Door entry is a common access point for burglars, so it makes sense to periodically check that your door security is still effective and is not compromising the safety and security of your family and your belongings.
There are a range of options available if you are looking to replace or upgrade your front door security, from the traditional mortice lock and key to key pad entry and more advanced digital security such as fingerprint and iris scanners.
Access Control Systems are a popular alternative to more traditional type of access security. Landlords, business owners and owners of larger properties used to have to rely on the cutting and distribution of keys to various people who were to be granted access, which also required a level of trust to be built with each individual who receives one so placing the responsibility of keeping the building secure, in their hands. Access Control Systems reduce the risk and provide a more flexible option.
These days, most people use their garage not just for car storage, but also as a place to keep many other valuable items such as pedal bikes, power tools, garden furniture and kitchen appliances, so making sure your garage door locks and windows are providing adequate protection from unwanted intruders is really important.
The crime rates for house burglary in Surrey is thankfully relatively low when compared to figures for anti-social behaviour and drug crime for the last 12 months, but this is still 5,218 burglaries too many. So what can you do to make your property more secure, to not only prevent a burglar gaining access to the inside of the property, but to also deter unwanted intruders from even considering making your home their next target?
If you live in Hampshire, Berkshire or Surrey, you are lucky to be living in one of the lowest crime rate areas in the UK, communities where burglaries are thankfully well-below the national average. However, don’t become too complacent. Check your lock mechanisms now and again, and take a few precautions to give you peace of mind and help to keep your home secure at all times.
You have had a new key cut, you insert it into the lock but the key sticks. No matter how hard you jiggle, the key just won’t come out. Don’t despair – all you need is some WD-40 and a little bit of patience.
Try turning the key all the way left and then all of the way right in the lock.