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Which Belongings Should You Keep in a Safe?

A security safe is undoubtedly one of the best places for you to store your valuables. Most people will use their safe to store money or their jewellery, but do not realise that they should keep other valuables in there as well. As a general rule of thumb, if it is valuable, you should put it inside of your safe. Depending on the size and type of safe you have at home, it will give you added security and peace of mind. Here are some belongings, other than money and jewellery that you should keep in your safe: Passports and Birth Certificates Your passport and birth certificates are one of the most important documents that you own. If you are not travelling abroad, it is best to keep your passport and birth certificate in a safe to minimise the chance of losing them. A missing passport is a hassle to replace. On top of this, criminals, who may attempt to use them in identity theft, may also target these documents. Insurance Documents You should keep property insurance policies, medical insurance and your agent’s contact details in your safe so that you can file a claim if needed. These documents hold all the information that you need to access in case there is an emergency. While you are at it, you should also keep a list of all your prescription medications and information on the doctors and pharmacies that you visit. This way, you will always have access to the medications that you need and prevent someone else from using your prescriptions. Your Keys to Your Safety Deposit Box If...

Fashion, Function and Security: Choosing Your Door Handles | Robinson’s Locksmiths

When it comes to designing our own homes, we often only look at the big picture. But as they say, the devil is in the detail. Doors should have the function of securing your home while adding beauty to your property. People may overlook something as straightforward as a door handle, but their importance to a home’s design and ergonomics just proves how much we should pay attention to them. Here are the three things you should look at when shopping for door handles: The Jewellery of Your Doors The aesthetic function of door handles is important in upholding the theme of your home. If you have opted for a sleek and modern interior, your door hardware should most likely come with an innovative angular design that works aesthetically with the rest of your furniture. A Baroque interior, on the other hand, calls for gold finishes with intricate details on the handles that support the overall theme of the house. Maintaining Functionality Knowing what type of lock goes where ensures the functionality of an entire door as a part of the house. For a general passage door, a non-locking door handle would suit. Entry sets, a door handle with a key, is needed for front doors and entrances into main rooms. Privacy functions handles with integrated or separate locking functions, should go into private bedrooms and the master bedroom. Keeping You Safe The most important part of a door handle is its security. At Robinson’s Locksmiths, we urge our clients to give our showroom a visit and discuss their safety needs with one of our professional locksmiths. We talk about...

Three Things to Look for in Your Locks According to Australian Standards

We all know that locks and deadbolts are not created equal. Some locks provide better security than others do, which is why it is common for most homeowners to have more than one lock on their door — sometimes a digital lock and a keyed deadbolt. When it comes to choosing locks, you can get the most security from those that hold up to Australian Standards. These regulations and requirements prevent homeowners from using any lock, some of which may even cause safety issues during emergencies. Here are four things to watch out for when choosing a lock: Physical Security Many locks sold in Australia are tested against the Australian Lock Standard AS4145.2:1993. This is the most important standard you should look for because it determines whether your lock is safe or not. This standard tests whether your locksets are durable and resistant to forced entry. For example, they test the torque on the key, its resistance to twisting, pulling, sawing, or drilling. This standard also determines whether it holds up to daily use. Will the mechanism loosen after daily use? Is it possible for the key to break? The Australian Lock Standard also takes into account the number of key differs that opens each lock. ‘Key differs’ refer to the number of different keys that are capable of opening your lock — the fewer key differs it has, the more secure it is. Fire Rating Next, comes the fire rating. Australian Standards AS1905.1:2005 describes the importance of using fire rated door sets. This was actually a problem in the past — in 2014, it was discovered that many...

Locksmiths – More than meets the eye

Today a locksmith may be required to perform services ranging from providing customers with a new transponder key for their Volkswagen Golf, provide advice on best securing ones valuable jewellery or designing and implementing a high-security restricted master key system for a high rise building.

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