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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.

Alignment

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 Tip – 5 Stop leaving your keys in the lock

Security number 5 is to warn you about leaving your keys in the lock, mainly because it is not safe to do so for a number of reasons:

1. It increases your chance of getting locked out. Some UPVC mechanism always require you to use a key on the outside to open the door. The two main types of UPVC doors that will have this feature are the ones with either fixed handles on the outside or a handle shaped like a paddle.

2. If your keys are in the lock and you have a letter box, either on the door or on the side then buglers can reach inside with a long metal hook and then have access to your property and potentially drive of with your car, if the car keys are on the same key ring.

There are two reasons why people do this: Firstly, they believe that it increases their security and secondly in case of a need for an emergency house evacuation. If you fall into the second category then simply change you euro double cylinder for a thumb turn cylinder (see below)

Thumb turn cylinder euro cylinder

McCallum Locksmiths Ltd is an emergency locksmiths company proving 24/7 coverage for the Lincolnshire area. If you have an emergency (lock out) or just need a lock replacing or installing then please do hesitate to get in contact on 07789997214.

Security Tip 4 – Garage Security

Garage break in May 2017 Upnor

Security Tip 4 is all about garage security and is of particular interest to those that keep valuable items in their garage, whether it be in a garage that is attached to the house or in a block of garages out of sight. The above picture was taken on the 22 May 2017 in Upnor, Lincoln after it had been broken into earlier that morning. Without going into to much detail, the average garage door is far to easy to break into and by looking at the photo you can see how the garage door was attacked. So, to improve your garage security you have two options: Option 1, a garage defender or option 2, garage deadbolts.

Option 1 – Garage Defender

Garage Defender fitted

A garage defender literally stops the door from fully opening by acting as a barrier. The garage door can still be open by an inch or two. The advantage to a garage defender is that it is a visible deterrent, which is useful when you own a garage that isn’t located at your house. The main disadvantage is that it is unsightly and that the corners of the door can be bent around it. Although, someone could therefore gain access they will not be able to take large items out of your garage. However, you must have a good quality padlock, with a cover over the key way to protect it from dirt and grit. A garage defender with a padlock costs in and around £80 and will cost a hours labour to fit. If you decide to fit this yourself then you will need to buy HSS drill bits to ensure that you can drill through the concrete. 

Option 2 – Garage deadbolts

Garage deadbolts x 2

Garage deadbolts fit to the inside of the garage door, with a key way cut into the door so that the deadbolts can be used from the inside or out. There are two deadbolts, operated by the same key and they are fitted to both left and right hand side of the garage door. The deadbolt, when operated after fitting, goes through the garage door, the garage frame and into the brick work. The pair of deadbolts costs £35 and will take 1.5 hrs labour to fit. The main advantage to the garage deadbolts is the high level of security it provides, more so than the garage defender. When fitted and from the outside they generally look far smarter and appealing than the garage defender. The only disadvantage is that it is a tricky job to fit, so if you are not skilled enough with a drill and pop rivet gun then you should probably leave it to someone that is.

Garage deadbolts fitted

The picture above shows you where you need to fit the garage deadbolts.

McCallum Locksmiths Ltd is an emergency locksmiths company proving 24/7 coverage for the Lincolnshire area. If you have an emergency (lock out) or just need a lock replacing or installing then please do hesitate to get in contact on 07789997214.

Security Tip 3 – Do not give the thief a step up on the ladder

Do not give the thief a step up on the ladder, especially near an open window

Security tip 3 is really about not leaving objects in your garden that can be used to access an open window, whether it be on the ground floor or the first floor. Objects such as ladders, bins and bike sheds, which can easily be moved so that the thief can climb on top of and gain access to your property.

If you do need to store ladders in your garden then please secure them to the wall with a quality chain and padlock. A good quality chain should have a Secure by Design Gold rating.

McCallum Locksmiths Ltd is an emergency locksmiths company proving 24/7 coverage for the Lincolnshire area. If you have an emergency (lock out) or just need a lock replacing or installing then please do hesitate to get in contact on 07789997214.

Security Tip 2 – Door Chain for Wooden or UPVC Doors

A door chain can be fitted to a wooden, metal and UPVC door and will give you an added layer of protection/security. It will not necessarily stop an intruder but it will make their efforts to get into your property more frustrating and difficult, the more frustrating a break in is the better. Why? They will have to make more noise to break in, the more noise they make then the greater the chance is of them getting caught. 

Another advantage to the door chain is that it allows you to partially open the door to allow a trades man for example to pass his ID through. However, please keep your face away from the door so that you can not be man handled in any way. A door chain is very easy to fit, cheap and can be brought from any hardware store.

McCallum Locksmiths Ltd is an emergency locksmiths company proving 24/7 coverage for the Lincolnshire area. If you have an emergency (lock out) or just need a lock replacing or installing then please do hesitate to get in contact or 07789997214.

Security Tip 1 – External Security Cameras

Security camera – wires exposed

If you are going to have an external security camera fitted to your property, then please have it fitted by an expert. The camera system installed in the photograph was fitted by an aerial installer and the cardinal sin that they have committed is leaving the wires on the outside of the property. By having the wires on the outside the camera system is easy to disable. So, if you are going to have a security camera system fitted then please have it fitted by a company that has experience and a proven track record in doing so. If you live in the Medway, Tonbridge, Dartford and Gravesend area then I can whole heartedly recommend Blakes Security System who are based on the Medway City estate. For more information on security camera installation, please call Dean, Laura, James or Cliff on 01634 723230 or email info@blakessecurity.com. I am not on a commission from them it just that they provide a first class service.

McCallum Locksmiths Ltd is an emergency locksmiths company proving 24/7 coverage for the Medway, Tonbridge, Dartford and Gravesend areas. If you have an emergency (lock out) or just need a lock replacing or installing then please do hesitate to get in contact on 01634 510398 or 07789997214.