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Clippings and Musings – Locksmith – May 2017 Helen Duval

In the world of home security, according to our readers, there seems to be two types of smart-home investors. Firstly, those who are looking at specific gadgets which can resolve a precise problem such as improved window security or upgrading entry systems. Then there are people who are looking to completely integrate technology into their home security system.

Generally, it appears, many look to fix a specific issue in their home perhaps because of a break in or due to a change of home ownership, which will influence the purchase. Others just want to simplify daily tasks such as installing smart video technology to be able to see who is at the front door. Gradually, these people build a portfolio of technical gadgets that give them advantages to improve the overall security at their homes, to gain a greater peace of mind.

Those who tend to fall into the second category, evaluate their properties with a view to incorporating a complete smart-home system, which synchronises all the products so that they can work together. These are increasing in popularity with the use of smart-hubs which work in combination with tailored wireless devices.

Buying decisions, according to technology specialists, can be influenced by the reason for the investment in the first place, which could sway how investors move forward with their home security.

Fundamentally, alongside cost, it would seem to depend on how complicated or simplistic the new technology is to install and how easy it is to manage beyond the installation. In the time of the millennial, opening separate apps for smart door security and a smart heating system will not be too much of a challenge, however the idea of having one system to cater for all needs could be a more attractive prospect.

The introduction of compelling products such as the Alexa from Amazon or other similar Smart-Home voice activated technology now takes smart security up another notch with switches, lights, doors and windows all connected to the newly evolving technological world of home security. To the older generations this may seem some kind of fearful, fantastical new era but once understood, the simplicity of smart security becomes something many don’t want to be without.

Keeping people safe in their houses continues to be an evolving world with most companies now embracing the broader scope they gain from online resources, when expanding their business and reaching the consumer sector.

Relcross has recently overhauled its Keylex website by creating a comprehensive online digital lock resource for trade users. Here wholesalers, merchants, security companies, locksmiths and installers gain immediate access to the Keylex commercial range.

The Keylex range is offered with security features for low, medium and high security projects with compatible lock cases, cylinders and exit hardware also available.

Although Relcross introduced an online option 5 years ago it has grown substantially, however it is now considered that digital locking systems require a professional skillset to ensure that the right product is bought and installed correctly.

With total security in mind ABUS UK is now offering locksmiths new business potential with the ABUS Door Bar range which is available with three simple options – internal hand operated bars, internal key operated door bars or internal and external key operated door bars. Easy to use fitting kits are also available which adapt to varying door sizes.

The 2 key version is considered premium which incorporates a high security dimple-key Euro Cyliner that can be adapted to suit any ABUS or existing door cylinder system.

Keeping an eye on business, Eurocell recently announced that it has purchased window and door hardware distributor, Security Hardware Ltd. The Willenhall based company is a leading supplier of domestic security hardware products which boasts a turnover of around £4 million. The company specialises in locks and hardware for the pvc-u, timber and composite door sectors.

This acquisition will boost growth for the security hardware division at Eurocell enabling the company to provide a comprehensive hardware service via its 170 branch network outlets.

Security Hardware Managing Director, Nigel Ridgway, said, “With 30 years’ experience in the door and window industry, and with an intense focus on quality and customer service; the Security Hardware fit with Eurocell feels like a great one and is bound to benefit both businesses. Using our expertise, we are continuing to expand our range in this category, while the group can look forward to more products being rolled out across its fast-growing branch network. It’s a win for everyone”.

One interesting news item recently caught our eye and from this it would seem that homeowners in certain parts of the world, may also need to provide identification.

A locksmith was called to a property on the island of Lesvos where a woman claimed that she had locked herself out of her home. After opening the door he was paid and he left. A few hours later he was contacted by the local police who were searching local locksmith companies trying to find the identity of the woman. It turns out, she had entered the house of a 67 year old man and proceeded to steal cash, jewellery and a coin collection worth in excess of €27,000.

Within a few hours a woman was arrested in possession of most of her haul and she is continuing to help Police with their investigations into a number of other robberies in the locale. My guess is she’s not the first and won’t be the last to try this bold approach to burglary, making checking our doors even more of a priority.

Helen Duval 2017

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