Top Ten tips on security when moving into a new property

Nottingham has a long and interesting history  from the Luddites and Robin Hood to the birth place of big industries for a city of its size your never to far away from rolling country side so it’s easy to see why so many people choose to buy property in Nottingham and set up home, and lets not forget all those students that move to Nottingham to attend our great universities.

As a locksmith working in Nottingham I am often called out by occupiers of a new property to assess their security so I’ve compiled my list of the top ten security issues to consider when moving house in Nottingham

1: Lock Replacement

When moving into a new property, We would strongly advise ALL locks should be replaced. Our Nottingham locksmiths can replace locks quickly and easily on all types of doors internal and external and provide peace of mind as you never really know just who may still have the keys to your property.

2:  Burglar Alarm Systems

Most new owners will inherit an alarm system and it’s codes.  We would always advise getting the code changed to your alarm immediately because just as with the keys to your property can you really be sure just who has had access to the alarm code in the past?  Our Nottingham locksmiths  can change codes to existing alarm systems or new installations if the property isn’t fitted with one. Nowadays alarm systems can range from protection a single room or entry point to every room and all entrances and exits – sensors can be fitted that take into account if pets are in the home so you can still set alarms while there at home.

3:  CCTV

If you move into a property with a CCTV system already installed, it may be worth discussing the effectiveness of the existing system with one of our experienced locksmiths in Nottingham Are the cameras installed in the best positions for example?  Would it be beneficial to install more cameras?  No CCTV installed? No problem we can install a system that meets your needs, even a system that is viewable and controlled via your smart phone from anywhere in the world.

4:  New Doors and Windows

If you are considering lock replacement for your windows and doors, it may also be worth considering whether your existing windows and doors are in need of replacing as well. New windows and doors will not only enhance your properties security but also its appearance and energy efficiency too.  Our competitively priced locksmiths in Nottingham would be happy to provide you with a free security survey in order for you to assess how secure your existing doors and windows are.  

5:  Home Contents Insurance

I would always advisable to check your home insurance to make sure that it still meets the requirements of you and your family in your new property. Extra security features will help to bring policy prices down so it is always advisable discussing your existing home security with your current insurance providers.  Also check for any stipulations in the policy such as the standard of locks that should be installed.  Our Nottinghsm locksmiths supply and install a range of British Standard and Insurance approved locks and would be happy to check if your locks are up to standard and if upgrades are required.

6:  Garages and Outbuildings: 

It can be easy just to focus on the new home but please remember that garages and outbuildings such as sheds and summer houses can also be a prime target for thieves.  our fully trained locksmiths can provide a free whole site survey to highlight any weak security areas in your property and out buildings and advise you on how to address any issues that we find.

7:  Speak to your neighbours

Your new neighbours will be a great source of knowledge about security and crime in the local area.  Have there been any recent burglaries or thefts?  How did the thieves access the properties? Perhaps there has been a spate of vehicle crime?  This local knowledge can help you to decide which areas of security will need addressing in your new home.  LS Locksmiths can advise you on how to tackle your security concerns and beat the burglar. 

8:  Safe Installation

Moving house may provide an opportunity for you to consider installing a safe.  Safes come in all different shapes and sizes and are very useful to store documents, deeds and family heirlooms. Remember a safe should always be fitted securely to a solid wall or floor 

9: Try to hide the move

Unfortunately unoccupied properties or properties that are preparing for a move can often be the target of thieves.  Try to leave curtains up until the last minute and make sure that boxes are not stacked in plain view of windows and doors.  I would suggest making security at the new property a priority. Not moving in straight away? Why not start the work in securing your property before you even move in talk to one of our team about how we can secure your property, it’s contents and loved ones.

10:  Enjoy your new home in Nottingham

Nottingham is a fantastic place to live!  Enjoy the open spaces (your never more then a few miles from the countryside) like Wollerton hall, And our numerous country parks. Also enjoy the countless things available to do in Nottingham such as watching our local football teams & cricket at the world famous Trent Bridge, vibrant night life in many pubs & clubs and don’t forget the shopping!   

We really hope you enjoy your new home in Nottingham.

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Euro thumb turn bypass tool

I don’t get as much time as I used to to sit down at the bench and knock off a new tool or three but luckily I did grab a afternoon where I could do just that. A friend who works for Nottingham city home on there repairs team asked me if I could help him with gaining entry up till this point he was using destructive methods to both the lock and handles to gain entry this is not only time consuming but having to replace both the lock and handles is a expensive way I mean he didn’t care there not his parts but if city homes is charging £70 (yes they put the charge into the tenants rent at £1 per week) after the cost of parts and labour especially if it’s in the early hours it’s a service running at a loss.

So i has a look at the locks they were fitting so I could run a few ideas past him – all the flats had recently installed new composite doors and all were fitted with Euro thumb turns – a quick test to see if the cam could be mini updated and yes it could.

This type of lock can be bypass opened which would be great for him as with a little bit of practice with the correct tool and he would be opening doors in a matter of moments with out a drill in sight.

Ok so how does a bypass work? Well because of the design of this type of lock if you crest a tool with the right length and correct shaping you can bypass the pins in the lock and turn the cam unlocking the door – I won’t show the exact shape or it’s dimensions as that could cause a security risk – and if you did search on the internet for a similar tool it does not mean you will be able to open this lock – my homebrew tool is specific to this lock type and manufacture that’s why it’s so effective.

Bypass tool in action

The demo video is with the same tool but this time I used it in the same type of lock but in a Euro mortice cassette and not in a Nottingham city homes door – as you can see you can both lock and unlock with the tool and because I was recording I used it with only one hand.

So with a afternoon spare I set about making a few bypass tools for my city homes friend and for my collection.

It’s always fun to make a tool from scratch and when finished see just how effective it is this will undoubtably save not just time for all involved but also money just think if there’s a spare key inside the property there’s not even any need to change the lock so not just me but now my friend are saving precious time especially on those late night call outs we all love doing!

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Ultion High Security Locks

Ultion, a revolutionary locking system that when locked, stays locked!

When it detects attack, a hidden lock within the Ultion automatically engages, so that even when snapped twice nothing gets past it. Leaving a key on the inside of the lock won’t affect its performance either.

Rigorously tested, nothing beats the Ultion, not even the finest 3 star locks, making it the UK’s best and most secure lock guaranteed.

  • Ultion offers double snap resistance
  • When attacked the Ultion instantly goes into ‘Lockdown Mode’
  • Stays snap secure even with a key in the inside of the lock
  • Some locks have 5 pins, others have 6, Ultion has 11
  • Ultion protects against Lock Drilling

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Busy locksmith in Nottingham

Work, work and more work….
Had a really busy few weeks so not been able to update so much I hope you haven’t miss me, to much.

Started today with a broken multipoint bit of a pain as it had non standard handle fittings but I had a adjustable set so could make good.

The I had a right trawl across the city to fit four key days in different sites – quick jobs until both battery’s run flat and you have to wait on them charging.

But the time left me with a photo opportunity.

Last job of the day was lost keys on a static caravan – so unlock three doors and fit and replace.

I did have a 6:45pm booking but that’s cancelled so heading home for a rest.

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Changing Upvc door handles

Had this sent to me today and couldn’t believe what I was seeing…

Hope it makes you giggle like I did.

But honestly there’s cutting cost and cutting costs but your door should not be the place to save money by stripping on security or offering none what so ever – Upvc door handles go for under £15.

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Door alignment in Nottingham

Today I had two Upvc alignments to do and both were equally some of the very worst. The first job had flag hinges so I was quickly able to access the alignment screw and re set the door only thing with this type of flag hinge is getting the cover back on and died with its screw…. a absolute nightmare!!!

The second job didn’t have flag hinges but it did have a small amount of correction but that had been used and the hinges were almost failed so it was better to remove the door and replace the hinges, a lot longer to do but the door is now hung correct and the mechanism working correctly.

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Ultron locks installed in Nottingham

I love the ultron there I’ve said it.

When it comes to locks the Ultron is above and beyond anything else in the market the feature that the lock has like 11 security pins, anti drill pins and snap protection means that this lock will never be forcibly opened NEVER and would bet there are plenty of people advertises as Locksmiths that will not be able to open the Ultron.

Do you really need a ultron fitted?
Well if your serious about your security then yes. It’s not to many years ago that alarm systems were only for commercial Propertys and the mega rich, today every home should have on fitted. And it’s the same with any high security lock soon these high security locks will be of standard .

Can I have a ultron fitted to my home?

If you have Upvc or a composite door and it uses a Euro type cylinder then you can change this lock for the much better Ultron lock.

We can supply and fit an ultron to one or all your external door – each lock comes with 3 keys as standard but additional keys are available.

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Lock changes on commercial unit in Nottingham

Had the pleasure of changing locks on a commercial unit today on the castle park Nottingham.
It previous life was a distribution centre but with only keys to two external doors it was a long job. First off one external door had no keys so we had to gain entry and replace, a total of 12 internal door and 4 of which had to have recoded digi locks and finally 8 shutter locks.

I’m not sure who’s going in here next but will need a freshen up

But has plenty of storage…

Well at least the next owners/occupiers will have some great locks anyway.

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Old style GU multipoint – Upvc multipoint opened and replaced in Nottingham

Had a crazy busy day today, in between different lock changes and a new install I had to do a failed multipoint. A old style gu unit had cracked its cam and was as almost always in the locked position. The key was still able to throw the bolt so with a little bit of breathing room I was able to slide a roller and spring the bolt.

The strip was in good order I did try to get the landlord to upgrade to a better locking mech but he wasn’t willing, profit over security I guess so I serviced the strip and replaced the gearbox.

The top hinge was broken so replaced that and corrected the alignment and also changed the handles the old brass ones fitted had no washers and the handles were barely hanging on.

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Lock change in Sneinton Nottingham

Got a call at 9am for a emergency lock out, yes we do work Sundays. Poor lass had lost her key and needed to get back in with no spare key inside the property it would be an open up and lock change.

It was a old iseo euro cylinder that had seen better days and was heavily weathered but a little squirt of WD and a steady hand it was single pinned picked in under 5mins spool pins at 1 and 4.

Replaced with a Yale 6pin and was on my way.

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