Have you recently had concerns about the security of your house, but don’t have the funds for replacement locks?
A common misconception to house owners is that to change locks on their house, the only option is replacement locks. However, you don’t have to replace the whole lock to maintain confidence that your house is secure, simply rekey your lock cylinders.
Changing locks may seem like a large and expensive task but actually, for a knowledgeable locksmith, it is quite fast and efficient. Changing lock barrels is significantly cheaper than replacing locks as you can reuse the lock handle etc. We simply just take apart the lock, adjust and rearrange parts inside ensuring the old keys will no longer work and therefore be able to unlock the door. A new set of keys are then cut to work with the reconfigured lock on the inside.
Why you should change locks
There are several reasons why you would want to change your locks. We commonly have people contact us when they have their keys lost or stolen. Lost keys may be able to be tracked back to your property, leading to you feeling that your house and family are not secure and safe. We recommend changing locks in this situation to stop any intruders being able to possibly gain access into your property.
Moving into a new house
Moving into a new house maybe another scenario why you might consider changing your lock barrels. You can never be 100% sure that previous owners and tenants have returned all the keys. Builders and subcontractors from a newly built house might be a factor as well. More commonly then not builders and subcontractors would have at some point in time, required keys into your house to perform tasks. Changing the locks will eliminate them from gaining entry later.
Unfortunately, there are also sometimes family break downs in play, with upsetting circumstances. Sometimes a broken family may have some issues where you no longer want to have a family member to have access to your house for whatever reason. Rekeying your locks will eliminate this person being able to access the property with old keys they may still have, ensuring the safety of your family.
Replacing garage remote
Don’t stress about a garage remote in the wrong hands either. A garage remote and motors can be easily reprogrammed. You can eliminate remotes that may be in the hands of someone you wish not to have access. We reprogram the motor to no longer recognise any remotes, then re-introduce the remotes possessed by the homeowner, meaning any old garage remotes that use to work that haven’t been reprogramed will no longer be able to open the garage door.
There are 3 types of Fire Resistant Safes in the Guardall Safe range and here we will go through them so you can better identify which may meet your current and future needs for better security.
The BFG range is all rounder Fire resistant safe, it is also Grinder proof, the initials stand for Burglar, Fire, Grinder Proof, it is a robust beast and will serve to protect valuables as well as data from fire. The cash rating it offers is a reflection of how well built this safe is, from the thickness of the walls and door, the grade of security it offers and when anchored and supported with an alarm or CCTV system you can inquire with your insurance company how that may increase the cash rating of the safe.
Fire Resistant Safes
offer a fire rating starting from 30 minutes up to 2 hours.
The next range of Fire Resistant Safes are the Data Safes, these are ideal for office/business situations where there is sensitive and valuable data that needs to be secured from theft and fire. They offer a 1hour electronic lock fire rating, which is huge, and a 2hour data and paper fire rating for this range.
- The Guardall GD series of data safes are specially designed with a second layer of fire protection to safeguard valuable data storage devices from hazards such as moisture, humidity, heat and magnetic fields.
Guardall Safes FP range Data safes are your small fire safe range, great for the home and personal documents such as passports and sensitive paperwork to be kept secure.
A house fire is over within a very short amount of time, the FP range offers a 30minute rating for fire.
For Guardall Safes to be able to get the fire ratings for their safes, in the initial design phase that Guardall and any safe manufacturer has to go through is similar to this demonstration of a test.
Buying a safe is like buying a home in a way, it is something that you are not going to want to look to replace anytime soon. So make sure you identify the core needs you are looking to satisfy with your safe and whether the one you are looking for meets your needs now and in 10-15 years time. That is usually the lifecycle of buying a good quality safe the first time.
Speak to one of our Security Specialists to help you identify the best security solutions for your home/business.
Security Surveys – Don't be caught out when you least expect itIf you are security conscious, you may wish for one of our Local locksmiths to visit your home or commercial premises to conduct an in depth security survey which will outline any current flaws in your lock suitability and will highlight our recommendations to improve the overall security of your premises. We can quote for a complete lock overhaul and will take care of all the installation required to fully secure your home or office or warehouse.
Crime PreventionCrime prevention in Toowoomba is the first step to making your home or office a safer place. For residential properties that are often vacant for long periods, you need to make sure your locks can withstand an attempted break in. We will advise on the latest locking systems available to you whether manual or digital and only use the most trusted and well tested brands on the market. Security is certainly and area where you do not want to cut corners however our locksmiths will work accurately within your stated budget to provide the most cost effective solution. Offices and warehouses are quite regularly left unattended over weekends and throughout the holidays so security needs to be tight. We can offer expert advice not only on locks but also on digital security systems to best suit your needs and level of protection required. For more information on our security surveys or to book one of our experts, call us today on 07 4632 6060 or use the contact for to your right.
Lock UpgradesYou may require your locks to be upgraded or replaced for many reasons. Perhaps you have been in the unfortunate situation where your property was broken into – our local locksmith is on hand 24 hours a day and will be able to secure your premises and change your locks where required. If you are moving to a new house, we would always advise that you get your external locks changed the day you move in. Not only for added peace of mind you are the only key holder but also to make sure the locks are up to standard and working properly – one less hassle for you to worry about during the stressful time of moving. Give our locksmith a call today and arrange to have your locks changed the day you move in, here are a few things we can do to upgrade your home security.
- Install deadlocks on all external doors and internal door between garage and house.
- One key for all your door and window locks.
- Install key operated window locks.
- Install keyed patio bolts to ranch sliders and French doors.
- Make sure all out buildings are secure.
- Secure valuable possessions and documents in a safe, that is secured to the wall/floor in a concealed spot in your home.
When you next get a Toowoomba locksmith to your home, ask them to have a look around your exit and entry points of your property to identify weak security points and any lock or padlock upgrades that may be needed.
Contact us today to book your free, no obligation security survey.
There are a lot of safes out there, Bunnings sell them, Masters sell them, gun shops sell them, but there are safes and there are safes. Some may offer a great comfort to you just because you have one, but is it secure, does it have a secondary locking system if they manage to damage and open the lock? How much time will it take for someone to break into your safe? This last question is the key, no safe can guarantee 100% security, with time and the right tools every safe is crackable. But a good safe is what buys you the maximum amount of time.
Does it have secondary locking bolts that will not release when it detects the first locking system; the combination lock or key lock has been tampered with?
How thick is the door and sides, does it have cement component in the lining of the sides; this makes grinders useless on them or does it offer a 10mm of higher thickness = more time to cut through?
Is your safe positioned in a space where a crowbar can not be used to leverage the door open?
Is there no swinging room for a sledgehammer? Yes they do, if you are asking whether they would.
There are two types of criminals, the opportunist who does little to no research on your property before attempting a breakin and the professional. If you are targeted by an opportunist and you have a Masters or Bunnings safe for your rifles, guns or ammunition, then you may have a 50/50 chance of keeping your possessions, if they don't find your safe, if they are disturbed or they are the really stupid kind of opportunist criminals. But.... if you get an opportunist who can scratch two sticks together, forget it, they are gone, in most cases these safes can be broken into in under 5 mins - 10 at a push. There are many videos of kids cracking cheap safes.
Now among the best of the good quality gun safes, we recommend two brands; Lokaway and Guardall gun safe ranges.
Lokaway have a double locking system: this is in the form of a swing and lock system that has been patented to be in only this brand of safe, their safes cater for all category rifles/guns, offer safes above and under 150kg. Safes under 150kg needs to be bolted down, over 150kg does not, based on the category of rifles/guns you are storing, the higher grades need securing no matter the weight of the safe.
They do sell smaller rifle safes for 3-6 pieces up to 30+ firearms, all their safes are carpet lined.
It comes with keys that will over ride the key pad. They all come with bolts to secure them to the floor in your house or garage.
Please take the time to view this independent review of one of the Lokaway safe range.
Lokaway 5-7 gun safe retails at $530
10-16 rifle safe; $680-$720
the 20-30 rifle case sells for $2300 - $2400
The Lokaway range starts at $460 up to $2240 for the largest. Like anything you get what you pay for and seeing as though for most people when they buy a gun safe or any safe, it is a once in 10-15 year event so make it count.
Guardall Safe range all come with internal carpet to protect your firearms and has a separate ammunition storage compartment in all of the gun safe range. They also sell a small range of ammunition/hand gun safes.
This is the Guardall G2 and it can store up to 7 rifles; approx $300.
the G3 sells for approximately $410
and G3E for around $500
The ammunition safes range; variation in sizes to this model, sell from $190 up to $320
Guardall G4E $1780 it holds 8-16 rifles and weighs 224kgs.
Please talk to us, Nathan is the man to ask for, about the gun safe range.
We never expect to be broken into, we always think that these things happen to other people and honestly we hope you never have to experience a break in. The main comments made by people is that they feel like they have a sense of invasion, that someone they don't know has gone through their home and things.
Nothing we suggest to you here will guarantee that you won't be broken into, but it will definitely decrease the possibility of it happening, the main things that amatuer crims are looking for are easy and quick money, so what we offer is deterrants and inhibitors.
How to prevent a Break in top tips;
Cheap doorlocks = quicky entry, so the money you think your saving by buying a cheap lock won't be worth it in the end, deadlock is what you will need to be insurance compliant so keep that in mind when upgrading your main entry point security.
Sensor lights - anything that reflects human behaviour will scare most amatuers, along with the front door being visible from the street.
Visible security camera - there has been much talk online that even a fake camera will work, and yes it will to a degree and for some people this act alone will be enough of a deterrant. But depending on your security concerns the technology in cameras are increasing and the prices are becoming more competitive. So choose the solution based on your needs.
Spare keys - if you are not interested in having a digital door lock for your home so everyone has their own code, then we have solutions that can allow you to securely hide the spare key. Check out our Key Safes post, these are little iron nuggets, they can try and break into but they will loose. (insert belly laughter)
Security Screens - on both the doors and the windows, especially the ground floor and keep shrubs away from ground floor windows, unless they are thorny, then keep those ones definately.
Dogs - ok so there is a debate on this one, a good guard dog looks scary and does not wag its tail at just about anyone who uses that tone of voice that we all use to say hello to dogs. If they respond like that then your dog will not suffice to be a guard dog. Don't be fooled by big dogs either they can sometimes be the most gentle, we had a story of how a Doberman not only let a thief in but the thief took his collar for a bit of a cheeky call out. Criminals will assess your dog prior to a break in to determine whether they are a threat.
Neighbourhood Watch - being close to your neighbours is one of the best security measures. They know your habits, the sound of your car, if you are away and help you with your security measures while away. (click image below to go to Toowoomba Police Neighbourhood Watch page.)
Another measure is to keep valuables away from the windows; computers, large TV's, handbags, things that make your home become a target.
We did a little search around the web to find some other tips from different countries and some were hilarious and we should have kept the link but we were looking for quality. This blog on how to prevent a break in, has some great tips that we haven't mentioned that may be a worth a read.
Guardall safes are built with premium security and ease of use in mind. The BFG range and the KCR range are the two most secure home safe models in the range; KCR having the highest cash rating of up to $35,000, more with a supported system.
The key thing to consider when buying a safe is to understand what the value of the things you wish to secure are now and for the next 10 years as a safe is a long term solution buy. So it has to have a 'cash rating' ='s the value of your products. The well publicised story of the war veteran who put most of his earnings into Gold and then went and bought a $400 Bunnings safe with the cash rating of $4000 for nearly $200,000 worth of Gold Bullion. Which the thieves picked up and took with them and opened it obviously in some remote location at their leisure with no possible way of being tracked. Heartbreaking but true.
So if you have cash, diamonds, watches, documents like; your will, ownership of your home, or items of sentimental value that you store in your safe, take a moment to consider how can I add time to the factor of criminals trying to take my valuables?
a. location of your safe, put it somewhere that won't be the first thing to mind; main bedroom wardrobes and under the stairs or in the garage are the top 3 locations where safes are stored and criminals are more than aware of that. There are stats, infographics and images all over the web that identifies these facts and even opportunistic criminals will research online to find out these facts. A fixed to the ground or wall safe reduces leverage so thieves can not pry the safe open as easily, great placement is your number one time factor.
b. the quality of your safe is the next biggest factor in the time factor of security; a safe that offers only one form of access; digital or combination lock will make it easy to crack, one with a backup autolock of with bars like the ones above offers excellent reinforcement as it would need a lot of leverage to get into one. The next factor is making it angle grinder proof; yep, a great home reno tool is a regular feature in a semi-professional thief. Noise is not a factor if the value in the safe is high enough and if they have a way of entering and exiting the property without detection = high fences, no dogs, no street lights, your away and you posted it on social media!! Oceans 11 is not an over exaggeration when they used special explosives to access a safe. Albeit it isn't as common in Australian suburbs in general but again if there is a big enough reward for their risk they will take it.
c. a supported system also known as a CCTV/Alarm system. Either of these will act as a deterrent and also reduce the time spent on site for those who choose to break in anyway.
Security is a long game and if you are always vigilant then you reduce your risk of a break in and increase your insurance pay out if you are broken into. Nothing is an absolute guarantee to prevent break ins, but you can make it is painful and as difficult as possible so that they will go away empty handed and, if they are identifiable, get caught and charged.
d. use your safe properly; don't leave your valuables out overnight, get into the habit of putting the items you wish to keep secure. The ease of use that Guardall safes offers allows you the best of both worlds; security but easy access because you still want to use on a regular basis.
Home security measures are one the most increasing factors to convictions in Australia. More and more Queensland and National Police rely on residential security measures to help them convict more criminals and have less unsolved cases than in any other time in our social history. Every little measure counts.
Talk to one of the team about your security concerns.
This is why we think that the Guardall safes Toowoomba Locksmiths offers are the best in Home safes on offer inhouse.
Are you busy and can't make it into a locksmith or do you have a number of jobs that need doing at home as well some key cutting or replacements. We can do it all when come out to your home or business to cater for all your security needs. We have 3 mobile locksmiths in the mobile locksmith Toowoomba division of our business and our everyday number is also our 24hour number so in any emergency situation ring our land number and one of our technicians will be there to help you out, anytime.
Whether it is emergency or everyday we can help you;
Broken into during the day; rest assured we can get there to change your locks fast, so your security is improved.
Lost your keys; we can cut new keys out on site or we have an accessible store front in Neil St.
Locked yourself outside; we can get you back inside without damagining your existing locks, fast.
Moved house?; need to replace your locks, we can do that the same day.
Our mobile locksmiths are professional, uniformed and skilled in all locksmith service requirements, we always do our best service first time, because we know how important feeling secure is.
What to do when you have just been robbed, here is what we advise our customers to do next.
Call the police and don’t move anything
Get out of the house just in case they are still inside, wait in the car and lock the doors if you are there on your own woman/man.
Police will check for signs of forced entry, finger prints etc...
Find out if any keys have been stolen e.g house keys, car keys, work keys etc…
Call a locksmith and organise them to change the locks as soon as it is possible but this does have to be done after the police have been, you can organise this while the police are at your house or even call the locksmith and let them know you are waiting for police to attend and will need someone straight after (also let the Locksmith know if any other keys have been stolen)
Ask your locksmith for security tips while he is on site (things such as a sticker in your window stating your house is protected by Toowoomba Locksmiths, the best type of lock to suit your door, CCTV cameras etc…) Remember increased security measures lowers your chance of experiencing a break in, it does not guarantee it. Although increased security can give you peace of mind with; correctly positioned security cameras, engraved or documented evidence on and of your valuables = an increased chance of the crims being caught and convicted. Security is a long game, but one that is winnable.
For insurance purposes; do a quick assessment of what is missing, keep the list somewhere you can easily access and add to it as you notice more in the coming days.
Remember all assets can be replaced, people can not.
Cutting your keys from cylinder numbers are usually on the lock that is in your door, car etc., many lock manufacturers record the cutting depths and details to enable companies like us to reproduce keys without the need to replace locks. In most cases the key number will be stamped on the front of the lock next to where the key enters, in some cases the number may also be stamped on the original key as well.
The next step we take is to make sure that each key has smooth edges after key cutting, the reasons are as follows;1. Most commonly finishing the new copy to ensure when the key is used in the lock it does not leave any scores or imperfections on the leavers/detainers inside the lock, 2. If the levers or detainers were to get scored this could result in more than one lever/detainer lifting inside the lock in operation causing a potential lock out situation. 3. The same applies to deburing cylinder type keys or any type of pin tumbler or wafer style lock as swarf (tiny fragments of metal) can get into the lock and cause issues with tolerances or reliability of that lock.
These are actions and practices a licensed locksmith would take as they have a great understanding of what goes on inside the lock once the key is entered. That is why you should always have your keys cut at a professional locksmiths and not the hardware store as the extra measures we take to ensure you keys will not damage your lock will save you in the long term.
While your with us, take just an extra 5 minutes to chat to us, we are full of handy tips that may increase your security measures where you need it. Call Toowoomba Locksmiths today for any key cutting solutions or extra lock security you may require.