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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions. Simply click any question to reveal the answer.

What is a locksmith?

Taken from the old term smith, a person who works with metal, Locksmith is roughly translated as Metal Lock worker.

Locksmiths specialise in the art of opening all types of locks, safes, padlocks and all other types of locking mechanisms for example uPVC doors, vehicle doors, mortice locks (commonly known as 3 lever and 5 lever locks), Yale locks, pin and tumbler locks, cylinder locks, euro locks (european), oval cylinder locks, thumb turns.

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What Is Crime Prevention?

The ability to prevent a burglar entering your property. Locksmiths are very knowledgeable in the process of installing various security measures to your commercial or domestic property to minimise the risk of theft or burglary and maximise your personal security when the property is occupied.

What Is A Security Upgrade Or Audit?

The process of auditing your home and evaluating what measures should be taken to achieve the best all round security and protection for your home, office or commercial premises.

What Are High Security Locks?

Please follow this link to West Yorkshire Police who outline the minimum requirements for home security, then read the following, which will then highlight the following points we make...

West Yorkshire Police - Home Security Information

Home Office Crime Prevention

There are now a number of high security locks available on the market for all types of locks:

Mortice locks - the best mortice locks are either 5 lever or 6 lever mortice locks. Ideally, mortice locks should be fitted to BS3621, the minimum requirement for your household insurance policy. There are a number of mortice locks that offer even higher protection with the addition of a high tempered steel anti-drill hardplate making entry to these types of locks very difficult.

Nightlatch Cylinder Locks (commonly known as 'Yale' locks) - we recommend a minimum of 6 pin rim cylinder locks which offer a higher level of security to your door rather than a standard 5 pin and tumbler rim cylinder. We would also strongly suggest fitting an anti-slip Yale to prevent the credit card trick (as seen on James Bond films!)

uPVC door locks (commonly known as euro (or european) cylinder locks) - there are many different types of euro profile cylinder locks, ranging from the run of the mill to the top end high security anti-bump, anti-snap, anti-drill, and anti-pick cylinder locks. There are many brands, to name a few, Cisa, Asec, Garrison (Mul-T-Lock), Yale, Cobian, Legge, Fuhr, Mila, Sterling and UAP. All of which offer excellent protection from the common thief. uPVC doors are only as secure as the lock fitted. A cheap lock will make bypassing the locking points on a uPVC door VERY easy so don't settle for second best fit a good anti-snap lock at bear minimum (sometimes referred to as break-safe locks) For added protection we strongly suggest fitting sash jammers to uPVC doors as well for added protection.

Terminology.

Snap lock

(break-safe) – a lock which breaks when forces are exerted on the cylinder resulting in the lock breaking in the door preventing unwanted entry.

Broken Key
A key which has been broken either before use or while in use and stuck in the keyway or lock preventing the opening of the lock. For assistance in this matter call our dedicated 24 hr emergency number 0113 4576954
Lost Key

A key (or keys) which have been lost or stolen. In this instance we fully recommend that all locks to which keys are lost or stolen should be replaced immediately.

Mortice Lock

A lock that has levers preventing the bolt from moving from the locked position until the correct key is inserted allowing the levers to move and open the lock.

Cylinder Lock

A lock commonly used in uPVC doors

Rim Cylinder

Commonly known as a night latch or Yale, this offers basic security to a door in that the door is automatically locked when shut (unless you ‘drop the latch’)

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