Locksmith Otford and Shoreham
ITCC Locksmith Services
- Door Unlock
- Lock Change / Replacement
- Emergency Locksmith Service
- 24/7 Service 365 Days a Year
- 20 – 30 Minutes Arrival
- Comprehensive Service
Locksmith Otford and Shoreham
ITCC Locksmith Services In Otford and Shoreham
Have you misplaced your keys or your lock simply wont open? Not at problem; Your Local ITCC Locksmith In Otford and Shoreham is nearby to unlock any type of door fitted with any type of lock. We use both traditional and modern techniques to bypass locks. We always strive to use non destructive entry and only use it as a last resort.
Lock Replacement / Installation
Are you in need of a reliable locksmith in Otford and Shoreham who can change your locks or Install a new lock onto a fresh door? Our locksmiths will arrive fully equipped with a lock for every situation catering for all budgets. From standard security to high security locks, you can be assured we can meet any requirement.
ITCC operates day and night, our 24/7 Emergency Locksmith service is available to residents and the businesses of Otford and Shoreham and the surrounding areas. Our technicians and locksmiths live local and operate around the clock so whenever you need a professional and affordable locksmith we can usually reach you within 30 minutes.
UPVC Door & Window Repair
If your UPVC door or windows are having problems with either shutting or locking, there is no need to worry. Our team of locksmiths have the know how and the right tools to find and repair the issue and if necessary sourcing and replacing the gearbox or the entire UPVC locking mechanism.
British Standard Locks
All of our locksmiths carry a comprehensive range of locks including mortice locks, sash locks and latches for wooden doors, Euro cylinders for UPVC and metal doors, star locks, garage locks and many others. All of these locks come in varying levels of security, this includes high security locks and locks which meet British Standard 3621.
If you have been a victim of a burglary or vandalism, our locksmith in Otford and Shoreham can arrive quickly at your property day or night to make your home or business secure by replacing broken locks, or lock mechanism, installing temporary security enhancements and even boarding up any broken windows.
Only Trusted & Reputable Suppliers
ITCC Locksmiths only source locks and equipment from the most trusted and reputable security manufactures and suppliers including, Yale, Era, Union, Avocet, Squirrel, Master, Maxus, Banham & many others. This helps ensure we are equipped with the latest locks and tools allowing us to compete the majority of jobs in a single visit.
We ensure all of our skilled locksmiths are qualified and equipped with a wide range of both modern and traditional locks including High Security Euro Cylinders, 3 & 5 leaver Mortice Locks, Sash Locks, Rim Cylinders, Latches, Shutter Locks, Pad Locks, Bullet Locks, Post Box Locks, UPVC Mechanism & Gear Boxes and anything else you could use to improve the security of your home or business.
Why Call ITCC Locksmiths In Otford and Shoreham
12 Month Warranty
To ensure your peace of mind and long term satisfaction, we provide all customers with a 12 month warranty on all parts and labour.
20 - 30 Minutes Arrival Time
We are never too far away, we have teams all over Greater London and the surrounding home counties and can usually attend any property within 20 – 30 minutes of the initial call.
DBS Checked Locksmiths
Our locksmiths and technicians have been DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) background checked for your peace of mind.
Comprehensive Locksmiths Service For All Situations
ITCC Locksmiths delivers a professional and comprehensive locksmith service to residents and businesses on a 24/7 basis.
We can fix any problems with your locks so don’t hesitate to give us a call, no matter the size or complexity of the job, ITCC Locksmiths in Otford and Shoreham are here to help.
From standard jobs such as lock changes to a complete security overhaul of your property which may include, high security locks, forensic door chains, intercom systems, alarms, door bolts, London and Birmingham bars and much much more. ITCC delivers a fast, efficient and professional service.
About ITCC Locksmiths
ITCC Locksmiths is an independent family run Kent/South London based locksmith company with over 13 years of experience under our belt.
We have a highly trained and dedicated team of locksmiths and technicians located all over Greater London and the Home Counties.
We collaborate with all major lock and security companies. This means we can provide you with any type of security product you may require. Our locksmiths carry everything they need in their vehicles, this means no matter what job you need doing the locksmith will usually be able to complete the job there and then.
We have teams of locksmiths and technicians all over South East London and northern Kent.
Our head office is based not too far away in Sidcup.
We Cover All Of Otford and Shoreham & Surrounding Areas
Call ITCC Locksmith In Otford and Shoreham If You :
- Lost Your Keys
- Key Snapped In The Lock
- Locked Yourself Out / In
- Window Jammed
- Sticky Locks
- Require Eviction & Bailiff Services
- Need A Lock Replacement
- New Lock Installed
- Enhance Your Properties Security
- Wooden Door Lock Problems
- Access control
- Boarding Up Windows
- Door Adjustments
- UPVC / Composite Door Problems
- Window Handle Problems
- Digital Locks
- Screw In Locks
- Euro Cylinders
- UPVC Locking Mechanism
- Restricted Locks
- Pad Locks
- Mortice Locks
- UPVC Gear Boxes
- Anti Snap Locks
- British Standard Locks
- Master Keying
All of our locksmiths are fully qualified, trained & equipped to fix any security problem relating to your residential property. We can carry out simple jobs such as changing locks or more complex jobs such as a personalised security upgrade.
Our team are experts when it comes to securing and enhancing the security of commercial premises. From simple mechanical and digital keypad locks to more complex access control, intercom, alarm systems, electronic gates and railings, we can do it all.
Find a locksmith near me, ITCC locksmiths have a team of locksmiths and technicians located all over Grater London and the surrounding counties.
One of our locksmiths are never too far away. We can usually reach most properties in under 30 minutes of the initial call. If your not in a rush just give us a call and book an appointment for a time of your choosing.
Over the last 13 years we have built up our security knowledge and know how. We have brought some of this handy knowledge together in a simple and easy to follow drop down list, which can be seen below. For more information in regards to home and business security, please take a look at our blog section.
UPVC doors are used extensively in the UK as they offer a good level of security and are cheaper compared to composite and wooden alternatives. Composite & UPVC doors are extremely resistant to forceful attacks due to the multi point locking system. However they are prone to a number of techniques criminals use to gain access to your home. Some of these are as follows:
- Hooking : This simply involves putting a hook through the letter box to push the handle down and thus open the door.
- Door Popping: Door Popping involves placing an air cushion in between the door, inflating it then using something like a spade to insert in to the gap made by the air cushion, then using the leverage to literally pop the door open.
This can be overcome by simply double locking your door. To do this is easy, simply take your key and insert it into the lock, then pull the handle up and turn the key to lock the door, you should hear all the hooks and bolts engage.
Wooden doors are fitted to many homes in the UK and our locksmiths know how vulnerable these doors can, if not used correctly. These doors are typically fitted with a latch and a deadlock.
The two main vulnerabilities of wooden doors are as follows.
- Brute Force: This involves using brute force to either open or break the door off the frame.
- Bypassing: This involves sliding something thin and flexible between the door and the latch. Once the tension has been removed from the latch and as long as the mortice lock hasn’t been engaged the door will open.
To overcome these we recommend the following:
London and Birmingham Bars – To protect against a forceful attack we recommend installing a London and Birmingham bar to your door, this dramatically increases the doors ability to withstand a brute force attack, as it basically reinforces the doors frame.
Double Locking – To double lock your wooden door you can do one of two things, the first is to lock the latch by either pressing the button or pushing the little switch usually placed on the side of the latch.
The second way to double lock your wooden door is to lock your mortice lock with your key. By locking the mortise lock you greatly reduce the chance of success of lock picking, bumping in addition to strengthening the door against a forceful attack.
Upgrading Your Wooden Door Locks – As discussed earlier wooden doors typically have 2 locks. One lock is a night latch, unfortunately standard night latches are prone to bypassing as we discussed earlier however if you upgrade to an automatic locking night latch, the lock will automatically deadlock when shut, making this type of bypassing technique impossible.
The second lock is the deadlock; the highest security deadlocks are 5 leavers and meet British standard 3621. But if you want the best level of security possible you can always use a detainer lock, which are similar to deadlocks but are much more resistant to many forms of bypassing, the only downside is that detainers are generally more expensive.
Close Your Curtains – Simple behavioural changes can decrease the chance of a burglary substantially. For example many thieves are opportunists and if they see something worth stealing they may take the chance, by closing your curtains it stops potential thieves from seeing the contents of your home, giving any opportunistic thief less incentive.
Lock Your Doors & Windows – It sounds obvious but you need to ensure you lock your doors and windows whenever you leave your property, even if it’s for 5 minutes. Astonishingly 70% of burglars gain access using the front or back door and in around 21% of the time the door was unlocked.
Safe – A damage limitation method encase the worst was to happen is to install a home safe to store money, jewellery, important documents and laptops in. If you use a small safe try and find somewhere to hide it as small safes are easy to pick up and getaway with.
Lighting – Lighting is a hugely important element of home security, for two reasons.
Firstly lighting can make it seem as if your home is occupied, even if it is not. It is a well known fact that burglars intentionally target homes which look unoccupied. To counter this you can use plug timers to turn on and off appliances such as lamps, Tv’s and radios during the day and night. You can also use Smart bulbs which connect to your WIFI allowing you to remotely turn on and off your lights or set them to turn on and off at a time of your choosing.
Secondly it is recommended you fit motion sensor based lighting near any accessible doors and windows. Lighting is a great deterrent and no criminal wants their shady activities illuminated to the world.
Thieves often target peoples gardens and sheds as they can contain quite valuable and easy to sell contents. Such as bikes, gardening tools, power tools etc. Here are a few of our tips on how to better protect your garden.
- Keep it Clean – Keep any valuables such as bikes and tools in your home or in a secured shed or garage.
- Obscure Windows – Ensure your shed is not enticing to criminals. Cover any windows to stop opportunist thieves from seeing the contents.
- High Quality Locks – Keep your shed locked with a high quality, high security padlock preferable one with an alarm which will trigger if someone is tampering with it.
- Stand Alone Alarms – You may want to consider a stand alone alarm. These are cheap easy to install and will emit a high decibel alarm if not deactivated.
According to the Office for National Statistics there were 113,037 incidents of car thefts being reported in 2019 that’s a 9% increase from the year before. The Association of British Insurers also reported an increase of 11% in the number of cases linked to car theft. As the facts prove car theft is on the increase and thus extra precautions may be necessary when it comes to car security.
Locking Your Car – This may seem like a no brainer but you would be surprised by the number of people who don’t lock their cars when they are not inside, either by accident or on purpose. Many thieves will try their luck and pull the handle to see if the door opens or not, if the door opens you can say goodbye to any valuables you have inside.
Ensure you car is Alarmed – This too seems like a no brainer but not all cars are alarmed especially vintage cars which are sometimes highly valuable. If this is the case, you need to ensure you have an expert install an alarm. By having an alarm on your car you make the thief work harder and the harder they have to work the higher the chance they will give up.
Hide Valuables – Definitely a no brainer. Many thieves are opportunistic and will strike if they see something worthwhile. So it’s best to hide any valuables in your car, by putting them in the glove compartment, boot or under the seats. Never leave cash out in the open and never leave anything of high value, otherwise you may just end up regretting it.
Keyless Car Security – Keyless cars are particularly vulnerable to clever criminals, who can use computer software to scan your keys’ wireless signal and then copy this to their laptop, enabling them to open and turn on your car. One way to prevent this is to place your car keys in a metal box, this will reflect the signal meaning the baddies will be unable to pick up the signal.
Steering Lock – It’s always a good idea to have a steering wheel lock in your car and to apply it to the wheel whenever you exit the vehicle. This will not only make a thief’s job much much harder but will also act as a deterrent, maybe stopping a crime before one is committed.
Unplasticised Poly Vinyl Chloride or more commonly known as UPVC is a relatively new material used heavily in Europe and America and has become very popular for a number of reasons.
- Costs – UPVC tends to be considerably cheaper when compared to wooden and composite doors, while also providing additional benefits.
- Durability – UPVC is resistant to corrosion, fading, and rotting.
- Fire Safety – Unlike wooden doors UPVC is fire resistant.
- Energy Efficiency – UPVC is widely known for its insulating properties, both heat and sound insulation.
- High Security -As standard UPVC doors come with a Multi point locking system. The multi point locking system is usually operated by a euro cylinder, this type of door, when used properly is highly secure.
Wooden doors used to be seen up and down the UK on almost every home but with the invention of cheaper UPVC and more durable composite doors, the day of the wooden door has come to an end. Doors made from wood tend to be more expensive, less durable, and have a lower life expectancy compared to UPVC or Composite doors. These doors are typically fitted with a latch and a deadlock.
These doors are made using a number of materials which are glued together and then combined under high pressure. These doors are very similar to UPVC in many ways but tend to be more durable and come in a number of designs. Composite tends to be more expensive than UPVC. Security wise composite and UPVC are very similar and like UPVC, composite doors come with a multi point locking system as standard.
How Do You Identify A High Security Lock?
Identifying a high security lock is simple, if you know what you are looking for.
Locks which are designated medium to high security should feature the British standard kite mark, this confirms the lock meets British Standard 3621, which is a level of theft resistance, established by the British Standards Institute.
Some locks such as Euro cylinders and Rim Cylinders feature a star rating system.
- No stars means the lock is of standard security
- 1 star means the lock is of medium security
- 3 stars means the lock is high security