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Home Security

If you`re a homeowner, you may well worry about how secure your property really is. Thieves can target your valuables and even if you feel you live in a reasonably safe area, there`s always the threat of burglary. Homeowners can, however, take steps to reinforce their household security and protect against criminals.

Think first about your doors. These are an obvious point of entry and while a lock may help, you`ve got to consider that a determined thief will find other – often more simple – ways of getting through a door. The right door material, such as fibreglass, will protect a door against forced entry in situations where wood simply won`t. And watch out for doors that can easily be physically removed, such as dated sliding patio doors.

Windows are also an easy access point for burglars and an area that really requires your attention. Again, the type of material used for the windows can make a difference. Add safety glass to windows for enhanced durability, making it harder for intruders to physically smash their way in. Security screens are useful too, as they make it tough for thieves to gain access and often prove a deterrent to would-be burglars. While window bars may also help.

Your home security doesn`t begin or end inside your house. Consider what`s visible outside your house: if you have a bike and no shed, then think about where you`re locking it up. Tools and garden equipment may attract thieves if left in plain view and even if you do store possessions inside a shed or similar building, its locks are as vulnerable as those in your house.

You may even inadvertently create ways in which crooks can gain access to your home via outside areas. For instance, if you are using a ladder to paint a hard-to-reach place and then leave it out, a criminal could then use it to gain entry to an upper-floor window. So lock away any ladders or other equipment that could be misused in this way.

Enhancing your home security can sometimes be a case of simply creating deterrents to intruders. If you can`t afford or don`t want a home-security system or a guard dog, there`s nothing to stop you putting up signs that make it look as if you`ve got one. For example, some companies sell fake burglar alarm boxes for installation on the exterior of your house.

Trim hedges and trees. These denizens of your garden may look pretty but if they`re overly large, you`re simply creating extra cover that thieves can take advantage of when approaching your property.

Of course, you can have reinforced doors and windows made from the toughest materials, but if your locks aren`t up to much, your home will still be insecure. Handle locks are easy to pick with basic tools and should be avoided. Also think about where your keys are. Don`t leave them in easy-to-access locations and don`t lend out keys unless it`s really necessary, since doing so may come back to haunt you if a criminal gets hold of a spare key or is able to make a duplicate.

Add deadbolts to enhance the security of your locks. Deadbolts reinforce locks and can sometimes prevent access made through the use of duplicate keys. A door lock cylinder is useful here as it allows you to incorporate a deadbolt easily, alongside other types of lock you may choose to upgrade your house security with.

Help with the VAT man!

As Delyn Locksmiths has grown, I’ve had to develop the administrative side of the business, to help us invoice, offer credit, employ staff to extend our capacity, deal with the VAT man and fill in tax returns. One thing that has helped enormously is our adoption of the kashflow accounts system . It’s brilliant, and it’s available now on a free 60 day trial. It has saved us a fortune on printed invoice books and if you’re sending out invoices everyday, even at the end of the trial it will be paying for itself in savings on printing costs.

It also means VAT returns are a 30 second job, end of year accounts, a job that used to take me around a fortnight, I can do in half a day, and if I was more organised it would be easier still.

I heartily recommend it to everyone.

To sign up for a free trial of the software, click on this link KASHFLOW.

Should you end up paying for the system after your trial, I’ll get £2 off the cost of my subscription.

Old Purple Securefast

Can anyone confirm for me that the old purple securefast has warding, which stops you using the SV kit or standard reader keys to decode the last lever. And also means you have to cut a proper key, on blanks with ward cut outs as the SV make up key won’t turn in the lock.

I’m sure this is the case, but haven’t seen one for so long. Came across one yesterday, on the left so I drilled for the hole in the lock case and pulled the bolt back.

Now looking at the mortice manual, it doesn’t say anything about warding, and it actually says the SV kit and make up key open it. Is this true?

Assuming I’m correct, and the book is wrong. I wonder would it be possible to read the final lever with an old fashioned reader key as opposed to the swanky new decoder tool?

If I had a lock to practice with I’d give it a go, but does anyone know whether if I cut a number one lever onto the final position of a key with warding cutouts – would it read just like the tool?

Fantasy Football League

Well, the real business may be starting this weekend with Cardiff City’s big kick off against Sheffield United. But for those like Blackpool (grrrrrr) who are lucky enough to be in the Premiership there is another week till all the fun starts.

Which means you have a week to get your team in the Delyn Locksmiths Ltd Fantasy Football League. I’ve put up some small cash prizes for winning the League and the Head to Head tournament.

Staff, friends, customers, sub contractors, suppliers, everyone’s welcome to join. Go to and select your team, then use code 210232-58157 to enter our league.

Master Key Systems – Convenient Security

Master Key systems provide convenient security, allowing a senior member of staff for example to have one key that accesses every room in a hotel or workplace, whilst a guest has a key to their room only.

We have supplied master key systems to hotels and guest houses across Wales.

A Master key suite is a system of locks and keys, These are constructed in such a way as to allow authorized keys past the lock whilst restricting unauthorized keys.

The system is built around a master key that will give access to all of the locks in the system, This then allows the main keyholder to access all areas when required. This type of system is particularly useful to landlords,
hoteliers, schools, office complexes and other largesmall premises.

In laymans terms this simply means that if for example you are a landlord only one key is needed to access all your properties rather then fumbling around with large bunches of keys whilst assuring each tenant holds his own unique key to his or her lock