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Know Your Cylinder Lock Security

Lock Snapping is a growing security concern, as experts in door and lock security the Master Locksmiths Association recommend 3 different ways to prevent lock snapping. There are many different types of lock cylinder on the market, most people are now asking which cylinder for their front or back door is the most secure and ultimately will help protect them against lock snapping.

If you are looking to replace your door lock and protect against lock snapping then using one of the below three methods will help protect against this method of attack.

What rating should my lock cylinders have?
1. SS312 Diamond Approved Standard
We believe that you can minimise your risk of being a victim of lock snapping by ensuring the lock you purchase has the Sold Secure ( SS312 ) Diamond Standard Approval. We recommend viewing Sold Secure’s Approved Diamond Cylinder list.

Brisant Ultion Anti Snap Lock Cylinder
The Brisant Ultion is SS312 Diamond Approved

2. TS007 3star cylinder
An alternative specification to look out for is the TS007. BSI Kitemark to this specification however it is important to note that there is a star rating associated with this.

In order to protect against lock snapping a 3 star rating needs to be reached. In order to achieve this you can use a 3 star cylinder. We recommend that a 3rd party approval of this standard is sought.

For example look for the 3 star kite mark logo. kitemark 3 star logo
Look for the 3 star Kitemark standard to prevent lock snapping

Ultion Locks Sheffield

3. 1 star Kitemarked Cylinder in conjunction with 2 star Kitemarked door furniture ( e.g. door handles, escutcheons )


An alternative to the simple 3 star cylinder option is to have a 1 star cylinder protected by 2 star approved door furniture, for example security handles or a cylinder guard.
1 star kitemark lock cylinder
A 1 star kitemark lock cylinder with 2 star kitemark door furniture will prevent against Lock Snapping

2 Star Door Handle


2 star kitemark door furniture with 1 star kitemark lock cylinder will prevent against Lock Snapping

The complexity of these standards is why you should seek specialist advice from your local vetted, inspected and qualified locksmith.

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield – Beauchief and Greenhill

Sheffield City Locksmiths

 

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield – Beauchief and Greenhill No.1 Locksmiths

  • Free estimate and helpful advice
  • No callout charge
  • All our work is fully guaranteed
  • Friendly family run
  • References available
  • Locked Out / Lost Keys
  • Response within 30 mins
  • Lowest price guaranteed
  • 24 Hour Emergency Services
  • We replace and install locks of all types
  • Lock supply, fitting and repairs and are Upvc repair specialists

When you need quick, affordable locksmith services Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Beauchief and Greenhill are here to help so give us a call. We cover the whole of Beauchief and Greenhill  and surrounding areas of Sheffield. Whether you have lost your house keys, had a break in or need any kind of lock repair Precision locksmiths Sheffield in Beauchief and Greenhill are on hand 24 hours a day,

We understand that many security issues occur during the night or small hours and we’ll always ensure that we are available to assist with whatever your need from Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in  Beauchief and Greenhill, so keep our number somewhere safe so that you can always call us if you find yourself in need of a Beauchief and Greenhill based emergency locksmith in Sheffield.

From break-ins to lost keys, we are on hand to help! Professional and Affordable Locksmiths in Beauchief and Greenhill, Sheffield. We are fully insured locksmiths and always complete work to the highest standard at the best price in and around Beauchief and Greenhill,Sheffield. We take immense pride in our quality of service and high quality workmanship.

Call Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Beauchief and Greenhill now – 07577138335

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield – Hillsborough

Sheffield City Locksmiths

 

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield – Hillsborough No.1 Locksmiths

  • Free estimate and helpful advice
  • No callout charge
  • All our work is fully guaranteed
  • Friendly family run
  • References available
  • Locked Out / Lost Keys
  • Response within 30 mins
  • Lowest price guaranteed
  • 24 Hour Emergency Services
  • We replace and install locks of all types
  • Lock supply, fitting and repairs and are Upvc repair specialists

When you need quick, affordable locksmith services in Hillsborough, Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Hillsborough are here to help so give us a call. We cover the whole of Hillsborough and surrounding areas of Sheffield. Whether you have lost your house keys, had a break in or need any kind of lock repair Precision locksmiths Sheffield in Hillsborough are on hand 24 hours a day,

We understand that many security issues occur during the night or small hours and we’ll always ensure that we are available to assist with whatever your need from Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Hillsborough. Keep our number somewhere safe so that you can always call us if you find yourself in need of a Hillsborough based emergency locksmith in Sheffield.

From break-ins to lost keys, we are on hand to help! Professional and Affordable Locksmiths in Hillsborough Sheffield. We are fully insured locksmiths and always complete work to the highest standard at the best price in and around Hillsborough Sheffield. We take immense pride in our quality of service and high quality workmanship.

Call Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Hillsborough now – 07577138335

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield – Walkley

Sheffield City Locksmiths

 

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield – Walkley’s No.1 Locksmiths

  • Free estimate and helpful advice
  • No callout charge
  • All our work is fully guaranteed
  • Friendly family run
  • References available
  • Locked Out / Lost Keys
  • Response within 30 mins
  • Lowest price guaranteed
  • 24 Hour Emergency Services
  • We replace and install locks of all types
  • Lock supply, fitting and repairs and are Upvc repair specialists

When you need quick, affordable locksmith services in Walkley, Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Walkley are here to help so give us a call. We cover the whole of Walkley and surrounding areas of Sheffield. Whether you have lost your house keys, had a break in or need any kind of lock repair Precision locksmiths Sheffield in Walkley are on hand 24 hours a day,

We understand that many security issues occur during the night or small hours and we’ll always ensure that we are available to assist with whatever your need from Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Walkley. Keep our number somewhere safe so that you can always call us if you find yourself in need of a Walkley based emergency locksmith in Sheffield.

From break-ins to lost keys, we are on hand to help! Professional and Affordable Locksmiths in Walkley, Sheffield. We are fully insured locksmiths and always complete work to the highest standard at the best price in and around Walkley, Sheffield. We take immense pride in our quality of service and high quality workmanship.

Call Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Walkley now – 07577138335

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield – Crookes

Sheffield City Locksmiths

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield – Crookes No.1 Locksmiths

  • Free estimate and helpful advice
  • No callout charge
  • All our work is fully guaranteed
  • Friendly family run
  • References available
  • Locked Out / Lost Keys
  • Response within 30 mins
  • Lowest price guaranteed
  • 24 Hour Emergency Services
  • We replace and install locks of all types
  • Lock supply, fitting and repairs and are Upvc repair specialists

 

When you need quick, affordable locksmith services in Crookes, Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Crookes are here to help so give us a call.  We cover the whole of Crookes and surrounding areas of Sheffield. Whether you have lost your house keys, had a break in or need any kind of lock repair Precision locksmiths Sheffield in Crookes are on hand 24 hours a day,

We understand that many security issues occur during the night or small hours and we’ll always ensure that we are available to assist with whatever your need from Precision Locksmiths Sheffield in Crookes.  Keep our number somewhere safe so that you can always call us if you find yourself in need of a Crookes based emergency locksmith in Sheffield.

From break-ins to lost keys, we are on hand to help! Professional and Affordable Locksmiths in Crookes, Sheffield. We are fully insured locksmiths and always complete work to the highest standard at the best price in and around Crookes, Sheffield. We take immense pride in our quality of service

high quality workmanship.

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Landlord and Letting Services

Are you a landlord or letting agent? Have your old tenants left your property? How do you know how many keys spare keys have been cut and distributed whilst your property was under occupation? Have your old tenants lost the only key to a door and not reported it to you or damaged locks to the property?

At Precision Locksmiths Sheffield we are always happy to help a landlord are letting agent. We can offer a rapid response 24 hours a day to open and replace and lock, giving you and your new tenants total peace of mind knowing exactly who has access to your property.

All too often tenants can leave a property in a state of poor disrepair and this can include your doors and locks. If you find your tenant has broken a lock or the doors have dropped and won’t close or lock properly anymore, Precision Locksmiths Sheffield can help here too making sure your property is fully secure and the locks operating correctly ready for your new tenants.

Precision Locksmiths Sheffield will also offer a discounted rates to any regular landlords or letting agency. We are fully insured and offer only the best quality locks, all conforming to British Standards and insurance requirements.

If you’re in need of a professional and reliable locksmith company to take care of your rental premises and tenants requests , our fully vetted, qualified and experienced technicians are here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Increase your home security

Increase Your home security

1: Try to think like a burglar, if you had to how would you break into your home. Identify any weaknesses in your home security and rectify.

2: Keep all doors and windows locked even if you have only popped out for a short time. It only takes a minute for an opportunist thief to try your door and steal valuables.

 

3: Lock garage doors when not in use and try not to leave it open for too long. Garages often provide access to your house and contain valuables.

 

4: When you move home always get the locks changed. You never know how many sets of keys are out there or who has them.

 

5: If you’re going out for the night leave some lights on with energy saving light bulbs and the tv or radio. You are less likely to be targeted if your house looks occupied.

 

6: Don’t leave notes on the door telling delivery men to leave parcels. This is an obvious sign that you are not going to be in for the day.

 

7: Install security lights outside. If a thief can’t stay  out of sight they are less likely to target you.

 

 

8: Install a burglar alarm. This will always make a thief think twice.

 

 

9: If you ever lose a key outside always change the locks, even if they turn up later. You never know if someone found it and had one cut.

 

10:  Do not leave spare keys hidden outside. Even if you think you have a good hiding place.

Christmas Home Security Advice

Christmas Home Security: 10 Tips to Beat the Burglar

The weeks leading up to Christmas are the biggest shopping weeks of the year and for many retailers often accounts for 70% of their annual revenue. Stocking our homes with the latest electronic gadgets, computers, jewellery and must-have accessories is the norm, unfortunately though it provides thieves with the perfect incentive to commit burglaries.

Christmas; A time for giving, receiving… and taking!
Please read our tips on ensuring your home is secure over Christmas and the New Year period.

1. Deterring would-be criminals is one of the most effective forms of crime prevention. Invest in a motion sensor flood-light or even some outdoor Christmas lights to highlight your home’s exterior. This will hopefully make approaching your home too conspicuous for a burglar. Highlighting the fact your possessions are security marked and registered on Immobilise using window decals provides a further warning that your goods are marked, traceable and not worth the risk of stealing!

2. Festive lighting – be secure. A common mistake of many festive decorators is to feed extension cables through partially open windows, criminals know to look for this vulnerability. When it comes to outdoor lighting, opt for solar or battery operated lights or install outdoor electrical outlets.

3. Dispose of gift packaging carefully. Refuse collections over the Christmas / New Year period are normally at different times. If you can’t take packaging to a recycling point, make sure you only put your rubbish out just before the collection and do your best to fold boxes so that they do not advertise your new contents of your home to thieves!

4. Protect your Identity. It is good practice never to dispose of receipts and personal paperwork without first shredding it. Christmas is a time when this is especially important! Be careful though not to shred any important warranty details, make sure documents you keep are stored somewhere secure.

5. Check doors and windows for weak spots. Government statistics show that 30% of burglaries happen through windows. Installing a few dead-bolts and new window hinges could increase the security of your home exponentially.

6. Keep your curtains, drapes and window blinds closed at night, making sure valuable items are out of sight. When going out for the evening make use of inexpensive timers to give the illusion of occupancy.

7. Away over Christmas – plan ahead. If you’re going away at Christmas be sure to cancel any newspaper or milk subscriptions. Arrange for a neighbour to park on the driveway to help create the impression someone is home. Do not to leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like “we’re away skiing for the Christmas holidays” etc and again make use of light timers.

8. Secure garages & sheds. Make sure that garden tools or ladders that could be used to force entry into your home are not left lying around or accessible from an unlocked garden shed. Garages are often targets for burglars looking for tools, bikes and gardening equipment – make sure the garage is secure and your possessions are secured too in the case of bikes and tools. Naturally make sure anything portable / valuable is recorded on immobilise.

9. Don’t hide keys & use alarms if you have them. Burglars know to look for hidden door keys so don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or above door ledges. Instead give the spare key to family or trusted neighbour. Many houses these days have alarms, many though are rarely set, make sure yours is on and protecting your home.

10. Register your property for FREE on Immobilise at http://www.immobilise.com . This is a national property database that the Police can access and search if we recover suspected stolen property. We regularly search houses of suspected criminals, we check second hand dealers, and visit car boot sales and we have a device that can identify stolen property if the bar code is registered. Don’t let them get away with your gear. Get it logged. Get it back.

Most mobile phones have a unique identifier such as a serial number or an IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity) which can found easily by pressing the following keys on your mobile handset: * # 0 6 # . If your gift doesn’t have a unique identifier there are several affordable marking kits available (i.e. Smart Water / untra-violet pens). Contact your local PCSO for further advice.

Hopefully your property will not be targeted by burglars but we do hope some of the advice provided helps to keep your home safe over the seasonal period and into 2012.

 

Advice from Police Community Support Officer Alan Stead

http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk

Robin Homes | Operation Lockdown

 

 

South Yorkshire Police have launched the ‘Keep It Safe’ campaign.

The ‘Keep It Safe’ campaign is South Yorkshire Police’s latest drive to combat burglary and car crime and will feature four fictional characters – PC Andy Beat, Siren the police dog and two criminals, Nick De Mota and Robin Holmes. These characters will be used to encourage householders and vehicle owners to secure their property and keep items out of view from criminals.

A website has recently been launched where you can view where there has been car crime and burglaries in a particular area and what you can do to prevent it.

The website can be viewed at www.operationlockdown.co.uk and will be updated Monday to Friday.

 

Here are just a few tips to help prevent home and vehicle crime:

Keep your home secure

  • Keep all doors and windows locked at all times even when inside.
  • One in three burglaries does not involve forced entry.
  • Do not leave house or car keys in your home, particularly near doors or windows.
  • Keep valuable property out of sight.
  • Lock away ladders, garden tools, and other items that burglars could use to enter your home
  • Have effective house alarms, CCTV systems and good quality locks fitted.
  • If you’re not sure don’t open the door – always check the callers identify card and look up the organisation to check the caller is genuine. Don’t use the number on their card.

Top tips for keeping your vehicle safe

  • Remember to lock doors and close windows before leaving your vehicle.
  • Don’t leave items on show in your car, whether it’s an expensive laptop or just some loose change.
  • Don’t leave valuables in the glove box of your car.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit spot that is visible to other members of the public, or covered by CCTV.
  • At home, don’t keep your car keys next to your front door or in an obvious place.
  • If possible keep your vehicle in a garage.
  • If your car doesn’t have an alarm, get one fitted or use a steering lock.
  • Secure your number plates with clutch head screws.
  • In the cold weather don’t leave your car unattended with the engine running, to defrost the windows.
  • Never leave a Sat Nav in a vehicle and wipe away any sucker marks from the glass.

Students’ Open House For Burglars

Students are putting themselves at unnecessary risk of being burgled by not locking doors, after a random police patrol found officers could enter half of student properties without being noticed by the occupants.

On one shift of testing front doors, South Yorkshire police could easily enter 20 student-owned properties.

Inspector Darren Starkey, who leads the Sheffield Central safer neighbourhood teams, told Forge Press many cases of students being burgled were preventable.

He said there was evidence that students were not sufficiently locking their properties.

“Officers have been conducting regular patrols in student areas trying doors to see if they are locked.

“In one shift, 40 doors were tested and over half were unlocked. This allowed police officers to walk into the property undetected.

“The testing of doors will continue while officers work together with students to reduce burglaries.”

“Burglars know that students are often new to the city and away from home for the first time, and therefore not as conscious about security measures.

“This can lead to student and multiple occupancy properties being targeted by burglars.”

It comes after figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request showed traditional student-populated areas have some of the highest burglary rates in Sheffield.

A total of 4,861 offences of burglary have been reported in Sheffield so far this year with student areas among the worst affected.

Crookes was one of only three wards in Sheffield to have recorded an increase in burglaries year-on-year even though this year’s figures only apply for the first nine months of 2012.

Last year the ward recorded a total of 189 burglaries; however, so far in 2012, 192 burglaries have been reported to police.

The figures include the number of burglaries and attempted burglaries recorded by police in Sheffield from January 1 to September 30 2012.

Broomhill, which has one of the highest proportions of student-to-let properties in the city and includes Endcliffe student village, has so far had 231 incidents of property being burgled from.

Olivia Adams, a third year student at the University of Sheffield, lived in Broomhill last year but had her house burgled in broad daylight while housemates were upstairs.

She told Forge Press that her friends returned home from watching rugby at Varsity and found her television missing.

“I found the whole experience very stressful and never expected it to happen to me.

“My television was the only thing of value in the communal rooms. Everything else we kept locked away in our rooms.

“We couldn’t claim insurance on it because one of my housemates had left the back door propped open.

“Three of my housemates were in and heard noises but thought it was each other.

“I think it was an opportunistic burglar, who saw his chance and grabbed it.”

According to the figures, there is a daily average of 17 reported cases of burglary in Sheffield.

Every week Broomhill has on average six offences of property, cars or businesses being burgled, while Crookes has almost five.

South Yorkshire police said there was evidence that students were being specifically targeted because of their poor security.

Starkey said: “South Yorkshire police is aware of the increased number of burglaries in areas of Sheffield predominantly populated by students.

“Student properties present two main opportunities for burglars. There are often multiple laptops and other electrical equipment in one shared property, and unsecure doors and windows make a burglar’s job very easy.”

He added: “It is important to highlight that these incidents are not isolated to a particular time, when students are not at home for example. They are occurring throughout the day and night.

“To tackle this issue, police officers will be increasing their focus on areas that contain high numbers of multiple occupancy properties.”

Students’ Union welfare officer Jon Gleek said he wasn’t surprised that police had seen a rise in student-related burglaries.

“Student houses are seen as good targets for burglars because the houses often have multiple items which are easily grabable and easy to sell on.

“It is also really important to get appropriate insurance for your property and check the small print of the terms and conditions to see if things like window locks are required in the policy.”

PC Bob Kenney, universities liaison officer for South Yorkshire police, advised students to keep their valuable property out of sight.

Written By

 Jonathan Robinson

http://forgetoday.com/news/half-of-students-leave-door-open-for-burglary/