Hints & Tips

Locksmithing Tips and Security Advice

  • I’m locked out
  • I cannot lock or secure my door
  • I have broken my key in the lock
  • I have lost my keys
  • I can’t gain access to my property
  • I need extra locks fitted

  • I don’t know if my security is to insurance standards
  • My key does not work or my lock has stopped working
  • My window is jammed shut
  • I am locked out of my safe
  • I need the code changed on my digi-lock
  • I have just moved house and need the locks changed

Call Out Charge?

Although companies say No Call Out Charge, their labour is not free; check what their labour cost is upfront and confirm that it does not involve hidden costs or steep labour charges. As a reputable company Black Dog Locksmiths can offer accurate quotes before any work is undertaken.

Experience & Credentials

Question what experience a locksmith has, some have only done a short term course which only covered the basics; don’t let them make a mess of your door!

Ask what make of locks are used; its always best to use a quality brand where possible. Some locks are poor quality and can cost you more in the long run.

If you struggle to lock or open a UPVC door it’s highly unlikely the whole door needs to be replaced.The problem is likely due to a faulty euro cylinder or mechanism, although most commonly it’s down to alignment and may only need adjusting. A good way to test this is, if the door lock functions with the door open then probably only an adjustment is required; this should be tended to ASAP to avoid it causing a more serious problem with the internal mechanism. Failure to correct a misaligned door early can be costly in the long run.

Security & Safety 

If you’ve just moved into a new home or property then you should consider having the locks changed; you never know who else still has a set of keys.

Doors are a burglar’s favourite entry and exit point, so make sure your doors have good quality locks and security devices. As your windows are also vulnerable, they should be fitted with locks that are suited to their particular style or type.

Pack away DIY, garden tools and ladders; Don’t enable a burglar easy access to an upstairs window or a shovel to pry your doors open with.

Never leave your keys in the lock or on view; avoid making an easy exit for burglars to escape with your possessions; locking internal doors can slow them down further.

Don’t leave valuables on show; the most treasured should be locked away in a safe.

Periodically lubricate your locks. A lubricant like WD40 can be the single most effective item in your toolbox; a Teflon, PTFE or silicone based spray can be even better. Don’t use too thick an oil in cylinder type locks as it tends to clog their small internal moving parts.