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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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04 April

Barnsley Home Security After Lockdown Ends

Well, say it quietly but it looks as if we might be getting there. The latest relaxation of the lockdown measures has taken place, and we can all now meet outside to play golf, as long as we’re having a picnic and there are no more than six of us, because that’s how many Viennese Whirls are in a box. I think that’s it anyway, I was distracted by the ship stuck in the Suez canal to be honest. 

The easing, and then hopefully ending, of lockdown is obviously a great step forward, and one we’ve been looking forward to for what seems like decades now. However, as with all these things, there is a caveat. I’m not about to go all Chris Whitty or Jonathan Van Tam about social distancing, as that’s not really my specialty. Rather, the warning is about the impact on the security of your home. 

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10 January

New Year Security Resolutions

Happy New… well I’m a bit tentative about wishing everyone a Happy New Year because I did that last year in 2020 and look how that turned out. But on the basis that lightning can’t strike twice, even though we know it can, I will still send out my best to all my customers for 2021 – fingers crossed that the vaccine brings brighter times ahead. 

A new year is often a time to take stock, (by which I don’t mean stealing gravy), and focus on actions we can take for the year ahead. This is no different when it comes to home security, and in that vein, I have put together a few reminders of what we should be reassessing, and changes we can implement in the year to come. Think of them as New Year security resolutions. 

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15 November

Who Has Keys For My House.

It seems there has been rather a lot of news about recently. What with the second lockdown being announced and enacted, and the saga of the US election and its aftermath (will Donald have to be dragged out by the Marines in the end?), you may have missed the startling revelation by McVities that the chocolate part of the Jaffa Cake is actually the bottom of the treat, and not the top. Never mind lockdown and Biden’s triumph – it was the Jaffa revelation that really shook up my world. 

Jaffa cakes aside, it will no doubt be another tricky period for a lot of you, whether you’re continuing to work, are on furlough, or are not able to work at the moment. Yours truly will be working throughout lockdown, due to my status as an essential  worker. I’m still practicing social distancing, and have the relevant PPE and sanitiser, thus reducing the COVID risk as much as possible, so please do still call on me if you have any need for a locksmith – I’m here to provide emergency assistance, lock replacement, and the usual security advice. 

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03 November

Stay Safe in Autumn

The “aren’t the evenings drawing in?” greetings seem to come around quicker each year, and here we are again, with the clocks having gone back last weekend. If you forgot to do that, well you’ve probably had a confusing week. Nevertheless, this time of year is good news for those of you who enjoy the whole Halloween/Bonfire Night thing, as well as for those who can sense the C word on the horizon. (no not that one, this is a family blog). Or should it even be the E word, what with an election now inserting itself inconveniently between now and Christmas. 

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25 November

Info On Cylinder Security

So I guess we’d better acknowledge the elephant in the room. Not literally, as that would be weird, and in my experience, large pachyderms will eventually leave out of embarrassment if you ignore them for long enough. Rather, a figurative elephant. Not Brexit on this occasion as we’ve had quite enough of that, but instead the impending approach of Christmas. We’ve already got the adverts appearing, the lights on display and soon it’ll be time to frantically search the shops for the perfect gift for Aunt Clara, before deciding on a perfumed bath set that will never get used.

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03 December

Don't let your Christmas party turn into a home security nightmare

“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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11 July

Need a locksmith in Barnsley?

Well, what a month it’s been with Brexit, then the resignation of half of the people that brought us that, not to mention departures from most of the cabinet and shadow cabinet. And of course the PM gone, with quite possibly a new PM by the time you’ll be reading this. Not forgetting the England football manger – also gone. Heck, if the Queen abdicated right now I can’t say I’d be shocked, such is the general sense of uncertainly we find ourselves in. Happy summer! 

In this atmosphere of one calamity leading to another, today I’d like to talk about you getting locked out of your house. No, that’s not a threat, honestly. I just want you to imagine it. An annoying situation, undoubtedly, but the decision you make when it happens can influence whether it remains a minor annoyance or turns into a fully fledged disaster. The disaster in this case would be falling prey to a disreputable locksmith...

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18 September

Emergency locksmiths in Barnsley

Are you in need of the services of an emergency locksmith in the Barnsley area? S F Locksmith are here to help. Our list of emergency services cover:

  • Locked Out
  • Lost Keys
  • Stolen Keys
  • Broken Locks
  • Burglary Repairs
  • Upvc Door Repairs
  • Broken Keys
  • Faulty Window Locks

We appreciate that if one of the above as happened to you, it can be an awkward position to be in and needs resolving quickly. Our aim would be to be with you as quickly as possible often within an hour and still provide a professional service.

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