Introduction to Locksmith Courses of Study

Locksmith courses at the UK Locksmith Association are important for career entrance, upgrade, and continued competency. Courses at the UKLA run every 2, 3, and 4 days. The courses are intensive, hands-on and one on one. You must understand the course is directed toward those interested in being a mobile locksmith, starting a brick and mortar business or are just interested in the subject of locksmithing. There is nothing wrong with learning the craft to take care of those situations around your present business or home!

You will be happy to know there is no written work required during the courses. The hands-on experience has been found to be the most effective in really learning the hand-eye coordination necessary to be a good locksmith. Notes are supplied and are used for quick referral only. The UKLA believes there is no better way to learn something than to just do it yourself. Each skill set is learned, demonstrated by the student, and any questions covered before moving on to the next learning module.

The courses are limited to only four students at a time and two tutors. This allows personal attention to detail required to learn the skillsets necessary.

Courses start every Monday and class is in session from 0:30 hours to 16:00 hours. This is just a structured class time. Should you need to stay after class because something was not clear, then you can count on the tutors to stay with you until they are satisfied you have mastered that aspect of the learning.

 

UKLA Locksmith Course Syllabus

The course of study includes many dimensions of the craft known as locksmithing. You will work hard, but it will be worth it.

The following are the subjects and areas covered during the course.

  • Rim cylinder lock picking
  • Stripping and re-assembling locksmithing
  • Mortice lock picking
  • British Standard Insurance approved lock opening
  • UPVC lock opening and mechanisms
  • Lock opening tools
  • Rim cylinder lock fitting
  • Euro cylinder lock fitting
  • Mortice lock fitting
  • Key cutting
  • How to set up your own mobile locksmith business

Other benefits of the UKLA course of study include

  • Advice on how to set up a mobile locksmith business
  • Ongoing free 24/7 helpline
  • Food and refreshments are available throughout the day for free!
  • Course notes and information pack
  • Full drill point template manual
  • A list of companies who can give you subcontracting work
  • Advice on how to get other contracts and private work
  • A list of locksmith tool and stock suppliers with application forms
  • You will be a member of the UK locksmith Association upon completion.
  • Free advertising with the UKLA
  • Discounts for all students purchasing tools

This is a two-day course of study, but you may decide to add a third day. If you do, you will be actively dedicated to gaining access and picking open Insurance Approved mortice locks. You will fit many kinds of locks and drilling through locks and picking them as well.

You will start from scratch and completely fit a Yale Nighlatch. You will keep all the locks, drill bits, and associated wood bits. Keeping these will allow you to continue honing your skills after you leave the course of study.

After this three day course of study, you may elect to attend the fourth day. If you do, you will become proficient with UPVC mechanisms and how to identify them. You will develop skill gaining access to mechanisms that have failed. You will understand handles and setting up keyed alike pin cylinder lock systems. The fourth day also covers tubular lock picking and the use of three more lock snapping tools.

The fourth day may be accomplished in direct sequence or you may come back at a future time.

UKLA Certification

The certificate given upon successful completion of the course is a powerful one recognized by all locksmith suppliers throughout the UK. This recognition is necessary in order to purchase lock picking/opening tools and other necessary tools for your business.

Opportunities In Locksmithing

Locksmiths are well paid and you will be handsomely compensated for your skills. A professional locksmith will charge anywhere from £50-95 per hour for labor and possibly more for materials. Late-night call-outs often require a mileage reimbursement and sometimes double or treble the cost.

Cost of the Courses

The two-day locksmith course at the UKLA is £595.00 including VAT. This price includes all training for two days, 24/7 helpline, certificate, drill point manual, course notes, lock supplies, lunches, and refreshments.

The three-day course of study would be £895.00 including VAT. This includes all the training, 24/7 helpline, certificate, drill point manual, course notes, lock supplies, all locks, and materials used on the third day, lunches, and refreshments.

Should you choose to add a fourth day, then the full cost would be £995.00.

You may come by the training center at an arranged time to check out the facility and talk to an enrollment person. There is no obligation.

The UKLA is all about producing excellently trained and skilled locksmiths for the UK public. We are a one-stop-shop. Start your career with them and see where the career may take you!

My name is Mark and I am a professionally trained and educated locksmith. Call me for all of your locksmith needs at 07866 522422

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Locksmith Tools

Mark Burns  —  June 20, 2020 — Leave a comment

Locksmith Tools

Picking a Lock

Have you ever wondered if you could pick a lock? Have you ever sat around watching a movie that included a person picking a lock and wondered exactly how they did that? Well, they had some well-developed skills, but they also employed the use of some kind of gadget or tool. Read on and see some of the tools that have grown from the field of locksmithing. Some of these tools have their origin in centuries past, at least versions of them. Others were created out of necessity lately as locks have changed over the years.

Simple locks require simple tools. Sophisticated locking mechanisms require more sophisticated tools. And so it goes.

When tackling a lock it is important to understand that the locksmith is approaching the lock many times as if he was dealing with a carpentry and metalworking problem. The tools chosen to resolve the problem will be based on the laws of mechanics and locksmithing science.

In addition to the application of sound science, present day locksmiths are called upon to have at their disposal a series of electronic and computer technologies that will open electronic locks.

Locksmiths these days will make use of grinders, milling machines, and cylinder crackers. Door cracking tools are also necessary to get into solid wood and metal doors. Air wedges may be used to open doors and windows. A plug spinner may be used on locks where customers may have damaged the locking mechanism. Other tools include electric lock picks, pick-guns and wafer lock pick tools.

Circular wrench tools are used and are a common tool. This kind of tool has a spring that causes a kind of circular rotation which results in a compromised locking mechanism.

A feather wrench has better features than a tension wrench and also comes with a spring. Tweezers are also a common tool used in the locksmithing industry.

The Ball Pick

These round tools are a staple of the locksmith’s arsenal. The ball pick will present in two different forms. In any locksmith kit, there will either be a single or double ball pick. These types of picks are used forward, wafer, and disc tumbler locks. The first tool to be chosen will be the single ball pick. The double ball pick is used on locks wherein the single ball pick was unsuccessful. Both of these tools have a flat rounded tip that is handy for bi-directional picking. The tip of the double ball pick has two different sizes of circles that make the tip look like a snowman.

Broken Key Extractors

This basic tool is used to get damaged key and lock parts out. Over time, keys may break due to infirmities in the metal or they may break because the user of the key was impatient when turning the key and caused the break! In any case, a professional locksmith will invest in a variety of kinds of key extractors. There are 3 tool kits, 5 tool kits, and 7 tool kits. Each of these kits provide a variety of styles and gripping actions that can remove most all keys from a variety of locks.

 

 

 

 

Hook Picks

A hook pick has a hook at the tip that is used for a variety of locks. Based on the style, a hook pick may also be known as a Gonzo Hook, Rocker Hook, or Gem Hook.

When locksmiths are attempting to pick a lock they will use one or more methods. They may choose to do single pin picking or raking. The type of method used depends on the lock being picked and the damage already caused. Single pin picking is considered to be the best method and the one requiring the most skill. This type of picking gives more control over the lock and can tell you more about what is going on inside the lock. Single pin picking with a hook pick requires the manipulation of pins individually. This method takes the longest amount of time and can be the most tedious of the two styles.

Pick Guns

Pick guns are used to open pin tumbler locks and are used in concert with tension equipment. They may be electronic or manual. They are also known as a snap gun, lock pick gun or electric lock pick. This device calls upon the use of a steel rod that is inserted into the lock. The gun fires the rod against all the lock pins at the same time. This frees the cylinder and allows it to be turned and removed by a tension wrench.

Half-Diamond Lock Picks

This tool is very versatile and is used for picking individual pins, raking, wafer, and disk locks. The head of this pick is triangular shaped and looks like half of a diamond. A set of these tools includes three half diamond and one full diamond picks. This tool will have several angles that are either steep or shallow allowing the locksmith to manipulate a variety of inward sections of the lock.

Tools for Automobiles

The most versatile tool used in opening cars is a single pinprick. The standard hook pick can move wafers and sliders. A disk detainer pick is necessary for controlled rotation. A decoder will be necessary should you encounter a wafer or car disk detainer. A decoder is a tool that has an easily taught system of opening locks by discovering the bitting of the working key. Jiggle keys are used on wafer locks along with some motorcycle starters. Rocker picks are made of thicker metal and work on different lock profiles than jiggle keys. Tryout keys are used in cars and are just generic keys that require the user to find the correct one to be used.

Tension Tools

Tension tools are used to keep tension on the cylinder so it can be removed. The tension tools for cars look like forceps and fit directly into the keyway. They place an outward pressure which keeps tension applied. Other tension tools will have different profile picks.

Gaining an honorable mention here is the airbags necessary to open the doors of cars. This bag is deflated and inserted into the gap between the frame of the door and the door. It is then inflated gradually, thus widening the gap so that equipment may be manipulated.

Drills

If a lock is beyond repair and there is no way to pick it, the final solution is to just drill it out. Most often, a cordless and battery-powered drill is used for this action. It should be mentioned that drilling out a lock is always a professional locksmith’s last resort. Locksmiths pride themselves on being able to open any lock. If a locksmith chooses to drill out a lock, it is not so much because he/she cannot open the lock but that the lock has been damaged and can only be drilled.

Locksmiths use important tools to do important things for you when you need it. A professional locksmith invests in his arsenal of tools often on a monthly basis. Anything can be mastered and any locked opened if the right tool is at hand.

If you have a lock that is giving you trouble, contact me.

My name is Mark and you can reach me on 07866 522422.

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Tips From a Locksmith that Will Help You Know When To Change Your Locks

Locks Are Required!

Changing the locks on your house or in your business is not an extremely expensive endeavor, nevertheless the cost can run into the hundreds of dollars. This type of expenditure must not be done lightly and without consultation with a professional locksmith. The locksmith will be able to tell you what kind of lock is needed, where to buy it and how much he/she will charge you to install it. Your locksmith will also be able to tell you when certain locks should be replaced.

The locks you have are awesome deterrents to crime and unwelcome people in your home or business. Locks have been around for centuries and allow us to have a sense of peace regarding the safety and security of our own selves and the possessions we have made part of our lives. Locks keep the bad guys out and give the good guys inside a sense of calm. Locks are necessary!

You will want to make sure the locks you have are in good working order and are still able to do what they were originally intended to do. The keys used for these locks or the electronic openers must be in the hands of people you know and trust.

Locks in your Business

There are many entrepreneurs these days and the number of businesses is always on the increase. The idea of making one’s own way in the world is still very attractive to a great many people. Keeping your business and the people who work for you safe is an important consideration. You are adding a great deal of value to the marketplace by having this business and the value you add to your customer base is tremendous.

So, keeping it all secure and safe is the very basic foundation upon which everything else rests. The equipment you have invested in sits everywhere in your business and it makes your business work every day. Keeping your equipment safe and secure is a must if you are going to continue to make an impact in the business world.

Changing the locks on a regular basis keeps the bad guys on their toes and makes it a great deal more complicated to break into your place. Not only will it keep the thieves out, but your employees will be calmer, get more work done and just be better employees when they know they are safe.

Contract Labor

Businesses and homes require the employment of certain service providers such as landscape workers, cleaning crews, roofing teams, irrigation companies and others. You may also need the services of a gardener, housekeeper, driveway cleaner, landscape company and others. Sometimes these companies will need to be at your home or business when you are not there. You will have to give them a key or a security pass. Even if you absolutely know you can trust the people you contact, the fact is labourers that work for these kinds of companies change jobs often and without much notice. Because of this change in the workforce, it will be necessary to change your locks periodically.

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Somebody Has Lost a Key or a Key Has Been Stolen

Replacing locks whenever a lock is stolen or lost is necessary. Even if you find the key that was lost/stolen, you will not know if they were duplicated. It may interest you to know that the number one reason people call a locksmith is to replace a lost key. We, humans, lose things and a key happens to be at the top of the list.

Many people have switched to some sort of system that doesn’t require a key, but a passcode such as a series of numbers, letters and symbols. We are accustomed to using passwords with our computers and phones, so it is natural that the use of a password for an electronic locking system is more in use these days.

Moving Into a New House or Flat

Another good and appropriate time to change locks is when you move into a new place to live. Not only will it give you peace of mind, but just in case the previous tenants were friendly and gave some neighbours a key to their flat you can halt that activity by just changing the locks.

Moving into a new home is a big investment and major life-changing event. You will be moving all of your possessions into this home and those possessions may be worth a great deal of money. You will want to change the locks on any new or used home before you move into it. Secure your home and it will secure you in the future.

Roommate Change, Divorce and the Firing of An Employee

Another reason to change your locks on your house, apartment or business is when someone leaves your life on less than perfect terms. Especially if there were some hostile or angry words spoken during the separation phase. Even if everything was done with a “velvet glove,” and everyone parted ways amicably, it is a wise thing to go ahead and change the locks.

Divorces can be nasty. When one party is emotionally hurt, there may come a day when retaliation is considered. You don’t want your “Ex” getting into your home or business and taking things that were not allocated by the court system.

Losing a job is traumatic. The person losing their employment is losing their income and very possibly their lifestyle. Emotions can run high so change the locks in the areas that this previous employee had access to and everyone will sleep better.

Locks That Are Old, Worn Out or Malfunctioning

Locks are mechanical devices made of metals, alloys, and hardened plastics. The metals can change properties over time and the inner workings of the locks can wear out and not work as well as they did when first purchased. If locks are used outside, they are exposed to a variety of weather scenarios that cause damage to them. They must be cleaned, maintained and lubricated on a regular basis. If they are not, they will break down and become ineffective.

Burglaries, Break-Ins and Other Shenanigans

No one wants to be a victim of a burglary or be on the receiving end of a breaking and entering crime. If this does happen you, make sure you call the authorities. After they have done whatever is required for the break-in, begin to change your locks.

When a burglar attempts to break in, they are usually using force or prying something open. This will compromise the structural integrity of any lock and render it useless. Even if they were not successful in completely opening a lock, the damage will have been done during the handling of the lock. They may have done enough damage to come back later and finish the job. Go ahead and replace whatever lock was impacted by the burglary.

Keep in mind that technology is changing every day and people who commit burglary are able to make use of technology to break into your home or business. IF you have old locks, it may be easy for a 21st-century burglar to pick it. You will want to have the latest locks with the latest technology keeping your property and self safe.

So, How Often Should You Change Your Locks?

It really is a simple thing.

If you own a business, it is recommended you change the locks once per year. It is also suggested you change up the month during which you change the locks.

For your home or personal items that you secure, it is recommended you change locks anytime you feel like you need to do so. Your peace of mind is at stake here. If you feel you must change the lock, then do so. Nothing lost if you do.

Knowing when to change your locks and changing them is the very basis of security. If you would like to consult with a professional about your locks, then contact me.

My name is Mark and you can reach on 07866 522422.

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Locksmiths are specialized professionals who belong to a fraternity of craftsman that hearken back for centuries. They possess a highly focused set of skills and render to the general society an measurable gift of safety and security in a variety of ways. Here are some things you might not have known locksmiths do in addition to making keys or getting you back into your car.

Check the Work of Other Craftsman

It is possible for locksmiths to become a regular and trusted member of your home or business “go to” list for products and services. We all know that over time, people learn who to do business with and who can be trusted to give unbiased advice for a variety of issues. If you have done business in the same district or lived in the same neighborhood for several years, then you have no doubt begun to make a list of businesses and individuals you would call.

Having a professional and honest relationship with your local locksmith can prevent your being taken advantage of by unscrupulous, fly-by-night companies that seek only to line their pockets with your hard earned cash! You will have a deeper sense of security and peace of mind if you employ the same locksmith over time and work on developing a bond of trust between the two of you.

Through consumer research, it has been determined that the most often issue that homeowners run into are poorly installed locks. A deadbolt lock is most often the lock that was not matched to the door or installed according to the manufacturers specifications or builder’s requirements. A dead bolt lock should be installed with a security plate using three inch screws. Further, the bolt must have a “throw” of at least one inch in order to secure the bolt will hold. The door will not be protected and the keys used for the deadbolt can be damaged if turning mechanisms become misaligned.

Another area in which consumers are sometimes misled is in the area of automobile security. A person goes out an purchases a new car and gets told the key fob they are being given cannot be duplicated. Indeed, coming back to the dealership is the only way to gain entrance to their car should they misplace the electronic key fob. Your local locksmith can duplicate these keys and a lock professional can even provide a key that will prevent future duplication.

 

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They secure windows.

It is common to think of securing doors because after all, these are the primary gateways of entrance to a home or business. However, windows are often the preferred method of entry, especially for those ne’er do wells who want to break into your dwelling. Windows do not offer much resistance to blunt force objects or a specialized set of tools. So, it will be important to your security to employ the services of a locksmith to evaluate your window situation and provide solutions.

Remember that glass is an easy substance to break and offers very little resistance to intruders. Many people make the mistake of thinking there is no purpose in installing a sophisticated lock when a would be thief can simply crash through the window and open the window from inside. This is a mistake in thinking and a lack of understanding regarding the advantages of allowing a locksmith to investigate the situation.

A locksmith can determine if a security screen would do well for your situation. This is a cover that prevents windows from breaking. The screen may limit your vision through the window and may change the aesthetics of the room and this must be taken into consideration. However, the advantage of knowing a thief would not be able to easily break through the window will help you sleep better at night.

A locksmith can also install locks designed to work with windows. The locks designed for windows are not easily sprung and resist tampering. A double bolt lock or even a double cylinder lock may need to be installed.

Some of the window locks that can be installed by a locksmith and with which you should become familiar are as follows:

Check Your Safe 

Marketing of a product is a well thought out process of convincing people to buy a product or service. People who advertise through the internet, television or mailers are educated to understand human behavior and apply psychological mechanisms to draw more buyers. Therefore, having a locksmith to recommend the purchase of a safe or checking one you may have already invested in will be a great advantage to you.

The Master Locksmiths Association of the United Kingdom has recommended consumers to consult with locksmiths about their purchase of a home or business safe. The locksmith can advise and suggest brands or types of safes based on your particular circumstances. You will want the safe that best suits your needs and accomplishes the degree of safety and security you wish to provide for your personal belongings. Locksmiths are adept at suggesting where to place the safe based on architectural drawings and exactly where the safe would be the most secure in your home or business.

If you need to get into a safe, again a locksmith can come to your rescue. Locksmiths are in possession of the tools and skillset required to open a variety of safes.

Electronic Locksmiths

This is a digital age and most everything may be operated by computer, smartphone or the installation of apps. Locksmiths have had to upgrade their equipment and in some cases reeducate themselves regarding recent development in “smart” technologies.

The modern and local locksmith can provide you an electronic pad that will allow you to input numbers and letters as opposed to the use of a key. A code or keycard is also used in some circumstances and depending on the preferences of the customer.

The tools necessary to work with these electronic devices have also changed over the years and your local locksmith had had to become quite computer literate in addition to remaining acquainted with the developments in lock technology.

 

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Advice, Suggestions and the Answers to Your Questions

Everybody needs a friend in the business world. The world of locks, keys, locksmiths, electronic technology and security in general can be an overwhelming subject to the average homeowner and small business entrepreneur. Your local locksmith can solve your problems and answer your questions.

If you are having a hard time locating a trustworthy locksmith then get in touch with the Master Locksmith Association which can provide you a list of credentialed, licensed and trustworthy locksmiths in your area. You can check a host of online resources to find comments regarding a particular locksmith business and make a determination that way. Check with your neighbors, coworkers and friends in general to see who they have used. Listen for comments such as “They did good work,” “Their price was reasonable,” “They responded immediately to my problem,” etc. Check the locksmiths website for comments left by previous customers and do not hesitate to leave your own comment based on your personal experience with that locksmith.

You will want to begin your research into finding a reputable locksmith before you need them in an emergency. In the event of an emergency, you will be driven by emotion and solving the immediate problem at hand. Do your research, find your locksmith and develop some degree of beginning rapport so that the locksmith will know you during the actual emergency event such as a home or car lockout.

Locksmiths provide a variety of services that the average homeowner does not know about or may need very often. But, it is good to know they don’t just install locks, get you back in your dwelling or make duplicates for keys. Your local locksmith is a “go to” guy for many reasons.

If you need a locksmith, don’t hesitate to contact me.

My name is Mark and you can reach on  07866 522422

 

 

 

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  1. AVOID DAMAGING THE LOCK. Whether it’s your car or your house, the worst thing you could possibly do is violently try to force your lock open like an angry, confused bear. The reason you don’t do this is firstly, because it’s useless and secondly, it’ll make the job for whoever has to pick/open the lock a lot harder than it needs to be because by damaging the lock you could make it either more difficult or impossible for it to be opened. If they do somehow manage to get it open, it will likely result in some sort of damage to your car/door/safe etc.

 

2. KNOW WHO TO CONTACT. If all else fails and you can’t pick locks, your first instinct may be to call the authorities. Sadly, most police officers and firefighters aren’t put under the sort of training that would allow them to assist you without battering the door until it comes down SWAT-style. You should instead contact your nearest locksmith which will likely be able to come to your location. Make sure the locksmith you call is from an official business and is authentic; you don’t know who you may be letting into your home. The locksmith will then come with specialist equipment to make sure that the lock is picked quickly and properly. Some locksmiths charge you for services like this, others don’t. What matters here is that you have access to your house/car again without any collateral damage. 

3. If it’s a house that you’re locked out of, LOOK FOR UNLOCKED WINDOWS. Getting back into your house may be as simple as seeing a window big enough and accessible enough for you to climb through and let yourself in. This saves not only your time (maybe in the freezing cold) but also the time of whatever locksmith or friend you may have to call for help. 

4. DON’T FORGET ALTERNATE POSSIBILITIES. If you can’t find any unlocked windows possibly because you live in an apartment that doesn’t have any accessible, if you have a roommate or a family member who might have a key to help you get in or are just already inside and can open the door. If you live in a house that you pay rent for then call the landlord. They’ll likely have a spare key just in case and if you’re lucky enough to have them in the area at the  time then you may be out of that sticky situation quicker than you think. 

5. IMPROVE YOUR LOCK/SITUATION ACCORDINGLY. Maybe your lock was an off-brand, unreliable lock and the best thing to do for your home is to buy a more durable, reliable lock. Maybe you just made an innocent mistake. For example; you have a door that locks when it’s shut, and you’ve left the keys inside. An easy solution for this problem is to simply have a spare key hidden somewhere outside your house/apartment at all times so you never have to worry again about being in a rush for work and forgetting your house key. 

 

 

 

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS: 

#These solutions are only for situations that stop you from being able to get inside for several hours. E.g. you’re locked out very late at night and have no one to call who will be up# 

  1. SLEEP IN YOUR CAR. This is something that a lot of people have probably had to do at one point in their life or another and is probably more comfortable than you might expect, especially if you have one of those chairs in your car that goes all the way back. Another thing you could do to improve your comfort would be to have a backup blanket and pillow in your car at all times, just in case of an emergency like this one. (Or if you need a power nap during your lunch break at work.) 

2. ANY FRIENDS WHO ARE MAD ENOUGH TO ALSO BE AWAKE??? It may or may not be a bit awkward asking but if you explain your situation and be polite you may be lucky enough to stay at close friends house for the night until you can call a locksmith (or whoever may have keys) and get back into your home. It’s worth a try because worst case scenario they say no. There’s not much to lose. 

3. SLEEP IN YOUR SHED/GARAGE. Yes, you probably don’t have the proper space or materials to be sleeping your shed or garage but on the off chance that you do it’s certainly better than staying outside in whatever harsh, unforgivable weather there may be that night. Personally, I think that the cars a better option but not everyone has a car so a shed might be your last option. 

4. It may seem a bit over the top but if you’re one of those people who can afford it and need the luxury of it CHECKING INTO A HOTEL might be a good option for you. Maybe even just a B&B. This is probably only worth it if you can find somewhere to stay at an affordable price and maybe have work or something important the next day and need to make sure you have the opportunity to shower, brush your teeth etc. which would only be possible in a  hotel/B&B. 

5. GO ON A WALK. This might sound ridiculous but maybe its 6 or 7 in the morning and the locksmiths open in an hour or 2 so the best thing to do is just wait it out and assuming the weather isn’t miserable then a leisurely stroll is the perfect option for you. Not only just to pass the time, but it’s also good for your health and gets your muscles moving.  

Hopefully you now feel more prepared for when a situation like this may come up at some point in your life whether it’s next week or in 10 years. Remember to always have a backup plan no matter what the situation is.  Whether it’s spare blankets in your car or a spare key under a plant pot. 

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Biometric Locks

admin  —  October 27, 2019 — Leave a comment

In this 21st century, the advances in technology have entered the world of locksmiths. Locks are no longer just mechanical devices operated by a physical key. No! They are highly sophisticated things that call into play the latest in biometric technology and the science of things.

Locks can now detect a humans walk, their respirations, the makeup of the eye and the final designator that is unique to us all, our fingerprint.

Biometrics heretofore has resided in the military domain with only the elitest few at the top understanding its capacity for identification and the security applications. This field is the technical term for the use of body measurements and the resulting calculations necessary to identify individuals and groups of people.

People involved in biometrics take into consideration several distinctive, calculated and measurable human characteristics that allow them to lable, decribe and authenticate humans. Further, the process of using identifiers is classified into both physiological and behavioral characteristics.

Physiological characteristics include the size of a person’s body, the shape, fingerprint, veins in the palm, facial structure and recognition points, the geometry of the hand, iris and retina recognition and even the odour or scent of a person.

Behavioral characteristics include an understanding of the daily patterns of a given person, their walk/gait, frequency of the voice and even the rhythm of their fingers as they type on the control panel of a lock.

It is important to note that other identification systems such as the use of passports, passwords, a personal identification number or a driver’s license have proven faulty and in need of further sophisticated features that counterfeiters cannot copy. All of these items can be duplicated and passed off as authentic with what are known as token based identification systems. Biometric identifiers are more reliable and cannot as easily be duplicated, thus increasing the security potential of a given lock and location.

The issue that has arisen with biometric data and identifiers is the possible invasion of privacy that could occur. How the information is used is of utmost importance as we increasingly live in a world of technology that seems to every day drive us toward “group think” as opposed to strong individualism.

Biometric Authentication

Biometric locks and their built in authentication methods take into consideration the chemistry, physiology and behavior of human beings. The suitability of each trait for any given lock is built around seven basic domains of understanding. (1)These domains or factors in authentication include the universality of a human trait that all humans possess. (2)Uniqueness is perceived to be different for each human requiring access through the lock at any given point. (3)The concept of human trait permanence is taken into consideration as a trait may change over a period of time. (4)Measurability is viewed as a factor determining the ease by which a trait is measured. (5)Performance is measured and determined in relationship to the speed, accuracy and robustness of the technology being used in the lock. (6)Acceptability is an algorhythm factor that is based on the human populations relative ability to accept the lock-biometric-technology as acceptable. (7)Circumvention is a word describing the ease with which a trait might be imitated thus compromising the lock.

Features to Look for When Purchasing a Biometric Lock

There are a few features you will want to make sure your lock has before laying out some cash. Take a look at each feature and see which ones are important for your application and need.

Live Finger Detection: Fingers can be duplicated using silicon casts. You will want a lock that has technology able to detect a finger that is actually human and alive.

Source of Power: Most biometric locks are powered by the house electrical grid. If the electricity into the house is compromised, then you will not gain entrance. Still other locks are powered by batteries. You will want to have a lock that has multiple power sources and a variety of ways to bypass it and enter.

Multiple Fingerprints: Consider the purchase of a lock that allows you to enter the fingerprints of a good friend or family member. This is in case you are inside your home and having some medical emergency. You may also need the fingerprints of a family member so emergency responders can enter your dwelling should the occasion call for it.

Built-In Alarm: If someone is tampering with the lock, you will want an alarm to sound. In addition, a sound such as a chirp to indicate a successful entrance will let you know if someone else is in your dwelling.

Mechanical Key: A biometric lock is the latest achievement in lock technology, but it can still fail from time to time. You will want to have a practical and mechanical means by which you can activate the locking mechanism in case of catastrophic failure of the algorhythm or changes in biometric data over time.

False Rejection Rate (FRR): You want a lock with a low FRR. No technology can be perfect 100% of the time. So, you want the number of times a particular model has failed to allow access to be low. Lock Construction and Materials: Choose a lock that is strong and made of titanium steel. Check its construction and ensure solid and cohesive strength in all areas.

LCD Display: Locks are known to be plain and without any significant indicators. An LCD display can show things such as access attempts, a readout of how many times access has been granted and time of access. You will also want a lock that will tell you why you have not been granted access, should that happen.

Low Battery Indicator. If you are using an isolated power source for your lock, then you will need to know when the battery may be low. If you let the batteries completely drain out, you will not be able to gain access to your home!

So, choose your biometric lock wisely. There are many from which to choose. But, if you just cannot make a decision, contact us here at 24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com. We will be glad to assist you.

You may also email us by using Mark@24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com

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Turning a house into a home starts from the front door. Home security is a present and ongoing concern for homeowners and tenants.

Choosing a front door lock can be a minefield of information. You are spoiled for choice but sometimes you can feel overwhelmed. Here are 10 important things to consider when choosing a front door lock. 

 

1.Consider Function

Since you are choosing a front door lock the primary use of the lock will be for entry. This means high level of security and daily use, which will require durability. 

 

2.Consider Grade 

Lock grading varies from 1 to 3, with level 1 being the highest level of security. Naturally this will be the one you might choose for your front door. 

Deadlocks are a typical choice for a front door. A deadlock is a type of steel bolt, that extends into the door into the jamb of the door and strike plate of a door frame. To ensure a proper function the bolt must extend fully into the hole on the door jamb. 

The security benefit of a deadlock is that it can be locked from the outside and the inside.

3.Consider a nightlatch.

A nightlatch is a type of lock which was historically used during the night-time, hence the name “night”-latch. Night latches are commonly very sturdy and durable and are a mechanism which consists of a lock fitted onto the surface of a door and can be opened one of 2 ways. 1 being a key on the outside of the door and the 2nd way is automatic and locks when the door is closed. This can then be further enforced by flicking a switch up or down to prevent the knob from being turned to unlock the door. This switch would normally be turned at night before people went to sleep as it is the most secure way to use this lock.

 

4.Consider what material is your door

There are 2 common features in a standard door. 1 is that it’s hollow and the 2nd is that it has a molded skin or texture on it. Doors like these will likely be made out of wood and may have glass too if it’s a partially see-through door. Something that’s less obvious may be the strength of the wood that was used for your door. Check this either by simply pressing down into the middle of your door and seeing how easily it bends, if it bends unnaturally easy it’s likely that it’s quite thin and isn’t made out of a very strong wood.

 

5.Consider what type of door it is 

Linking back to the 4th point, depending on what type of door it is and how strong or durable it is you may want to consider the type of lock you’re using. For example, there’d be no point in spending a ridiculous amount of money for an incredibly secure heavy-duty lock when the door can barely stop a kick. With the same logic in mind there’s also doors that only reach their true potential when paired with a strong lock to make a perfect match and to give the user maximum security.

 

6.Consider A Rim Cylinder Lock

Commonly used on doors for apartments, rim cylinder locks are usually for front door locks and are also commonly used for emergency safety and panic rooms. The mechanism in this lock consists of a lock in which a cylinder rotates to move a bolt; tumblers are pins; inserting the key lifts and aligns the pins to free the cylinder to rotate. lock – a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed. If you have a panic room or just think that this is the lock for you then a rim cylinder is perfect.

 

7.Consider your budget 

I’m sure you know as well as the next guy that nothing in life as free, locks included. Certain locks compensate with loss or addition of features depending on price. Before deciding on which lock will benefit you most. It’s important to first make sure that the door that you have is durable and will pair well with whatever lock you decide to get. Things to consider would be, the size of the door that you’re getting, the material in which the door is made of, the price the door is, whether or not it’s customizable in a way that benefits you in a positive way and whether or not it looks nice with your home because no matter how safe you may want to be, no one likes an ugly front door. Now to help you figure out which lock you want would probably depend on the area that you live in (how rough it is, crime rate etc.) I personally think a nightlatch is the perfect front door lock as it has the versatility of being a very welcoming door as you can have it set to be permanently unlocked but then it also has the potential of putting your house under full lockdown.

 

  1. Consider strengthening your door frame and hinges

 

It is worth remembering , that hollow doors will give away possibly before the lock itself. Regardless of what type of lock you choose to install remember to use a heavy metal strike plate and install it properly. Your other option is to insert 3 inch screws into your existing strike box.

 

The hinges should be secured with at least 3 inch screws. This will ensure your front door itself is strongly attached to the wall and it will prevent easy unwanted access. 

 

Conclusion.

The unfortunate reality is that nearly 70% of all bulgrals gain access through the front door. Choosing the best lock for the front door of your home is an important decision. Keep this in mind when shopping. Obviously there’s also a back door so there’s no harm in doing some research into finding one of those that you like too and If I’m going to be real with you, if someone really wants to break into your house, they’ll find a way. Life’s short so pick a nice door and lock that makes you happy.

 

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You have lost your keys. What an inconvenience. What should you do next? Getting new car keys might not be as easy as getting keys for your house but you can be prepared if you lose your car keys. 

We are based in Belfast and if you need a car locksmith service call Mark on 07866 522422

Here are some things that will be very useful in case of emergency.

First of all establish what type of keys you have. The technology surrounding car keys has evolved significantly in the last 10 years so it is good to know what kind of key you have.

Transponder Key If you have a relatively modern car there is a high possibility that you have a programmed transponder key coupled with a key less entry remote, or that you only have the transponder key. Most cars that were manufactured after the late 90’s come with transponder keys. A transponder key takes the pairing process between a car and a key to a heightened level. 

Key less Entry Remote are commonly referred to as key fobs.  These kinds of keys are constantly communicating with your vehicle and it essentially makes your car much more accessible to you. There are many advantages to having a key less entry remote, but it is hard to see any of them once you have lost your car keys and have no spare. 

Traditional Car Keys   are the old faithful. They have been around for years and they are relatively easy to replace or duplicate. They do not offer much security for your car, but they are the best kind of key to own if you ever lose your key and have no spare.  It is relatively easy for spare car keys and duplicate car keys to be made of these traditional keys.

First things first!

Search your immediate area again. 

Take the time to look for your keys to make sure that you have defiantly misplaced them and the only way to start your car is to ask for help. There is chance that you might have left them somewhere, or they might have fallen from your pocket accidentally. 

Check your vehicle

After you have searched for your car keys and you have established, that they might be lost it’s best to look inside your car. Leaving your keys in the car is the most common reason for people to need a locksmith for their car. 

Gather the necessary vehicle information

Once you have established that your car key is definitely lost you need to make sure you have all the information that the locksmith will require so he can help you. 

Being able to identify that you need a transponder key or a traditional key is only part of the entire process.

You will have to provide your vehicle identification number (VIN), as well as the make, model and year of your vehicle. Most of this information can be found on insurance cards or the car registration document. 

A professional locksmith will be able to help you and assist you further. 

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Fire Proof Safes:

It is possible to protect your most meaningful valuables from fire and water as well. The safes that are made for protection from fire may also be made of materials that prevent water damage. Hard to imagine, but true. They are made from heat resistant materials and also created with water tight sealants that prevent the onslaught of water from the outside. So, you get double for your money when you purchase a fire retardant safe.

Be aware that fire proof safes come with a variety of features that help you secure your personals. They usually come with a combination lock that contain either a 3 or 4 number combination set at the factory. Each door is held shut with 4 large 1-inch bolts that are made of hardened steel. These safes are made with interiors that allow you to protect tablets, phones, hard drives, memory cards, USB drives, CDs, DVDs, and other kinds of media. The hinges used are pry resistant and reinforce the door for added strength. Inside these safes you will find key racks, door trays, door pockets and various adjustable trays for specific items you wish to secure.

Each fire proof safe also comes with a reactive desiccant that can absorb humidity inside the safe.

 

Wall Safes:

Probably the most iconic safe known to the human race is the wall safe. They have been around for a long time and many homes have made use of their ability to both keep things safe and conceal themselves within the walls of the home.

Wall safes are designed to provide protection and security for documents, money, and other valuables. The depth of the safe in the wall may be adjusted to provide for maximum use of the wall space and compensate for the thickness of the wall.

Home and business owners have hung paintings in front of wall safes. They may also be hidden behind ornamentation and fake construction pieces.

 

Record Safes:

These safes are designed to protect your most valuable documents, digital media and other things that record things for you and your family. They usually come with a higher tolerance for fire and water damage.

A record safe is evaluated and sold to the public based on the highest temperature it can withstand before its contents will be destroyed. They are rated by the amount of time they will protect contents from natural elements. They are not the most secure of safes made for the market, but they will protect paper, vinyl and other manmade products for longer periods of time than a simple box or wall safe.

A record safe is for just that, important records or documents that you want to keep protected.   These (and other fire resistant safes) are rated by amount of time they will protect the contents from the elements, high temperatures or actual fire.   These are very useful, yet they are potentially more easily broken into than a higher security safe.

 

Gun Safes:

A gun safe usually holds and protects some kind of firearm and the associated ammunition for that firearm. These safes prevent unauthorized individuals from accesssing the weapon and its ammunition. This will prevent a burglar from also stealing your weapons while engaged in taking other items from your home or business.

Some gun safes can also protect your weapons and ammunition from high intensity fires and extreme flooding of your area. Natuaral disasters do occur and this kind of safe can prevent damage to your high cost weaponry. The law of some areas require access prevention by a gun lock, a metal gun cabinet or a sophisticated gun safe.

In Ireland and according to British Standard BS7558, under Firearms secure accommodation Regulations 2009, all homes owning a firearm must be in possession of a gun safe. If a gun safe is not owned, then it is acceptable to remove the firing mechanism and store it in a secure container. You must store the rest of the weapon by locking it away.

 

Floor Safes:

These types of safes are also known as “in-floor safes,” and “floor vaults.” It is a type of safe that is embedded into the floor and oftentimes into the concrete foundation. They are versatile safes that can be installed in wood, concrete and have been used in offices, homes, gas stations and various kinds of stores.

Be careful to know the depth of your flooring so you can choose the correct dimensions of your floor safe. The type of flooring you have may also impact the type of floor safe you purchase because the flooring may or may not assist to retard any future fires you may woefully encounter.

 

Cash Boxes:

These types of boxes are not intentionally designed for secure protection of money, but are rather a depository for temporary storing of paper money and coins. It is simply a metal box container for money with compartments made for coins and bills of different denominations.

Other names for this type of money storage are cash register, box, checkout, money drawer, cash desk, coin box, money box, register, sales register and till. You may have also heard it called a piggy bank, collecting box, savings box, strong box, coffer, safe-deposit box, depository and locker.

 

 

Depository Safes:

This kind of safe is always found in a business or location where business transactions occur requiring the use of cash, deposit slips and receipts of various kinds. It is known as a deposit safe and also a drop safe. This is a special purpose safe and comes in handy for high volume sales and business transactions. This safe design will often have many different compartments that can be locked to provide for varying levels of access and control.

Many depository safes are designed with defenses against drill attacks and time delays for after hours access. They come with digital locks that are programmable and anti-drill doors made of reinforced steel. They may arrive with an anti-fish feature which prevents evil-doers from accessing its contents with hooked wires and extendable tools. They will be designed with either three or four locking bolts making it even more difficult to obtain entry to its contents. You may also purchase this device with hardware that will allow you to bolt it to another structure, the floor or steel under-girding structures.

 

Should you need more information regarding your next purchase of a safe or just exactly how you may be able to protect your most valuable assets, contact us by

emailing Mark@24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com

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WHEN TO HIRE 24 HOUR EMERGENCY LOCKSMITHS

A locksmith is a person who saves our day whenever we have a lockout emergency. Anybody can have a bad day. For instance, if you lose your house keys inside the house and you do not have the spare keys with you, you can be in so much trouble. But, the locksmith always saves the day in such situations.

There are two types of locksmiths. Regular locksmiths and the emergency locksmiths. Regular locksmiths car be hired for a short time and only when you need him and that too, in the daylight. Regular locksmiths do not work at night. What if you forget your keys at the office and it is late at night. You won’t have any other option other than calling the locksmith. But, the regular locksmiths do not offer their lock services at night.

Due to similar emergencies like this, we have emergency locksmiths. Emergency locksmiths are those people whom you hire for 24/7. Mishaps do not have a fixed time to happen. They can happen at any hour. That is why it is always important to hire an emergency locksmith.

Who knows you lose your house keys or cannot open the door at midnight. Instead of checking in the hotel, you can just call your emergency locksmith to help you with your problem.

Emergency locksmiths provide you with quick and responsive services. They do not delay like the regular locksmiths. Instead, they are more professional and can tackle the situation better than you. They have the right and the latest equipment and stuff with them throughout the whole day. They can easily offer you their technical knowledge and experience to put you out of an emergency.

Recently, I moved to Belfast, and one day, I got stuck at my office and that’s how I came to know through my friend that there are 24-hour emergency locksmiths in Belfast. Not just Belfast, but across the globe. However, the 24 hour Belfast locksmith services are phenomenal. I got out of my office in just half an hour and it was a relief. Since then, I hire the 24-hour emergency locksmith because I cannot take risks when it comes to getting stuck or losing your hour or car keys.

There are many reasons why you should hire 24-hour emergency locksmiths. Some of them are:

REASONS TO HIRE 24 HOUR EMERGENCY LOCKSMITHS IN BELFAST

LOCKED OUT OF YOUR OFFICE, HOME OR CAR LATE AT NIGHT

Getting locked out of your car, home or office is an alarming situation. Anything can happen, especially at night. If you get stuck during the daylight, it is pretty easy to tackle the situation and to get out my calling your friend or a family member. But, if its dark and late at night, then getting locked out of your office, home or car can prove to be dangerous for you. You never know what can happen and what if no one picks up your call?

You have to be careful, prepared and alarmed in every situation. You must always stay in contact with the 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast to seek help and the lock services, even at night. 24 hour Belfast locksmith services can assist you in any kind of an emergency. Whether you are stuck at your office, home or in your car, 24 hour Belfast locksmith services can get you out of any emergency even if it is 2 am in the morning.

LOSING ACCESS OR THE KEYS

Losing your keys is one of the most frustrating situations and the fact is, you realize it too late that you have lost your keys. There are many reasons for losing your keys. First of all, the keys can get stolen. Or, you can misplace them or forget where you kept them. Whatever the situation, you have a risk of losing your valuable assets if your keys go missing. If your car keys go missing, there’s a high chance of your car getting stolen. You have to have quick and responsive locksmith services to get you a duplicate pair of keys.

You can call the 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast to restore or replicate your keys to minimize the risk and to safeguard your valuable assets.  24 hour Belfast locksmith provides a quick solution if your keys are lost. They have the advanced tools to open your car door or the house door in case you do not have any spare keys. While the regular locksmiths delay the process, the emergency locksmiths can get you out of a lockout in no time.

KEYS FAIL TO WORK

Keys are made up a material that can tear and wear. That is why we should not just rely on a single key.  It is a frustrating and irritating situation if cupboard drawer or your office drawer does not open, especially when its past the office hours. This situation can get you in trouble as the drawers might have important documents or valuable assets that belong to you.

In this situation, it is better to hire an emergency locksmith to help with your drawer. 24-hour emergency locksmiths have the knowledge to tackle every problem related to locks.

DOUBLE CHECK YOUR LOCKS BEFORE LEAVING ON THE VACATION

Who does not love going on extended vacations? But, what happens if you come back and find valuable assets and liquid cash missing from your home. Probably some thief took it while you were enjoying.

To avoid this situation, it is better to hire an emergency locksmith to check all your door locks, cupboard locks, drawer locks, and safe locks before you leave. Better late than sorry. 24 hour Belfast locksmiths do not only provide assistance during a lockout but also assist you in double-checking your locks.

JAMMED LOCKS IN  VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS

By witnessing a road rage, the first thing you should do is call 911 or the local emergency helpline and should help the people right away. What if you find out that the person is alive but the vehicle door is jammed and the person would die out of suffocation.

This situation can probably fall on anyone. That is why it is better to call a 24-hour emergency locksmith in Belfast to save people stuck in the ruined or damaged car.

CONDITIONS IN WHICH 24 HOUR BELFAST LOCKSMITHS SHOULD BE HIRED

  • During a lockout in home, office or in a car.
  • After witnessing road rage.
  • In case of jammed drawer locks
  • Before leaving on an extended vacation trip.
  • When you lose your house or car keys or when your keys get broken.
  • When you do not have a spare set of keys.

CONCLUSION

24-hour emergency locksmiths prove to be a helping hand when an emergency situation arises. Your keys might get lost without prior notice and you might witness an accident in the woods. In both cases, it is best to hire a 24-hour locksmith to provide the best lock services.

 

WHEN TO HIRE 24 HOUR EMERGENCY LOCKSMITHS

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