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As a trained local locksmith in Edinburgh, my priority is to give my customers great service at a great price. I am lucky because as an independent mobile locksmith my overheads are low. Unlike large national franchised locksmith companies, I do not have the expense of maintaining a call centre or call centre staff. When […] The post When Lock Picking Looks Easy appeared first on Hero...
As a trained local locksmith in Edinburgh, my priority is to give my customers great service at a great price. I am lucky because as an independent mobile locksmith my overheads are low. Unlike large national franchised locksmith companies, I do not have the expense of maintaining a call centre or call centre staff. When people call my number, they will be speaking directly to me about their lock problem. Repeat custom and recommendations from past customers to family and friends are also important to my success as a locksmith. This is why it good customer service, speedy response times and efficient repairs are crucial to me.
However, there are some situations when being too fast and efficient can sometimes be seen as a disadvantage. For example, when I am called to a lock-out situation, where someone can’t get into their property it can usually go one of two ways. It can be a lock that is relatively quick to open and I will have the job done in a few minutes or it can be one that is extremely difficult and take a lot of time, effort and different techniques. In both cases, customers are usually very happy and grateful when their door is finally unlocked and they can get back inside. However, I suspect that when the lock has been more of a challenge, customers are more grateful than when it has been a more straightforward lock. This is understandable because we often perceive tasks that are quick to perform as being simple tasks. However, this can sometimes mask the true amount of work and skill that has gone into being able to perform a task quickly. It reminds me of this old story:
A man asks a famous artist to paint him a picture of a fish. He is told by the artist that it will take him a year to do so. 365 days later the man returns and the artist still has no painting to give him. The man is annoyed and insists that he do it straight away. The artist takes out his paints and produces the most beautiful picture of a fish. The man is stunned with the perfection of the picture but is also annoyed. He asks the artist why he has been made to wait a year for a painting that has only taken him 5 minutes to do. The artist then takes him to a cupboard and opens it. Thousands of sketches of fish fall out.
I suppose what I am trying to say is that just because a task is quick and looks easy doesn’t mean it always is. A good locksmith will have been trained and have spent hundreds of hours perfecting their non-destructive techniques before arriving at your door. There are many rogue locksmiths out there who have not done the hours of training or practice on the job and don’t know how to pick locks properly. These are the type of locksmiths who will always reach for the power tools straight away. They will drill out the lock barrel and charge for a replacement, even when this is not necessary. Unfortunately, these locksmiths give the whole industry a bad name.
So if a locksmith ever arrives at your home and gets you back inside quickly and with little fuss, be very happy that you have chosen a properly trained locksmith with exactly the right skills for the job. Make sure you store their number in a safe place.
As an Edinburgh locksmith, my customers often ask me when or under what circumstances they should change their door locks. Here are my top 8 reasons. Poor quality lock on an external door This is probably one of the most important reasons for changing a lock. Poor quality locks are a risk to your property […] The post 8 Reasons to Change Your Door Locks Now appeared first on Hero...
This is probably one of the most important reasons for changing a lock. Poor quality locks are a risk to your property and make it easy for intruders to gain entry. Locks that meet British Standard BS3621 are a definite must for all final exit doors to your property e.g. front and back doors. This standard of lock is usually a requirement for your home insurance policy too. To meet this standard a lock has to be able to withstand a drill or bolt attacks for at least 5 minutes and have added protection against lock picking.
If your house keys go missing and you don’t know if you have misplaced them or if they have been deliberately stolen it is a good idea to get your locks changed. It is a quick job for a good locksmith and doesn’t cost as much as you probably think. It will stop you worrying about who may have your keys and access to your home.
When you buy a new home it makes sense to change the locks. Even if the previous owners seem lovely and are honest as the day is long, you don’t know who else they may have given a copy of a key to in the past.
If you own a rented property it can make good sense to change the locks at the end of a tenancy. This is particularly true if the tenancy didn’t end amicably. It also allows you to control the number of keys to your property that are in circulation.
Major renovations to your property can involve a lot of tradespeople having access to your home while you are not there. Whilst 99.9% of tradespeople will be completely honest and trustworthy, there is always the risk of a dodgy sub-contractor getting access to your keys and passing them on. For a small additional price, some new locks can give you complete peace of mind.
A break-in can be a very traumatic and expensive experience. Even an attempted break-in can be upsetting. If the intruders have broken into your home by picking a lock it is a clear sign that the locks in your property aren’t up to the job and need replaced. Even if an intruder has entered your property via an open window or door, they may have found a set of house keys whilst they were looking around. This gives them easy access to your home any time they like. It also leaves you without cover from your home insurance policy if they later break into your home using one of your own keys.
Unfortunately, not all divorces and separations are amicable. Emotions can run high and sometimes it is necessary to ensure that access to your property is restricted. However, before going ahead and arranging for a locksmith to change the locks, it is usually best to check with a solicitor that it is within the law for you to do so.
Locks have moving parts and because of this are subject to wear and tear. A lock that is jammed or stiff to lock or unlock is a sign that something is not right with the locking mechanism. It may be due to a dropped snib, jammed deadlock or problems with the multi-point locking mechanism. Whatever the issue, it is a good idea to get a locksmith to check it out and replace the lock or locking mechanism if necessary. A lock that is not working correctly will not be fully protecting your property.
If you need to replace any locks in your property Hero Locksmith can help. I am a Trusted Trader locksmith in Edinburgh and carry a wide range of affordable, high security (BS3621) insurance approved locks. I will be able to advise you on the right lock for your particular door and provide a no-obligation quote. Give me a call on 0131 603 7329 or get in touch via my website.
Everyone would agree that Edinburgh is a beautiful city and many people believe that it also one of the safest in the UK to live. However, when it comes to the number of house break-ins, this is far from true. MoneySupermarket analysed millions of home insurance quotes over a period of 2 years. They […] The post Edinburgh Housebreaking Hotspots 2019 appeared first on Hero...
Everyone would agree that Edinburgh is a beautiful city and many people believe that it also one of the safest in the UK to live. However, when it comes to the number of house break-ins, this is far from true. MoneySupermarket analysed millions of home insurance quotes over a period of 2 years. They wanted to identify which areas of the UK claimed most often on their home insurance policies for damage and items stolen by intruders. It may come as a surprise to hear that postcodes in Edinburgh ranked 4th (EH4 – Dean Village, Barnton and Cramond) and also 9th (EH15 – Portobello and Duddingston) in the top 20 of most burgled postcodes. In addition latest police figure show that three in four house break-ins still go unsolved.
Being a victim of a break-in can be a traumatic experience and the emotional impact can last for a long time. In fact recent research has shown that nearly one in eight people are so upset after being broken into that they subsequently move house. But being burgled doesn’t just have a psychological impact. According to the Post Office a burglary will cost the average household £566 in damages and £2,267 in stolen goods. In addition, the cost of home insurance is higher for households which have previously made a claim after being burgled.
Even with these shocking statistics the research also found that many people (44%) still don’t take any precautionary steps to protect their homes e.g. good quality door locks, window locks, burglar alarms etc. Many house breaking incidents can easily be avoided by following some simple steps.
Hero Locksmith is a trusted local locksmith in Edinburgh. If you would like help on making your home or business more secure, please get in touch or give Richard a call on 0131 603 7329. We can fit high security, door and window locks at very competitive prices.
There are many reasons for changing a lock You have moved into a new home and are worried about how many other keys are still in circulation Your locks need upgrading to meet insurance requirements The lock is faulty, old or damaged You have lost your keys and are worried that they might have got […] The post Is it Easy to Change a Door Lock? appeared first on Hero...
There are many reasons for changing a lock
The obvious choice is to get on the phone, call a good local locksmith and arrange for them to carry out the work as soon as possible. However some people wonder if they can save some money by doing it themselves? They usually watch a few YouTube videos and feel that this gives them enough knowledge to give it a go. However, selecting and fitting a lock can be a risky thing to do. Firstly, you can be putting your home at risk of burglary if you fit the wrong lock or fit the lock incorrectly. Secondly if the lock is not the correct standard for your door and you get burgled your insurance company may refuse to pay out.
There are many different lock standards in the UK (TS007 1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars, BS 3621, BS 8621, BS10621, PAS3621, PAS8621, and SS312 Diamond). You need to understand what lock standard is required for your particular door to ensure it will meet your insurance company requirements as well as keep your home fully protected.
Locks come in lots of different sizes and shapes and one size does not fit all. For example, the size of the cylinder lock you need is determined by the thickness of the door and handle combined. If you buy and fit one that is too big there is a very real risk of ‘lock snapping’. This is a technique burglars commonly use to break a lock and get quick and easy entry into your property.
If you need to fit a more secure lock than the one you currently have, it may not be exactly the same size or shape. This may mean some carpentry skills and carpentry tools are required to fit the new lock. Without these, a job that you may have estimated taking a couple of hours may actually end up taking all weekend. It may even result in having to call an emergency locksmith, who will need to charge extra to correct the damage you have made before fitting the lock correctly. Remember, if a lock is not fitted correctly it will not perform as it should and may be a risk to the security of your home.
A good locksmith will always provide guarantees with their work. In most cases this will cover all new parts and work they have done and will usually last for 12 months. This means that if there are any problems a couple of months later you can call them up and they will be obliged to fix the problem. This can give you the peace of mind that doing it yourself can’t.
In some cases it is possible to fit your own locks but it requires a certain amount of knowledge and skill. For most people it is much more cost effective and time effective to call a trusted local locksmith to take care of the job. With years of training and experience, they can replace your old locks quickly and efficiently. You will also be able to relax, secure in the knowledge that the correct standard of lock has used, it has been fitted correctly, the work comes with a guarantee and your door is fully protected.
If you are a landlord it is your responsibility to keep your tenants safe. This means that you must have smoke alarms installed annual gas safety checks and electrical testing etc. But it also means that you have a responsibility to ensure that your property is secure and will keep your tenants and their belongings […] The post Locksmith Tips for Landlords appeared first on Hero...
If you are a landlord it is your responsibility to keep your tenants safe. This means that you must have smoke alarms installed annual gas safety checks and electrical testing etc. But it also means that you have a responsibility to ensure that your property is secure and will keep your tenants and their belongings safe. If you are worried that your locks are not up to scratch it is worth calling a local locksmith so that he can replace any dodgy locks with good quality high security ones (BS3621).
Unless you know your locks, most people find it difficult to tell if their doors have the right kind of locks fitted. Having the right lock is extremely important when it comes to protecting your rental property, particularly since lock snapping has become much more common in Edinburgh. Lock snapping is a technique commonly used by burglars to break into homes which have poor quality euro cylinder locks fitted on external doors. This type of lock is most commonly found on UPVC doors but can also be found on wooden and aluminium doors too.
A good locksmith will be only too happy to upgrade your locks to home insurance approved ones and will be able to recommend high security locks to suit all budgets. Although this may seem like a lot of inconvenience and extra expense, it can save a lot of hassle, upset and money if your rented property is broken into.
All ground floor and accessible windows need to have locks fitted. These come in a variety of styles and a locksmith will be able to recommend the best option for your particular type of window.
If you have a property with a garage, shed, summerhouse etc. these should also be protected. You may be offering these building as extra facilities for your tenants or they may be somewhere that you want to keep off limits. Either way it is important that they can be locked securely. Your locksmith will be able to supply and fit any locks if necessary.
When choosing a locksmith to replace your locks it is always worth asking if he has a mobile key cutting service. If he does, this will enable him to cut spare keys (for most types of common lock) while he is at your property. This will save you an extra trip to get spare keys cut and is usually much cheaper too. In addition the locksmith will be able to properly test that all the new keys are a perfect fit and turn smoothly in the new lock.
Preparing a list of hints and tips on how to maintain good security may be useful for some tenants, particularly young people moving into rented accommodation for the first time. This could include
If you are a landlord it is important to know that your properties are properly protected. It will give you peace of mind when they have tenants and also when they lie empty between tenancies. If you need to upgrade or replace any of the locks in any of your properties, please get in touch or Tel 0131 603 7329. Hero Locksmith is a local Edinburgh Trusted Trader locksmith and provides affordable locksmith services for homes and businesses throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.
In many countries around the world locksmiths are required to be licensed. This is not the case in the UK. There are no specific regulations for locksmiths other than trading standards which apply to all businesses selling a product or service. This means that anyone is free to buy some lock picking tools off the […] The post Should Locksmiths Be Licensed? appeared first on Hero...
In many countries around the world locksmiths are required to be licensed. This is not the case in the UK. There are no specific regulations for locksmiths other than trading standards which apply to all businesses selling a product or service. This means that anyone is free to buy some lock picking tools off the internet and set themselves up as a ‘locksmith’. As an experienced Edinburgh locksmith, I believe this is not good for the industry and not good for customers. Here are my reasons.
As things stand it is almost impossible to tell if someone is a genuine locksmith or has the right level of skills to do a good job. At the moment, probably the best way of deciding is either word of mouth recommendations or checking customer reviews on Google, Facebook, Yelp etc.
If locksmiths were regulated it would allow minimum standards to be set. For example, Ireland has just introduced a locksmith licence. All locksmiths must undergo full police background checks, revenue compliance and be audited annually to show evidence of training and upskilling. In addition, it is now an offence in Ireland for a locksmith to fit, maintain or change a lock without a licence. If caught doing so they face a fine of €5000. It is hoped that these new measures will prevent fly by night locksmith companies working illegally.
If introduced here, these measures might not stop all rogue locksmiths but it would help weed out some of the very worst offenders. It would also raise standards across the whole of the industry and offer a much greater level of protection for customers.
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