Locksmiths in Ireland now operate in a regulated sector and from the 1st February 2017, any individual providing security services as a locksmith must have a valid licence from the Irish Private Security Authority.
The consumer is advised to see proof from the service provider that their licence is valid as it is an offence to engage the services of an unlicensed operator.
The following do not require a licence:
Any person employing the services of an unlicensed locksmith after the 1st February 2017 will be breaking the law and may face up to €3,000 fine and/or five year term of imprisonment. A person in this context includes individuals and businesses.
It's a question that we are often asked in the course of our day.
Fact is, if you are unfortunate enough to have locked your keys into your Volkswagen, then I am afraid there is no easy D.I.Y. means of unlocking the vehicle and the best approach is to engage the services of a professional auto-locksmith.
Almost the full range of modern Volkswagen models including Caddy, Transporter, Golf, Touareg, Passat, Touran, Bettle, EOS & Passat CC are fitted with secure deadlocking systems and it's pointless trying to use traditional methods, like rods & coat hangers to pull the internal handles. Despite the best efforts it will be pointless and the only result will be added frustration and unnecessary damage to your vehicle.
Our advice is simple - Always have a least one spare key, even if it's only an emergency override key without electronics that will unlock the car.
If you are unlucky enough to get locked out call a professional auto-locksmith to assist you and avoid unnecessary expensive repairs to your vehicle.
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NEW GARDA FIGURES SHOW ONE-THIRD OF ALL BURGLARIES ARE VIA FRONT DOOR
• Break-ins through front door now most common entry route for burglars
• ‘Body pressure’ the number one method used to gain entry
• 46% of winter burglaries occur between 5pm and 11pm
• 160 cases of ‘keys being fished’ through letterboxes
• Burglaries down over 25% in first half of 2016
• Garda urge homeowners to ‘Lock Up and Light Up’
An Garda Síochána is advising people to ‘close the door on burglars’ as latest figures show that nearly one in every three burglaries involves a break-in through the front door.
New data from the Garda Analysis Service shows that front doors are the most common entry point in 29% of burglaries - with most burglars using their own body to gain entry.
Burglars also commonly target back doors (26%), back windows (24%) and front windows (8%), with one in five cases involving a burglar getting access through an unsecured door or window.
The figures, which are based on an analysis of burglaries from July 2015 to June 2016, show jewellery and cash remain the most common objects stolen, with €600 being the average value of goods taken. Computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles are also among the top items stolen.
Nearly half of burglaries (46%) occur between 5pm and 11pm.
Meanwhile, the practice of ‘fishing’, where car keys are fished through a letterbox by burglars, also remains a problem with 163 cases reported to Gardaí over the 12-month period. The Dublin region was the most affected, with 75% of fishing incidents occurring in the capital.
The figures are being published to coincide with the launch of An Garda Síochána’s annual winter public awareness campaign, Lock Up and Light Up, which is part of Operation Thor.
Speaking today, Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit stated: "Burglaries have traditionally risen during the longer winter nights. Locking up and lighting up over the coming months could be the difference between making your home safe and making your home vulnerable. It’s as simple as that.
"As the days get shorter I would urge homeowners to make sure their home looks occupied. Use timer switches to turn on lights, lock all doors and windows, store keys away from windows and letterboxes, and use your alarm. Lock Up and Light Up.
"Taking these simple steps will lessen a home’s vulnerability, deter burglars and protect homes,” added Sgt Courtney.
Launched in November 2015, Operation Thor is a national multi-strand anti-crime initiative which actively targets organised crime gangs and repeat offenders. It involves a wide-range of enforcement, crime prevention and public awareness measures.
Operation Thor has resulted in burglaries being down over 30 per cent in the first quarter of 2016 and over 25 per cent the second quarter according to the CSO.
"Operation Thor has resulted in a substantial decline in burglaries, but we will not be complacent,” commented Sgt Courtney. "Our focus over the coming months will be to ensure we continue to protect and support communities across the country through checkpoints, increased patrolling in burglary hot-spots, providing impactful and useful crime prevention advice, working with our partners on initiatives such as Text Alert, and denying criminals the use of the road network.
"Having your home burgled is a distressing and traumatic experience. An Garda Síochána is hoping that by raising awareness of some simple crime prevention measures, such as locking up and lighting up, less Irish families will have to endure the pain of being burgled this winter,” commented Sgt Courtney.
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