Why Us?

Why Us? The great thing about today’s market place is that we are all spoilt for choice. With the internet at our finger tips we can search for hundreds of different companies and products in a matter of seconds. Once upon a time if you needed a locksmith  all we had to do is walk down the road to the one and only locksmith shop and go to the same man who had been standing behind the counter for the last 20 years. There was no choice unless you wanted to travel to another town. Although having choice is a marvellous thing, being able to pick and choose what company you would like to use is also increasingly more and more difficult to know who you can trust. The Internet has tried to answer the question of who to use with ample amounts of sites that carry reviews of different companies. I would always strongly recommend when making a decision on whom to use, to view a number of different sites that hold reviews on the chosen company. Here at GPM locks we have always tried to maintain very high standards in customer service and quality of installation. If it be one lock in someone’s property or 260 locks in a large hotel. The standards must always remain high! GPM Locks offer free advice and free quotations with no call-out charges. We have fixed pricing which can be agreed on before any work takes place and all parts come with a 12 month guarantee. GPM locks are part of the “Witch” trusted traders and the council run scheme –...

Key free locks for the home.

In the last decade I have seen a massive growth in cylinders with kite-mark star ratings. These anti-snap kite-marked 1,2 and 3 star cylinders are really helping in securing peoples homes but in recent years we have started to fit more and more key free insurance approved locks for the home. The market is full of different types of key-free options these days. You’re able to open your front door by fob, card, code or even fingerprint! I myself have a key free lock on my front door. Its great pulling up on the driveway, the kids jumping out of the car and you press the button and they can walk straight in the front door. I’ve also got the lock synced with my home alarm so no need to rush in and deactivate the alarm. These locks are tested to the highest standards and are covered on your home insurance. There are models that can be fitted to wooden, composite and UPVC doors.  Other great features with these locks are that you can issue out a code, card etc to somebody and if you no longer want them to access your property you can delete it from the system. Meaning they will no longer be able to access your property.   I had one customer who had an apartment that he let out on short-term lets, weekends etc. He was able to email his new guest a welcome email with the code to the apartment for then to access the property and then he could delete the code once his guest departs. Meaning the owner no longer had...

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...