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The Strongest Door Locks on The Market

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Control your door locks with the use of Smart Locks

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

Why the iSmart Is Not So Smart

Five fundamental security flaws spotted in the iSmart system

iSmart burglar alarm panel image by Africa Studio (via Shutterstock).
Not so iSmart? Thanks to observations by BullGuard’s Head of Security Research, the iSmartAlarm system has been affected by five major security issues. Image by Africa Studio (via Shutterstock).

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.

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Avoiding Fake Locksmiths Online

Why Google Maps is being used to pepper the streets with fake locksmiths and other tradespeople

Fake locksmiths lion or dog image.
Beware of fake imitations. Image by IStoleTheTV, 2006 (Creative Commons License: Some Rights Reserved).

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.

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Locksmith Van Theft Means Change of 7,300 Locks

Van theft could see mass changing of locks within Canadian social housing scheme

Locksmith van theft post image of Calgary view by Pashu Ta Studio (via Shutterstock).
A view of Calgary, a Canadian city famed for Eddie the Eagle Edwards’ performance in the 1988 Winter Olympics. Image by Pashu Ta Studio (via Shutterstock).

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.

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Songs in the Key of Locksmithery

Songs for swinging locksmiths: a possible mixtape or playlist for locksmiths

Songs In The Key Of Locksmithery. Image by Tomertu (via Shutterstock).
“Ask for a song and we’ll play it for you/England, Wales and Scotland too…” Image by Tomertu (via Shutterstock).

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.

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Lock Picking Kits: For Locksmiths or Burglars?

Press concerns over lock picking kits being sold on Amazon

A lock picking kit.
An ideal gift for a future locksmith or a thief? A lock picking kit similar to the one advertised on Amazon.com. Image by Dani Simmonds (via Shutterstock).

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?

Verification graphic by Julia Tim.

Google Beefs Up Verification for Tradespeople

Advanced verification process introduced for locksmiths and plumbers

Verification graphic by Julia Tim.
Google’s Verification Game: plumbers and locksmiths in San Diego are subject to extra verification, thanks to the abuse of Google Maps and its business listings. Image by Julia Tim (via Shutterstock).

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.

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Tradespeople post locksmith image by Kawin Ounprasertsuk.

Tradespeople a Smartphone Swipe Away

Locksmiths, Handymen and Cleaners… oh, my!

Tradespeople post locksmith image by Kawin Ounprasertsuk.
Tradespeople from your device to your doorstep: locksmiths and cleaners can come to your door thanks to the wonders of mobile apps. Image by Kawin Ounprasertsuk (via Shutterstock).

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

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Avoiding Bogus Locksmith Services

How to avoid bogus locksmith services that could cost you more in the long run

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Choose Carefully: finding any product or service requires a good degree of research. Image by Kreatif Multimedia (via Shutterstock).

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.

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