In need of a locksmith during the UK Coronavirus (Covid-19) Lockdown? We’re still trading and able to help!

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Our network of professional locksmiths are still trading during the Coronavirus outbreak.

We have taken all possible measures to ensure that our entire range of locksmith services remain available during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. This includes all installs, maintenance, emergency work, lock outs, boarding up, making secure, home security installs (such as alarms and CCTV), potential security risks, insecure premises, potential fire risks, security needs for the vulnerable and more.

 

If you’re in need of locksmith services during this time, please don’t hesitate to call. Call us on 0800 0612 677 or find your local LockRite locksmith at https://www.lockrite.org.

Here are some of the measures we have taken to ensure our services remain unaffected during the Coronavirus lockdown:

  • All our locksmiths have been fully briefed on social distancing and safe practices during this time. They will take appropriate precautions when attending. This may include sanitizing equipment and the use of PPE, such as gloves and/or masks.
  • You may be asked some questions about your situation to identify any potential risks, including if you’re self-isolating and displaying any symptoms of the coronavirus.
  • Our office staff are working from home. This means our phone lines remain open as usual and our customer support and administration continue unaffected.
  • Our team are still be available at the end of the phone on our usual number 0800 0612 677 for any queries you may have if you need us.

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Post Break-in: Best Ways to Restore Your Office Security

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For a small business, the effects of a break-in can be particularly devastating and range from property destruction to loss of merchandise, money and confidential data and documents.

There’s also that feeling of vulnerability and helplessness many people experience after a burglary. However, it’s important to know there are several things you can do to fight back.

Rebuilding your office security will help you regain a sense of control and better protect your assets and facility in the future. Read on to discover a few effective steps to consider:

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Assessing the Damage

Start by assessing the damage done to your office and take care of repairs as soon as possible, especially if it relates to access points (including small windows, hollow roof space and backdoors).

This is an urgent matter, as damage caused to doors, frames and locks leaves your property exposed to further risks.

Keep in mind, some signs which indicate a lock has been tampered with are hard to spot by someone who is not a professional, so consider employing the services of a licensed locksmith.

An expert will know what to look for, necessary repairs and change locks if needed.

Boarding up the Windows

That said, a common tactic a burglar will use to break into a property is smashing the windows. If this is something which has happened in your case and you’ve got broken or shattered windows, it’s essential to address this issue immediately.

Otherwise, you could risk being targeted by opportunistic thieves who will take advantage of the fact your property is vulnerable. Never assume you can’t be the victim of a burglary twice in the same day.

Our recommendation is to board up the damaged windows to secure your property until you can make alternative arrangements for a permanent repair.

We provide emergency locksmithing and boarding up services, 7 days a week, 24/7. Call us at 0800 0612 677 and one of your expert locksmiths could be at your commercial premises within 20 – 40 minutes!

Think About Your Office Security in Layers

At a broader scale, one of the best ways to deal with the aftermath of a burglary is to upgrade the overall security of the facility.

Now, most commercial premises have a basic safety feature in place to limit unauthorized access, like high-quality locks fitted on all property doors.

However, to reduce the risk of another break-in in the future, we suggest having a broader outlook when approaching office security.

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A layered defence is all about having several kinds of security measures in place, which combined can deliver a high level of protection. Here are a few examples of layers:

  • HD CCTV systems and security alarms
  • having locks on all the doors, not just the outside ones
  • locking all valuables in the safe at the end of the workday
  • having policies in place which address the possible internal threat (such as changing the safe combination whenever an employee who had access to it leaves)
  • even your employees or colleagues can be a layer of protection. Provide safety training which teaches them to be vigilant and take note of any unusual activity and where to report it.

Each one of these layers serves a specific purpose which supports the greater goal of enhanced office security.

Identify the Weak Links in Your Security System

After the initial shock of a break-in has worn off, it’s time to take a good look at the security measures you have in place and see what stands to be improved. Also, take note of how office policies meant to ensure protection are enforced.

It’s not always easy to spot the red flags or know what to look for. If you want to make sure you’re not missing something, it could be a good idea to turn to the professional services of someone who is an expert in this regard.

We can provide you with a security survey to check your office perimeter is secure.

We check that your existing locks are covered by your insurance and also provide guidance to reduce the chances of your property being an attractive target for potential thieves in the future.

If you need more information, call 0800 0612 677  and receive a free, no-obligation quote.

A Guide To Keeping Your Home Safe At Christmas

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Did you know during the Christmas season, the number of home burglaries increase?

It’s the most wonderful time of year for thieves just as much as it is for your family, but the last thing you want this holiday season is coming home to find your house ransacked. To avoid being a victim of theft, it’s important to understand why burglaries increase over the holiday season and what you can to do prevent it from happening to you.

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Here is a list of reasons why theft jumps so high over the season and how you can combat each by properly securing your home.

The problem: You aren’t home as much as usual because you’re visiting friends and family, going to Christmas parties, shopping, or on holiday. Burglars realise your home is empty and they take the opportunity to break in.

The solution: Make your home appear as though someone is home and have home security set up. If you’re going out for the whole day, leave some lights on or maybe even keep the TV on or have a radio playing for some noise. If you’re going away for a longer period of time, ask your neighbour to park their car in your driveway and to pick up your mail for you. Keep your curtains closed and have your lights on a timer so they come on at a certain time. Also, try not to leave any notes on your door for delivery people telling them you aren’t home.

For extra security, it’s also a great idea to have a home security system set up. Smart alarms and CCTV are becoming the norm in home security technology so these solutions are quite affordable nowadays. You can connect your security system to your phone so you can always check up on your home, as well as set alarms and controls straight from the security app. Plus, if your alarm goes off, you will get notified instantly.

The problem: Burglars can see what gifts you’ve bought based on the packaging left outside or on your kerb for garbage pickup. By leaving conspicuous packaging from presents outside, you’re giving thieves an opportunity to take stock of what items are under your Christmas tree.

The solution: If you buy a gift for someone or open a gift and throw away the box or packaging, whether it’s a new television, computer, toy, or clothing, make sure to keep all the packaging concealed if you’re leaving it on your porch or curb. Put everything in a bag that you can’t see through, and if possible, leave it inside or in your garage until garbage pickup.

The problem: Having gifts visible through windows so thieves scouting the area can see exactly what you have.

The solution: Keep your gifts stored away from sight. Leave them in closets or put them away from windows. If this isn’t possible, make sure to keep your blinds closed so people walking down the street can’t see inside.

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If You’re Burgled Once, Are You a Target Again?

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It’s never fun realising you’ve been a victim of theft, especially when the thief has broken into your family home and stolen from you while you were away, or even more traumatising, while you were sleeping. To make matters worse, according to a criminologist report published by Confused.com, if a burglar realises your property is easily accessible and has seen what kind of valuables you have that they may not have taken the first time, they are likely to return a second time. When they do, they are more likely to be efficient since they know the best entry and exit points, plus where all your valuables are.

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Unfortunately, most people think getting burgled was a one-time event and they chalk it up to bad luck. This is generally not the case. Burglars often stake out their targets and choose which homes to break into very carefully. There are a number of reasons why a person’s home could have been targeted, so thinking it was just bad luck and not taking any security measures or precautions to stop it from happening again is a huge mistake.

Reasons burglars hit the same homes twice

Thieves tend to return to the scene of the crime to see if the site is still easy to break into because it’s easier than staking out a new home. If they don’t return themselves, they could also tell others who could try for themselves. It may sound like paranoia, but if you’re an easy target, why would they choose a different target that could be more difficult or dangerous?

Thieves are opportunistic, so if they feel comfortable after their first time, it’s highly likely they will return to scope out the scene again and see if it still is just as easy as it was. They are familiar with the logistics of the crime, like how the property is laid out, where the valuables are, what time is best to strike, and how to get into and out of the home in the easiest way. The most opportunistic burglars will actually strike quite soon after the first burglary because they know you won’t be expecting it so soon.

Steps you should take after a burglary

The absolute first step to take is to call the police. Do not touch anything in your home once you have realised the situation to avoid accidentally tampering with or destroying evidence and explain to the police in detail what happened.

Next, make a list of all the items that have been stolen so when the police arrive you can tell them. If there was anything of high value taken, call your insurance provider as well. They can advise you on what to do and tell you if your stolen objects are covered. Your insurance can also help with any immediate costs, like paying to fix something that was broken when they burglar entered your home.

Check to make sure your keys aren’t missing. If you think there is a key missing, change your locks immediately. Then, check to see what kind of vulnerabilities your home has. The burglar targeted you for a reason, so if you don’t have an alarm system or if you leave your windows or doors unlocked, it’s best to remedy this right away. Installing a CCTV camera or smart home security system is ideal, as it gives you the ultimate control over your security settings. Make sure to always lock your windows and doors when you leave and while you’re home to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.