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70% Of Us Forget If We’ve Locked Our Doors

New research reveals extent of carelessness around property security, impact on insurance claims Seven in ten of us have left a property and been unable to remember whether we locked the doors, while six in ten of us have left a property and returned to find we had left a door unlocked. These are the findings from…

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The True Cost Of Losing Keys Highlighted By Prison Blunder

Abloy UK is highlighting the need for key security, following recent revelations that HMP Northumberland Prison incurred costs of up to £1million to change the facility’s locks after a guard was reportedly taken hostage and had his keys stolen. The Security systems had to be reviewed and locks changed, at an estimated cost of more than £500,000. In addition to this, moving…

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What Do These 3 Have In Common? Fortress, Strongbolt and Yale

Geraint Jones of GJ Locks says they can be decoded and opened non destructively in less time than it will take you to read this article If you’re proficient with drilling mortice locks you should be able to drill and pick any Fortress, Strongbolt and Yale Decoder in about 4 minutes. However the downside of…

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Striking A Balance Between Security, Aesthetics And Budget

JACKSONS FENCING RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES FACING ARCHITECTS WHEN INSTALLING SCHOOL FENCING  A third of architects say that schools have weak points in their perimeters and entrances Multiple entry points are the biggest access control challenge affecting schools (90%) Nearly all architects are familiar with Secured by Design standards (95%) 71% of refurbishment specifications are identical…

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Nightlatches And Deadlocks – The Test of Time

Mick friend is joined by a couple of contributors to look backwards and forwards at the past, present and future of trying to defeat the burglar – and making a living as a locksmith. When I were a lad, writes Mick Friend, it was simple. Nightlatch cylinders and Union Oval profile cylinders. The Nightlatch cylinders came in differing flavours with the…

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The Psychology Behind Audio Branding And How Sound Can Influence Customer Behaviour

Dan Lafferty, Director of Voice and Music at PHMG, looks at how audio branding can be used to unlock customer potential   As an unlicensed and unregulated industry in the UK, professional locksmiths have the added challenge of differentiating themselves to attract customers to their quality service and workmanship. Emphasis is often placed on the…

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CCTV Catches Another Crash Crook

A man has been sentenced for a false insurance claim after CCTV proved he wasn’t in his car when it was hit in a carpark. The James Young has pleaded guilty at Mold Magistrates Court and been sentenced to six months suspended for two years for a false insurance claim and ordered to pay £200…

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Does The Traditional Lock And Key Have A Future?

Martin Smith, product manager at IronmongeryDirect, discusses his predictions for the future of the lock and key Technology is constantly changing and evolving, meaning that there are always new and innovative devices and gadgets coming to market. For example, technology has advanced within the home to the extent that heating and lighting systems can now be controlled by a smartphone. And choosing a…

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Padlocks and Garage Locks – Two New Just for You

To better protect access to garage doors, Master Lock has launched Garage Protector, a Bronze Level Sold Secure certified product. The steel security bar and hasp are ideal to block retractable garage doors from the outside. A round hidden shackle padlock made from hardened steel combined to rivets around all the lock offer maximum resistance against leverage and hammering. The 6-pin…

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Locksmith Scams – How Can We Avoid Them?

It might seem that the quickest, cheapest locksmith is the answer when a lock needs opening or a door needs securing but the lack of required certification in the locksmith profession makes it a target for scamming. What can be done? A recent study found that a burglary occurs every 68 seconds in the UK. Under the inevitable stress…

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