Burglary Prevention Advice & Crime Prevention Tips for you Home!

burglary prevention advice

Crime Prevention & Burglary Prevention Advice

Burglary is a serious issue and doesn’t discriminate wherever you may live. Therefore, it’s very important to remain diligent with crime prevention and to listen to burglary prevention advice.

As a professional Locksmiths in Southampton, home security is an important aspect of what we do. Unfortunately, the aftermath of burglaries and break ins are a part of what we have to deal with. However, with years of locksmithing experience Black Dog Locksmiths is armed with lots of pro-active tips and crime prevention advice.

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Door Security & Lock Snapping

Door Security & Lock Snapping Southampton Locksmiths

UPVC, Composite Door, Timber Door? Lock Snapping & Door Security

Nowadays all UPVC and composite doors work with a multipoint locking system which utilises a euro cylinder.

Basic euro cylinder locks are susceptible to lock snapping, in order to withstand this method of attack we recommend:

  • Upgrade your cylinder to a SS312 diamond approved lock, this being the highest standard achievable for euro cylinders.
  • Failing that – then ensure it is at least a kitemarked TS007 3 star approved cylinder

Front & Back Door Security

You may have had a new front door or back door installed recently, however this is no guarantee that the locks will provide the necessary level of security to prevent attacks like lock snapping. Black Dog Locksmiths offer a free home survey whereby we will check any security flaws or weaknesses. We can check if your home meets your insurance specifications. If your homes do have any necessary improvements we will offer free no obligation quote.

Does your timber door lock meet BS3621 Standard?kitemark

External timber doors should be secured using a mortice lock and / or night latch that meets British Standard BS3621. The easiest way to check whether you lock complies is to look for the British Standard Kitemark which is located on the forend of the lock.

Most mortice locks operate via a “lever” mechanism (normally at least 5 levers), however there are some which are operated by cylinders and therefore the same vulnerabilities as mentioned above may apply. However, in a domestic property it is not as common to have a euro cylinder in a timber door.

Is it a good idea to fit a Door Chain?

In short, Black Dog Locksmiths would say yes it is a good idea to fit a door chain. Fitting a door chain is a way to enhance security further. you may want to install a door chain as well as a door viewer to enable you to see who’s outside without having to open the door. If the lock on your door is capable of being operated without a key from the inside (called keyless egress) then you should consider fitting a letter box restrictor and if there is any glazing close to the lock then consider reinforcing this glass or adding security bars to stop people trying to access the lock from the outside.

 73% of burglars gain entry via a door

It’s worth noting that stats indicate 73% of burglars gain entry via a door, and even where they don’t they’ll be looking to exit via a door – another reason not to leave you keys in the door or within sight.

You may want to check out our blog post on Home Security for Students, even though this article had students in mind there are tips for all homeowners to benefit from and keep in mind when it comes to their own home security, protection and safety. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE!

Need a local Southampton locksmiths? Contact Richard at Black Dog Locksmiths today:

07471 190 282
info@blackdoglocksmiths.co.uk

Key & Window Security Tips for your Home & Safety

Security Southampton TIps by Locksmith Southampton

Keys & Window Security Southampton

Keys, Keys, KeysSecurity Southampton Keys Security and Tips

Do you know how many people have keys to your property? Existing occupiers / tenants / homeowners? Family members? Tradespeople? Try and keep a list of the number of keys in existent and who would have a key to your home.

Also, if you have just moved house any safety and security conscious locksmith would recommend having the locks changed, this would then eliminate any risk of rogue keys being in existence.

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Home Security Tips for Students

home security tips for students

If you are a student or a parent of a student it’s important to be aware of security and safety.Home Security Tips for Students by Southampton Locksmiths Black Dog

Black Dog Locksmiths Southampton have a number of years experience and unfortunately have had to be called in for burglar repairs. Home and lock security is something to be vigilant with and wherever possible a pro-active approach can go a long way. Below are some home security tips for students and even homeowners in general

Home Security Tips for students in halls of residence:

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