register your valuable to reduce crime.
  • Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
  • Avoid becoming a victim of a distraction burglary, if you’re unsure of who is at your door, don’t open it, check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are claiming to be from.
  • Use automatic timer-switches to turn on your lights and radios when it gets dark.
  • Use the Royal Mail’s ‘KeepSafe’ service, they keep your mail for up to two months while you’re away to prevent mail sitting on your doorstep as a sign that you’re away.

 

Home Surveillance

 

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Would the Traps from ‘Home Alone’ Work?

We are big fans of home alone over here at Keytek and have decided to look at the traps that Kevin Macalister sets up for the ‘Wet Bandits’ and whether they would be useful in actually securing your home.
Now in doing some research into the traps Kevin sets up and the real life consequences of using them on real burglars, we definitely would not advise that you employ any of these tactics. However, there is a ton of home security inspiration to be taken from the Home Alone movies. We will go through some of Kevin’s most ingenuous booby traps and advise you on how to secure your home.

The Spider Surprise

Kevin employs the use of his brothers’ pet tarantula to give one of the intruders a fright. Now, spiders are not the most common of pets in the average UK household. But other pets such as dogs can be a good deterrent to a potential burglar. The noise of them barking or moving around the house is an asset, and the use of a ‘beware of the dog’ sign is an extra precaution.

 

The Slimy Ladder

 

Kevin has the ingenious ideas of smearing the rungs of a ladder with goo, making it impossible for one of the ‘Wet Bandits’ to climb up. We can take two things from this, one; do not leave ladders in a place that they can be used to gain entry. Also you can invest in ‘anti-climb’ paint; this has a thick oily coating that looks glossy when applied. However, it remains slippery and makes it almost impossible for a burglar to climb your wall.

Let the TV do the Talking

‘Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!’ may the most iconic line from a fake movie within a movie. Kevin tricks the ‘Wet Bandits’ by playing a film loud on the television. While this is amusing in the film, the principle is solid. Sounds and lights will deter burglars from breaking in. You can set timers on lamps to come on and off periodically, to give the allusion of a presence in the house. You can even buy a T.V Simulator that flashes different coloured lights, so to someone looking through a window, the television seems to be on.

Secure the Perimeter

Kevin uses a couple of techniques to secure the perimeter of his home. He ices the stairs, the ‘Wet Bandits’ slip and fall, so are unable to reach the front door. He also heats up the front door knob to such a temperature that it burns the pattern into one burglars hand; he also throws bricks at them from the roof of the house. We do not suggest ANY of these however; securing your perimeter is a good idea. Your fencing, hedging or walls can attract or deter burglars. Check for weak spots, a rusty lock or unstable fence for example. A thorny hedge around your home can put thieves off, but you will need to make sure that passers by can still see the front of your home, so a burglar won’t go unnoticed. A gravel drive way is a great deterrent, as an intruder will be put off by the noise it makes when walking on it.

Get to know your Neighbours!

Kevin spends the entire movie scared of his ‘creepy’ neighbour Marley and does not go to him for help. But it is he that saves Kevin from the ‘Wet Bandits’ at the end of the film. If Kevin had got to know his neighbour; he could have gone to him for help straight away. It is important to get to know your neighbours as they are the people most likely to notice if something unusual has happened in your house. You can also ask then to keep an eye on your home if you go on holiday, move any post that may be hanging out of your door.

 

Kevin’s antics are extreme, and of course are done for comic effect, so we definitely don’t recommend you copy him. However a lot of inspiration can be taken from the Home Alone Movies; taking steps to protect your home and belongings is the most effective action you can take against burglaries. So make sure you don’t leave yourself venerable. Visit https://www.keytek.co.uk/security-tips/ to get more advice on how to secure your home.

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Images sourced from;

https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/743992/Home-Alone-theory-Old-Man-Marley-Kevin-McCallister-Macaulay-Culkin-Roberts-Blossom

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What to Consider when Buying a Bathroom Door Lock

Bathroom locks are essential in any home, whether it’s only two people that live there, or it’s a house share of 8 people. It’s notoften that you think about the lock on your bathroom door, but it is something that needs some thought. The purpose of a bathroom door lock isn’t to keep out a burglar, but to stop people accidentally walking in when you are indisposed. However, seeing as the bathroom can be one of the most likely places for you to injure yourself, you should think about installing one that can be easily opened from the outside. Having said that, there are still the following security considerations to think about when buying a lock for your bathroom.

 

1.     How much security do you actually need?

 

 

The main purpose of a bathroom door lock is to maintain privacy, not to actually provide actual security. The difference between getting a bathroom door lock and a front door lock is that with a lock for the bathroom, you do not have to think about how safe you will be behind the door. Most internal doors have a hollow core, meaning they can be easily kicked down, regardless of what lock is on there. So your main thoughts should be on how much privacy you actually need.

The answer to that really depends on your home situation. If you have young children, you may want to get a lock that is not easy to use, meaning they cannot lock themselves in and you can supervise them easily. If this is the case then you may not want a lock at all. A discreet lock would also work if you have children and still desire a level of privacy. A small lock installed out of a child’s reach is a good solution to the privacy vs safety issue.  However if you live with several house mates, you may want a sturdy lock attached to the door, to stop someone walking in without knocking first. So you will want a lock that stops the door from opening when locked from the inside.

2.     What would happen in an emergency?

 

It’s well known that you are more likely to injure yourself in the bathroom than in any other room in your house. This is because you are more likely to be in the bathroom if you are unwell; there is the risk of falling on wet floors or fainting from the heat of your shower. What we are trying to say is, even though you mainly want privacy in the bathroom, there may be some occurrences when someone needs to bypass the security to get to you. This means it’s extremely important to have kind of emergency entry method built in to the bathroom door lock.

As we mentioned before it probably wouldn’t be difficult to kick down a bathroom door, but this is not always advisable and could cause more injury to the person on the other side. So you need to have an emergency entry plan that doesn’t require that amount of force. So whichever lock you buy for you bathroom door, it may be the case that it needs to be unlockable from the outside.

The easier it is to bypass the bathroom door lock the better. In a real emergency situation, you are likely to be in emotional distress, meaning the simpler the bypassing technique the better. It’s advisable to practice before hand, and if you are finding it too difficult to bypass the lock from the outside then you may need to consider getting a different one. It is also a good idea to have a tool you use to specifically open the bathroom door from the outside and know where it is at all times. For example if you use a flathead screw driver then it’s likely to be moved around, and you may not be able to find it quickly when needed. So make sure you have a specific bypass tool that doesn’t move or know that you will have easy access to it when needed. If you have more than one bathroom in your home then it is best to have the same lock installed on all doors, meaning that you only need one bypass method to get in to all the bathrooms.

3.     Can everyone use it easily?

 

Another important factor for choosing a bathroom door lock is the ease of use for everyone who lives in your house. If you are elderly or live with someone who is, or someone in your home has physical disabilities, then it is very important that the lock is simple enough for them to use. Everyone needs to feel like they have some privacy in the bathroom, and installing a lock that’s easy to use can ensure that happens.

If a bathroom door lock is tricky to open, then it’s possible for someone to get locked inside. This is especially true for those who find physical task difficult, so it’s advisable to use only standard locks on your bathroom doors. However if you or someone you live with struggles with standard locks, then there is the option to install what’s call an ‘indicator bolt’.  An Indicator Bolt has large handles either side, meaning it’s easy to lock and unlock.

 

4.     What’s the bottom line?

 

So when it comes to purchasing a bathroom door, you need to consider the safety implications rather than the security ones. A bathroom door lock is there to stop someone walking in when you are using the bathroom, not protect you from an intruder. One of the most important things you need to consider when installing your bathroom lock is how you would bypass it in an emergency.

 

 

https://unitedlocksmith.net/blog/5-security-considerations-for-bathroom-door-locks

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Keytek’s Padlock Buying Guide

What is a Padlock?

Padlocks are defined as portable locks with a shackle that may be passed through an opening to prevent use, theft, vandalism or harm. A padlock is traditionally used to secure; gates, sheds, bikes etc.

What do I need to consider when buying a Padlock?

The first thing you need to consider is what your padlock will be protecting. If it’s just going on your shed to stop any kids from stealing your plants then you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money. However if your padlock is securing a £600 bike, then it might be worth investing a little more money in a high security padlock. Once you’ve decided on how much you want to spend then there are some other factors you may want to consider.

Materials and design– As with most things in life you get what you pay for, so if you buy a cheap padlock made with cheap materials, it will be easier to break. Whereas a well-made padlock, constructed with high grade materials will provide you with more protection. If your padlock will spend most of its life outside, then consider buying a weatherproof or waterproof padlock. Its rains a lot in this country so you don’t want your padlock to rust and therefore become ineffective.

The Shackle– you are looking for the silver loop at the top that clicks in to secure the padlock. If you can, get a padlock with the shackle almost completely hidden. One way thieves break padlocks is by snipping the shackle with bolt cutters, but if they can’t get near the shackle, they can’t cut it. Cheaper padlocks tend to have the shackle completely exposed, so again, it goes back to what you are trying to secure and how much you want to spend on a padlock.

Is it a good standard? – To be sure that you are getting a padlock that has been rigorously tested and vetted by a trusted authority, you need to look out for mark of quality. Look for the ‘British Standard’ kite mark. When you see this mark you know that a padlock has been tested by the British Standard Institute and that it passed the criteria set by them.

The British Standard Institute will test the different qualities the padlocks have, for example; how long a padlock would take to pick, or how much force it would take to get through the shackle. So you can be sure that if a padlock has this symbol on, it will be of good quality.

Combination VS Key- You might be more familiar with the key designs as they are more common, but like we’ve stated before it depends on what you are using your padlock for. For example, if it is being used to secure a back gate in a family home, then a combination lock might be best, as many people will need access and there is no risk of losing the key. However if it only one person using the padlock for say, a bike, then a key lock may be more beneficial as you don’t want the code falling into the wrong hands.

If you do decide to go for a padlock with a key then you want as many pins as possible, the more pins the harder it is to copy the key. If you are really worried about someone coping the key then you do have the option of buying a high-end padlock with a restricted key, this means that a Locksmith or key cutter will refuse to cut a new key without evidence that you are the owner.

1.     Master Lock ProSeries 6321EURD Weather Tough Shrouded Padlock

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Master-Lock-Transportation-Industrial-Applications/dp/B000Z3CJCO?&tag=experevi-21&ascsubtag=1407479
https://www.masterlock.eu/home-personal/product/6321EURD

master padlockThe Master Lock shrouded padlock has a number of high security features that would appeal to those looking to secure something valuable. It’s a heavy duty padlock with a key opening design rather than a code. It boasts a hardened iron shroud, which has been designed to protect the shackle from anyone using bolt cutters, as well as a dual ball locking mechanism which makes its extremely hard to pick or tamper with. It’s also a great padlock to choose if you need it to endure some bad weather. The Master Lock Shrouded Padlock has a Weather Tough® cover protects lock from water, ice, dirt and grime. It’s currently on Amazon for £35.19, so the price isn’t extortionate, but it’s a little higher than the price of a standard padlock. This will be one of the highest security padlocks you will find, plus it comes with a lifetime warranty, so you can be confident it delivers on all it promises.

 

2.     Neulock Sold Secure Pad-Bolt

http://www.neulock-products.com/neulock_bolt.html

Neulock PadlockThe Neulock is a chunky padlock that secures using a bolt and features a seven-lever lock. The padlock has the Sold Secure approval and you can tell it’s a solid peace of kit. It’s made from high grade stainless steel that is rust resistant and won’t corrode. Its designed to attach across a door and its frame, so can serve as a bolt as well as a lock. As part of the testing process, it’s been established that the Neulock can withstand bolt-cutter, drill and hacksaws. The Neulock will come with four keys and a unique ID number, which means that new keys cannot be cut unless the number is provided. It’s currently on Amazon for £64.95, this may seem a large amount of money, but you must consider what you will be securing with the Neulock. Spending almost £65 on a lock will seem worth it, if it stops £1000 worth of items being stolen.

 

3.     Rolson Alarm Padlock

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rolson-66857-Alarm-Padlock/dp/B00441THJ6?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAJXREUKIGICUQEHVA&tag=experevi-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00441THJ6&ascsubtag=1407479-WIdgetWide
https://www.rolsontools.com/alarm-padlock.html

rolson padlockThe Rolson is perfect for securing bikes, as it features an in-built alarm that will activate if the lock is tampered with. The 110Db alarm sounds for ten seconds if triggered, after 35 seconds it will reset itself. The idea behind this alarm is that the loud noise will scare off a thief trying to break it or draw enough attention to the situation for them to be apprehended. This does mean that the lock itself isn’t as strong as some more expensive models, so we would recommend that you never use it without the alarm set. Another downside of this lock is that it’s not weatherproof, some users have said that if the lock gets wet, the alarm will no longer work, which may leave your bike vulnerable.  You can buy this lock on Amazon for £12, which isn’t exactly breaking the bank. If used properly the Rolson is a good little device, however without the alarm in use, it could leave you open to a theft.

 

4.     Squire Steel All-Weather Combination Padlock

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Squire-CP40-Button-Combination-Padlock/dp/B0063CDMYU/ref=sr_1_3?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1550657854&sr=1-3&keywords=squire+all+weather+padlock
https://www.squirelocks.co.uk/securityproducts/product/cp50

squire padlockThis sturdy little padlock is great if you want a heavy duty combination lock. This padlock will work well on gates, vans, large sheds and garages. You can set your own code and with over 10,000 variations, it’s highly unlikely anyone will ever guess what your code is. It features a 48mm steel body and the shackle is made of hardened steel, meaning it’s a reliable and robust padlock. You can confidently use the Squire padlock outside, ‘All-weather’ is in its name and it lives up to this by being highly resistant to corrosion. It is currently on Amazon for £12, so you’re probably not going to find much better at this price.

 

 

5.     Yale Closed Shackle High Security Steel Padlock

https://www.yaleasia.com/en/yale/yale-asia/secure-your-home/security-advice/padlocks-advice/padlock-shackle-security-vs-use/
https://www.yale.co.uk/en/yale/couk/products/mechanical/padlocks/high-security-steel-padlocks/y210c-closed-shackle-high-security-steel-padlock/
https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home/1407479/best-padlock-secure

yale padlockYale is one of the biggest names in the security industry, if you’ve done any research on padlocks or any locks for that matter, then you will have come across the name. The Closed Shackle Padlock is perfect for securing anything indoors, tool boxes or internal doors for example. As mentioned before any padlock with a concealed shackle is going to be very hard to tamper with. The Shackle on this Yale padlock is made of boron steel; boron is high-grade precision steel that is used in advanced automotive and heavy-duty industrial applications due to its extreme strength. It also features double ball locking, this means that even if the thief cut the shackle on both sides, it wouldn’t move. The Yale Closed Shackle High Security Steel Padlock is a robust and secure padlock, the only limitation being that it’s not built to withstand bad weather conditions, so its use is limited to inside.

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Yale Smart Locks Buying Guide

Yale has pretty much dominated the lock industry for over 200 years; they invented the first pin tumbler lock after all! Yale certainly lead the pack when it comes to new ways to protect your home, so it’s no surprise that they have a range of smart home security products. We are going to look at the Yale Smart Lock collection and what it has to offer.

Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock

The Yale Keyless Connected Smart Door lock gives you freedom to secure your home without the need for a key. Simple to use, you now have complete control on how you unlock your door. The Yale Smart Lock is compatible with most 60mm backset  Nightlatches and this means that installation is quick and easy. You can go completely keyless and instead use the touch panel control, a key card, a key tag or remote access by installing an app on your smart phone.

The Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock comes with lots of nifty features that make it one of the most appealing smart lock you can get. One of these is the built-in tamper alarm that will go off at 80 decibels the moment it senses someone trying to mess with your lock. Another attractive feature is the 24 hour access code that you can use for guests; this stops you from having to hand out spare keys, which may fall into the wrong hands. Another good feature is that the code is automatically deleted after 24 hours, meaning that no one will be able to use that same code again.

The Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock is powered by 4 AA batteries and the Yale Smart Lock will warn you when the battery is running out. A cleaver fail safe that comes with this Smart Lock is that if it does actually run out of battery, then you will still be able to gain access to your home by simply touching a 9v battery onto the terminals at the bottom of the lock. This provides you with temporary power to unlock the lock; of course you do still need the method of keyless entry, i.e. the key card or your smart phone.

The Yale Smart Lock is perfect for those who have wooden doors with nighlatches, however it doesn’t work with uPVC doors and multipoint locks. The battery life is also questionable, with some users complaining the battery depleted very quickly. Aesthetically the Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock is quite subtle, at a glance you wouldn’t suspect it was a smart lock, which may be a positive for you.

As of April 2019 it is for sale on Amazon for £95, which is a reasonable for such a good smart lock with so many features.

https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/smart-lock

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Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock

If you like the sound of the Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock but don’t have a wooden door then never fear. Yale’s Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock is the smart lock you can get for your uPVC door with a multipoint lock. Just like the Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock, you can go completely keyless and use a key card, key tag or your smart phone to access your home. Another feature that it shares with the Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock is the tamper alarm. Statistics tell us that burglars like easy access, so if a horrendously loud alarm goes off when the tamper with the lock, they are more than likely to run away.

A great little extra with this Smart Lock is that you can send virtual keys to anyone who has the app; this can be for a few weeks, or even a few hours depending on who you are sending the key to. The lock and app use Bluetooth to connect with each other meaning you don’t have to rely on an internet connection to gain entry into the house. The Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock will also let you know who coming and going, by knowing which mobile key has been used. The Smart Lock will send notifications to your phone with the identity of the person who has used a mobile key. If you’re into cool, quirky features then you will love the ‘twist and go’ option that comes with the Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock. You literally twist your phone in a 90 degrees, after tapping the lock with your phone.

The Conexis L1 Door Lock is fairly complicated to install, so you may need to hire a professional to fit it correctly and not damage the door. It’s also a good Smart Lock to get if you don’t want a big glaring sign on your door that days ‘I’ve got a very expensive lock’ as it does just look like a normal handle for a multi-point lock. It would only be with proper investigation that someone may realise that it’s a Smart Lock.

As of April 2019 it’s selling for £190 on Amazon, which is a bit on the pricey side, however you can trust that with any Yale lock, it’s going to be one of the best out there.

https://www.vesternet.com/blog/yale-conexis-l1-smart-lock-review/

 

Yale doesn’t have a huge range of smart locks, but they have definitely gone for quality over quantity. Whether you have a wooden door or a uPVC door Yale have got you covered. As well as including some fancy features at the heart of both the Yale Keyless Connected Smart Lock and the Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock is a solid door lock that will make you and your home more secure.

Make sure you check out our August Smart Lock Buying Guide

 

Info From;

https://www.yale.co.uk/en/yale/couk/products/smart-living/smart-door-locks/conexis-l1-smart-door-lock/
https://www.yale.co.uk/en/yale/couk/products/smart-living/smart-door-locks/keyless-smart-door-lock/