FB1 Padlock and Chain

These FB (Fire Brigade) padlocks are commonly used in various communal areas such as electric cupboards, bin storages, car park gates by Council’s or owners of the grounds to ensure security within the premises.


The padlock uses a 4-lever mechanism and is usually supplied without keys and is accompanied by a chain for securing the device. The padlock and shackle is made from galvanized steel.


Fast Keys Lock Range

Fast Key Services offers a comprehensive range of locks for office furniture. These fall into many categories to suit a vast range of applications. Lock types include pedestal, multi-point, rim locks and cam locks suitable for the following types of unit: Desks, tambours, filing cabinets, lockers and cupboards etc. Cam locks usually have a threaded body with two flat sides and are fitted with a nut. Some are slotted to accommodate a horseshoe clip and others have a snap-in fix for easier fitting. Rim Locks tend to have a square back plate but are also manufactured with round or oval bodies. They have a simple bolt locking mechanism and are normally fitted to drawers or cupboards. A hole normally 16mm or 18mm is drilled into the drawer and the lock is fitted to the inside of the unit with the nozzle fitting into the hole. Most locks are supplied with an escutcheon (sometimes called a rose) which is used to conceal the drilled edge of the hole for a neat professional finish. A striking plate should also be supplied to secure the bolt in place when the lock is in the locked position. FKS supply a flat striking plated which have a rectangular hole to accommodate the bolt. Angled striking plates are also available.


Ojmar Coin Return Locks

Ojmar Coin Return Locks are available with many different options and specifications. The locks are high quality and have features such as the Anti-reservation function. Also referred to as the penalty function, the master key can be used to open the locker in emergencies. It also works as a device for preventing Locker Reservation by allowing for opening and closing without the use of a coin. This means that the user will lose their coin if they do not leave the locker free when required.

Right or Left handed where right handed is for doors that have the hinges on the right hand side of the door.
Different Coinage available – 20p, 50p, £1 or adjustable to future proof against coin size change.

Coin retaining or Coin returning

Wet or Dry area – All the materials used in the wet version are highly rustproof and ideal for wet area applications.
Removable Cylinders – All the locks have removable cylinders and the wet area locks are also interchangeable between the differing key versions below. This acts as an additional security measure in the event of the loss or theft of a key.

Key Versions – Dry Area-Keys are double sided/ double entry (teeth on both sides of the key) and numbered between V0001 –V4258 (older locks have keys ranged from Y0001-Y2254)

Key Versions - Wet Area – Single Sided keys (teeth/cuts down one side). Locks have six stainless steel pins for greater resistance and security. Keys are available in four different profiles – J, K, L & M.

Wet Area locks can also be supplied with High Security Keys and the cylinders are interchangeable with the single sided version.

Master and Cylinder Removal Keys are available under many different suites. On most cylinders, the Master Key reference is quoted on the side of the barrel just below the lock/key number.

Fast Key Service stock the classic wet area version that is right handed with two security keys suited under Master Key Reference: 4020419. Ojmar Coin Return Lock.

Fast Keys cut and dispatch replacement Ojmar keys same day by first class post. When ordered via their website, prices per key range from £1.70 to £2.30 depending on quantity ordered. Security keys are £5 each and are specially ordered from the Ojmar factory in Spain. FKS arranges for at least one express shipment per week to ensure fast delivery of orders.


Briton Mechanical Lock

Every workplace and home has a degree of security. Some places need more than others and this is where specialised lock types come in. The Briton 9160 digital combination lock range has all the key features of a mechanical push button combination lock, but at a reduced cost, making it ideal for companies operating to a tight budget and that need to reduce overheads. It is perfect for environments where several people need to be able to access a single area, but where the volume of use is perhaps not that high. For high volume use, a more expensive model may be needed with greater durability. Nevertheless this model is a great value door lock that is very practical for securing common areas.

Briton 9160 digital push button mechanical lock

Key locks are a great choice for securing items and areas, however the loss of a key is a critical compromise to security; choose a combination lock for applications where the loss of a key is an increased factor. Door locks that need to be accessed by more than one person on a regular basis will benefit from the installation of a door lock that does not rely on a physical key. When the door locks with a combination, the area secured is only accessible to those who are given the combination. Because there are over 8,000 combinations possible with the 9160, there is practically no chance of correctly guessing the code at random. The code is changeable by the user and all items required for its installation are included.


L&F Digital Combination Lock 3751

This new L&F electronic combination lock product can be retrofitted to cupboards and lockers etc. as a direct replacement for existing cam locks. They can also be fitted to furniture that does not have an existing lock. The lock has a solid Mazak housing and is IP54 rated which makes it suitable for use in wet areas.

The lock is battery operated and allows the user quick and simple access without the use of a key. The two AAA batteries supplied should provide for in excess of 15000 openings. When the batteries are running low, the Red LED will flash 3 times before the Blue code acceptance LED flashes. Furthermore, there is a battery failure override – a PP9 battery can be placed against the contact points next to the LED’s so that the lock can be opened in order to replace the batteries.

The Electronic lock has a 10 numeric keypad plus a # button which is hidden beneath the handle when the lock is in the locked position. By default the lock is pre-programmed for REPEATED USE where the same number will be used all the time. The locks can also be re-programmed for SINGLE USE which is used for short term use such as locker rooms - the user enters a single code which will lock and then unlock the furniture once only.

There are three User Code levels.

The 4 digit USER CODE can open the lock and change the user code.

The 8 digit SUB-MASTER CODE will change the Sub-Master and set, change or delete the User Code.

Finally, the 8 digit MASTER CODE can change the Master Code and change, set or delete any of the above.

An additional security feature is the Penalty Function, where on entering three incorrect codes the lock shuts down for 10 seconds.


BeCode Keyless Entry

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:


Safeguarding Your Home

How to Safeguard your Home and Reduce your Insurance Premium

When looking for home insurance it’s crucial that you have the best possible locks fitted, not only will this give you the best protection for your house but it could also save you money on your insurance premium.

When you apply for cover, the insurer will ask you what sort of locks you have fitted to your property. In most cases you should receive a discounted premium providing that you have a higher degree of security, it is important to consider that in some areas, if your locks are not up to standard, then you might struggle to get insurance cover at a reasonable price.

How to keep your home secure

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 burglar’s 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?


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 be 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.


· 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 mortice 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.

If you would like more information on securing your home, call us on 01268 562 562 or visit the experts at our Trade Counter – Unit 3 Pilot Close, Flumar Way, Wickford, Essex, SS11 8YW


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