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Do you have cheap, sub-standard door locks?

Would you want your valuables gone in less than 60 seconds?

Experts have warned that criminals may not even need that long to break into properties that are not properly secured amid an increase in burglaries where cheap, sub-standard door locks have been picked.

Recently published data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed a 7 % increase over the past four years in the number of break-ins where the lock had been tampered with but not forced/damaged.

However, residents and business owners may be left out of pocket if they have installed sub standard or poor quality locks on their doors as insurers do not typically pay out when there has been no forced entry.

So the thought of losing possessions and being denied an insurance pay out could be crippling, given that the average amount lost in a burglary is over £3,000, according to the ONS.

Many locksmiths and security professionals from all over the country have said that they had seen a rise in the number of burglaries where locks had been picked. A typical household cylinder lock can be cracked in less than 10 seconds by experts, and criminals can do it just as fast. We at SOS Locksmiths Southend on Sea have learnt these skills in a professional environment, but burglars can learn to pick a lock easily from youtube videos.

Despite this, many people fail to change their locks when they move into a new property. Insurers are likely to pay out only if there are signs of forced entry and tend to reject claims if locks have been picked, doors have been left open or burglars have obtained a copy of the keys.

If you live in a rental property then you may be at an increased risk of break-in as previous tenants could still have copies of the keys. If you are renting a property as your landlord if they will change the locks, if they are not willing then as the tenant it would be advisable to get them changed yourself.

Upgrade your locks today!

SOS Locksmiths Southend on Sea can supply and fit quality locks that meet British standards requirements from as little as £75, all locks should have the British standard kitemark on them and be labelled BS 3621 they should also  ideally be fitted by a professional locksmith to meet insurance and police standards. So make sure all locks are BS 3621, which is the British standard for security.

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Don’t let Thieves Steal your Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner there are many opportunities for thieves to strike and break-ins to happen due to all those Christmas presents laying around the home tempting them in. So this Christmas be prepared and don’t let thieves steal your Christmas!

Think about it: If you put presents on view i.e. under the pretty glowing tree or anywhere that can be seen from outside of the property then you are encouraging burglars as they know it will be quick with high value unopened items all in one place they could be in and out in a couple of minutes.

Top tip this Christmas: Keep presents hidden in the loft, cupboards or anywhere that is not visible or obvious to a thief. Also keep higher value gifts separately then burgers will have less chance of finding them and thieves stealing your Christmas.

If you are out for the evening at perhaps a Christmas party, then make sure you leave spare keys with someone you trust as I have been to many lock outs where the person has lost or had handbags stolen whilst out enjoying the Christmas merriment. If you do manage to lose or have  your keys stolen whilst you are out, then make sure you call a qualified locksmith to get you in and change your locks as if someone else has  your  keys they may know where you live or could have followed you, so it is always best to have your locks changed just in case.

Post-Christmas security tip: Make sure you don’t leave empty boxes from high value Christmas presents, piled up outside your house waiting for the bin men as this shows anyone passing what new items are in your house and will make you a more attractive target to thieves. So make sure you destroy them and hide them in your recycling. Lastly make sure you deadlock doors and windows especially around Christmas time as burglaries increase drastically around this time of year. If you’re not sure if your locks are up to scratch then call a qualified locksmith for a free security survey. So make sure your home is secure and have a happy burglary free Christmas.

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24 Hour Emergency Call Out

No matter what time of the day or what day of the week, SOS Locksmiths will be there for lock outs or lost keys.

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Locked out or lose your keys?

If you are locked out or lose your keys, SOS Locksmith will help you back inside your home.

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Home Security Upgrades

SOS Locksmiths can provide you with a free security upgrade check.

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New & Replacement lock fitting

Damaged and faulty locks can be opened, repaired or replaced. SOS Locksmiths will do the most cost effect job based on your needs.

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