How To Prevent a Burglary From Reoccurring.

There is a disturbing trend among many property managers whose consent to allow handymen to install locks on doors about rental properties are jeopardising the safety and security of their tenants. Any such work must be carried out by a licensed locksmith who holds a minimum Class 4. Class stands for Complete Lock And Safe Services. This state requirement, however, does not include the installation of the typical key in knob set which is the only type of lock that is not required to be fitted by a Licensed Security Installer.

It appears many property managers across the state are unaware of this fact. Indeed there is confusion surrounding the need to employ Licensed Security Installers when lock works are required for any home or business premises. Installation of deadlocks, deadbolts, dead-latches, patio bolts, mortice locks and window locks must be undertaken by a Licensed Security Installer.

Changing Locks & Keys in a Rental Property

Rules about changing locks in a rental property are in place and can only be changed with permission obtained from the owner or via a court order. However, while the owner cannot, without the permission of the tenant change or remove any locks from the premises, does the security law apply to the landlord?

In the event of any failure by the landlord to secure a property and that property is burgled, it is then up to the landlord/owner, via the appearance before a court, to reimburse and replace any damaged or stolen property the tenant may have suffered. The minimum required security is either a deadlock, a patio bolt lock in the event a deadlock is not able to be installed or a lockable security screen door. All of the above could have been avoided. The laws for minimum levels of security have changed, and as of July 1, 2013, a list of locks and devices that must be installed in a premises is available to review.

It’s All About Protection And Security.

Based on common sense rather than regret, a qualified licensed locksmith knows exactly what he’s doing, and as a result, your job will be done quickly, thoroughly and efficiently.

The workmanship as expected will be of quality standard with the provision of warranty for products and workmanship which means above all else, peace of mind. Investing in the necessary skills, experience and qualifications of a reputable locksmith mean the work he has done is to the highest security standards that are placed intentionally to protect you, your family and your home and contents.

You’ll inherently know if the trades-person you are about to employ to do a job that is deemed highly secure is competent by the lack of a criminal record. There will be evidence of a well-established locksmith business with a proven track record that reflects its professional services. And if you’ve ever been in the unfortunate position of having lost your keys to your home, a locksmith will either re-key your house or replace the cylinders.

Whatever you do, however you decide to get the job done, ensuring you’ve done the right thing by employing a locksmith is ensuring your own safety.

How to Make it Tougher For Crooks

There is no such thing as a ploy to convince you to directly engage the services of a licensed locksmith, rather any surfacing hype is a timely reminder that when you make it tougher for crooks to enter your premises, your chances of retaining your valuables remain that much higher and your insurance Shut the burglar outpremiums have less of a tendency to rise dramatically. Chris Haliday, a licensed locksmith, understands the intimate mechanics of a lock better than the unlicensed jack-of-all-trades. Equipped with the tools of his trade, an extensive background in locksmithing and an inbuilt need to leave customers safe and secure, he believes in old-fashioned service.

He also carries a deep-seated belief that quality cannot be surpassed particularly when it comes to installing locks. All of the products Chris uses are backed by product warranty, and any work to be undertaken is first estimated to incorporate operation costs and then confirmed with an irrevocable quote on site before any work is commenced.

The Locksmiths Guild of Australia with whom Chris Haliday is a member has built its reputation on integrity. All LGA locksmith members will have completed a minimum of 3 years experience as a qualified locksmith and are fully aware of and execute the Code of Practice. These associates whose ethical standards are reflected through their services are regarded to be among the highest ranking tradespeople throughout Australia.

Services Provided to both Domestic and Business Customers:

  • Will advise you of the latest available security techniques
  • Will cut keys to locks should the original keys become lost or stolen
  • Will duplicate most key types
  • Will repair broken or faulty locks
  • Will maintain, service and repair all types of safes
  • Will introduce one key fits all locks where possible
  • Will unlock entry when you’ve been locked out

Locksmithing is a highly respected craft which under an unspoken law, obligates practitioners to never divulge any of the specialised knowledge they have undertaken to learn. Together with their innate honesty, a locksmith must keep any details of security equipment and or any records of their client’s systems stored securely thus preventing any breach that may give members of the public access and view.

Why You Must Call A Locksmith – Not A Handyman

When a handyman spruiks he can “Do It All” he’s flying a red flag. He mows grass, paints, does renovations when he’s not building houses and rearranges more than your furniture when you’re not looking. The advantage of calling your local locksmith is that he’s honest, reliable, has been trained by someone who gives a rip about safety and security and cares about the quality of his
work. And you’ll know if they’re any good because they don’t need to advertise.

All their work comes from word of mouth, and those magnets with phone numbers on their truck doors have been taken off because they were getting so many calls it was getting more difficult to be flat out. Qualified Licensed Locksmiths charge a competitive rate, not one that differs from the last lock exchange because they didn’t like the colour of her hair, or were so busy they decided they’d charge more just for the hell of it or because you called them at ‘beer o’clock’ and that’s just not the Australian thing to do. Consideration must come first in circumstances like that.

One thing that sieves the professionals from the jacks-of-all-trades is their approach to payment. When a handyman asks to be paid in cash, you’re left to wonder if he might not be declaring all his income and paying his share of taxes. So if he doesn’t have enough integrity to pay his taxes, do you think I’m going to receive quality work when I’m not looking? (See paragraph one in this section).

Ask yourself next time the need arises for a locksmith. Who are you gonna call?

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Reasons To Call A Locksmith Immediately After You Purchase Your New Home

There’s something wonderfully satisfying about visualising your new slice of paradise. The space, the rooms, the alterations you’ll eventually make, the additions you’ll introduce and the memories you’ll make in your new home. But while you’re focused on the excitement of entering your new space, while you have everything short-listed and organised, did you know there may be one crucial element you have overlooked. Don’t be alarmed. It happens to many people, and it is something that is so easily understated but should be brought to the fore.

So what is all the fuss about?

A locksmith. You’re guaranteed peace of mind that you absolutely deserve on the day of your settlement when you have engaged the services of a locksmith.

Why Haven’t you called a locksmith to change the locks on your property?

Your investment is your realm, and your realm is your private kingdom. It is also a huge investment which is something that occurs to many of us only once or twice in a lifetime. It is your privacy, your space and your security. It is something that should not ever be compromised, and yet, so many people forget that the first Glass Door Lockthing they should do, before they do anything else, is to change the locks on their new home.

Imagine that composition of magical moments when you finally cross the threshold and explore the vast empty spaces that you’re going to fill. Imagine how you’re going to begin to arrange your furniture. Imagine having unpacked the boxes that contain your treasured and most sentimental prized possessions. It is a spellbinding feeling knowing that at last, this little pocket of paradise is entirely yours.

Now the last thing you may imagine is how it could be invaded by the likes of strangers who witnessed the comings and goings of your home. The people who sold your pride and joy are the same people who made multiple copies of your keys. Those keys could be drifting from hand to hand. They will be the tools that lead to ease of entry to your new home. And while you were out celebrating over a glass of champagne and dinner at a restaurant, your privacy has been cleaned out of every conceivable treasure you had.

The disappointment and the invasion of privacy is only a small portion of what could have been avoided had you booked a locksmith.

Someone Else Has Your Keys

This scenario is real. It is not some made up narrative to have you running for your insurance papers to ensure your insurances are in order. It is a fact that during the fiscal year between 2015 and 2016 there were in excess of 28 thousand reported burglaries that occurred in homes like yours compared with just over 10 thousand entries to non-dwelling buildings. There was too much opportunity, and with keys in the wrong hands, too many of those hands made very light work.

Someone Else has Lived in Your Home

You’ve done it. Had house keys cut for your kids, spare keys made in case of the unavoidable self-lock out? But what about those keys you handed to a trusted friend who would house sit while you were away? What about the keys that went missing and were never found? What about the keys that were loaned, forgotten and never returned?

This sort of thing occurs to many people, and the people who sold their home to you are people who probably did the same thing.

Do you know if the home you’ve just purchased and settled was a rental property?

If it was, who has the keys? These are questions that are as vital as air. Do you know if the previous owners are honest? Are you confident there isn’t a set of house keys sitting on a hall stand in a property down the road, just waiting for the right opportunity to be employed in your front door? The chilling fact is there are people throughout Australia who have done exactly the same thing. There are thousands of keys to locks all over Western Australia. Regardless, they are still the most preferable tool for a burglar to use to gain effortless entry to your home.

People Are Clever

While you’re moving into your new home, inevitably there will be those little things or even those big things that you’ll want to buy. A few sticks of new furniture, a new TV for the wall, a microwave oven and a new espresso machine for the kitchen. Did you destroy the boxes these appliances came in or are they sitting beside the garage ready to
crush for the next recycling collection?

Those boxes make fantastic advertisements

By leaving those boxes in plain view, you’re letting the passer-by and the neighbourhood that your contents have been updated, and with that in mind, the savvy burglar has easy pickings. (Particularly if he has a key to your home.) All those smaller items are easily transported; they’re then pawned or sold at the markets for rapid cash.

Who Will You Call?

You’re going to call one of three people. The police Security Door Lockand insurance company after the deed. Or a reputable locksmith who also offers home security systems and while he’s installing new locks on your home will discuss where it is most vulnerable and what you want to protect.

Knowing you don’t require a sophisticated security system is also peace of mind when you understand that the thief is looking for quick entry and exit. When he’s aware that your home is securely protected, he’ll opt for one that offers a quick get away somewhere else.

Book Your Locksmith for Settlement Day

Peace of mind comes in many forms. When you’ve officially settled on your new home and the locksmith you booked to meet you on site is there to change the locks and install your security system, your moving day will be memorable for all the right reasons.

Knowing he’s not only a valued member of the Locksmiths Guild of Australia but a fully qualified and reliable locksmith, your peace of mind will come from discussing your requirements with the professionals at Greater Perth Lock & Security.

Budget Safes

What To Look Out For To Protect Your Most Valuable Possessions

Security is no longer a luxury and thousands of people across Australia are finding it is now an inescapable necessity.

Insurance premiums climb to staggering heights every time you make a claim so it stands to good reason why you should consider having a safe installed in your home or business premises. A safe is the most reliable option for storing valuables and documents, and your investment will determine what is cheap, what is fail-safe and what is secure as far as fire resistance is concerned.

However, we at Greater Perth Lock and Security suggest and highly recommend you ask yourself three questions before purchasing a safe.

  • Is a cheap safe going to be secure?
  • Will it deter the thief? And
  • Is it fireproof?

A cheap safe will keep your documents and valuables in a lockable space, but so will a filing cabinet.

How to Determine if You’re Purchasing a Quality Safe

1. When you tap the sides of the safe, what are you hearing? If it sounds hollow or tinny, it is highly likely it will be of poor quality workmanship and material.

Access will be easy with a drill bit or a small axe due to the light weight metal sheeting housing the contents. Solid steel greatly deters access.

2. Next, check to see if the digit pad has been glued to the face of the door. These applications are substandard and very easy to bypass, allowing effortless access. The wiring running through these poorly manufactured units is connected to a mini solenoid, and the spring locking system is of an inferior grade. In comparison to those safes whose wiring runs through two solid housings, investing in a safe of poor quality is asking for an invitation to have the lock bypassed.

How valuable are your valuables?

A cheap safe made from inferior materials will only store your cash, heirlooms and valuable contents from prying eyes. A qualified locksmith will advise you on the pros and cons of a cheap investment and not by any means is he attempting to sell you a particular brand of safe, but rather one that is going to meet your requirements.

As you will now be well aware if you have done your research, safes manufactured from quality, drill resistant steel that comprises Safe Lock bodies are your peace of mind. Naturally they will cost you a bit wall safemore because they are real quality but in the unfortunate case of a burglary the additional security components like Re-lockers, hard plates that are drill resistant and glass that has been placed between the internal lock assemblage and the safe door make it almost impossible for anything or anyone to penetrate from the exterior.

Anything that consumes time like a safe that refuses to be moved, penetrated or disengaged is a deterrent for a thief who is focused on rapid grab and get away. While a safe provides a secure location for important documents, cash, jewellery, family heirlooms and other valuables, it must be fire resistant. In the event of a fire, a well manufactured safe will impart high physical strength while greatly reducing the rate of heat transfer.

The interior chamber remains intact, while an expandable fire seal which has been fitted around the door, protects the contents of the safe from smoke, water and heat damage. The entire body contains an insulating barrier against fire, heat and combustion.

Why You Need a Qualified Locksmith to Open Your Safe

If you’ve ever had an experience wherein you employed an untrained locksmith to open your safe, chances are he will have either damaged or left it inoperable in his attempts to gain entry. Greater Perth Lock and Security, who are members of the Locksmiths Guild of Australia, are experienced and qualified technicians who, when necessary, will gain entry to your safe in the quickest, most cost-efficient way possible.

Safe installation, repairs and servicing together with changing locks or opening safes are what Greater Perth Lock and Security are all about. They know how to complete any safe service quickly and effectively because they specialise in residential and commercial locksmith services. Equipped with the latest safe opening and servicing tools, our fully qualified safe technicians use highly developed lighting devices, medical grade fibre optic video scope systems, magnetic drill press base and custom designed tools all specific to your application.

Greater Perth Lock and Security offer a range of maintenance and repair services for safes including:

  • Changing unlocking combinations and codes
  • Opening and or repairing safes that won’t unlock
  • Adjusting loose dials, hinges and bolts

If you require peace of mind in knowing that your safe is standing up to quality and standard, give us a call. It is the better part of valour to get professional advice rather than putting the security of your business or your valuables in peril.

We also provide:

  • Digital Safe Lock upgrades
  • Installations of all types of Safe Locks
  • Safe Bolt work repairs
  • Time Delay Locks
  • And will service and repair most brands of safes.

Conclusion – Locking it up

Consider the items you would keep in a fireproof safe:

  • Property insurance policies – You’re going to need this if your house suffers damage in a fire
  • Passports and original birth certificates
  • Prescription medications
  • External hard drive containing all computer records including family photos
  • Safe Deposit Box Keys
  • Retirement plans and banking account documents
  • Copies of wills and legal documents
  • Powers Of Attorney whom you have designated to carry out your wishes should anything happen to you.
  • Jewellery, coins, cash, valuables, spare keys to vehicles

To experience the integrity, quality of workmanship and delivery of service to all residential or commercial premises, give us a call.  If you’ve forgotten your combination code or even misplaced a set of keys; if you experience electronic lock failure or general emergency lockouts, Chris Haliday and his team guarantees fast, efficient and no fuss service.
All work is carried out with reliability and above all, confidence in your security.
Give Chris a call and experience the taste of professionalism that remains unsurpassed.

Licensed locksmiths are required for most jobs

How To Prevent a Burglary From Reoccurring.

There is a disturbing trend among many property managers whose consent to allow handymen to install locks on doors pertaining to rental properties are jeopardising the safety and security of their tenants. Any such work must be carried out by a licensed locksmith who holds a minimum Class 4. Class stands for Complete Lock And Safe Services. This state requirement, however, does not include the installation of the typical key in knob set which is the only type of lock that is not required to be fitted by a Licensed Security Installer.

It appears many property managers across the state are unaware of this fact. Indeed there is confusion surrounding the need to employ Licensed Security Installers when lock works are required for any home or business premises. Installation of deadlocks, deadbolts, dead-latches, patio bolts, mortice locks and window locks must be undertaken by a Licensed Security Installer.

Changing Locks & Keys in a Rental Property

Rules about changing locks in a rental property are in place and can only be changed with permission obtained from the owner or via a court order. However, while the owner cannot, without the permission of the tenant change or remove any locks from the premises, does the security law apply to the landlord?

In the event of any failure by the landlord to secure a property and that property is burgled, it is then up to the landlord/owner, via the appearance before a court, to reimburse and replace any damaged or stolen property the tenant may have suffered. The minimum required security is either a deadlock, a patio bolt lock in the event a deadlock is not able to be installed or a lockable security screen door. All of the above could have been avoided. The laws for minimum levels of security have changed, and as of July 1, 2013, a list of locks and devices that must be installed in a premises is available to review.

It’s All About Protection And Security.

Based on common sense rather than regret, a qualified licensed locksmith knows exactly what he’s doing, and as a result, your job will be done quickly, thoroughly and efficiently.

keysThe workmanship as expected will be of quality standard with the provision of warranty for products and workmanship which means above all else, peace of mind. Investing in the necessary skills, experience and qualifications of a reputable locksmith mean the work he has done is to the highest security standards that are placed intentionally to protect you, your family and your home and contents.

You’ll inherently know if the trades-person you are about to employ to do a job that is deemed highly secure is competent by the lack of a criminal record. There will be evidence of a well-established locksmith business with a proven track record that reflects its professional services. And if you’ve ever been in the unfortunate position of having lost your keys to your home, a locksmith will either re-key your house or replace the cylinders.

Whatever you do, however you decide to get the job done, ensuring you’ve done the right thing by employing a locksmith is ensuring your own safety.

How to Make it Tougher For Crooks

There is no such thing as a ploy to convince you to directly engage the services of a licensed locksmith, rather any surfacing hype is a timely reminder that when you make it tougher for crooks to enter your premises, your chances of retaining your valuables remain that much higher and your insurance premiums have less of a tendency to rise dramatically. Chris Haliday, a licensed locksmith, understands the intimate mechanics of a lock better than the unlicensed jack-of-all-trades. Equipped with the tools of his trade, an extensive background in locksmithing and an inbuilt need to leave customers safe and secure, he believes in old-fashioned service.

He also carries a deep-seated belief that quality cannot be surpassed particularly when it comes to installing locks. All of the products Chris uses are backed by product warranty, and any work to be undertaken is first estimated to incorporate operation costs and then confirmed with an irrevocable quote on site before any work is commenced.

The Locksmiths Guild of Australia with whom Chris Haliday is a member has built its reputation on integrity. All LGA locksmith members will have completed a minimum of 3 years experience as a qualified locksmith and are fully aware of and execute the Code of Practice. These associates whose ethical standards are reflected through their services are regarded to be among the highest ranking tradespeople throughout Australia.

Services Provided to both Domestic and Business Customers:

  • Will advise you of the latest available security techniques
  • Will cut keys to locks should the original keys become lost or stolen
  • Will duplicate most key types
  • Will repair broken or faulty locks
  • Will maintain, service and repair all types of safes
  • Will introduce one key fits all locks where possible
  • Will unlock entry when you’ve been locked out

Locksmithing is a highly respected craft which under an unspoken law, obligates practitioners to never divulge any of the specialised knowledge they have undertaken to learn. Together with their innate honesty, a locksmith must keep any details of security equipment and or any records of their client’s systems stored securely thus preventing any breach that may give members of the public access and view.

Why You Must Call A Locksmith – Not A Handyman

When a handyman spruiks he can “Do It All” he’s flying a red flag. He mows grass, paints, does renovations when he’s not building houses and rearranges more than your furniture when you’re not looking. The advantage of calling your local locksmith is that he’s honest, reliable, has been trained by someone who gives a rip about safety and security and cares about the quality of his
Lockswork. And you’ll know if they’re any good because they don’t need to advertise.

All their work comes from word of mouth, and those magnets with phone numbers on their truck doors have been taken off because they were getting so many calls it was getting more difficult to be flat out. Qualified Licensed Locksmiths charge a competitive rate, not one that differs from the last lock exchange because they didn’t like the colour of her hair, or were so busy they decided they’d charge more just for the hell of it or because you called them at ‘beer o’clock’ and that’s just not the Australian thing to do. Consideration must come first in circumstances like that.

And one thing that sieves the professionals from the jacks-of-all-trades is their approach to payment. When a handyman asks to be paid in cash, you’re left to wonder if he might not be declaring all his income and paying his share of taxes. So if he doesn’t have enough integrity to pay his taxes, do you think I’m going to receive quality work when I’m not looking? (See paragraph one in this section).

Ask yourself next time the need arises for a locksmith. Who are you gonna call?

Finally, should you wish to obtain more information, head on over to The Security and Related Activities (Control) Regulations 1997 reprinted on December 4, 2015.

Secure Seniors’ Connected Home Devices – Family Caregiver Quick Tip

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Security weaknesses in web-connected home devices can leave our senior loved ones vulnerable to those who would do them harm.

Recent internet news makes that clear.

This vulnerability is only going to grow as technology provides more solutions to help older adults have healthy, safe, and comfortable lives in the homes of their choice.

As family caregivers, there are actions we can — and must — take to protect our seniors and help them protect themselves.

If we don’t, our senior loved ones will back away from connected devices and miss out on many benefits.

Digital Vulnerability

Recently hackers used millions of home devices in their web attacks.

The same vulnerability used in those attacks can also expose our seniors to harm in their own homes.

We hesitate to think about what that harm could entail, but much could happen as seniors (and all of us) rely more on our digital devices.

  • Healthcare devices modified to block reporting to healthcare providers or even report inaccurate data
  • Personal emergency response devices (PERS) reprogrammed to ignore calls for help or send false alarms
  • Power to critical home equipment turned off or the whole house darkened
  • Thermostat overridden to allow the home to reach dangerous temperatures during extreme weather

These just scratch the surface, but you get the idea.

Fortunately, protection is not difficult in most cases.

Read the full article here:  http://seniorcarecorner.com/secure-seniors-connected-home-devices-family-caregiver-quick-tip