Are all Locksmiths Safe? What is a DBS Check?

Did you know the locksmith industry is currently unregulated? With no official governing body to measure the standards of work and no license required it means that anyone could call themselves a locksmith and cause more damage than good on your property. Not only does this leave the customer out of pocket and put into a potentially unsafe situation but it also frustrates trained, experienced locksmiths who have encountered this problem one too many times. So how do you choose a locksmith? Take a look at our blog below on the things you should look out for when hiring a locksmith.

DBS Check

A DBS check stands for Disclosure and Barring Service and was formerly known as a CRB check. The purpose of a DBS check is to provide safeguarding for those classed as vulnerable such as the elderly and children. All of our NGCL Locksmiths are required to undergo a DBS check to ensure they have no convictions or cautions that may be a red flag before welcoming them onto our team. At the NGCL we carry out DBS checks on all of our locksmiths to ensure our customers are not put at any risk, for example if someone had a previous burglary conviction you would not want them working on your locks or on your house as this poses a potential threat. Therefore, you can trust that your NGCL Locksmith will be a trustworthy professional.

 

Trained Locksmith

As we mentioned earlier, anyone could call themselves a locksmith and wreck havoc on the properties of those who unfortunately employ them. When searching for a safe and reliable locksmith ensure that they are fully trained by a reputable company and have either a locksmith accreditation or a locksmith qualification. We’d like to reassure you that all of our NGCL Locksmiths are fully trained and hold a locksmith accreditation or locksmith qualification, the locksmith qualification course only became available in the UK last year and already many of our locksmiths have undertaken this course to improve on their locksmith skills and knowledge.

 

Identification

Once you have employed a locksmith or any tradesperson for that matter always ensure you ask to see their ID before welcoming them into your home and instructing them to carry out the work. This ensures that the person stood at your door is who they say they are, there have unfortunately been too many burglary cases reported where the burglars have posed as tradesmen carrying out work in the home.

 

NGCL Locksmiths

All of our NGCL Locksmiths are fully trained, DBS checked and carry an ID pass with them when at work so you can rest in the knowledge that you will receive a safe and reliable locksmith who will complete the work to professional standards.

You can find more information on the regulations of the locksmith industry in our blog here!

 

 

What to do if you have lost your keys

We all have that fear of rumbling through every coat pocket and digging into every nook and cranny of your bag to try and locate your house keys when stood outside on a cold, rainy evening. But what if you don’t find them? Here are our top 5 tips on what to do if you lose your keys in 2021!

If there’s no other key outside of the house and no way to get into the house, your best option is to call a locksmith.

 

1.     Retrace your steps

Your first point of action is to retrace your steps. You may find that your keys have just managed to escape whilst walking home, or perhaps they managed to slip underneath the car seat.

2.     Spare Key

If you still haven’t found your keys, now is a good time to grab that spare key from your trusted person. At least you will be able to access your home and put your shopping away for now. It won’t solve your lost key situation but at least you can access your home.

If you don’t have a spare key, sit with a neighbour to get you out of the cold and to calm your nerves.

 

3.     Don’t break into your own home

It may be tempting to attempt to pick the lock yourself or to gain entry another way. More likely than not you will cause damage to your property and will end up paying more in the long run.

 

4.     Call NGCL locksmiths

Calling up the locksmith may be the best or only option for you to get into your home, especially if you live alone and own your home.

If you need to get in your home quickly, this could also be the quickest option.
The price for hiring a locksmith usually starts at £60, depending on the time you call them, the tools and equipment needed and how difficult the situation is.

Whether you’re locked out of house because of no key, or your lock/key has broken, our locksmith at NGCL are ready to take your call 24/7 to help when you’re locked out of my house, no key.

 

5.     Change your Locks

Even if you have a spare key it is vital that the Locksmith changes your locks as well as gains entry to your home for security reasons. You never know who could’ve picked up your keys after you lost them. They may even know your address already so it is wise to change your locks to prevent a burglar targeting your home. Remember if a burglar enters your home with a key, your insurance claim will be invalid.

 

6.     Phone a friend, family member or landlord

If you live with anyone, make sure that you tell everyone you are with that you are locked out. A roommate, partner or anyone else may be able to let you in. This could be the most convenient option and could mean that you don’t spend too long in the rain!

If you don’t own the home, call your landlord or estate agent, they will typically have a copy of your house key and may be able to unlock the door for you if they live nearby.

Alternatively, if you live in an apartment complex, you could ask the managers office and ask them if you can gain access. To be able to do this, you must have some form of identification on you and evidence that you live in the apartment complex. This could come at a fee, make sure you ask about this beforehand so you don’t get any surprises.

National Guild of Certified Locksmiths

If you found this blog useful why not check out some of our others including Moving Home Security and Is the Locksmith Industry Regulated? 

 

 

Moving Home Security

Did you know that a whopping 58% of people don’t change their locks when they move house? Did you also know that these people are more than half as likely to be burgled within the first 12 months of moving home? Changing locks is often overlooked by many new homeowners but the stats frighteningly highlight how vital it is to change your locks when you move!

 

Over half of people don’t change their locks when they move, half of these are more likely to be burgled within the first year of moving. In 2019/2020 there were over 402,000 burglaries in England and Wales alone.

 

Why change the locks?

When you move into a new home you have no idea how many keys are in circulation that could fall into the wrong hands. The Home Office reports that you are more than twice as likely to be burgled within the first year of moving home and three times as likely to burgled if you have been living in your home for under 10 years.

Not only are these burglary statistics scary, you could also lose a large sum of money if your locks don’t meet your insurer’s standards. Many insurers nowadays insist that homeowners locks are British Standard. If your locks do not meet these requirements your home insurance claim can be void.

 

Spare keys

Over half of people in the UK give out a spare key when they move house or get their locks changed. That means your new home is more than half as likely to have a spare key out there, that’s not to mention all the lost keys too that could leave your new home vulnerable.

You should never under any circumstances hide a spare key under your door mat, in a plant pot or anywhere else outside your home for that matter. If you can think of a ‘great’ hiding place for a spare key so can a burglar. Remember if a burglar enters your home with a key then your insurance claim will be void.

 

Benefits of changing your locks

Other than changing your locks for security it is also recommended that you change your locks so that you have access to all the doors and windows in your home in the event you would need to escape from your home in an emergency. A thumb turn lock may be recommended as a means to create a ‘quick escape’ exit, these locks operate without a key internally and lock and unlock by turning the knob. These locks are great in an emergency such as a fire in the home as there is no need to panic to find keys to escape. However, these locks aren’t suited near any windows as they pose a threat of a burglar gaining entry.

What is the best lock?

The best locks are those that conform to British Standards. You can tell if your lock meets British Standards by identifying the BSI logo engraved onto the lock which looks like a heart with an ‘S’ in the middle or by identifying the engraved number BS3621.

To upgrade your locks further it is worth investing in high security locks such as an anti-snap cylinder. These locks have a purpose built ‘snap’ line which will break if burglar techniques are attempted. This anti-snap line prevents the internal mechanisms from being exposed so the burglar cannot access your home through the lock. You will still have to replace your lock should it snap but it will save your home from being burgled.

 

How much is it to change the locks?

Prices for a Locksmith vary widely on the service you require. Check out our Locksmith Prices page here to gauge an estimate of what you can expect to pay!

 

Locksmith near me: NGCL Locksmiths

Are you looking for a Locksmith near you? Give us a call by finding your local Locksmith with NGCL here! NGCL Locksmiths are industry professionals and always provide our customers with the best security possible to ensure their homes are as safe as can be.

Moving House Checklist

We know moving home is stressful and there is so much to organise amongst all the boxes filled with all of your belongings. Keytek® has compiled a handy moving house checklist so you can feel as ready as you’ll ever be on the big day! Find the Moving House Checklist here!

 

Home Security

It’s not just your locks you have to think about when it comes to home security! As well a handy moving house checklist, Keytek® has also produced a comprehensive Home Security Guide here for tips and advice on keeping your home as secure as it can be!

 

National Guild of Certified Locksmiths

If you found this blog interesting, why not check out some of our others including ‘Is the Locksmith Industry Regulated?‘ and ‘uPVC Specialists’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to our New Website!

We are so proud to present to you our brand new website! We hope you find our new NGCL website to be easier to use and full of insightful information.

 

Highlights of our new NGCL website include:

  • Easier navigation to find a Locksmith. Our Find a Locksmith feature has been updated so that you can find a local Locksmith near you. All you have to do is simply enter your postcode or hometown and the website will do all the hard work for you. Upon finding the Locksmiths in your area you will be able to browse through the Locksmiths local to you and discover about their training and the services they offer. This enhanced feature we hope will bring our customers some peace of mind when booking their chosen Locksmith.

 

  • Our Locksmith Services. Gathered in one place within the website with pages explaining them all so our customers can find out more information on the work they require. Detailed information on our Locksmith services include:
    • Emergency Locksmith Services
    • Local Locksmiths
    • Locks Changed and Replaced
    • Home Security Services
    • uPVC Door and Window Locks
    • Moving Home and Lock Changing
    • Lost Keys
    • Emergency Boarding Up and Repairs
    • Commercial Locksmiths

 

  • NGCL Blog. We will be continuing to update our NGCL Blog frequently to bring you all the latest news and events. Keep your eyes peeled for the updates, in the mean time why not check out some of our recent blogs including ‘Is the Locksmith Industry Regulated?’ and ‘Why you should have a Dash Cam in 2021’!

The National Guild of Certified Locksmiths

We hope you enjoy exploring our new website as much as we have enjoyed building it. Take a look round our new NGCL website by clicking the link here!