What Services Does Your Headingley Locksmith Provide?
- Commercial Locksmith Services
- Residential Locksmith Services
- Emergency Locksmith Services
- Locked Out Situations
- UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
- Rekeying Of Locks
- High Security Lock Installation
Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?
There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Headingley. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that the Headingley locksmith has is to replace the lock. This is where the real cost comes in for a locksmiths services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.
In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need. This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.
Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Leeds Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.
Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.
The Locksmith Trade - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The price of residential evictions has been steadily increasing over the past ten years. But don't blame the lawyers. Our fees have stayed the same; all of the other associated costs have been growing up around us like weeds.
The total "cost" of an eviction is composed of two elements: the attorney's fee and essential litigation costs paid to third parties for such things as filing fees, service of process, and lock-out charges. Right off the bat, you'll have to incur charges for the court's filing fee and the process server's charge for serving the lawsuit on the tenant or tenants.
The current filing fee for an eviction case, in California for example, is $220.00 if the rent owed is $10,000 or less. Most residential evictions fit into that category. If the rent owed is over $10,000.00 but less than $25,000.00, the filing fee goes up to $345.00. If the rent owed exceeds $25,000.00 (hopefully, you'll never be in such a situation), the filing fee increases to $355.00.
The cost of service of process depends upon the number of known adult occupants living at the premises. Every known adult occupant must be named in the lawsuit and served with it regardless of whether he signed, or is listed as a tenant on, the lease. In a typical case where there are two known adult occupants (the husband and wife or unmarried couple), you can expect the process serving charges to total $140.00. Therefore, in the most common case (rent amount $10,000.00 or less, two known adult occupants), the filing fee and service of process charges will total $360.00.
One digression at this point, you may have come across advertisements-usually from non-lawyer eviction companies although some attorneys also do it- offering "low-cost evictions" for "$199.00" or some other ridiculously low number. Such advertising is misleading. An eviction, using California as an example again, cannot be done for that amount. The filing fee alone is more. Look closely at the advertisement and you'll see the words "plus costs". When you add in the costs, the "low cost" eviction jumps up to over $700.00.
Worse, since eviction companies aren't lawyers, if the tenant contests and trial is necessary, you'll have to hire a lawyer or use the one that the eviction company provides at an additional cost. In such instance, the price of the "low cost" eviction increases to around $900.00, about the same that you'd have to pay to retain a lawyer from the start.
Additionally, look carefully at what services the eviction company provides for the supposed "low-cost." Often times, the only service that the eviction company provides is to start the case, i.e., to do the initial filing. If the tenant then contests, you're on your own. With some eviction companies, they don't even handle the default if the tenant doesn't contest. In either event, you'll have to hire a lawyer at additional expense.
Back to cost. After you win you're case, you'll have to enforce your judgment with a lock-out. A lock-out is when the sheriff goes to the premises and physically removes the tenant and restores possession to the landlord. In California for example, the cost of a lock-out is $150.00 for the sheriff's charge and the writ of possession. Thus, for a typical eviction case, the costs for filing fees, service of process and lock-out will generally run around $510.00. That amount can be higher depending upon the number of adult occupants or the past due rent.
Last, but not least, is the small matter of the fee to be paid to the hard working attorney. Most attorney's fees, for uncontested cases, is less than the costs. In San Diego where I practice, you can expect to pay, generally speaking, around $400.00 flat rate for attorney's fees in an uncontested case and an additional $300.00 for attorney's fees if a trial is necessary. Some attorneys will not do a flat-rate fee for evictions after foreclosure, eviction of Section 8 tenants, eviction for a reason other than non-payment of rent or lease expiration, or cases where the tenant is represented by a lawyer. In such instances, the lawyer will charge by the hour. In San Diego, for example, the hourly rate for eviction attorneys varies between $200.00 and $300.00 per hour depending upon the lawyer's experience and level of expertise.
Most eviction cases are for the non-payment of rent, the tenants are unrepresented, the amount in controversy is under $10,000.00, there are two adult occupants, and either no trial occurs or there is a trial but the tenant does not have a lawyer. In such a case, you should expect to pay between $800.00 and $1,100.00 total for costs and attorney's fees to take the eviction case all the way through judgment and lock-out.
How Do Locksmiths Work?
Before we can discuss ways to prevent a home burglary, it's important to have an understanding of when the burglaries occur, who commits the crimes, and what is usually taken. Almost all home burglaries happen during the day, when people are at work. The summer months see a lot of burglaries, especially in July and August. February actually has the fewest number of burglaries compared to the other months.
Home burglaries are usually committed by males under 25 years old. These guys are usually trying to grab small things that are easy to carry away and sell for quick cash that is needed for living expenses an most often, drugs. The favorite items of theft are cash, guns, jewelry and watches, computers and DVD players, and CDs. These things are easily concealed in a duffel bag as the thief exits the home, and are easy to convert to cash.
Thieves never like to do any extra work if they don't have to, so they first look for an open door or window. And, unlike most movies where the bad guy carries a fancy lock pick kit, burglars prefer to use common household tools like screwdrivers, pliers, pry bars and hammers. Although it may seem like burglaries are random and happen on a whim, this is rarely the case. Burglars will always go for the easiest target. This is the house with the easiest access, good places to hide, and a good escape route.
Burglars always go for the easy target! Most burglars will skip your house if it seems too difficult to enter. So the best way to help prevent a home burglary is to make it difficult for a thief to get in. Most burglars pick a point of entry that has the most cover, and usually has the weakest lock. This is typically the garage door, followed by the back door, and then the front door.
Now let's take a look at some pointers for the types of locks you should consider:
- Use a high quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock that has a one-inch throw bolt (The part that goes into the door when locked)
- If you have to use a "knob-in-lock", make sure you get one that's high quality, heavy duty, and has a "dead-latch" feature.
- A "dead-latch" mechanism prevents a credit card or shim from being used to pop open the lock
- A high quality deadbolt will have what's called a beveled casing. This usually stops the use of channel lock pliers to break off the lock pins and gain access.
- Always spend the extra money and get Grade One or Grade Two locks for exterior doors, as these resist prying, hammering, and lock picking.
Expert (But completely obvious) Tip:
Most people leave an extra set of keys in the car. Burglars are wise to this and first look inside your car for house keys and valuables. Make sure you lock your car, even if it's in the garage.
Now let's talk about Doors. Follow these tips below when considering doors in your home.
- Always spend the extra money and buy solid core or metal doors for all exterior entrance points. Many cheap exterior doors have hollow cores, and can easily be kicked through with not much effort by a determined burglar.
- If the door doesn't come with one, install a peephole that is a wide-angle 160°, mounted no higher than 58 inches from the floor.
- Make sure the door comes with a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate deep into a wooden door frame. The strike plate is almost always the weakest part of the door, as it is where the deadbolt secures the door in place with the door jamb. Cheap doors come with very soft wooden moldings that are usually tacked onto the door frame. It just takes a strong kick or shove with a shoulder to tear the lightweight molding away and burst the door open.
- Also make sure that the screws that hold the door hinges in place have at least two 3 inch screws per hinge plate.
- Make sure that the screws holding the knob lock strike plate are longer ones as well.
We always recommend spending the extra money to get good solid core or metal exterior doors, and strong, heavy duty locks. Remember that an experienced burglar can identify good doors and good locks. It is very likely that the mere presence of these upgrades will cause the burglar to think twice and move onto an easier target.