101 in Home Security When Moving House

When buying a home, security is often a high priority for finding the right property. We do our research on crime in the area and check to see if the house has a security alarm system and security lights. However, the truth is, a large percentage of people are neglecting one of the most important aspects of home security when they move in to their new property. One major security issue that is so often overlooked is that most people don’t even consider changing the locks when they move into a new home. Most of us are quite happy to settle into a new home without worrying about the locks on doors and windows as long as they function properly and appear secure. This can be a big mistake. Why you should change your locks when you move in Moving house can be quite stressful, whether you are a first time buyer, or are moving years’ worth of furniture and belongings over from another house. With all the work to be done, it’s not surprising that so many people don’t factor in changing the locks. However, if you’ve just moved house, you are statistically more likely to be burgled! According to official Home Office statistics, you’re almost twice as likely to be a victim of house burglary in the first 12 months of moving home and nearly three times as likely to be burgled compared with people that have lived in a property for 10 years or more. Unless you know and trust the previous occupants of the house you are buying, there’s no way of knowing how many...

The Lock Down: All the latest from Chubb Locksmiths

Over the past few months we’re covered a wide range of topics here on the Chubb Blog, from advice on how to deal with a break-ins to safeguarding your home when you’re away on holiday. Here we’ve put together a list of our latest entries for you to enjoy! Are patio doors a security risk? There’s usually something we can do to increase our home security, and focusing on patio doors and back doors can be a good starting point… To read the full article, click here Simple Steps: What to Do If Your Home Has Been Broken Into If your home has just been broken into, it’s pretty likely that you will feel quite shaken up – whether belongings have been taken from you, or damage has been caused to your property or not, a house break-in feels very violating… To read the full article, click here Encouraging your children to keep your home safe from burglars The home is normally the heart of a family, where people feel safe, secure and content. But when home security is lax and burglars get in, it can destroy that feeling forever and make you feel vulnerable in your own home… To read the full article, click here Turn up the Heat with these Summer Home Security Tips Holidays, festivals, hot weather and barbecues all signal the arrival of summer, but with them comes a countrywide increase in burglaries and theft… Keeping Your Keys and Home Safe Recently we read about a spate of burglaries, where thieves have been stealing keys through letterboxes and even cat flaps! To read the full...

Are patio doors a security risk?

There’s usually something we can do to increase our home security, and focusing on patio doors and back doors can be a good starting point. Knowing whether your doors are a security risk depends on a number of factors, such as the style of door and the type of lock, and whether you’ve taken any extra steps to bolster their security. Sliding patio or French doors? One of the questions that security conscious home owners ask us, is whether sliding patio doors or French doors are safer. While historical manufacturing quirks have seen patio doors easily lifted off their runners, these days there’s not a huge amount of difference between them. However, there are things that you can do to both types of door in order to beef up security. For French doors, we recommend: Using mortice rack bolts, or Considering surface-mounted locking bolts Using mortice sash locks, which are very effective security tools If your doors open outwards, using hinge bolts And for patio doors we’d advise: Putting extra locks on if not fitted with a multi-locking system Using anti-lift devices that can stop the door being lifted from its track Sliding patio doors should have at least three locking points, plus an anti-lifting device to stop the doors being lifted up and removed. Bi-fold doors, which are an increasingly popular alternative to French windows and patio doors, should come with good built-in security measures – check with the retailer or manufacturer if in doubt. Bi-fold doors – the new kid on the block Many homeowners are now using bi-fold doors as an alternative to French or patio...
Simple Steps: What to Do If Your Home Has Been Broken Into

Simple Steps: What to Do If Your Home Has Been Broken Into

If your home has just been broken into, it’s pretty likely that you will feel quite shaken up – whether belongings have been taken from you, or damage has been caused to your property or not, a house break-in feels very violating. However, after the unfortunate event of a break-in, before you call an emergency locksmith, it’s important to follow the right steps as soon as possible to help you move on quickly and get your life back in order. Here’s some simple advice: Call the police If you find that your home has been broken into, your first step is always to call the police and file a report. This puts the incident on record, which is essential when it comes to making insurance claims, and if you are to stand any chance of the thief (or thieves) being found and your belongings returned. If you’re not inside your home when you discover the break-in, don’t go inside to make the phone call to the police as you could destroy evidence. Likewise, if you are inside your home, be sure not to touch anything before the police arrive as you could be tampering with evidence that could be very important for finding and prosecuting the burglar(s). Make a list of anything that has been taken When the police have arrived, you should make a list of any items that have been burgled. Be sure to provide a description and an approximate value of anything that has been taken. If possible, provide photos or even draw pictures. If you or your neighbours have CCTV footage of the break-in, share...

Encouraging your children to keep your home safe from burglars

The home is normally the heart of a family, where people feel safe, secure and content. But when home security is lax and burglars get in, it can destroy that feeling forever and make you feel vulnerable in your own home. While the adults in your house might be doing everything right to keep burglars at bay, children and teenagers may unintentionally be the weak point in your security strategy. From leaving doors unlocked, to not shutting windows properly, it is important to identify all the ways that kids can leave you vulnerable and the ways you can mitigate them. Without further ado, here we look at how you can best address these dangers to keep your home and family safe, without making your children worry unnecessarily. Who’s at the door? One of the most important things that you can teach your child is how to deal with a stranger. This includes people that come to the door or anyone that may be lurking outside your house. Remind your child not to open the door to someone they don’t recognise and to tell you immediately if there’s a stranger at the door. Keep schtum online Staying safe online should be one of your top priorities. Although the internet is somewhere we often go to look things up, it can be a tangled web of danger that exposes you and your family to potential problems, including burglaries. Making sure that your children understand how dangerous it is to be advertising information about your home is key in making sure your family is safe. That means educating them on the dangers...

Turn up the Heat with these Summer Home Security Tips

Holidays, festivals, hot weather and barbecues all signal the arrival of summer, but with them comes a countrywide increase in burglaries and theft. At Chubb Locksmiths, summer is a busy time where we often help people with the disastrous aftermath of burglary, changing their locks and helping them to make their home secure again. Here, we share our top five summer home security tips to help you look after your home this summer, and reduce the risk of needing the help of an emergency locksmith. Shut all the windows and doors It sounds obvious, but this is the number one way that burglars gain entry during the warmer months. Remembering to close windows and doors when you’re not in is essential in stopping opportunists. This also applies when you are in but in another area of the house. You would be surprised at how many burglaries we attend where the burglar has walked in through the front door while a family are soaking up the sun in the back garden. Put your post on hold If you’re going away for more than a couple of days, keeping your post safe and out of sight is the best thing to hide the fact that you’re away. There’s nothing that screams ‘we’re on holiday!’ more than a mound of post in the porch. Royal Mail’s Keepsafe Service stores letters for up to 66 days and can also help prevent mail theft and fraud. Don’t share your movements on social media While you might think you’re only sharing your holiday plans with your friends and family, there are numerous ways that thieves...

Keeping Your Keys and Home Safe

Recently we read about a spate of burglaries, where thieves have been stealing keys through letterboxes and even cat flaps!  With no end to the tactics burglars will try to steal your possessions, you need to be on your toes and make sure you are sensible about where you keep your valuables. Thieves have been known to reach through the letterbox and take the keys either out of the front door (if they can reach) or from a nearby table or shelf.  These could be your house keys, in which case they will let themselves in and steal what they want, or they could be your car keys, in which case you may wake up to find your vehicle missing from the drive.  Whatever keys, or valuables you leave close to the doors, you may risk losing them and much more in the event of an attempted theft. So, what can you do to keep your home and belongings safe? Lock all doors and windows before you go to bed and when you’re out of the house – it is also important to keep these locked when you’re outside in the back garden Keep your handbags, wallets and other portable valuables out of sight Don’t leave the keys in the lock after you have locked the door Keep tools and other outdoor equipment locked away in a shed, outbuilding or garage Make sure you don’t leave garden furniture or wheelie bins where they can be manoeuvred to gain access to your windows Taking these steps can act as a deterrent to would-be thieves. Another way to protect your home...

Increase home security to reduce home insurance costs

Your home is one of the biggest purchases that you will make, and you will want to make sure that it is protected. Not only that, but ensuring security is a top priority that keeps you and your family safe from opportunists and intruders. But did you also know that enhancing your home security can reduce your home insurance costs? By taking a few extra precautions, you can save some hard earned cash and know that you’ve done everything you can to protect your home and family. Here are our top five tips on how to keep your property safe and keep your home insurance premium low: 1.Use the right locks Some home insurance policies will want to know what type of locks you have on the external doors in your house. The five-lever mortice deadlock that conforms to BS 3621 is one of the most secure locks on the market, and if you have these at home, you may even get a discount on your insurance premium. Combine it with an automatic rim latch lock for even better protection.  Our Anti Snap Locks are proven to combat lock snapping – a common way for thieves to force entry into your home and have been used successfully​ in Police and City Council target hardening programmes. The SS312 Sold Secure Diamond and BSI TS007:2014 3 Star accreditations mean that the cylinder has passed lock snapping tests. 2. Use window locks Ensure that you have sturdy window locks throughout the house – with downstairs being a particular priority. Lock doors and windows when you go out, even if you’re not long....

Changing the Locks When a Relationship Breaks Down – What are Your Rights?

The end of a relationship can be a very difficult time and it’s understandable that in some circumstances, you will want to keep your ex-partner out of the home that you used to share if you are still living there. Whilst the simple solution would be to change the locks to prevent them from entering, whether you rent or own the property, the circumstances where you can do this are very limited. This blog post is designed to help you understand what your rights are: If you are married or in a civil partnership and live together Whether your home is your property, or rented, and regardless of whether just you or both of your own or rent the home, neither you nor your ex-partner have the right to change the locks. Through marriage or civil partnership, both parties have the legal right to be in the home unless a court has ordered that one of you be excluded. If you and your ex-partner own or rent your home together, but are unmarried If you jointly own or rent your home with an ex-partner, despite the end of your relationship, neither of you have the right to lock the other out as both of you have a legal right to enter the home unless a court has ordered otherwise. If you own or rent the home If your home is in your name, either on the title deeds or the tenancy agreement, it’s legal for you to change your locks. However, it’s important to note that you can only do so after you have given your ex-partner notice to...
Stop Burglars from Spring Cleaning your Home

Stop Burglars from Spring Cleaning your Home

With spring in full swing and summer on the horizon, it’s a prime time for thieves and burglars who love nothing more than an open door or window. At Chubb Locksmiths, we would like to remind you all to spring clean your home security, and to ensure that you have things in place to stop opportunist burglars in their tracks. Here are some of the things that you can do to keep your home safe this spring and summer: 1. Rethink what you store in your garage or shed During the warmer months, people will often use expensive equipment to do the gardening, only to then put it in a shed or garage that doesn’t have adequate locking systems. Think about what items you keep in your garage or shed, and if necessary, install secure locks. 2. Don’t go out with the windows or doors open Open windows and doors are an invitation to opportunists passing your home. Before you leave the room or house, make sure that you close them properly. You would be surprised at the tiny spaces people can get through. 3. Remove keys Once you have locked the door, remove the keys. Leaving them in means thieves could potentially smash their way in and unlock the door. Although you may think this method of break-in would be noisy and unappealing to burglars, it is one that we see all too often. 4. Lock doors behind you If you are going to be at the back of the house or in the garden, leaving the front door open can be an easy mistake. Just a simple...