No Two Alarm Systems Are the Same

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All of our alarm systems are bespoke and no two alarm systems are the same.  Why is that we hear you asking?

There are a number of reasons for this, we design each alarm system in such a way that it is best able to protect your home or commercial premises.  There are a wide range of detectors to choose from depending on the building architecture and user requirements.

A good example of user requirements within a home was a system we designed for a person who suffers insomnia, often gets up in the night to make a cup of tea and watch some TV but they wanted to be able to do this within a fully alarmed home without having to unset the alarm system.

One type of detector we used to achieve this was a  curtain motion detector deployed to protect the external perimeter of the relevant rooms with what are known as curtain motion detectors.  This has the effect that the external doors and windows are protected whilst the room can still be used.

A curtain motion detector is a detector whose detection pattern differs from traditional motions in that it is thin and not expansive. … Like a curtain hangs down as a thin veil on a window, the curtain motion detector only detects movement that is directly in its thin line of site.

The changes in types of system based on customer lifestyle or use of the building add many variants. it is possible for example to protect external areas in addition to internal rooms.

Each alarm also differs due to customer choices for example currently we are able to offer free professional monitoring for 12 months which means upon activation the alarm is handled 24/7 by a professional monitoring service who takes all necessary action on behalf of the alarm owner.

This means if you or the other 3 people the alarm would ordinarily contact are not available, ell necessary actions are taken on your behalf by the monitoring centre.

Whilst we are talking about professional monitoring, if a customer has a system that includes smoke detectors, this means in the event of a fire at that building, in your absence, rather than having to rely on a passer by or neighbour hearing your current smoke detectors or noticing the problem and then calling emergency services.  with professional monitoring, as soon as the smoke detector activates, it notifies the monitoring station who can take early action to call emergency services on your behalf.

Other variations are through customer choice around the addition or not of safety detectors such as smoke, smoke and heat, temperature, flood, etc

There are also several choices to be made about how you arm and disarm the system with a choice of a simple key fob, or pushbutton or LCD keypads some of which can be armed and disarmed simply by presenting your small pox card to the keypad, without need to remember numbers.

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Another Customer Feeling Reassured

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Don’t wait until you have been a victim of burglary!

Todays customer in Baschurch just north of Shrewsbury is feeling reassured and is now less likely to become the victim of burglary than they were yesterday.

They can check this alarm system on their phone app even arm and disarm it from anywhere in the world. 

This system is monitored meaning that in the event of an activation 365 days a year, 24/7 a professional will deal with the activation on the owners behalf ensuring the correct response to the alarm activation.

It’s also possible to add safety detectors such as smoke, heat, Co2 etc so that issues such as smoke will be caught and responded to at the earliest opportunity in the owner’s absence.  

Clearly far better than standard smoke detectors that in your absence rely on someone hearing them and calling emergency services.

Whether you are considering installing the smallest domestic system through to large commercial systems, we can help. Give us a call or visit

We are situated in Berriew, ideal for Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, North Powys and Shropshire.

What would an Alarm System do for You?

What Would and Alarm System do for You?

In addition to providing peace of mind, a good alarm system will add a valuable extra layer of security making you less likely to become a vicim of burglary.

It will provide immediate notification and on site noise deterrent if the worst were to happen.  Additionally it may help minimise damage from smoke, fire, gas, flood etc by providing early notification of such emergencies.

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We are not into scaremongering for the sake of making a sale but the following scenario does often happen.

Imagine you’ve just come home from a long day at work, or equally a quick trip to the shops.  Everything seems normal on the outside,  and then you open the front door.

Your stomach drops as you try to take in what you can see all around you: The patio door glass smashed, mess and the contents of drawers scattered all over the floor, cupboards all open, gaps where the TV and Hi Fi used to be.

Equally the same scene could confront you any day when you arrive to open your business.

This will be the event that spurs many people into getting an alarm system installed.

Alarm Systems

Choosing the alarm that is right for your home/business and your budget is no easy task – there are so many different systems and options within systems available and it is a world filled with jargon.

Our alarm systems are easy to operate and individually designed around your needs and budget and we recommend systems that we trust not to let you down they can be very simple with just an audible bell box right through to advanced commercial systems calling professional monitoring.

We have no doubt that an alarm system adds a layer of protection that makes it less likely you will be the victim of burglary.

With our alarms you can also add many other safety detectors for example smoke detectors.  If you were to suffer a fire in your absence, rather than rely on a neighbour or passer by to notice and call the fire service, the alarm will notify you or a professional monitoring service (your choice) as soon as it detects, smoke, water, gas etc

The alarm will provide peace of mind during your absence with a live feed to an app on your phone or tablet device.  The two pictures below show an app that you can have on your phone and from anywhere in the world, you can check that your alarm is set, you can unset and re-set it should you need to and check that each of your detectors is working properly.

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We have installed many alarms systems including wireless alarms in Shrewsbury and locally in Welshpool and Newtown and other towns and villages throughout Mid Wales and Shropshire.

We have installed many domestic systems and also commercial alarms, including a Jewellers shop in Shrewsbury Town Centre and a Computer Shop in Newtown, Powys.  Here is what a few of our customers say:


We consider that we are different to many other companies read here to see why:

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Why It’s Important that All Your Ground Floor Windows Can Be Locked

Why Being Able to Lock Ground Floor Windows is Important

You may not realise why it’s important that all ground floor and easily accessible windows can be locked.

Apart from the added security of course, most insurers, domestic and commercial insist upon it as a minimum condition of your insurance.

This means in the event of a burglary,  no matter how they gained entry to your premises, if you are unable to demonstrate that your windows lock, your insurer may refuse to pay out as you have not met their insurance minimum security requirements.

If you have no locks at all, we can supply them for all window types.  If you have locks but have lost the keys, we can usually replace them same day.  If you have broken locks or locking handles we can replace them too.

If you are unsure whether your premises meet the minimum security standards set by your insurer will will gladly undertake a security survey that will include checking against insurer requirements.

If you live in the Shrewsbury / Shropshire area you might find our piece here of interest – Shrewsbury Burglary Statistics

If you are interesting in finding out more about suitable door and window locks take a look at our locks for the home page.

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Make Your Home Less Vulnerable to Burglary

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Traditionally, burglary tends to increase as the dark evenings come upon us so as the clocks have recently gone back and as it’s coming to the end of Home Security Month, we thought it a good time to offer you advice on a few simple steps you can take to make your home less vulnerable to burglary.

Security is like many things in life, you tend to get what you are prepared to pay for and sometimes cheap security offers little or no security or may let you down in some way just when it is needed, however with a little knowledge you needn’t pay the earth and most expensive is not always best.

The vast majority of residential burglaries are opportunist, what we mean by that is that with minimal planning, a burglar will walk or drive along any random street and look at the houses. Their aim is to get in and out as quickly and quietly as possible without being seen or heard and therefore minimise the chance of being caught red handed.  Mostly they will tend to be attracted to what they consider to be the “softer” targets.

Every little thing that you add that will cause a burglar to make more noise, take more time or be more visual getting in will put them off. The chances are that if you have sufficient security they will in all likelihood burgle a house nearby that presents them less of a challenge.

  • Consider the perimeter of your property and the approach, do you shut/lock access gates.
  • Preventing unwanted visitors entering your property is what you  need to achieve, but nobody wants their home looking like a prison surrounded by high walls and barbed wire, and that is not necessary.
  • Mother nature provides an environmentally friendly, attractive and particularly effective alternative – the prickly bush, these can be extremely effective when planted around perimeter areas. Don’t go for height particularly at the front as this could hide unwanted visitors on your property from sight.  A high hedge can be great for an opportunist theft as they are confident of not being seen while they are up to no good.
  • There are many forms of driveway alert that sound in the house when someone enters your drive these start from as little as £30.
  • Consider motion sensitive outdoor lighting. During the hours of darkness lighting is not only be a comfort factor for the occupant, it is an excellent deterrent for would be opportunist burglars who clearly do not want to be seen.  Be sure to fit them out of reach so they cannot be tampered with and if they are bright halogen or cost saving LED lights, not pointing directly at neighbours houses so as to cause a nuisance.
  • Many of the more “professional” burglars don’t carry obvious tools on them for gaining entry incase they are stopped by police, instead they rely on their target victim(s) leaving them out. Ensure your garden is tidy, that ladders and tools that may be used to gain entry are locked away.
  • Ensure your sheds and outbuildings are properly secured (both windows and doors) using the best quality locks that you can afford and consider lighting around these areas and a shed alarm. (basic shed alarms start at around £20)
  • Secure any particularly valuable items within your shed or outbuilding with padlocks and chains to ground or wall anchors. If you install high quality security it would necessitate a thief having to use a noisy angle grinder rather than relatively silent bolt croppers.
  • Consider locking other smaller valuable tools items such as chainsaws etc to the same ground or wall anchors at least locking lots of items together to make them very difficult to move.
  • We have already mentioned outdoor motion detector lights and the same applies around the house itself.
  • Always read you insurance company’s minimum requirements for security (Usually they will require at least 5 lever British Standard lock or equivalent on the final exit point for example) and similar locks or additional locking bolts on all other external doors plus key operated window lacks on all windows accessible from the ground floor.  IF YOU DON’T COMPLY WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS, THEY MAY NOT PAY OUT IN THE EVENT OF BURGLARY, NO MATTER HOW THEY BROKE IN.
  • There are a vast range of locks and additional security for doors and windows on the market, your local reputable locksmith is the best point of advice on upgrading your locks and additional security.
  • Once you have good quality locks on doors and windows make sure you lock them when you are out, at night and when you are in the garden in the summer.
  • If you leave windows open at night in the summer, consider fitting security restraints to prevent them from opening wide enough to climb through.
  • You may also not be aware that if someone enters your house using a key, most insurers will not pay out. It is always sound advice to change the locks when you move house so you can account for all of the keys.

Hear are a few more tips

  • Don’t leave valuables on display through windows or advertise them with social media photographs.
  • Beware of what you put on social media when you are away from home, it could be as simple as commenting on a picture of your animals at kennels which demonstrates you are away from home.
  • Install a safe for your valuables; Everybody has items that they would be devastated if they were stolen or destroyed in a fire.
  • Install a burglar alarm; If you already have an alarm, make sure you use it, It is not an ornament, and is only fully effective if properly serviced and always used.
  • Install CCTV cameras; If you have them, ensure they are regularly serviced, that your DVR is recording and that the time is accurate and changed with British Summer Time.
  • Security Grilles or mesh can add an extra layer of protection for windows and doors;
  • Holiday tips will be subject to a separate blog.
  • Consider UV marking or DNA based marking systems to mark your property which may increase the chances of you getting it back in the worst case scenario.
  • Photograph and catalogue valuable items and keep receipts in a safe place.

REMEMBER:  There is no such thing as 100% security but, every little thing that you add that will cause a burglar to make more noise, take more time or be more visual getting in will put them off. The chances are that if you have sufficient security they will in all likelihood burgle a house nearby that presents them less of a challenge.

If you want to deter a burglar you need to think like a burglar. A burglar wants to enter your building as quickly and quietly as possible and easily remove tools and other items, place them in their vehicle and leave without being caught.

Just incase the worst does happen despite your best efforts, check that you have sufficient insurance cover for your house, sheds and outbuildings and that tools and equipment of significant value is covered.

Ensure you comply with your insurers minimum requirements, such as locking ATVs to ground anchors as otherwise your insurance may not pay out.

Make a note of the serial numbers of valuable tools and equipment, Mark them in someway either with a property marketing solution or by putting your postcode in a way that cannot be easily removed.

If you would like help or guidance regarding the security of your home then please do not hesitate to call Safe and Secure 24/7 Locksmiths and Security on 01686 640 869 or Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ for more security tips, or subscribe to our RSS feed for regular blog updates.

Safe and Secure 24/7 Locksmiths and Security are based in between Welshpool and Newtown in Powys and we cover,  Mid- Wales and Shropshire.  We are local Locksmiths, we can give expert security advice and undertake security upgrades and Alarm and CCTV installations.  Give us a call today for a friendly chat.

We are happy to undertake a security review for you or quote for upgrades, alarm systems, safes, CCTV etc.




Lock Snapping Fact or Hype?

LOCK SNAPPING, is it Fact or Hype?

We are aware that lock cylinder snapping has become an issue within the areas we cover over the last couple of months when it never used to be a real issue locally so we have reviewed this blog for anyone that may be concerned.

Please be assured that we never seek to scaremonger for the sake of making sales, this blog is intended to just present the facts to enable you to make better informed decisions.

There has been lots of media attention about lock snapping over recent months, is it fact or mere hype?  I have decided to try and set out the facts and give some advice to those who may be vulnerable.

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Typical euro profile cylinder


This in the main applies to euro profile cylinders as shown.  These are usually found on UPVC and composite doors although can be used in mortice locks on timber doors.



The original design of these cylinders means that most of them have an inherent weakness enabling the possibility of them being quickly snapped and pulled out of your door. This enables enables a burglar to open the door in very short time.  In my experience,  the vast majority of doors locally are fitted with the most basic types of cylinder which can be vulnerable.

In order to snap a cylinder, a potential burglar has to be able to grip the cylinder end with an implement or tool, so if your cylinder is protruding beyond a few millimeters,  it could be vulnerable,  the best fitted cylinder will always be flush (or within a couple of mm) with the external handle face plate.

If your cylinder is flush or as near as damn it to the face plate that is a good start and makes life a little more difficult for the potential burglar, however you are not out of the woods because many handle sets can be easily broken of the door, exposing your cylinder and making it easy to snap.


We stock, a range of  anti-snap cylinders.  If anyone attempts to snap these cylinders they will snap at a sacrificial  point making unauthorised entry extremely difficult for anyone other than a trained locksmith.

When you return to the property with a key however, you will be still be able to open the door easily with your key.


As I have highlighted there are two potential areas of weakness, the cylinder itself and the handle set.  I would always advise that to get the best advice you ought to consult your local locksmith as this is a developing area with many new products coming onto the market.

A good locksmith can also offer other services that you cannot achieve elsewhere for example if you are going to upgrade your lock cylinders anyway wouldn’t it be good to have just 1 key to fit all of your locks rather than a big bunch? If you are a landlord, bed and breakfast or other establishment that temporarily give out keys, you could have patented restricted profile cylinders and padlocks that prevent the person to whom you have issued a key from getting a copy cut meaning you have much better security control.

Fell free to visit our Safe and Secure 24/7 Website for more information and see what our customers say


MLA Expo 2015

We have just spent a really interesting weekend at the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) Expo 2015.

We undertook a number of training sessions in order to hone our skills to be able to provide our customers an even better service.

The Expo itself has the very latest in security with over 95 exhibitors from all around the world, so we can be assured that the products we offer are the very best they can be.

Networking with other small independent Locksmiths and Security businesses from around the UK is also great, it enables us to ensure that our prices are keen and competitive and also gives a fascinating insight as to how other locksmiths tackle the common and not so common problems.

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Don’t forget we provide domestic and commercial locksmith services 24/7 365 days a year for towns such as Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Telford and all villages and towns in between in the Counties of Powys, Shropshire and South Gwynedd.

For a complete overview of or range of locksmith services have a look at our web page at

Additional Features our Alarm Systems Can Offer

There are a number of additional features to our alarm systems that we’ll highlight over a couple of blogs.

If you have taken the trouble to fit smoke detectors in your house or commercial premises, thats excellent.  I have a number throughout my house wired to the mains and all connected together, great you might think.

What happens though if they are activated when you are out or away on holiday and they are not wired to a fire alarm system? Well I guess it has to be no option but fingers crossed that a neighbour might check out your premises if they happen to be around and if they have done that, hopefully would then call emergency services if they smell smoke.

If you have one of our alarm systems however and add compatible smoke detectors the outcome in the event of activation is very different:

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Depending how the system is set up, either you will know instantly via your mobile phone that one or more has activated allowing you to take immediate action, or if you invest a small amount in professional 24/7 monitoring services, they will be instantly notified and the fire service called.

Similarly in the case of Flood, Temperature fluctuation high or low, natural gas, carbon monoxide etc.

Our alarm systems are adaptable and not just excellent intruder alarm,  they offer complete protection. There is no longer any need to leave the protection of you home, commercial premises or other building to chance.

We regularly fit alarm systems throughout, Powys. Mid-Wales, Shrewsbury and Shropshire, give us a call any time to discuss a system to meet your needs or visit our website at

Adaptable Burglar Alarm Systems

Our favoured burglar/ intruder alarm systems are fully adaptable to meet your domestic or commercial security or other needs.

For example recently we installed an intruder alarm in Newtown, Powys where the owner of the house wanted the alarm to be fully operational at night but wanted to be able to get up and use the house normally without turning the alarm off or triggering it.

We achieved this with a combination of intruder detectors including the use of curtain PIRs which have a narrow band detection area meaning that doors and windows, loft hatches etc can be fully protected and alarmed whilst people are able to still use the premises.

More details can be found on our website at:

You can call us anytime to chat through your security or other needs and I’m confident we can design a quality reliable system to meet your specific needs and requirements,

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Crimestoppers Burglary Advice

Burglary can affect victims in a number of ways; not only do they lose items of value, some of which are personal or irreplaceable, but the emotional shock of having your property invaded can be deeply upsetting. Read Crimestoppers our advice to help keep your property safe:

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