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3 Locksmiths Who Shaped The History of Locks

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Taking the first documented lock into consideration, we can say the history of locks began 2.700 years ago in Ancient Egypt.

Since then – although not consistently – ingenious locksmiths have been adding improvement after improvement until they got to the locks we’re familiar with today.

That said, we’d like to present three of the locksmiths to whom we owe a great part of the current level of home security.

1. Linus Yale

Bearing the best-known name in the locking industry, Yale began as a locksmith due to his father who specialized in producing high-security bank locks.

Taking his father’s legacy further, Linus Yale patented a pin tumbler cylinder lock. Then he went on to perfect the combination lock (a lock typically used to secure safes).

His most important contribution to the history of locks is the Yale cylinder lock (patented in 1865).

The model worked on a simple principle – ‘an inner cylinder that turns on an axis inside an outer cylinder’ – which made it easier to manufacture. Plus, it required a small key that was a lot more convenient to carry than its predecessors.

The many breakthroughs Yale has effected were joined by yet another success: the founding of Yale&Towne Company in 1868, which soon expanded worldwide.

2. Harry Soref

In the history of locks, a lot of defining moments had to do with crafting locks that were reliable, easy to replicate, and accessible to a wider range of homeowners.

Harry Soref is one of the locksmiths who made this possible with his laminated padlock.

Having worked as a locksmith for a while, he noticed that the average lock models were prone to easily being damaged. So he came up with the idea of laminating the layers of steel (a technique used for securing bank vaults) instead of using stamped metal shells, thus ensuring much more strength to the padlock.

And once he founded the Master Lock company in 1921, he even started manufacturing these locks himself.

This marked a significant development, as locks began to be more resistant and thus reliable for widespread use.

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3. Harry Houdini

He may have been a brilliant magician, but Harry Houdini is included in this list (and in the history of locks) because he was also a magician of locksmithing. And lockpicking, especially.

Born in 1874 under the name of Ehrich Weisz, the Hungarian-native emigrated to America, settling in New York in 1882.

Since the age of 11, he worked as an apprentice to a local locksmith (where he soon managed to be a master in this craft), then moved on to performing as a circus trapeze artist and in vaudeville acts. Soon after, Harry started to gain a reputation as a daredevil magician. His exhibitions implied heart-stirring acts of extrication from:

  • ropes,
  • handcuffs,
  • shackles,
  • confined spaces,
  • locked containers.

One of his secrets was an uncanny skill of manoeuvring locks and lockpicking any system. The unusual agility he possessed was partly explained by an early age apprenticeship at a local locksmith.

The relentless illusionist and escapologist drove progress in the history of locks once locksmiths started to design the so-called ‘unpickable locks’ that were supposed to end Houdini’s agility.

One of the challengers was Nathaniel Hart, the Birmingham lock virtuoso who spent five years crafting an unbreakable lock.

Like Hart, there were other locksmiths who, wanting to defeat Houdini, pushed their craft further and tried to design safer locks. These efforts which were triggered by Houdini have led us to consider him a pivotal figure in shaping the history of locking systems.

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History of Locks – The Story Carries on

At the moment, keyless access into our homes seems to be the major trend to be widely adopted by regular homeowners.

While locks are indeed morphing into app-controlled devices, the classic lock is not likely to go anywhere.

We’re a passionate team of locksmiths, and apart from providing proficient locksmith services, we also like to share facts and stories about our profession. So make sure you follow us on our Twitter or Facebook account to get these stories in your feed.

4 Home Security Best Practices for Starting the New Year Right

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Save money, spend more time with loved ones, get a promotion at work; these are all goals many people set out for themselves every time a new year comes around. But as homeowners, it’s essential to not only set goals for yourself, but for your home, as well.

With safety being of great importance, why not strive to make your home more secure this year?

In the spirit of new beginnings, here are four home security best practices to consider employing in 2018 for a better-protected house.

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1. Upgrade Your Locks

One of the most vulnerable points of entry is that of exterior doors, with burglars gaining entry through a door around 70% of the time.

So it only makes sense to ensure that your locks, a potential point of weakness in your door security system, are as difficult to compromise as possible.

Euro Cylinders, which are usually found in uPVC doors and are operated by a key, tend to be among the most vulnerable types of locks out there because they are more exposed to lock-snapping.

Deadbolt locks are generally considered to be a good fit for residential doors, but these too are operated exclusively by inserting the right key into the mechanism. This could be a drawback in an emergency type of situation in which the key goes missing.

Regardless of the type of lock you choose, our advice is to avoid cheap materials and use British Standard Approved locks. Also, it’s best to invest in reliable, trustworthy brands.

Not sure what types of locks you have? In this case, you can use this visual guide to help you accurately identify the current type of lock fitted on your door.

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And in case your locks are in need of an upgrade, make sure to contact us right away. Our locksmiths can successfully install or replace a wide array of locks including:

2. Improve Garage Security

The garage is often an overlooked area of the house. However, its security should be a priority – especially if the garage allows access to other parts of your home.

That’s because once a burglar breaks into your garage, they can go inside your home without drawing too much attention. What’s more, the garage may hold tools which a thief can use to gain access.

Here are a few useful tips which should help you prevent garage break-ins:

  • Have a garage door sensor installed which allows you to be remotely notified whenever your garage door gets opened.
  • Install motion activated lights to draw attention to activity taking place near your garage door.

3. Invest in Smart Home Security

If you’ve been pondering the thought of adding smart technology as a high-tech home security barrier, then maybe this is the year when you finally do it.

We recommend starting out with a basic: a keyless smart lock from a trusted brand which can be operated with the tap of a button.

Among the benefits of adding this smart security feature to your door is the fact you have multiple options for locking and unlocking your door:

  • through a dedicated Yale Security app
  • through a dedicated key fob
  • by typing in a unique code.

This allows you to secure your home without the need to carry keys. Also, you can grant remote access, as well as monitor who’s coming and going.

To learn more about the benefits and find the best smart lock to fit your door, check out this resource. 

4. Get Better Acquainted with Your Neighbours

Not all home security solutions need to be in the form of a device to be effective.

Something as simple as forming a good relationship with your neighbours can help you gain peace of mind and feel more confident about the safety of your home – especially when you are away on holiday.

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It’s important to have people in the community whom you can trust to pick up your mail, check up on your house and make sure the landscaping doesn’t make it seem like your home has been abandoned.

In Closing

Improving the security of your home is definitely an investment, but it pays off to know your family and your belongings are better safeguarded against theft.

For more useful articles related to home safety, make sure to stay up-to-date with the articles in our blog section. You can also follow us on Twitter to find out whenever we post a new article.

October Wrap-up: The National Home Security Month Takeaways

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In the UK, the whole month of October is dedicated to home security.

Of course, the preoccupation for this topic is a constant one, but during this month, industry-related entities are trying to raise more awareness about it.

The Yale-sponsored initiative strives to address home security issues and has a dedicated blogging section where security tips are posted weekly. Other sites are trying to emulate this and share the same kind of awareness-raising content.

These efforts are necessary since it is reported that a quarter of Brits have no security measures in place.

Down below, you’re going to read about the main takeaways shared during October and hopefully, they’ll inspire you to take specific action on shielding your household from intruders.

Keep It Simple – and Safe

With all the noise around smart home tech, it’s sometimes easy to neglect security measures which have been around for quite a while. 

So if you have your eyes on some smart home security gadgets, make sure you also include traditional measures like:

  • double shielding entry doors with a night latch or mortice lock
  • upgrading the cylinder in case you have a PVCu or composite external door, as older cylinders are more exposed to lock-snapping
  • securing all windows with key-operated locks.

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Curated Smart Security Suggestions List

The National Home Security Month couldn’t have passed without British specialists picking a few smart security devices. This list of helpful devices will help you get an idea of what items you should invest in:

  • smart locks – keyless locks which let you control your door lock through an PIN-activated app on your phone. This way, you can access the lock remotely and even allow trusted persons to enter your home once you send them a one-time access code.
  • smart alarms – they allow you to rest assured you’ll be instantly notified in case any suspicious activity is recorded.
  • CCTV system – ensures remote viewing (i.e. watching over your home, while anywhere in the world) and lets you record activity outside your house to serve as evidence in case of a break-in.
  • automatic light switchers – even when you’re out on holiday, you get to set the way lights switch, thus letting the impression the house is actually inhabited.
  • digital door viewer – allows you to see who knocks at your door, thus reducing the possibility of your being a victim of burglars’ distraction tactics.

Clocks Go Back, Your Home Stays Safe

Normally, one wouldn’t think autumn daylight saving time could bring potential home security liabilities.

But burglars sure take advantage of extended night-time.

That said, here are a few aspects to pay attention to once daylight time starts decreasing:

  • It’s best if you don’t keep garden furniture and tools outside.
  • Having external lightning in place is a solid burglar deterrent.
  • Secure any gates or fencing.

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Halloween Season Home Security Tips

During Halloween time, lots of people roam around, so the likelihood you open the door to strangers increases.

The first thing you can do to prevent this from happening is having a ‘Do not disturb’ sign posted at your door. This way, you avoid opening the door too often and exposing the interior of your home.

Plus, avoid sharing your location on social media when going out during Halloween– you never know who could use this information to take advantage.

New Year’s Eve Resolution: Home Security

With all the above tips in mind, how about you assess them and consider a new home security strategy as a New Year’s resolution?

At Lockrite, we’re always here to support you with this decision and provide a suite of locksmith services that meet the highest British standard.

Proven Home Security Tips for People Who Rent Apartments

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When you own or even rent a house, it’s much easier to take control of your home security because only you and your family live in the same perimeter.

The scenario changes when you rent an apartment. You are going to live in close proximity to other people since you’ll all be sharing the same building. This means a lot more people will be going in and out, which may increase the risk of potential intrusions.

In the first part of the article, we’ll talk about the security aspects you need to consider before moving into an apartment.

In the second part, we’ll discuss what security measures you can use to make your apartment as safe as possible.

Security Tips Before Moving into a New Apartment

  • Neighbourhood safety

Before deciding on an apartment, it’s important to do a little research about the safety of the neighbourhood you’re planning to move into. You can enter the postcode here and you’ll find out in seconds how safe the area you’re interested in is.

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  • Lighting

Check the entrances, hallways, parking area, elevators, stairways, walkways and mail areas to see if they are poorly-lit or not. The idea is to discourage intruders when they are in plain sight. Talk to the landlord to see if they can help installing more lights if they are needed.

  • Communal door

It’s important to take into consideration the security of the entire building, as well. In most cases, the entry door will require a key, passcode or buzz-in. That way, the residents, including you, will be able to control who enters the building. Ideally, the communal door should have an audio and video entry system.

  • Door locks 

Before signing the lease for your new apartment, ask your landlord if they agree to change your door lock. You can never know how many old tenants still have the key to the apartment. We recommend choosing a smart lock for that extra door security.

Home Security Tips to Apply After Moving in

  • Blinds

Blinds are often overlooked when it comes to home security, but they should actually be a staple. You can reduce the risk of break-ins if you block the outside view on your belongings and valuables.


  • Patio security

If you’re living on the ground floor and you have a patio, you need to take action. Even if you lock the patio door, some sliding doors may not be as safe and can come off the tracks extremely easily if forced. To improve the security of a sliding door, arm it with a security bar.

  • Alarm system

The majority of burglars would be discouraged from targeting an apartment if they knew it had an alarm system installed. So having one in your new rented apartment is most certainly a must. Thanks to the modern technology, most of today’s security systems are wireless, so you won’t need to break the walls, which means the landlord won’t have any complaints whatsoever.

Renting Doesn’t Have to Minimize the Importance of Home Security

Our advice is to work with your landlord to make your apartment as secure as possible. In any case, they should give you the freedom to choose whatever alarm system and door lock you want.

Apply the steps we mentioned and you will be on your way to having a burglar-proof apartment.

Also, keep in mind whether you are looking for a quote, have an enquiry or want to book a locksmith, you can call us on 0800 0612 677. 

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