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09 November

Tips on keeping your home safe and secure

A question I frequently hear as a locksmith is "Hey Stephen, who won the FA Cup in 1946?" To them, I reply "Derby County," and continue tucking into my pork scratchings. Okay, I guess technically that only happened the one time during a pub quiz, but even so, it was one of my finest moments.  Back in the real world, the questions people generally ask me are concerned with how they can protect their house contents from the hands of burglars. 

Once I've told them that the best step they can take is getting me in to check their home security is all up to date, and they've rolled their eyes at my blatant self-promotion, I explain that there are other simple steps they can take to protect their belongings. And so, as we're leading up to the season of goodwill and as we've just waved goodbye to Home Security Month (it was in October, don't you know), I've scribbled down some tips on how to keep your properly a touch more secure over the festive season and beyond. 

These pointers assume that you've taken the essential step of ensuring your doors and windows are as secure as possible. For this task, I'd advise you call on the expertise of your friendly, local locksmith. I've heard the one that's writing this blog now is the very model of professionalism in this field. Okay, that's the advert out of the way, now onto the advice. 

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20 October

French door repairs in Barnsley

The perception of a locksmith 's work often means picturing us dealing with huge metal locks fixed on hefty wooden doors, and carrying a mass of assorted keys clanging on a chain from our belts. One might also think of the classic scene in Police Squad where Frank Drebin, working undercover as a locksmith to uncover a neighbourhood protection scheme, is challenged over who he is, and how he gained access to the gangster's office. His reply of "I'm a locksmith and...I'm a locksmith" is one of the finest lines from the series. (

Back in the real work, a lot of my day-to-day work revolves around the repair of UPVC doors and windows in their various forms. Sometimes the doors are the property's main entrance, but more often than not they are patio or French doors  at the rear of the property. The UPVC windows can, of course be situated anywhere in the property and I frequently provide help with these too.

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28 September

Choose the best antisnap locks in Barnsley

If you happen to be one of those people who still actually watch TV adverts these days rather than fast forwarding through them, thus missing the delight of ex-reality show stars desperately trying to flog frozen fish fingers, then you may have noticed a commercial that's been doing the rounds. It's for a car manufacturer, let's give it the codename  of Molkswagon as no-one will ever crack that code. 

So in the commercial there's a couple of men buying parachutes from a flying school, but one of the men, unhappy over the prospect of shelling out a bit extra on a quality product, enquires about a tattered one he spots in the "Reduced to Clear" section.  The assistant describes how this particular parachute "isn't as rigorously tested" and "the stitching isn't as good," but this isn't enough to deter the shopper, and his eyes light up when he's also offered a free clock radio with the purchase.



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15 January

Antisnap locks in Barnsley

Lock snapping is on the increase significantely in the Barnsley area now!

Originating in the West Yorkshire region it has crossed the border into South Yorkshire in the last few years. 

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13 October

UPVC door repairs in Barnsley

Upvc doors are locked by the means of a multipoint lock which is usually operated by you lifting the handle and then locking this mechanism solid via turning the key. After years of constant use these can fail either with door still closed, which though inconvenient still safe or in an open position and unsecure!        


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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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Nothing was too much trouble. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone in the future. Thank you for a job well done.

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