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Sep
18

NEW promotional Emails COMING SOON!






    Lookout For our New Promotional Emails!

    We are now sending promotional emails to your in-box! There you will see the latest and the greatest of we have to offer, including some phenomenal discounts that are defiantly worth while. Ensure we don't fall in your Junk or Spam folder as we don't want you to miss out!




Sep
04

BeCode Keyless Locking Solutions from Fast Key Services Ltd







    BECODE Keyless Locking Solutions

    Fast Key Services Ltd are now stocking a range of keyless locking solutions that can be used on many different types of office furniture. The BeCode range are keyless and cable free making them an ideal solution for personal lockers, medicine cabinets and any furniture that uses a standard cam lock. As well as code operated locks the BeCode range includes locks that are compatible with the main RFID systems and can be retrofitted to upgrade your existing furniture. The below video shows how simply it is to upgrade your existing keyed cam locks to a Keyless Locking solution







    BeCode Evo+

    The Becode Evo+ Keyless entry lock is a combination lock for lockers and office furniture that work entirely without keys, power cables or transponders, programmable for single or multiple users and can be retrofitted and inserted into an existing cylinder lock making it compatible with most major rear located locking mechanisms. Take a look at the below video to see how the EVO+ works

    The Becode Evo + can be found here







    BeCode Air+

    The Becode Air plus is again a keyless entry system, but even Easier! This Keyless locking solution uses an RFID (Radio-frequency identification) card, simply hold the card in front of the lock face, wait for the green light and turn 90 degrees to open. The BeCode AIR+ has been designed so that it can fit into an existing cylinder lock, this means you can upgrade your furniture locking system to be compatible with your RFID system. BeCode AIR is also the only RFID lock system that works on metal furniture. Take a look at the below video to see how the BeCode Air+ works.

    The BeCode Air+ can be found here:










Aug
27

New Youtube Videos Every Wednesday






    We will now be uploading new content to our YouTube page every Wednesday

    This will be a great way to keep up to date with all the activity here at Fast Keys including new products and best sellers.

    We will be spotlighting some of our products giving you a full 360 degree 1080p crisp view.

    Click Here to go to our Youtube channel


    Be sure to like & subscribe to keep up to date with all our new uploads



Apr
11

Beware when buying used car remote keys on the internet.



    As the technology incorporated into vehicle keys has become increasingly complex in recent years, so has the cost of buying spares. Main dealers and garages invariably charge in excess of £250 to supply a programmed car remote key.

    People looking to save money will invariably search the web and they will find websites offering reconditioned remotes at a fraction of the price.

    The sellers of these products simply state that the buyer will have to do the following:-

    1. Find a locksmith that is suitably equipped.
    2. Replace and cut a new mechanical key.
    3. Reprogram the transponder and remote to the new vehicle.

    All very fine in theory and initially it may seem that there could be a potential saving of up to 50%, when compared to the cost of a remote key from a main dealer. However, buyers should beware of the following facts before acquiring a used/ reconditioned remote key:

    Problem 1. The large majority of Volkswagen and Audi keys will be “Locked” and the transponder chip cannot be re-written to another car. This is also true of Mercedes, BMW, BMW Mini, Seat, Skoda, Vauxhall, Fiat & Honda, as well as most Citroen, Renaults & Peugeots.

    Problem 2. Buying a remote key because it looks identical to the one you require.
    Peugeot, Citroen, VW & Audi all produce remote keys that can look identical, however, the internal components can vary enormously. In all cases for Citroen & Peugeot remotes need to be ordered using the vehicles V.I.N. plate ID to ensure you are supplied with the correct part for your car. The year and specification alone is not sufficient information.

    Problem 3. From our experience at Fast Key Services approximately 70% of used remotes cannot be programmed unless the transponder chip is replaced. This is another cost that will not have been factored into the price.

    When considering the potential pitfalls and the extra costs involved, most customers would be better off seeking the expert advice of a qualified locksmith before embarking on the internet. They would get a much more certain outcome rather than take their chances on the web. Fastkeys are extremely competitively priced compared to dealerships and in most cases will end up working out cheaper than buying the remote and finding someone that can carry the work out cost effectively.

    Please feel free to contact the FKS Trade Counter, should you require any additional information or advice prior to buying a used remote key.

    Email: tradecounter@fastkeys.co.uk Telephone: 01268-562592



Mar
28

Planned maintenance work - website will be down this weekend.

Tags: website


    We will be making some major software upgrades this coming weekend which will result in better functionality and will facilitate some major improvements in the weeks ahead.

    In order to implement these changes, the website will be down from 4pm on Friday 28th March until the evening of Sunday 30th March.



Mar
13

The Renault Three Button Key Card





Here at Fast Keys we have yet another addition to the ever increasing range of vehicle remotes that we can supply & programme at our trade counter in Wickford.


The Renault three button key card was introduced by Renault in 2003 to operate on Renault Scenic, Megane & Grand Scenic models and ran through until 2008 after which they reverted back to a more traditional mechanical remote key.


There is an emergency key blade incorporated into the key card which is located in the battery holder of an existing original key card. The key blade can be used to operate a mechanical key barrel discreetly hidden under a plastic key cab on the passenger door allowing access of the vehicle should the remote facility fail.


The good news for owners of these vehicles is we are able to supply and programme new key cards up to 40% cheaper than a main dealer and we will also complete all the work whilst you wait.




Mar
06

Home Security Guide





Most crimes are against property rather than people, we will outline a few tips on how you can make your home and valuables more secure. Many of the suggestions listed are common sense and if fully implemented will go a long way towards making your home and property more secure and potentially saving you the distress and expense of being the victim of a burglary.


The majority of crimes are opportunistic, spur of the moment events and can be the result of leaving a door or window open or having valuables left on view.


Firstly, let’s start to make life awkward for the burglar by taking these simple and cost effective precautions.


Many burglars are opportunistic and they often don’t even have to resort to using force, they simply let themselves in through an open window or door.


  • Take a look at your property from a burglars perspective.
  • Are there any unsecured windows or doors?
  • Are your window and door locks strong and secure enough?
  • Are there any places hidden from view where someone could attempt to break in?
  • Would they have to make a lot of noise to break in by attacking doors or breaking glass?

Windows


One in three burglars gain entry through a rear window. Window locks are an effective deterrent because they force the thief to break the glass and therefore risk drawing attention to himself.


If the window lock is visible, this will also further deter a criminal. There are many types of window locks available with keys for all kinds of windows and frames from your local locksmith. A qualified locksmith is best suited to advise you on the best lock to suit your requirements.


Fit window locks with keys to all vulnerable windows, in particular all ground floor and basement windows, all upstairs windows that are not visible from the street, all windows that can by accessed via drainpipes and gutters or via flat roofs. You should even consider small windows and skylights - bear in mind that a burglar can squeeze through any opening that is larger than a human head.


For UPVC windows, make sure you check with your window fitter before fitting locks as this may affect your warranty.


Remember not to leave your keys in locked windows and store them in a safe place. Consider getting a small key cabinet, these can be inexpensive and will have other benefits which we will touch on later in this series.


Louvre windows can be particularly vulnerable as burglars can remove window slats with ease. Glue the slats into the end plates and if you can find something suitable for Louvre windows, fit a locking device. Here again your local locksmith might be best placed to advise. Also, if you can - consider replacing louvre windows with fixed glass.


When replacing windows, consider using laminated glass as this is harder for burglars to penetrate. Also, think about fitting security grilles to openings that might be vulnerable to attack, such as basement windows that cannot be viewed from the road.


Doors


  • Make sure all your doors, front and back are secure.
  • Doors should be strong and in good condition and at least 44mm thick (2 inches).
  • Any glass panels located on or around doors can pose a risk to security and you should consider replacing them with laminated glass if necessary.
  • Make sure all doors are fitted with five lever mortise deadlocks and that you use them. They should be fitted about a third of the way up the door.
  • Insurance companies normally ask for locks to have a kite mark to British Standard BS3621.

The benefit of a deadlock is that it can only be opened with a key. So even if a burglar smashed a nearby glass panel to reach inside, he still wouldn’t be able to open the door. Also, if a thief gets in through a window, they won’t be able to carry your possessions out via your deadlocked door.


Letterboxes - do not leave spare keys hanging inside your letterbox as this is an obvious place that a burglar will explore. Thieves are very adept at fishing for keys through letterboxes using poles and magnets, so never leave keys visible anywhere near your front door. That includes your vehicle keys; locking security on modern cars is so strong now that it is virtually impossible to steal a vehicle without having the keys. Hence, would be car thieves have to resort to breaking into homes or fishing for keys through letterboxes. Here again, consider getting a small key cabinet to store your keys. Consider fitting a letterbox cage, this will prevent burglars from getting their hands or special tools inside in order to try the latches.


Exterior doors - Fit solid good quality bolts with strong screws to the top and bottom of exterior doors. For French doors, fit a mortise lock in conjunction with bolts top and bottom of the door.


For UPVC doors check with your installer to ensure that you are not invalidating your warranty before fitting locks and bolts. It is also worthwhile getting some expert advice from your local locksmith.


When buying UPVC or metal framed doors or windows, make sure they come pre-fitted with built-in locks.


Garages and Sheds


Garages and sheds should be kept locked and secure as they are often full of expensive tools and things such as ladders that the burglar could use to break into your home. If the garage has a door connecting it to the house, the burglar can easily try and gain entry via the inner door unobserved.


Make sure your shed has a good sturdy door with strong hinges and that it has a good quality hasp and staple fitted with a security padlock.


If possible make sure ladders are locked away in a garage or shed. If left outside, ladders should be chained up to a strong bracket and in a horizontal position. Check to see that there are no other objects outside that can be used as climbing tools to gain access to first floor windows.




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