We were called out to a customer that wanted to upgrade their existing locks as the old locks were not fit for purpose.

Talking over with the customer we decided to go for the 3* Sold Secure locks that are anti-snap and would serve as a deterrent to any would-be burglars in the Harrogate and Ripon areas.

As one of the premier locksmiths in the area we know a thing or two about the fitting the right locks for the right doors and can help customers understand the best locks to prevent break ins.

The Brisant Ultion 3* Sold Secure comes with a £1000 guarantee if proven that entry has been gained by lock snapping so as you can see they are pretty sure it cannot be done meaning you can relax in peace.

However, if ever a would-be burglar did gain entrance to the home, I’m not sure they would get passed this big boy anyway!

If you live in the Harrogate and Ripon areas and are looking to upgrade your locks, then why not speak to ReEntry Locksmiths today and we can provide you with a free quote for upgrades across your door locks and window locks.

With the increase of burglaries across Ripon and North Yorkshire, here at Re-Entry Locksmiths, Horrogate, we thought we would take some time to highlight some of the method’s criminals use to get into your house. We are also going to provide you with some common sense solutions on how to prevent this from happening to you and your loved ones.

Your average burglar is likely to be someone who is desperate to create some quick cash for themselves, whether that be to feed a drug addiction, or just funding their life of crime. This means that they are likely to be in a hurry, not very well equipped, and opportunistic. Therefore a sloppy or haphazard approach will mean they are likely to leave evidence, or if you have taken measures be unlikely to gain entry.

​1. By the back door.

An increasingly common modus operandi (MO) for domestic burglary is the europrofile lock technique. The use of this has drastically risen in Britain over the last five years, principally due to the manufacturers of new housing using cheap locks in their doors. The suspect takes a set of mole grips and places them over the lock barrel. With a turn, a bump and a snap, the bolt in the door lock shatters, rendering it inoperative. The door, handle and lock appear undamaged on a cursory inspection. The suspect then can gain access. This is a fantastic reason to make sure your home security is adequate: an experienced thief can get in this way, leaving minimal mess, in less than thirty seconds.

A more uncommon, but still utilised method is a bump key. A bump key is a special key that has been filed down to allow it to penetrate most of the pins in any particular lock, if it is whacked in to place. These have to be specially made, and won’t work on highly-secure locks. Nonetheless, it affords a thief a means of rapid access.

Forced entry is next on the list. Operational police officers have told us they’ve seen examples of thieves kicking through a thin external wall down between a shed mounted to the exterior of a building to gain access. But more common is attacking the front door itself, usually with a jemmy or crowbar. This technique literally uses physical force to prise the door open, but leaves a lot of mess, is noisy and attracts unwanted attention. Tell-tale marks that a jemmy has been used includes bent locks, a splintered or warped door-frame, and lots of debris.

The final, and crudest method for getting in the door, is brute force. It is surprisingly easy to kick a wooden door with a flimsy lock down, but again — it’s messy and noisy. Less so is a modern UPVC door, most of which have a steel core. In this case it is easier for a thief to kick a panel through in the bottom or top half of the door, and crawl through, rather than attacking the lock or frame directly. The most uncommon technique here would be the use of a battering ram. Operational officers report that this MO is extremity rare.

2. By The Window

Windows too can be attacked in a variety of ways. The most common MO here, after the sneak in, is to use some sort of tool to prise them open. Here, we’re looking at a crowbar or jemmy again. Thieves also use screwdrivers, to remove the beading from the frame, and literally pull the window out of its mounting. Sometimes, although more rarely, a glass cutting tool can also be used. These methods are fairly quiet and discreet as they cause minimal damage and aren’t immediately obvious on a casual inspection.
More brute force methods include the obvious brick through the window. The advantage for the thief here is that he doesn’t have to carry anything to the crime scene; a rock from the victim’s own patio is commonly used. The disadvantage is of course the noise made. It’s useful for forensic investigators, as using smashed windows as a point of entry usually means there is lots of nice jagged glass lying around that the thief might cut themselves on. If they do, they’ve incidentally left some fairly irrefutable trace evidence, in the form of their DNA at the crime scene. The destroyed window may even retain a few fingerprints, or tear a few fibres from the suspect’s clothes.

3. By The Roof Or Ram Raid

The final category here in our forced entry section encompasses every other way a thief could force access to your dwelling. Don’t worry about locking or shutting your first floor windows? Well you should, because thieves can and often do drag your wheelie bin to the side of your kitchen, climb onto your flat roof, and gain access that way.
Other ways burglars enter using less obvious methods include the removal of roof tiles, attacking masonry from a secluded spot with a hammer, chisel or industrial tools, or even digging elaborate tunnels! Determined thieves have even been known to dismantle chimneys to gain access to attic spaces or the body of houses.
As we said earlier, the possibilities for a determined thief are almost infinite. Although uncommon for residential houses, commercial premises are often ram raided, which involves driving a vehicle through a wall or shutter to gain access to a building. Again, it has even been known for minor explosives or welding equipment to be used to gain access.

Lessons

​As we explained earlier most burglars are likely to be an opportunist so the main preventative method is to ensure that those opportunities don’t exist for them. Keep windows secure, upgrade all your lock security, also a simple alarm system or CCTV system linked to your TV or smart device. If you have had a recent experience or have some advice for your community share them with us here on the comment section below. Stay Safe.

Police are issuing warnings across Ripon and North Yorkshire as a rise of burglaries have recently been taking place in the area. If you are concerned about the functionality of your locks then you should definitely speak to us today to get us to come and provide you with a site survey.

Many of these burglaries are simply lock snapping or actively targeting homes with easy to break-in locks so don’t let this be you.

Here at Re Entry Locksmiths we are the premier locksmiths Ripon has to offer and have installed new locks on homes and businesses throughout the Ripon area. Not get caught out as we come in to spring and burglaries go on the rise.

Click the link to read the article in full.

Heaven forbid you have to call us out after a burglary, but if the worst does happen then we are on hand to change the locks and secure the windows and doors for you in the immediate aftermath. Our team of dedicated local Harrogate Locksmiths understand the trauma this can cause especially to a family with young children or to the elderly.
If you have been burgled then you may have all sorts of feelings, you may not feel as safe as you did in your own home but luckily there is support at hand with a group called Support Victims in North Yorkshire. They are on hand to support people that have had their homes burgled or been the victim of theft in the home or business.Check out their website by clicking the button and remember, if you are worried about the security of your home, why not contact us today and we can perform a site survey and provide you with a quote on upgrading you locks for home and business.

Research from mortgage broker Ocean Finance has discovered that over 25 per cent of new home owners change there locks on all external doors.

A further 17 per cent install new locks on at least one door – usually the home’s main entrance.
But the remaining 58 per cent feel comfortable to leave their home security measures as they are.
This is despite the fact that they cannot be sure whether any third parties have a set of keys for their new property.


Young people more wary

A recent study also found that young people are more inclined to change their locks than older homebuyers.

But what are the implications for home insurance claims if you fail to change locks on a new home?
If you were to experience a home brake in, your insurer will normally need to see evidence of forced entry before paying out on a burglary claim.

Homes without security measures in place are more likely to be broken into than homes with simple security measures. Installing good window locks and strong deadlocks can make a huge difference. Take a look at the security measures listed below and see if you can make some improvements to your home security.

Here are a few tips:

  • Always fit good-quality locks on doors and windows – a burglar is less likely to break in if they have to smash a window;
  • If you leave your home, even for a short time, make sure you close and secure all doors and windows, even those on upper levels;
  • Remove all keys from locked doors and windows keeping them out of sight;
  • Consider installing a cover plate over the inside of a letterbox to minimise the risk of implements being used to steal keys kept close to the door;
  • Remember – if you can gain access to your house without keys, so can a burglar;
  • Install a burglar alarm and making sure it is visible;
  • Don’t forget to cancel any deliveries such as milk and papers if your going on holiday;
  • If you’re not going to be around for several days, ask a friend or neighbour to empty your post box and put your bins out, giving the illusion that someone is home. ​
When it comes to calling out an auto locksmiths in the Harrogate and North Yorkshire area, we generally see most of the callouts are from opportunist thieves looking to take items from the car rather than to actually steal the car itself.

We have been keeping an eye on this as we approach summer and head into the warmer nights so we thought we would share an article from the North Yorkshire Police about this. There is a great video which we have embedded below

North Yorkshire Police have launched an awareness campaign to target bogus callers and help prevent distraction burglaries. As part of the campaign the Police advise;

Bogus callers may pose as water, electricity or gas-board workers, council workers or even police officers so they can steal money or property from your home. You can prevent this type of crime if you take precautions.

To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of this crime, remember the following four steps:

  • LOCK all doors – even when you are at home
  • STOP before you open the door, ask them who they are
  • CHAIN – always use a door chain or spy hole
  • NOT sure who they are? Don’t open the door!

ALWAYS ask the caller for their identification, and check it, before letting them in. Use the phone number in the phone book, not the one on their identity card.

The campaign is centred around the video shown below, if you wish to read more on the campaign you can see it here

Re-Entry Locksmiths, the leading locksmiths for Harrogate and the surrounding areas, can provide you with a security assessment and advise on how to best keep your home secure, get in touch today to find out more.