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The Future Of Locks

The Future of Locks

The prospect of Internet of Things is becoming increasingly prominent as we progress through 2017, transforming from an idea to a way we live our lives. IoT services such as Hive, Nest and many more are relied on to manage and care for the user’s home, safety and pets. Progressively, more and more aspects of our daily lives are being managed by our mobiles, you can add domestic locks to that list now!

That’s right, even the least glamourous products and services are becoming subject to the growing phenomenon that is Internet of Things, take the below August smart door lock;

This innovative lock allows the homeowner and visitors to enter the property by simply sending across an invitation via a mobile number using the Auto-Unlock application, the smart lock itself will pick up on the number in the vicinity and will unlock the door allowing the user to enter and exit without any issue or keys. However, (as you’d imagine) there is an element of security issue with this product.

As with any new technology, there are groups of people who will try to hack into the software and breach security information, similar to the hackers which compromised Google’s Nest software in 2014. As new and exciting IoT devices are released on BETA, there are increased risks of malfunctioning hardware or faulty software updates which may leave your home completely unsecured.

Gartner forecasts there will be almost five billion connected devices by the end of this year and 25 billion in 2020, with Internet of Things IOT locks surely predicted to be a largely sought product in years to come. In the meantime? Avoid potential device malfunctions and enquire about domestic lock upgrades, it could save you a fortune!
Forces Group Conference draws near

The next Forces Group National Conference is fast approaching. A special day when all the business owners / operators join together to share ideas and celebrate the successes of the last 6 months. It also serves as an opportunity to learn new things that will help push things forward.

Oops..... we neglected to welcome Richard Cullen

The team at Lockforce are delighted to welcome (belatedly) Richard Cullen to the team. Richard is covering the Southampton area and has already made a great impact.

Good to have you in the team.

Lockforce continues to grow....... welcome to our New Team members

The Forces Group and the team at Lockforce are delighted to welcome 2 new team members. With different skills and background these guys will add a great new depth to the team.

Chris Jennings is now running the Cardiff and South Wales region on behalf of Lockforce. He flew through our on-boarding and familiarisation period and is already receiving huge praise and reviews from local customers in the region.


Bill Ewing is our first technician in our Scotland region as the brand continues to grow. Bill (on the left) and is seen above enjoying some light refreshments after a few long days with our Local Technician Carl Traviato.


At Lockforce we are building a brand that customers can trust and be confident of service excellence at great value. Last month the brand received it's 1000th review and continues to grow every month. http://www.lockforce.co.uk/customer-reviews/ shows our in-house review system and we also have our Trustist Review system.
A Lock job with a difference

Lockforce Locksmiths get called to all types of locksmith situations but this is without doubt the one that trumps all others. It happened a few years ago but worthy of mention again.

It all happened in Yorkshire when our Leeds technician Carl Traviato was called to a particularly interesting job…

‘Roughly 70% of my jobs are to get people back into their property following a lock out…however this one was a little different!’ For when I received a distress call to open the locks of a HELICOPTER, I knew it was going to be a day that challenged me to the very core of his locksmith mettle! I wasn’t wrong…

On arriving at Leeds Bradford Airport, I quickly realised that this wasn’t going to be a standard lock job on the vehicle’s door. Indeed there was no lock to be seen at all? I eventually located the contraption beneath the seats of the chopper and began the process of meticulously picking the lock…not before I had to ask the airport’s staff to manually remove the seats so I could gain access…regretfully, despite what I’ve been told through a lifetime of Bond films, there was no ejector button to speed up the process.

However, after an hour of painstaking picking, I was in! I like to think I helped enable the James Bond of Leeds make his flight over to London that evening with his heli-locks in order!’

So the next time you’re locked out of your helicopter or private plane…look on Lockforce to help you out.

PS. For those who remain ground-bound, you’ll be happy to know that we still do plain old house locks too! ​

Lockforce Directors Race The Sun!

The directors of Lockforce raised a staggering £3000 for the children's medical research charity Action with the Race The Sun Charity Challenge!

Sean Taylor (Managing Director) and Paul Smith (Commercial Director) were amongst the 200 plus participants competing in the Lake District based event on August 29th, which started with a lengthy bike ride at 06:19AM before sunrise, followed by a testing hike up Britains second highest mountain- Helvellyn at 3,116ft (950m). It didn't finish there...

The race against time continued with a further bike ride before a 3km canoe course within the Lake Thirlmere, concluding with another bike riding which totalled 50km on wheels!

The challenging course took Sean and Paul 10hrs 55mins against the sunset, finishing a respectable 26th.

For more information about the Race The Sun event, click here.

Home Security Expert: 5 Top Home Security Tips and How To Keep Your Home Safe

Hi and welcome to the Home Security Expert site aimed at helping you and your family to feel safer and be safer in and around your home.

This site is sponsored by Lockforce a commercial locksmith business that has an establishing and expanding network of local expert locksmiths with a passion for “keeping you safe”. As a commercial business the local Lockforce technicians earn a living as a result of poor home security, however, the success is not simply based not just on their expert capability but also their desire to help the local communities that they serve.

You see, on a day to day basis, these local teams see the distress and upset caused through break in, lock outs, thefts, damage to property and the like. And, while they are Locksmiths, if you ask any of them what they dislike about their job they will tell you it is witnessing this distress and upset, particularly when in many instances it could have been avoided.

The aim of the site is to give you valuable tips and security knowledge to help protect your home and family to reduce or avoid the chance of any problems. From discussion on the best burglary deterrents, to information on how to keep your locks maintained so they last longer or information from Police or the local Neighbourhood Watch we simply want to help.

One of the most common questions that get asked on a day-to-day basis is ‘what can I do to better protect my home’. It’s a really important subject, for if any of you have had the misfortune of being burgled in the past, the hindsight that only a few little lifestyle changes could have kept your protected is a real kick in the teeth!

So we thought it best to compile a list of the top 5 security tips that you and your family can implement around the home to better protect yourselves from theft…

  1. Take your key out of the door! Many people will often leave a key sticking on the inside of their door, in case they need to vacate their property in a hurry (such as in a powercut or fire). However, leaving your lock in the door can likewise leave you dangerously exposed to burglary. Remember…a door is much harder to break than a window, and if a criminal can see a key wedged in a lock, they may decide to break a nearby window (or the window within the door) to reach the key and open the lock from the other side. If they entered your property via another door, the key in the lock moreover provides the burglar with an easy escape route.

  2. Fit Blinds to your windows, as these will act as a significant (not to mention noisy!) obstacle for people attempting to enter through the windows.

  3. Install a light time in your home to come and certain times of day or night. Potential burglars will often approach a home if they suspect no body is in…

  4. Fit light censors to the front porch and patio. Installing a light censor which illuminates when somebody is within your property perimeter is an excellent way of deterring burglars. Likewise, think about adding gravel to your front drive which will alert you if a potential intruder is approaching the property.

  5. And finally, make sure you have adequately functioning locks that are made to British Standard of Security Excellence. You can identify these locks by looking at the kite mark that will be imprinted on the lock casement. These locks offer protection from the core burglary techniques; such as lock picking, bumping and snapping.

However please take note that even though most high-tech locks won’t protect you 100%. If a thief sees the opportunity to enter your property, they will take advantage, so make sure you protect yourself with adequate security measures. We hope you have taken some valuable insights from the first Home Security Expert article, be sure to like us on Facebook (click here) for the latest updates!