Get an Anti Snap Lock Today!

Get an Anti Snap Lock Today!

Anti Snap Protection One of the currently most discussed points when it comes to home security is that of anti snap locks. For those of you who don’t know, anti snap locks refer to locks of a newer design which have been built to be resist a technique called snapping, which has grown increasingly popular amongst burglars. The reason for this is that the tools required to use this technique are easy to acquire, and often found in the average home owners own tool box. It’s a quick and relatively quiet method which many UK homes are not adequately defended against today. Of course it is not our intention to frighten, however as the standard cylinder lock found on the vast majority of front and back doors of privately owned homes are at risk of attack from this technique. We do want to raise awareness of this security weakness, and make sure that when it’s time to change your lock, you make sure that you get an anti snap lock protection. You can find a range of anti snap locks to suit any type of door, and all locks labeled anti snap does have some form of protection against this technique. However we would also like to raise awareness if you are having a look at locks on your own, that some of the brands claiming to be anti snap may only have resistance towards the attack and not a full defense. Here we recommend you speak with a professional locksmith, and let him advice you on what type of lock is best suited to your door, and point...
Defensive Garden Plants!

Defensive Garden Plants!

  SOME ADVICE WHEN CHOOSING YOUR GARDEN PLANTS There is an aspect of home security which is not often mentioned or thought of. What we speak of are thorny garden plants, bushes and climbing plants. The standard fence is something which is often climbable without bigger effort or discomfort, however a fence covered in roses, or another type of thorny bushes will always prove much more difficult to bypass easily. If you have every needed to make your way though a rose bush you know that regardless of your own action your clothes will get caught continuously, your skin will be scraped and often some sort of sound and visible movement will be made. The effectiveness of thorny plants as a deterring factor at potential entrance points to your garden as a security measure is high as many burglars are searching for easy targets which are low risk and quick get always for them. Thorny bushes means difficult entrance and high risk both in being caught and having a quick getaway, simply meaning that your home is much less likely to be targeted for attack. So although defensive garden plants is something that may seem obvious, it’s also something that is not commonly used when planning a garden. So if you are planning a garden project, please bare in mind our suggestion. It will help you towards making your home as safe as can be. Plus, there are many thorny plants providing beautiful flowers for your garden, giving you not only a great space to be in. But also providing you with a lovely smell and attracting bees and...
CCTV and Lux Rating

CCTV and Lux Rating

Here at the swift locksmiths security blog, we would like to inform you of a term which you will run into if you ever are thinking about getting a CCTV camera installed. What we are speaking of is something called Lux rating. This rating is a measurement of the cameras ability to catch images under different light conditions. As an easy example, if you place a candle about 1 foot from any type of object, the Lux rating refers to the illumination of the object, and would at this distance be around 10 Lux. When choosing a camera for your own surveillance, it’s of course important that the camera is suited to your situation, and the type of light conditions that can be found at the area of recording. As the quality of the image, and with it the usability of the footage taken should an incident occur, is depending of the amount of light the camera is taking in. The highest recommendation would be a camera with as low a lux rating as is suitable. However, there is also the option to get a camera with an infrared mode, where you can record night time with clarity under poor light conditions. These cameras of course come at a higher rate, but there are many benefits and it may be a good option for some of the areas you need to cover. A coloured camera rather than a black and white one will also contain more information such as colour of skin, hair, and help you distinguish details. Should you have any questions at all with regards to CCTV...
Welcome to Swift Locksmiths

Welcome to Swift Locksmiths

Welcome to the Security advice and tips blog! There are many different ways to protect your home, and of course a comprehensive security system will always be the most secure and efficient way to do this. However there are an array of different little things, which cost next to nothing which can be done which greatly improve your home or business security. Here we would like to share some of those tips, as well as a range of other information on how you can better protect your home and your business investments. The first thing we would like to touch on is the subject of outdoor lighting. This is a relatively low cost measure which is highly efficient from a security perspective, regardless if it’s for improving your home security or providing better protection for your office, workshop or shop. There are many outdoor lighting options and when comparing the cost of for instance a motion sensor activated flood light equipped with energy efficient light bulbs, with the hypothetical cost of what you stand to lose should you fall victim to a burglar, then there you can see what the obvious choice is. So one of the most cost efficient way to amplify your current security situation, is to invest in lights which leave potential entrance points exposed and highly visible. Potential intruders are highly reluctant to target places which would leave them in an open space with a light pointing straight at them, even if the area itself is not that populated at the time. So should your budget be tight, and you have alarm and other security...