What Services Does Your Leeds 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 Door Locks Installation
Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?
There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Leeds. 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 Leeds 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.
Mobile Locksmiths Can Fix Broken and Bent Keys
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.
The Profession of the Locksmith
How many times have you said, "Where are my car keys?" or been late to an appointment because you had to run around the house for fifteen minutes trying to figure out where you put them? Even worse, have you ever found yourself unable to open your car doors only to peer into the window and see all the locks secured and your keys dangling from the ignition or lying on the driver's seat? Either of these situations can be make a terrible impact on your day, especially if it is dark, cold, rainy, or a particularly pressing engagement. If this happens to you, stay calm and call a car locksmith.
Replacing your lost car keys, or getting into your locked car, is a simple task for a professional locksmith. These workers are skilled at the creating and getting past locks. They understand the complicated series of moving parts that make up a lock, whether it be for a house, a shed, a business, or a car. Because each type of lock poses different parts, a locksmith needs to know how each works, how it is made, and how they will be able to breach it should someone need to open a lock for which they have lost the key. When it comes to houses, locksmiths are not just able to open a lock, but can completely change them. This can mean actually changing the entire mechanism or just "re-keying". Re-keying refers to modifying the lock so that previous keys will not work and a new one will be necessary. This is a good idea if you lose your house keys or a person whom you do not want to be is in possession of a set.
Cars are a little different for locksmiths. Getting in to a locked car is sometimes called "popping" the lock because it requires manipulation of the lock mechanism that results in the manual lock "popping" up. This service will enable you to get in your car if you have locked yourself out or in an emergency when you absolutely need to get inside but cannot find your keys.
Locksmiths are also skilled at cutting keys. Taking advantage of this and getting extra copies of your car keys, both door and ignition, is a good idea even if you have never lost your keys or gotten locked out of your car. Some locksmiths recommend keeping an extra set of keys in a magnetic lock box under your car, or keeping a spare door key outside and a spare ignition key inside. Keeping an extra ignition key inside the car will enable you to actually use the car should you lose your keys and need a locksmith to let you inside.
Finding a locksmith is as simple as going online and looking at one of the numerous review-based websites available. These sites enable you to look through honest, unbiased reviews of local locksmiths and choose one that seems to fit your situation. Leaving these hard-working locksmiths positive feedback after service ensures that others will be able to find them should they ever need a lock opened, or a new key.