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Blow Torch Burglary.

The Mirror and two other National News Papers this week have reported on a common burglary method known as Blow Torch Burglary. The UK Police Force are now worried because the blow torch is then used as a weapon to force victims to hand over their car keys. Blow Torch Burglary is now classed as a violent crime.

Who are the Targets?

Nearly on all reported cases, the targets for blow torch burglary were residence who owned a particular type of vehicle.

What type of cars?

In all successful blow torch burglaries, the victims had prestige cars in the: Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover bracket.


Blow Torch Burglary currently is classed as a violent crime but what is just as worrying is the burglars would have done their recce. The recce team would have observed you, your property and where you keep your vehicle at night. How else would they have known what type of vehicle is at that property? I think there are two possible reconnaissance scenarios.

Survey of known wealthy areas

Life is just busy. In any given area there will always be tradesman, food and parcel delivery people doing their job. So, one more vehicle moving slowly through an estate or cul de sac looking for high-end cars will not look suspicious. If challenged by a resident, they could easily claim they were looking for so and so at such an address.

GPS Tracker

Using a GPS tracker makes more sense to me with my military background. I would imagine that there are teams who would survey commercial buildings, car parks and office buildings looking for potential targets. Once, they have found the chosen vehicle they would put a magnetic GPS tracker on the car/4×4. The recce team can then track the car/4×4 from a smartphone phone. The GPS tracker is found on the internet with next day delivery.

How is Blow Torch Burglary Done?

Evolving Technique

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The start of Blow Torch Burglary

I genuinely think that it is an evolving technique used by criminals. At first, it was used to burn a hole in the uPVC door panel, so that they could get their arm in to turn either the key or thumb turn.

Then it has turned into the method shown in the video below. This video is from a lock manufacturer called Brisant Ultion. The footage is very upfront and honest.

Blow Torch Attack Video

This video has divided the locksmith community. Some believe that Brisant Ultion is giving away trade secrets. When I say trade secrets, I don’t mean using a Blow Torch but Euro Cylinder Snapping. Criminals have used the euro cylinder snapping method for well over twenty years, and there are a lot of videos on YouTube about it.

How to Protect your Property from Blow Torch Burglary

Locksmith Lincoln's Security Specialist
An unsuccessful Blow Torch Burglary attempt.

Security Improvement 1

You can not stop a blow torch burglary attempt, but you can prevent a successful burglary. The most significant improvement you can make to your doors is to fit a British Standard 3 Star Euro Cylinder. A blow torch cannot destroy the metal used to construct the lock. The blow torch does not produce enough heat.

Locksmith Sleaford Lock Change
High-security Lock Upgrade

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Changing a Euro cylinder is the easiest job in the world. If you think you can do it by yourself, then the cheapest place to buy the Euro cylinder is Amazon. Here is the link to the recommended product.

Security Improvement 2

Fit a door chain but, not your standard metal linked door chain. I suggest fitting an A I M forensic alarm system. If the burglar got passed the British Standard 3 Star Euro Cylinder, which is highly unlikely, then this will give you an additional layer of protection.

Security Improvement 3

Fit a letterbox restrictor. The restrictor will stop burglar’s identifying through the letterbox whether or not you have a thumb turn or leave the keys in the lock. This will then prevent them from burning a hole in the door, big enough for them to stick their arm through to turn the key or turn.

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Article Queries

If after reading this article you have any questions or queries then, please do not hesitate to get in contact via email info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk or visit the website. I have also recently skyrocketed an old article called 10 Top Security Tips For Your Home. It is over 3000 words is full of great security advice.

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Why do you need a Locksmith Lincoln?

Are you locked out of your property? Do you need a lock repair or even a lock change? Whatever the reason is for searching for a Locksmith Lincoln, McCallum Locksmiths Ltd is the locksmith company you need to ring on 07789997214.

There are plenty of locksmiths operating in the Lincoln area; some are small, independent companies that do not charge VAT. Then other larger companies operate on a national scale and cost significantly more. The picture below is a great example.

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You will pay substantially more if you use these companies.

However, McCallum locksmiths are the only locksmith company where the owner is Ministry of Defence vetted to Top Secret — thus making the owner Robin, the most trusted tradesperson in Lincolnshire.

So, back to my first question, why do you need a Locksmith Lincoln? To help answer this, I will list the Locksmith Service that I offer. One of these services will answer the question for your particular need.

Locksmith Services:

Have you currently locked yourself out of your house/flat or commercial building?

Being locked out is a common issue.  I will always use some non-destructive method of entries first as this minimises the cost. There are the odd occasions where the lock (but not the door) needs to be tampered or manipulated with to get the lock to open.

Sometimes, people get locked out of their homes or flats because they have left the keys indoors and then shut the door. Then there are others where the lock has failed or broken. Most locks are designed to fail safe, keeping your property secure. Which sounds great until it breaks at 2 am.

Your door will not lock or open even if you have the key.

So, you might need a door lock repair. However, there are very few locks that are worth repairing. The exception to this is vintage or antique locks that you may find on churches or listed buildings.

uPVC Doors

There are two common problems with uPVC doors, where they will not lock.


The first problem is where you can not fully lift the handle to turn the key.  You can not raise the handle because the door has moved and is out of alignment. This is rectified by adjusting the hinges.

Gearbox Failure

The second problem could be with the uPVC gearbox/centre case. The gearbox sits inside the door, and the handles and euro cylinder run through it. Sometimes you can not lift the handle to engage the locking mechanism. The reason for this is because the spindle is slipping in the spindle drive. This due to a crack in the spindle drive.

Another issue with gearbox failure is when the gearbox seizes. It usually seizes because something mechanical has broken. Gearboxes are designed to fail safe. So when they do break, they will remain locked.

The picture below shows a gearbox that has split at the rear because it had to be forced open.

A seized gearbox
Split in the rear of a uPVC gearbox

Wobbly uPVC Handles

Loose uPVC handles are sometimes the start of an issue. That is why you need to change them as soon as possible. If you do not, it will lead to further problems down the road.

Wooden Doors.

With wooden doors, sadly sometimes parts fail like in this British Standard night latch pictured below.

broken night latch
Broken night latch causing a lockout

Lock Repairs – Replacement.

Most lock repairs are not financially worth it. So, replacing it would often be the cheaper option.  However, if a lock has seized then sometimes certain parts will need oiling, like this bolt, from the top of a multi-locking point system.

seized deadbolt
The seized deadbolt on a multi-locking point mechanism

Lock Change.

There are many reasons why you should change your locks.

For wooden doors,

If your locks are more than 11 years old, then they do the meet current the British Standard dated 2007. If they do not meet this standard, then you are not complying with your Home Contents Insurance requirements. By not adhering to your insurance requirements could lead to a reduced payment if a burglar breaks into your property.

So, if you have a wooden door then you must have a British Standard 5 Lever mortice deadlock. In some areas in the UK, insurance companies will insist on a British Standard night latch. Both are pictured below.

British Satndard Mortice Lock and British Standard Night Latch
The two most important locks for your wooden door

For uPVC doors.

Your Home Content Insurance policy will only insist on a multi-locking point system. When you lift the handle, it will engage 3 or more hooks or deadbolts from the side of the door. Sadly, this is a false sense of security as the multi-locking point system is only as strong as the weakest part.

The weakest part is the euro cylinder (this is the part you put the key into). If you do not have a British Standard kite mark with three stars stamped on it, then you are not as secure as you should be. Why? Cheap euro cylinders are vulnerable to a form of attack called Euro Cylinder Snapping. Please see the picture below.

Euro Cylinder snapping
Snapped cylinder from burglary

To prevent this from happening to your property, you need to have a high-security lock. A high-security lock must have the British Kitemark and three stars stamped on it, like the one pictured below.

British Standard euro cylinder
A high-security lock

Security Advice.

Please feel free to get in contact if you require any security/lock advice. If you fancy a good read, then my 10 Top Security Tips for Your Home is an excellent resource tool.

McCallum Locksmiths Contact Information

So whatever the reason is for needing a locksmith Lincoln, McCallum Locksmiths is the company for you. You can contact me on 07789997214, and the phone is monitored by me 24/7. Or you can email me on info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk. If you are unsure about your security for your property, then please just ring and I will very happily spend time discussing various options with you.

Security Safe Management

Leaving a safe open is an open invite to be robbed
Stop leaving your safe open!

A safe is only safe when the door is shut and locked.

The safe pictured above was left open for 15 mins in full view of the landing above in a shopping centre. My advice to any owners of a safe is this. If you need to put something in or take something out of your safe, do it and do it quickly. You will never know who is watching you. Ultimately, never leave it open.

If you are a manager or owner of a business that deals with a lot of cash, you can have fitted to your safe a Full Audit Digital Lock. The Full Audit Digital Lock allows the owner or manager to monitor the safe. The lock will record which user, at what time had opened the safe. The Full Audit Digital Lock will record how long the safe door was left open. By connecting your laptop to the digital lock, you can download the information stored on it. It will allow you to download all the critical information that you need to manage your staff’s use of the safe.

If you would like any further advice on safe management or needs a safe fitted, then please feel free to get in contact either by phone 07789997214 or by email info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk. Or visit my web page https://www.mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk/security-safe-installation-lincoln/

I am Ministry of Defence vetted to Top Secret, making me one of the most trusted tradesmen in the UK and whatever we discuss will always be in strictest confidence.

A company called Dudley Safes build the only safes that McCallum Locksmiths will supply. They have been going for over 40 years. Dudley Safes make their safes in the West Midland. They will still produce parts for safes thy built 30-40 years ago, unlike many other safe companies. Dudley Safes will also customise their safes to suit a buyer’s needs. It’s this flexibility, which makes selling their safes so easy to do. Lastly, the safe has a built-in Britain sticker, and I like to support good quality British business.

Why Do you need a Locksmith Woodhall Spa?

McCallum Locksmiths new home location in Lincolnshire
Locksmith Woodhall Spa that lives 5 mins away in Martin
Locksmith Woodhall Spa

If you require a Locksmith from Woodhall Spa,

Then please ring Robin from McCallum Locksmiths on 07789997214. There are no Locksmiths that live in Woodhall Spa, but Robin is by far the closest as he lives in the village of Martin, which is 4.8 miles away. You will often see Robin in Woodhall Spa, walking around in his bright orange work shirt.

McCallum Locksmiths is a mobile locksmith business which covers the local area of Lincolnshire. The advantage of being a mobile locksmith is that you do not have to shut a shop to get to a locked out customer.

Robin himself is a high-security locksmith,

as he is Ministry of Defence Vetted to Top Secret as well as being DBS checked and cleared.

Are you are locked out of your house?

Then Robin will get you in using a number of no destructive methods. Sometimes, you will get locked out of your house due to a snapped key or a turned curtain in a mortise lock (see picture below), or the gearbox/centre case in your uPVC door has seized or broken.

Turned curtain in a mortise lock, which doesn't allow the key to enter the lock
A turned curtain in a mortise lock

If you require a lock change,

Then McCallum Locksmiths has a large stock of locks stored on their van in various sizes to complete the job in one visit. One top tip is that if you have recently moved into a new house, then you must change the locks. Allowing you can to be sure as to who has a key to your property. It is also an excellent opportunity to upgrade old locks to ensure they meet the current Home Insurance Policy standards. Look for the British Kite Mark. Please see below for a picture of a British Kite Mark on a lock. If you do not have one, then you need to change your locks. If in doubt, please take a picture and email me info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk. I will very happily discuss this by phone and or email and quote if necessary.

British Satndard Mortice Lock and British Standard Night Latch
The two most important locks for your wooden door

Garage Security.

If you store valuable items in your garage, then you need to think and act on your garage security to stop this from happening, (see below).

Garage Break In
Garage break-in

Sadly, this was a smooth and silent break-in, which should have as there were no additional deadbolts fitted.

So, if you have any queries or have an issue then please do not hesitate and get in contact on 07789997214 or email Robin info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk


High Security Grill

Do you need a locksmith or do you just want to know what a locksmith is or does? So, I will try to explain this in two parts based. In part one we will discuss ‘Do you need a locksmith’ and in part two we will explain what a locksmith is and or does.

Locksmith – If you need a Locksmith and live in Lincolnshire then I am the man for you, I live with my mobile (07789997214) by my side and I am ready to go. So, whether it is an emergency or a slow burner I am very confident I will be able to assist. So, if you are locked out of your property, you can not lock your door or even worse you are inside the property and can not open the door, then please do not hesitate to get in contact. However, like with any trades person that you invite to your property, you need to be confident that they are trustworthy and reliable. I am Criminal Records Bureau checked and cleared (now DBS) but I am also Defence vetted to Top Secret. This is me pictured below.

Owner of McCallum Locksmiths Ltd
Managing Director of McCallum Locksmiths Ltd

What does a locksmith do?

Work that is associated with locksmithing ranges from: Gaining entry into properties when people are lock out, repairing locks either on wooden or UPVc doors, repair safe locks, install safes, vehicle locksmithing either installing additional locks are repairing factory fitted locks and key cutting for house, vehicle and safe locks. Some Locksmiths consider themselves Security Consultants as they install security alarms, CCTV and access control.

So, if you have a UPVc door and you are locked out, then most locksmiths will use a number of non-destructive methods to gain entry. As pictured below.

Door Entry
Non Destructive opening of a UPVc door

However, although I cut keys for locks that I install, but because my van isn’t big enough to carry all available blank keys there are very few locksmiths that can cut old safe keys, especially Milner’s. See picture below.

Safe key
Milner’s 7 Lever Safe Lock Key

If you need a Milner’s safe key cutting then I can whole heartedly recommend Dean Scott, who is the shop manager at Blakes Security Systems on the Medway City Estate in Kent.

McCallum Locksmiths is a 24 hr emergency locksmith based in Lincoln covering Lincolnshire, Lincoln, Sleaford, Boston and Grantham. If you need a local Lincolnshire based locksmith then please do not hesitate to get in contact by phone on 07789997214 or by email info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk.

McCallum Locksmiths – New Home Location

McCallum Locksmiths new home location in Lincolnshire
Locksmith Lincoln, Sleaford, Boston and Grantham’s new home

New Location

At last, the move is now complete from Kent to Lincolnshire. Goodbye rat race and hello farming world. McCallum Locksmiths new home is Martin, Lincolnshire. The house pictured above will feature a lot in my posts over the next few months as there are security and general wear and tear issues that need resolving. I will document the security issues and improvements. The improvements will provide great media content.

Security Issues

Security Issue 1 – Non-British Standard Locks

The main security issue is that the locks are not British Standard. For uPVC doors, this does not violate the home content insurance. However, if they were wooden doors then it wood. Even for Upvc doors, it is vital to have euro cylinders that have a British Kite mark with three stars above it.

By having a British Standard 3 Star lock, we will prevent break-ins from all the conventional methods used by burglars. The most common practice is Euro cylinder snapping.

So the priority is to upgrade all of the locks to ABS British Standard 3 Star Euro Thumb Turns. The garage lock has to a high-security euro cylinder, to prevent a break-in.

Locksmith Sleaford Lock Change
High-security Lock Upgrade

Garage Security

Like with most garages the security is abysmal. For the garage attached to the house, I have upgraded the lock to British Standard. See the picture below.

Garage Single Euro Cylinder

Additional Garage Security by the Locksmith Sleaford
Improved Garage security

I have also fitted garage deadbolts. Please see the picture below.

Garage Deadbolts

Improved garage security by Locksmith Sleaford
Garage Deadbolt fitted to either side of the Garage door

By improving the garage security, I am preventing what happened to a neighbour last year. Please see the picture below.

Garage security by the locksmith Lincoln
Garage break in due to poor security.

Free Security Advice

In the meantime, if you need free security tips, then please do hesitate to get in contact.

McCallum Locksmiths Contact Details

McCallum Locksmiths is a 24 hr emergency locksmith based in Lincoln covering Lincolnshire, Lincoln, Sleaford, Boston and Grantham. If you need to call a local Lincolnshire based locksmith, then please do not hesitate to get in contact by phone on 07789997214 or by email at info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk. Or visit the Locksmith Sleaford Landing Page.

Locksmith Sleaford

McCallum Locksmiths new home location in Lincolnshire

(Updated 29 October 2018)

Do you need a Locksmith Sleaford? If so then please look no further than here at McCallum Locksmiths. The company is veteran owned and veteran operated by Robin McCallum. If you ring 07789997214, you will speak to him and he’ll be the one that will visit you. Robin is DBS checked and cleared but is also vetted to Top Secret by the Ministry of Defence. So, if you require a locksmith Sleaford, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If you are locked out of your property and call McCallum Locksmiths to get you in, I will always try a number of non destructive methods first to gain entry into your property. The picture below shows a UPVC door that has been opened, using a common non destructive method.

Non Destructive methods are always used first
Non destructive entry, which keeps the cost to down

If you require a lock upgrade to the current British Standards to meet your home insurance requirements, whether it is a wooden or UPVC door then, please do not hesitate to call. The pictures below are a examples of the products that I use.

For UPVC and Aluminium Doors

Advocet ABS Cylinder
British Standard Euro Cylinder with protection against the most common form of attack

For Wooden Doors

British Satndard Mortice Lock and British Standard Night Latch
The two most important locks for your wooden door

If you have a wooden door your Home Insurance will insists on a British Standard (dated 2007) Mortice lock and if you live in an area with high crime rate they will also ask you to install a British Standard Night Latch. However, just for peace of mind it is best to install both.

If you have a room on the ground floor or above a flat roof where someone could easily climb and break a window to gain entry then it worth having an internal security grill fitted. The one pictured below is fitted to a server room, on the ground floor in a converted bungalow.

High Security Grill

High Security Grill
High Security Grill, fitted internally with a white powder coating to match the UPVC windows

McCallum Locksmiths is a 24 hr emergency locksmith based in Lincoln covering Lincolnshire, Lincoln, Sleaford, Boston and Grantham. If you need to call a local Lincolnshire based locksmith then please do not hesitate to get in contact by phone on 07789997214 or by email info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk

If you appoint me to come to your house then this is the vehicle I will turn up in.

Locksmith Sleaford Van
This is the van that I will turn up in

10 Top Security Tips For Your Home

Garage security by the locksmith Lincoln

Sadly, there is a need to create a post listing the 10 Top Security Tips for your Home. If you follow these top tips, then you are securing your property to the best of your ability. The tips are designed to be cost effective. If you have a competent level of DIY skill, then you can implement these top tips yourself.

During 2018, I had to attend over 50 crime scenes and secure properties that were burgled. I have analysed what I have seen and have thought of some ways you can protect your home.

If you want to know how safe your local area is then, please click here, (Police Website). Then enter your postcode in the find your neighbourhood tab. This will then list all of the crimes that have been reported in your area.

Tip 1 – British Standard Locks

Upvc and Metal Doors.

For those with uPVC or a metal door, a multi-locking point system is a requirement for you to comply with your home contents insurance. If you lift your door handle and some hooks or deadbolts protrudes from the inside of the door, then you have a multi-locking point system.

security tip 1 for your home
A multi-locking point system.

However, the multi-locking point is only as strong as its weakest point. The weakest point is the euro cylinder (the part you stick the key into). Most euro cylinders are a cheap, nasty afterthought by most Upvc/metal door installers. They are easy to snap or pick, thus making your property easier to break into. So my tip number 1 is to fit a British Standard 3 star Euro Cylinder.

Locksmith Sleaford Lock Change
High-security Lock Upgrade

For Wooden Doors

The majority of wooden doors have different locks to uPVC and metal doors. Wooden doors usually have two locks, one at waist height and one at shoulder height.

Mortice Locks

The lock at waist height will be a mortice lock. This lock needs to be a British Standard 5 Lever Dead or Sash Lock dated 2007. To see what you have, you need to look at the faceplate. The faceplate is located where the deadbolt comes out of the lock. On the faceplate, there will be some marks. It will have the manufacturers name, the number of levers and hopefully a British Kite Mark dated 2007. Please see the picture below this paragraph. To comply with your home content insurance policy, then you must have a  British Standard 5 Lever Mortice Lock fitted.

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British Standard Markings on a mortise lock

Night Latch

The second lock that is usually fitted to a wooden door is a night latch. This can typically be found at shoulder height. If you live in an area with a high crime rate, you might need to fit a British Standard Night Latch. This will protect you against all of the standard methods of entry used by a burglar. Techniques such as slipping, picking, drilling and door spreading using a crowbar.

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British Standard Night Latch

For more information on home insurance compliance, please click here.

Bonus Security Tip.

Door Viewer

As an aside, it is worth fitting a door viewer to your wooden door. This will allow you to see who is at your front door without having to open it. The door viewer pictured below will give you 120-degree viewing arc from the inside of your property.

Door view by Locksmith Lincoln
120 degree Door Viewer (not installed)

Tip 2 – Fit a door chain

Door Chain Video

The door chain is probably the cheapest addition to your home security. It can be fitted to uPVC, wooden and aluminium doors. Even if a burglar manages to defeat your lock, they will not know about the door chain until they have tried to open the door. This will frustrate and annoy them. Then hopefully, discourage them from going any further due to the additional noise they’ll make in trying to undo the door chain.

The door chain is great for anyone and everyone but mainly for the elderly or vulnerable. The door chain allows you to open the door by 5-6 inches. This will give you enough room to receive a form of identification from the visitor, without having to open the door fully.

The door chain is easy to fit yourself. There are six screws, so as long as you can use a drill, then you are good to go.

High-Security Door Chain.

Chain Reaction DNA (door chain) is highly recommended for anyone that has or is suffering from domestic abuse. It is also recommended for anyone living in a high crime rate area. The video below explains all.

Tip 3 – Lock your Windows

uPVC Windows

The most common method used to lock a uPVC window is via the handle. By looking at the picture below, you can see there is a key way in the centre of the handle. This is used to lock the handle and therefore the window. Once again this is a requirement by all insurance companies.

Window lock via the handle
A lockable uPVC window handle

Replacing a uPVC handle.

If you have a uPVC handle and you have lost the key or it a nonlocking handle, then do not worry. The handles are easy to replace. The picture below is a lockable replacement uPVC window handle that has cropable screws and different length spindles.

Replacement handle by Locksmith Lincoln
Replacement handle

To remove your old handles, you will need to lift the handle to expose one of the screws, which you need to undo. The second screw is located behind a thin plastic cover. Please see the pen tip in the picture below. Once both the screws are undone, the handle will come off.

Locating screws for a uPVC handle by the Locksmith Lincoln
Locating screws

Wooden windows

For wooden windows you will have three options:

Option 1 – Wooden Window Bolts.

Is to fit a set of wooden window bolt. They fit into the window section (side) and the bolt shoots’ into the window frame. This is a very secure option, as the burglar cannot see where the bolts are located from the outside. Click here to see a set of window bolts. 

Option 2 – Surface Mounted Window Bolts.

The surface mounted window bolts fit onto the window section and shoots’ into the frame. This option is easy to fit be looks dreadful. Click here to see a set of surface mounted window bolts.

Option 3 – Locks for Sash Windows

This option puts a bolt through the top and bottom part of the sash window. When the window is closed, and the window top and bottom pieces meet in the middle, it allows you to bolt them together. Click here to see a wooden window stop. 

Tip 4 – Stop Leaving your Keys in the Lock.

Security tip by the Locksmith Lincoln
Stop leaving your Keys in the Lock

There are two good reasons why you should stop leaving your keys in the lock. Firstly, you can lock yourself out of your property. This only applies to uPVC doors with a split spindle. This means that the outside handle does not open the door unless you have a key.

Secondly, burglars are very efficient at hooking keys out of the lock via the letterbox. If you need to keep your keys in the lock, so that you can have a quick escape in case of an emergency, then please do either of the following. Fit a thumb turn euro cylinder.

Thumb Turn Euro Cylinder

British Standard Euro Thumb Turn Cylinder by the locksmith Lincoln
High-Security Thumb Turn Euro Cylinder

The thumb turn pictured above is an ABS Quantum Thumb Turn.

I have these fitted on all of my doors, as they are great for an emergency and for locking the door in the evening.

If you do not like the idea of a thumb turn, then you can fit a letterbox restrictor. This will still allow letters to fit through but nothing more substantial.

Or block the letterbox up and install an outside dropbox, like the one pictured below.

External Letter Box Installation by the Locksmith Lincoln
External Letterbox big enough for 30 cm x 30 cm parcels

Tip 5 – Stop Leaving Keys near the Door.

Home security tip by the locksmith Lincoln
The keys are in plain view of the letterbox

My fifth tip follows on from my fourth for similar reasons. Please stop leaving your keys near the front door and in clear view of outsiders. There are two reasons for this:

Reason number 1.

House keys usually have car keys attached to them. Criminals know this and are now scanning key fobs from the door and cloning a key fob and driving your car away. This is a very scary and silent theft.

Reason number 2.

Also, keys left on a tableside or the window ledge near the door can be easily fish hooked through the letterbox.

Tip 6 – Intruder Alarm and CCTV.

Intruder Alarm.

Alarm systems by Locksmith Lincoln
Alarm System – Bell Box

If you live in an area with a high crime rate or in an isolated area, then it is worth having an intruder alarm fitted. Your budget will dictate what system you can have. If you have a limited budget then the Yale Smart Alarm maybe an option.

If you have a bigger budget, then the Texecom Alarm system is highly recommended.

Either way, you need to have the system connected to your internet. This will allow you to monitor the system from your smartphone, via a dedicated App.


CCTV by Locksmith Lincoln
A garage is being burgled – caught on CCTV

Just like the intruder alarms, there are budget DIY CCTV, and there are more expensive systems.

The Downside to DIY CCTV

Image Quality

The major issue with budget DIY CCTV is the quality of the imagery. DIY CCTV produces low-quality pictures that can not be used as evidence in court. So, the budget option is more of a deterrent than anything else.

The picture below is a perfect example of a low-quality image that could not be used in court.

CCTV by the Locksmith Lincoln
An example of low quality CCTV imagery

High Definition 4K CCTV

The picture below is an excellent example of high definition CCTV, producing a quality image. The quality of the image is so good that it can be used as evidence in court.

CCTV by Locksmith Lincoln
High Definition 4k CCTV

The picture was provided by Ahmet Deveci from CCTV Aware. No matter where you are in the country, please have a look at their website if you are interested in having CCTV installed professionally. They are very honest and upfront about their prices. You can also book an installation date online to suit your diary. I do not know of any other company that does this.

Tip 7 – Key Safe.

The seventh tip is to use a key safe, placed in a location that is out of sight to the general public. The location must be on a need to know basis. In the key safe, it is worth having a spare front and back door key. So that if you lose your keys or snap a key in the lock then at least you will have access to your property via another door.

Key safe by the Lincoln Locksmith
Key safe

Please remember, do not leave a key in the lock on the inside.

The exception to the rule above is when you have an individual that needs a carer. The location of the key safe should be by the front or back door. Why? Most carers work for an agency, and so they need to be able to find the key safe easily. This is because the carer might change daily.

Key safe installation by the locksmith Lincoln
Key safe mounted by the front door

Tip 8 – Home Security Safe.

Safe Installation Lincoln
Home Security Safe – £4000 cash rating

The eighth tip is for those that have high valuable jewellery, whether it be financial or sentimental, £1000 and above in cash. You need to have an insurance improved safe that is correctly fitted either to the floor or an external wall.

If you are applying for a firearms licence, then you will need to have a gun safe or gun cabinet fitted before your Police inspection.

The safe pictured above is a Dudley safe, one of the last British safe manufacturers. These are the best safes on the market and still produce parts for safes they made 30 years ago.

Tip 9 Moved House – Change the Locks.

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Have you moved into a new property? Then change the locks

If you have recently moved into a new property, then you must change the locks. Here are the reasons why:

Reasons 1.

When you are given the keys to your new property, you can not be sure as to who else has a key. The previous owners may have used a cleaning company, dog walking company or any number of tradesman. Unless it is a restricted key, then they could have made a copy without the previous owners’ knowledge. So, please change your locks.

Reason 2

The current locks on the door may be out of date and will therefore not meet your home content insurance policy requirements.

Reason 3

Old locks have old keys which are more likely to snap in the lock, resulting in you being locked out. Also, older locks tend not to have their original keys. Key cutting from copy keys is not accurate enough and will eventually not work.

One of the many advantages of a British Standard 3 Star Lock (Euro Cylinders only), is the key cutting accuracy. The locks will come with a key code so that they can be cut by a laser cutting machine.

Tip 10 – Outside Storage, Spare Keys and Garage Security.

Security Tip 10 is three mini security tip for your property.

Outside Storage.

If you need to store valuable item outside, then please store them in a secure unit. A traditional garden shed is not safe.

Reason 1.

The locks on a garden shed are generally substandard and are easy to force open. Garden sheds are made from thin cheap wood, which is easy to damage.

Reason 2.

The garden shed doors are usually hinged on the outside, which you can unscrew allowing you to bypass the lock.

How to Improve your Garden Shed Security.

However, if for whatever reason you need to use a garden shed, then please do the following:

Install a Van Lock.

For the garden shed door, you can install a lock which you would typically see on a van. Please see the picture below.

Garden Shed Security by the Locksmith Lincoln
Van Lock for garden shed door

The picture above is a van lock securing a set of double leaf gates. For the garden shed, the bolts would be on the inside. The silver disc in the middle is a padlock. This is an excellent way of securing your garden shed door.

Garden Shed Hinge Security.

For the hinges, remove the screws and replace them with security bolts. This will stop a criminal from undoing the screws and bypassing the lock. Like the one pictured below.

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Hinge with security bolts

Outside Storage Recommendation.

If your budget allows I can wholeheartedly recommend using a secure metal storage unit made by a company called Asgard. I have a bike storage unit which I purchased in 2010. I have moved house three times (deconstructed and rebuilt three times) and it easy to construct and it is secure.

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Secure Bike Storage Unit

Spare Keys.

Where are you currently keeping your spare keys? Are they in a draw in the kitchen? Or are they on a hook in the hallway? Or don’t you know?

Spare key recommendation.

For your sanity and for security reasons I recommend that you put all your spare keys in a secure box. Then secure the key safe to a wall or inside a cupboard that is out of sight. The secure box pictured below is a cash box that has an electronic lock fitted. It is installed in a cabinet at shoulder height making it difficult to attack.

Spare Key Security by the Locksmith Lincoln
Upgraded Cash Box to secure all spare keys

Garage Security.

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Garage break in due to poor security.

The picture above was my neighbours’ garage door. There were no additional security measures in place to stop this from happening. There are three additionals garage security improvements you can install.

Garage Security Improvement 1

Garage Security Improvements by Locksmith Lincoln
British Standard Euro Cylinder for improved Garage Security

If you have a euro cylinder fitted to your garage door, then this must be a British Standard 3 Star Euro Cylinder. This will stop thieves attacking the locking mechanism.

Garage Security Improvement 2

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Garage Defender

Fit a Garage Defender. Garage Defenders are very popular on blocks of garages on housing estates. They offer a visible deterrent and physical stop the door from opening.

The major disadvantage to a Garage Defender is that they are fitted to the floor. If you have any back issues, then the Garage Defender will be difficult for you to open and close. Secondly, because they are fitted to the floor, the padlock can collect a lot of dirt in the keyway. This may stop you from being able to open it.

Garage Security Improvement 3

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Garage Deadbolt (not fitted) for improved garage security

Fitting a pair of garage deadbolts is the best option to secure your garage door. By installing a couple of garage deadbolts, you will have an additional two locking points. The deadbolts are fitted to either side of the garage door and about 30-50 cm above the ground. They fit onto the inside of the garage door; then a keyway is cut into the garage door so that it can be operated from inside and out.

Recommended Locksmiths and Security Companies.


McCallum Locksmiths Limited – 07789997214 – info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk.

Raunds or Rushden.

If live in Raunds or Rushden and need a trustworthy locksmith, then please contact Patrick Golledge. Tel – 07415374045 – email patsabout.locks@gmail.com.


For Essex I can wholeheartedly recommend Andrew Marsh – The Lock Father – info@thelockfather.co.uk – 08000 113933. You will not find a better locksmith.

CCTV – As already mentioned CCTV AWARE. Like the Lock Father, you will not find a better CCTV installation company. Email: info@cctvaware.com,  Tel – 0800 772 0822

South Kent

Ross Hames – Phone number: 07713 118306, Email: info@hamesandsons.co.uk.

Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford

David Lofthouse – Phone number 07342174094, Email: mistersmithlocks@gmail.com, Website: http://www.mistersmithlocks.com

North Kent

Blakes Security Blakes Security cover everything to do with security: Locks, Safes, CCTV, Alarms, vehicle locks,  antique lock repair and key cutting.- telephone: 01634 723230, Email: Info@blakessecurity.com. Website: www.blakessecurity.com

Rainham and Maidstone

Brian Burr – telephone: 07775 423744, Website:http://www.taurus-locks.co.uk/