Locksmith Lincoln

Why do you need a Locksmith Lincoln? Are you locked out? Do you need a lock repair? Or do you need 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 there are other larger companies that operate on a national scale and charge significantly more. However, McCallum locksmiths is the only locksmith company where the owner is Ministry of Defence vetted to Top Secret. Thus making the owner Robin, the most trusted trades person in Lincolnshire.

So, back to me first question. Why do you need a Locksmith Lincoln?

  1. You are locked out of your house/flat or commercial building. This is not a problem and I will always use a number of 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 2am.
  2. 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 door locks the are worth repairing less for vintage or antique locks. Two common problems with uPVC doors are that they will not lock and this is because the door is out of alignment. This is rectified by adjusting the hinges or the gear box has failed because there is a crack in the spindle drive. The second problem is that the door will not open even with the correct key. Something has broken inside the gearbox or the euro cylinder has failed. The picture below shows a gearbox that has split at the rear. This was forced open as it had seized and so part of the internal mechanism has split out of the rear of the case.
    A seized gearbox
    Split in rear of a uPVC gearbox

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

    broken night latch
    Broken night latch causing a lockout

    Most lock repairs can be solved by replacing and McCallum Locksmiths has a large stock on the van, so that jobs can be completed in one visit. This is the main advantage of being a mobile locksmith. However, if a lock has seized then sometimes certain parts just need oiling, like this bolt, from the top of a multi locking point system.

    seized deadbolt
    Seized deadbolt on a multi locking point mechanism
  3. Lock Change. There are a number of 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. This will lead to a reduced payment if the worst if you are broken into. So, if you have a wooden door then you must have a British Standard 5 Lever mortice deadlock and 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, where by 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 3 stars stamped on it then you are not 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 then you need to have a high security lock with the British Kite mark and 3 stars stamped on it, like the one pictured below.

    British Standard euro cylinder
    A high security lock

    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 manned 24/7. Or you can email me on info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk. If you are ensure 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 as 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. This allows you to monitor when the safe has been opened and how long for by which user. This is done by connecting your laptop to the digital lock and it will allow you to download all the key information that you need to manage your staffs 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 trades person in the UK and what ever we discuss will always be in strictest confidence.

The only safes that I will supply are built by a company called Dudley Safes who having been going for over 40 years. They are built in the West Midlands and 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 buys needs and it is this flexibility, which makes selling their safe easy. Lastly, the safe are made in Britain and I personally like to support good quality British business.

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 actually 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.

If 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
Turned curtain in a mortise lock

If you require a lock change, for whatever reason, then McCallum Locksmiths has a number of locks stored on the 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. This is so you can be absolutely certain as to who has a key to your property. It is also a great 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 you 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

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 easy and silent break in, which could have been stopped if a pair of garage deadbolts had been 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

Locksmith

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.

For free security tips please visit my webpage https://www.mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk

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

At last the new location for McCallum Locksmiths limited in Martin, Lincolnshire. This house will feature a lot in my posts over the next few months as there are a number of security and general wear and tear issues that need resolving and so will provide great media content.

In the mean time if you need free security tips, then please visit my webpage https://www.mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk

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.

Sleaford Locksmith

McCallum Locksmiths new home location in Lincolnshire

Do you need a Sleaford Locksmith? 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  Sleaford locksmith, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For free security tips please visit my webpage https://www.mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk

McCallum Locksmiths is a 24 hr emergency locksmith based in Lincoln covering Lincolnshire, Lincoln, Sleaford, Boston and Grantham. If you need to call  or need a visit from 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.

Locksmith in Sleaford

McCallum Locksmiths new home location in Lincolnshire

Do you need a Locksmith in 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 in Sleaford, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For free security tips please visit my webpage https://www.mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk

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.

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

For further free security tips please visit my webpage https://www.mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk

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 https://www.mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk/category/security/

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

Top Security Tips For Your Home

Firstly, for those with UpVC  or a metal door, a multi locking point system is an insurance compliance must. If you lift your door handle and a number of hooks or deadbolts protrudes from the inside of the door, then you have a multi locking point system. However, it is only as strong as its weakest point and 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, which easy to snap or pick, thus making your property easier to break into. My suggestion is to fit a British Standard 3 Diamond Euro cylinder. Please follow this link to see what a British Standard Euro Cylinder looks like, left hand picture.

Secondly, is for properties with wooden doors. Your insurance company will insist on a British Standard mortice lock dated 2007 and if the property is in a high risk (crime) area then they may insist on a British Standard Night latch, please follow this link to see what both locks looks like in the right hand picture. It also may be worth fitting a door viewer to your wooden door so that you can see who is at your front door. For added protection you can fit a door chain, which will allow you to open the door by a couple of inches to get a better view of the individual at your door and it will allow them to pass you their ID. This is what a door chain looks like.

Corrected fitted door chain in the closed position
Door chain in the closed position
The door chain is fully extended
The door chain in the open position, to allow for identification

Thirdly, make sure that your windows whether they are UpVC or wooden are lockable and lock them.

UPVc lockable window handle
A lockable UPVC window handle which is an insurance requirement

Fourthly, please stop leaving your keys in the lock as you can easily lock yourself out (mainly a UpVC door problem) and more worryingly, your keys can be easily manipulated though the letter box to open the door or pulled out of the lock and into the hands of a thief.

My fifth tip follows on from my fourth for similar reasons and that is stop leaving your keys near the front door. House keys normally have car keys attached to them and criminals are now scanning key fobs from the door and cloning a key fob and driving away, undetected with the desired car. Also, keys left on a table side near the door can be easily fish hooked through the letter box.

The sixth security tip is to have an intruder alarm and CCTV fitted, which will act as a deterrent. Some modern day alarms can be controlled from a smart phone, tablet or device via your internet or a sim card.

CCTV recording system
Screen shoot of a 4 camera CCTV System

The seventh tip is to use a key safe, placed in a location that is out of sight to the general public with the location 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. Please remember, do not leave a key in the lock on the inside.

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

Dudley Safe fitted by McCallum Locksmiths
A £4000 cash rated safe fitted correctly

Tip number 9, who has a key to your house? If you have just recently moved in or have lost control of your key distribution then it is worth having your locks changed. The advantage of a high security key is that the high security key can’t be cut by your average local key cutter in a supermarket or boot fair.

Lastly, secure your garden shed and bike storage unit, which will deter you local opportunist thief.

McCallum Locksmiths is a 24 hr emergency locksmith company covering Maidstone, Dartford, Rochester, Strood, Chatham and Gravesend. If you need a local locksmith then please do not hesitate to get in contact by phone 07789997214 or by email info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk.