Archives For Protecting Your Home

The Festive Season is a special time of the year. In the coming weeks during the build up towards the New Year and Christmas, let’s not forget that it is important to keep your home safe and secure.

Since introducing lockdown measures in Northern Ireland in March overall crime rates have fallen according to PSNI reports.

With the approach of the festive season and darker and longer nights it is worth to make sure that your home is safe and theft proof.

Here is a reminder of some of the simple things you can do to ensure that you and your home will not become a target to any intrusion during the Festive season or ever.

1.Close all windows and doors before you leave the house.

Let’s hope that this year Christmas will be as much as possible a social event when friends and family spend time together.

It makes sense to keep every possible entry closed and locked.

2.Lock tools, garden equipment and ladders in a shed or garage.

These might be very handy and useful tools for any potential unwanted intrusion. It’s best if you keep them out of sight to avoid future disappointments.

3.Don’t leave any gifts or valuables in view next to windows or doors. 

Simply close curtains and blinds if you are going to be away from the house. The closer to the door the valuables are, the faster they can be taken. Your best strategy is to put them away.

4. Don’t keep the packaging of electrical items or other expensive gifts outside your house

If you’ve gotten gifts during the holiday season, you may get so caught up with enjoying them that you don’t pay attention to disposing of the packaging.

If you put the packaging out in the trash, which will then be sitting by the curb waiting to be picked up, you’re basically telling the whole world what sort of gifts are inside.

5. Watch out what you post on Social Media

Potential burglars are like hawks on social media. They look through posts seeking out information on the types of gifts people have gotten, or when they plan to leave their homes for Christmas shopping or for vacation.

Take care not to post about valuables that may be in your home under the Christmas tree, or when the house will be empty.

The Festive season is already here. By following these simple steps I hope you will be able to keep your home safe and sound during this special time of the year.

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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.


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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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 We will be glad to assist you.

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Historical Locksmithing

The profession of locksmithing was originally the art and science of designing and creating locks and various kinds of metal and wood mechanisms. These intricately created marvels of small mechanics could be found in castles, bridges, wagons, gates, cabinets, houses and various kinds of buildings. Locksmiths could “smith” something using wood or metal and eventually were called upon to make keys, files, armor and locks.

History records the first mention of locksmithing originating in Babylon and Ancient Egypt. Wood formed the first locks that used crude tumblers to prevent the door bar from moving. The citizens of that time used something that looked like our modern toothbrush to move pins and tumblers inside locks.

As the 18th century approached, various chemicals, minerals and metals were combined to begin making metal locks and keys. The basic design of locks stayed the same. Just the materials from which they were made changed. As the industrial revolution came into fruition, mass production facilities required locksmiths to step up their game and produce more sophisticated locks to protect property and people.

Locksmiths today may be found in various subcategories of the career field. There are locksmiths who only work in the automobile industry who focus on working with locks as a security consultant. Others work for security companies that need them to create even more intricately designed locks and security mechanisms. Investigational organizations such as intelligence agencies employ locksmiths to work in various forensic applications. From their shops across the world, locksmiths continue to hone their craft and introduce new ways to protect life and property.

Other Services

A locksmith carries with them a great deal of history related to locks, keys and historical design. However, there are other things locksmiths do that are not often talked about commonly. The general public is not often aware of these less known skills and services.

Safe Verification

It is a good idea to work with a locksmith you know and trust before purchasing a safe. This locksmith can advise you regarding which safe you should purchase and where or how you should have it in your home or business. A skilled locksmith can also help you sort through the myriad of advertising gimics used these days to get you to buy something that may not be worth a “tinker’s damn.”

People, to this day still like finding old safes and treasure chests. The age old wish for “striking it rich” still takes us over when we make a find like this. A locksmith is the one person in town who should be able to get into an old safe and show you if you are the next millionaire.

Locksmiths Come Behind and Check Work

You must have a trusted locksmith in the industry. You need someone who will check another locksmith’s work to ensure it is done correctly. Having this kind of professional relationship will prevent your being scammed and taken advantage of in the marketplace.

Locksmiths who are reputable tells us that they run into a variety of shabbily down things in the industry. One of the situations that may happen is the incorrect installation of a dead bolt. The problem centralizes around the security plate and the screws used to attach it. The bolt should be a full one inch and have an adequate “throw” into the door, window or cabinetry. If these bolts are not installed correctly the door will not be protected and keys may break off in the structure.

Another place locksmiths find themselves working is the automotive industry. Manufacturers of vehicles sell the security feature of what they advertise as a key mechanism that cannot be duplicated. But, in very truth many of these keys and electronic opening systems can be duplicated by imitating the radio frequencies involved. A locksmith trained in this area can in fact provide you a locking mechanism that cannot be duplicated.

Dealing With Electronics

Locksmiths have had to move straight into the digital age of the 21st century. Computers, cell phones, car jobs and key location devices are now common. The technological advances have required locksmiths to upgrade their tools and procedures. Locksmiths have been installing “smart locks” for several years now.

Doors can be secured these days with an electronic pad that requires the owner to know a pin code or have a keycard. The average locksmith driving around the city must have an extensive inventory of electronic locks and the resulting security tools needed to both install and open them.

They Secure Windows

People often just think of securing their doors to prevent entry and theft. But, did you know you can call upon your local locksmith to “batten down the hatches” so to speak?

Windows are usually made of glass. So, securing them is imporant to prevent the evil doers from gaining entry. Not many know that a locksmith can protect that glass by installing a security screen or some other kind of cover that will prevent breaking the window.

Mr. and Mrs. John Q Public are not often aware that locksmiths can install window locks precisely designed for that location in a structure. Window locks are designed with double bolt locks or double cylinder locks that require a key from the inside of the structure. So, the combination of a window cover combined with a lock that can only be unlocked from the inside is a “one/two punch” to any would be intruder.

Locksmith Wisdom

Good locksmiths do things like sit around and exchange ideas and stories with other locksmiths. They join professional organizations for fellowship with like minded people but also to find solutions to problems. Its that old adage, “Two heads are better than one” at work here.

They then share this wisdom with their clients. They can offer free advice to home and business owners that will reduce theft and reduce the cost of security for a family.

Feel free to ask locksmiths questions. They like giving anwers.

At we like doing many things related to locksmithing. Answering your questions is one of those small joys that keeps our career interesting. If you require locksmithing services of any kind or just have a question that demands an answer, contact Mark at


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Some People Are Not What They Seam to Be

Most everyone thinks they are doing the right thing by looking online and searching for a local locksmith. I mean, if Google returns the first page of locksmiths after you place the words “local locksmith” or “locksmiths near me” in the search box, then they must all be reputable, right?


Scammers, nare do wells and people of questionable character are able to make their dubious sites rank just as well as the others. You see, Google is a mathematical algorithm. If somebody is able to please that equation for ranking, then guess what? That locksmith who says they are local and can be at your home in less than 20 minutes may just be somewhere in another country creating ways to separate you from your hard earned money.

In many cases, the authorities have discovered these are not local shops at all. They are run by out of country call centers and they are mostly likely not even trained in the ancient art of locksmithing at all.

To avoid mistakenly hiring an unskilled worker or an expert con man, use this article and take the time to research the company.

Make Sure That Company Is Truly “Local”

The best way to determine if a locksmith is worth his/her salt is to do the research. Call them and ask them detailed questions related to many different aspects of the locksmith career. You have a very basic, but good conceptualized notion of what a locksmith is supposed to do. Work off those assumptions and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Check local websites already set up for the public to show the reviews former customers have left about the locksmith. Are the reviews positive? They don’t all have to be glowing statements of the companies approach to diety, but their needs to be more positive comments than negative.

When you call them, listen to how they answer the phone. Did they say “locksmith services” when they answered? Or, do they sound like a person with a strong dialect from another country. If they do have a strong dialect, don’t hesitate to enquire about how long they have been in the country and where were they before they came to Northern Ireland. If a locksmith will not provide a full company name or provide the business legal name, then you will do well to keep searching. A business name is part of the “public domain” of information and can be found at a local registry of businesses.

If you have the address of the company, then search for that. See if you can find it on MapQuest or Google Maps. It might be that this company is using an address that is registered to someone else. When you call the locksmith, ask them to confirm their address. Engage them in conversation and ask them to guide you to their business address. Listen for local landmarks, buildings, streets, well known businesses. You might even throw in, “Oh, your over there by Maxi’s Deli, right?” (All the while knowing there is no such business.) If they say, yes you know you have a scammer.

If you are dialing an 800 number, you must be even more careful to determine their base of business. In short, make sure local is local.

Locksmith Licensure and ID

When the local locksmith arrives at your home, you are perfectly within your rights to ask him/her for their identification. If they are reputable, they will not mind this small request. You may also ask to see their license from the city to practice their craft.

By the way, a truly ligitimate locksmith will ask you for identification to verify they are working on the home or automobile of the initial caller.

Another way to clearly identify the locksmith is to look carefully at their van, truck or car. Look at the lettering of the business name. Does it match the name of the company you called? Compare the address on their website to the address on the business license and identification offered to you by the locksmith. Are they all the same? Ask about any differences. If the vehicle they are in is unmarked, then all kinds of warning bells should be going off.

Ask For An Estimate of the Work

When you call a 1-800 number, you are most likely going to talk to a call center or at very least an answering service. If the situation is a scam set up, they will quote the price of the job lower over the phone to get you to allow them to send out a locksmith. These prices usually come in around 35-55% lower than the final cost of the job. This is called a bait and switch operation. They will price gouge you when they arrive claiming you didn’t explain the details of the need completely and the job is actually more complicated than the person on the phone reported.

You have to understand that when you ask a locksmith to come to your home or rescue you from the side of the road, you are requiring them to bring their entire shop to your location. They have to leave their shop with everything they may need to do the same job at a location that they would inside their business building. There is a bit of overhead that must be built into the call. The wear and tear on the vehicle, the gasoline required to get there, the time of day and the intricacy of the final work are all factors in the estimate. That locksmith must also pay for ongoing educational opportunities, fees for professional organizations and the purchase of the latest softwares and tools to work with the locks that are being made these days.

In short, get an estimate and don’t work with anybody who won’t provide an upfront estimate of labor and parts cost.

Ask About Any Possible Additional Charges

If you are calling in an emergency situation, you will want to enquire regarding the charge for emergency hours, mileage and whether or not there are any emergency call minimums. Do this before you agree to pay for the work. Emergency, after hours calls can be expensive.

Scammers like to tell you that an additional lock is needed to replace the old one. They will declare it is out of date or possibly had to be damaged during the entrance efforts. They may say the locks were obsolete and there are no more replacements for them. So, an entirely different lock had to be installed.

They may even charge a very high rate for a lock they had to install which is a “high-security” lock. In very truth, it is an inexpensive lock that can be purchased at bulk at some wholesale website somewhere in the world.

If you are in the initial call with the locksmith, ask them about the details of the repair process such as how are they going to gain entrance to your house or car. How much time does something like this normally take? What kind of tools are used to gain entrance? If the service or locksmith you are talking to cannot or will not answer these kinds of questions, then move on to the next locksmith. If they simply will not answer or you sense they are “hedging,” then these are signs they are either completely incompetent and don’t know how to answer you or they are intending to exaggerate the amount of time and labor required for the job.

Bids That Change or Fluctuate

When the locksmith arrives and initially takes a look at the job, he/she is beginning to form an estimate of the time, labor and products necessary to do the job. If the price you are given changes from the amount given over the phone, don’t give the go ahead for the work to begin.

Another thing that will happen with a scammer locksmith is they will demand payment after doing less than perfect work or after exaggerating the bill. They may threaten to call the police or file a lawsuit if you refust to pay.

Do this. Call their bluff. Let them call the authorities or even offer to call for them. Any locksmith company worth their salt will stay with the original quoted price and not inflate a bill. Allow the police to come and work it out after they arrive. Remain calm until they arrive!

Essentially, if someone is bullying you into paying they are the ones who have the most to lose when the police arrive. They are not operating within the law and what they are attempting is not ethical. Let the police work it out.

Don’t Drill the Lock

Locksmiths go through training, take examinations and have to pass the muster of a variety of offices and professional organizations. They are skillful, clever and smart.

Reputable locksmiths are in possession of the skills and tools necessary to open a variety of highly sophisticated modern locks. Because of this, if a scammer locksmith immediately tells you the only way to gain access is to drill the lock open. Then, it is highly likely that are telling a lie.

High Security locks are designed to prevent people from “bumping” or “picking” them open. They require specialized keys to open them. A high security lock will require drilling, but will cost around 320 quid to replace. If a scammer attempts to drill a lock that is not high security, then he/she is just amping up the cost.

Most people who have high security locks know that. They purchased them specifically for their homes to keep their home and loved ones safe.

Here are some helpful questions to ask a locksmith company before hiring them.

What is your address?

How long have you been in business?

Where did you receive your education and experience as a locksmith?

How will you get into my house?

Will it be necessary to drill the locks?

Will you tell me the exact process you will use to get into my car/house/business?

Will you provide a written estimate?

Are there any circumstances that will require you to change the price of the estimate?

What methods of payment do you accept?

What is the name of the person who will be coming to do the work?

IF you think you have been scammed, contact the police immediately. Have your bill in hand and any proof of payment.

I hope this article on how to spot a scammer has been helpful to you.


I’m not a locksmith scammer. I have been a locksmith for several decades serving Northern Ireland with pride and skill.

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Keeping your house protected after a break-in

Nobody enjoys having their home broken into, and home break-ins cause a great deal of a headache for homeowners or renters. Even though, after a burglary, lost items can be replaced or recovered, the focus should be on avoiding future burglaries. Burglaries and break-ins are signs that a house is not well-secured. Therefore, it is imperative that you fix locks after the burglary to make sure that the burglary does not happen another time. You, as a homeowner, should not be comfortable with the fact that burglars can easily break into your home which means that your house is prone to future burglaries.

24 Hours Emergency Locksmiths Belfast

So, what do you do? A major move is to fix locks after burglaries, but you should also put some things in place first. Once you experience a home burglary, your first order of business is to put some things in place, so it does not happen some other time in the future. Get in touch with a professional locksmith for advice on how to beef up the security of your home or office. Check out some tips you can follow to prevent future home break-ins.

Contact a Locksmith

Usually, after a burglary, you have to first get in touch with a locksmith to check out your door locks. It is imperative that you fix locks after burglary Belfast regardless of whether your lock looks good in your eyes. You have to make sure that every other part of your home where another robbery can take place is taken care of. There is so little you can do on your own when it comes to taking precautions after a burglary. You may even think the burglary occurred because your front door is old and rusty; therefore it was easy to break it; but, your assumptions may not be lasting. What if you change that particular lock and a burglary occurs another time? Investing in the wrong solution is a common issue with homeowners after a robbery has occurred. It is equally possible that your assumption that the problem is a bad lock may be wrong and the problem is your door hinges. For these reasons and more, the first thing you should do is to call a locksmith to not only fix locks after burglary Belfast but to carry out a full diagnosis of your security system.

Change Home locks in Belfast.

Changing locks in Belfast is very easy with a locksmith in Belfast at your beck and call. Within 30 minutes, you will have a locksmith over at the scene of the burglary to change or fix locks after burglary Belfast. Even if the other locks on your property are working well, it is better and safer if the locksmith checks to see if the locks are due for a change.

You may be thinking that changing your locks is a simple task; yes, sometimes, but if the lock has special requirements, you may need a locksmith to help. To prevent the occurrence of another burglary, you may have to install a more advanced security lock. This has to be done properly and in the right way by choosing the ideal lock and installing it. This is one aspect of fix locks after burglary in Belfast that you do not want to get wrong.

You can change or fix your locks if you get in touch with a professional locksmith in Belfast. You only need to call the right one, explain your situation and he will work with you in choosing the right type of lock for your door and entire property.

Common ways burglars break into properties

Most home burglaries do not wish to be met with challenges or any obstacles that may take their time during their operation. All they want is to get in, pick whatever they can and get out within a few minutes. So, most times they look for open doors or windows or cheap locks that can be easily forced open. By knowing how burglars operate, you will be in a better position to avoid being a victim of a burglary.

Facts about burglaries that you should know.

  1. Most burglaries take place on the lowest floor, that is, the ground floor of a building.
  2. Burglars do not look to spend more than one minute trying to dismantle your locks and more than five minutes inside your home.
  3. Burglars, typically operate during the day when you will most likely be away from your home.
  4. Burglars prefer gaining access through unlocked windows and doors.
  5. A large percentage of home burglaries involve forcefully breaking of the doors and locks, so burglars target low-quality doors and windows.
  6. Burglars are not looking to steal the heavy stuff that you own. They want smaller and expensive items such as pieces of jewelry, cash and electronic devices (laptops, cameras and high-end mobile phones).

Dealing with Burglary Belfast

If a burglary just took place at your home, you are advised to make a move immediately. Call a 24-hour emergency locksmith Belfast to help you prevent another burglary in future. You might not need to change your locks; maybe all you need to do is fix locks after burglary Belfast by repairing the locks or replacing some of their components. And if you will not be asked to fix your locks, the locksmith can carry out a complete security evaluation of your home to know how secure it is against future burglary attempts.

Do well to secure the perimeter of your home. Look out for vulnerable spots that burglars can get in through and fix whatever security lapse that is there. Install security cameras around your house, make sure everywhere is well-lit to prevent night-time burglaries. A locksmith in Belfast can recommend the best practices that will work for you to make sure your property is secure. As well all know, however, that nothing is entirely foolproof; if a burglary occurs, a locksmith Belfast will help you fix Locks after Burglary Belfast, so it does not happen another time. You can reach us on 07866 522 422.

Keeping your house protected after a break-in

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