4 Ever Safe Locksmiths are Emergency Locksmiths in Birmingham, we have been trading over 7 years in Birmingham. We are a small locally based locksmith business on call 24hours a day for all your locksmithing needs. 4EverSafe Locksmiths in Birmingham is a local privately run business means there are no middle men, no call centres or large overheads to pay which adds up to great value for you the paying customer. Call today to speak to your local locksmith in Birmingham.
Local locksmith on call 24 hours a day, including emergency lock repairs and changes
Call today to speak to your local Birmingham locksmith. We can gain entry to your property if you are locked out or have lost your keys, In addition we are skilled at changing/upgrading locks or even adding extra security to make you feel more safe at home or in your business.
Our range of expertise include
- Non-destructive entry by Locksmith Birmingham
- Locks supplied and fitted to British Standard 3621
- Upvc door repair
- Digital locks
- Full master suites
- Panic hardware
- Garage and patio door locks
4 Ever Safe Emergency Locksmith in Birmingham Lock Identification Guide
In my 7 years as an Emergency locksmith in Birmingham I’ve heard locks called all manner of name’s with all sorts of description’s to boot, I have decided to create this handy guide of the most common locks found in and around Birmingham.
Good news is if it’s on this list 4 Ever Safe Locksmiths are experts in opening, fitting and repairing.
By far the most common lock to be locked out of. This is a night latch it often referred to as a Yale lock, This is purely because Yale has dominated the market for so long, there are literally 100s of other brands available and Yale also make other types of lock so saying you are locked out of a Yale could mean almost anything.
Access to a night latch is usually controlled via a rim cylinder; we have an 80% success rate in gaining entry non-destructively via picking or bypassing. Cylinder lock cases are a usually used within apartment buildings or even new build properties, they are very versatile lock and can be fitted with a variety of different features such as quick release which enables safe exit without a key.
5 Lever Sash lock (Non BS)/Deadlock (BS)
Here we have the good old fashioned Deadlocks, the only difference between the sash lock and the deadlock is the addition of a spindle for the handle, the levers and bolt operate exactly the same in both locks. This style of lock is often called a Chubb lock, as before with the (Yale) night latch Chubb is just a brand that everyone is familiar with.
If you look at the deadlock on the right of the two pictures you will see the British standard kite mark on the locks faceplate, this is how you can tell if your locks meet’s with British standard, this is important for insurance purposes as most insurance companies will state in their terms and conditions (the small print) your locks must meet with current British standards or it will invalidate any claims of theft/burglary. Shocking I know.Deadlocks and Sash locks also come in 2, 3 a lever styles these are suitable for internal doors and are an effective way to restrict access throughout a building.
Digital Locks (Mechanical)
As you can see digital locks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, these are used in many industries to provide access control on a variety of reasons, some business have a high turnover of staff and it is just not possible to change the locks every time someone leaves so why change the locks when you can just change the code on the lock. These types of lock are also popular in shops and restaurants throughout Birmingham and the surrounding areas.At 4 Ever Safe Locksmiths we are experts in installing repairing and replacing all manner of digital lock.
Post Box Locks/Cam Locks
With the rise of apartment buildings we have also seen the rise in communal post boxes or post box banks as they are known, these locks are simple to install or fix and we have a range on board, we offer a set fee to open and replace your post box lock for just £45. That includes lock and labour with no hidden fee’s.
I’ve Lost A Key Should I Change The Lock?
At 4 Ever Safe Locksmiths Birmingham we believe that keys and therefore locks control the access to almost all our domains. That domain can either be your computer server room, your car, your storage unit, your home or your business. Locks are installed on a door to protect the contents of a room home or business.
If anybody possesses the keys to the lock, then the security to that room will be compromised. It is common to have keys lost or assigned to employees that do not work for a company anymore. When such a thing happens you should consider either installing new locks or replacing your existing locks. In a city as big as Birmingham it is vital you take security seriously.
Around 30% of break-in’s in Birmingham have no sign of forced entry. We believe this is largely due to keys being misplaced and then the occupier not changing locks, or most commonly people moving to new premises and not changing their locks, I cannot stress how important it is to change you locks when moving to a new house or business I have personally witnessed the heart break of 100s of home and business owners in and around Birmingham after coming home to find they have been burgled, as a locksmith in Birmingham I am always on hand to re-secure people’s homes and business 24 hours a day, but it often strikes me how many people who have been burgled have recently moved in and have not changed their locks? You really must ask yourself when buying a new property can I really be 100% certain the person(s) you are buying your premise from does not have a copy of the keys to it, or does any of their staff or spouses have keys to the premises you are purchasing. I don’t believe anyone would be able to answer that as a yes, so why risk it? Changing your locks is not as costly as you may think.
At 4 Ever Safe Locksmiths Birmingham we can change for example 2x UPVC door locks for £85 all inclusive!! So that’s labour 2 locks and 6 keys we work to the highest standards and our locks are endorsed by West Midlands Police as we only fit snap safe cylinders.
Rekeying is the process of changing the cylinder of a lock so that the original keys will not be able to open the lock anymore. This process will allow to one to regain control once again over the security of a room and the contents within. A room can be left open while the cylinder is extracted to be rekeyed. The rekeying process usually takes no more than a few minutes to complete and a new key will be constructed for the rekeyed lock. Once you rekey a lock, you need to be careful who you give a copy of the key.
Rekeying is an alternative that is cheaper than buying new locks as you can still make use of the existing door lock. Only the interior cylinder of a lock is changed during rekeying. Rekeying requires the use of special hardware since the internal cylinders have to be modified. A locksmith will be required to rekey a lock for you. They can also make duplicate copies of the new key. The locksmiths also make use of specialised equipment for vehicles which can be used to make new keys and rekey the locks.
Locksmiths Birmingham- New Locks
An alternative to rekeying is buying new locks 4 Ever Safe Locksmiths Birmingham stock a range of locks and will complete 95% of lock installations on first visit within an hour. A drawback in buying new locks is that you may install a new lock that may be smaller or different from the original locks. If you had your door painted around the original lock and your new lock is smaller, the unpainted area will be revealed. Locks have grades and the higher grades of locks are more resistant to break-ins. So when you buy a new lock, you might be replacing a higher grade lock with a lower grade lock and this will make your room more vulnerable to break-in’s.
If you are not skilful at doing repairs or you do not have the time, changing of locks may not be a good option for you. You can get a locksmith to install a new lock for you so call your local locksmith in Birmingham today on
About 4 Ever Safe Locksmiths Birmingham
Hello my name is Peter Phillips (Locksmiths Birmingham) I have been a self-employed locksmith for over 7 years helping 1000s of happy clients with their security needs, from helping clients gain entry to their home to installing digital locks on commercial premises there is no job to big or small.
Happy clients include
Birmingham city council – British telecom – Asda – Centric property maintaince – Co-op – Hydro power dynamics – and 100s more local business and 1000s of domestic property owners and tenants.
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What Our Clients Say
I was locked out in the snow as I forgot to pick up my keys and shut the door behind me, I found 4 Ever Safe Locksmiths on the web and gave them a call, and Pete came straight out to me and got me in without any damage or fuss, great value for money too, 5star service.
Mark Birch - (Knowle)
I wanted some locks changed and that’s what I got one call the job was done wasn’t messed about or ripped off.
Joe Murphy - (Olton)