Home security is important to anyone’s state of mind. Knowing that you, your family, and your property are safe from any intruder or break-in, is something we all strive for. Unfortunately, we don’t always have that peace of mind and can stress and worry ourselves continually about having the right type of home security in place. This is especially difficult for someone who doesn’t know what steps can be taken to make their home safer and more secure. Most people just don’t know where to start. That’s why it is always a great idea to get an approved locksmith who can help you assess your home, and install the necessary alarms and locks to really put you and your family at ease.
At UK Locksmiths, we always put our customers’ sense of security at the forefront of everything we do, which is why we are the leading London locksmiths. With this in mind, here are our top five tips to secure your home, while giving you the confidence to know that your house is well protected:
- Three Locks: If you have a wooden front door, then you’re going to want to install more than just one lock to secure it. A Yale lock (also known as a ‘rim latch’) is never enough to keep your home safe. The correct dead lock should also be installed above the lock, ensuring that it is up to industry standards. This should be enough for insurance purposes, however, it is desirable to install another deadlock below the lock as this distributes any force placed against the door more evenly.
- Reinforced Hinges: There are specific parts of any door which are weaker than others. If you have fantastic secure locks fitted by a master locksmith, you’re still going to want to make sure that the hinges are able to withstand a substantial amount of force. In order to do this, you will want to install hinge bolts and a strike plate on any wooden door, and ensure that for PVC and other door types that the hinges installed are reliable. The best way to do this with newer doors is to consult with a locksmith you can trust and ask their opinion, or look at online reviews.
- Upgrade Cylinder Locks: UPVC doors are amongst the most popular to be installed across Greater London. At UK Locksmiths, we recommend to our customers that they seriously consider replacing the profile cylinder locks which usually come pre-installed with such doors. While this type of lock is acceptable to most home insurers, it is vulnerable to a break-in technique called “lock-snapping”. With an anti-snap cylinder installed, you can rest at ease knowing that your door is impervious to such attempts. Contact us today for any of your lock replacement needs.
- Secure Patio Doors: As the leading London locksmith, we often find customers with patio doors which are far too easy to break into. Yes, they are lovely to have, but not necessarily at the expense of your home security. In order to enjoy a set of patio doors, yet still know that they are safe, consider replacing the common locking bolts found at the top and bottom of the doors with an effective multipoint locking system, likewise for French doors ensure that, as well as having mortise rack bolts, they have a five lever British standard lock in the middle. Hinge bolts are also recommended as they will hopefully stop the doors from being lifted off of their hinges.
- Install CCTV and Intruder Alarms: With years of experience of interacting with customers anxious about home security, we can thoroughly recommend that a combination of CCTV and intruder alarms can really give you a level of peace of mind which you will not easily come by. Ensure that you are dealing with a master locksmith Association member, and that they will install the systems with the highest level of professionalism and care.
These are just some of the recommendations we make to our customers as the best London locksmith service available. If you have any questions about our highly qualified team, or wish to discuss any of the issues mentioned above, please contact us today and we’ll do our very best to exceed all of your expectations.
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