Which Belongings Should You Keep in a Safe?

A security safe is undoubtedly one of the best places for you to store your valuables. Most people will use their safe to store money or their jewellery, but do not realise that they should keep other valuables in there as well. As a general rule of thumb, if it is valuable, you should put it inside of your safe. Depending on the size and type of safe you have at home, it will give you added security and peace of mind. Here are some belongings, other than money and jewellery that you should keep in your safe: Passports and Birth Certificates Your passport and birth certificates are one of the most important documents that you own. If you are not travelling abroad, it is best to keep your passport and birth certificate in a safe to minimise the chance of losing them. A missing passport is a hassle to replace. On top of this, criminals, who may attempt to use them in identity theft, may also target these documents. Insurance Documents You should keep property insurance policies, medical insurance and your agent’s contact details in your safe so that you can file a claim if needed. These documents hold all the information that you need to access in case there is an emergency. While you are at it, you should also keep a list of all your prescription medications and information on the doctors and pharmacies that you visit. This way, you will always have access to the medications that you need and prevent someone else from using your prescriptions. Your Keys to Your Safety Deposit Box If...

Fashion, Function and Security: Choosing Your Door Handles | Robinson’s Locksmiths

When it comes to designing our own homes, we often only look at the big picture. But as they say, the devil is in the detail. Doors should have the function of securing your home while adding beauty to your property. People may overlook something as straightforward as a door handle, but their importance to a home’s design and ergonomics just proves how much we should pay attention to them. Here are the three things you should look at when shopping for door handles: The Jewellery of Your Doors The aesthetic function of door handles is important in upholding the theme of your home. If you have opted for a sleek and modern interior, your door hardware should most likely come with an innovative angular design that works aesthetically with the rest of your furniture. A Baroque interior, on the other hand, calls for gold finishes with intricate details on the handles that support the overall theme of the house. Maintaining Functionality Knowing what type of lock goes where ensures the functionality of an entire door as a part of the house. For a general passage door, a non-locking door handle would suit. Entry sets, a door handle with a key, is needed for front doors and entrances into main rooms. Privacy functions handles with integrated or separate locking functions, should go into private bedrooms and the master bedroom. Keeping You Safe The most important part of a door handle is its security. At Robinson’s Locksmiths, we urge our clients to give our showroom a visit and discuss their safety needs with one of our professional locksmiths. We talk about...

Three Things to Look for in Your Locks According to Australian Standards

We all know that locks and deadbolts are not created equal. Some locks provide better security than others do, which is why it is common for most homeowners to have more than one lock on their door — sometimes a digital lock and a keyed deadbolt. When it comes to choosing locks, you can get the most security from those that hold up to Australian Standards. These regulations and requirements prevent homeowners from using any lock, some of which may even cause safety issues during emergencies. Here are four things to watch out for when choosing a lock: Physical Security Many locks sold in Australia are tested against the Australian Lock Standard AS4145.2:1993. This is the most important standard you should look for because it determines whether your lock is safe or not. This standard tests whether your locksets are durable and resistant to forced entry. For example, they test the torque on the key, its resistance to twisting, pulling, sawing, or drilling. This standard also determines whether it holds up to daily use. Will the mechanism loosen after daily use? Is it possible for the key to break? The Australian Lock Standard also takes into account the number of key differs that opens each lock. ‘Key differs’ refer to the number of different keys that are capable of opening your lock — the fewer key differs it has, the more secure it is. Fire Rating Next, comes the fire rating. Australian Standards AS1905.1:2005 describes the importance of using fire rated door sets. This was actually a problem in the past — in 2014, it was discovered that many...

The Deadbolt: Still a Safe Bet for Home Security

The rise of digital locks has made security a lot more, well, digital. No more keys – the latest technology has given rise to locks that are controlled by an app or computer software that you can operate remotely. Advances in the field have also made it possible for homeowners to monitor the locks and engage them, should it be necessary. Amazing as this technology is, the question comes to mind: will digital locks be vulnerable to hacking? It has already happened to people, in the recent past; and, it is reasonable to assume that as smart locks become more popular, so will the digital ways to disengage them. We are not saying that using a digital key in your home is a mistake – after all, some of the new lock measures are virtually foolproof and require a primary key in the form of a fingerprint, a code or something similar. We are, however, saying that the traditional, tried-and-tested deadbolt locks may still be your best choice for home security. As experienced locksmiths, we know first-hand that deadbolts are much stronger and will most likely be a good deterrent to home invaders. A Keyed Entry, A Safer Life At the very least, you should retain the deadbolts to the main entrance to your residence. Whether you have digital locks inside or not, anyone looking to enter will still have to get through the main locked-down doors. Do not worry because we will be there to help you with anything you need, in terms of installation. We will even help you pick door handles that will match your furniture...

4 Tips When Picking a Locksmithing Company for Your Home

There is truly no place like home. It is where we spend time with our family and make a lot of unforgettable memories. That’s why making sure that our loved ones and most cherished possessions stay protected and safe is every homeowner’s priority. Choosing a locksmithing company to secure your home takes a lot of consideration. To help you find the right one, here are some tips you can follow. They are a Local Company Always choose a local locksmithing company or at least one that has an office in your area. Localised locksmiths make it easier for you to visit their office when an emergency situation arises. It is also cheaper since far-off locksmiths will charge extra when they travel to your home. Licensed and Insured Locksmiths Hiring a licensed and insured locksmith offers a lot of credibilities. A licensed locksmith means they have gone through proper training to do the job while the insurance can protect your property from any potential damages or bad service. Established Business A locksmithing company that has years, even decades, of experience, is an indicator that they are trustworthy. They have a more significant credibility compared to locksmithing services that you only see in online ads. Reference from Previous Customers You can always ask your locksmith to provide references from their other clients. This is to find out what are the other homeowners are saying about the locksmithing business. Aside from referrals, details of the company’s pricing is also important so you can accurately compare prices with other service providers. We at Robinson’s Locksmiths know the importance of a reliable and trusted...

The Truth About Burglars’ Preferred Break-In Tricks

We at Robinson’s Locksmiths can never stress it enough: nobody is invulnerable from a burglary. One of these days, your property might be a target by eagle-eyed crooks. All you can do is simple: beef up your security measures enough to deter would-be thieves. Because according to an AMA thread on the popular online bulletin Reddit, a burglar’s biggest enemy is time. Make them spend a longer time trying to break in, and they’ll give up. Also, it pays to know how they typically go about their “business.” Take, for instance, their preferred areas of entry. Many people believe that the typical burglar isn’t courageous enough to try and walk in through the front door. But in fact, it’s the most obvious entry point of all that they like to go through. That said, it pays to improve security right there. Take note of the tip above: make them think they’ll spend too much time and effort getting through the door, and they’ll leave. If the front door isn’t viable, there’s always a window or the backdoor. When it comes to selecting a target property, burglars can be extremely observant. Many of them spy on a particular home or establishment for a period. They’ll try to determine several weak points and possible areas where they could sneak in with the least amount of trouble. Burglars will look out for a few signs. Sometimes, they’ll note the times when the occupants aren’t around. The folks might be on vacation, or there’s a particular schedule/pattern as to when cars come and go. Any ‘sign’ that’s out of the ordinary can tick...

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