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16 July

Car crime in Doncaster... stay alert

“I like driving in my car, it's not quite a Jaguar. I 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 - 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 night latches?

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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26 March

Modern home security tips

Easter is round the corner already. I'll be honest, it's a time of mixed emotions for locksmiths. On the one hand there's the chocolate eggs, the odd day off work (if we're lucky), and perhaps a Bond film on the television. On the other hand, our profession took a bit of a kicking with the whole tomb aspect of the tale. I tell you what, if that stone had had a proper lock fitted, I wouldn't have fancied Jesus' chances of escaping from the tomb after his death, Son of God or not.  Clearly the security arrangements of 2,000 years ago left a lot to be desired. 

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19 February

Security advice for students

I was watching University Challenge the other night, basking in the warm glow of the answers I got right, whilst simultaneously bemoaning the fact that there was yet again no round about the intricacies of the Yale lock, and it got me thinking about the safety of students. No, I wasn't worried that Paxman was about to dive over the desk and begin thumping the team captains for not knowing the answers to the Latin poetry round (though you can never rule that out), but rather the security of the accommodation in which the students would be living. 

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15 January

Home security advice for winter

Well hello there, and a belated Happy New Year to you all. Hope you had a good festive period and are now all geared up for whatever 2017 may bring. Going by how 2016 went, fasten your seatbelts - it could be quite the bumpy ride.

In this spirit of resolving to do the right thing/change our ways, I thought I'd put together a quick list of ten resolutions every home owner should make for the New Year to improve the security of their home. Don't worry, they're a hell of a lot easier to achieve than learning a new language or training for a marathon in the Sahara, I promise.

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15 December

How the Grinch stole Christmas...

I have a confession. I'm a bit of a sucker for Christmas songs whether it be The Pogue's Fairytale of New York, Slade's Merry Christmas Everybody, or even Chris Rea's love letter to the M18 - Driving Home for Christmas. But you know which Christmas song I've never really understood? Wizard's I Wish It Could be Christmas Every day. At first glance it seems a nice proposition, but think about it - EVERY day? The food, the terrible TV, the Queen's speech 365 times a year... all those sprouts? It doesn't bear thinking about. And if it really was Christmas every day, when are we going to buy the presents with all the shops shut? The whole economy would collapse around us. You didn't think about that, Roy Wood, did you?

Another reason why Roy Wood may want to think again is that if it really was Christmas every day I fear that all of our home insurance premiums would go through the roof. Because research from Halifax shows that burglaries in the month of December rise by a quarter when compared to other months. Unfortunately, if you see a shadowy figure trying to access your house around Christmas time, it may not be the jolly St Nicholas, but rather a trespasser with far more nefarious intentions than simply filling up your stockings.

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28 September

Home Security Month | Home security advice

It just seems to arrive earlier and earlier each year, doesn't it? We're still only in September but  you can already feel the excitement. Soon we'll have the adverts, the TV specials, and the shops will leave us in no doubt that it's that time of year again. Yes, of course I'm talking about National Home Security Month. Running for the length of October, this is the fourth consecutive year we'll be celebrating this event, and it acts as an annual reminder for us to do all we can to keep our homes secure as we move into the winter months.

As my own contribution to National Home Security Month, I thought I'd take this chance to give 8 important tips on how you can keep your own home secure. Some of these items will be familiar to regular readers, but a reminder is always worthwhile and the below list is well worth scanning from time to time just to check your security arrangements are up to date.

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25 August

What burglars look for!

Well, hello there. You may notice this month’s blog is slightly later than usual. Any connection between this, and the fact that the Olympics has been constantly on the TV for the last 2 weeks is purely coincidental, believe me.  Although wasn’t it great to have the sound of Breaking News notifications on your phone and find it signalled more British sporting success and not the latest death/resignation/terrorist atrocity, as sadly so often seems to be the case?

Anyway, now it’s back to reality, so today I thought I’d pen a refresher on the mistakes that people so often make with their home security, leaving their homes and property at greater risk from the threat of burglary and theft. I’ll use as the basis of this a survey carried out by Crimewatch and the BBC which found the things that burglars find most appealing about a property, and I’ll expand on a few of these.

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