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Emergency Locksmith in Crayford

Well the darker evening are on their way now, so its gearing up for becoming miserable and cold again. People will be picking up stuff for Christmas. So they can spread the cost. Buying expensive presents and gifts. Electrical goods, Jewellery, designer clothing. Thieves are aware of this and with the dark evenings will start coming out of the woodwork to ruin peoples Christmas. So we are trying to help people keep as many steps ahead of the criminals as possible.

Avoiding putting presents in view of people walking past. Avoid leaving bags with their branding on show in view. This is a good insight to a thief as to what you may have in the house. Keep a light on if your not home to give impression someone is home. Don’t leave curtains drawn all day as that is a great advert that no one is home. If on holiday see if a neighbour, friend or another family member will attend your home to make it look occupied. We also advise making sure your windows are securely shut. Not only shut but locked also. Don’t leave the keys in the locks or even on show. If they get in, your giving them the easy exit needed. Hide keys to all doors and windows. Don’t leave expensive items on show. Watches, Jewellery, keys, iPads laptops etc. Invest in a safe it will save a fortune in the end. It doesn’t need to be a huge safe. It can be put in a cupboard under the stairs or out of view and bolted down.

Making sure your locks are the correct type needed and fitted. Also that they conform with your insurance company requirements. If they don’t your claim could be voided. You may then of given your insurance company money for nothing. Sadly just assuming they conform will not help if the worst was to happen.

I was contacted by a lady in Crayford, Kent. They were due to go on holiday within a few days and required a spare set of keys to be cut for a neighbour. Whilst there I spotted a few of the things mentioned above that were potential threats. I went through them with the customer and advised accordingly. They were things they hadn’t thought of. Mainly because they and no one they knew had been burgled. Me on the other hand see it on a daily basis.

I also noticed that there locks would probably not conform with todays insurance standards. They over very little in resistance to the attacks used more commonly today by thieves and burglars. So I showed them alternatives as well as the benefits and they decided to go with them.

The family went on their holiday and never worried once how secure their home was as they now knew it was as secure as it could be with what they had in place. I have since seen them due to the lady asking me to go to her sisters property and carry out a survey of their security.

Thamesmead emergency locksmiths

Well it looks as though the summer is fading away now so the dark evenings from 3-4 will be upon us soon. So it’s now time people need to start thinking of their security again. As there is now going to be longer hours of darkness giving longer periods of time to thieves.
Only this week Locks in the City have attended 3 burglaries. Two of these were carried out whilst the occupants were in bed asleep. One the property owners had left a front window ajar and had gone to bed. The thieves obviously chancers had noticed the window open but no lights on. Giving them the invite they wanted. The climbed through the window and ransacked the lower floor of the house. Taking a laptop, tablet computers, iPod and other valuable items often found in living rooms. All the cupboard doors were left open showing where they had been.
We had to await for the police soco team to attend before we could carry out our job to ensure we did not interfere with any possible evidence. It was discovered that the thieves had entered via the front window but had left via the back door as the key was left on the inside in the lock. So they took the items left by the back entrance therefore being more inconspicuous. We were given the go ahead to change the locks, as the thieves had removed the keys also. So we had 3 entry points to the property.Therefore changed all 3 locks. I advised that it was best to not leave keys in back doors or any doors as it was an easy exit for burglars. I advise putting them out of site but close by to the doors. As for the window that was used for the point of entry. So i advised to keep shut the window at night. To add further security in the event of forgetting to lock up i suggested fitting two cable restrictors to either corner of window.
I also suggested fitting an alarm. We supply and fit the Yale wireless alarm and it can be set so if you are in the property the alarm can be set to go off if a window or door is opened. It offers a good visual deterrent as well as a good wake up call should anyone get entry into your property. The home owner agreed to have both the cable restrictors as well as the alarm fitted. Although sadly these measures were put in place after the family lost belongings it will however protect their belongings from now on and allow them to sleep again without worry.