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What are the warning signs of a failing locking mechanism?

Most homes these days have either UPVC or composite doors with multipoint locking mechanisms, these have a variety of hooks, deadbolts, rollers and mushrooms. This is a very good system which secures your door to it's frame all the way down the side of the door. As secure as these are, they can begin to fail over time, do you know how to spot the signs?

The first sign will be that it starts to stick in the door frame and the handle won't lift all the way to the top to engage the MPL. This will be a result of the door having dropped slightly or not been aligned properly. You will also notice the handle struggles to release the lock when you push it down to open the door. If this isn't rectified quickly it will add increased pressure on the gearbox and mechanism, having to force the hooks / rollers into their keeps. In turn, the handle will become 'floppy' and won't spring back into it's normal horizontal position.

This will continue for a while until the gearbox finally gives way and fails to open your door. At this point a locksmith will have to be called to get the door back open for you. Lockforce locksmiths in Cardiff deal with this on a regular basis and I always advise if you start seeing the warning signs, give me a call straight away on 07713 878 384 for a free assessment and no call out fee to check your door before it's too late and fails to open.


The Importance of Clearing Up...

When you're working in someone's home and offering a service that you expect to be paid for, it goes without saying that you should carry out the job as though it were your own home.

That simple rule is always followed by Lockforce locksmiths in Bridgend and something I thought everyone would do. But when I arrived at a customer's house to deal with a front door that wouldn't open, I was surprised to hear that another locksmith had already been out. He claimed to have fixed it but hadn't and also had left the remnants of the old lock still outside the front of the house!

I examined the door and the new lock, opened the door for the customer without causing anymore damage. The actual problem with the composite door was an alignment issue and not the lock. But still, inside the hallway was all the mess and metal filings from where the old lock had been drilled out.

Lockforce locksmiths in Bridgend will wear overshoes when entering your home. Dust sheets will be used when any work is required to be done to your door frame or your door itself, and I'll always sweep or hoover up at the end of the job.

The customer is now delighted with the work and the manner in which it was carried out, so it pays to go the extra mile!

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Welcome to David Green, new franchisee for Glossop, Oldham and Stockport

David joins the Lockforce team with a wealth of knowledge behind him, following 10 successful years as a locksmith.

He was keen however to join a growing national brand to support his growth aspirations and the camaraderie that comes with joining likeminded people.


Christmas at Lockforce locksmiths in Hull

Christmas at Lockforce locksmiths Hull
We have been and are continuing to work over the festive period. It’s already been a busy few days with lock outs and doors that decide they don’t want to open at the worst possible time.

Lockforce locksmiths are a 24-hour locksmith working around the clock to make sure you are safe and your security it’s always maintained.

Security is still something we need to maintain by making sure all windows and doors are lock and doors are locked even when you are in the home we are dealing a lot with burglary’s lately where they are breaking in during the day when the whole family are around there walking in grabbing bags and keys and leaving again in the customers cars.
Don’t take the risk lock the door even if you leave the keys in the door so you can easily get in and out this will still protect you from this crime...
There are devices such as ring and other motions sections devices that will allow you to know if someone is approaching your home or business this can be a early warning and enough to deter would be burglars. a lot of alarms also come with the chime function if someone opens the door this is also worth having on. But none of these will work but locking your door will insure your security and belongings remain exactly where they should.

We hope you all remain safe this festive period and we are always here if you need us so save our details just in case you do or even give us a call to take advantage of our free security survey.

Call: 01482 298002 / 07740003187

Lockforce Locksmiths Scunthorpe Working over the Festive Period

Lockforce Locksmiths are all ways working

Over this festive period, we have been busy, getting people back into their home, dealing with faulty / broken doors and making homes safe again after burglary’s

A few ways to keep your home safe
Lock all doors and windows every time you leave the house even if nipping to the shop we see most burglary’s last about 4 minutes in that time they have everything they need and are gone again.

Lock doors even when you are at home.
The sad fact now is that burglars don’t care if your home or not recent the amount of burglary’s during the day has gone up considerably they open doors grab bags and keys and leave again either with your bag or even your car.
It’s best to just lock your door as you are not insured if your door is not locked anyway. You can leave the key in the door, so you can get in and out easily but just
Make sure your door is lock and remove keys on a night.

This time of year, crime always increases let make sure we are not a statistic and our love ones and property remains safe.
Lockforce locksmiths are always here when you need us so call 24 hour a day on 07740003187 / 01724 375 015

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.