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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With wooden doors, sadly sometimes parts fail like in this British Standard night latch pictured below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. I will very happily discuss this by phone and or email and quote if necessary.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 do hesitate to get in contact.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
For Wooden Doors
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
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 email@example.com
If you appoint me to come to your house then this is the vehicle I will turn up in.
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 had been broken into. I have analysed what I have seen and have thought of a number of 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
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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 a number of hooks or deadbolts protrudes from the inside of the door, then you have 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.
For Wooden Doors
The majority of wooden doors have different locks to uPVC and metal doors. Wooden doors normally have two locks, one at waist height and one at shoulder height.
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 a number of 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.
The second lock that is usually fitted to a wooden door is a night latch. This can normally 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 normal methods of entry used by a burglar. Methods such as slipping, picking, drilling and door spreading using a crowbar.
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.
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 particularly for the elder 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 fully open the door.
The door chain is really easy to fit yourself. There are 6 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.
Tip 3 – Lock your 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.
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 really easy to replace. The picture below is a lockable replacement uPVC window handle that has cropable screws and different length spindles.
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.
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.
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 parts 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.
There are two very good reasons why you should stop leaving your keys in the lock. Firstly, you can lock yourself out of your own 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.
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 larger.
Or block the letterbox up and install an external dropbox, like the one pictured below.
Tip 5 – Stop Leaving Keys near the Door.
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 normally 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 away. This is a very scary and silent theft.
Reason number 2.
Also, keys left on a tableside or on the window ledge near the door can be easily fish hooked through the letterbox.
Tip 6 – Intruder Alarm and CCTV.
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.
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.
CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION (CCTV)
Just like intruder alarms, there are budget DIY CCTV and there are more expensive systems.
The Downside to DIY CCTV
The major issue with budget DIY CCTV is the quality of the imagery. DIY CCTV produces low-quality imagery 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.
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.
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 on a daily basis.
Tip 8 – Home Security Safe.
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.
If you have recently moved into a new property, then the most change the locks. Here are the reasons why:
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.
The current locks on the door may be out of date and will therefore not meet your home content insurance policy requirements.
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 3 mini security tip for your property.
If you need to store valuable item outside, then please store them in a secure unit. A traditional garden shed is not secure.
The locks on a garden shed are normally substandard and are easy to force open. Garden sheds are usually made from thin cheap wood, which is easy to damage.
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 normally see on a van. Please see the picture below.
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, from the screws and replace them with security bolts. This will stop a criminal from undoing the screws and bypassing the lock.
Outside Storage Recommendation.
If your budget allows I can wholeheartedly recommend using a secure metal storage unit made by a company called Asgard. I personally have a bike storage unit which I purchased in 2010. I have moved house three times (deconstructed and rebuilt 3 times) and it easy to construct and it is secure.
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 own sanity and for security reasons I recommend that you put all your spare keys in a secure box. Then secure the box 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 cupboard at shoulder height making it difficult to attack.
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
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
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 is 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
Fitting a pair of garage deadbolts is the best option to secure your garage door. By fitting a pair 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.