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Locksmith – Clippings and Musings – March 2017

There is an abundance of choice when it comes to customising home security systems which is excellent for the consumer who is technologically aware. What about those that get caught out by being burgled by a speculative intruder? Ensuring websites are up to date is a key factor that installers and locksmiths should always remember to do regularly, as there are a lot of homeowners out there all needing good sound advice, even if sadly, it is sometimes after the event.

Recently a friend was burgled, during the day, at some non specific point in the afternoon … it seems the ‘on spec’ burglars are getting braver these days as this person is a Chief Superintendent! The irony was not lost on her, but it was a sharp reminder to double check locks and security systems particularly as there is a current spike in burglaries, I am reliably informed. Within the next 24 hours a new smart security system was installed and after a few (noisy) practice runs all seems to be safe and secure.

Although the window locks had been weak in an old window-frame, she felt she had enough protection and deterrents in other places. Then she felt as though the house had been invaded and that fear grew, as she watched her young children frightened to go from one room to another, after the burglary. The psychological shock was perhaps more frightening to them than the loss of all things technical?…either way, it was a difficult thing for her to see.

It was interesting then to learn what the priorities were for her when looking at improving the security in and around her home. The answer was complete new locks and a system she can control on her phone, both of which were completed as swiftly as possible!

When looking at systems, the versatility and flexibility were crucially important and whilst a basic option would have probably catered to her needs, a more sophisticated one, that was tailored to safeguard the home, its contents and her loved ones proved to be the preferred route.

It was obvious that whilst a few basic options had been considered the more advanced package which provided greater coverage with its customised options, was the more reassuring solution.

In this instance the best home security system offered excellent security monitoring with an easy-to-install wireless system and the capacity for numerous sensors throughout the home all backed up by great customer support.

Catching Them Out

The integrity of the supplier was also an instrumental factor in the decision making process. Following on from that, it was reassuring to read about the successful conviction of a rogue trader locksmith who after 8 years of work by Scambusters, Trading Standards and the MLA, has finally been convicted and ordered to pay £700,000 fine following a five-year investigation into his criminal operation in London.

Clear evidence that it is so important to be able to verify standards and proves the necessity for professional qualifications in this sector.

As the MLA reminds us “It’s also good to see the BBC promoting the MLA as a good source of finding vetted and approved locksmiths.”

In terms of accreditations, industry-leading PVC-U systems supplier, The VEKA UK Group, has again been awarded membership of the national crime prevention initiative, Secured by Design for the VEKA and Halo brands.

Mark Barsby, Accreditation Manager of The VEKA UK Group, said: “’Designing out crime’ means that security features are incorporated within products during the design and development stage, rather than being an ‘add on’ to the finished product.

Mark Barsby

“VEKA and Halo have always taken this approach, with security, style and energy efficiency being primary concerns at the concept stage of a new product development. Our SBD ‘licence’ and display of the SBD logo helps us to illustrate to customers and specifiers our commitment to this initiative.

“Since Part Q of the Building Regulations came into effect in England in October 2015, we are seeing increasing relevance for enhanced security standards, particularly PAS 24.

With Government White Papers on the housing market coming to the fore, and potential incentives emerging for the new build sector, we are very likely to see new housing developments in the near future – which will likely list an SBD requirement as part of the specification process.”

A Great Campaign

Meanwhile, leading manufacturer Yale, is reinforcing the importance of its latest consumer campaign in a bid to remind people about the need for good locksmith services.

‘Who’s Got the Keys to your Home’, initiative was launched recently which highlights the importance of knowing who has accessibility into a property.

With lost or stolen keys a large security risk, figures suggest that with around 20 million spare keys misplaced, UK homeowners are at risk to potential break-ins.

According to Yale the Spring is a prime time for people to move home and there are major security risks that come with that, due to the amount of people who could have access to a property and consequently, security solutions should be a priority.

National and regional press are part of a full national campaign with property blogs and a social media campaign also underway.

Yale intends to educate consumers about the importance of changing locks with statistics and data available on the company’s website. Suggested product upgrades will also be listed on the site to reinforce the benefits of the company’s range and the security advantages it provides.

For more information on the campaign and how to get involved, please contact the Yale trade sales team on 0845 223 2126 or visit

Finally, as we head towards the Spring exhibitions, security will undoubtedly be high on the list of considerations for many, once again. Security expert Abloy UK has committed to attending Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) 2017 at Olympia in London and will be highlighting access control technology on Stand B65A where the latest innovations will be showcased.

The high quality compliant locking solutions, including low energy electric locks, LPCB-rated padlocks, and its revolutionary PROTEC2 CLIQ Connect system will all be exhibited. Demonstrations of some of the company’s most innovative products will also be available for visitors to the Stand.

CLIQ iPhone Lock

The show which is to be held on 3-4th May 2017 is the UK’s leading national security event for protective professionals as well as governments and nations against terrorism.

Steve Wintle, Head of CNI at Abloy UK, said: “We’re keen to speak with security specifiers at SCTX to discuss the current threat of terrorism and the role of access control in preventing potential attacks and providing a quick response when needed.”

Helen Duval

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