Unfortunately in my line of work I go to many burglary's, the vast majority of burglary's are not personal but when it happens to you it can feel very personal. Here are some tips to make you feel secure after a burglary.
1. Thieves use twitter and Facebook, don't broadcast your holiday or trip away.
2. If you are going away for a few weeks make sure your lawn is mowed and lights are run on random timers. E.g one light on one day two on the next day, this will give the impression somebody is home. Not only lights but a radio can also be set to turn on.
3. If possible get a neighbor to close your curtains in the evening and open them in the morning.
4. NEVER leave keys hidden outside, if you need to leave keys make sure they are secured in a key safe fitted in a discrete location.
5. Alarms are a great deterrent for burglars, even a fake siren box fitted to the outside of your house can help and is very cost effective.
6. Gravel drive ways can be great you can hear people walking down the even when in bed, thieves don't like to be heard.
7. Stand alone door or window alarms are a great way of alerting you to a window or door being opened. They are not very expensive and work very well.
8. Outside lighting is a must lights that work of sensors will alert you, passers by or your neighbors always check bulbs are working on a regular basis.
If you have been a victim of a burglary try not to worry, by following the simple cost effective steps above you vastly improve your chances of not falling victim to a burglary in future
If you have any questions or concerns please contact your local police station they will be happy to help, like wise if there is anything I can help with please contact me.
If you have any tips or stories of your own please comment below.
How to find the right safe for you some simple questions to ask yourself.
How much money or valuables are you going to keep in the safe over night?
What size safe are you going to need?
Does your safe contain valuable documents?
Do you want a key operated safe or an electronic key safe?
Have you got a particular place you want to put your safe e.g a cupboard, upstairs, in the wall or under the floor?
Hopefully the information below will help you make some decisions:
The most important thing you need to know when buying a safe is how much cash or valuables are going to be kept in the safe, this is important from an insurance point of view. For example if you are going to keep £1000 of cash you will need a safe with £1000 cash rating.
The rule of thumb is that the valuables rating of a safe e.g Jewelry or other valuable items is 10 times the value of the cash rating.
Example: a safe with a £1000 cash rating will have a £10,000 valuable rating thus meaning if anybody did manage to break into your safe, or remove it completely your insurance company would pay out to the value of £1000 in cash and £10,000 in valuables.
Safes range from £1,000 cash rating to £100,000 cash rating anything larger would require a vault. The valuable ratings start at £10,000 up to £1,000,000.
The next thing you need to know is where are you going to put your safe, having a solid foundation to bolt your safe down is very important ideally you want to bolt into brick work or concrete. Plaster board or wood should be avoided as they are easy to lever safe bolts out off.
Will the floor support the weight of your safe, some safes can weigh 700 Kg enough to split floor boards or wooden supports if fitted upstairs in a property.
If you are going to hold valuable documents or objects in the safe its important that you buy a safe that is fire resistant for a certain amount of time, most fire safes give you between 30 Minutes to 60 Minutes during the event of a fire.
Key operated or Electronic key pad? This all depends on certain factors, most commercial properties prefer safes with digital key pads. This is because they may have 5 to 10 staff who need access to the safe its neither convenient or clever to have 10 keys floating about, also if you have a large turn over of staff it makes it very quick and easy to change the code.
Key operated can be very convenient for domestic properties the safes are a lot less costly than key pad operated safes. One thing to remember is that with keys your insurance company will always ask you keep the keys on you at all times obviously if the key is lost or stolen the security of the safe is breached.
For more information please contact us we supply safes form £1000 cash rating, £10000 Valuable rating to £100,000 cash rating, £1,000,000 valuable rating.
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Ollie's Lock & Safe Locksmiths
Every person needs to secure his home and other places. For this purpose, locks are important and to get a good quality lock, it is important to have a locksmith who has experience in manufacturing locks that can secure a place. It is obvious that locks are made strong that no one can open it easily without its perfect matching key but thieves have idea about all kinds of locks to which they can bluff easily and take out the important items from safe.
For locksmiths, it is very important to understand the requirement of locks to a place. It is easier for them to understand that which kind of lock will keep secure which place. Certain places require some high tech features as well that a person can get from the latest technological shops as well. The locksmiths are of different nature as they are depending upon the area and their experience. Locksmith services contribute a lot in terms of maintaining an environment that is safe and secure for everyone. Locksmith service providers have something in common, i.e. they provide twenty-four hour services to customers. This indicates that there is no need to fix a broken lock yourself.
Calling a locksmith to fix your problem is way better than putting in your own effort. Along with that, it can also serve the purpose of coming up with new keys. There are different types of locksmiths are available in the markets. It is also depending upon the requirement of the people from them. A locksmith can prepare a new lock, can exchange keys, can prepare a new key if it is lost and different other activities.
Most of the companies hire locksmith on permanent basis with which they use to prepare locks of all workstations and other areas and if a key is lost or lock is broken, they have an idea of putting their efforts to make it better. It happens many times that while you open your car door, you accidentally break the car key. It remains stuck in it and there is no easy way out of this situation. You may feel helpless especially if you are in a remote area where you cannot take somebody else's help. In this situation, the ideal solution is to call your locksmith.
Since locksmiths are just a phone call away, you do not need to face any geographical constraints. It does not matter where you are and what time of the day you are stuck in a problem if you know a locksmith, you can get rid of that problem easily.
The theft of heating oil can cause considerable distress to victims and to replace stolen fuel can be costly, as much as £2000 to £3000.
In some areas of the country, police have been contacting anyone who has been a victim of this crime an offering advice and guidance.
Fuel companies are also being contacted so that when they deliver fuel to site they leave leaflets offering prevention advice.
Farms, Churches, schools and community buildings which use heating oil can also be a target for thieves, but in taking steps, such as installing correct outside lighting , alarms and concealing tanks the risk of becoming a victim is reduced.
Locksmiths and other security specialists may want to target their services to rural homes and businesses that are particularly at risk this time of year.
Despite Crime rates falling in the UK the emergence of threats still remains a key focus at Ollie's lock & Safe locksmiths.
Recent innovations and solutions have come about solving the age old threat of lock snapping and bumping cylinders.
Here at ollie's lock & safe we offer all grades of cylinder from standard one to are top grade TS007 Kitemarked Cylinders.
What is the TS007 Kitemark?
To effectively protect your home, the door and hardware federation in the UK advises that the lock cylinders and handles on your door should meet the highest grade, and protect against all latest forms of attack.
The DHF advises owners that their lock cylinder should be upgraded to the TS007 Kitemarked standard.
Secured by design( the Association of Cheif Police Officer's crime prevention initiative ) has worked with the DHF and the glass & glazing federation(GGF) to develop the TS007 standard Source: www.dhfonline.org.uk
Thanks for your comment Eugenia,
Great and very important tips that everyone mast be aware of, i just want to emphasis this too that , you really need to secure your home becaouse if you ever had a burglary in your home... you never feel safe again and it's not something you want to experience believe me , put things in place for your peace of mind.
I am one of the very fortunate people who enjoys what they do for a living. I have been a Locksmith for 8 years and couldn't see myself doing anything else, meeting new people and the challenges you face make it very interesting. ... Read More
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