ARE THE LOCKS ON YOUR MANAGED PROPERTIES PUTTING YOUR TENANTS IN DANGER?

Fire safety in apartments has been in the news a lot recently. GPM Locks would like to help you keep your tenants safe. All landlords have legal obligations as regards fire safety At the very least you should ensure that there is an adequate means of escape in case of fire, and landlords of shared and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) properties will have additional obligations, both under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005) , Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 and the Housing Act 2004. Legislation creates a legal entity known as the “responsible person”. So if you are the owner, manager, agent or even own a flat within a block ‘you will need to check’ if YOU are the responsible person.   If a person has a contractual or tenancy obligation for the maintenance, repair of safety of a premises they can be regarded as a person in control of the premises and therefore acquire responsibility relating to the extent of their control. It has to be understood that the ‘responsible person’ has an absolute duty to comply with legislation. The responsible person has to ‘get on with it’ without waiting for a prompt or direction from the enforcing authority. As in health and safety legislation, ignorance will be no defence for non-compliance.   Ensure that all outside doors can be easily opened at all times from the inside. If you fit a mortise lock, make sure you install one with a thumb turn which can open from the inside. Having a spare key by the door is less satisfactory as it can get...

Hotel lock installation With Cisa (Allegion)

Early this year GPM Locks and Allegion started to discuss the possibilities of working together to install there hospitality lock range. Allegion are a USA based international company that manufacture and sell the Cisa brand of hospitality locks.   GPM Locks had helped Allegion with an install a couple of years ago in a hotel in London and we were happy to discuss possible further work with Allegion again in 2017.   It does seem that this year has started with a bang. We are only mid-way through February and GPM Locks Ltd have completed two hotel jobs for Allegion with the possibilities of more hotels later in the year.   The first hotel this year was the Old Hall Hotel and Health Club in Caister On Sea (Norfolk) This was a lovely little hotel and we enjoyed fitting the 20 Cisa eSIGNO locks to the bedroom doors and the Brass eSIGNO handles looked great on the period looking doors.   After a short break it was then off to one of Southampton’s oldest hotels. The Star Hotel Southampton is a former coaching Inn dating back the 1800. In three and a half days GPM Locks fitted 51 locks to the Star Hotel. We are happy to say the staff and management are over the moon with the completed project.   With more hotel lock installation jobs looking likely across the UK GPM Locks are looking forward to working with Allegion again very soon.         Wish to discuss the possibility of upgrading your hotel locks? Contact us today at info@gpmlocksmith.co.uk or Trevor.Ball@allegion.com  ...

Marketing and growing a locksmith business

I started the planning and organising of GPM locks over eight years ago and we’ve been operating for about 7 1/2 years. It’s a great feeling making something from nothing. When we launched 7 1/2 years ago the aim was to get one or two jobs a week! I would carry on working in property maintenance and slowly build up the locksmithing side. Very soon after launching I had to give up the property maintenance and concentrate purely on the locksmithing. We did this through different means of marketing some more useful than others.   It was very important to make sure we had the basic ground work done before even operating, for example a website with a logo is a great start. On our launch day we started with Google ad words. Google ad words is a great way of getting instant attention from possible clients, the downside of ad words is that it is very expensive. In fact for locksmiths it is one of the most expensive forms of marketing you can pay. Anything from £3 to £10 a click meaning every single time someone clicks on your ad on Google you’ll be charged the relevant amount.   Over the years I have fine-tuned what is good and what is bad marketing spending huge sums of money on the directories was a mistake. Having a small affordable ad would be a good place to start. Some people may say marketing a small business is the same no matter what type of business especially if it’s a trade. Your marketing could be the same as a plumber or a...

GPM Locks working with the police

  In March GPM Locks began working with the Police in helping them to secure properties affected by brake ins and also where the police have had to force entry into properties on welfare checks or warrants. We have been working closely with Rapid Secure, who holds the contract with many police authority with in the UK.   When we turn up to the scene we never know what we may find. The area is often classed as a crime scene and we have to tread carefully as to not disturb anything.   The police have to remain on site till we have secured the entry point. It is imperative that  we get on site and secure up asap allowing the police officer  to leave the site In a very short time scale GPM Locks will take a door or window that has been smashed to bits and get it secured.   For more information about any of the services GPM Locks has to offer call 0808 16 600...

Welcome To The Team!

Welcome to the team! Its been a very busy year for GPM Locks in 2015. Thank you all for your support and for choosing to use our services. We are excited for 2016 with some big changes ahead! May I take this opportunity to officially welcome Mike to the team and to thank him for his assistance thus far. Whether you’re locked out of your property, looking to upgrade your security, require UPVC repairs, or if your just after some general security advice then look no further, GPM Locks is at hand. For professional and trustworthy, fully trained Locksmiths, on call 24/7 providing rapid response, with the best quality and service at affordable prices, then book GPM Locks. And If you book with us quoting reference: Secure01 by 31st January, then you’ll receive and extra 10%...

Prevent The Christmas Burglary

Hurray it’s almost Christmas!Christmas parties, eating, drinking and being merry, family and friends exchanging gifts, excitingly wrapped presents under the tree, everybody loves Christmas! Especially burglars! Christmas is the busiest time in the burglars Callander. These thieves are rubbing their hands together looking down your street for what new and exciting goodies they can steal. Figures from Halifax home insurance revealed a 25% rise in burglary claims last December compared to the festive period in 2010. The total number of claims in December last year reached 1382 with an average of nearly 50 claims made each day over the Christmas period according to Halifax. So what can we do to help prevent this from happening? First of all you need to look at your general home security. The Metropolitan police revealed that most of these burglars are essentially opportunist homing in on the weakest link in a property”s security and statistics from the met confirm that over half of burglars gain access to a property from the back, therefore it is vital that the back entrance is just as secure as the front of your property. Have you got sufficient lighting in your back garden or at the side of your property? Have you got strong secure doors with adequate locks, up to the British standard? We can help you and do a free security check to confirm this. The next thing we need to look at is when it is more likely for a burglar to break into a property. Would it be when all your presents are hidden away from your friend’s, family and loved ones? Or...

What makes a good locksmith?

I’m often asked, “How did you become a locksmith?” “How long have you been doing it for?” And “Do you need any qualifications to be a locksmith?”   These three questions can be put together into one broad one. What makes a good locksmith?   Firstly A “good” locksmith is only as good as there last job. If they complete 10 jobs to an excellent standard and the 11th job is completed very badly they are a bad locksmith.   In my experience it takes 100 jobs to get a good reputation and 1 bad job to get a bad reputation. So… Consistency. This is one of the first things that make a good locksmith.  Always finishing the job to a high standard. Even if it ends up costing you money. Customer satisfaction is key!   So back to the three questions. How did you become a locksmith? For me I was educated in the trade by a family member. But others learn on a course. But just like driving a car, you don’t truly learn till you’re out there on your own trying to do the job. The lock out in the dark and rain at 3am springs to mind. There is no one to call for support and you have to crack on and get the job done!   So the “how” isn’t as important as you may think. Anybody with common sense can pick up the very basics in a few weeks but it takes a lot of jobs to become a locksmith.   How long have you been doing it for? I’ve been just locksmithing for...

Are your Locks up to standard?

Did you know that if you had the wrong locks on your door it could invalidate your contents insurance? Can you tell the difference between a mortise dead lock to a multi-point locking system? Or a British standard night latch to a standard night latch? The general rules are as follows Locks accepted by 99.99% of insurance companies are: 5 lever mortise dead lock/SASH lock Multi point locking system (normally with a min of 3 locking points) A British standard night latch Keyed bolts (one on the top part of the door one on the bottom of the door) Ok so you may have seen that little list on your insurance renewal but what does it all mean? Let me try to explain 5 lever mortise lock There are hundreds of different mortise locks available, but the most common are the 2 lever, 3 lever and 5 lever. Inside the lock case there are levers that all get aligned when you put the key in the lock and this allows the bolt to move across and open. 2 and 3 lever locks are more suited for internal doors. You can check your locks by looking at the side of the lock where the bolts comes out. It should have a number on there detailing the amount of levers it has. Multi point locks. These locks are the ones that appear in the UPVC doors and composite doors. If you’re not sure if you have this type of lock, open your door and look down the side of the door. If you can see a metal strip down the door...

What to do if the worst happens? Home burglaries

We think it will never happen to us and the facts show that burglaries are Statistically down but what should you do if that shocking and for most people frightening thing happens. You walk through your front door and your world has been turned upside down. A stranger has broken into YOUR home and ransacked it. Draws emptied cupboards left open family jewellery taken. Your feel shock and anger. But your mission is to remain calm and deal with the situation in hand. First of all. If you are not sure if the intruder has gone and may still be in your home, leave and call the police. Don’t put yourself at risk. If you’re sure the property is empty contact the police. Don’t expect flashing blue lights to be there in minutes. So this will give you time to sort out a few other things. First of all DONT Touch anything. Don’t clean or tidy anything. Your home has become a crime scene and the police forensics team will need to gather evidence.   Use the time to try and carefully move around the property and try and see what is missing write a list ready for the police again leave everything where it is but try and visually look. You could also go and talk to your neighbors. They may have heard something. was there any unusual cars or people hanging around the area try to establish what time the incident may have happened by asking the people in your road. If you can have this information to hand when the police turn up it will make...
Anti Snap Locks

Anti Snap Locks

As of late, home-owners have been warned by various police forces to be increasingly aware of the vulnerability of the current locking mechanisms fitted in front doors. There has been a sharp rise in burglaries using the method of “Lock Snapping/Cylinder Snapping”, which requires no specialist tools or knowledge and the West Yorkshire Force (Euro Cylinder Burglary Developments) have revealed that 25% of current burglaries have been committed using this method of entry. As an example, the area of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, is now recording a third of all burglaries being committed with entry being this method, we suggest all home-owners read their Crime Prevention Advice. Lock snapping is a method which involves breaking the cylinder, meaning it is possible to work the lock to open. It is common place to believe that the fact your door has multiple points at which it locks, means that the door is secure, however it is imperative you realise that all locks are operated by the one cylinder making it the weakest point and if broken then all locks are effectively useless. Previously this problem has been restricted to the Yorkshire area in the main, however we are now seeing the method adopted further afield and police from many different areas giving warnings. See the Thames Valley Police for more information who are providing advice on the issue. Lock Snapping / Cylinder Snapping prevention. With all of the information now reaching us from local authorities, we can conclude that this is a real threat to homes all over the country. It is important that you are aware of this threat, it is...