Here at Locksmith Nottingham we only use locks up to the British standards set by the British Standards Institute, this is because if we replace someone’s lock with a lock that isn’t up to British standards it could mean they aren’t covered by their home insurance if they get burglarised. Obviously you can’t tell how good a lock is just by looking at it, that’s why the British Standards Institute have a set of tests that simulate different well known methods of breaking into the types of locks being tested. And if a lock passes it’s branded with the British Standards kite mark (seen below), which tells you that it’s up to scratch.

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As part of the locksmith Nottingham services provided, we are able to carry out a full security and insurance compliance check whilst on site. Our locksmiths are also able to supply and fit quality products that conform to all the relevant requirements set by your home insurance provider. All parts fitted by our local emergency locksmith Nottingham engineers also come with a 12 month guarantee for your added peace of mind.

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In another section of the study they asked ex burglars the most deterring thing  to see when attempting a burglary and 70% of them answered it was a house alarm. So now you know the importance of a burglar alarm, which type of system is best for your home, and your pockets? There’s two main types of alarm that are used in the UK and the names of these systems are, stand alone systems and monitored systems.

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Did you know that installing Kitemarked, BS Standard, secure locks can reduce the cost of your insurance? That’s why, when you use us to install your locks, we provide you with a certificate proving your locks are professionally installed, are in full working order and meet the required standards. As we are an BLF approved locksmith, you can use this certificate as proof for your insurance company.

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Biannually is what our recommendation to this common question is. Special circumstances of course puts the recommended frequency up. Such as attempted burglary or any structural changes to the area or the building. If you have just moved into a new home. Recommended is to get in touch with skilled locksmith Nottingham surveyors straight away to have your new home checked. The higher risk group of new homeowners is elevated by a fair amount, and extra security precautions is needed.

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At Locksmith Nottingham, we offer a full service for gaining entry after being locked out of your home or business premises. We use non-destructive methods to gain entry, to preserve the doors or shutters of your property. Our professional local locksmiths can gain entry through any type of door or door lock, including both external and internal door locks.
"I asked Alistair to cut me some new keys for my house & also for him to come and give me a quotation for replacing locks in doors where the keys had been lost. At all times Alistair was very professional and gave me a range of different options, once I quote was received I decided to go ahead with the work. He arrived on time on the agreed date and got on with the work immediately & completed the work to a high level. I'm really pleased with the work Alistair completed for me & the advice he gave. I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending him to others who need the services of a Locksmith."

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It was a long arduous process, but it seems you’ve finally moved into the property of your dreams. The last thing you need now is to be concerned about your security. However, whether you’re a landlord or a new homeowner, the thought process should be the same. Your local locksmith Nottingham has always urged customers to get into the habit of having the locks changed when you move house. The same applies to landlords. For the security of your new tenants, especially those who are not simply on a shorthold tenancy, it is vital the locks are regularly changed. This is due to the fact that you can never be 100% sure if the previous owner made any copies of the keys that you were unaware. Of course, this locksmith Nottingham does not want to unnecessarily concern you, the friendly lock engineers here only mean to promote the habit of regular lock checks and effective home security.
The number one cause of Upvc Door Closing and Locking Problems is misalignment of the Upvc door and it’s frame. Misalignment is normally down to worn hinges and/or incorrectly packed door panels or glass. So how do you check if your Upvc door is out of alignment and how to we remedy it. 1. Take a look at the mitres on the door and frame - they are the diagonal joints in the corners - do they line up with with each other and form a continuous straight line? 2. With your door open place a spirit level on the top of the door, is the door level? 3. Open the door ever so slightly and look down the edge of the door on the lock side, is the gap between the frame and the door consistent all the way down or is it a smaller gap or even making contact at the top? If you find any or all of the above problems then your door and frame is misaligned and that will be the cause of your locking or unlocking problems and if left will only get worse to the point where you will not be able to lock the door or cause damage to the locking mechanism resulting in a multipoint failure. Adjusting the Upvc Door Hinges to fix the misalignment. Most modern Upvc doors have FLAG HINGES fitted that have a up and down & in and out adjustment option. Older upvc doors may have BUTT HINGES fitted that offer a very limited adjustment. Adjusting a Flag Hinge. Upvc Door Closing Problems1. Lateral Adjustment 2. – 3. Height Adjustment or Compression Adjustment Height adjustment can either be No 2 or No3 depending on the make and model of the hinge. Remove the plastic plug No1 and insert an Allen Key into the hole, turn the Allen Key until the door starts to pull back towards the hinge side of the frame a great tip that will help is draw a line with a pencil on the case of the hinge and onto the door this will give you a visible indication that the door is moving in the correct direction, note how many turns you have completed and adjust the middle hinge (if needed) by the same amount until the door is level with the frame. Keep checking after every adjustment to see if the door is closing and locking correctly. If the door still catches on the bottom of the frame or is difficult to lock then you may need to raise the door by removing the plastic cover No 2 or No 3 and adjusting all of the hinges up by the same amount until the door closes and locks correctly. Again mark the position of the adjuster with the pencil until you have determined which one is the height adjustment. This can be determined by closing the door and turning adjuster No1 or No2, if the door moves towards you or away from you the adjustment is Compression, If the door moves up or down the adjuster is the height. If the door has been fully adjusted but still does not close or lock correctly there are a few more things that you will want to try. The first is to adjust the bottom hinge away from the door. This will lift the door on the lock side, but be aware that sending the door out at he bottom will also narrow the gap between the lock and the keeps and any over adjustment may make the lock or door hit the frame or keepers. The second thing you can try is to move the keeps down until they are in line with the locking points - Latch, locking Bolts, Hooks and or rollers. Butt Hinges: Upvc Door Closing and Locking ProblemsButt hinges offer very little adjustment options. The old style type of Butt Hinges have an Allen Key grub screw that holds the hinge pin in position. To adjust these type of hinges, remove the grub screw and turn the hinge pin with an Allen Key to pull the door towards the hinge side of the frame. The hinge may have just one grub screw and pin or may have two. The new style type of Butt Hinges have a cross headadjuster at the top and bottom and can be easily adjusted with a screwdriver. They only offer a very small adjustment but it may be enough to fix the locking and closing problem.
Did you know that installing Kitemarked, BS Standard, secure locks can reduce the cost of your insurance? That’s why, when you use us to install your locks, we provide you with a certificate proving your locks are professionally installed, are in full working order and meet the required standards. As we are an BLF approved locksmith, you can use this certificate as proof for your insurance company.

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Whether you've just bought a home, built a home, or have been in your home for quite some time, you have thought about home security. Have you taken any action? It's time to read about home security systems so that you can make the right decision for you and your family. If you have a home alarm system, make sure all the wires are concealed. If a burglar wants to break into your home, he may cut any wires he sees before following through with his plan. Depending on where the wires are, hide them with plants, rocks or other natural looking items. Build a good relationship with your neighbours. Crime is less likely in areas where the neighbours co-operate with other, keeping an eye out for suspicious behaviour. Don't be afraid to make the first move. Offer to watch your neighbour's property when they go on vacation. In the future, they can return the favour. Consider hiding a spare key on your dog. If you have dogs who have free access to the outdoors, try taping a key securely to the inside of one of their collars. This will make your key accessible should you lock yourself out, while keeping your home safe. If you have multiple dogs, choose the dog who is least friendly with strangers. Before buying a home security system, ask yourself if you really need one. Sometimes adding some extra deadbolts or reinforcing windows is enough to keep your home safe. These options are less expensive than a security system, and they can be effective. Investigate all of your options before making your final decision. Now you know your options, and you can better make a decision regarding home security. If you use the tips and tricks that have been given to you, then you are going to be well on your way to enjoying peace of mind. Put the safety of your family first.

When it comes to the security of your home, having a local locksmith that you can rely on to be there at a moment’s notice is of the utmost importance. Whether it’s your front door locks and/or handles that you’re having trouble with or your patio door locks, at Locksmith Nottingham, we provide a local service that is always on hand to keep your home safe and secure

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Locksmith Nottingham hear about tonnes of cases of lock snapping every month, lock snapping is the most common method of breaking into doors made out of UPVC, and can also be done to any other door with a euro cylinder. But what makes lock snapping so terrifying is that it’s so common and it doesn’t require any specialist tools or knowledge, we’re not exaggerating, we really think a child could do this.

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Lock problems can happen at the most inconvenient of times, but it’s our job to make sure that you’re never inconvenienced for long. As soon as you make the call to Locksmith Nottingham, an emergency locksmith will be on the way to assess your window, shutter, gate, or door lock. Whatever type of lock, we’ll help you to regain entry, repair or replace your locks as soon as possible.

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As part of the locksmith Nottingham services provided, we are able to carry out a full security and insurance compliance check whilst on site. Our locksmiths are also able to supply and fit quality products that conform to all the relevant requirements set by your home insurance provider. All parts fitted by our local emergency locksmith Nottingham engineers also come with a 12 month guarantee for your added peace of mind.

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"Until I met Alistair I was having to force my door closed with my shoulder, not a good situation. In less than an hour he solved the problem, and I now have a safe, secure door again. Alistairs fees are very fair and his customer service is first class. I would not hesitate to recommend his services. Iwouldn't have any hesitation in recommending him to others who need the services of a Locksmith."

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