How Much Does A Basingstoke Locksmith Cost?
Apart from the obvious emergency locksmith service, our Basingstoke Locksmiths offer various other services such as rekeying locks, high security lock installation, uPVC door lock maintenance etc. As with other businesses depending on how difficult the service is and the circumstances surrounding it, it can be more expensive to have it done. Below are just some of the locksmith services that we offer to our customers throughout the Basingstoke area and the rationale for the prices.
Changing locks is the most common service that our locksmith get asked to quote for. They can change interior and exterior door locks, safe locks and they can sometimes even repair loose or damaged locks. What makes a lock change expensive is when they need to provide the new locks for the customer. Locks differ greatly in both quality and in price and if the customer wants a quality lock, then the price is added to the total bill that they will be charged. Extra charges will also be added if the locksmith has to repair broken locks, rekey other locks and/or reprogram the home or business alarm system.
Alarm and Surveillance System
Our locksmiths are all fully qualified to not only change locks but also install state-of-the-art security systems, CCTV and video surveillance systems for residential or commercial customers. Installation of the cables, complex pre-programming and compatibility issues may also affect the cost of this service. Aside from this, extra charges may also be incurred for additional services such as remote access and keyless access control and entry. But all of this will be itemised on your Free quote.
Emergency Lock Out Situations
If you have lost your key or being locked out of your premises for whatever reason, then no matter what time of day or night it is you want to gain entry again. We offer 24-hour 7 days a week emergency locksmith service, there is no call out charge if you are in the Basingstoke area. The price for the emergency lock out will depend on the complexity of the problem and how long it is going to take our engineer to fix and whether he needs to supply any new locks or fittings.
Areas Of Hampshire We Cover
RG21 3AA Harold Jackson Terrace, RG21 3AD Stubbs Road, RG22 4JJ Schubert Road, RG22 4JL Schubert Road, RG23 8PR Worting Road, RG23 8PS Worting Road, RG24 4ZW London Road, RG24 7AN Cowdery Heights, RG27 0AF Rockbourne Road, RG27 0AY Avington Way, RG21 7QN Church Street, RG21 7QP Elbow Corner, RG22 6LX Pitman Close, RG22 6LY Seymour Road, RG23 8DW Napoleon Drive, RG23 8DX Warwick Road
Has your home been burgled?
We know that it can be one of the most stressful things that happen to you and especially if it occurs late at night or in the early hours of the morning, which is why we operate a 24 hour emergency locksmith service throughout the Reading area. Our service is professional, fast and reliable 24 hours a day 7 days a week for both residential and commercial customers.
All of our emergency locksmiths have had a CRB check and have a number of years experience and carry the tools and parts to allow them to complete most jobs on the spot. Some of the emergency locksmith services we provide for commercial and residential customers include:
- Emergency Lockout Access
- New Lock Installation
- Lost or Broken Key Replacement
- Lock Repair
- UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
- Rekeying Of Locks
- High Security Lock Installation
Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?
There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Basingstoke. Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that your local locksmith has is to replace the lock.
This is where the real cost comes in for locksmith services, you are not only paying them for their time and labour, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.
In most cases, locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need.
This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.
Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Hampshire Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.
Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases, you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your car or van. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing more damage so that it prevents a copy being made.
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Before we can discuss ways to prevent a home burglary, it's important to have an understanding of when the burglaries occur, who commits the crimes, and what is usually taken. Almost all home burglaries happen during the day, when people are at work. The summer months see a lot of burglaries, especially in July and August. February actually has the fewest number of burglaries compared to the other months.
Home burglaries are usually committed by males under 25 years old. These guys are usually trying to grab small things that are easy to carry away and sell for quick cash that is needed for living expenses an most often, drugs. The favorite items of theft are cash, guns, jewelry and watches, computers and DVD players, and CDs. These things are easily concealed in a duffel bag as the thief exits the home, and are easy to convert to cash.
Thieves never like to do any extra work if they don't have to, so they first look for an open door or window. And, unlike most movies where the bad guy carries a fancy lock pick kit, burglars prefer to use common household tools like screwdrivers, pliers, pry bars and hammers. Although it may seem like burglaries are random and happen on a whim, this is rarely the case. Burglars will always go for the easiest target. This is the house with the easiest access, good places to hide, and a good escape route.
Burglars always go for the easy target! Most burglars will skip your house if it seems too difficult to enter. So the best way to help prevent a home burglary is to make it difficult for a thief to get in. Most burglars pick a point of entry that has the most cover, and usually has the weakest lock. This is typically the garage door, followed by the back door, and then the front door.
Now let's take a look at some pointers for the types of locks you should consider:
- Use a high quality, heavy-duty, deadbolt lock that has a one-inch throw bolt (The part that goes into the door when locked)
- If you have to use a "knob-in-lock", make sure you get one that's high quality, heavy duty, and has a "dead-latch" feature.
- A "dead-latch" mechanism prevents a credit card or shim from being used to pop open the lock
- A high quality deadbolt will have what's called a beveled casing. This usually stops the use of channel lock pliers to break off the lock pins and gain access.
- Always spend the extra money and get Grade One or Grade Two locks for exterior doors, as these resist prying, hammering, and lock picking.
Expert (But completely obvious) Tip:
Most people leave an extra set of keys in the car. Burglars are wise to this and first look inside your car for house keys and valuables. Make sure you lock your car, even if it's in the garage.
Now let's talk about Doors. Follow these tips below when considering doors in your home.
- Always spend the extra money and buy solid core or metal doors for all exterior entrance points. Many cheap exterior doors have hollow cores, and can easily be kicked through with not much effort by a determined burglar.
- If the door doesn't come with one, install a peephole that is a wide-angle 160°, mounted no higher than 58 inches from the floor.
- Make sure the door comes with a heavy-duty, four-screw, strike plate with 3-inch screws to penetrate deep into a wooden door frame. The strike plate is almost always the weakest part of the door, as it is where the deadbolt secures the door in place with the door jamb. Cheap doors come with very soft wooden moldings that are usually tacked onto the door frame. It just takes a strong kick or shove with a shoulder to tear the lightweight molding away and burst the door open.
- Also make sure that the screws that hold the door hinges in place have at least two 3 inch screws per hinge plate.
- Make sure that the screws holding the knob lock strike plate are longer ones as well.
We always recommend spending the extra money to get good solid core or metal exterior doors, and strong, heavy duty locks. Remember that an experienced burglar can identify good doors and good locks. It is very likely that the mere presence of these upgrades will cause the burglar to think twice and move onto an easier target.
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What is a cylinder lock?
You've seen it, you've held it, you probably have it in your own home - but seldom have you spared it a thought - yes, it's the cylinder lock!
Simply put, a cylinder lock is a lock with a cylinder in it. The cylinder revolves around a central axis thus allowing the lock to unlock. Within the cylinder lock there is an operative part by which a locking effect is produced. Two of the most popular operative parts you may find are the pin and disk tumbler lock.
what's the benefit of a cylinder lock?
The greatest benefit of using a cylinder lock is that it allows you to replace the cylinder lock itself with no need of changing the boltwork, a known misfortune in different kinds of locks.
Another benefit achieved by using the cylinder lock, is that it's ever so easy to replace your cylinder lock without having to replace your set of keys. The special industrial structure of the cylinder lock enables the cylinder lock maker to alter the radius and the form of the lock with the same key structure. This wonderful feature creates the opportunity for the cylider-lock-user to use all together distinctive kinds of locks, nightlatches for example, roller door locks is quite popular and ofcourse the deadbolt and padlocks, although the latter almost never harbours cylinders of detachable quality.
who needs a cylinder lock?
Cylinder locks can be used by all and for every purpose. They have great usibility, terrific ergonomy, they are highly reliable and can be easily fixed. They are easy to replace and can be found in very reasonable prices almost everywhere. Cylinder locks are perfect for doors and if you'll go for a quick survey around your house - you'll probably find a couple that are serving you loyally for years.
Cylinder lock problem solutions
The common most problem that people face in dealing with cylinder locks is probably caused by neglacting to oil it. oiling your cylinder lock once a year will give you the cylinder lock peace of mind you deserve. Aside that more complex problems can be easily solved by calling a reliable locksmith - please don't attempt to deconstruct the cylinder lock mechanism - just call a locksmith, that's what they are trained to do.