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06 August

Reasons To Have Your Locks Changed

Well, we’ve made it into August and I hope you all survived the sizzling temperatures we had a couple of weeks ago. Forty degrees really was something, and I had a few call outs to locks and doors that had almost literally melted in the heat, requiring replacements. Strictly speaking, it was more buckled and warped than melted, but given the temperatures it reached, it really wasn’t far off. 


Temperatures that high are thankfully very rare, although it seems we may see more of them in the future, and I may well be called out to an increasing number of heat-related breakdowns – and I’m not just talking about screaming kids on being told they’re not allowed another ice cream. Even aside from the heat, locks can need replacing for a variety of reasons and I thought I’d take the opportunity today to look at a few of those, as well as showing why calling a locksmith to change a lock can save you money and stress in the long run. I’d also like you to think about when you last changed your locks – if you can’t remember, that probably indicates in itself that it’s time for a change. 

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07 July

Trustworthy Barnsley Locksmith

Hello there, hope you’re surviving out there. Strange times in many ways again – at the time of writing the government may or may not be collapsing but conversely the sun’s out and we’ve made it to July so let’s focus on that instead. 

In a tenuous link to our current Prime Minister (at the time of writing), I wanted to mention something about trust, an important factor in life whether this be in individuals, companies or even governments. Doing the job I do day in, day out, I can sometimes forget what a big thing it is for people to invite an unknown person into their house. I am often met with relief from customers when they realise I’m there to help and not looking to rip them off, to do substandard work or to charge over the odds. This leaves me with mixed feelings – I’m happy that I can help and they trust me, but I’m also concerned that there are firms out there who WILL take advantage of people, especially those who are vulnerable, for a quick buck. 

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15 June

Where Not To Hide Valuable Items On Holiday

Would you believe it, it’s June already. Yeah, you probably would, I expect you all have calendars and the ability to sense time passing. Anyway, I hope you’re all okay out there. I am currently writing this over the long bank holiday jubilee weekend, so thanks Your Majesty for making it to 70 years on the throne, always nice to have an extra day off, even if the weather’s not been up to much – maybe you can sort that out for your 80th anniversary.  

This last week has also seen quite the half term holiday chaos – my sympathies if you got caught up in all the carnage at the airports. But you can understand the rush of people wanting to get away, especially after lockdown prevented so many planned holidays and celebrations. 

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08 May

A Burglars Own Security Tips

Happy May to you all, I hope you enjoyed your Easter. I took advantage of a few days off to get some film viewing done. One of which was Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, To Catch a Thief, starring the impossibly glamorous Grace Kelly and equally handsome Cary Grant. Set in the beautiful French Riviera, a series of daring robberies take place with expensive jewellery being stolen. Suspicion falls on Grant due to his past as a cat-burglar. Without giving away the ending, he has to use skills and knowledge from his own criminal past to try and foil the new thief, thus proving his own innocence. 

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03 April

Burglary Prevention Tips

If we ignore everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, we’ve had quite a nice few days recently with plenty of sunshine to enjoy. A sure sign that Spring is on its way, and before you know it Easter will be along. 

I’ve been racking my brains about what I could get you, my dear readers, as an Easter present. Easter Eggs just seemed a bit too obvious, and didn’t you say you were on a diet anyway? Perhaps some flowers, but then there’s hay fever to consider. So I finally settled on a blog containing tips about how to keep your house safe. You may feel a bit short changed by that, and complain that I give you that every month anyway. But this is a special Easter-themed blog. Mainly because I’ve mentioned the word Easter four times already. Well, five now. 

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02 March

New Locks For Your New Home In Barnsley

Until recently I’m not sure I ever fully understood that Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times”, but after the last few years of political turmoil, pandemic and now war,  it’s really beginning to hit home. What we’d give to live in slightly duller times right now, with news bulletins struggling to find enough material to fill half an hour each night. 

Not withstanding all the geo-political events, and our thoughts are firmly with those affected by horrendous conflict, we do still have to keep some semblance of normality. The washing needs doing, the fridge needs filling, the housework is still there – the trivialities that make life what it is don’t go away. In that vein, I’ll try to ignore world affairs and instead focus on more mundane matters, such as the security implications you face when moving house. 

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12 February

Using Your Garden For Extra Security

February’s here and whilst waiting for all those Valentine cards to come pouring in, one’s thoughts naturally turn to the coming of Spring. And we know what appears in Spring – new-born lambs, blooming flowers, and hopefully a new series or two to watch on Netflix. 

Being neither a famer, nor a TV reviewer, I’m just going to concentrate on the middle of that triumvirate. Well, vaguely about blooming flowers anyway – it’s more about gardens, plants, and how they can help assist with the prevention of burglaries. 

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08 January

Barnsley Locksmiths New Years Resolutions

So it’s 2022 and STILL no sign of the flying cars, jetpacks, robot butlers or day trips to Mars. I’m beginning to think Tomorrow’s World lied to us in the 1970s. Nevertheless, Happy New Year to you all and let’s hope that 2022 is good to us all. Although, bearing in mind I’ve been saying that for the last decade or so, it’s clearly a wish rather than a guarantee – remember when 2016 was the worst year ever, and the next few couldn’t possibly be worse?

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11 December

Xmas Security From A Barnsley Locksmith

Hey hey. Or should it be Ho Ho? Yep, it appears to be dangerously close to Christmas which seems to have come around insanely quickly this year. And whilst, like a Downing Street party, we may not be entirely sure how, or indeed, if it’s happened, there’s not a lot we can do about it apart from accept it and quietly plot revolution over the turkey and cranberry sauce. 

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30 October

Car Theft Prevention

What do you do if you see a Spaceman? Park your car, man!

I seem to have developed an addiction to sniffing brake fluid but it’s okay… I can stop at any time. 

What happens when a frog’s car breaks down? It gets toad away. 

Yes, you’ve joined me bang in the middle of my car jokes marathon. Although I use the word “jokes” advisedly. I have a lot more of them, but for the sake of your sanity I’ll leave it at just the three. But all this just serves as an introduction to today’s blog which is all about, take a guess… yep, cars. 

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