The Seymour Locksmiths Blog
As a qualified locksmith, I’m often called out to residents who have locked themselves out. However, I’m seeing more and more residents actually not locking the the door correctly. If you have a uPVC door with a Multipoint locking system then please make sure you know how to operate it correctly. Below I will explain how to lock one type of system that many residents do not lock correctly.
There are mainly three types of Multipoint Locking Systems (MPLS) used in the UK.
Lift Lever system, Nightlatch system and Key Wind system, These are mainly fitted to uPVC and composite doors.
The Nightlatch system is the one I’d like to explain how to operate them correctly.
Many customers are unaware that simply closing the door and lifting the handle on either side of the door does not actually lock the door.
Yes, you still need to use a key to open the door from the outside which is only closed in Nightlatch mode, this means the door is closed on the latch only, not the locking points. The latch can been seen on the leading edge of the door, with the door open; operate the inside handle downwards, you will see the latch retract into the door. The outside handle will not retract the latch back, only the key will. This is a sure way to determine which MPLS you have.
The correct procedure to locking and unlocking a Nightlatch MPLS can be seen on the diagram below.
From the outside of the door the key will retract the latch and the door will be open. On the inside of the door the handle will retract the latch. This is known as split spindle operation.
Leaving your property whilst not using the key to lock the system will leave the property vulnerable to opportunist thieves, who know what to look for on these types of doors to show them that the door is actually not locked and is only closed in Nightlatch mode. With the correct tools the door can very easily be opened in less than a few minutes.
In some cases Insurance companies will consider this negligence on the proprietor and will be reluctant to pay out on any claims because the door was not locked and only closed in nightlatch mode. Insurers can soon determine that this is the case because there will be no forced entry at the property.
I hope by reading this blog that you will have a better understanding on how to operate these types of Multipoint locks. If you would like to discuss any of the above then please feel free to give Jeff a call at Seymour locksmiths who is based in Shoreham-by-Sea.
Ways to Secure Your New Home
For my latest blog I thought I’d give you the reader some guidelines of jobs to do when moving house and ways to secure your new home.
Finally after weeks of making sure everything is done, you’ve now received your keys for the new home. You can relax now, there’s still a few boxes to unpack but they can wait, its time to put your feet up. But wait! Are you done with all the essential things that need doing when moving? You’ve moved in and all your worldly possessions are in the house. There’s one question I’d like to ask. Are you secure in your new home?
Ive put together a little checklist, that if you follow you will be able to answer that question shortly. Or give Jeff a call at Seymour Locksmiths for a free no obligation Home Security Check.
Change The Locks
You’d be surprised at how many new occupants don’t change the locks on external doors when moving into a new property. The previous occupants will have provided you with a set of keys, but do you know if these are the only keys for your new property?
Often keys are given to tradesmen, house sitters, dog walkers etc. In some cases the previous occupants keep a set of keys. All these keys mean anyone can gain entry to your new home using none destructive measures. If the worse did happen and you were burgled, your home insurance may default on paying out any claim that you make because the locks have not been changed.
Check fitted door and window locks
Walk around the house, checking all external doors. Do the doors close properly?
If you have uPVC doors fitted, does the multipoint locking system work as it should?
Can the door be easily locked?
Check your windows. Do they close securely and does the handle lock? If sash windows are fitted, can they be opened from the outside? Do the sash window locks work?
Heres a simple infographic that explains quickly how to spot if your multipoint lock isn’t working as it should.
Most Multipoint locking Systems require a 5 year service and adjustment to keep them working as they should.
You can read my previous blog regarding Multipoint Locking Systems.
The front door, does it have a letter box? A lot of opportunist thieves fish keys through the letterbox. Don’t leave your keys in view of an open letterbox. You can have fitted a letterbox cowl, this makes it difficult to fish anything through the letterbox, a very cheap solution.
Consider Home security systems
More and more homes now have a security system in place, this can be a simple DIY system or a fully monitored secure system fitted by experts. You can evaluate your area and choose a system that works for you. Some basics to consider are an alarm, motion detecters for the doors and windows, carbon monoxide and smoke detecters.
Redirect Your Mail
Ensure your post is redirected to your new address. Lost or missed mail is a security risk.
You don’t want sensitive letters like bank statements falling into the wrong hands.
Secure Your Wifi Password
Its easy to forget this one, most people stick to the password provided by their internet provider. An easy search will show anyone which network you are with. With the correct knowledge your password can be gained and access to your wifi and internet usage can be seen.
Checking Trades People I.D.
Moving home usually means calling on some trades people. Check there I.D. before letting them in. Criminals are known to target new home owners using false I.D. to gain access to your property. If your unsure about the I.D. do not let them in until you have verified they are genuine.
Get To Know Your Neighbours
Knowing your neighbours is a great way to make your property more secure. Your new neighbours will keep an eye on any strangers and in return you can do the same for them. If they know you and your family and recognise you they may just ask a stranger what they’re doing.
So pop round with a bottle of wine and introduce yourself. You’d be amazed at how many new occupants to a property don’t even know their immediate neighbours.
Great now you’ve gone through all the above, do the rest of the family know about all the measures you have put into place to secure your home? Sit them down, go through how the alarm system works, make sure the children know to lock doors and not leave keys lying around. I’m called out often because one of the family has lost their set of keys. Do you have the local police contact details and your local locksmiths details?
Thanks for reading my latest blog, I hope by simply following this easy check list you make your new home more secure for you and your family.
Jeff Seymour/Seymour Locksmiths
As part of my job, I feel its very important to not just get people back in their home when locked out, but to try and make sure that they don’t carry on locking themselves out and find the best solution for there circumstances.
I received a call from the son of an elderly gentleman in Worthing, the son was in London that day and was concerned for his father. After searching Locksmith Worthing online and giving me a call, he explained that his father is suffering from dementia and he was very confused as to why he was locked out.
Having arrived at the house to see the gentleman in such a confused state, it was clear that I would need to get him back inside as soon as possible. He had three keys on his keying, one for the front door porch, one for the inside front door and one for the back door, that amount of keys would confuse anyone!
For my latest blog I thought id keep you up to date with new products on the market.
ERA window and Door Restrictor
This latest window and door restrictor is a great and very simple to use device and for the first time a window and door restrictor meets standards set out by the Door and Hardware Federation. A great device for balcony windows and doors were young children are in the house.
Night Latch – What To Know
For my latest blog I thought I’d write about night latches or as some people refer to them as a Yale Night Latch and the different types on the market.
There is some misconception about night latches and how they are operated. Hopefully after reading this blog, you will have a better understanding of a night latch, how to operate them correctly and which type of night latch will best suit your security needs.
Typical Day as a 24 Hour Locksmith
I’m asked so many times what is it like being a 24 hour locksmiths. I thought it would be interesting to write a blog telling you what my typical day consists off. I write all my jobs down in a diary and this is from 1st Feb 2016.
Leading up to Christmas is a very busy time for most households, very few people think of home security at this time of year when in fact the opportunist burglar is equally as busy.
Read the tips below and make it harder for that Christmas burglar.
What Is A Multipoint Locking System?
Multipoint locking systems (MPLS) became widely used in the mid 80’s on residential properties throughout the UK. Over time these systems fail. Why do they fail?
Well like most mechanical products they can become worn & tired and therefore break. Some of these multi point locking systems have been around now for thirty plus years.
When checking your home security it’s important that the correct locks are in place and that they meet certain British standards set by regulating bodies.
In this blog I’ve put together a short summary to explain everything you need to know when it comes to locks and the security standards that relate to them.
Don’t Get Ripped Off
Time and time again I read horror stories in which people are left out in the cold and feel totally ripped off when calling a Locksmith out.
Here’s a typical example of a very bad experience one lady had.
A lady was locked out of her premises at 9am on a week day.
The lady in question rings 118118 from her mobile and asked for three local locksmith numbers. All three numbers are then text to her phone, only one turns out to be local and that number is unobtainable. This leaves her having to ring one of the other two numbers both of which are 0800 numbers. In desperation the lady rings one of the 0800 numbers and gets put through to UK Locksmiths.net. Once through she asks the obvious questions of how much the job will cost and how long before the locksmith will arrive. The answers were £55 for the charge and ‘ he’ll be with you very shortly’
Both of these answers were ridiculously off of the mark.