We all tend to take our keys and locks for granted. If the lock works when we turn the key, we don’t think twice about it. Chances are you don’t give your house or car keys a second thought either, until you forget where you left them or you drop your car key through a drain cover when you’re about to get into your car – you’ll be surprised how often that happens.
You don’t have to wait until something goes wrong, of course. So for instance, if you keep all your keys on a key rack just inside the front door or on a bowl on that table in the hallway (both typical places to store keys) then you’re asking for trouble. Burglars and opportunist thieves know where to look and can easily open the door and help themselves to your car key. If the door’s locked, they’ll ring the bell on some pretence and while you’re distracted, grab a key for later. Don’t make it easy for them and make sure you keep your keys out of sight!
When they’re out and about, burglars are always looking for a way into your home or commercial property. They know an old or weak lock on a door or window when they see one, so if you’ve had those locks for some years, it’s definitely worth having them replaced. As emergency locksmiths in Reading, we’ve seen plenty of locks that were effective in their day but simply aren’t up to the job anymore.
If you’ve just moved into a new house, changing the lock on the front door may seem a bit extreme, but you can’t be sure there aren’t spare keys lying about somewhere that could easily fall into the wrong hands. The same applies if you’ve taken over a business, warehouse, or outbuildings. Have these replaced or at least checked out to see if they’re providing the kind of protection you need before your property receives some unwelcome attention.
At Lock Serv, we provide complete locksmith services in Reading and the surrounding area, and are happy to provide residential and business customers with a free, no-obligation quote for replacing old locks. Our mobile locksmith in Reading can also cut a wide range of new keys while you wait.
One of our Lock Serv team of locksmiths in Reading recently heard a story from another part of the UK. It started with: “You'll never guess what happened to me!” Before any answer could be given, the story came pouring out: “My front door handle snapped off in my hand! Just like that! Didn’t know what to do, so knocked on my neighbour’s door. He found me a number for a local emergency locksmith. It was brilliant! He was round in no time and was so friendly and helpful. He sorted out and fitted a replacement lock unit. What was even better, he casually mentioned that, if I’d messed about with it myself and ended up having to replace my particular front door, it would have cost just short of a thousand pounds! Saved me a packet!”
Now, here at Lock Serv, offering a service as a 24 hour locksmith in Reading and the surrounding area, this seemed like no big deal. To be honest, it’s just the kind of thing we do day in and day out. A customer contacts us in some kind of emergency, such as lost car or house keys, or keys that jam in a lock, and we respond quickly and sort it out. This story was another reminder to us that what we do every day, and can seem commonplace to our experienced and time-served team, is an often anxiety-inducing or even frightening emergency for lots of folk.
Another common situation we are asked to deal with is when people move into a property they’ve just bought. The previous owners have provided the necessary keys, but for many, a real sense of security is only found when they have their “own” locks in place. It’s not unknown for those past owners to have given copies of their keys to friends who might then have fed the goldfish when they were on holiday. Relatives may also have been given a key, and this has been forgotten when moving out. With the possibility of keys to their new home being out there, it’s no surprise that new locks are often a priority!
So, whenever you need an emergency locksmith in Reading, our Lock Serv team will appreciate the importance of sorting your worrying situation with speed and a lack of hassle or fuss. After all, it’s what we do! So, for that moment when an unexpected something happens to you, it pays to have our emergency 24 hour number to hand: 07866 517 928.