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When you become a victim of a break-in it can be an emotional and stressful time. Although this is a distressing experience it is important that you try and stay focused and follow steps to ensure that your home life can get back to normal as soon as possible. From recovering your losses to getting piece of mind we have put together a few bits of advice that can help you on your way.
Contact the Police – Firstly you should call the police, this may seem obvious, but it is important that it is done as soon as possible after you discover the break in for two reasons. The first being that police will want to come to your property to interview you, as well as forensics for evidence and finger prints which may lead to your good being discovered quicker so it may also be a good idea not to touch anything until they have been, the second reason is that the police will leave you with a crime reference number which you will need for any insurance claims.
Make Insurance Claim – Make a detailed list of what has gone missing for the insurance company, you should also provide this to the police. In most cases you will need to make your claim within 24 hours of doing the police report so get straight on it! In some cases, for larger items and damage to the property the insurance company may send someone out to your property to verify the claim.
Clean Up and Make Repairs – When the police have left, and you have finished dealing with your insurance company the next step it to get cleared up. Leaving the mess and damage is just a reminder of what has happened so cleaning up can work wonders for you mental well being. If there is any damage to your property in particular the doors and windows, then it is important to get a professional out as soon as possible to come and repair them and ensure that your property is left secure. When your insurance claim has gone through you can then start to replace missing items, so your home can return back to normal.
Home Security Improvements – Improving your home security will not only give you piece of mind but it will also be a huge deterrent for any future burglars that mat attempt a break in. There are lots of ways you can do this, upgrade your door locks, install CCTV, Strengthen doors and windows. If you are unsure on how you can improve your home security, then a good local locksmith should be able to asses your property and advice you on what would be the best measures to put in place.
If you have been broken into or would like to find out what you can do to help secure your home against a break in then contact I & S Lock Service for advice and guidance on what to do in the event of a break-in, and measures that can be put in place to improve your home security – 01290 425106
UPVC windows and doors are commonly used across the UK including Ayr, this is probably due to the fact that they offer a good defence against burglars, so they are a good place to start when it comes to home security and thinking about security locks for uPVC doors. However, you should always check what type of locks has been supplied with your doors and windows as they are not always fitted with the most secure locks out there. Read on for more information on the best locks to use to ensure the security of your uPVC doors and windows.
Cylinder Lock Snapping
The standard locks and handles that are fitted at the manufacturing stage of your uPVC doors may not always be the most secure locks that are available and could potentially leave your home vulnerable to a break-in. There is a common technique used by burglars to gain entry to your home called lock snapping. This method it used in a large percentage of break-ins. Unfortunately, this technique is unbelievably easy and once the lock cylinder has been compromised so has the overall security of the lock, allowing burglars to enter your property with no resistance.
Preventing This Issue
The pest way to protect your home and avoid becoming a victim of lock snapping is to upgrade the locks on your uPVC doors and windows to anti-snap cylinders which are much more secure than standard locks. Anti-snap locks have been specifically designed so that the lock snapping method burglars use will not work. If a burglar tried the lock snapping method on one of these locks the locking mechanism will stay secure as only the barrel of the lock would snap off. If this did happen and you has anti-snap locks then you would still be able to lock and unlock your door using your key, however it is advised that you get your locks replaced as soon as possible.
UPVC windows tend to be made with locks already fitted and most of the time they can’t be changed. This is because the window frame is not strong enough to support a lock that hasn’t been built in. Luckily the locks fitted in uPVC window tend to be good quality secure locks such as espagnolette locks or deadlock shoot bolts. These locks both work well but for extra piece of mind you can improve the security of your windows by reinforcing them with galvanised streel or hardened aluminium added to the hollow body, this however has to been done at the manufacturing stage as it cannot be added after the window has been made. When buying a new uPVC window, you should look out for the British Standard 7950 kit mark as this is the minimum level of security all new windows are required to meet.
When a locksmith’s phone rings, more often than not it is a call from someone that has lost their keys and needs to gain entry into their home or business. It is quite likely that at some point in our lives we will all experience some sort of lock out and the first thing we will do is panic! To help you out and save you from some stress I & S Locksmiths have put together this helpful step by step guide of what to do if you find yourself locked out of your property.
Stay Calm – staying calm is probably the hardest thing to do when you realise your keys are gone and your locked out of your property, but it is important to try. When you are panicking you are less likely to think rationally and make informed decisions. So, if you are locked out the first thing to do is take a few deep breaths and relax to try and focus your mind. Once your calm you can better focus and make the right decisions to best deal with the situation you are in.
Backtrack – Now your calm and focused it will be easier to think back on your day and try and remember the last rime you seen your keys. Check your car, bag, pockets and even ask people you have spent time with that day to check theirs in case they have picked them up by mistake. You can even call or revisit places you have been to see if they have been handed in. If you do all this and there is still no sign of your keys, then its time to take the next step.
Call I & S Locksmiths – If you have no luck finding your keys then its time to call a locksmith to come and help you gain entry into your property. It is important to do a bit of research when choosing a locksmith to ensure they are train and equip to carry out the task at hand. You can check out their reviews and testimonials on the internet or ask friends and family if they have any recommendations.
Back Up Plan – Once you are back in your property and have a new set of keys it is work making a couple of spares and giving them to trustworthy family members or friends so if you find yourself in the same situation you have someone there to come to your rescue, saving you time, stress and money.