Best Home Security Measures for 2016

Smart cameras are becoming cheaper and easier to use for securing your home against thieves. But don’t neglect the tried and tested methods. Even in 2016 it’s the simple things that will keep your home safe against intruders.

Burglary is an opportunistic crime. That means the thieves don’t plan in detail where they’ll hit but look for any home that has little obvious security. Unobserved access due to high hedges or front walls, no alarm system, valuables left on display, and doors and windows left unsecured are what draw thieves to a house.
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How to Ensure Your Home is Always Protected against Intruders

Every 45 seconds there is an attempted burglary somewhere in the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics. In total there were 701,000 cases of domestic burglary between April 2015 and March 2016. On average the monetary cost to the homeowner is well over £3000.

That’s not to mention the lasting emotional damage. Burglary can leave you feeling frustrated and angry at your home being penetrated by thieves. And even worse it can leave you feeling vulnerable and isolated in the future, especially if you live alone.

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Dr Locks is now a Mul-T-Lock® Authorised Dealer

Dr Locks are pleased to announce that we are now 100% authorised dealers for Mul-T-Lock® high security locking systems with high security restricted key systems.

Mul-T-Lock® are a leading supplier of high security solutions and access control systems throughout the UK and Ireland, providing some of the very best hardware in the market today. It’s a real privilege that Dr Locks have been authorised to distribute such a high quality product. For over four decades, Mul-T-Lock® has been a worldwide leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing High Security locking products and access control solutions for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential applications.

Jason Gould of Dr Locks said “We’re so pleased to be able to offer some of the best security products we have ever worked with, we can now supply genuine Mul-T-Lock Integrator keys cut on dedicated Mul-T-Lock machines, resulting in an original precision key which is identical to your original key, ensuring perfect operation everytime. This is a huge benefit to our customers”

Call today and discuss the latest Mul-T-Lock products with Dr Locks; 0121 369 9878

Replace your cylinder locks

Don’t become a victim of lock snapping (see our earlier posts and videos). Doctor Locks can supply and fit anti-snap/drill/pick cylinders with security keys to avoid any unwanted copied keys being made.

Offers from Doctor Locks - Locksmith in Birmingham

Offers from Doctor Locks – Locksmith in Birmingham

Lock snapping is by far the number one choice for many burglars looking to gain entry into a home. A lock can be ‘snapped’ in well under a minute. Forget how good the rest of the door locking system is if the cylinder lock can easily be snapped, pushed through and the door opened. Doctor Locks replaces the older style euro-cylinders with anti-snap locks for complete piece of mind and full security.

Opportunistic Crime in Birmingham and the West Midlands

Police statistics recorded some 129 thefts from unlocked cars in the month of April alone by opportunistic thieves in the Solihull borough. Among the items taken were at £2,500 designer watch, as well as objects like sat-navs, sunglasses and loose change, along with anything else of value that could be found. The police stress that these crime figures are similar throughout the West Midlands.

This really does go to show how much of an impact opportunistic crime has on crime statistics throughout the Birmingham area, forming a significant proportion of total crime and resulting in much lost and damaged property. Knowing that there is a perceived “easy target” within their reach spurs potential burglars to attempt break-ins, and this is as true of houses, flats and shops as it is for vehicles.

To shore up the security in your home or business, having a resourceful, expert locksmith can make all the difference. With all manner of tools and equipment, as well as advice and guidance on all security matters, Doctor Locks can help secure your premises, making it a much more difficult task for opportunistic thieves to break into and potentially deterring them altogether.

As well as providing reliable keys, locks and lock repairs, Doctor Locks can supply wireless alarm systems that deliver notifications to the homeowner when it detects activity, sending an alert straight to their mobile phone. All of our hardware is guaranteed, having been fitted in accordance with the guidelines set down by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), which means that our products adhere to the highest standards used in Britain today.

If you are concerned about opportunistic crime in your premises, we can also arrange for a security expert to carry out a free and comprehensive home survey on the property, which can be instrumental in highlighting potential problems and giving you peace of mind when it comes to your security needs.

Lock Snapping On The Rise

Lock snapping is on the rise within the UK and becoming so easy to do, while costing those with snapped locks a lot of money to fix. This new technique is highly popular in burglaries as they will snap the lock cylinder in two, by removing the outside part to expose the lock mechanism and applying force. Doing this gives thieves the perfect access to the mechanism,
therefore allowing the door in question to be easily opened. This technique does not require any experience or skills, as thieves will tend to use hammers and screwdrivers, taking them just second to enter.

The locks that are most at risk on this type of attack will be those that are fitted with a euro profile cylinder, which can be found in majority of PVCu and composite doors. This locks would have been installed in the last 15 years and operate in combination with a multipoint lock. To avoid any attack or treats like this we recommend you upgrade your cylinder to one that is specifically designed to prevent the lock snapping method. Cylinders that meet the current standards has been developed with a number of security features, which are listed below:

  • Snap-Off: The front of the cylinder will come away, therefore giving the intruder less of the cylinder to attack
  • Hardened Grip-Deflectectors: This will prevent those try to grip the rest of the cylinder, therefore making it harder to get a good firm grip
  • Reinforced Bar: This is designed to not snap but to flex slightly, defeating the majority of intruders
  • Interlocking Cam: An interlocking cam with strengthening bar help to provide an additional protection to the cylinder itself
  • Anti-Drill Protection
  • Anti-Bump Protection
  • Anti-Screw Protection