By Calvin at 15:53 GMT, 6 months ago
Back in 1987 when, as a policeman in Acton in West London, I began working as a Crime Prevention Officer I realised that my previous nine years police service had not prepared me for what turned out to be a completely different way of thinking about crime. Up until then my typical day would involve attending crime scenes and recording the incident and, on occasion, there would be enough evidence to arrest the culprit and then I’d spend hours at the nick processing the detained person (they used to be called a prisoners). On many occasions I wanted to be able to talk to the victims about how they might have avoided the crime, but time was not on my side, because the radio would crackle and I’d be off to the next call. I found it all very frustrating.
With the new job I was at last able to think about crime opportunity avoidance, but I knew that I had a lot to learn. It was with great fortune then that I met a chap called Ken Jay of Top Grade Security. He was a Master Locksmith and a member of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA). What he didn’t know about crime prevention for the home (and business) could be written on the back of a matchbox. It was with Ken that I went on to develop my Alleygaters Guide to Gating Alleys and I shall always be very grateful to him for his advice and help.
The reason I’m telling you all this is because a neighbour knocked on the door the other day asking if I could recommend a locksmith to sort out his home security. Straightaway I advised him to go to the MLA’s website where he could find the nearest expert and as far as I know that’s exactly what he did. The men and women of the MLA really do know their stuff and if you’re worried about your home security these professionals will walk you around your house and point out all the things that you can do. Of course, if you follow my guidance you will already have carried out one of my Home Security Surveys and be a little ahead of the game!
So, there we have it. If you need a locksmith use one who is qualified and the Master Locksmiths Association Website would be my first port of call.
Master Locksmiths Association Website http://www.locksmiths.co.uk/find-a-locksmith/