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Locksmith – Clippings and Musings – January 2017

As 2017 begins with many making fresh starts on diets and health regimes, some are still counting the cost of Christmas and the festive season from 2016. Christmas is often a golden opportunity for for burglars to take advantage of slack home security and a supply of brand new goods that have been bought over the season, which insurance companies keenly understand.

Although thieves will have probably taken a break on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve is regarded by many insurance companies as the season’s worst day for burglaries.

With homes 22% more likely to be broken into on 31 December than on any other average day during the year, according to reports, it appears that consumers still need reminding of the basics about home security.

Reinforcing the importance to homeowners about the measures to take that can prevent burglaries and the traumas associated with it, is probably more important now than at any other time of the year. It is not a case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted but for many consumers the reminder would probably be extremely pertinent. For installers and locksmiths to nudge homeowners about simple old-school steps that shouldn’t be overlooked such as checking the standards of locks on a home and reviewing alarm systems is always important.

Security experts advise homeowners to look at home security in ‘layers’ as burglars tend to evaluate targets using a risk versus reward scenario. The more security measures in place increases the risk and lessens the reward, which reduces the possibility for homes to be broken into or placed as an easy target in the eye of a would be intruder.

Grasping The Technology

Understanding the technology that’s involved with SmartTechnology can be daunting for some so helping consumers understand the simplicity of products available must be a key to sales generation. For some consumers remembering to check house safety such as lock standards, window security and alarm servicing are aspects that can easily be forgotten, so e-mails, website downloads and even a mail drop could be welcome information.

Car break-ins also could be a common problem depending on the area and where a car is left, which could require CCTV technology on a driveway. In order to combat this type of theft, vehicle programming specialists, Hickleys, have launched a number of roadshows that will be held during the year. These will focus on explaining the merits to key programming.

The ability to copy or program vehicle keys and remotes provides greater revenue options in addition to services and car diagnostics for garages and car dealerships not to mention key cutters and auto locksmiths.

Afternoon presentations will highlight the new technology and associated equipment necessary along with relevant methods used using the MVPPro or Zed-Full key programming and cloning options.

Live demonstrations will be held on dates during January and February across the UK. Anyone wishing to learn more can visit the Hickleys website www.hickleys.com/diagnostics/key_programming_demos.php or alternatively they can call Nicky Summers on 01823 328604 to register their interest to attend.

In other news Abloy UK has supplied ScottishPower with a compliant fire door solution to secure Battery Rooms that do not compromise on health or safety standards. ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, which is a global energy company that operates in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, energy management and supply of gas and electricity throughout the UK.

Greater Security

SALTO systems has recently provided smart access for a modern serviced office building in Wolverhampton. Deansgate, located in Tettenhall, was previously used as an HMRC VAT office and due to its period features with a listed façade, the property has been meticulously re-designed under the strict eye of town planners and specifiers.

Post conversion, security was a crucial element for consideration with focus placed on access to and from the offices needing strict control.

An older access control system has now been replaced and the 28 luxury offices now house security, CCTV, access control, intercom systems, Wi-Fi, broadband and IT security as well as the latest VOIP based telephone systems, which will undoubtedly give the estimated 200 people expected to work there eventually, greater peace of mind.

Helen Duval
January 2017

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