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

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    What Should I Do if I Am Locked Out?

    Finding yourself in the unfortunate position of being locked out of your home is stressful. When this happens in winter when it is cold and wet, things can seem even worse. You may not be sure what the best option is and don’t want to spend money calling a locksmith for help. Sometimes this can… The post What Should I Do if I Am Locked Out? appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    Broken key and locked out of house

    Finding yourself in the unfortunate position of being locked out of your home is stressful. When this happens in winter when it is cold and wet, things can seem even worse. You may not be sure what the best option is and don’t want to spend money calling a locksmith for help. Sometimes this can be avoided but most times, calling a locksmith is the fastest and cheapest option.

    Here are some common ways that people try to get back inside if they are locked out.

    1. Locate another key

    If the problem is that you have lost your key then this is clearly the best solution. This is why I always recommend leaving a spare key with a neighbour or family friend etc. However, if you cannot locate another key, the lock is broken or the key is broken in the lock, you will need to find another way.

    2. Find an open window

    The next thing most people do is look for an open window. If you can find one (and haven’t already been burgled!) this could certainly solve your problem. Of course, you still have to reach the window and be able to climb inside it. But if the window is not on the ground floor, this can be dangerous and not something for the faint-hearted.

    3. Break-in!

    If the door has glass panels some people will smash a pane to gain entry. Of course, this is only useful if there are keys in the lock on the inside that you can reach. On top of this, the cost of replacing the glass will not be cheap. I have even arrived at properties where people have tried to kick in the door. This is usually a costly mistake because door repairs can be very pricey

    4. Try to break the lock

    This sounds easier than it actually is. It takes years of training for a locksmith to perfect their skills. If you don’t have these skills, breaking a lock can cause a lot of extra damage. Even if you manage it and can get the door opened, you are left with the cost of a new lock and getting it fitted along with the additional cost of repairing any damage you may have caused.

    In my opinion, unless you can find a spare key quickly, I would usually recommend calling a locksmith straight away. They should arrive quickly and have the skills and tools necessary to do the job with minimum hassle. This is because a good locksmith will be trained in non-destructive entry techniques. This means that in most cases (85% -90%) they will be able to pick the lock and get you back into your property quickly and with no damage to your lock or door.

    Even in the very worst case scenario, where the lock is very secure and can’t be picked, this is still the best option. Although a drill may need to be used, a good locksmith will still be able to get you inside your property and a new secure lock fitted with the minimum of damage.  If you take a few minutes and quickly check out locksmith reviews on Google, Facebook etc. before choosing which locksmith to call, this should not cost you a fortune either.

    Liberty Locksmiths is an experienced, highly rated locksmith in Glasgow. If you need help with any of your locks, please do not hesitate to get in touch or give me a call on 07498 486733

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    What Are Digital Locks and What Are They Used For?

    Digital locks (digilocks) provide a quick and simple way to lock/unlock a door without a key. Another name for this is keyless access control. In certain circumstances, it is the best and most appropriate access/security solution. For example, a digital lock is a great way to secure a door that is regularly accessed by a… The post What Are Digital Locks and What Are They Used For? appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    digital lock for Glasgow property

    Digital locks (digilocks) provide a quick and simple way to lock/unlock a door without a key. Another name for this is keyless access control. In certain circumstances, it is the best and most appropriate access/security solution. For example, a digital lock is a great way to secure a door that is regularly accessed by a high volume of people. It removes the hassle of trying to keep track of a large number of keys and who has access to them. Ensuring correct installation is important. That is why we strongly recommend using a qualified locksmith to fit them.

    Digital locks

    Pushbutton digital locks first appeared in the 1960s. Although initially these types of locks were primarily for access restriction, they have continued to evolve to this day. Today’s pushbutton digilocks offer a robust, low cost solution for a number of access and security applications. Most people will be familiar with this type of lock. It consists of a keypad that is used to manually input a pin code. Entering the correct code opens the lock allowing the door to be opened.  One of the advantages of this type of digital lock is that it doesn’t require a power source.

    digital locks Glasgow

    Benefits of digital locks

    Digital locks offer a number of advantages

    • Lost key issues become a distant memory
    • Very suitable for high traffic areas. They reduce the cost and hassle of supplying multiple keys and improve access/exit times. Ideal for factory/office entry and exits etc.
    • No more broken keys in locks
    • Easy out of hours access for approved persons, no calling a keyholder out etc.
    • Longer lasting. Pushbutton entry systems are not subject to the same repetitive behaviour as turning a key. This means that pushbuttons generally last longer than their key counterparts.
    • Easy to change the code e.g. when an employee leaves

    While digital locks are not suitable for every application, where they are suitable, they offer a robust cost effective security solution.

    Liberty locksmiths is an affordable highly rated locksmith. They serve customers in Glasgow and the surrounding towns. If you need help or more information about digital locks or any other kind of lock, please do not hesitate to get in touch or give us a call on 07498486733

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    Why Choose Liberty Locksmiths? – Short Video

    There are many reasons for choosing Liberty Locksmiths. We provide a wide range of affordable locksmith services and our large number of 5 Star reviews in Google, Trustpilot, Facebook etc. demonstrate that our customers are happy with our work and our prices. Watch this short video to learn some more about us. The post Why Choose Liberty Locksmiths? – Short Video appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty...

    There are many reasons for choosing Liberty Locksmiths. We provide a wide range of affordable locksmith services and our large number of 5 Star reviews in Google, Trustpilot, Facebook etc. demonstrate that our customers are happy with our work and our prices. Watch this short video to learn some more about us.

    The post Why Choose Liberty Locksmiths? – Short Video appeared first on Emergency Locksmith Glasgow - Liberty Locksmiths.


    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.

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    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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