Author Archives: Gary Rodgers

Locksmith Work

Todays locksmith work in Bradford

included attending a property for a landlord who’s tenant couldn’t close the door. I actually attended yesterday and because the part had to be ordered, I made the door secure for the night.

I returned today to install the new GU Ferco multipoint mechanism, and threw in a brand new pair of Ferko UPVC door handles for free……because I’m kind like that 😀

Are you a landlord, lettings agent or HMO owner?  Get in touch with me if you should require the services of a Bradford locksmith.

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Change key safe combination

How to change key safe combination code

This post and video covers the Burton Safes Keyguard Combi key safe, but the principal will be pretty much the same with other key safes in the same category, on how to change or set the combination code.

With the key safe door removed, you need to ensure that the current code is already set.  From new, this will be at 0,0,0,0

Turning the door over you can now move the code set pin, push it down then to the right so it sits in the small recess.  Then turn the door over to view the combination wheels and set them to your desired code.  The numbers you choose must line up with the centre line indicated by the red arrow.

Once you have set your new code, push the code set pin back to the left and it will spring back into place.  That’s your new code set!

Check my other blog post for a review of the Keyguard Combi key safe.

Burton Safes Key Safe

Burton Safes Key Safe – Keyguard Combi

This is a really budget friendly key safe from Burton Safes.

Small but very roomy with plenty of space for keys.  When I looked at this key safe I could fit three euro cylinder keys and two mortice lock keys, and still have room for more keys.

It’s front panel comes away from the key safe so you have full access to the recess, and it’s easy to set and change the code, which I cover this in another video.  It is supplied with the wall fixings and weather resistant rubber cover.  Topped off with a 5 year guarantee!  What’s not to like?

These Burton Safes Keyguard Combi Key Safes are only £29.99 plus postage. Available from my ebay page, facebook shop or just get in touch to arrange purchase.

Brand New Homes Might Not Be Secure!

Developers of brand new homes are not considering security on new homes.

I have been looking at this for some time now, and have spoken to a lot of new home owners, and I am shocked to find that a lot of new house developers are not giving home owners a choice when it comes to the security of their doors.  House alarms, yes…some have been given options.  But a house alarm lets you know when someone is in your home….too late.  High security locks will stop them getting in, in the first place.  Anyway, I digress on home alarms, back to my main point.

A prime example was a property I visited today.  The new home owner was concerned (and rightly so) that his locks were not up to standard.  When I arrived I noticed the front door was a composite door, much like the one in the photo below….gets a thumbs up from me, nice strong door!  Take note of the glass side panels, I’ll get to those next.

Black Composite Door photo for Locksmith Bradford Blog

But then I was let down by the fact that the euro cylidner lock in the door was not only a very very cheap lock, which offered no protection against a lock snap attack. But the lock was a thumbturn cylinder (like the one in the photo here).

Cheap Thumbturn Euro Cylinder Lock Bradford Locksmith
Now, the most astute of you might already have put two and two together.  For everyone else, put youself in the shoes of a burglar.  This kind of setup is his dream, quickly break the glass panel and hey presto, turn the thumbturn lock and entry gained in record time!  This is bad planning on the developers part.
Now, back to the lock being a very cheap one.  You would have thought that in this day and age, a lock in a new property would have to meet some kind of regulation, some kind of security acreditation or standard?
You’d be wrong.
In fact the only requirement is that the door must meet something called PAS24, which is a minimum requirement for doors (and windows).  In order to satisfy this requirement, a developer can install a high security multipoint mechanisim in the door.  Brilliant, but what good is a high security multipoint mechanism, when the euro cylidner lock at it’s very core, is a cheap thing that can be easily snapped?  So again, we have the possibility of a quick entry from a burglars perspective.
All of this makes no sense to me whatsoever, other than, most developers seem to be only satisfying the minimum requirements because they have to.  Anything beyond that is being done as cheap as possible, and to hell with the security of the new property.
Remember this…..the police recommendations and most home insurance requirements are that each door should have at least a 3 star solution.  This can be achieved by installing a 3 star cylinder, or a 1 star cylinder with 2 star handles.  The new home I visited today had a front door, a pair of french doors to the rear (two locks / handles) and bifold doors (two locks / handles).  NONE of these lock and handles combinations met even the minimum recommendations and requirements mentioned above!! This potentially means that should the home owner be burgled, the insurance could well be void!!
Check your insurance small print and, new home or old, get in touch for any help or advice, or to book a free home security check.

Crime Stats December 2019


Crime Stats December 2019

show that there were 456 reported instances of burglary in Bradford City, Bradford East, West, South and Shipley!*

Please don’t wait until you become one of these statistics, get in touch now to talk about your home security! Click any of my social media icons below.

Burglary Crime Stats

Cheap Snap Safe Lock


Cheap Snap Safe Locks

When it comes to your security, “if it sounds too good to be true, it DEFINITELY is!”

One of my customers today wanted me to install a 3 star Sold Secure Diamond euro cylinder, as she was concerned that this cylinder which had recently been installed, was not to standard….as it only cost £9.00!!! She was right. I supplied and installed the Brisant Ultion 3 Star Sold Secure Diamond lock.

Cheap Snap Safe Lock on Emergency Bradford Locksmith Leaflet

West Yorkshire Police Advice

Euro Cylinder Lock Advice


West Yorkshire Police

have some great advice about euro cylinder locks, somethimes these are referred to as anti snap locks (although I am not a fan of that terminology because I think this gives the impression that the lock cannot be snapped.  I talk about this a little more in my FAQ’s on this page.) and they have a document which explains how euro cylidner locks are rated in terms of security, high security handles, the recommended security for your doors, and how to measure a euro cylinder lock if you want to replace it yourself.  Click this image to open the PDF and get in touch if you have any questions!

Ultion Locks Upgraded

Ultion Locks Upgraded

A busy day today, more burglary prevention measures with the Ultion WXM 3* Sold Secure Diamond lock, which stops burglars in their tracks.  It’s £1000 guarantee backs this up!
Click the link below to find out more about the Ultion lock, and my video here explains why you should have anti snap locks such as the Ultion in your doors.  Contact me if you have any questions.
Ultion WXM - Find Out More
Ultion Locks Upgraded in Patio French Doors for Locksmith Bradford