Home security in the winter months

October was National Home Security Month – an initiative designed to get homeowners to consider their home security as the dark nights draw in. We at Paladin Locksmiths are in full support of this initiative. The burglary rate rises significantly during the darker months – up to 150% higher in some areas of the country. […]

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Types of locks

There are many different types of locks but the main locks you are likely to find on a residential property are listed below. It is helpful when contacting us if you are able to identify which type you have. Mortice Deadlock Mortice locks fit into a slot cut into the edge of the door and […]

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British standards 3621 and insurance

Most insurance companies require you to have a 5 lever mortice deadlock conforming to BS3621 or multi point locking system on the final exit door of your property. It is worth checking your insurance policy if you are uncertain of the terms as your policy may be invalidated if you do not have the required […]

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What is a locksmith?

A “smith” of any type is one who shapes metal pieces, often using a forge or mould, into useful objects. Locksmithing, as its name implies, is the assembly and designing of locks and their respective keys. Historically, locksmiths made the entire lock, working for hours hand cutting screws and doing much file-work. Today, the rise […]

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Security hints and tips

The opportunist thief will look for safe, easy targets. By applying a few basic security principles you can make your property unappealing to the thief. External Doors Ensure that locks conforming to BS3621 or multi-point locks are attached and used on all external doors. Install an outside light near your front door to help you […]

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