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Here are 10 tips from the Master Locksmith Association of Australasia to help maintain the security of your home during the holiday season. 1. Lock up While this may be obvious, locking up your home is often overlooked. Deadlocks and window locks operated with a key not only make it much harder to break into the home, but also can prevent an easy exit, making it harder for burglars to remove large items from your home. Also, don’t make it easy for criminals – don’t keep a spare house key under the front door mat, over top of the door, in the mail or metre box, under a fake stone or in the nearby garden bed. Keep your keys safe and secure. 2. Don't forget to lock up the shed, garage and side gates as well Sheds and garages can be inviting to thieves as they are not regularly used and often unlocked. If you can,  store valuable items inside your home or in a locked shed. 3. Visibility increases security Keep your property tidy! Landscaping around your home should not only be attractive, but also effective for security. Ensure trees and shrubs are trimmed so a clear view of your property is maintained. Restrict bushes that could block the view of doorways, access paths and hiding spots under windows. Sensor lights that are activated by movement are an inexpensive and excellent deterrent for burglars. 4. Install a security alarm system We strongly recommend consulting us when considering the installation of an alarm or home security system. There are many features that can enhance the security of your home and make you feel better when you go on holidays. 5. Don't advertise that you are out or away Don’t announce to the world that you’re going on holidays or overseas for an extended period on Social Media. Facebook and Twitter may alert a thief...

Mail theft is becoming increasingly common and a real issue across Sydney. We often hear reports of people having their credit cards, cheques and other sensitive mail stolen from their letterboxes. Often the credit cards will be activated and used before the victim is even aware that they have been stolen. Typical letterbox locks are very easily able to be picked or jiggled open. In other cases, criminals will use a master key that is easily obtained, which allows them to go from property to property, opening all letter boxes until they find the documents they are after. If you, your company or your strata would like to have your locks upgraded to a more secure locking system Britlock Locksmiths can help. Britlock Locksmiths have been supplying customers with simple, cheap and effective ways to avoid mail theft for many years. After having one of our letterbox lock solutions applied, you can stop worrying about having your sensitive documents or credit card information stolen. We offer a non–master keyed non-coded letterbox lock, where the only keys that will open the lock are the ones that we cut. Contact Britlock Locksmiths on 02 9888 9622 or 0418 163 735 or via our website www.britlock.com.au if you need assistance with your security. We also offer residential locksmith, commercial Locksmith, automotive Locksmith and strata Locksmith services....

To most people choosing a locksmith happens on the spur of the moment, last minute, in a panic kind, selecting whoever is available to get them out of a pickle. Is this really the way you want to select the person who you will place your trust in? Locksmiths have access to your family and treasured belongings, so you should have look for a few important elements and make an informed decision, when choosing a locksmith. Here are our tips to help you find a Locksmith that you can trust: 1. Referral by word of mouth Recommendations from friends, family and extended network are a great way of finding a trustworthy Locksmith. Once you have the names of some recommended locksmiths you can go one step further and research them online. Use the Locksmiths Guild of Australia, the Master Locksmith Association of Australasia, forums, social media and other sites to find out whether the locksmith is qualified and if the locksmith has any documented complaints or service issues made about them. 2. Local is best Find a reliable locksmith that is based near your home or business. This way they are close by when you need their services and it may even reduce the cost. Having the number of a service that can help you if you become locked out of your car, office or home can also be a plus by reducing their response times. 3. Master Locksmith and other guarantees It is always wise to use a Locksmith that is a member of the MLAA (Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia) or Locksmith Guild of Australia. These memberships indicate that the locksmith is qualified and experienced, is licensed to operate as a locksmith and has agreed to follow a code of ethics and conduct. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you are dealing with a qualified...

You may think that the only option that you have is to have a locksmith replace a lock. You may not know that you also have the option to “rekey” a lock instead of replacing it. You may not know what the difference is, so let’s have a look at the two different options. We can advise you on the best choice for you once we have seen the lock that needs attention. Rekeying Locks The simple explanation for rekeying is that we will change the hardware that you currently have installed, so that old keys will no longer work and a new set will be created. This is ideal when you buy a new home or in any situation where you are not sure how many keys have been given out for the lock over time and could still be used for access. The benefits of rekeying include: Cheaper than replacement No repairs required to be made the door Multiple locks can be rekeyed for easy access with one key Replacing Locks There are also circumstances that require your locksmith to replace rather than rekey your locks. These are: 1. Damaged lock If the lock has been damaged during a break in or accidentally, the only possibility is to replace it. You can sometimes tell by if a lock is damaged by looking at it. If it has separated from the door frame or parts are so worn that they no longer operate, then it’s time for a new one. 2. Old and worn out If your locks are old then it may be impossible for your locksmith to replace the parts required to allow it to function correctly. Old and worn out locks are also easier to open, compromising your security. 3. Greater security The last reason for installing new locks is that you want a higher level of security than...

Are your business premises properly secured? If your business premises does not have a master key system, you may well be compromising the security of your business. This is true whether you own a large factory, small office block, retail outlet, restaurant or bar, really anywhere that staff and suppliers are coming and going. Even more so if it’s a place with a high turnover of personnel or where the property is visited regularly by members of the public. From our experience, not having a master key system can also negatively impact on insurance claims. What is a master key system and why is it so important? A Master Key System comprises a hierarchy of keys and a number of cylinders/locks that allow different groups or individual key holders to gain access to all or specifically designated areas of a building or buildings. Put simply, a master keyed lock is a lock that is designed to be opened by individual keys, but can also be opened by using a master key. There are many benefits of a master key system, but the overriding one is that access can be controlled, allowing appropriate people access to defined parts of the building. Other benefits include: A master key system or Restricted System, use security key blanks which are specifically designed keys which can only be obtained/copied only by the Locksmith business which designed the system, and only then with authorisation from the Building’s owner or authorised nomined. Locks are more secure as the restricted key-way reduces the chance of accidental opening with the wrong key Restricted security key blanks are patent protected (design registered) therefore key manufacturers are not allowed to produce copies of that design  Individuals can have access to more doors using only a minimum number of keys A master key system is a dynamic...

Can you believe that it can be this easy to break into a safe? When choosing the right safe for your home or business, you need to get the right advice so that you can make an informed decision and choose the best safe for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyGhEIbZLUU Many cheaper safes, sold in hardware or office supply chain stores often make claims that their safes are “bomb proof” or “fire proof”. We have been to many break-ins where families are devastated that their safe was broken into and all of their important possessions stolen. We are also aware of many of these cheaper safes not withstanding fires, so again, people’s important possessions are lost. We are also called frequently to open relatively new safes, which are out of warranty and no longer open, caused sometimes by flat batteries, malfunctioning locks or broken or lost keys. When safes fail like this, it is often more expensive to have a locksmith come to your property to open the safe than it cost originally to purchase the safe! It really can be true when people say “you get what you pay for”! Buying a safe When looking to buy a safe, always consult a qualified and licensed master locksmith, to ensure that you get their professional opinion and expertise. This will help you to make an informed decision and choose the most appropriate safe for your needs. The marketplace now has a wide range of safes, including fire-resistant safes, floor safes, cash-related safes, document protection safes and jewellery safes, to mention just a few. As such, rather than getting confused and ending up with a safe that doesn’t properly meet your needs, be sure to contact Britlock Locksmiths and we can advise on the best safe for you. Contact Britlock Locksmiths on 02 9888 9622 or 0418 163 735 or via our website www.britlock.com.au for a free no obligation quote....

If you are a landlord or tenant, it is always a good idea to consider re-keying locks when you move into or buy a new property. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking at security for rental properties. For landlords If you have just bought an investment property in a block of flats, you should check with the Owners Corporation before re-keying the property’s locks. There may be guidelines around types of locks that are required to be installed and in some cases there will be shared locks (such as security doors or underground parking access doors) which you may not be able to change. Ensure that you familiarise yourself with any security codes and that you have an up to date set of keys for any common areas. For tenants You will need to request permission from the landlord before you re-key the property’s locks. While landlords are obliged to ensure all external doors have locks and all windows can be secured, they are not obliged to change the locks at your request. In our experience, landlords and real estate agents are generally happy to give you permission to do rekey existing locks on the condition that you pay for the change and, in some cases, pay to change the locks back again when you vacate. For real estate agents Having one trusted supplier for all your strata locksmith needs makes a lot of sense if you are a real estate agent, especially one with a significant rental list. It means you develop trust and a good working relationship, and can also save you time and money as you refer tenants straight to once provider. Call Britlock Locksmiths now for our speedy and professional re-keying services and other locksmith solutions on 02 9888 9622 or 0418 163 735. Our mobile team is fast and friendly and we offer reasonable rates....

Sliding doors These days, most homes have sliding doors around the back. They look great, provide excellent ventilation and are really useful for high traffic areas. Many sliding doors are left with the original lock from when they were first installed. Generally, door manufacturers are not necessarily security specialists, and sometimes the locks that come standard with your door, can easily break or be picked open. There’s no reason to live in a house that is anything less than 100% secure , so call Britlock Locksmiths on 02 9888 9622 or0418 163 735  for a free quote today....