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As Ilford's finest chased after Mr Chowdhry with a relentless Hunger he let out a shudder as he looked at his bent key...

Let's hope that in the land of the Dead there's a quick arrival Locksmith around...


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Meet Ben Buckland one of our Close Protection officers




With Prime Ministers associates. 

 

An ex-British Army trained, Close Protection Specialist; experienced as Team Medic, Search Team Consultant and accredited Personal Protection Officer.

In addition, Ben has worked adhoc for railway security, in the UK, Zimbabwe and South Africa. In doing so, he saved the life of one lady from certain death. This was done by leaping onto the tracks and lifting her off, prior to the arrival of an express train. She was near unconscious and her neck was on the line, literally! 

Security Management qualified and fully aware of modern CP and mission-specific methods. Willing and prepared to react swiftly and courageously when confronted with adversity. 

Proven ability to put the ‘client’ first with the skills to assimilate to any given environment.

An individual with the adept ability to perceive danger, observe alternatives and steer away from it. If there is no exit route, he has the qualities to de-escalate and/or solve any given problem. Fantastic knowledge of world history and cultures, therefore bringing with him the ability to deal with people appropriately and professionally in all environments.

 Two marine biologist whom were under my care.

 

His most recent personal protection post was earlier this year. We assigned him to protect and organise two marine biologists visiting South Africa. Whist away from my protective care, they ended up in a perilous situation, it is believed that without my swift response and rescue, they would have perished.

 

Two marine biologist whom were under my care.

Live Firing

He has successfully completed many live firing exercises including`tin city' as part of anti-terrorist patrol training, as well as rural conventional warfare live firing training.  Ben has also trained with use of military and civilian vehicles which included live firing and ambush drills in anti-terrorist role etc. 

Throughout 12 years military service thousands of pounds sterling have been spent on such courses. 

Skills

Team Medics Course: Defibrillation, canalisation, crycothyroidoptomy, tracheotomy and casualty evacuation.

Tracking/Hunting,                                                          Counter Terrorist Course,

Military Swimming Test,                                     Snatch Vehicle Response Test,

Search Team Course, Fire Fighting Course,                    Unarmed Combat Course,

Close Protection Officers Course,                                Command Course,

Dynamic risk assessment,                                             Conflict resolution,

Route reconnaissance/planning,                                     Teaching and supervising others,

Giving orders for operations,                                         Multi Weapons Training,

100 Mile Endurance March,                                            Military Piping Course,

(Highland Bag-Pipes),                                                    Two short expeditions in Sahara Desert,

Anti Terrorist Operations,                                               Anti Poaching Unit Commander.

Solo climbed highest mountain in S/E Africa,                 SC Clearance with MOD

Public Order experienced.

Close Protection Officers Course with Task International (BTEC Level 3 Qualified).

Keep fit by running with fell running shoes, boots with rucksack and use local gym regularly.

Further specialist experience

 Mauser 9mm pistol - privately owned personal protection weapon (Certified to carry by the Chief Constable Of Northern Ireland)

9mm pistols

5.56mm and 7.56 rifles

Shotgun

Cross bow

General Purpose Machine Gun (light and SF role)

LAW 66 (Anti tank)

LAW 90 (Anti tank)

Languages

English

Scots Gaelic

Basic Arabic

Employment History


2002 – 2006

Ben’s Books

Proprietor

Successful proprietor of Ben's Books, which had an operation spanning Northern Ireland and the north of the Republic Of Ireland. Part of the business included a small coffee shop at the back of the bookshop, which provided an Elysium for customers.

1996 – 2002

British Military

Royal Irish Regiment/

Ulster Defence Regt CGC                                

Team Commander

Carried out counter terrorist operations in Northern Ireland.

 

March 1995 – March 1996

Namibia

Platoon Commander (Anti-Poaching)

Tasked to reduce poaching, which Intel showed was the work of former guerillas from neighbouring Angola. Through anti poaching patrols and a hearts-and-minds approach (coupled with an arduous military response) we managed to eliminate the problem within 12 months.

When I returned 11 years later there was still no need for ‘anti-poachers’ due to the diligence and sophisticated methods followed during my time with the team.

1991 – 1995

1st Battalion Scots Guards

Combat Infantry Soldier.

Carried out public duties/protection for The British Royal Family.

Counter-terrorism operations in Northern Ireland. This also involved writing detailed reports and the collation of intelligence on enemy action, movements and the potential threat posed by such individuals.

Interests

The piper (Bag-Pipes) of the: Scots Guards Association, Ulster Defence Regt CGC Association, Combined Irish Regiments Association

 and The Rhodesian Light Infantry Association. 

Great Highland Bagpipes, theology, Arabic, hill walking, x-country, rock climbing, history (manager of history group), geography, anthropology, travelling, zoology.

References

Numerous (high profile) references available upon request.

Recently completed a two month secondment to an anti poaching unit in the

Republic Of Africa.

Our primary role was to protect the wild roaming rhino as well as a black rhino orphan in a boma.

The secondary role was to police the reserve to deter or capture poachers of other

wild animals.

His extended duty was to advise and revise current anti poaching tactics as well as formulate and implement further strategies.

One of his main drives was to implement intelligence gathering operations which heI often conducted with limited back up support. This as you might imagine was highly risky, but believed it was better implemented by a solo operative.

At the end of this albeit short tenure, he had gleaned useful information by conducting covert ops. Reduced poaching significantly and prevented any attempts against our rhino. While we successfully protected our

Rhinos, 18 were sadly killed within a 30k radios of our reserve.

We therefore proved that a combination of covert ops along side overt uniformed ops was the way forward.

Marine Conservation In South Africa.

At present he has been asked to take over the running of a conservation project and the business side. This was after working with them at the beginning of this year and proving he has the necessary attributes to run both operations.

The timings are flexible and the founder is most happy to facilitate other employment which he is asked to perform. Basically, the plan is for me to take over for 6mths at a time, pending his availability at any given moment. We have contingency plans if I am not available for the foreseeable future.

 

Basically, if your company feel that he will be an asset to your operations, he is willing to reduce any frontline conservation work to his holidays only periods.


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In Defence of the realm





AA Security has provided security solutions for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) across the last three years now, including protection regimes for the North Luffenham and Abingdon Barracks.

We seem to have done pretty well, too, if this quote from Major K D Radwell (Second in Command, 16th Regiment RA) is anything to go by… “AA Security has continued to meet the stringent requirements of its current MoD contract in North Luffenham. The fact that we selected the company over and above a strong field of competitors was proof of its flexibility to adapt and willingness to improve. The staff are highly motivated and, with the support of the company, keen to further their professional and personal development.”

Major Radwell continued: “At all levels of management there’s open and honest dialogue resulting in speedy conflict resolution and a proactive response to feedback. Based upon the company’s performance to date, I would have no hesitation in recommending them for further work in this field.

The most difficult of public sector contracts to secure

Contracts of this type are among the most difficult to secure within the public sector, as the MoD branch responsible for the tender process ‘Commercial: In Confidence’ undertakes a very stringent investigative analysis of all who approach the organisation for contracts.

The mandatory finance audits, quality assurance testing and Health and Safety analyses required for most public sector contracts are only part of a process that’s elongated by specific requirements and meticulous in terms of detail.

For instance, when service providers come to complete the tender documentation for these contracts, the MoD makes it compulsory that organisations endorse a commitment to professionally develop all potential employees to be deployed on site to a full NVQ Level 2 standard.

Some might say that’s no real landmark. However, this learning stipulation surpasses many other commercial and public sector organisations, and sets a rather refreshing precedent (something that I have been championing for our industry in its entirety).

Moreover, it could be argued that an opportunity to incorporate this training practice in the first cycle of re-licensing has been overlooked by our industry Regulator, the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Environmental and CSR credentials

The contract also required organisations to demonstrate their environmental, innovation and technology and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. This recognition of the need to reduce the collective carbon footprint is an element of the MoD’s tendering process that’s worthy of some accolade. This from an organisation not conventionally expected to be concerned with miasma.

The MoD is taking a lead role in filtering out insouciant companies and cascading a message of responsibility.

This need for commercial accountability is echoed in the MoD’s elucidation of organisations with a strong CSR ethic, and quite commensurate with the strong local focus that has made MoD units participative – if not to say intrinsic – to large community events, while at the same time emitting a palpable charitable presence.

AA Security is also an organisation with a tangible community image. We organise the local Redbridge Carnival, and our management team is now indispensable to many local police, Council and community initiatives. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why we won the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ category at the 2007 Docklands Business Club Awards.

With regard to innovation and technology, private sector security companies now find themselves in a position whereby they must be able to provide integrated security solutions if they are to survive. Many are now also using GPS tracking systems functioning through mobile telephones or real-time patrol manager systems, workable through online Control Centre software that’s accessible to clients by way of pass-coded secure access.

Yes, these technologies and systems empower clients and contractors alike. However, few if any other companies other than ourselves have installed photovoltaics (otherwise known as solar panels) that provide 75% of their annual general electricity consumption and are all linked to a UPS. Is this unique in the industry? It’s certainly a reflection of our organisation’s ethical green stance, and a commitment to long term strategy and contingency planning.

Environmental and CSR factors have become a stronger and more welcome focal point within the much improved and continuously enhanced SIA Approved Contractor Scheme. This is, however, a voluntary accreditation, and our industry practitioners are still unclear in respect of the term CSR.

At a recent SIA public meeting, I remember an officer from a leading security organisation talking of supervisory visits, internal audits and BS EN IS0 9001 when he was asked to present on the subject. I have offered my services to the SIA, and hope the Regulator will give me an opportunity to readdress and highlight the more advanced concepts of ‘sustainable development’ practice.

In the meantime, we’ll rely on organisations such as the MoD and a number of local councils to push forward the agenda to our industry in a more forcible manner by dint of setting a ‘Good Practice Demonstration’ criteria for tendering companies.

Counter-terrorism checks and Baseline vetting

One other important factor relating to MoD tendering is the need to undergo counter-terrorism checks and Baseline vetting for all employees. This is an involved and rather detailed process that’s undertaken by the MoD and throws many hurdles in the pathway of potential contractors.

The Baseline application researches immigration status, Right to Work and three personal references. Two of the references can be from anyone who doesn’t reside at the same address, while one must be a professional reference from either an educational establishment or an employer.

There’s a catch, however. The applicant must have been residing in the UK for at least three years. This process is to be facilitated by the awarded security contractor, irrespective of screening practices deployed within the requirement for BS 7858:2006 and BS 7499:2007, and must be approved by an authorised MoD on-site representative.

The CTC application is significantly more stringent than the Baseline checks, and requires a history check on relatives of potential recruits (ie parents and children, etc). It limits certain travelling (ie to countries with a proclivity for terrorism) and also incorporates a deeper financial analysis.

The process is very intensive, and security contractors that have been through it will be well aware of the logistical burdens placed on their Human Resources function. If you think the SIA requirements are tough you really will find this too much to take, and should probably steer clear of a process that could become unfruitful.

This process is undertaken by the Defence Vetting Agency and its decision is final without recourse to appeal. It can take up to two months, and late rejections may cause serious recruitment burden. Hence, it would be advantageous and rather astute to ensure that the potential candidates for deployment are in excess of logistical need and that an approved reserve force to cater for unforeseen and planned absences is calibrated from the outset.

Lifelong training and the MoD

Finally, I should remark on the extremely laudable lifelong training practices undertaken by the MoD. We are aware that its military staff are frequently up-skilled and have access to a wide range of courses external to the organisation. If the MoD decided to hire out its security services to the commercial sector, many organisations in our sector would not have a chance!

Too many of our lead protagonists have a ‘minimise costs’ perspective rather than a more encompassing focus on training. As I say, we’ve been working in tandem with the MoD, and ensured that our staff have been rostered in a manner that compliments cross-pollination training. This flexibility has resulted in several military-specific training courses in searching and operational practices, culminating in a more integrated and collaborative effort to reduce breaches of security

The SIA definitely missed a trick when it came to the recent re-licensing of security operatives and management. Although the Regulator has covered some ground in the potential physical intervention requirement for door supervisors in the third round of licensing (with the potential for panic ensuing before the Olympics?!), it has still to set any new targets for other security disciplines.

Personally, I hope the modular training routes proposed at various SIA meetings will come to fruition as I can see no better way to proceed with the future training remit for our industry.

The Institute of Leadership and Management

In the meanwhile, as an organisation we have now attained Institute of Leadership and Management status to provide leadership and management training for our potential and deployed supervisors and members of the holistic senior management team. I know for a fact that this development impressed the MoD at tender stage. We are also unique in the security sector in terms of our attainment of a Leadership and Management Accreditation hosted by Investors in People.


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A.A. Security secures Local Goodmayes Play Park contract.





Harminder Sura, Trustee of Victoria Lane Play Park and Wilson Chowdhry, Director of A.A. Security sign new contract for maintenance and security of new community play park.

A. A. Security have secured the maintenance and security contract for a new community Play Park in Goodmayes, Ilford.    The centre contains a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and associated play park.  The contract will involve securing the car park area, maintaining the safety of users, General cleaning and House-keeping, horticultural and gardening services and protecting the play area from vandalism and misuse.  Learn more about VLPP (click here).

Our operatives will be responsible for opening and the closing of the facility and general upkeep and will be available 24 hours a day to respond to any emergencies.

A set of Park regulations for the new play park and MUGA can be read below:

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

THIS PLAY PARK IS OWNED AND MANAGED BY VICARAGE LANE PLAY PARK (Registered office 112 Thorold Road, Ilford, IG1 4EY) AND IS SET ASIDE FOR THE USE BY AND ENJOYMENT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR THE PURPOSES OF SPORT, ORGANISED GAMES AND CHILDREN'S PLAY. 

THE PLAY PARK IS MONITORED BY AA SECURITY ALL ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE TO The Control Centre, AA Security, 57 Green Lane, Ilford, IG1 1XG, Tel: 020 8514 0861

 

In order that the Play Park may be properly and effectively managed and maintained as a valuable recreational amenity for the benefit of the local community, the following Rules and Regulations are to be observed at all times by any persons using this Play Park.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

Throughout these Rules and Regulations the expression "The Trustees" shall mean VICARAGE LANE PLAY PARK.  The expression "Authorisation" shall mean the written authorisation of the Trustees.

 

CONDUCT OF PERSONS

 

1.         No person shall enter or leave the Play Park otherwise than by an authorised entrance or exit.

 

2.         No person shall behave riotously or indecently on the Play Park nor shall a person intentionally obstruct, disturb or annoy any other person on the Play Park.

 

3.         No person shall displace, remove, interfere with, damage or destroy any soil, turf, plant, shrub, tree, window, door, pavilion, shed, post, railing, fence, wall, seat, bench, table, playground equipment, gym equipment, notice, plaque or any other fixture, fitting, furniture, equipment or erection on the Play Park.

 

  1.   No person shall without Authorisation, display any advertisement or notice 

          upon the Play Park.

 

5.         No persons shall, without Authorisation, erect any booth, stand, tent or other structure or camp or remain overnight upon the Play Park  nor shall a person, without Authorisation, sell, hire or offer or expose for sale or hire any article or commodity on the Play Park.

 

6.         No smoking is allowed in the MUGA. Appropriate signage will be in place.

 

7.         No person shall, without Authorisation, organise or participate in any religious service, public meeting, assembly, rally or demonstration, whether of a political or any other nature, or BBQ’s,  on the Play Park.

 

8.         No person shall, without Authorisation, transmit or receive any signal or broadcast, play any musical instrument, radio, tape, record player, cassette recorder compact disk player or equipment for the reproduction of music or speech or singing in any part of the Play Park. Listening to music on personal headphones at a reasonable level using iPhones or similar will be permitted.

 

 

VEHICLES AND BICYCLES

 

9.         No person shall, without authorisation, bring or cause to be brought into any part of the Play Park, not expressly set apart by the Trustees for that purpose, any motor car, lorry, van, motorcycle, moped, or other powered vehicle and persons shall only park or leave the same in such designated area during opening hours and in connection with the proper use of the Play Park.  No person shall ride a bicycle outside the car park area.

 

ANIMALS

 

10.       No person shall bring any animal, other than a guide dog, onto the Play Park. If any person should bring a dog into the Play Park, they will be responsible for the behaviour of their animal, will ensure its control by keeping it on a lead at all times and will clean up any mess that the animal may produce while in the Play Park, depositing any such mess in the bins provided. No animals are allowed in the MUGA. Any person contravening any of this Regulation will be removed from the Park with said animal and refused subsequent entry.

 

SPORTS AND GAMES

 

11.       No person shall interfere with or hinder any person playing or about to play an authorised game on the MUGA.

 

12.       No person shall play a game in such an unreasonable manner so as to damage any area of the Park or to risk injury to players or spectators or to interfere unduly with the proper use of the Play Park by any person or with persons or property on adjacent land.

 

13.       No person shall play on the Play Park any games, which have been specifically prohibited by the Trustees

 

14.       Any persons taking part in any authorised game for which the exclusive use of any space in the MUGA has been set apart shall:

 

14.1     not play on any space any game other than the game for which it is set apart

 

14.2     not play wearing clothing, shoes and equipment that could damage the MUGA such as football boots with studs or blades.

 

14.3     not continue to play the game beyond the period of time allocated to them by the Trustees or it’s representative if other persons are then desirous of playing; and

 

14.4     not play any game when the state of the ground or other cause makes it unfit for use as decided by the Trustees or its representative.

 

15.       No person shall fly any model aircraft in any part of the Play Park  & MUGA.

 

16.       A person shall not chip, pitch or drive a golf ball in any part of the Play Park & MUGA.

 

 

PENALTIES

 

17.       Any person in breach of ANY of these Rules and Regulations is liable to be banned forthwith from the Play Park indefinitely or for such lesser period as the Trustees shall think fit.

 

WARNING

 

18.       The Trustees do not accept any responsibility or liability for the death of or injury to any person or animal who or which is at any time upon the Play Park or for the loss of or damage to any property belonging to any person upon the Play Park. All persons visiting the Play Park and/or MUGA shall do so entirely at their own risk.

 

            Visitors are accordingly requested to leave all parked vehicles locked and secure and to keep all valuables and possessions with them.

 

19.       Visitors parking cars do so entirely at their own risk and must remove them          before closing time or when requested to do so by the Trustees or their   representative.

Thank you.     

BY ORDER  

The Trustees   

Vicarage Lane Play Park

112 Thorold Road, Ilford, IG1 4EY


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UK terrorist threat raised - A.A. Security already poised to do our part!




 

The UK's secret service the MI5 raised the terrorist threat to Britain from "substantial" to "severe."  The increased threat level means that an extremist attack is now highly likely to occur here in our own country.  The 7/7 Bombings and the awful attack on Lee Rigby are examples of the type of threat we now face on our Island.  Learn more of the raised threat level (here)

In the wake of 9/11 A.A. Security worked with the UK Police force to train all our officers in counter terrorism, under "Project Griffin" an police operation that explained tell-tale signs of terrorism, reporting mechanisms and established a network of partner agencies including a few conscientious security companies who chose to fund the training of their workforces.   A later programme "Project Argent" ensured a more comprehensive and in-depth training was provided to managers for organisations within the original programme.

In 2012 our commitment to Project Griffin paid great dividend, as two of our eight deployed security officers at the North Luffenham Barracks, based near Leicester caught two perpetrators acting suspiciously around the perimeter of the military site.  Effective use of CCTV evidence, immediate reporting to military police and eye witness accounts led to the arrest, detainment and eventual prosecution of two terrorists.  So there you have it!  A.A. Security is protecting the realm.

The heightened terrorist threat in the UK is in response to extremist Islamic ideology that has permeated some parts of our society.  Our Director Wilson Chowdhry - Chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association has been working on a number of projects promoting interfaith harmony.  In the wake of the killing of Lee Rigby, he held a televised Peace Memorial concert for the slain military drummer.  The ITV feature can be viewed here:  

http://www.itv.com/news/london/update/2013-06-16/inter-faith-concert-in-woolwich/

Our offices were also used as a location for a series of interfaith harmony meetings with local faith leaders, and for art workshops for children that led to the creation of a Lee Rigby Memorial painting:

http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/news/children_pay_respect_to_lee_rigby_in_park_memorial_board_1_3135847

Our focus on community safety and security, evidences our commitment to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.  Moreover, it proves that A.A. Security has a stake in national security!

For more details of our work at the North Luffenham Barracks (click here)


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Wilson's Way: Security guard incidents



 

Continuation from "Our Measures for security guards."

 

Video Transcript (Sic)

 

David: so you seem to have very strong measures in regards too knowing the whereabouts of your security guards what's the reason for that


Wilson: Many years ago when we first started the company this is 20 years ago now we use to have issues with officers lacking an understanding off the need for punctuality and also often they would skive of site and we would catch them in the act during our site visit. Obviously this is many years down the line obviously now 20 years later over that period we have organically proved our mechanisms introduced electronic software ensuring we have supervisors to prevent such lapses happening. 


In a worse case scenario that I remember, I remember we assigned an officer to a construction site in Luton and the officer kept ringing up confirming with our control center manager of the time he was on site. But when the supervisor visited we couldn't gain access to the gate we kept calling him and saying why are you not opening the gate unfortunately the client didn't provide a landline telephone number so we couldn't check his whereabouts we could only call his mobile to confirm he was on site and he kept telling us he was in the toilets when he actually lived quite local to the site. He was disappearing home we found that, our supervisor just kept on channeling around the site trying to look for him and we saw him drive back and sneak over the fence. Which we took pictures of. It was a real moment of realisation for us that the system had to be a bit more effective. 

That's when we started investigating the potential for electronic systems to prevent such recurrences and we invested heavily we originally bought something by a company called Mytech which was quite useless because it kept crashing unfortunately. We now have this new system which works in real time its backed up by independent server we subscribe too the company that are providing this for us. We are one of the very few companies in the country that are now able to allow access to that particular service too our clients for passcoded access to that software program. More to the point as well the software allows us to monitor security officers patrol in real time too because it has an electronic time clock device which has an electronic type tagging system ensuring we know exactly where the officer is patrolling when's he's undertaken those patrols and are alerted to any missed patrols or missed check calls able to protect the officer ensuring his safety is paramount. Ensuring that his duties are carried out properly, but also although its not so important nowadays because we know guards that are really compliment because of the software it enables us to know that the officer is based on site. 

But I must add we haven't had an incident of an officer not being on sight when he's reported to be since maybe 19 years.


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A London Locksmith: Locks to keep your premises secure





Video Transcript (Sic) 

Hi my names Richard and I’ve come to talk to you today about home security products. That’s British Standard locks that you need to have in your household or accommodation. When I say British Standard I mean it’s a secure lock. These are some of the products that we have that we sell in our company, just a few, but just I want to show you quickly. This is what we call a mortice lock most people have got a mortice lock on their house. This is what people normally associate with a chubb lock, but this is a mortice five lever and as you can see there we have the British Standard kite mark  the BS mean British Standard and its 3621 that means its covered it would be covered by your insurance its an insurance approved lock. Which you need to consider if you go through the event of being burgled and you don’t have British Standard locks than your insurance company will say your insurance is invalid so you need to make sure that you have a British Standard lock. Yet again we have the same type of lock this is a sash lock a sash lock is the one with the handle and the mortice lock. Yet again you can see in the wrapping it’s a British Standard that’s the kite mark there. You got to be careful when buying that so make sure they have the kite marks.

We sell a wide range of locks this is an Ingersoll very good lock, very common if you want to buy a good secure lock that is a good one to have and as you can see across the range there is different quality of locks. I spoke to you earlier on one of the videos about having a antisnap euro profile. This is one that I opened earlier and basically that’s the antisnap euro cyclinder there. If its sticking out of your door if they’ve got this on than the burglar can only break this part of the lock of  maintaining this which means your door is still locked and they can’t open it.  We sell a wide range of these locks on the market. So as I said a tip to remember when buying a lock make sure its at British Standard 3621 and these are the locks that we sell in our company its insurance approved locks and these locks will be good to secure your accommodation. Thank you

If you would like to talk with one of our advisers on keeping your home or commercial business secure please contact us on 0208 514 0861 or alternatively you can contact us by email.


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A London Locksmith: Safety tips for home





Hi my name is Richard and I’m here today to talk to you today about some home security tips things that you need to consider if your going out of your house and sometimes your in a rush.

So I want to talk to you about three things first thing I want to say is if your leaving your house in the day and your going to be out all evening and your coming back late or you might be going away. First simple method that you should do is keep a light on. My bathroom light is on 24/7 and it leads out to the front street it just makes people think you’re in when you are out. Simple tip it gives the burglar second thoughts of entering your accommodation or flat because they think somebody might well be in. Tip number two you have to remember too lock your door, simple lots of people have these mechanisms where you pull up the handle and lock the door a lot of the times you rush out and you leave the door open that is so easy for a burglar to come in. So that’s Tip number make sure your new PVC door is locked handle up and turned and the last tip is give a neighbor or a friend, somebody a spare key as a lot of the time you’ve forgotten the key you’ve lost your key and to prevent you spending ex amount of monies £100’s calling out a locksmith because your locked out it would really be a good idea if you give somebody that you trust a key so therefore when you do get locked out you can just go and get your key and than gain access.


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A London Locksmith: Types of locks "Euro profile lock"



 

  

 



 Video Transcript (Sic)


Hi my names Richard and I’m a locksmith and I’ve come to talk to you about home security come to talk to you about how to secure your accommodation [ Where you're living]. Here we have a euro profile mortice lock now this lock has been incorrectly fitted because as you can see this profile is sticking out about 10 mm outside of the door. So what happens if a burglar comes along and they know how to gain access through these locks, here [this is] what they do they actually break this part of the lock off and than gain access, its quite easy. Now what you could do to prevent that if you had no option but to put this lock onand it was protruding out, you could [attach] a high security lock - a antisnap lock. Which means its very hard to break off very hard to drill open and its quite hard to drill [at all].

I mean hard for the burglar but a locksmith has his techniques and ways of gaining it. So that’s a tip that you need to consider is when your fitting these euro profile’s make sure there not sticking out too far. If you’ve called a locksmith and he’s come to change your lock ask him if you can have one that’s flush with the door, because if its not flush your making yourself vulnerable to burglary.

If you would like to talk with one of our advisers on keeping your home or commercial business secure please contact us on 0208 514 0861 or alternatively you can contact us by email.

 



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A London Locksmith "Staying safe at home"



 

 



 

Video Transcript


Hi my name is Richard and I'm going to be talking to you about some home owner tips on how to keep your house, your flat and your accommodation secure. Ok so what you and I have in common is the fact that we all have locks on our house and there are different types of locks for all types of houses and for all different types of doors. Generally we want to make sure our houses and our flats are secure so we should really be thinking about choosing a good security lock. There are different brands and many different levels of security. So I'm going to show you this lock here, this lock here is an Era lock, what we call [in the industry] a night latch. Here is a different type of lock were it has an anti slip mechanism which actually makes this night latch a locking door. So the main thing is once this part of the lock is fitted correctly and once this button is depressed you cannot open the door from the outside, which is a nightmare for burglars because normally they will try to get through the shut of the door [Join of lock] and they'll push that latch back and open the door, but this lock here doesn't allow that to happen if it's fitted correctly. If it's not fitted correctly, than this [points to locking cylinder] will go in and than they can gain access to it. So this is a good secure lock. It's not British standard even though it's a good lock. a British standard one would be a little bigger and would be harder to kick off. So saying that there are pro's and cons on what you could buy, this property has bought a good lock but what they have forgotten is that this door can easily be opened from the letterbox. So if I was a burglar I would basically come through that letterbox open that latch and I'm in so your anti slip really doesn't make any sense.

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