Motorcycle Security Tips

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Whilst we supply and cut keys for motorcycles where you may have lost or broken your key it is important to think about the security aspects of owning a motorcycle.

Bikes are stolen by joy riders, stolen to order, or stolen to be broken down as parts, and can often be out of the country before you know they’re gone. Despite this, less than half of all bikes are protected by bike locks or any other security devices.

An unsecured bike is an easy target for thieves as it can be wheeled away, lifted or bundled into a van. The more security measures you make, the less attractive your bike will be to thieves and by adding approved security devices to prevent theft, you could reduce your insurance premium .

We have compiled a few tips on how you can keep your bike safe.

Motorbike Alarms and Immobilisers

Does your bike have either of these? By having an insurance approved combined alarm and immobiliser this would deter most thieves.

Motorbike Locks

Perhaps the simplest and most visible deterrent, are large motorcycle chain locks or motorcycle cable locks. These should always be secured to an immovable object, such as a ground anchor, a lamppost, or another bike. Always try to thread the chain or cable through your frame if possible, as many bikes are stolen for parts and one wheel either way won’t stop some thieves from taking your bike.

Motorbike disc locks can be a deterrent to the casual thief, but they will only slow down a professional by a few seconds. Professional thieves will often simply lift your bike into a van and drive away, unhindered by any lock attached to the bike itself. So you should never rely on these alone. That’s why most bikers will own a disk lock as well as have an alarm immobiliser.

Garage

If you have a garage, make sure you use it. Many bike thefts occur from the owner’s home because they get complacent and leave their motorbike outside over night. Don’t leave your bike out for all to see, always put it away in the garage as soon as you arrive. Make sure your garage is properly secure. If it’s easy to break into you could actually be helping the thieves by giving them cover in which to work. If you can, put a ground anchor in the garage and lock your bike to it.

 

Also remember to alarm it. It might be locked in the garage but its still possible for thieves to break in and steal it. Try and make it as difficult as possible for them.

Sensible steps to bike security

Even the strongest motorcycle locks and the most sophisticated motorcycle alarms will do you little good if you park your bike out of sight and give the pros time to disable them. So it makes sense to always park your bike where it can be seen, day or night, by passers by ( when not at home). Try to vary the places you park so that thieves don’t learn your habits.

Secure Parking

If you are out and about, most cities have a secure motorcycle parking area for bikers. Always lock your bike to something fixed to the ground such as security loops, stands, lamps or a road signpost. This makes it more difficult to pick the bike up.

Locking your bike and following the other security steps may seem like a hassle, but it’s nothing compared to the stress and cost of having your bike stolen.

If you need new or duplicate keys for your motorcycle, if you have lost a key and need it replaced then get in touch.

Call us on 01392 461200 or use our FREE QUOTE form on the website https://www.devonsecurity.co.uk/free-quote

What To Do When You Break Your Key In Your Lock

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“I Broke My Key Off In My Lock – What To Do” This is a question that worries many homeowners. However, when you have broken your key in your lock, you do not have to worry as this is a salvageable situation, all you need to do is to call 01392 461200. We can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths can’t fix this we would replace the entire lock system.

Bent keys are also able to be copied.  This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your transportation. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing enough damage to it to prevent a copy from being made.

If you lose your keys, then the only option that the locksmith has is to replace the lock.

In most cases, Devon Security carry around everything we need to help  customers. There may be some occasions that we do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall we will have everything needed.

Devon security do not make locks but perform functions like lock-picking, repairing locks as well as offer urgent key services. If you find someone breaking into your house, you need to call the police, but you may also like to call a locksmith service. Are you wondering why you should call them in addition to calling the police? Well, they will be able to tell you how the perpetrator broke in and also offer you other options to change your lock. It is important that you ensure that your home is safe and secure. This you can do by installing a secure lock system in your home. Locksmith service providers are quite efficient and they can offer different options to choose from. What kind of lock you want to install for your home depends on the kind of home that you have and the level of security that you are looking for.

We can advise how best to secure your home, testing your entrances and tell you how secure your home is or what you need to do to secure it further.

If you have a broken key whether it is a key for your home, car key or motorcycle key call us on 01392 461200 for a no obligation quote

 

5 reasons why you should have a spare car key

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Over 2 million used cars sold each year in the UK, only a small percentage will be sold with 2 or more keys.
Only a select few will contact an auto locksmith or local dealer garage to buy a spare key. Meaning there are still a large number of motorists driving around with just one key, In fact, it is estimated that around 40% of motorists in the UK do not have a spare car key.
Why is this a bad thing you ask? Well here are 5 reasons why you should always have a spare.

  1. Cost saving – Getting a second key from an auto locksmith while you have at least one working key will save you cash. An auto locksmith will normally have less work to do and will not need to gain entry to your car or remove any locks.
  2. Peace of mind – Even if you are the only driver and an additional key is not being used, it still makes sense to have a spare car key stored somewhere safe. This removes the worry of losing your key and gives you a backup option if you can’t find your key but know it is somewhere inside the house. If you are are running late you can take the spare key and find the missing key later when you have time.
  3. Convenience – Having a backup car key will save you the hassle of towing your car into a dealers garage or waiting around for an auto locksmith to arrive.
  4. Vehicle security – In the event, a car key is stolen you are at risk of the key thieves locating and steeling your car. Car thieves can probably get to your car before an auto locksmith, but if you have a spare key you can access the car and drive if to a safe location for an auto locksmith to cut a replacement key and erase the stolen key.
  5. Access keys locked in the car – Should you accidentally lock your keys in the car you will have a spare key to unlock the vehicle and retrieve your keys. During the winter months, thousands of motorists lock their keys inside a running vehicle whilst defrosting the windscreens. Having a spare key will save you both time and cash in having to call out an auto locksmith.

The lock types you need to keep your insurance valid

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Do you know the lock type you need to comply with your insurance?

We get a lot of  people contact us after being told by their insurance companies that they require new locks before they will insure them. There are a lot of myths about what are and what are not suitable, as long as they are key lockable they will be suitable for all insurance companies that we know of.

Another question we are often asked is  ‘Do you supply and fit 5 lever chub locks?’or ‘I need a 5 lever double throw lock fitted to my UPVC door.’ There seems to be a lot of confusion about what is actually required but it is really as simple as this:

Door Locks:

If you have a wooden door and wish to check if your lock is suitable for insurance, look for the kite mark. The British Standard for locks is BS3621. The marking will be on the faceplate of the lock if it is a deadlock, or on the front of the barrel if it is a rim deadlock.

If you have a UPVC door or a wooden door where you lift the door lever to lock the door, then you are most probably covered as this is what is known as a multipoint lock and these will have three or more locking points. If you look at the front edge of the door it will have a metal strip running from top to bottom with a latch and bolt in the centre, near the handles, then either hooks, bolts, or small rollers located at random points. Most insurance companies accept these as they are locked at multiple points, making it almost impossible to open the door with the use of force.

Window Locks:

If your windows can be opened from the inside without the use of a key or special tool then you will need to upgrade your window locks or handles. Most window handles are quite easily swapped over but its probably best to call a locksmith as there are different sizes for some types of window.

As a general rule, the reasoning behind most of this is to prevent an intruder from easily exiting the property through a door or window, once inside. It is much easier to remove a large quantity of items through a door or large window than through the point of entry, a broken window , for example.

And DON’T leave your keys in the locks on the inside or hanging on a hook near the front door, keep keys to a minimum and on you key ring either kept with you or hidden in a safe place.

When you need any advice or need your home or business premise door/window locks upgraed then don’t hesitate in contacting us on 01392 461200 or 07906 502129

Top 10 do’s and don’ts of vehicle security.

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It’s  very easy to take for granted that we have transport and with modern technology many of us think we are invincible, our vehicles are safe and nobody would try to steal or vehicle or items inside ….. You could not be more wrong, opportunist theives are always on the look out for easy targets, so help yourself with some common sense does aand dont’s

  1. Do lock your doors and glove compartment. Research has shown that adults forget, on average, three things a day – don’t let locking your vehicle be one of them! If your vehicle has keyless entry, try the door before you leave; thieves can use blocking devices against locking systems.
  2. Don’t leave your valuables on display. Hide any purses, wallets, phones or devices in a lockable place, such as the glove compartment or boot. Remove your satellite navigation system – and don’t forget the cradle! An empty cradle on the windscreen or dashboard is a sure sign that a sat-nav is hiding in the vehicle.
  3. Do plan where you park. If possible, park somewhere that’s well lit and visible. Park facing an obstacle such as a wall or bollard; this will stop any quick getaways if the worst should happen.
  4. Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended, even if just to step away for a short period of time.
  5. Do join the National Mobile Property Register. This is the police’s national record of stolen items; you can register your vehicle with them, so if it’s stolen it will be searchable on the database.
  6. Don’t leave your windows open. If you have electric windows, press and hold that button. If you have manual ‘keep fit’ windows, give your arms a workout and turn until you can turn no more! The obvious exception to this rule is if there’s a pet in the vehicle.
  7. Do join a Vehicle Watch scheme, if there’s one in your area. You’ll be provided with high-visibility stickers which, if applied, invite the police to stop your vehicle if it’s seen in use between midnight and 5 am. Interested? Ask your local crime prevention officer for more information.
  8. Don’t leave any documents showing your address in the car. This includes your V5C vehicle registration document. If this document falls into the wrong hands, it could be used for fraudulent purposes.
  9. Do store your vehicle keys out of sight in your house. Avoid placing the key rack near any letterboxes or windows. If your vehicle keys are on the same keyring as your house keys, don’t leave them in the door.
  10. Don’t forget your number plate: make sure it’s theft-proof. If a thief transferred your number plates to another vehicle, you’d receive any parking or speeding fines they collected. You can buy theft-resistant number plates, which are designed to break apart if forcibly removed. Security screws can also be used and fitted with standard tools.

What to do if you have been burgled

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Hopefully it will never happen to you, unfurtunately though without taking some measures to discourage burglars we are all potential victims and if the unthinkable does occur the anguish and distress it can cause will potentially stop you from thinking clearly but to make sure that the Police have th best possible chance of apprehending the culprit and preventing then from carrying out similar crimes there are some steps you should try to follow.

  1. Avoid entering your home or business if you notice a door or window that is open (and wasn’t before) or one that is damaged.

You may be placing yourself in danger if the burglar or thieves are still in the building. Stay outside and collect your thoughts.

  1. Call the Police immediately

With the nature of any injuries or dangers that exists as a result of the break-in; include a description of vehicles, persons or other evidence involved in the crime.

  1. Allow the Police to investigate your home or business location before you enter it.

They can be sure the building is safe and clear before you enter. They may choose to examine and dust for fingerprints before allowing you back inside.

  1. Make a list of missing or damaged items.

If your home or business is a mess after a burglary, it may be difficult to notice all of the missing or damaged items immediately. However, continue making the list for as long as you notice items that are gone. If you have serial numbers for any missing or damaged goods (such as electronics), find these in your records and report them to the police. This information is extremely helpful in identifying property, should the Police locate any stolen items. Unfortunately, burglaries are infamously hard to solve.

  1. Contact your insurance company and report the burglary.

They can help you through the insurance claim process, the same information given to the Police is always helpful, but a crime number should provide all the necessary information if a Police report has been filed.

  1. Repair or replace any damaged windows or doors immediately to avoid further burglaries or intrusions.

Call a local locksmith and request that all locks be changed in case the burglars were able to take your keys or obtain a copy of them.

  1. Get in touch with the credit agencies, mobile phone companies and your bank to ward off any charges to your accounts.

It may take a while to notice that credit cards, phones, phone cards or cheques have been taken. It is very important that you do this immediately as you will be taking a massive step towards avoiding any fraud committed in your name.

And Finally Beware: It isn’t uncommon for a burglar to break-in to a home more than once. After all, they already know the layout of the house and have discovered where the valuable items are kept.

It’s a fact; an overwhelming majority of convicted burglars say that they intentionally avoided homes with good security. If you’re the victim of a break-in, get advice from a local locksmith on home security as soon as possible.

Lock Snapping and helping to prevent it!!

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Lock Snapping!!

There has been a large increase in lock snapping in the UK over the past few years some regions have reportedly seen an increase of over 25% in burglaries where the thieves have gained entry by this method

So what is lock snapping?

Lock snapping is where the locking cylinder is literally snapped in two by applying lateral or vertical force to one end of the Euro profile cylinder, leaving the mechanism vulnerable to attack, entry can be gained within seconds.

What type of doors are effected by lock snapping?

Lock snapping effects euro cylinder locks, a lock type commonly used in Upvc, composite and aluminium doors which are fitted to millions of commercial and residential properties throughout the UK.

How to check if your door may be vulnerable

If your Euro lock protrudes past the handles more than 3mm then your door may be at risk of lock snapping , If you are concerned about your security call us on  01392 461200 we can advise you on your  security and give you a free quote to upgrade your locks.

How should the lock cylinder be correctly fitted?

The more of the cylinder that is accessible, the more prone it is to snapping, and a properly fitted cylinder (with no external overhang) will provide more protection against snapping, so size of the cylinder is vital too. A perfect example of why lock fitting  isn’t a do it yourself job!

The cylinder should not protrude more than 3mm from the handle and ideally should be completely flush for maximum safety.

 

Car crime is a common occurrence

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It’s a sad fact that in the UK, car crime is a common occurrence.

But there are some security measures you can take to help prevent you being caught out.

  1. Car alarm – it is quite an old method but, car alarms are effective. They are not just designed to wake up the neighbours when fluffy the cat jumps on your car at three In the morning
  2. Car immobiliser– An immobiliser is an electronic device designed to prevent a car from being started by someone without the proper key.
  3. Car tracking systems – Car tracking systems require a transmitter to be hidden in your car. The if stolen, you can track the vehicle and recover it. This isn’t going to prevent it from being stolen but is a great peace of mind.
  4. Steering locks – Although these are quite ugly but for a relatively cheap cost you can prevent your vehicle from being driven, so its food for thought
  5. Hide valuables – This will not cost you a penny!, but hiding your valuables when leaving the car is the BEST things you can do to stop your car being targeted

keeping you & your car safe – It’s not always about the keys ( but they do help)

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There are lots security measures that can easily be taken to help prevent you becoming a victim of car crime many of which are common sense, what’s more, some of these measures could also get you a reduction in the cost of car insurance.

1. Car alarm

Car alarms aren’t just about waking the neighbours at three in the morning when a big lorry trundles past. They’re also about alerting you to the fact that some unscrupulous so-and-so could be meddling with your motor. Although they can’t physically stop a car (or valuables kept inside) from being stolen, a thief will likely think twice before tackling a set of wheels that he or she knows will get everyone’s attention if the alarm’s set off. The threat of a piercing sound and flashing lights is a powerful deterrent, and some alarms also come with a pager to alert you if they are activated.

Most modern cars come pre-equipped with an alarm. If you drive an older vehicle, getting an alarm professionally fitted will help secure your car and could result in cheaper car insurance.

2. Car immobiliser

An immobiliser is an electronic device which prevents a car from being started by someone who doesn’t have the proper key. Although an immobiliser won’t stop a car from being broken into, it may stop it from being stolen. And even if a thief can somehow start an immobilised car, the extra time this would take would very likely dissuade them from even attempting it.

Since 8 October 1998, all new UK cars have had immobilisers fitted as standard, but if you drive an older car, getting an immobiliser professionally fitted will help secure your car and could mean cheaper car insurance.

3. Car tracking systems

Car tracking systems require a transmitter to be hidden in your car. If stolen, the vehicle can then be tracked and recovered. There are two main types of tracker: GPS systems can find your car whilst it’s at street level, and VHF systems can find your car even if it’s hidden in an underground car park or storage container. However, tracking systems can be quite expensive, often requiring a significant monthly subscription charge.

 

4. Secure parking

If your home has a driveway, or better still a garage, then use it. Cars parked off-street are far less likely to be stolen than those parked on the road. When away from home, try and leave your car in a secure car park – one with a ticket barrier or attendant. If you have to park on the street, do so in a busy, well-lit area, and if at all possible, beneath the gaze of a CCTV camera.

5. Hide valuables

It’s not just car thieves you have to worry about, there are plenty of crooks out there who are simply after your valuables. Therefore, never leave expensive goodies out on display within your car – it’s just too tempting for the opportunistic thief. Satnavs, mobile phones, CDs, laptops, briefcases, jackets and sunglasses are all fair game – so make sure you hide them out of sight in the glove compartment or boot.

6. Don’t forget to lock your car

This may seem like a no-brainer, but plenty of cars get stolen as a result of forgetful owners. Even if you’re only leaving the car for a short while – at a petrol station, for instance – your vehicle, or any valuables left on the seat, are at a very real risk of theft. The same goes for windows and sunroofs – always close them when you leave the car, no matter how short a time you’re away (the exception, of course, is if you have a pet on board – in which case just leave a small gap).

But worse than leaving a car unlocked is leaving a car unlocked and with the key still in the ignition – that’s just making a car thief’s job too easy. So try and get into the habit of checking the door handles every time you leave the car. One more thing – once you get home, don’t leave the car keys on a table near your front door. Thieves have been known to pop a coat hanger through the letterbox to hook the key ring.

 

And finally…

…if you’re thinking of buying a car, you can get an idea of how safe and secure it is by checking out its Thatcham vehicle security rating.

original source: https://www.confused.com

Quick Guide to your locks

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Some home insurance policies need you to know what kind of door lock types you have. Our helpful guide is your key to identifying what you have in your home and garden.

  1. Mortice locks

Mortice deadlocks are one of the most common type of locks referred to in a policy. A mortice lock requires a key to both lock and open it. Your home insurer may ask that it complies with British Standard BS3621.

  • External use, harder to break design
  • Check for the Kitemark symbol
  • Check for at least five levers marked on face plate
  1. Nightlatches

You may know these as ‘secondary locks’. In general, they come in two forms: standard nightlatches and deadlocking nightlatches.

  • Standard – locks the door automatically unless you use the snib to hold the latch back
  • Deadlocking – locks automatically and needs a key to open the door from inside and outside
  • Deadlocking latches are more secure
  • Extra security – should not be sole lock on the door
  1. Multi-point locking systems

Multi-point locking systems are now commonly used and are found mainly on UPVC doors. A multi-point locking system has a minimum of three locking points that all lock simultaneously with the turn of a key.

  • External use, garage and patio doors
  • Minimum three locking points
  • Locks using hook bolts, camrollers or pins
  • All points lock simultaneously
  1. Cylinder locks

Cylinder locks are a common type of lock found on doors. You would need to check with your home insurer whether this type of lock is acceptable as some types of cylinder locks are vulnerable to a technique known as lock snapping.

  • Internal and external use
  • Easy to install
  • UPVC and composite friendly
  • Check lock for Kitemark or ES symbol
  1. Sliding patio doors

Sliding patio doors may be referred to specifically in a policy as the lock requirements will slightly differ from that of a standard door. Sliding patio doors can be vulnerable as they can be lifted off their runners.

  • Open onto garden or into conservatory
  • Key-operated multi-point locking systems or key-operated patio door locks at top and bottom – check your home insurance policy wording
  • An anti-lift device may be required
  1. Key-operated security bolts

Commonly used on external doors, including French and double doors. Your policy may specify that key-operated security bolts should be fitted to the top and bottom of the door.

  • Can be surface-mounted or fitted into the door
  • For French and double doors these should be fitted to the final closing door and positioned vertically
  • Surface-mounted bolts are only as strong as the screws which hold them in place
  • A mortice bolt is more secure than a surface mounted bolt. If the key is removed, the bolt cannot be opened or easily manipulated
Call us on 01392 461200 to arrange a home visit