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Tip 7: Evolving technology

Technology is always evolving.  Just think of it: the computer used to be large and bulky, but now it can be folded up and carried around.  This, too, can be applied to security systems.

The technology used in locking systems are always changing, and people are always finding ways to break into this technology – and thus, your home and even your personal computer.

That is why it is of vital importance to have someone knowledgeable in technology on your side, like our locksmiths, who can keep your systems up to date, and promise you, and your family, safety at all times.

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Tip 6: To deadbolt or not to deadbolt?

Tip 6: To deadbolt or not to deadbolt?

To deadbolt, definitely.  This is always the right choice when it comes to choosing a lock for your front door – and even your garage door – to ensure optimal safety for your home.  Deadbolts are a lot more secure than an average spring locking system, but there are those deadbolts that are mass-produced and in every second house, meaning very easy to unlock and break into.

There are also various types of deadbolts available on the market, which is where we, your locksmiths, come in handy, because we know what is the best lock to use and when to use it.

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Tip 5: Get a safe

We all have treasured items that we would like to keep safe, and not just things that are commercially valued, but also over sentimentally to.  So, the additional phone or tablet that you have, your gold and silver jewellery, your children’s baby photos, the original copy of your degree, your firearms (because there is honestly not a better place to keep it), cash you have in your house – all of that you can keep in a safe.

It is just vital to ensure that the safe you use is made of quality steel, with a lock that only you can access, and that it is fastened to a wall, so no one can take off with it.

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Locksmith Wolverhampton – Tip 3: New locks

Locksmith Wolverhampton – Tip 3: New locks

When you are relocating to a new city, moving into a new house – even if just for a few months – it is always a good idea change the locks and to re-key your home.

The previous tenants or owners who lived in the building before you might still have copies of the keys – and thus have access to your home, putting you and your family in danger.

This will also put your belongings in danger of being stolen and your home being burgled, destroyed and your own life can be put in danger.  That is why it is important to replace your locks.

Locksmith Wellington – Top Tip 2: Duplicated Keys

Locksmith Wellington – Top Tip 2: Duplicated Keys

Tip 2: Duplicated Keys

Keys can be effortlessly duplicated – even those keys that say “Do not duplicate” or “Do not duplicate by order of law”, since this is not really in contradiction of the regulation and individuals cannot be indicted for doing this.

The only key that, according to law, may not be replicated is a key to your mail box, because this is fraudulent.  The result is that you can never be sure of your safety.

It is easy to give a copy of your house keys to a trusted neighbour or a family friend, but if modern life has taught us anything, it is that no one can be trusted.

Locksmith Shrewsbury – Tip 4: Certified Locksmiths

Locksmith Shrewsbury – Tip 4: Certified Locksmiths

Changing a lock can be upsetting and looking for a trustworthy locksmith might seem very tedious and laborious.  Why is it not as easy as calling the first locksmith that pops up when you Google ‘Nearest locksmith’? 

Because these ads can be very misleading, and they are often paid advertisements that overestimate what these locksmiths can do.  Make sure to always look for reviews, which is also a few clicks away, to ensure that you aren’t being done in. 

Once a reputable locksmith is in your employ, you also have peace of mind that a good job is being done, and that you are insured.


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A Lockies ToolKit

Five Tools Every Locksmith Always Carries.

By Open Locks – Locksmith Walsall

1. Picks
An obvious choice to be at the top of list, no locksmith can work without a good pick set. There are thousands of lock pick sets out there, some more complicated than others. Strip things down to the core though and a locksmith really only  needs 4 picks; a diamond pick,  a rake pick, a hook pick, and a ball pick. Some locksmiths also carry a pick gun for added speed.

2. Flashlight / scope
A lot of emergency locksmith jobs are undertaken at night time, making a flashlight (or head-mounted flashlight) essential. Experienced locksmiths know that looking at a lock with the naked eye can be tricky, thus opting to carry a mini-telescope with them can be handy.

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3. Plug spinner
Locks are meant to be picked in the correct direction. A locksmith that picks the lock in the wrong direction shouldn’t lose hope though, especially if he carries a plug spinner, a device that can flip picked locks in the right direction without the need to re-pick.

4. Tension tools
Also known as a tension wrench or torsion wrench, tension tools are used in collaboration with lock picks to open a lock. They’re used to hold picked pins in place.

5. Key extractors
Extracting a broken key from a lock takes more than some glue on a paperclip, a knife, or a screwdriver. In fact, make the mistake of trying any of the above and you’re likely to damage the lock beyond repair. Locksmiths should always carry key extractors for damage-free extraction.

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Why Is Graphite Powder Applied To Keys?

Open Locks – Locksmith Telford: Why Is Graphite Powder Applied To Keys?

Applying Graphite Powder to the key allows smoother and more solid operation or the lock. You ought to apply graphite after the keys have been altogether cleaned and after the lock has been lubricated up. In the event that you don’t have graphite powder around, promptly utilize a pencil to cover the whole surface of the cutting edge. At that point you can utilize the key straightforwardly.fine-graphite-powder | Locksmith Telford | Open Locks

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Do You Need Locks or Alarms?

Open Locks – Locksmiths Telford: Do You Need Locks or Alarms?

Many alarm companies would have you believe that physical barriers such as lock sets and deadbolts are useless at the hands of a thug.  Actually, quality hardware, installed properly, can withstand some pretty stiff abuse. A professional locksmith should be consulted when making a security plan so that each opening to be secured receives individual attention. Alarm systems do nothing to prevent “crash and run” thefts that usually are completed in only a few seconds. Good hardware, installed well can deter or prevent would be thieves. The best case scenario would be to have the protection of good hardware and a good warning system in an alarm. Again, consultation with a competent locksmith will determine what is best for you.

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Digital Door Locks

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There is a variety of digital door lock models to choose from depending on the level of security required. Your local locksmith will be able to advise on the most suitable product for a specific application.

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For example some models offer the option of a key override in addition to code access. This is perfect for domestic properties, as nurses/carers can access the property by inputting the code as normal, Also family members can use their own key and don’t have to worry about changing codes.

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