Can I get multiple locks working on the same key?

Can I get multiple locks working on the same key?

Having a single key that can unlock multiple doors, known as a master key, provides many benefits in a variety of instances. Reducing costs by not needing to get so many keys cut is just one example. In addition, having a single key, as opposed to a large bunch of keys, is a lot easier to control. Which means you can save yourself the time needed to document and maintain an accurate record of which key is which. Master Key Uses The most obvious uses for a master key system are owners of business premises, schools or any other large building requiring controlled access to multiple doors. However, homeowners with more than one patio door, for example, will also find this system useful. Another excellent example we have experienced at GPM Locks is landlords with multiple properties. In addition, landlords with a single property which requires controlled access to each room, such as shared student accommodation will also find this system beneficial. Read on to find out more about how this works without giving each tenant access to all the same doors the landlord can access. Suited Master Key System By suiting keys, we can create a hierarchical system of key control. Take the landlord example mentioned above. We can install locks on the front doors of multiple properties that al work on the same master key. We give that key to the landlord. The key provided to the tenant only works on the front door to the property that they rent. Which means that the landlord only needs to carry a single key for all of their properties....

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...

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...