Interesting Lock Change Trend in Hampstead and Highgate

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I am a North London based Master Locksmith covering North and Central London and Hertfordshire. I tend to notice different trends and demands for different products depending on the area I am working in. For example there is a high demand for security shutters & security gates for doors and windows and also access control system installation in the Islington area as well as in Highgate and Hampstead. Retractable sliding security grilles are very popular for securing wide patio doors with bi-folds, front doors and windows throughout a home or commercial property. There are great advantages to door entry systems which help the owner to safely control access to the property.

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The Most Recent Lock Changing Trend in Hampstead and Highgate

Another distinctive trend I have noticed more recently is the tendency to choose one key locks. I do inform people about this service and many people are unaware that it is available. Some find it hard to understand. It is something that people are quite intrigued about and when they try it and see the benefits there is no turning back!

I think the increase in uptake of this service is mainly down to word of mouth and a need to streamline things.

What are Keyed Alike Locks?

Keyed Alike Locks quite simply mean that you can have one single key that will operate multiple doors instead of bunches of keys!

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For example one key could be made to work with your;

  • Front door
  • Back door
  • Back gate
  • Holiday home door or any door to another property

The result is a lot less keys to think about and look after. This can be a real advantage when you have multiple doors to lock! At home I have my front and back door and back gate all working on the same key. It really does simplify things when it comes to each family member having a full set of keys.

What are Master Key Systems?

We are specialists in master key systems installation in London. Master key systems are sometimes known as Master Key Suites and are also increasingly popular in the Hampstead and Highgate areas for both commercial properties and larger residential properties.

A master key suite would give access to different doors to different people at different levels within a system. This is suitable for a very large property where there are numerous doors and numerous key holders. Kenwood House in Hampstead would be a good example of where this kind of locking system would be required.

master key system installation

Why Choose IKS Locksmiths for Changing Locks?

At IKS Locksmiths we are property security specialists which means we are up to speed with all the latest industry developments.

  • We are specialists in lock changing and setting up sophisticated high security systems.
  • We use only the highest quality products and our workmanship is second to none.
  • We are one of a small percentage of Locksmiths in London and the UK who are fully qualified and approved by The Master Locksmiths Association.
  • We are fully DBS/CRB checked (not all locksmiths are!)
  • We are proud to be a small family run business and our reputation is of the utmost importance to us.
  • It is vital to us that each customer is 100% satisfied with the work completed.

We are well versed on lock changes in Hampstead and Highgate and we have noticed definite changes over the last few years in the way people in the area are viewing their security. I think that people have become more savvy about security products available on the market and they seem to see home security improvements as a real investment.

If you are looking for a genuine local locksmith operating in Highgate or Hampstead and the surrounding areas we would be happy to hear from you. We are available 24/7 to assist with any physical home or commercial security related issues. Contact us for a quote.

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