Locks Changed?

There are a variety of reasons why you will want to have your locks changed; on some occasions it is a matter of emergency i.e. you have lost or mislaid your keys and will require a locksmith to attend your home straight away.

Local locksmith changing a nightlatchWhile other circumstances i.e. moving home are less urgent but are equally as important and may require being booked in for the day you move or for a later date.

When booking a locksmith to change the locks on your home you want to be sure you are using an Engineer who is experienced, credible, trustworthy and cost effective. To reassure you of this all of our locksmiths are DBS checked (formally CRB) and are fully assessed and accredited by industry experts.

All of our locksmiths are able to carry out a full home security and insurance compliance check as part of our service and are able to recommend quality products that conform to all of the relevant standards for your insurance and your peace of mind.

Keeping your home or business secure…

As security experts at Keytek®, we want to ensure we are providing our customers with the most relevant and up to date information regarding home insurance requirements to ensure they are in compliant when changing the locks on their home.

Home insurance providers will often specify that your property must be fitted with British Standard locks on your doors and windows…

What are British Standards?

British-Insurance-Standard-Kitemark-Home-Security-TipsIn order for any lock to be classed as a ‘British Standard’ lock they must have been through rigorous testing including strength, durability and of course security, these products are also re-assessed and re-tested to ensure you have complete confidence in the safety, quality and reliability of the locks you have installed in your home.

So how do I know if my new lock is a British Standard lock?

On the face of any lock that is a ‘British Standard’ lock you will see the British Standard Kitemark image pictured to the right, this may also be accompanied by BS: 3621 2007 (mortice locks) or BS: TS007 (Euro cylinders) which are the current British Standard required for Insurance purposes.

Why should I meet my insurance provider’s requirements?

When changing the locks for your home you may ask yourself why you should adhere to meeting any requirements listed by your insurance provider. By not meeting the requirements as stated by your provider you may run the risk of invalidating your insurance when making a claim.

The following relevant statistics have been put together to shed light on the importance of meeting any insurance requirements…

  • According to Tesco Compare the 5 most burgled areas include London Metropolitan (93,347 incidents), West Yorkshire (36,074 incidents), Manchester (33,467 incidents), West Midlands (32,792 incidents) and Thames Valley (20,804 incidents).
  • A burglary occurs every 40 seconds in the UK (Crimestoppers UK)!
  • The top 5 most burgled items include cash (17% of cases), laptops (15% of cases), gadgets such as cameras or mp3 players (13% of cases), jewellery and watches (11% of cases) and mobile phones (6% of cases). (Tesco Compare)
  • In terms of valuable items; laptops are the most likely item of value to be specified on insurance policies (42.92% in Winter 2012) followed closely by bicycles (20.83%) and jewellery (18.57%) (MoneySupermarket).
  • The average cost of repairing any damage caused by an intruder or replacing stolen valuables is £1,730 (Money wise).