“Buy With Confidence” Trading standards approved scheme

Buy with Confidence

Redlocks Locksmith are proud members of the “Buy With Confidence” Trading standards approved scheme.

Buy With ConfidenceIn response to concerns about ‘rogue traders’ which are often highlighted in the media, a partnership of Local Authority Trading Standards Services have taken a ground-breaking step by putting together the Buy With Confidence Scheme.

The scheme provides consumers with a list of local businesses which have given their commitment to trading fairly. Every business listed has undergone a series of detailed checks before being approved as a member of the scheme.

And it doesn’t stop there, once a business becomes a member of the scheme they are monitored by trading standards to ensure their continuing commitment to customer care. Feedback is invited from all their customers and members are re-visited regularly.

For more information simply visit: www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

Property Marking Advice

Property Marking Advice

Every year the police recover thousands and thousands of pounds worth of property from the hands of criminals. Often one of the biggest drawbacks in an investigation is trying to trace the owners of this property. Being able to trace the ownership of these items not only helps the owner to get the property back, but it can also provide evidence that is vital in securing convictions.

In order to help with this, it is a very good idea to mark your property in such a way that it can be easily identified as yours. The cheapest and most effective way of doing this is by using a UV marker pen to write your home postcode and house name or number on the item of property. It is a good idea to write this information on the underside of the item, so that sunlight does not fade the information.

Every police station is equipped with UV lights and when property comes into police possession, the items are checked for UV markings. Officers also take portable UV lights with them when carrying out raids, to check contents in criminals’ homes to see if they have been stolen.

You can make a real difference in protecting your property by ensuring that you use a UV marker pen to postcode all your valuable items, such as TV’s, DVD players, Ipods, Hi-Fi systems, mobile telephones, and any other items which have a hard surface. You should also keep a note of the serial number of the item, and note the place where you have written the postcode.

Items that are too small to mark, such as items of jewellery, should be photographed and any identifying marks recorded.

You should seek […]

Moving Home! Redlocks Locksmiths Highly Recommend Changing your Locks

Here at Redlocks Locksmiths Cambridge we highly recommend changing your door locks when moving into a new property/home.

Question 1: Have you changed your locks since you moved in your new home?

Question 2: So how many copies of your house keys are out there, do you know?

Question 3: Do you know who has copies of keys to your house?

A survey has revealed that 74% of homeowners fail to change the locks when moving into a new property, leaving them vulnerable to break-ins by anyone who had a key during the last ownership.

This basic security measure is recommended by home insurance providers as a priority as insurance claims are only valid if there are clear signs of a break-in.

The study interviewed people from right across the UK, asking them ‘Did you get your locks changed within 2 weeks the last time you moved into a new home?’. The results showed that people in the South of England were most the most likely to change their locks (35% answered ‘yes’ to the survey, compared with 20% of people in the North and Scotland).

The age group most likely to get their locks changed was those aged between 35-54, while the over-55’s were found to be least likely to do so.

Changing the locks on a new home is a basic security measure that has long been recommended by leading insurance companies. Many home insurance policies will not pay out if an intruder lets them selves in with a key, as generally there must be clear signs of breaking and entering in order for a claim to be valid.

And it’s not just the insurance implications that are worth thinking about – there’s also the fact that you could be putting […]

Redlocks Locksmith are trained StranDNA Installers of Chain Reaction forensic alarms

Chain Reaction Forensic Alarms
Chain Reaction DNA is a new perimeter defense mechanism designed to ease the fear associated with doorstep crime and to deter a burglary, forced entry or home invasion robbery from being committed. If activated emits an ear piercing high decibel alarm to draw attention to the fact unlawful entry is being attempted but at the same time the attacker will be sprayed with the latest UV based forensic trace technology.

What we think
We at Redlocks Locksmiths strongly believe that the installation of this door limiter along with the implementation of warning stickers situated on or around the front door will deter these type of offences but more importantly ease the fear associated with the crimes it has been designed to combat. This will enable a homeowner to answer a call at their front door confident in the fact that any attempt by a caller to gain unlawful entry into their home will be met with a direct proactive response.

Advanced Intruder Deterrent
Harnessing forensic trace technology StranDNA have developed and have received Police approval regarding this totally new and innovative door security product. If activated assists the Police in the subsequent forensic identification of the individuals who perpetrate these criminal offences more effectively resulting in a 100% conviction rate. This is because it sprays the perpetrators with a unique UV based forensic marker to which the DNA component is registered to a specific door at a specific address!

Chain Reaction DNA is installed at entry points around a home and can be attributed to unoccupied properties, commercial premises or rear delivery doors as an opt-out door security device. If an attempt to gain unlawful entry is made Chain Reaction DNA automatically sounds an alarm to […]

Redlocks Locksmiths Yell.com reviews

Reviews can be be very helpful when choosing what company to use, see our reviews at yell.com

Just what we needed – excellent, fast service

07/04/2014 by C1Morgan

What more could we want from a lock smith when the front door key is jammed in the lock and we can’t get out! Someone who; answered my call at 07:30, called us when he was 20 mins away, diagnosed the problem in minutes, changed the lock with no mess, cut us 4 extra keys – all so we could get on with our day. My two young daughters thought he was magic and so did I. We would recommend this excellent service.

http://www.yell.com/biz/redlocks-locksmiths-cambridge-7775141/

Things are happening at Northstowe housing development – South Cambridge

Things are on the move at Northstowe again

Things are beginning to move again on the North Stowe development. Dates have been released whereby you can discuss with the team face-to-face in the next phase of development development  and have your say.

Friday 21 March
4pm to 8pm
Longstanton Village Institute
High Street,
Longstanton
CB24 3BS
Saturday 22 March
10am to 4pm
Oakington & Westwick
Sports Pavilion
Queens Way
CB24 3AW
Saturday 29 March
10am to 4pm
Longstanton Village Institute
High Street,
Longstanton
CB24 3BS

Furthermore you can view the second stage of proposals at the listed dates and places below or as from 21 March 2014 you can view the proposals online at www.northstowe.com

Monday 24 to
Friday 28 March
4.30pm to 9.30pm
Swavesey Village College
Gibraltar Lane
CB24 4RS
Saturday 29 March to
Friday 4 April
(during opening hours)
Bar Hill Library
Gladeside
CB23 8DY

If you have comments you would like to submit regards the second stage of planning and development comment forms are also available at:

Willingham Library
Church Street
Willingham
CB4 5HS
Willingham Medical Practice
52 Long Lane,
Willingham
CB24 5LB
Longstanton Branch Surgery
Magdalene Close,
Longstanton
CB24 3EG

Don’t miss your chance to have your say, the consultation will close on Friday, 4 April 2014, get involved it’s your community!

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Searching for a local Locksmith – Redlocks Locksmiths Cambridge

When searching for a locksmith it is important to call several companies before deciding on whom to use, as when purchasing any service there will be variations in the cost. By doing this you will be able to work out what is an average cost for the work you need completing.

We at Redlocks Locksmiths Cambridge would advised you try and avoid using national locksmith company’s or a national locksmith franchises as you’re going to be paying probably double the cost of calling a local tradesmen. National locksmith companies and national locksmith franchises essentially act as “call centres” that employee local locksmiths to carry out the work so this means you’re paying for two companies costs. Firstly you’re going to be paying for the National locksmiths advertising in that area and secondly going to be paying for the actual locksmith. You will also probably find that the attendance time for the national company can be far longer than local tradesmen, reason being is the national locksmith trader will have a list of local engineers that they will call to find who is available and who is nearest, sometimes these can come from up to 50 miles away and rarely arrive on time.

So how do you identify who is local and who isn’t? If you are using a computer or smart phone it is quite easy to find out. If you search locksmith and the area you are looking to employ them in such as “locksmith Cambridge” or “Cambridge locksmith” there will be three areas of search on the page. At the top within the shaded box and to the far right are usually paid searches. Companies have paid to get into this area so just […]

Redlocks Locksmiths of Cambridge Social Networking Security Tip

Social networking is fun, it’s nice to go on Facebook or Twitter and let all your friends know you are ‘in Mexico’ or ‘Up the Eiffel Tower’, but you are also letting everyone know your house may be empty and may be for a while, something we at Redlocks Locksmiths Cambridge advise against.

Do you really trust everyone in your friends list? Do you actually know all the people in your friends list or those following you on Twitter? Think about it! It may be wiser to play safe and if you feel the urge to announce it, do it once home.

Squatting Law Change for vacant Commercial Property?

Could a recent and controversial change in the law making squatting a criminal offence in vacant domestic property increase the risk in your vacant commercial property at this time on year!!

On September 1, 2012, Britain’s controversial squatting law changed. It is now illegal for squatters to inhabit domestic property under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (Laspo) Act. 

However, commercial buildings are not covered by the legislation. The increased number of vacant business premises being taken over by squatters since the change in the law suggests this omission will have significant repercussions for commercial landlords and insurers alike.

Given some 15% of commercial property in the UK stands vacant and with nearly 50,000 empty shops already on UK high streets, a shift towards squatting in these properties was inevitable when the new legislation simply shifted the problem from the homeowner to the business owner.

Don’t get caught in this trap, act now, secure your vacant building properly with the help of www.redlocks.co.uk

 

Have you maxed out on gifts for friends and family this Christmas?

Want that thief caught; want to get items back fast if they were stolen! Register your belongings with. IMMOBILISE, the FREE national property register.

Have you maxed out on valuable gifts for friends and family this Christmas?  Why not give them an extra gift for free, and recommend Immobilise to help them protect their new presents.

Immobilise is the largest property register in England and can be used to register any of your identifiable property such as bikes, laptops or jewellery. If registered items are recovered after being lost or stolen they can be quickly reunited with their owners. As a direct result of Immobilise there are over 250 cases a week where property is returned. Immobilise is also the only ownership registration service supported by all UK Police forces. The system also provides the police with the audit trail and evidence they need to bring successful prosecutions against those who steal or handle stolen goods.

Immobilise can be used by members of the public and businesses to register their valued possessions or company assets, and exclusive to Immobilise all account holders registered items and ownership details are viewable on the Police national property database:

Immobilise helps Police identify the owners of lost & stolen property thousands of times each day.
Loss & theft updates you make are immediately available to the Police nationally.
Combat the sale of stolen gadgets & valuables; alert the second-hand trade & publicly checkable stolen goods database CheckMEND if an item goes missing.
Simplify insurance claims and Police reports with certificates of ownership.
Great member offers from Immobilise’s numerous supporters, often helping support provision of Immobilise.
These features are unique to the FREE Immobilise service.

Unfortunately, this time of year can be a bonus to burglars as people tend to have more valuable items in their house […]

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