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This blog is articles, videos and infographics relating to the work of a locksmith in Glasgow.

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    How to Identify the Type of Lock on Your Door

    As a Glasgow locksmith I spend a lot of my time replacing locks. Not surprisingly, most people have no idea about the type of lock they have fitted on their front or back door. However, identifying the type of locks you have can sometimes be very important. This is particularly true if you are seeking… The post How to Identify the Type of Lock on Your Door appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    cylinder lock held by Glasgow locksmith

    As a Glasgow locksmith I spend a lot of my time replacing locks. Not surprisingly, most people have no idea about the type of lock they have fitted on their front or back door. However, identifying the type of locks you have can sometimes be very important. This is particularly true if you are seeking new home insurance or want to know if you have locks that are vulnerable to lock snapping.

    There are a some of the most common locks in use:

    1. 5 Lever Mortice Lock

    5 lever mortice lock held by Glasgow locksmith

    This type of lock is embedded (morticed) into the door and the strike plate is fitted to the frame. This lock is usually only fitted to timber/wooden doors and can only be opened with a key, from either side.

    Sometimes 5 lever mortice locks are confused with the less secure 3 lever mortice locks. You can check this by looking on the faceplate of the lock, the number of levers should be stamped there.

    For optimum security the 5 lever mortice lock should be Kitemarked and conform to BS3621. If it is, these details should be stamped on the lock faceplate. In fact, many insurance companies require these types of locks to conform to BS3621.

    Another useful feature of 5 lever mortice deadlocks is that they can by ‘keyed alike’. This means that if you have this type of lock fitted on both your front and back doors you can use the same key for both.

    Sometimes for additional security, front doors with these types of lever mortice locks are also fitted with an additional Nightlatch lock (see below).

    2. Nightlatch

    nightlatch fitted by Glasgow locksmith

    Nightlatch locks are fitted to the inside surface of the door, usually on timber/wooden doors and frames. This type of lock consists of a latch, operated by turning the knob/lever on the inside and by a key from the outside. As with Hoover and vacuum cleaners, the manufacturer Yale has become synonymous with this type of lock. This is why these locks are generally referred to as ‘Yale locks’. There are of course many other manufacturers e.g. Era, Union etc. A few variants of this type of lock exist, with differing levels of security. If the term deadlocking is used, it means that once locked, the lock can only be opened with a key.

    Non Deadlocking Nightlatch

    This type of lock has a rim cylinder on the outside which needs a key to open but on the inside, a knob/handle is used. Most nightlatches also have a ‘snib’ on the inside which allows you to lock the latch. You can also use it to snib the latch in the open position so that the door doesn’t lock behind you. This type of lock can sometimes be subject to ‘credit card opening’ and is best used alongside a deadlock for extra security.

    Key Deadlocking Nightlatch

    These locks are very similar to the common non-deadlocking variant but with the added security of being able to deadlock the property from the outside with a key. Once a nightlatch has been deadlocked the latch cannot be slipped with a credit card. This provides a much higher level of security and can also prevent an intruder from smashing a glass door panel to reach in and unlatch the door. However, it is important to remember that with this type of lock, once it has been deadlocked from the outside, the internal handle cannot open the door. This means anyone inside will be locked in.

    Double Locking Nightlatch

    These locks are very similar but also have a key on the inside which can lock the handle. These are the most secure nightlatches for your front door.

    3. Multipoint Locking System

    Multipoint locking system for UPVC door fitted by Glasgow locksmith

    These locks are most commonly found on composite and uPVC doors e.g. exterior front and back doors, Patio doors, French doors etc. A multi-point locking system bolts the door into the frame and locks at multiple points (hence the name). These bolts are controlled by a single cylinder lock. They can provide a very high level of security.

    There are many different types of multipoint locking systems and many manufacturers but all will generally feature a minimum of a centrally located deadbolt and latch and at least two hook bolts, pins or camrollers/mushroom cams. It is however not uncommon to have up to seven locking points systems installed for maximum security.

    As mentioned, multipoint locking systems use one locking cylinder (euro cylinder) to engage and lock all points. This means that this type of system can also be ‘keyed alike’ with other cylinder locks e.g. the front door, back door and patio doors can all be locked and unlocked using the same key.

    The one weakness in this system has traditionally been the euro cylinder. In the last few years, it has resulted in big increases in the number of break-ins due to a technique known as ‘lock snapping’. Fortunately, there are now ‘anti snap’ euro cylinders available which protect against this.

    4. Cylinder Lock

    A cylinder lock, also known as a pin tumbler lock uses a series of different length pins, which follow the exact pattern of the key. When the key is inserted, the pins move into the correct position so the key can be turned and the door can be locked or unlocked. There are a number of cylinder locks in use but the most common is the euro cylinder.

    Euro cylinder lock

    This type of cylinder lock is one of the most popular locks.

     Three of the most common types are

    • The single cylinder, which can be locked from one side only
    • The double-ended cylinder, which can be locked from either side
    • The key and thumbturn option, which locks with a key on the outside and a thumbturn on the inside.

    In the past, the biggest problem with this type of lock has been lock snapping.

    Lock Snapping

    Lock snapping is a technique used by burglars to snap the euro cylinder lock. With the right tool, this can take as little as 20 seconds. The composition and makeup of the standard euro lock made it prone to snapping in the middle section.  To remedy this problem, high security ‘anti-snap’ or ‘snap safe’ versions have now been developed. Rather than snapping in the middle, they’re designed to snap at the end, keeping the central part of the barrel intact.

    Oval Cylinder Lock

    This is similar to the euro cylinder lock but has an oval shaped barrel and is used with an oval mortice lock case. This type of lock is much less popular than the euro cylinder.

    For more tips on keeping your home safe, our friends at Porch.com have written a helpful article  ‘How to Secure and Prepare Your Home Before Traveling‘.

    Liberty Locksmiths is an affordable highly rated locksmith serving customers in Glasgow and the surrounding towns. If you need help upgrading any of your locks to more secure ones please do not hesitate to get in touch. We offer a free quote and fit a range of locks to suit all budgets.

    The post How to Identify the Type of Lock on Your Door appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty Locksmiths.


    Lock Snapping – Is My Home At Risk?

    As a local locksmith in Glasgow, I am often called to homes that have been broken into. I am called to replace the broken lock or ‘make safe’ the property if the lock is particularly unusual and needs to be ordered. When I am there, I witness the impact this crime has on people. Aside… The post Lock Snapping – Is My Home At Risk? appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    lock snapping Glasgow

    As a local locksmith in Glasgow, I am often called to homes that have been broken into. I am called to replace the broken lock or ‘make safe’ the property if the lock is particularly unusual and needs to be ordered. When I am there, I witness the impact this crime has on people. Aside from the financial damage, it can leave some people feeling very upset, distressed and even frightened to be in their own home. It’s the last thing I would ever want anyone to have to go through.

    There are lots of different ways that burglars break into homes but a technique called ‘lock snapping’ is becoming much more common in Glasgow.  Luckily, it’s also something that can be easily prevented.

    What is lock snapping?

    Lock snapping is when a burglar exploits the week points in old style euro cylinder locks and actually breaks (snaps) the cylinder. An experienced intruder with the right tools can do this in less than 2 minutes!

    Which doors are vulnerable to lock snapping?

    Any door with an old style euro cylinder lock is vulnerable to this technique. These locks can be found on many types of doors but most commonly on uPVC doors, composite doors, patio and conservatory doors.

    It might be strange to hear that a multipoint locking door can be vulnerable. However, although these doors have multiple bolts which lock at various points along the door frame, they are controlled by a single cylinder lock. If this cylinder lock is weak then the whole door is weak.

    How can I prevent lock snapping?

    In the last few years there have been massive improvements in euro cylinder technology. Lock manufacturers have developed lots of new anti-snap cylinders. With the latest cylinders, if a thief attempts to snap the lock, it goes into lock-down mode meaning that the door is unable to open. I have now fitted hundreds of these locks throughout Glasgow.

    Lock snapping Glasgow

    The size of euro cylinder is important too. On many occasions I have visited homes with cylinder locks that are too big and which stick out of the door casing. This is something that will instantly attract an intruder as it is much easier to snap. A trained locksmith will always measure your door accurately and fit a cylinder lock that is exactly the right size.

    Liberty Locksmiths is an affordable highly rated locksmith serving customers in Glasgow and the surrounding towns. If you are worried about lock snapping please do not hesitate to get in touch. We offer a free quote and fit a range of locks from budget snap-safe euro cylinder locks right through to 3 star British Standard insurance approved locks.

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    4 Things Locksmiths Never Have to Worry About – Slideshare

    Being a Glasgow locksmith has its advantages. Over the years, I have built up lots of useful skills and knowledge that can help me in my day to day life. Here are 4 things that I never have to worry about. The post 4 Things Locksmiths Never Have to Worry About – Slideshare appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    Being a Glasgow locksmith has its advantages. Over the years, I have built up lots of useful skills and knowledge that can help me in my day to day life. Here are 4 things that I never have to worry about.

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    Need a Locksmith During the Coronavirus Lockdown?

    The COVID- 19 lockdown has been a very difficult time for many businesses and locksmiths are no exception. At Liberty Locksmiths I am currently following Scottish government guidelines and only providing customers with essential locksmith services. What are Essential Locksmith Services? Opening a lock if you are locked out of your house or locked inside… The post Need a Locksmith During the Coronavirus Lockdown? appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    lockdown locksmith services glasgow

    The COVID- 19 lockdown has been a very difficult time for many businesses and locksmiths are no exception. At Liberty Locksmiths I am currently following Scottish government guidelines and only providing customers with essential locksmith services.

    What are Essential Locksmith Services?

    • Opening a lock if you are locked out of your house or locked inside your house
    • Fitting a replacement lock if the lock can’t be picked and needs to be removed
    • Upvc door repairs if the upvc door cannot be locked/unlocked
    • Key cutting, if a new lock is fitted

    What are Non-Essential Locksmith Services?

    • Fitting or replacing locks on internal doors
    • Fitting window locks

    I am also taking the utmost care to minimise the risk of infection when I am carrying out emergency jobs.  I want to keep both my customers and my own family safe at all times. I have therefore implemented the following safe working practices.

    Liberty Locksmiths Safe Working Practices

    When I attend a locksmith job I will

    • Sanitise my hands with hand gel when I first arrive at your home
    • Put on a fresh pair of disposable gloves
    • Use a face mask
    • Social distance (2m) for the time that I am working
    • Not enter your property unless it is absolutely essential – I will work at the threshold
    • Wipe down the door and lock with disinfectant wipes when I am finished

    Unfortunately, if you or one of your household is self-isolating due to confirmed or suspected Covid-19 infection, I will NOT be able to provide any locksmith services. This is because full PPE protective suits, googles etc. would be necessary to keep safe.  

    However, if you are ‘shielding’ at home because you fall into a vulnerable category, then I can still attend your property. Please make me aware of your situation when you call me.

    Liberty Locksmiths is an affordable, highly rated locksmith service for customers in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Find out more about our full range of locksmith services or have a look at some of our recent 5*reviews.

    The post Need a Locksmith During the Coronavirus Lockdown? appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty Locksmiths.


    Picking the Yale BS 1 Star Lock

    This short video shows Denis, from Liberty Locksmiths in Glasgow picking a Yale BS 1 Star lock. He is using a lock picking tool from GJ Locks that can open Yale Superior, Yale Platinum and Millenco Magnum locks. Although Denis makes picking the lock look easy he admits that it is not that straightforward. He… The post Picking the Yale BS 1 Star Lock appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    This short video shows Denis, from Liberty Locksmiths in Glasgow picking a Yale BS 1 Star lock. He is using a lock picking tool from GJ Locks that can open Yale Superior, Yale Platinum and Millenco Magnum locks. Although Denis makes picking the lock look easy he admits that it is not that straightforward. He says that even a very experienced locksmith like himself will need many hours of practice to be able to open the lock this quickly using the new tool.

    The post Picking the Yale BS 1 Star Lock appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty Locksmiths.


    Picking the ABUS 3 Star Euro Cylinder Lock

    Denis, from Liberty Locksmiths, is a rapid response, emergency locksmith in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. He has to be able to quickly pick even the most secure locks so that he can help people get back into their property if they find themselves locked out. This short video demonstrates Denis picking an ABUS euro-cylinder… The post Picking the ABUS 3 Star Euro Cylinder Lock appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    Denis, from Liberty Locksmiths, is a rapid response, emergency locksmith in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. He has to be able to quickly pick even the most secure locks so that he can help people get back into their property if they find themselves locked out. This short video demonstrates Denis picking an ABUS euro-cylinder lock (3 Star Kitemarked). This very secure lock has anti-snap, anti-bump, anti-drill and anti-pick technology.

    The post Picking the ABUS 3 Star Euro Cylinder Lock appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty Locksmiths.


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