All About The Locks In Your Home

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Eurocylinder for UPVC

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This type of lock is basically the key-operated part of a large 'multi point' locking system that protects the length of the door with a number of bolts, hooks, rollers and pins.

A good UPVC door is a great security item, but is often let down by the weakness of the eurocylinder. If a criminal can defeat the eurocylinder by picking, drilling or snapping (the easiest method) then he can completely unlock your door, no matter how many bolts, pins and gadgets are holding it shut.

The locks in the picture above are very basic ones and contain little if any protection against the most basic forms of attack. A minimum standard nowadays is to have an anti-snap lock, but you are recommended to get a more extensive protection from the British Standard and TS007 locks available. 'Sold Secure' is the highest standard of lock and provides outstanding protection.

Make sure that your multi-point locking system is in good condition too. Some doors that are in a poor state of repair are not even locked properly by their owners and give no benefit at all from having additional locking points. If you think you may be in need of a repair, get in touch and I will do my best to make your door work again without having to include the cost of replacement parts.

It may all sound very confusing, but you can have a free security survey by a trained locksmith and together we will sort out what best meets your needs.

EMAIL: service@craftlock.co.uk

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CALL: 07548 989 151

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Mortice Lock for Wooden Doors

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These are the more traditional British lock, designed to fit into a 'mortice' cut into a wooden door. There are so many sizes and variants of this lock that professional fitting is essential, even for a direct replacement. Many people have found that their original back-door mortice lock was something more suited to a cupboard than being a first line of defence for their home! If your wooden door has a mortice lock to keep it secure, it must not be anything less than a British Standard 3621 mortice lock. This includes that door in your kitchen that connects to your garage!

Often, people know this style of lock as a 'Chubb lock'. Chubb no longer exists as a lock company, but their high quality designs still live on.

Call CraftLock Ltd for a free security inspection to verify the safety of your doors. If you have a professionally fitted BS3621 mortice lock, you can rest assured that this is one of the best forms of protection available.

EMAIL: service@craftlock.co.uk

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CALL: 07548 989 151


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Nightlatch

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Another very traditional British security device, the nightlatch is notorious for being easy to get past. Modern types of nightlatch should be 'auto-deadlocking'. This means that when you shut the door, no one can try and push the latch back in. Unfortunately there are thousands of homes which are using old, or just cheap, nightlatches which a common criminal will bypass in seconds.

These type of locks are commonly referred to as 'Yale Locks', although in reality Yale is just one of many manufacturers. Not sure what type you have? You can have a free security survey from CraftLock Ltd, and have the re-assurance that a locksmith has checked over your locks properly. Just get in touch!

EMAIL: service@craftlock.co.uk

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CALL: 07548 989 151

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Door Chain

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A low cost but highly effective security accessory is the door chain. If someone unknown calls at your door, how do you know you are safe? You can reduce the risk by using the added security of a door chain. These are even available for UPVC doors!

Combine this with a door viewer and you are well protected against surprises!


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CraftLock Ltd services many commercial clients.  Give us a call and we can arrange an effective, modern solution that will improve the way you do things.

 
 

Emergency Locksmith Rapid Response: example response time to Solihull B91 1PH is around 45 minutes. Time is often dependent on traffic, so be aware that during peak rush hour times, getting to you will take much longer. I will always keep you up to date, but since I never answer my telephone while driving, I'm unlikely to pick up the phone after I have said I am on my way.  Emergency locksmith services are of course available much further afield.  CraftLock Ltd regularly works anywhere in between Smethwick and Knowle and even travels as far as Sheldon when it's something really important!