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Always Busy Near Christmas

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Sunday, December 16, 2012, In : Tips and Advice 
As usual we have been very busy in the run up to Christmas with late night calls to burglary's and gain entry jobs due to lost keys. With many people having office party's at this time of year we get many calls for lost keys as a result of a drunken night out usually in the early hours of the morning. Unfortunately at this time of year we also get a lot of calls to burglary's in Leeds Wakefield and Bradford because it gets darker earlier and thieves know there will be valuable Christmas prese...
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At Last We Have A Video

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Sunday, September 30, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
For a while we  have been meaning to get round to making a company video and to be honest its never happened, being a locksmith does take up a lot of time both out working on site and marketing and we simply never got round to doing it. So what do you do if you don't have time? pay someone! But after doing some research it seems that company's want to charge you a fortune to make a simple 30 second video. So what did we do? We went to our friends at locksmith Sheffield and they sorted us out ...
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Its All About Yale Locks This Month

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Thursday, September 20, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
Its unbelievable how many Yale locks we have opened this month where people have left there keys inside and shut the door behind them or the door blows shut locking them out. This type of job is really common but we have just had a a lot more than usual in Leeds this month. Its really strange how you get really busy runs of a certain type of job and then it just stops and changes to something else ie all people locked out and then all lock changes ect for absolutely no reason whatsoever.  ...
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Why are people waiting to call a Leeds locksmith

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
Over the past 6 months or so we have noticed a big decrease in the number of out of hour call outs and a increase in early morning calls. Why is this? We keep hearing time after time that customers are afraid to call a emergency locksmith out of normal working hours because they think the cost will be much higher than if they ring in the day time and as a result are putting off calling until early the next day. We have had people who have been burgled late at night leaving there property's in...
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Keep The Safe Keys Safe

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Friday, July 13, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
We had 3 jobs last month all with a identical problem. All 3 jobs were small digital safes where the batteries which control the electronic keypad had died. Normally this is not a problem as most small digital safes come with a override key so when the batteries have no power left the door can still be opened and the batteries changed. The batteries go inside the safe on the back of the door so when the batteries die the override key must be used. The problem with these 3 safes in question th...
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Don't Kick The Door In!

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
Last Saturday around lunchtime we were called to a flat in Leeds city centre to change what was described as a faulty lock. When we arrived on site to take a look the lock was smashed to bits and so was the door and the door frame! The customer said he had come home in the early hours of the morning and lost the keys after a night out and thought it would be too expensive to call a locksmith out at that time in the morning. All the flat doors in this particular block of flats are solid fire d...
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Good Start For Our Locksmiths Bradford Service

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Friday, June 1, 2012, In : Locksmiths 

So its been a month or so since we started advertising in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire and so far so good. We have attended a few Bradford jobs now and we are pleased to say evrything has gone well. The first job we did from the new locksmiths Bradford website we managed to be at the customers address in Thornbury in less than 30 minutes. The job its self was just a simple gain enrty to a yale lock which only took a few minutes. The speedy response and entry time resulted in one happy ...


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Avocet ABS Review

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Saturday, April 28, 2012, In : Anti Snap Locks 
Today we review the Avocet ABS euro lock and find out if it is as secure as they make out. So firstly here is  a bit about the lock. The ABS is a anti snap lock designed to retro fit to all upvc and composite doors to combat lock snapping. It uses a dimple style key similar to the Cisa Astral S we reviewed earlier. The main difference between the ABS dimple keys and all other dimple keys is a small magnet which is pressed into each of the ABS keys which plays a vital role. The pins inside an ...
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Cisa Astral S Anti Snap Lock Review

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Sunday, April 8, 2012, In : Anti Snap Locks 

So it’s been a long time since we started this blog and at the beginning we promised to review some of the anti-snap locks that are now available. Now seems a good time to start after the BBC programme on lock snapping in West Yorkshire last month we have had lots of people enquiring about anti snap locks, so here is the first review. The Cisa astral s is a Anti Snap lock cylinder which adheres to British Standard grade 6. The Cisa astral s has 1.6 million different key variations and is an...


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Locksmiths Bradford Service

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Thursday, March 15, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
Following the recent success with our decision to start working in the Wakefield area of West Yorkshire we have decided to also offer our  excellent locksmith services in Bradford and the surrounding areas as well. We have been working on this project for the last couple of weeks trying to get our advertising for Bradford just right. The first step was to create a new website for the Bradford area, we are very please to announce that the new locksmiths Bradford website went live just a couple...
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Busy month in Leeds and Wakefield

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Saturday, February 18, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
At 1st Defence Locksmiths we have had a seriously busy month. We mentioned in a previous post we were starting a Wakefield locksmiths service and it seems it has been very well received. We have been nipping over to Wakefield at all hours of the day to help out our Wakefield customers. The latest Wakefield job was to secure a property at 2am! At the same time we have been very busy with our locksmith services in Leeds. We have done a lot of gain entry's this month with customers loosing there...
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Leeds locksmiths website launched

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
Since our last blog post we have been really busy both out and site and helping out one of our Leeds locksmiths friends with there new website. We have designed and built the site for them over the past week and we are very pleased to announce that the site was made live last night. A lot of hard work and effort went into designing and creating the Leeds locksmiths website for Gatenby locksmiths Ltd, lets just hope they like it. do you? let us know by leaving us a comment. you can also follow...
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Security tips from 1st Defence Locksmiths

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Sunday, January 29, 2012, In : Tips and Advice 

What can you do to ensure your home is safe from intruders? In the present economic climate it seems to us at 1st Defence Locksmiths that we are attending more burglary’s lately. A lot of these burglaries could have been prevented if a few security measures had been implemented beforehand. The first major issue is UPVC door security. Many thieves will choose to enter your home using a effective technique called cylinder snapping or lock snapping. Cylinder snapping can be done in seconds and...


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Wakefield Locksmiths

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
We are pleased to announce we have now started advertising and carrying out work in the Wakefield area. We thought long and hard about covering some new areas of West Yorkshire and have decided to start with Wakefield as it was the most obvious choice. We currently operate from Wortley In Leeds which is only 5 minutes from all the major motorway connections, this means in some cases we can be with Wakefield customers faster than we can be with our Leeds customers. For example on some occasion...
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1st Defence Locksmiths Blogging At Last

Posted by Ben Gatenby on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
Welcome to our new blog. So firstly here is a little bit about us. We are an expert locksmith company based in Leeds, West Yorkshire offering a 24 hour emergency locksmith service 365 days a year and we are also non destructive entry specialists which basically means where possible we always pick locks rather than just drilling them open. We will be blogging over the next few months giving you security tips and security advice. We will also be testing some of the newest locks and security on ...
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