When it comes to ensuring the security of our homes, choosing a secure lock is the first priority. This means choosing the strongest secure lock, with other factors such as style, cost and finish coming afterwards. Choosing a secure lock will also depend on other factors such as whether the lock will be used in an interior or exterior door, which will determine the type of locking mechanism to be installed. It is highly recommended to invest in a high quality lock that is durable for the long time. This is to ensure you will not have to change your locks frequently. Continue reading The Strongest Door Locks on The Market
Five fundamental security flaws spotted in the iSmart system
Have you ever thought of purchasing (or already own) the iSmart electronic security system? You might need to shop around. In spite of being known as the highest rated digital security system by the Cnet website, recent findings may sully its reputation. From BullGuard, a study by Ilia Shnaidman (Head of Security Research at BullGuard Dojo), noted five glaring issues.
Why Google Maps is being used to pepper the streets with fake locksmiths and other tradespeople
In a recent source, we found that more and more customers are finding their chosen tradespeople online. Instead of the Yellow Pages or the Thomson Local, they are turning to search engines or Google Maps. Unlike printed sources, there is less scrutiny online. In your locality, there could be bogus tradespeople on Google Maps. For example, fake locksmiths in seemingly random locations.
Van theft could see mass changing of locks within Canadian social housing scheme
An unprecedented van theft has affected up to 7,300 tenants in the Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta. The reason behind this unusual theft is the kind of vehicle which has been stolen. That of a locksmith’s van from the Alberta state city of Airdrie. The van, owned by ABOE Lockworks, was recovered on Township Road 264 in Balzac.
Songs for swinging locksmiths: a possible mixtape or playlist for locksmiths
This post has been inspired by our previous one on missing house keys, and why we misplace the things. Shortly after creating this post, an obscure rock ‘n’ roll song sprung to mind:
The tune in question is She Can’t Find Her Keys by Paul Petersen from 1962. This was a US one hit wonder and one that didn’t register in the UK’s Hit Parade. In the song, she has a bag that would put Mary Poppins’ to shame. Yet she couldn’t find her keys.
Press concerns over lock picking kits being sold on Amazon
At this time of writing, Christmas is nearly seven weeks away. You may be wondering which presents to buy. Will it be socks again for Uncle Derek? A new PS4 for the children? Or will it be one of these lock picking kits they are flogging on Amazon from a tenner upwards? Continue reading Lock Picking Kits: For Locksmiths or Burglars?
Ever wondered how locks were first made? As Oxford locksmiths, we specialise in this area and have produced a handy infographic to show the history of locksmiths throughout the years, from the ancient Egyptians to the distinctive designs by Yale, whose locking systems are still in use today! Continue reading History of Locksmiths
Advanced verification process introduced for locksmiths and plumbers
For a local company like ours, the use of Google Maps and business listings are a godsend. In many homes, Google has taken over from the Yellow Pages and Thomson Local telephone directories. Ringing Directory Enquiries is almost redundant. Though many businesses are well meaning and add their actual details, there are some who insist on using false locations. To clamp down on this, Google is employing advanced verification techniques on businesses in certain industrial sectors.
Locksmiths, Handymen and Cleaners… oh, my!
As you may well know, Uber’s been taking the internet world by storm, not only due to its pricing compared with private hire taxis. It has inspired a bastard offspring of copycat applications for uses other than a cab to the airport. Nowadays, tradespeople from locksmiths to cleaners have been uberised. A cleaner or locksmith can be a swipe away. Continue reading Tradespeople a Smartphone Swipe Away
How to avoid bogus locksmith services that could cost you more in the long run
You might need this guide. Hopefully, you wouldn’t need to refer to this post at all, especially if you’ve turned to us in the past. For our industry, bogus locksmith services give our respected profession a bad name. As with any other product or service, two important words apply; caveat emptor. In other words, buyer beware.