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05 December

Add an extra level of security with Ultion locks

The locks on your home or business are the first line of defence when it comes to keeping intruders out, which is why we only ever recommend the best products to our customers. Ultion locks have all the credentials to enhance your home's security and give you ultimate peace of mind.

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03 December

Locksmith Services in Barnsley

“Snow is falling… All around me…” Okay, well actually it isn’t but any excuse to dust off the Shakin’ Stevens impression. To be fair, we did have a couple of very snow showers this week, but not enough to build even the most rudimentary of snowmen, and certainly not enough for a Wham! Christmas video. But it’s enough to remind us we’re not all that far away from the festive season. Admittedly, the Christmas adverts, songs and products that have been in the shops since October might have already given that away but dammit, I’m trying to be poetic here and focussing on the snow. 

As well as disappointingly brief snowfall, this will also bring with it a host of social occasions and parties. If you’re lucky (or unlucky in the case of office parties) to be invited out to one of these do’s, you’ll no doubt be looking forward to some partying, celebrating and eating. Added to that, may be a copious amount of drinking. And that is relevant to what I’m talking about today.

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12 November

Mobile Locksmith in Barnsley

There are a number of jobs which would be practically impossible without having transport. An ambulance driver for one or at the other end of the scale (although just as life-saving on a cold winter’s day outside the football ground) a burger van operator. And how would Lewis Hamilton manage to earn all that money that he keeps away from the tax man without his Formula One car. To this select bunch, you can add me (although rest assured my tax affairs are all totally above board), as I simply could not carry out my job without being mobile. My van is my office and workshop combined and I couldn’t imagine my working life without it. 

It’s true that some locksmiths do operate out of a shop, but it’s not for me. I feel I can provide a much better service to my customers by being totally mobile and out in the community. Below, I’ll talk about a few of the advantages of this method of working and why I’ve decided this is the best way to work. 

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15 October

Advice on the key safety

Did you hear about that time that Robert Louis Stevenson was sacked from his job as a maintenance man at the bird reserve? They had no choice really – he decked a jackal and missed a hide. I’ve told that joke to literally dozens of people now and not one of them have laughed, so this was my final go. I can sense the tumbleweed, but drop me a postcard or telegram if you did chuckle just so that I have some form of validation. Regardless of all that, there is a tenuous connection between that ‘joke’ and the subject of today’s blog which will all be about hiding keys – asking whether you should, and if so, the places you should definitely avoid. 

Ideally, you would never hide your house keys around your property. The safest place for them to be is on your person at all times. Hiding originals or duplicates anywhere away from you runs the risk of an unintended “seeker” coming across them, and gaining the easiest of access to your property. If you must hide them though, here are a few places you should certainly side-step. 

 

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18 September

Should You Change Your Locks When Moving Into A New Home

What do they say are the most stressful times of a person’s life again? I seem to recall they included getting married or divorced, dealing with a loved one’s death, moving house, and discovering there are no Twix bars left when you could have sworn there was at least one, and who’s been stealing all my Twixes again? I’ll just be talking about one of these today anyway – I’ll give you a clue, it’s not the marriage/divorce topic nor is it the death thing, and unfortunately it’s also not the Twix issue as that’s still too painful to talk about. 

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06 August

Going on Holiday- Security Advice

A very happy August to you all. I would say Happy Holidays, but that would just be annoying to those of us who aren’t going on any holidays this month. So Happy August it is. And for those of you not having a holiday this year whether through choice, economic circumstances or because you forgot to get your passport renewed in time, you can at least relax for the rest of this blog and feel relieved that some of the advice won’t apply to you.  You should still read it though, clearly, as it’s both entertaining and information, plus most of the tips will also relate to day to day circumstances as well as just holidays. 

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16 July

Car Crime in Doncaster... Stay Alert

“I like driving in my car, it's not quite a JaguarI like driving in my car, I'm satisfied I've got this far.” If someone is singing that whilst approaching your house then beware, it could be the first sign of Madness. Oh, come on, that’s a legitimate joke and I stand by it, so shush. Anyway, you may have noticed I’m not Suggs and as such you may now be questioning why I’m suddenly quoting him. As you’ll soon see, there’s method to my madness (sorry).

You will be relieved, or perhaps disappointed, to hear that this won’t be a blog about the Ska music scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Rather I’m going to be talking about the subject of cars. This isn’t my pitch to be one of the new presenters on The Grand Tour – thankfully there’s no vacancy anyway, given Richard Hammond’s recovery from his latest escapade, but it is directly related to my day job of locksmith. “But how?” you cry, “for cars are not houses..” and I would give an enigmatic smile and direct you to the news story here - http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/thieves-target-high-value-cars-in-doncaster-1-8586423. At which point you’d understand, nod, and ask me to continue. Well, I’ll assume that anyway as otherwise this blog would be ending considerably early. 

 

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17 June

What are Rim Nightlatches

Well, I had a draft of this blogpost written, giving thanks that all the excitement of the elections was over and adding that I thought I spoke for most of us when I said "STOP ASKING US THINGS, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD."  That draft didn't age well as I had rather assumed some normality would have returned by the time this was posted, but it appears that might not quite be the case, and the never-ending cycle of political news rolls on and on.

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13 May

Mortice Lock Description

Well hello, I seem to have found a small window in amongst the never-ending elections in order to pen a new blog. Don't worry, I'll be staying well away from the politics today - after various referendums, elections both sides of the Atlantic, and the recent local and mayoral elections, I'd be quite happy never to see another party election broadcast ever again. The only "strong and stable" you'll hear from me will only relate to any locks I recommend you have fitted, and I promise not to bang on about it as often as some people do. 

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16 April

What makes a secure front door?

Right, hello, you're looking lovely there. Hope you had a splendid Easter and all that - it'll be summer before you know it.  Now the pleasantries are out of the way, I thought I'd go back to basics on this month's blog. Not in a 1993 John Major campaign type of way because, well,  I'm not John Major, and I've not been up to unspeakable stuff with Edwina Currie - apologies if you thought that was me. Rather, instead of getting deep into the ins and outs of alarm systems, safes, window locks, grilles, and the like, I thought I'd concentrate on one thing and one thing only - the trusty front door. Or at least it should be trusty, but as we'll see, this isn't always the case. 

The simple fact is that if your house has the most secure front door in the neighbourhood, your chances of being targeted by burglars drop significantly. As I've said time and time again, burglars are lazy and want an easy life - 20 years of being in the locksmith business has shown me that they will take the path of least resistance every single time. The front door is still the main point of access for most burglaries, and having the right one in place can be intimidating enough for the burglar to take a glance and then move on looking for an easier target. 

So what makes a secure door? There are a number of factors, four of which I'll briefly touch on below;

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