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03 November

Autumn Burglary in Doncaster

Just when it seemed Halloween couldn’t get scarier, we’ve now got a general election on the horizon too. And not that I want to worry you further, but the results are due on Friday 13th. So that’s something to look forward to. Throw in the explosions of bonfire night, not forgetting the looming spectre of Christmas not far off, and it could be quite a stressful couple of months. 

Now far be it for me to add to that stress, but I’m afraid that this time of year brings about additional issues for home security. Insurance claims rocket, pun slightly intended, in this period between the end of October and December, doubling on Bonfire night itself, and also seeing a significant spike around Halloween. The clocks have just gone back, so darkness is falling a lot earlier, and it is prime season for evening burglaries. Sadly, I’ve seen the human impact of this for myself over the last few weeks as I’ve been called to the aftermath of dozens of burglaries, especially in the Doncaster area. It’s not only the practicalities of replacing locks and fixing broken doors, it’s also seeing the emotional impact that each burglary has on the victim, and that can last long after the house has been made secure.

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13 October

Doncaster Locksmith Advice

The world seems a bit higgledy-piggledy at the moment, the news seems to be moving at the speed of light with newspapers out of date the minute they’re printed. Will the government survive? Will Trump be impeached? Will we all be wiped out by a meteor next Thursday? Who knows the answers to any of these questions? Although I hope the meteor thing doesn’t happen as I was planning to get a takeaway and watch a film on Friday.

But in these times of turmoil it’s easy to take your eye off the big picture. And when I say “the big picture”, I’m clearly referring to “the security of your home.” And if you think this has all been a weird segue in to that subject, you’re right. But let’s face it, with everything else that’s been going on recently, weird is the new normal, so I think I’ll get away with it. Anyway, I thought I’d take this opportunity just to state four tenets of home security that will help you keep your property safe if followed correctly. Think this less like Moses’ sermon on the mount, and more Locksmiths’ advice on the blog. It’s not got QUITE the same ring to it, but, you know, weird times and all that. 

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14 September

Advice For Students

Right, time to look lively, given Green Day’s instructions of “Wake me up when September comes”.  And you don’t want to disobey Billie Joe. As much as we might like to prorogue the Summer, it appears that Autumn is inevitably on the horizon. Prorogue, hey, there’s a term I’d never heard before this month – I don’t think it got covered in General Studies at school. Speaking of school (yes, it’s another of those tenuous segues), the new academic term will be underway this month, and that leads into what I want to talk to you about today. Students around the country will be starting university, and in many cases will be moving out from the family home for the first time, and into new accommodation.

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12 August

Where To Hide Valuables

Everyone loves a game of hide-and-seek, right? I know I certainly used to as a kid, and let me tell you, I was pretty damn good at it. I’ll never forget the one time I hid so well behind my bedroom curtains that my parents gave up looking for me altogether, and in fact disappeared on holiday to France for 2 weeks, such was their ineptitude in finding me. I teased them about that for years afterwards although now I think about it, I would have liked that holiday.

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21 July

Doncaster Upvc Door Repairs

Hello there, and happy July to you. I’ve just had a garbled voicemail asking me to pen a short blog about the USP of The Doors. Ever obedient, I’ve done a bit of research into the band, led by frontman Jim Morrison, and formed in 1965 in Los Angeles. Their major hits included Light my Fire, Riders on the Storm, and The End, with their brand of music best described as… ah, hang on a minute. I’ve just listened to the voicemail again. The blog requested was on the subject of UPVC doors, not the USP of The Doors. This is slightly embarrassing, but I’ve written over 100 words now, so we’ll just leave them there and move on. 

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11 June

Tips & Ideas For Lock Types On Commercial Doors

Those of you who have been paying attention to my blogs over the years, and I know there must be literally millions of you, may have noticed they mainly focus on the residential aspect of the trade – home security and the like. I feel as if I’ve neglected the business side of things, despite the fact that takes up a good proportion of my time – fitting and repairing locks on shops, restaurants, factories, offices and the like. In that vein, I thought today I’d look at the dangers that face businesses, small or large, and precautions that owners can take to lessen the risk of that business being disrupted by a break in or security breach. 

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12 May

Do Upvc Doors Expand In The Heat?

“Summer in the city where the air is still”, sang Aztec Camera on my radio the other day and I think we can learn a lot from those words, taken from the opening lines of Somewhere in My Heart. They really resonate with me on this May evening as I rush through the streets, being battered by the wind-driven rain, arrive home, turn the heating up and then realise I don’t live in an actual city. But apart from that, yes, those lyrics really resonate.

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25 April

How Locks Have Played A Role In Religion.

Right then, how the devil are you? I’m okay thanks for asking, touch wood. Nearly walked under a ladder earlier, but narrowly avoided that, thank goodness, and have dodged all the cracks in the pavement so far today. Almost had the nightmare of eating 13 biscuits, but realised in time and made it to a solid 14. Not that I’m superstitious at all... *crosses fingers*.

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31 March

Be Vigilant At This Time Of Year

In a recent survey by The Co-op insurance company there is a 37% rise in thefts at this time of year and especially on a Friday. They put this down to the temperatures warming up and people leaving doors and windows open as one example as to why.

Some of the advice is obvious but we all become complacement and so we think it is always wothwhile giving people a subtle reminder. In our experince The Co-op is correct with their survey. The vast majority of thefts we attend are a forced entry during the winter months via locksnapping. As soon as the weather warms up this type of attack becomes less of a problem but we want to get some fresh air through our stuffy bedrooms and living rooms. So what do we do is open the windows and carry on spring cleaning. Thieves will always look for an opportunity! 

So just have a quick read through the tips and keep an eye out. 

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24 March

Doncaster Locksmith Advice on Theft Prevention

With burglaries happening throughout Doncaster, can you take measures to protect your properties from an attack? Locksnapping is one of the most common ways that thieves use to access properties. This usually involves breaking the handles first and then the lock. All too easy to be honest but can also be thwarted easily. It's the barrel that is the weak point and all that is required is to swap out the existing barrel with one that is rated as 3 star and sold secure.

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