OMG a cure for my front door OCD

by Neil Patterson

11:40 AM, 17th July 2018
About 2 months ago

OMG a cure for my front door OCD

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OMG a cure for my front door OCD

I am absolutely terrible at having to go back and check I have locked the front door and often have to reverse the car back up the road to double check!

Mark Alexander has found me a Press Release if it is of interest to anyone else:

70% OF US FORGET IF WE’VE LOCKED OUR DOORS

New research reveals extent of carelessness around home security, impact on insurance claims

Seven in ten of us have left a property and been unable to remember whether we locked the doors, while six in ten of us have left a property and returned to find we had left a door unlocked.

These are the findings from new research commissioned by home security company London Key, whose innovative door key enables users to instantly know if their doors are locked when they are out and about.

The research found that, of 1,200 British adults surveyed:

  • 69% had at least once either themselves left a property, or knew someone who had left a property, and had then forgotten while out whether they had locked the doors or not
  • 58% had at least once either themselves left a property, or knew someone who had left a property, and returned to find they had left a door unlocked
  • 70% had at least once either themselves left a property, or knew someone who had left a property, and had then returned to double check if they had locked the doors because they had forgotten if they had done so
  • Of those who had been burgled because they forgot to lock their doors (7%), 49% had their insurance claims affected as a result

The findings come as recent statistics show house break-ins in the UK have increased by 21% over the past 12 months, with police budget cuts meaning burglaries are increasingly unlikely to be investigated unless there is evidence of violence or fraud to gain entry.

Furthermore, the majority of home and contents insurance policies will be invalidated should a burglary occur due to a door being unlocked.

London Key has developed a solution to those who forget to lock their front doors – a simple, low-cost key that has an inbuilt switch. As the door is locked, the switch on the key changes colour from green to red; therefore just by looking at the key when out and about, users will be able to know if their door is locked. The key is completely mechanical, requires no batteries and will retail from £4.99.

Regev Sido, Founder of London Key, said:

“These shocking figures reveal the extent of property owners forget to lock their doors – something which, in a moment of carelessness, is very easily done.

“With burglary rates on the rise, it has never been more important to ensure your property is secure – which starts with making sure you have locked all your doors.

“With London Key we are offering a simple, affordable means of ensuring your home is secure, and providing peace of mind to those who regularly forget to lock their doors.”

www.London-Key.com



Comments

Neil Patterson

11:46 AM, 17th July 2018
About 2 months ago

The good thing though is that I have always locked it 🙂

John Frith

13:04 PM, 18th July 2018
About 2 months ago

"Our keys have a small switch which moves as you lock and unlock the door. When you lock the door, the switch goes red, when you unlock the door it goes green."

A good idea - but the key tells you what the last thing it did was (lock or unlock), not whether the door is locked or not (someone else could have locked or unlocked it since then).

There is room for a little confusion - if you leave with your partner and they lock the door rather than you, you'll still have to remember why you are out but you didn't lock the door.


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