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 with...

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...
Home security Advice – Fire or Burglar?

Home security Advice – Fire or Burglar?

Home security advice – Fire Or Burglar? GPM Locks Ltd have offered home security advice now for almost a decade. One of the key bits of information I like to tell everyone is how important it is to secure your home but also know how to get out in an emergency. Where do you keep your keys at night? Do you keep the keys kept in the same place?  Fire related figures. The majority of fires and fire-related fatalities in the UK are domestic. Last year (2014/15) 80% of all fire-related fatalities occurred in the home Last year saw 39,600 dwelling fires, 88% of which were accidental. Accidents happen, but ultimately, they are avoidable. –    In 31% of domestic fires there was no smoke alarm. –    In 19% of domestic fires a fire alarm was present, but it was not operational. Overall Cause of Death Many people wrongly assume that the prime cause of death from a fire is burning.  Death is mostly caused by inhaling the toxic fumes produced by the flames. Now, this is by no means saying that all of the reasons were because the person/s in the household could not find their keys, but a percentage will be. If you wake up in the middle of the night in a smoked filled room. Make your way to the door, but the door is locked! Having only seconds before you are over come by smoke. New house builds nowadays have a lot more safety precautions. However there are a lot of doors that still require their door to be locked by key from the inside. In...