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Have fun browsing through our selection of blog articles. We recommend the locksmith case studies, since they showcase the cool solutions we can implement for you.

Cutting Keys for Yachts and Boats

Cutting Keys for Yachts and Boats

Cutting Keys for Yachts and Boats As an island nation, we Brits enjoy a lot of recreational sailing. But it doesn't stop there: the UK is home to thousands of house boats that house people up and down our expansive canal system. As such, it's not all that uncommon for...

Front door security: lock combinations

Front door security: lock combinations

A secure front door is not only great for your own peace of mind; it’ll also keep your insurance company from causing a fuss. They will often prescribe lock combinations for your door. In this article we’ll go over a couple of combinations and discuss pros and cons....

New blog series about FRONT DOOR SECURITY

New blog series about FRONT DOOR SECURITY

We have an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT to make! We're making a blog series all about front door security, the different types of locks you can use, what solution is best for the job etc. We'll be releasing one post a month on the topic, for the next few months, starting...

The Trouble With Cutting Thousands of Keys

The Trouble With Cutting Thousands of Keys

The Trouble With Cutting Thousands of Keys We discussed bulk key-cutting a couple of times before (here and here, to be precise), but it continues to be an exciting topic. Every bulk order we get presents its own challenges. To make key orders in bulk (bulk is...

Is it legal to copy a fob?

Is it legal to copy a fob?

Is it legal to copy a fob? We get this question a lot. Many people assume that, because a fob is electronic and doesn't look like a key, copying a fob is somehow different to copying a key. But really, if you think about it, a fob is a key in every sense of the word....

Telephone denial-of-service (TDoS) attacks

Telephone denial-of-service (TDoS) attacks

A TDoS attack ain't nothin' pretty. Sadly, Metrolocks and other locksmith companies in the UK have been subjected to heavy TDoS abuse by an unknown source, presumably an aggressive competitor. What is TDoS? TDoS stands for telephony denial of service. Denial of...

We now do Paxton fobs!

We now do Paxton fobs!

The moment has finally arrived. We've tried for years, but finally we can clone Paxton fobs and cards! Paxton fobs generally run on a frequency of 125kHz which is the standard frequency for basics RFID fobs. The catch is that Paxton fobs are encrypted, which has...

Proud new members of INTERKEY

Proud new members of INTERKEY

Metrolocks has just been accepted as a member of Interkey, a prestigious international key-cutting association. What is Interkey? Interkey is a Europe-wide key-cutting and security trade association for serious and qualified professionals. It has been around since...

What’s the deal with copying car keys?

What’s the deal with copying car keys?

You may have already read that we at Metrolocks can now copy car keys! It's big news for us, and we're proud to have mastered the process. But how exactly does it work? What's the procedure? Is it safe, is it legal? In this blog post, we'll answer all those questions....

Locksmith Case Study: Snifters stolen from the board room

Locksmith Case Study: Snifters stolen from the board room

Problem: The board-room of this oil exploration company had a little annexe, for a coffee machine, cups, plates, cutlery - and a relatively basic range of spirits. The board meetings tended to be sober affairs, most of the time. Alas, the slow, but...

AskPorter: “the AI manager & concierge for any space”

AskPorter: “the AI manager & concierge for any space”

We recently attended a pre-Christmas party with one of our many lovely customers. A co-invitee was AskPorter. AskPorter is an ingenious AI-based concierge service that deals with all kinds of property-management issues digitally, thereby saving property management...

Locksmith Case Study: Bonanza: 7 identical lockouts in a day!

Problem: This one day in January turned into a peculiar day for Metrolocks: We fielded 7 cases of people accidentally leaving the key stuck on the inside of their main door when leaving.With many Banham locks and with uPVC doors, this then prevents the...

Locksmith Case Study: Cutting corners to lower the cost…

Problem: An elderly lady had lost a set of her keys and wanted the locks changed, in order to feel safe again. She had 2 locks on the front door and 3 rear doors. Her main problem was a financial one, she needed the locksmith call-out done on a budget....

Locksmith Case Study: Where style and hoodies clash

Locksmith Case Study: Where style and hoodies clash

Problem: This block was in a socio-demographically improving area. The block's management board decided to capitalise on that and to fit video intercom system, to replace their current clapped-out audio intercom. Occasional vandalism had been a problem in...

Locksmith Case Study: Why also older people love our locksmiths

Locksmith Case Study: Why also older people love our locksmiths

Problem: The staff at the day-care centre for the local elderly knew a lot of the trials and tribulations of the unassisted living of many of their clients. Their woes were many, tradesmen were one them. As the centre's clients were all locally based, the...

Locksmith Case Study: The tough men of the night: bailiffs

Problem: This bailiff firm had contracts with 3 London Boroughs to collect unpaid rates from commercial clients. Those locksmiths' call-outs usually happen at night. The bailiff had ongoing problems finding locksmiths who were able to turn up reliably, on...

Metrolocks now does car keys!

Metrolocks now does car keys!

After acquiring a tonne of specialist equipment, and after a day of intense training, we can now cut car keys! That's right: we can make spare copies of most types of car key. It's generally quite quick with us: the average time taken is about ten minutes from start...

Locksmith Case Study: Having a hard hat’s not so hard

Locksmith Case Study: Having a hard hat’s not so hard

Problem: Building sites are full of emergency work for locksmiths companies. This particular building site in Bow in East London was no exception. Due to one of their site supervisors being inattentive, the management had 6 different tool chests to force...

Changing Key Registration

Changing Key Registration

If you're here, you're probably trying to change the registration details of your Metrolocks EVVA key. Once the key is registered, only the registered person(s) can authorise the cutting of new keys. This allows you to control the amount of keys that get made. Click...

Why is my intercom not working?

Why is my intercom not working?

If you're reading this, the chances are you're having trouble with your intercom system.This article will give you an explanation of what intercom systems are meant to be able to do. It's not hugely complicated: any intercom needs to be able to do at least four...

Locksmith Case Study: Buying keys: not just a few, but THOUSANDS!

Locksmith Case Study: Buying keys: not just a few, but THOUSANDS!

Problem: A chain of supermarkets was looking to establish mobility scooter clubs at its outlets. Disabled repeat shoppers would no longer have to queue at a service desk to ask for a scooter key, they would simply be given a key each, to permanently keep....

Copying Gate Remotes/Gate Fobs

Copying Gate Remotes/Gate Fobs

Copying a gate fob – or gate remote – doesn't have to be as difficult as many people think. In fact, the vast majority of gate remotes can be copied relatively easily. There are two steps, normally, to getting a new gate remote, which we will guide you...

“I’ve found a key lying around. What do I do!?”

What to do when you find keys lying on the street It's not uncommon to see keys just lying around in the street, and there are many conscientious people out there who would love to return those keys to their rightful owners. Anyone could find those keys and break in,...

Locksmith Case Study: Too many keys spoil the broth, over time

Locksmith Case Study: Too many keys spoil the broth, over time

Problem: The management of a large block of flats felt that over the years their key-security was compromised by numerous tenants not returning their keys when they moved out. The cost of changing all main entrance and back door locks every few years was...

Locksmith Case Study: Waiters don’t like waiting

Locksmith Case Study: Waiters don’t like waiting

Problem: A busy pub kitchen had a simple fob-reader installed, to avoid guests erring into the kitchen. Having to hold a fob up against the reader proved impractical for staff carrying dirty dishes back into the kitchen. Solution: Metrolocks installed a...

We Love Keys, the place to go for replacement ABUS keys

We Love Keys, the place to go for replacement ABUS keys

We’re proud to announce the launch of a new website, welovekeys.co.uk. We Love Keys is the best and fastest way to get replacement ABUS keys, with low prices and short lead times. Why should I care? ABUS replacement keys have for years been notoriously difficult to...

Lock & Key Parties: How locksmiths fall in love?

Lock & Key Parties: How locksmiths fall in love?

The idea behind a lock and key party is simple: it's a silly icebreaker for singles looking to meet new people. A bunch of people meet, where all the men have a padlock and all the women have a key. They each wander round the room having a quick chat with...

Why we love out-of-hours calls (and you should, too!)

I recently had to find a locksmith for a friend outside of London. It was around 10.00pm and I didn't know anybody in her area, so I went online to look. Immediately I found ten locksmith websites who claimed to be 24/7 operators and began calling them. Call 1: Ring,...

When the fireman came by… (feat. kick-ass photos!)

A fireman is as cool as Jack Bauer or Indiana Jones: they rush into burning buildings and rescue people; they use raw force to smash open doors; they wear a cool uniform and drive in a big red truck. A locksmith has a van, doesn't wear a fancy helmet, and is a million...

Mental Health Assessments: Working with the Police and the Council

Mental Health Assessments: Working with the Police and the Council

A locksmith does all kinds of exciting work, and his repertoire is not limited to bog-standard slam-shuts. We're regularly called out by London Borough councils who need assistance on what are known as mental health assessments. Social workers at the council sometimes...

Authorising Security Keys

Authorising Security Keys

If you're here, you've probably been asked to supply a letter of authorisation for a security key. Security keys tend to be restricted in a number of different ways, and therefore usually require some sort of end-user authorisation to get made. In most cases, a simple...

What Fobs Can We Copy?

What Fobs Can We Copy?

Our nationwide fob copying service is fast, efficient and affordable. If you need a fob copied, you’re in the right place! To read more about the service, including how it works and how much it costs, click here. Below you can find a list of all the fobs we know we...

How to Send Keys in the Post

How to Send Keys in the Post

At Metrolocks, we offer a mail-order fob copying service and an online key cutting service. Both of these things occasionally require customers to post us their keys or fobs, but problems occasionally arise... This article is designed as a guide to posting us your...

Smart Locks: What are they and why do I need them?

Smart Locks: What are they and why do I need them?

I once met a locksmith who, when he applied for an apprenticeship in the early 80s, was told, “Don’t bother, mate; everything’s going to be electronic by the mid-90s.” Well, that didn’t really happen, did it? But smart locks – locks that you can control from your...

Why Locksmiths Aren’t Rich

Why Locksmiths Aren’t Rich

Locksmiths are all thieves who charge unholy amounts purely because they know they can, right? Wrong. Being a locksmith these days isn't easy. Life in the 1990s was much simpler, in pre-internet days: an ad in a local parish newsletter provided many locksmiths with...

Locksmiths on the London Underground

Locksmiths on the London Underground

The London Underground is famous for all kinds of reasons. It was the world's first underground railway network; its tunnels extend staggering distances; the distinctive topographical Tube map... Read all about these things in The Guardian here. One thing that is...

Metrolocks Episode IV: A New Hope, A New Website

Metrolocks Episode IV: A New Hope, A New Website

Way back when, Metrolocks was one of the first locksmith companies to embrace the internet. We had one of the first email addresses, locksmith@axford.com, and one of the first locksmith websites. While the world was still experiencing the inconveniences of dial-up,...

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Member of Interkey

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