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Raising Awareness - Basic Lock Security is an ISSUE which everyone should be aware of.........

I am not a locksmith technician but I have real interest in Keeping People Safe so I was fascinated to spend some time with our senior Locksmith Technician who runs the Leeds business.

Spending a day with Carl was fascinating and demonstrated how skilled and knowledgeable they are.

I was AMAZED at what I learnt and what made we go home and change EVERY LOCK at my HOUSE. I then got the locks changed at my Mum's house......... and before you ask, I did pay for them to be changed - no favours here irrespective of position.

Here is the video I shot as soon as I got back from my trip to Leeds......

In my video I make reference to another video which you may, or may not, choose to watch. The video has been produced in a certain manner, however I have seen a demonstration from Carl which backs up the claims on the video.

We are trying to raise the awareness of lock security so that people at least understand the situation rather than living in complete bliss.

How do locksmiths make money (although they hate it) and how they prefer to offer a better solution at a much lower cost...?

There is no avoiding the fact that locksmiths earn a living from the apparent never ending number of burglaries and property crime in general.

We offer an emergency call out service and as such we get called out at any time of the day and night.

It’s what we do….. we are your local EXPERT locksmith’s.

As you might appreciate Our emergency callout rates are at a premium to our normal rates so it’s very good business for us. After all we are a business, we have bills to pay, children to bring up, families to look after…. We are just like everyone else making a living.

And if you call us on a weekend or bank holiday, heaven forbid Christmas Day then our rates can go higher….!!

In all honesty emergency call outs are financially very good for us but let me tell you, attending an emergency call out due to a break in or burglary is AWFUL…. really AWFUL!!!

We see the pain, distress and upset on the faces of those affected, including friends and neighbours.

You see we have a family and attending such horrible events like these makes me feel sick; what if that was my family or friends or neighbours…? How do would we feel…? How would you feel…?

The thing is that is doesn’t have to be this way… there are things that you could do right now to prevent the problem in the first place.

We also get frustrated because we know the majority of break ins and burglaries could be prevented if people KNEW how vulnerable they are and took some immediate action.

So, so many people think that they are safe because their doors have a fancy 5 lever locking mechanism, that their door is solid wood, or steel framed.

They DON’T know that they are exposed to danger because while the door is strong, the lever system is strong – there is still a big weakness….!!

It doesn’t matter how new or modern your door is, the weakness could still be present….. IT’S THE SAME PROBLEM in many, many doors across the UK.

So what is this big issue…? 

Believe it or not it is the lock itself!!!

A large number of doors in the UK are installed with sub standard “locks”. (Nb. This is the bit you put your key in.)

The standard cylinder lock is so bad we REFUSE to fit them.

Unless your “lock” has the right accredited stamp then you are at risk of someone breaking into your property in less than 15 secs (maybe less). Even worse your standard lock may not even be compliant with your insurance policy.

What to Look out for..?

To ensure you have the right standard of lock you should look for at least 1 of the following accreditation logos.

Seeing one of the accreditations should be good news but for complete peace of mind it is best to call in an EXPERT locksmith.

And, how they prefer to offer a better solution at a much lower cost…?

We would love to earn a living in a way that avoids all the pain and anguish we witness when we attend break ins, burglaries. Even if it means we charge less.

Our company mantra of “Keeping You Safe” is something that we are passionate about, however, to do this we need to get into your home to check out your locks before someone else does!

We ONLY fit the right types of lock….. and there are generally 3 grades from “good” to “excellent”.

We also fit other simple security measures that will protect you and your family. And, they are not expensive.

We urge everyone to take advice from a trusted and expert locksmith to make sure you can sleep comfortable at night knowing your family, home, contents and car are protected.

At Lockforce we can offer a simple and fast solution so you know exactly what locks you have - call now for your FREE Home Lock Security Survey.

MD wins Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

We had some great news on Friday when Sean Taylor the MD of the Forces Group was announced the winner of the EC Entrepreneur of the Year at the EC National Conference held in the Hilton at the NEC.

Sean was the winner of the prestigious "Entrepreneur of the Year 2017" after being shortlisted to the final 6.

Sean said "I was amazed to be announced the winner when I heard the stories of the other entries and couldn't believe it when my name was read out".

The award was presented by the founder of the EC (Entrepeneurs Circle) and serial entrepreneur, Nigel Botterill.

Sean said "this entry is not just about the year but about the journey over the years, and as all business owners know it is a huge roller coaster of a journey. This is definitely a high point and my thanks to my business partner Paul Smith, the whole team and many more that have helped the journey.."

"We support a large network of business owners (franchisees) and I hope this give everyone a lift and some inspiration to push on and achieve great things."


A great day as a team...

On Wednesday 22nd November we held our Forces Group national conference at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

There was a good attendance from the team although some couldn't make it due to other work commitments.

It was a great day of learning and updating on the direction of the business.

Thanks to our exhibitors and a special mention to James Sinclair who gave a magnificent Key Note talk in the lead up to lunch.

We were a bit light on numbers but still a great turn out for the conference.

MD is Shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Lockforce are excited to see the Group MD Sean Taylor being shortlisted for the EC Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. After an exciting year for the Group, Sean will be attending the EC National Conference on 8th December when the winner will be announced.

#entrenpeuroftheyear2017 #lockforce

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.