Smart Locks vs Traditional Locks

Having a secure door lock is one of the most effective ways to protect your home and ever since Smart Locks came on to the market, there has been an ongoing debate about whether they are A) safe, and B) more secure than Traditional Locks. We are going to look at a thorough comparison of smart and Traditional Locks, and see which comes out on top as the most secure.

Traditional Locks

When we talk about ‘Traditional’ locks, we are referring to the typical locks you see on pretty much every door; a Euro Lock, Mortice, Yale type (Night Latch) etc. These are the locks that you know already, and will most likely have on your door. These locks need a physical key to open them. Have a look on our ultimate guide to traditional locks here.

Traditional Lock

Smart Locks

When we talk about ‘Smart’ locks we are referring to a lock that is controlled by your phone, or another devise such as a fob. These locks use either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and not a physical key to unlock your door. Read our ultimate guide on smart locks here!

Smart Locks

Door Lock Security

This one is the biggy. Which lock is actually more secure? The one big issue facing Smart Locks is that anything that is connected to the internet can be vulnerable to hacking. So if you install a Smart Lock for your home, there is a chance someone could break in by hacking the lock. This is one fundamental flaw that affects all Smart Locks.

With Traditional Locks it’s hard to give an overview of safety because they are all different and many factors have to be taken into consideration. However, we will just look at common locks that you will find on your front door, like a Euro or a Mortice Lock, as they are vulnerable to picking.

Traditional front door locks are susceptible to breaks in; arguably just as much as or even more so than a Smart Lock. An experienced burglar can snap a Euro Lock and gain entry to your house in seconds (see more on our lock snapping page). You can invest in an anti-snapping lock, but this is still vulnerable to ‘picking’.  This is also true of Mortice Locks. You can get high security locks that are anti-snap and anti-pick.

When deciding which the most secure lock is for you home, you need to think about whether it’s more likely an intruder will pick your lock, or hack it. Statistics show us that burglary is a crime of opportunity, so it’s not likely an intruder will have pre planned to hack into your smart door lock. As discussed, Smart Locks often run off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi so there is always a chance this will fail, potentially leaving your home vulnerable.

There is a lot of debate about which lock is the most secure lock for your home. Both have the strengths and weaknesses.  So, comparing them on secureness might not make you decided one way or another. It’s the other factors that might make up your mind.

Convenience

This is an area where Smart Locks definitely come out on top. The ability to let someone into your home from miles away is great. Especially if you have children that tend to misplace their keys during the school day. In this day and age, people are generally never without their phones, so it’s a good way to ensure you are never locked out.

With Traditional Locks, if you want to grant someone access to your home while you are not in, you would have to trust them with a key, or leave on under the mat (which we strongly advise against). These can both cause security issues, as it’s an open invitation to any burglar who finds it and you trust someone not to lose the key. Having a Traditional Lock also means that if you lose your key or lock yourself out, whomever else has a key would need to physically come to your location to let you in.

However, a phone running out of battery, having no internet access or something disrupting the Bluetooth means that you could be locked out of a Smart Lock. Most Smart Locks do have a key override for this reason, but you may feel this defeats the object of having a smart door lock, a physical key is never going to run out of battery or lose connection.

 

versatility & Control

The Smart Lock market is growing very quickly, and more options are constantly introduced to the market. When it comes to versatility, Smart Locks come on top of the competition. Although the device is controlled by a phone or other smart device, regular keys will also work most of the time. Some Smart Locks have fingerprint scanners on the inside, while others have touch sensors that actuate the lock to open or close a door. In terms of versatility, some Smart Locks can even connect to different other smart devices, including the Amazon Echo.  As for control, you can use key tag, keypad, or your mobile phone to control your lock or even to log in activities and see who has accessed your door when you are away. Traditional locks wouldn’t be considered as versatile. There are many options with different brands in the market, but the way to use them is often somewhat the same.  As for traditional locks, you can control who has a key and ensure that you have high security locks fitted, but this does not protect you from having your keys stolen.

Smart lock vs traditional lock cost

smart lock vs traditional lock cost

Generally speaking, Smart Locks are more expensive than Traditional Locks and this could be a big factor in your decision. So we will run through some general prices and what you get for your money. (This is not taking in the account the cost of hiring a locksmith to fit/replace your locks)

Depending on what door you have the cost for a new lock will change. A replacement cylinder for a uPVC door starts at £25 for the most basic lock. This price will change if you have a wooden door, as you will probably need a Yale lock replacement or a Mortice Lock replacement. With a Yale Lock you can just replace the cylinder and that starts at £15 and upwards, but if you needed the whole lock and back set replaced, the price starts at £35. When changing a Mortice Lock you need to decide if you want a 3 Lever or 5 Lever, (5 Levers are generally used for external doors, and 3 Levers for internal).  5 Levers start at around £45 and 3 Levers at £25.

If you wanted high security locks then the price will jump up again. For the highest grade anti-snap or anti-bump lock, the price will start at £30. Higher security Mortice Locks start at around £40.

There is no denying that Smart Locks are more expensive than Traditional Locks. The cheapest Smart Lock out there is the Candy House Sesame Smart Lock and that’s around £100. The bigger names for Smart Locks out there are August and Yale and they will set you back around £250-£300 for the basic package. You have to think whether or not the extra cost is worth it, but you get all the benefits; lock and unlock your house from anywhere, send friends and family virtual keys and receive notifications about whose entering and leaving.

Smart Locks will use the same mechanisms as Traditional Locks, so really you are paying extra for convenience. If you wanted to pay extra for home security, you might be better off investing in an entire smart home system that includes cameras, motion detectors and an alarm system.

The Future of Home Locks

The future of technology holds many aspects in home security. The main concern is what the future will be like in terms of home security, especially when it comes to your property’s first line of defence, which is your lock. In fact, smart locks will be part the ever changing technology just like other smart device. Just like any other technological device, it is very expected that smart locks will the future of home locks, with convenience taking a huge aspect of it.  In fact, in 2020, 47% of UK households own already a smart home device, apart from smart TVs and watches.  Therefore, it is not a surprise to expect that convenience would win and the future will be mainly smart locks.

 

For a full buyer’s guide on Smart locks visit our Smart Locks Blog.

Call Keytek® Today!

There is nothing that can make your house 100% secure, but by taking some simple measures you can deter thieves. Look out for sturdy doors and windows or consider replacing them when they are old and worn. Having the locks changed is one of the BEST things you can do to protect your new home.

Hiring a professional Locksmith to fit these is the only way to be sure that your locks are insurance compliant. Keytek® offer a free home security check with every job we do, so if you book us in for the day you move we can appraise your home and give you our best advice on how to keep the burglars away.

You can find a rough guide for the cost of Locksmith services on our Locksmith Prices Page.

Autumn Home Security Checklist

security checklist autumn

Often as nights become darker there is a rise in opportunistic burglaries, therefore we have created a checklist containing some simple steps you can take to improve your home security.

Check you locks

Make sure all exterior doors and windows are locking correctly. If you have any problems call a locksmith to either service or replace your locks.

So, how can you check your locks to see if they are working correctly?

  • Testing it – if you don’t use a lock in your house often, your back garden door for instance, it is best to check every now and then that they still work and are in good condition. Also make sure to regularly check your most used locks and call a locksmith if anything seems out of the ordinary. Not only will this help prevent a burglary, it could help you spot a fault before it breaks completely potentially leaving you locked out or in!

  • Cleaning your lock– carefully cleaning your lock to remove any dirt can be vital as it can prevent the inner mechanism sticking.

  • Upgrade worn or damaged locks –locks will occasionally get damaged due to weather conditions, burglary attempts or wear and tear. In all of these cases it is always best to have them replaced.

  • Install additional locks – in addition to your basic lock, why not add some extra security to your door like a chain or a sash jammer? If you have a wooden door, having both a Yale type lock and a mortice will help increase security.

  • Call a Locksmith – while there are some steps you can take to check your locks, if you are concerned at all about them, or if they are not working correctly, it is always best to call a professional locksmith.

Check your outdoor lights

Outdoor lights ensure there are no dark areas for unwanted visitors to hide, and having fully functioning outdoor lights will help deter a burglar during the darker nights.

There are many different types of outdoor lights. Smart lighting (often called motion sensors lighting), is one of them and is quite often recommended. Besides convenience, smart lighting has many other benefits for security:

  • Saving energy – instead of having to turn lights on all night when not needed, a smart light only comes on when someone passes by, conserving energy.

  • Deter burglars– it can help prevent a burglary as it draws attention to your home, and they can no longer hide under the cover of darkness.

  • Long life span – these lights often come with a long life span meaning they are a good investment.

It is a well-known statistic that most burglaries in the UK happen during the day. What most people don’t know is that statistic relates to a break in and does not take into account the exterior of your property. When it comes to outdoor burglary, this usually happens from 6 pm to 6 am, so we advise investing in some kind of security lighting to help prevent this. Although most burglaries do happen during the day, some do still occur at night so security lighting will also protect you from this.

Arm your security system

It is important to have your home protected at all times, therefore invest in a top quality home security system, or ensure your own system is functioning correctly.

There are many reasons to invest in a home security system for your house, including protecting your valuables, deterring crime, allowing house remote access, lowering your home insurance and giving an overall peace of mind when it comes to the safety and security of your household.

Evaluate your exterior

Trimming shrubs and bushes will eliminate places for burglars to hide. Raking leaves, mowing the lawn and keeping the front of your house tidy in general, will indicate that someone is home even if you are absent.

Secure your shed

Once summer ends it is likely your garden equipment will go into hibernation all winter, therefore it is essential to make sure they are stored properly and securely as these could be used by burglars to break into your house. There are many ways that you can help secure your shed.

  • Windows – we suggest avoiding having windows in your shed as it could let whoever is looking see if it’s worth breaking in to. If you already have windows, it could be worth applying a film or spray on them to avoid seeing through them.

  • Position – don’t place your shed somewhere that you can’t see properly; a burglar will definitely find it a better opportunity to break in if it is in a secluded spot in your garden.

  • Lights – smart lighting is also suggested for a shed to act as a burglar deterrent.

  • Alarm – another suggestion is to add an alarm to your shed, this will again help deter a burglar but also alert you if someone is attempting to break-in to your shed. Even a dummy alarm can help in these circumstances, as most burglars will not attempt just in case it is a real alarm.

Safety first!

The start of the colder months means fireplaces and heating will be turned on, therefore it is crucial to ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are still working correctly.

Keep your eye out for even more great advice from the National Home Security Month’s website and social media channels!

To download our Autumn security checklist click here!

Need a Locksmith?

There is nothing that can make your house 100% secure, but by taking some simple measures you can help deter thieves. Look out for sturdy doors and windows or consider replacing them when they are old and worn. Having the locks changed is one of the BEST things you can do to protect your new home.

Hiring a professional Locksmith to fit these is the only way to be sure that your locks are insurance compliant. Keytek® offer a free home security check with every job we do, so if you book us in for the day you move we can appraise your home and give you our best advice on how to keep the burglars away. Talk to the Locksmith about anti-snapping locks and any other doors you need securing such as a garage, gate, or shed as our professional Engineers carry a wide variety of locks on every job.

Further reading:

The Reality of Home Insurance Requirements

Spring home security checklist 

Bluff the Burglar 

How do celebrities protect their homes?

Celebrities Homes

There have been various cases over the years of celebrity houses being broken into. It makes sense; they are well known to have a lot of money, making them a target for thieves. With advancements in smart security happening quickly, many of the rich and famous have plashed the cash on the most up to date way to protect their homes.

Harry Styles

Harry Styles has recently been the victim of a stalker, so has felt the need to upgrade his home security. Reports say that his has installed smart locks, alarms and cameras in his London home that give him an alert whenever they sense movement. The star has also reportedly purchased the houses surrounding his home, in bid to create a ‘fortress of security’ having been so shaken by the incident. The hit maker is often seen in the company of a 7-foot body guard, so it seems like he takes his personal security as seriously as he takes his home security.

Jack Grealish

After a spate of high-profile footballers being targeted by home invaders, the England player has become the most recent in a long line of footballers splashing out on a £25,000 security dog. These dogs come from the company Chaperone K9, who specialise in training these dogs to protect you and your home. The dogs are able to handle; home invasion, road rage, robbery and personal attacks. The dogs, mainly German Shepherds and Bull Mastiffs, are sourced from expert breeders worldwide and are selected based on their temperament and sociability. Once you have engaged the services of Chaperone K9 your dog will be specifically trained for your needs.

David and Victoria Beckham

Last year the famous couple submitted plans to maximise the security at their Cotswolds mansion after a spate of celebrity home invasions. The planning was said to include a large gated entrance that is to be manned 24/7. There were also plans for an underground escape tunnel, this would let the Beckhams enter a wine cellar under the existing garage, we can only assume that the wine cellar will double up as a safe room, to keep the family safe in an emergency.

 

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 burglars, 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.

Security Camera

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 passer-by 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.

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.

Manned Security

 

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

Info from;

www.telegraph.co.uk

www.radaronline.com

www.inmyarea.com

www.hiphopdx.com

Hive Sensors: A Review

At the start of the century everyone had dreams of the ultimate smart home, that made life easy and left you feeling secured. Now no longer a dream we introduce the Hive Home Ecosystem!

A specially cultivated range of products designed to not only bring security and ease but style and streamline everyday life. Within their ecosystem you can find smart home solutions ranging from thermostats to lightbulbs to security cameras, and today we are reviewing one of their most interconnected products: The Hive Motion Sensor!

 

Hive Smart Sensors

There are currently two different sensor ranges within the Hive Home ranges, Hive window and door sensors and the Hive motion sensor.

The Hive window and door sensors are installed on windows and doors and will indicate whether it is opened or closed. The Hive motion sensor however detects surrounding motions.

What do the Hive sensors do?

Just like it says on the tin these Hive motion sensors detect motion, however it doesn’t stop there. The Hive ecosystem is the pinnacles of smart sophistication as all their products interconnect, meaning that one well-placed sensor could open a variety of smart home solutions your heart can only dream of.

 

What can you do with the Hive Motion Sensor?

Using the Hive app, you can seamlessly integrate any motion sensors into your smart environment and connect them to any Hive devices to create ‘actions’. Actions work based on “if this, then that” to create a simplicity to smart living. Through the app, simply program one of these actions to include your new motion sensor and your away!

 

Security

Using the connectivity of the Hive app, once motion is detected in your home a smart notification will pop up on the connected smart devices to let you know of any suspicious behaviour and you can even take it one step further by connecting the motion sensor to other devices. Should you have a Hive View security camera, simply connect the two together so that if motion is detected near the front door, the camera turns on to give you a live view of what is happening.

 

Streamlined and Efficient

Struggling to find the light when you come home from work? Simply place a motion sensor close to your front door and set up an action where when motion is detected it will activate the hive smart plug that is connected to your hallway lamp, illuminating your house for you without even touching the switch.

The Hive motion sensors offer ways to create personalised smart home experiences that is tailored to the patterns of your life and which are going to best suit you.

 

What can you do with the Hive Door and Window Sensors?

As these are placed on doors and windows, these sensors offer great environmental and security controls that help to not only ensure that the security of your home is intact but to also help you cut down on your energy bills as well!

 

Security Notifications and Connections

As they detect when a window or door has been opened, you can keep track of who is coming in and out of your home effortlessly. Whilst at work your side door is opened, but not to worry a push notification is sent straight to your smart device and when connected to a Hive View camera placed in your hallway it automatically starts recording. This means that you can view the camera remotely from your smart device and see what activity has set off the motion alarm. Should the situation then call for it, using HomeShield you can call the local police, all from the app!

 

Energy Efficient and Money Saving

The Hive system is not the cheapest on the market, and for good reason too. These high-quality products can be a little bit of an investment to begin with, however the practicality, functionality and quality see you get a return on your investment. Save on energy bills when you create an action connecting your Hive thermostat with your new window sensor, so that when the window is opened your heating automatically decreases to not only save you money on your energy bills but also reducing your carbon footprint.

 

Placing a Hive Sensor in your Home

The Hive motion sensor is designed to be easily applied to any wall, corner or any other flat surface using the adhesive tabs which is going to provide a unique experience that fits to your lifestyle. Not only does Hive have amazing connectivity with the products in the Hive ecosystem but also to a select few other smart home brands such as the Phillips Hue Bulb.

 

Hallways

Placing a sensor in your hallway or entryway means that you can create a unique entrance into your home. Simply connect your sensor to a Hive smart plug or lamp with a Phillips Hue Bulb and when the sensor senses motion it will automatically turn on without even touching the switch.

 

Windows and Doors

Leaving the house in a hurry? You can double check all the doors and windows are closed from your phone for ultimate ease.

 

Landing

In a family home, you might have little children getting up in the middle of the night and wandering into the hallway. Simply placing a sensor just outside their door and linking it to a smart bulb or plug to turn on the landing lamp enables them to find their way without any bumps or tumbles. Within the app, you can even program the smart plug or bulb to turn off after a few minutes to ensure that energy isn’t wasted.

 

The Hive App

The control centre for smart home system is the Hive app. This app contains three different tabs that offer control, scheduling and monitoring of all the products within your home ecosystem and allows you to create ‘actions’ which tailor your smart home experience to your lifestyle and needs.

 

The Control Tab

This tab allows you to control all your smart products from one place. Should you want to turn the heating up or should you want to view your Hive View camera using live view, simply open the app and it will all be under this tab. Likewise, should you receive a sensor alert to your phone or smart device, it will be this tab that allows you to see which sensor has pinged and the situation.

 

The Schedule Tab

This tab allows for up to 6 pre-set time blocks to be set for optimising your smart products. In this tab you can create a system that is tailored to your lifestyle and not only is going to create ease in your day-to-day life but also help to save money on energy bills.

 

The Actions Tab

This is where you create those ‘if this, then that’ actions, where you can program certain actions to happen when a sensor picks up motion or a door/window opens. This tab gives you complete control to created personalised automations that will make things just that little easier.

 

Home Shield

Home Shield is the optional Hive security system that unlocks a handful of great security features within your ecosystem, all for a small monthly subscription of £9.99. Unlock features such as remote alarm access, friends and family access, intelligent alerts, live timeline, and voice control, just to name a few.

Homeshield is an optional service however we do think that for the small subscription price and all the benefits that come with it, we feel like it is the perfect system for those looking to fully realise the potential of a smart home and are looking to integrate a security system as well.

Find out more about the Hive Home Shield here.

 

Hive Home FAQs

Do I need a Hive Hub?

To allow for the connectivity of the Hive ecosystem, you must have both a Hive Hub and the Hive App. These two products allow you to pair Hive products together and with the other select smart home solutions. Unfortunately, without the Hive Hub the connectivity of the system is lost, and the potential of these products cannot be realised.

However, when you consider the potential of these products as not only a security system but also as a smart home that you can adapt to your lifestyle and needs, the cost of the right products for you is far outweighed by the value of the product.

 

What are the requirements for the Hive app?

If you are an Apple fan you will need ISO 9 or higher to operate the Hive app and a minimum of 4.4 should you be an Android user.

 

Do Hive sensors make a noise?

Hive sensors currently do not make a noise, however when paired with the Hive siren you can set up your smart security system so that when motion is detected when it should be the alarm will activate.

 

Can Hive control Phillips Hue?

Yes! Phillips Hue is one of the select brands that Hive is compatible with and can get integrated into the Hive ecosystem.

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!

 

 

 

 

References:

https://www.theoriginaltour.com/en/discover/50-fascinating-facts-about-buckingham-palace

https://citywonders.com/blog/UK/London/7-facts-about-the-queens-guards

https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/1136904/royal-news-queen-elizabeth-ii-buckingham-palace-michael-fagan-security-spt

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/jun/16/qanda.monarchy

 

Protecting your Doors from the Heat

Our doors provide us with home security and a way to shut out the world. When we get the rare heat wave it can cause havoc with our doors, causing lock outs, mechanisms jamming and general inconvenience. By regularly taking care of your door and maintaining it you can not only keep your doors looking pristine but maximise their lifespan too.
 

How Does the Summer Weather Affect my Door?

Brilliant sunshine, high temperatures and high humidity can cause much strain on your doors leading to swelling, faded paint, bleaching and in extreme cases cracking. Not taking proper care of your doors in the heat can seriously impact your home security and the durability of your door.

Sometimes when in heat, materials can expand causing mechanisms to misalign, doors not to lock and handles to jam which is not only a nuisance but also can leave you with a bill should you need to call someone out.
 

How Do I Protect my Doors from the Sun and Heat?

General maintenance of your doors will always help when trying to protect them from the elements, but there a few things that you can which will help your door to remain in working condition when the temperature rises.
 

Wooden Doors

With heat and direct sunlight, the finish on a wooden door can crack and fade leaving your door looking worse for wear. To help with protecting your door, you could consider painting it a lighter colour as it will absorb less light than a darker colour. This means that the door itself will absorb less light and therefore heat, keeping your door cooler.
 
You can also add an external varnish to the door to add a protective layer to the door, sealing in the paint and the finish to ensure a higher durability. We suggest a varnish with a high UV protection for maximum protection against UV Rays.
 

Composite & uPVC Doors

Composite and uPVC doors are easy to maintain in the sense they it is advised that they are simple wiped down with lightly soaped water once a month to remain pristine. This practise is advised to be a regular routine but can also be used in order to protect your door from the heat. Should you find your door getting hot, you can simply wipe it down with cool, but not freezing water, in order to lower the overall temperature of the door and keep it in a manageable state.
 

What Type of Door is Best for Direct Sunlight?

Arguably factors such as budget and practicality will need to come into play when choosing a door. But the best doors for durability in direct sunlight are either composite or aluminium doors. Both door materials are renowned for being low maintenance and extremely durable and one of the many benefits that they have is that the colour of them is not applied to the surface but rather under many different vanishes and coatings.
 

Do Aluminium Doors Expand in Heat?

Timber and uPVC doors can expand in heat, whereas Aluminium doors are much more stable and due to the structure cannot expand in a way to cause difficulty in operating.

 

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What to do if someone breaks into your home

While 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 someone breaks in , if this does happen then it could be an extremely traumatic experience and you might not know what to do. We detail below our suggestions of ways to handle it should this happen to you.

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

Your first course of action should always be to escape, in the majority of cases a burglar will want to be in and out as quick as possible. They will most likely have their exit route planned, which statistically will be out of the back, according to safe.co.uk; ‘burglars will have a clear exit to the rear of the property through the back door before heading upstairs to check the bedrooms’ so we advise trying to hide yourself away from this route. It is never a good idea to confront a burglar, so confrontation is a last resort, as this could provoke a violent reaction. Nothing they could take is worth risking your life for.

 

Activate Your Burglar Alarm System

Plan B would be to use you burglar alarm, if you have one., this is especially useful if you have one with a panic button, if you don’t have an burglar alarm like that then try the alarm button on your car 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 from the inside 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 where 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 should 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

The first thing you need to do on discovering your home has been broken in to, is call the police. If you are 100% sure the burglar is out of the house then you need to call 101. However, if there is any doubt in your mind to whether they are still around, call 999 from a safe place. Its very important that you don’t touch anything as the police forensic team will look and test for finger and foot prints. If the burglar is no longer in your property and the situation is non urgent then the police should arrive within a few hours, they will take a full, written statement from you, try to be clear and gove any relevant information you have. Once that is complete you will be issued a crime number, this is essential for you to make an insurance claim. It is then that you need to call an emergency locksmith, who can change or repair your locks and do any boarding up to make your home secure again. To find out more about emergency locksmiths, visit or Emergency Locksmith Page.

 

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 have stated 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?

Burglars will pick houses that they believe they can break into with ease. They will look for secluded areas by your house where they won’t be disturbed while breaking in. They will use overgrown bushes and trees for cover, especially if you have no external lighting. 47% of burglaries aren’t planned and are carried out on the spur of the moment, so it’s very important that you make your home as secure as possible. 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. If you’re home looks very secure, this could mean a burglar moves on without trying to break in.

 

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 a burglar 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 burglar 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 outdoor security 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 an Emergency 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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