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The Hero Locksmith Blog provides information about latest work as well as helpful articles to help people understand the kind of work that we do and why it is important to choose a local and knowledgeable locksmith.

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    Edinburgh Housebreaking Hotspots 2019

      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...

    housebreaking Edinburgh

     

    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.

    Steps to protect your home

    1. Get a qualified local locksmith to fit decent, high security, insurance company approved locks on all windows and doors
    2. Get an intruder alarm fitted
    3. Fit good exterior lighting or sensor lighting
    4. Install CCTV cameras
    5. Keep valuables out of sight from ground floor windows
    6. Don’t forget your garage. Secure garage doors with good quality locks
    7. Trim trees and hedges that provide helpful cover for burglars

    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.

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    Is it Easy to Change a Door Lock?

    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...

    DIY lock change and lock replacement

    There are many reasons for changing a lock

    1. You have moved into a new home and are worried about how many other keys are still in circulation
    2. Your locks need upgrading to meet insurance requirements
    3. The lock is faulty, old or damaged
    4. You have lost your keys and are worried that they might have got into the wrong hands

    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.

    Reasons for leaving it to the experts

    1. You need to understand the different ‘Lock Standards’

    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.

    3. Locks come in lots of different shapes and sizes

    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.

    4. You need to have the necessary skills

    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.

    5. No guarantee with your own work

    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 need help with replacing any of your locks, please get in touch with Hero Locksmith an experienced and affordable local locksmith in Edinburgh.

    The post Is it Easy to Change a Door Lock? appeared first on Hero Locksmith.


    Locksmith Tips for Landlords

    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...

    Edinburgh locksmith tips for landlords

    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).

     

    Door Locks

    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.

     

    Window Locks

    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.

     

    Garages, sheds and outbuildings

    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.

     

    New Keys

    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.

     

    Security tips for tenants

    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

    • A reminder to close and lock outer storm doors at night and any time the property is empty
    • A suggestion to keep their keys out of sight from a window or glass door so that a passing burglar does not spot them
    • A suggestion to put a couple of lights on a timer when they are away from the property for any length of time

     

    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.

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    Should Locksmiths Be Licensed?

    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...

    Licensed locksmiths

    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.

    Reasons locksmiths should be licensed

    1. Anyone regardless of background, training and experience can turn up at your door claiming to be an expert locksmith. The good reputation of genuine hardworking experienced locksmiths can quickly be tarnished by the poor skills or extortionate prices charged by a few poorly trained, inexperienced or rogue, ‘fly by night’ locksmiths.
    2. The difference between a good locksmith and a bad one can be down to lack of experience. Locksmith training courses are a good way to learn basic locksmith skills, but nothing beats on the job experience. It is completely unrealistic to expect someone to be a fully accomplished locksmith after completing a 2 day course. It can take an apprentice locksmith between one and two years to learn even the most basic of locksmith skills. Some locks can be very tricky to deal with and someone with little experience is highly likely to cause unnecessary damage to your lock, door or both. An experienced locksmith should have developed good non-destructive emergency entry skills.
    3. Many new locksmiths find it extremely difficult to find work. Being a locksmith is very competitive particularly in large cities like Edinburgh. Because of this, many start their career working for the big National locksmith companies. These large companies find them work in their area and then take a large cut of every job that they provide. This means that when you call a large national locksmith company you are more likely to get an inexperienced locksmith arriving at your door. You will have absolutely no idea how skilled or competent they are.
      These locksmiths will also charge much higher prices than local locksmiths. Higher prices are not charged because they use better parts or provide a better service. Instead it is because the prices they charge need to cover the cut to the National locksmith company in addition to their own labour and parts.
    4. Many rogue locksmiths use Google ads to advertise their business. By paying for these ads their business appears at the top of the page when you search on Google for a locksmith. Although there is nothing wrong with this and many good locksmiths also advertise this way, it is an easy way for poor or rogue locksmiths to disguise their lack of skills and experience.

     

    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.

    If you need help with your locks or emergency entry to your property, please get in touch with Richard. He is an experienced Edinburgh locksmith and an expert in non-destructive entry techniques.

     

     

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    5 Common Lock Problems and How to Fix Them

      Fully functioning locks are essential for protecting our homes and businesses. When there is a problem with a lock, it usually needs dealt with straight away. Some lock problems are serious and require the skills of a fully trained locksmith but others can be solved by following the simple guidance below. Here are 5 […] The post 5 Common Lock Problems and How to Fix Them appeared first on Hero...

    common lock problems

     

    Fully functioning locks are essential for protecting our homes and businesses. When there is a problem with a lock, it usually needs dealt with straight away. Some lock problems are serious and require the skills of a fully trained locksmith but others can be solved by following the simple guidance below. Here are 5 common lock problems and what you should do if they occur.

    1. Key breaks in the lock

    This is one of the most frustrating lock problems and usually occurs out of the blue without warning. There are some dos and don’ts if this happens to you. Don’t try to lock or unlock the door further with the broken piece of key. By doing this, there is a good chance you will insert the broken key further into the locking mechanism making it more difficult to retrieve. If there is enough of the broken key visible, you can try inserting the tip of needle nosed pliers into the keyhole to grab the broken key and pull it straight out. If the key doesn’t come out easily, don’t force it or you could make things much worse. At this stage you should call for the help of a trained locksmith. They will have the tools and skills to remove the key without causing further damage to the lock.

     

    2. Lock is stiff and difficult to open

    Dirt and dust can sometimes find its way into a lock and build up over time. This can clog up the locking mechanism making it difficult to turn. You can apply some graphite spay or silicone based lubricant in the lock, put the key back in and turn it a few times. Never use oil based products such as WD-40 to lubricate locks because although they may help initially, they tend to cause problems with clogging later on.

     

    3. UPVC door is difficult to lock or open

    If the door can be locked /unlocked easily while in the open position, but not when the door is closed, this usually indicates a problem with the alignment of the locking points. UPVC doors are designed to be adjustable but can sometimes slip or drop out of position. This is something that most people will find tricky to correct but is usually a quick fix by a trained locksmith. Unfortunately, if you discover that the locking mechanism has problems when the door is open this may indicate that the lock is faulty in which case new parts might be required. Again a quick call to a locksmith will have this sorted in no time.

     

    4. Key is difficult to insert

    First of all confirm that the right key is being used in the lock! The next thing to rule out is that the problem is not caused by a poorly cut key. Poorly cut keys will always be a problem in locks, which is why it is important to use a reputable locksmith when you get new keys cut. If you have another key for the lock, use it to work out if the problem lies with the key or with the lock. If the lock is at fault this will need investigated by a locksmith and may require a new one to be fitted.

     

    5. Key won’t turn in lock

    This problem can be caused by a few things. First of all it is important that you never try and force the key to turn in the lock as this could cause the key to break. You can try lubricating the lock with graphite spray or silicone based lubricant as mentioned above. If this doesn’t help it could be that there is a misalignment of the lock and door (similar to UPVC problem above) or there could be a problem with the lock cylinder. Unfortunately, both of these problems will usually require the skills and expertise of a locksmith to diagnose and correct.

     

    Most of us don’t give a moment’s thought to our locks when they are working correctly, however as soon as we discover a problem we usually need to act quickly. If you find yourself in this position and require a fully trained Edinburgh locksmith to help, get in touch or give Richard a call on 0131 603 7329

    The post 5 Common Lock Problems and How to Fix Them appeared first on Hero Locksmith.


    A Day in the Life of an Edinburgh Locksmith

    Being a locksmith in Edinburgh is never boring. Every day brings new challenges and new locksmith problems to solve. This short video captures some of the tasks that I  deal with on a typical day. The post A Day in the Life of an Edinburgh Locksmith appeared first on Hero...

    Being a locksmith in Edinburgh is never boring. Every day brings new challenges and new locksmith problems to solve. This short video captures some of the tasks that I  deal with on a typical day.

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