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Bank Holiday DIY

May 21, 2015

With the second Bank Holiday of May coming up and the weather improving, a number of us will be get the tools out to carry out some DIY.  A number of large chain DIY stores offer discounts over a bank holiday weekend, including B&Q, Homebase and Wickes.  Here at lock trader we don’t offer bank holiday deals as our prices are already low, we do offer advice to keep our home and belongings safe!

Lock all Doors and Windows

Now this may seem obvious, but over 20% of all break-ins are made through an unlocked door or window! with most happening during the warmer summer months as we leave doors and windows open for ventilation.  Even if you are out for just a few minutes it is important to close and lock all doors and windows, if a break-in was to happen through an open door or window, it is highly likely that an insurance claim would be turned down.  Even when in the garden, it is important to lock and close any doors and windows that are in the front of the property.
Ventilation window locks can be fitted to windows that allow a window to be secured left open –

BS Locks are the way forward

During your DIY time over the weekend, spend some time checking your door locks to make sure they conform to British Standards.  Look along the edge of the lock for a BS or Kitemark.  If your lock does not meet up to BS standards then think about replacing the lock, you might find that home insurance will become cheaper once the new lock has been fitted and likely pay for the lock over a couple of years.  We have a full range of guides to help you measure locks and then fit –

Get a safe

A very quick and easy way to instantly increase the security around your home is the addition of some sort of safe.  Key safes are becoming more and more popular with home owners as they offer a great way to further secure a set of keys.  If a break in was made into a property with easily accessible keys. it give the intruder a much easily route to other locked areas such as garages and sheds.  Small key safes can hold a decent size bunch of keys which can be easy accessed with a set of push button or combination dials.
Small home safes, again give extra protection to valuable items such as Passports, jewlery and important paper work.  Mini home safes start from around £40 with options of push button electronic opening to more traditional key to unlock.  With the average size of a safe just 30cm wide by 20cm deep, finding somewhere for the safe to go, should not be a problem.  Popular places include under the stairs, in a wardrobe or in a cupboard.

For any questions relating to home security, do not hesitate to contact us –


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