Yesterday I attended vacant property in Bulwell for a letting agent to do a full house lock change both front and rear doors were wooden, rear door mortice sash lock and front door mortice dead lock and a ERA British Standard latch lock.
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I had previously attended the property a couple of years ago when the tenant had locked there selfs out and was required to gain entry. A normal lockout with a latch lock can be mostly opened via bypass but because this was a BS version that option was not available (in some cases a badly fitted BS night latch lock can be bypassed or in some rare cases the lock box has been changed to a non BS so it’s always best practice to test).
The added security features on BS latch lock like anti drill disk really hinder SPP but I have found that they do bump quite well and used that method to gain entry.
As always on a lock change I prefer to fit like for like branded sash & deadlocks to limit any wood work unless the locks in place are not BS or a low quality brand and I perform a upgrade. Both locks were non branded so I upgraded to Union Strongbolts.
The ERA night latch was next to do but when I removed the lock case I discovered that one retaining screw had been broken off and the second had been bent so removed both and replaced with spares out of the van and changed the cylinder – we stock a few different brands including ERA so a like for like was used.
All locks are now changed and ready for the the new tenant – we are aware changing locks is a cost to the landlord but we do advise this should be done after every end of tenancy for security reasons – who knows who might have a key!
i was once called to do a lock change on a property when the new occupiers were woken by a stranger stood in there hallway the person had been a previous occupier and had been in the pub and had a few ales before making his way home… his old home.
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