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  • Should you change the locks when moving to a new home?

    Did you know that, according to Confused.com, 58% of people don’t change the locks when they move into a new home?

    We find that to be an absolutely shocking statistic and changing the locks really should be a top priority when you move in to any new home or office.

    You may well have lots of things to consider, it’s a busy time after all, but you can’t afford to let this one slip your mind. Let’s have a look why it is so important to change the locks when you move into a new home.

    Is it really worth the risk not to?

    In short, no it is not. Changing your front and back door locks should be one of the first jobs you get done when you move in. Think about it this way: a home is the thing that you’ll probably spend the most money on in your lifetime and it houses you and your family which are your most priceless commodity;

    do you really want to take the risk that someone else has keys and therefore access to your property?

    We guess not.

    But not only that. There are another number of good reasons to change your door locks when moving and one of them is for insurance purposes.

    Invalidated Insurance

    Not many people realise that not changing the locks can invalidate your home insurance.

    You can have no idea how many sets of keys are in circulation; you can’t assume that they have all been accounted for and handed over with the purchase of the property. The landlord of a property only have to change the locks on a few occasions and in most cases if they don't have to they won't change the locks.

    Learn more about the landlord - tenant law regarding changing locks in the UK.

    If workmen or a cleaner used by the previous owner burgles your property using an old set of keys it can mean any insurance claim would be invalidated if the insurer finds out. And trust insurance companies to know their game.

    The vast majority of insurance companies insist of seeing evidence of forced entry before they even consider paying out on a claim; someone with a set of keys certainly will not meet this benchmark. Another thing they may ask for is some paperwork that shows your locks were actually changed when you move in. They will also verify that all your windows have locks on them so that’s a thing to consider regardless.

    Another thing the most if not all home insurers will want to see evidence of is that you have specific British standard installed on your door.

    British Standard Locks

    The vast majority of insurance policies state explicitly that your locks must comply with the British Standard 3621. If your locks don’t comply with these standards it’s time to change them right away; if your property is an older one your locks are more likely to be non-compliant so be doubly vigilant in checking them.

    Professional locksmiths can provide you with an advice on British Standard Locks for homes in London and the UK. Contact London 24 Hour locksmiths in Greater London or different locksmith companies in your local area to make sure you're changing your locks with genuine British Standard locks that suits your actual needs. 

    The key considerations

    We’re hoping by now that you can see or at least are starting to see the importance of changing the locks when you move into a new home. But if you still aren’t completely sold on the importance of this here are some other key considerations.

    • How many previous occupants has your property had?

    • Has it been rented out or rooms sublet before?

    • When were the window locks last changed?

    • Have keys ever been given to a cleaner?

    • Have keys ever been given to a tradesman?

    • Has another third party ever looked after the property?

    • Has every set of keys categorically been collected and accounted for?

    It is reasonable to accept that you may never know the answer to all of these questions; in light of this not changing your locks is a genuine risk. Just one unaccounted for key could lead to damage, theft or harm to your loved ones. Something that is obviously worth preventing at any cost.

    Shared Access Properties

    If your property has shared access it’s always a good move to have open dialogue worth your neighbours with regard to security concerns and measures. It’s good practice for locks to be changed at a shared property every five years. So speak to your neighbours and see if this has happened recently. You may need to liaise with a freeholder and it’s a good idea to engage with your freehold landlord early on in your relationship. It may be that you have to deal with an external management company so be sure to get their contact details and keep a record of conversations had.

    Should you “DIY it” or hire a Locksmith?

    Well, in short, you should hire a professional. Given what we’ve said previously in this article about how important it is to get security right on your property, the last thing that you want to do is fall at the final hurdle because of shoddy, haphazard workmanship.

    Locks are relatively inexpensive pieces of kit, so paying a little extra for a qualified, quality locksmith to do the work for you really is not a huge expense. Changing a lock should normally cost around £100-150 all included (labour, locks, etc.). A locksmith can help you to avoid the cheap and nasty end of the lock market and ensure that you have appropriate kit installed; high quality rim and mortice deadlocks are normally the locks you should reach out for.

    Don’t take any chances with your new home’s security; When you first move to a new property is the best time to sort out the replacement of your lock.

    If you’d like to know more about the lock replacement process or looking for a London locksmith to help you with replacing locks at home, London 24 Hour Locksmiths is available to guide you further.

    We can provide you with any information related to locksmithing, locks doors and home security services. Working as London Locksmiths for over a decade we are familiar with the Greater London area and the requirements involved with changing locks in London.

    Contact our London Locksmiths 24/7 at 020 8123 8060.

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  • 10 most frequently asked locksmithing questions

    At London 24 Hour Locksmiths we do everything to ensure our customers’ satisfaction.

    To help you get to know what our service offers, here we gathered some of the most frequently asked questions about our London locksmith service.

    1. How can I pay the locksmith service?

    We accept debit/credit card, cash and Bacs payment. You don’t have to pay anything in advance but only once job is completed on site.

    2. How quickly your locksmith can arrive?

    Our locksmith can attend to anywhere you are in Greater London in under 30 minutes. On traffic times there may be some delays that could extend your wait to up to 45 minutes.

    3. Can you unlock a door without damage?

    In most cases we will be able to unlock your door without causing any damage to the door or the door lock. If your lock is faulty or a high security lock there may be a chance that damage will have to be caused to the lock in order to unlock it.

    4. What type of locks can you service?

    We can help you with the unlocking, fitting and repair of all any type of door, window, cabinet or mailbox lock. We deal with all popular and less popular brands like Yale locks, Chubb locks, Master Locks, Banham locks, Mortise deadlocks, Rim locks, Euro profiles and many more.

    5. Do you repair and fit doors?

    Yes we do. If you had a burglary or need to replace your door for any reason, we can do that for you at even the same working day. If you have an issue with a broken door at midnight one of our professional London locksmiths can attend at your premises within 30 minute to secure your door for the night so you can sleep in safe. The next morning one of our door fitters can attend at your place to replace the door if needed so.

    6. How much would your service cost?

    The job rate will be determined based on the scope of work.

    Our standard labour rate is £55 for attending and your property and resolving any basic door or lock issue. In more complex situation the locksmith will inspect the issue on site and provide you with a competitive quote for the task at hand. If for any reason at any given time you choose to not go ahead with the job once the locksmith is already at your place the only thing will charge will be a cancellation fee of £30 for the locksmith’s transportation costs and time.

    If you cancel a job before the locksmith arrives at your place there will be no charge to you whatsoever. With affordable labour charges and locks starting from only £20 you can trust a cost effective London locksmith service. Please note prices are exlusive of VAT.

    7. Are your locksmiths certified?

    In London and the UK there isn’t such thing as a locksmith license. The are however certifications that provided by bodies like the Master Locksmith association and the UK Locksmith association which we are registered with.

    8. Is your locksmith service insured?

    Yes. We hold a public liability insurance which is what your locksmith company should have. Our insurance covers any 3rd party damage of up to 2 million GBP.

    9. Can you rekey locks?

    Yes. Rekeying is changing a lock pin or lever combination so that you can use it with a different key than the one you currently have (or don’t have). Our London locksmiths can rekey almost any type of lock. Having said that it’s almost always cheaper to replace a lock than have it rekeyed, so bear this in mind when making a decision about whether to rekey your existing lock.

    10. How can I know your locksmiths are legit?

    All of our locksmiths are being interviewed thoroughly. We check every locksmith for having no criminal past so that you can be sure that only trustworthy tradespeople attend at your London property. If you have any doubts about our locksmith, you can always contact our office and verify his credibility. To further assure your satisfaction check our reviews online.

    London 24 hour locksmiths look forward to provide you with the best locksmith service in London.

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  • 10 Most Common Types of Lockout

    Being locked out can be one of the most frustrating things that can happen to you. That feeling of being so close to being inside your home or place of work, yet being unable to gain access has people tearing their hair out.

    Here we’ll look into the most common types of lockouts, how to deal with them and how much you’re expected to pay should you have to call a locksmith to help you out of the situation.

    Let’s get started.

    The Nature of Lockouts

    There can be many causes of a lockout; you could have lost your keys, forgot your combination, the lock could be faulty, you could have snapped your key in the lock or even just a plain old “I didn’t pick my keys up” moment. Whatever the reason is all you want to be able to do is get back into your property as soon as possible.

    Have you been locked out?

    If you’ve been locked out it’s probably time to call an emergency locksmith.

    Genuine emergency locksmith should be available 24/7 for callouts and you can expect most to arrive within 30 minutes of your call.

    Are you locked out and need an emergency locksmith for your lockout in London? Call now 020 8123 8060.

    Let’s have a look at some common types of lockout.

    Front Door Lockout

    This is by far the most common type of lockout and the real bread and butter of emergency locksmiths. Any emergency locksmith worth their salt will look to use non-destructive methods first, but it may be that the only way to gain access is to drill the lock which may affect the service cost as well due to the need for changing the lock. Rim locks and Mortice deadlock are the most common types of locks that are involved in a front door lockout.

    Time to resolve: Most front door lock outs are relatively easy to resolve and should take around 10-30 minutes;

    How to deal with a front door lockout: If you’re not an expert locksmith the only thing we will advise that you try before calling a locksmith is to use a laminated card (such as credit card) to slide in the latch. In this article about methods locksmiths use to open doors you can find more about how you can do that and other ways locksmiths will attempt to use for opening your door. Don’t however try anything you’re not familiar with as thing could do more damage and you might end up paying more for a locksmith to fix problem.

    Front door lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £60 for opening the lock at a basic front door lockout. Replacement locks and parts will come at additional cost. The cost of new cylinder locks would normally start at around £20.

    In the Ask a locksmith section on our site you can find some more advice about how to open a front door if the keys broke inside the lock, the door is stuck and more.

    Here: Amazing tips about how to deal with emergency lockouts by yourself!

    Interior Door Lockout

    I bet you’ve never heard of this one! It may seem hard to believe but interior door lockouts are more common than you think and can be among the most tricky to resolve. Interior lockouts generally occur when locking mechanisms become jammed or stuck and often they can take over an hour to break open as your locksmith will be extra careful not to cause damage to an internal door.

    Time to resolve: These types of lock outs are relatively easy to resolve if there is no complex issue with the lock and should only take around 10-20 minutes; however, if the lock is faulty this could lead to a lot of trouble and can take up to 40 minutes to resolve.

    How to deal with an interior door lockout: You can try using a screw driver or laminated card based on your lock. If the lock seems faulty this would again be a job for a locksmith to handle.

    Interior door lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £60 for the call, but parts tend to be cheaper ranging from £10 - £30.

    Cars and Vehicles Lockout

    The first type of lockout that we’re looking at isn’t a property lockout at all, but it is just as frustrating. Vehicle lockouts are common just as front door lockouts. They happen when keys are locked inside the vehicle, are lost, snapped in the vehicle’s door or being stolen.

    Time to resolve: Most vehicle lockouts are relatively easy to resolve and should only take around 10-20 minutes once the auto locksmith arrives.

    How to deal with a car lockout: Emergency locksmith specialising in vehicles is what you need to resolve an issue like this. If it’s an emergency (such as when a baby is locked in the car) you can smash one of the car’s windows (one far from the baby of course:) until the locksmith arrives. If you know how to open a vehicle by yourself, you can try that as well.

    Car lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £50 for the call out of a basic car lockout.

    Padlock Lockout

    These types of lockout can occur in a variety of settings. It could be that you are locked out of a shed or garden storage box, a garden gate or even something like a petty cash box. Often there is little that can be done other than to cut and replace the padlock.

    Time to resolve: Padlock lockouts should only take a matter of minutes to resolve;

    How to deal with a padlock lockout: If you have a grinder and know how to use it than cut off the lock carefully. Otherwise call a locksmith.

    Padlock lockout cost: You can expect to pay around £50 for the call out plus the cost of a new padlock (which you could source yourself for as little as £10).

    Electronic Lock Lockout

    Most emergency locksmiths can handle this type of emergency. The electronic smart lock market is a growing one and locksmiths have responded by becoming skilled in their repair.

    Time to resolve: These can be tricky to resolve and can take up to an hour depending on the brand of the lock;

    How to deal with an electronic lock lockout: This would require a locksmith. Don’t try to fix by yourself as you may end up ruin the lock and paying a lot for a new one.

    Electronic lock lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £80 for the call out plus parts.

    Safes and Vaults Lockout

    Increasingly people are turning to more sophisticated means of keeping their valuables safe and secure via the use of safes and vaults. This means that consequently, more and more people are finding themselves locked out of such contraptions! That’s where your friendly neighbourhood emergency locksmith comes in! Safe cracking isn’t just something for the movies; locksmiths are well-versed in this type of work too!

    Time to resolve: Safes lockout could take from around 20 hours up to a few hours to resolve. This would depend on how secured is the safe.

    How to deal with a safe lockout: lf it's just that the battery run out on your safe you can fins some guide online on how to open a safe. Otherwise a safes engineer or locksmith is the tradesman to contact.

    Safes lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £80 for the opening of a simple safe. More complex safes could cost a few hundreds to open. You may also need a new safe, so take also this into account in terms of costs.

    Locked Gates

    Locked gates to a garden or passage way can be a real inconvenience when you lose the keys or the mechanism becomes jammed. Whilst it isn’t a matter of great importance it can mean that you lose access to a garden and anything you need in that garden like a shed for example. Locksmiths can get you out of this pickle in an emergency.

    Time to resolve: Depending on the type of lock you have on your gate it can take from 10-20 min. and up to an hour to resolve.

    How to deal with a locked gate: Calling an emergency locksmith would be the best way to hanlde this one. Ulocking a gate yourself could be very difficult.

    Gate lockout cost: The cost for opening a gate will start from around £60 for a simple gate lock and up to £200 for gates with high security locks.

    Bicycle Locks Lockout

    Cycling is growing in popularity for a multitude of reasons including the healthy living agenda, success at the Olympics and as a greener alternative to travelling by bus or car. All of this means that there is more call for effective security measures for bikes and that means big business for emergency locksmiths! For cyclists, this can be as serious as getting locked out of your car or vehicle as it is often a means to get home from work or a social gathering.

    Time to resolve: Most bicycle locks are relatively easy to open and should only take around 5-10 minutes;

    How to deal with a bicycle lockout: If you have a grinder and know how to use it than cut off the lock carefully. Otherwise call a locksmith.

    Bicycle lock lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £50 for the call out plus the cost of a new device.

    Mailbox and Wardrobe Lockouts

    Yes, both of these are a thing! And what’s more, resolving these issues are just two other strings to any serious emergency locksmith’s bow. Probably something you have never thought about though right?

    Time to resolve: Most mailbox or wardrobe lock outs are relatively easy to resolve and should only take around 5-10 minutes;

    How to deal with Mailbox lockout: Mailbox lockouts could be fairly simple to resolve. You can try picking the lock or opening it with a screwdriver. If you're not comforable with doing it by yourself you can always call a locksmith.

    Mailbox lockout cost: you can expect to pay around £60 for the call out plus parts.

    School Lockout

    OK so this one isn’t a thing! Well, for a locksmith any way! This is just when the schools go on strike and there’s nowhere for your children to go. This type of emergency is easily recognised by the parents tearing their hair out and children climbing the walls!

    Not even a highly training, specialist emergency locksmith can help you out with that one I’m afraid; yep, you’re on your own!

    Have you been locked out?

    If you’ve been locked out it’s probably time to call an emergency locksmith.

    Genuine emergency locksmith should be available 24/7 for callouts and you can expect most to arrive within 30 minutes of your call.

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  • The 5 Best Electronic Smart Locks and How to Choose Yours

    At one time, electronic locks and smart locks were seen as a bit of a luxury; a niche innovation available to either the rich and famous or the technology obsessed. But you too could be opening your door with your smart phone or a fob; smart locks really are a great alternative for the security conscious among you that would like to integrate the latest technology on their home security systems.

    Some key factors that you should consider before purchasing an electronic lock are the usage requirements and the method of entry. Do you know who will need to use it? How regularly? Can you use a smartphone to gain access? Would you require it to be accessed with a card, fob, a biometric scan or maybe all of these together? These are all important questions that you need to be able to answer before buying your next smart lock.

    So, before buying your smart lock take the following 3 steps:

    1. Make a List

    Make a list of all the most important aspects you’d wish to get from you new smart lock. These can be factors like the design, how easy is to fit the lock, what technology features you’d like the lock to have, the price of the lock, etc.

    List your needs by which has higher priority and continue to the next step.

    2. Compare

    Go through your list of most important characters you’d like your lock to include and compare it with those of the locks in the list below.

    3. Buy with confidence

    Now after determining which of the electronic locks will best meet your needs buy them from somewhere you can trust.

    Since smart locks are not widely available at local locksmith and security shops yet, you’d may want to buy them straight from the internet. To make sure you buy your lock from a reliable source we’d recommend to purchase it from websites like ebay where you can view the seller’s score.

    Patlock Instant Smart Patio Door Lock

    These electronic smart locks solve an age old issue about securing the weakest point of entry. Often this is a pair of patio doors at ground level; it is a well-known fact that standard, two door French patio doors can be easily forced in under 30 seconds.

    Once fitted the Patlock keeps shootbolts and levers in the locked position meaning that even if the cylinder locks have been disabled from outside, the doors cannot be forced.

    Advantages:

    - Mobile device – Can be carried and installed instantly on almost any patio door.

    - Adds Real value to the level of your door security - Highly effective as securing a traditional weak spot.

    - Upgrades the visual deterrent factor - no would be burglar would attend to force the patio doors of someone who has it.

    Disadvantages:

    - The Patlock remains a secondary locking product and needs to be used in conjunction with standard locks on the doors themselves.

    - Some basic DIY skills may be required to set up the lock.

    - Clearly, this product is not designed for single doors.

    Ultraloq UL3 BT – Bluetooth Enabled Fingerprint and Touchscreen Keyless

    This is a seriously effective electronic lock available at a very reasonable price. It stores up to 95 different codes from 4 to 8 digits long and has anti-peep technology which means you can enter as many numbers before or after your code as long as you have entered the completed code.

    Advantages:

    - This lock is incredibly easy to install; it really can be accomplished by anyone regardless of experience.

    - There are five ways to open the lock including smartphone, fob and biometric.

    - Reasonably priced at around £150 RRP.

    Disadvantages

    - The fingerprint recognition can be a little tetchy.

    - Moisture might affect the reliability of this electronic lock.

    - Has no ANSI rating.

    Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock

    The Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open electronic smart lock is a great looking piece of kit and certainly looks like a secure enough deterrent for any would be burglar; let’s have a look at how it shapes up.

    Advantages:

    - Beautifully put together in size and aesthetics - comes in three different finishes (Venetian Bronze, Satin Nickel and Polished Brass).

    - Bluetooth enabled.

    - Compatible with smartphones.

    - Has touch to open technology and is third party friendly.

    - User can create as many “e-keys” for friends and family as you want via the Kevo’s app.

    Disadvantages:

    - Takes some work to set up

    - Installation requires drilling - May require the help of a locksmith to install.

    - Although it has touch to unlock technology, it can be a little unreliable and the lock as a whole can be buggy at times.

    Shlage Lock Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt

    The Shlarge is one of the most highly rated, top selling smart locks out here and for good reason. Schlarge have an excellent reputation in the business and are known for producing quality products.

    Advantages:

    - As with all Schlarge products, this lock is extremely well-made, durable and is pleasing on the eye without being the showiest looking product on the market.

    - Stores up to 30 personalised codes.

    - Uses z-wave technology to integrate with other devices.

    - Has keyless security.

    - ANSI Grade 1 - highest residential security and has an extremely durable touch screen.

    - Has an alarm which sounds if someone tries to disturb the lock.

    Out of these, the major benefit that jumps out is the security features; we believe this electronic smart lock out performs the others on the market in this respect.

    Disadvantages:

    - For someone who isn’t used to this type of work, it can be a little difficult to install.

    MASTER LOCK Smart Padlock Bluetooth Outdoor

    The Master Lock 4401DLH is both durable and smart with its heavy duty rubber coating and smartphone/Bluetooth enabled features. Let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages.

    Advantages:

    - The body and shackle feel robust to the touch; reassuring to you and big deterrent to would be burglars. The anti-shim technology means it is extremely difficult to pull loose.

    - The app is very straight forward to use, easy to follow and works reliably.

    All in all this is a high quality padlock; it’s everything that you’d expect from a Master Lock.

    Disadvantages:

    - The only big disadvantage is the price; but you do have to pay for quality.

    In summary

    You now have all the information you need to decide which electronic smart lock to buy. So as mentioned in the beginning - Make a list of your desired features, Compare your list to the features of the locks that are listed above and Make your purchase from a trusted source.

    We hope this would help you to make the right choice of your new lock.

    And contact us 24/7 if you need a locksmith that can supply and fit electronic locks in London.

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  • Are locks the best door security device?

    What is a lock?

    A lock is the most common form of security hardware on both commercial and domestic property doors. It is made up of the components that for the latching mechanism. These components are generally the lock handles, deadbolt, latch bolt, strike plate, faceplate, escutcheon, turn button, thumb button, push button and trim.

    How can a lock help in preventing burglary?

    The installation of quality locks is a crucial stage in developing your approach to securing your home. Not all locks are the same; they certainly aren’t much of a muchness, so it’s important to understand the difference between different types of locks as well as their strengths and weaknesses.

    Here are some more ways you can improve the security of your existing doors.

    Popular Lock Types

    Electronic Locks

    Electronic locks come in a variety of forms. They can operate with electronic devices that are combined with locking hardware, with magnet locking systems and more.

    - Keypad locks that use a simple key pad.

    - Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks – Opens with a key fob.

    - Bluetooth enabled locks - relies on a Bluetooth signal to open the lock.

    - Biometric entry - Uses finger prints or even retinal scans to unlock the lock.

    Doorknob Locks

    These types of lock generally include a keyed lock cylinder and you probably have it in one of your current doors. These types of lock are extremely easy for burglars to bypass. This is why they should be only fitted on internal doors. If your front door has a doorknob make sure it is paired with a deadbolt as a minimum.

    Deadbolt

    This is probably the second most frequently used domestic door lock. These are the locks that lock by a metal cylinder being slid between two pieces attached to the door and the door frame. They are reasonably effective, but a persistent burglar could smash the doorframe to gain entry.

    Keypad Locks

    These locks often have similar locking mechanisms to other lock types, but with the added feature of keypad entry. There is often a keyed cylinder option with these types of lock too.

    Bar, Bolts and Chains

    Physical barriers like bars bolts and chains are useful additions to your locking choice to beef up your security measures. They can’t be tampered with from outside, but aren’t fool proof; you should not use one of these exclusively without a lock.

    Combination locks

    Combination locks require a code (usually four digits) to unlock the lock. They can be useful in conjunction with other solutions so long as you keep your combination secret and change it frequently. Digital locks and mechanical locks are the most popular types of combinations locks.

    Pin Tumbler locks

    A pin tumbler lock is a lock that uses a mechanism comprised of pins which are of varying lengths so as to fit one key only. They are most commonly used in cylinder locks but can be found in tubular pin tumbler locks (you may know these as redial locks or ace locks).

    Popular Lock Brands

    Let’s look at locks in a little more detail focusing on different brands to start with.

    Yale lock

    When most people talk about a “Yale lock” they are actually referring to a night-latch lock in the vast majority of cases. Yale’s long history of producing night-latch locks means that their name is synonymous with latch locks. Most Yale locks will meet BS 3621 and BS8621 standards.

    Chubb lock

    When people talk about a “Chubb lock” they are usually referring to a deadbolt type of lock (mortice locks). Chubb are another market leading brand of locks. The Chubb brand name was actually changed to “UNION” (of the ASSA ABLOY Group) in 2010 due to Chubb owner deciding not to renew the manufacturing of locks under the Chubb brand with ASSA ABLOY. The manufacturing of “Chubb locks” been going for over 200 years and have built a reputation of quality products. The Chubb brand name tied up with latches, mortice locks and cylinder locks. Their C Series of locks are particularly highly regarded.

    Banham Patent Locks

    Banham has some of the most secured locks in the UK (and worldwide). Banham pride themselves in their effectiveness in deterring burglars from entering your property; Except of their popular rim and deadlocks Banham is a manufacture of many home security devices. They cite their century of expertise couple with their use of modern technology. Banhams locks have earned the title of “Police Preferred Specification”.

    Master Lock

    Master Lock is a truly global and instantly recognizable brand. Their padlocks and security products have been available since 1921 and they are innovators to this day. They have a wide range of locking solutions in both the domestic and commercial arenas including key and combination options.

    Is lock really the best door security device?

    Well, the honest answer is yes and no. You just have to take a walk down any local street and you see that every home has a lock on their door; so in this sense, there is a case that they are. There is, however, a strong argument that for real security, the type that can give you piece of mind, you need to deploy a number of different security solutions to give yourself the best chance of keeping your property secure.

    Need help with deciding on which door lock would be best for your home or office security?

    London 24 Hour Locksmiths has a team of professional locksmiths and advisors that can help you make the right decision. Contact us now at 020 8123 8060.

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