Hello, I’m John McConnon, your local professional locksmith in Whitley Bay!
Let me introduce myself properly with some key facts about my professional locksmith services in Whitley Bay:
- Fully insured (to the value of £5m) and DBS checked
- Highly experienced
- Rapid response to all residential and commercial properties
- All work guaranteed for 12 months.
- Free call-outs for all lock replacements and repairs.
When you need a locksmith in Whitley Bay, only the best service will suffice.
After all, you cannot afford to take risks with the entry and security features of your home or business.
As well as offering a comprehensive range of both residential and commercial locksmith services, I will arrive at your Whitley Bay property in a punctual manner.
Contact me, John at Lockforce Locksmiths on 01916 660 210 to learn more about professional Whitley Bay locksmith services today!
Whitley Bay Locksmith Services
When looking for a locksmith in Whitley Bay, you don’t just need an expert you can trust. You need one that can actually complete the work you require in the fastest and most cost-effective fashion.
Here at Lockforce Locksmiths Whitley Bay, we are thrilled to deliver the highest levels of expertise across a full range of residential and commercial assignments, ensuring that all customers receive a one-stop-solution for all their locksmith needs. A
ll work is completed in an efficient manner while satisfying your expectations for reliable results that will deliver years of service to your property. In fact, being a local expert in Whitley Bay means I can often offer a same-day call-out for standard procedures, as well as a one-hour call-out on emergency projects. If you need help getting back into your property ASAP, I am more than happy to help.
The list of services offered by Lockforce Locksmiths Whitley Bay include;
- 24-hour emergency locksmith in Whitley Bay
- Mobile key cutting in Whitley Bay
- Whitley Bay lock repair and lock replacement
- uPVC door locks
- Wooden door locks
- Digital door locks
- Window locks
- CCTV systems
- Post burglary repairs
- Fire escape hardware
- Panic hardware
- Post burglary repairs
- Insurance approved locks
- Entry gaining
- Yale locks
- Night latches
- Window boarding
Whether you need a standard locksmith service or an out of hours call-out, I would be delighted to help you regain entry or upgrade the security features of your property.For more advice or to book a locksmith service in Whitley Bay, call John today on 01916 660 210.
24 Hour Emergency Locksmith Services in Whitley Bay
When an emergency situation surfaces, you need a reliable locksmith who can get to your property fast before getting you back inside without causing damage to the property. As your local emergency locksmith in Whitley Bay, I can provide that service to all residential and commercial properties in the area.
Whether you need to prevent lost time in business or get back into the home when the oven is still turned on, I’m here to help. Lockforce Whitley Bay offers a 24/7 emergency call-out with rapid response times. I regularly undergo training to understand the latest techniques and technologies used to achieve quick access with no or minimal damage to the property. After getting you back inside the property, I can change the locks as required.
If you’re locked out and need quick access to your home or business, call 01916 660 210 now and I’ll be with you at your Whitley Bay property in no time!
Whitley Bay Lock Repairs & Replacements
Whether you’ve snapped your key in the lock, have lost your keys, or feel concerned about the security after moving into a new property, seeking a quick lock repair or replacement service is vital. Lockforce Whitley Bay provides an efficient solution to ensure your property is equipped with the latest and greatest systems on the market, which will simultaneously deliver the peace of mind that you deserve.
Don’t worry; I’ve been there and truly understand the stress and panic going through your mind. However, a quick and effective lock replacement or repair service will soon restore a sense of normality to your life. As an experienced professional, I am more than happy to offer my impartial advice on the best method to take, although the final decision is with you. After all, your satisfaction is all that matters.
Call me, John on 01916 660 210 to book a lock repair or replacement in Whitley Bay now.
Whitley Bay Mobile Key Cutting
If you need new keys cut, the hassle of heading out to a locksmith isn’t ideal. Our mobile key cutting service in Whitley Bay puts an end to those troubles.
My Lockforce Locksmiths van is equipped with the latest tools and machinery to complete a quick and accurate key cutting on-site. So, I can visit your property, cut a new key, and test it to check it works as expected.
Call Lockforce Locksmiths Whitley Bay on 01916 660 210 to arrange a mobile key cutting visit today!
Lockforce Locksmiths are dedicated to making your experience as convenient as possible.
In addition to a professional and punctual service, we accept multiple payments to make life easier for all clients.
As such, we accept:
- Debit card
- Credit card
- Contactless card payments
- Bank Transfer
Call Lockforce today on 01916 660 210.
Landlord’s tenant had broken window lock, Whitley Bay, NE25, 16th November 2023
One of my Estate Agents that I do work for has tasked me to take a look at a window handle which a tenant was having issues with. Essentially it was turning like a propellor without any locking or unlocking going on. I managed to change the handle, but the real issue was the mechanism which was badly in need of a good drink of WD40! Once that was done, the handle worked like a dream!
Lost handbag with keys and prescription within, Whitley Bay, NE26, 9th November 2023
A panicky but lovely lady had just had her handbag swiped from her mobility scooter while she was on it and she was so worried that she had her keys in and a prescription with the address. She wanted her lock changed as quickly as possible to make sure she was safe for the night. I duly arrived as quick as I could and changed the lock on her house and made sure she was reassured that everything was now ok!
Charity hostel main door lock needs changing, Whitely Bay, NE26, 2nd November 2023
A regular customer of mine rang to see if I could help yet again. A “client” had departed from the hostel and not returned the keys and therefore the locks needed changing for the hostel. I managed to arrive quickly as the hostel protected some vulnerable people. I changed the locks quickly and dropped the keys back off with the charity HQ. All part of the service!!
Charity’s property needs new locks, Whitley Bay, NE26, 12th October 2023
A charity in Whitley Bay who I’ve done quite a bit of work for had no need to go onto Google to look for a “locksmith near me” as they had my number from the previous occasions. This time it was to secure one of their client’s rooms as the bedroom door wouldn’t lock. I found that the mortice lock wasn’t getting activated by the barrel and the cam had been worn down, somehow! I swapped out the barrel and the lock worked just fine from then onwards. Happy days all round.
Top floor flat front door won’t unlock, Whitley Bay, NE25, 5th October 2023
A lady was looking for a “locksmith near me” and came across my website and profile. She needed her mortice lock looking at as it kept on refusing to open regularly. I found that the lock was in need of replacement so I supplied and fitted a new lock straight away from stock on the van. One happy lady!!
Kitchen door handle won’t open door, Whitley Bay, NE25, 28th September 2023
A nice chap rang in a bit of a flap as he had been locked out of his kitchen while cooking! With that urgency in mind, I arranged to see him straight away and quickly managed to get the door opened – the mechanism inside the handle had broken. Fortunately, the chap’s dinner hadn’t finished cooking as I’d arrived so quickly, so nothing spoiled or burnt!!
Smart lock failing on front door, Whitley Bay, NE26, 21st September 2023
I don’t think I’d heard a more frustrated lady who while phoning me seemed to be at the point of breakdown over the frustration with her front door! I agreed to come and see her on the day she rang (she sounded desperate) as she couldn’t lock her front door and therefore couldn’t leave the house even to walk the dog! I arrived to find an old Yale smart lock on the door, which needed a key-fob to get into the house. It was not managing to lock the door – the door was badly misaligned. I quickly managed to right the door, and applied plenty oil as per the instructions, to the mechanism. It worked perfectly and the lady was frustrated no more and acted like she had just won the lottery and hopped off to the beach with the desperate dawg!!
Back door jammed shut, Whitley Bay, NE26, 11th September 2023
The cat was driving the customer mad as she couldn’t let it out into the back yard due to the door being jammed shut for the past 36 hours. Relenting, she eventually rang me to help her open the back door and set the cat free! I found that the multipoint locking system (MPL) had one of the hooks jammed into the frame keep and needed a gain-entry to release it. Once I’d eventually managed to free the lock, I supplied and fitted a new MPL and got the door working puuurrrfectly for the cat’s freedom!!
Patio door jammed closed, Whitley Bay, NE25, 31st August 2023
Having waited almost 3 months to call someone about her door, a lady rang to see if I could help her right away. Why the door had become suddenly an urgent job is not for me to understand, but I managed to fit her in straight away! I arrived and found that the gearbox was broken to managed to swap it out straight away to leave the lady to enjoy her garden once more!
Landlady needs new handles, Whitley Bay, NE25, 17th August 2023
A landlady had some new tenants moving into one of her houses in a couple of days, but the handles on the front door needed replacing. When I arrived, I found that the handles were not only broken, but had been put back onto the door the wrong way round altogether! I had some suitable handles on the van so managed to sort the issue out straight away, much to the pleasing of the landlady!
Keys lost, Whitley Bay, NE26, 10th August 2023
The dreaded fumble into the pockets where the keys are normally had occurred to my next customer after he had returned from a dog walk. That horrible feeling had spread to the inevitable awareness that the customer feels just before calling me. Those keys. Where are they!? Then the panic, then the phone call. Once I spoke to the chap I understood that he’d seen the lighter side of the situation and he had to just bite the bullet and get the locks changed. I arrived and did the locks as quickly as I could as the guy was now late for work, so he was very pleased to have the locks changed so fast!
Kitchen door locked and oven on cooking, Whitley Bay, NE26, 3rd August 2023
A frantic want-to-be chef locked herself out of her kitchen while she was baking a cake and was panicking that the place was going to burn down. I dropped everything and rushed to the house to find that the door latch had failed and needed gaining entry to, which I did very quickly. Fortunately, the oven hadn’t finished backing the cake, I’d arrived quick enough to save the job! One very happy cook!!
Patio doors difficult to open, Monkseaton, NE25, 27th July 2023
A lady who couldn’t let her dog out into the garden as the door was extremely stiff had looked for a “locksmith near me” on Google and came up with my name. She sent me a message to see if I could help and of course I could! When I arrived I tested the door outside of the frame and all worked well, which told me that it was most likely alignment that was the problem. I gave the lady a quote for putting it right and went ahead once she had agreed. The door worked like new once I’d fixed it and the lady said it didn’t even work like that when it was first put in 20 years ago!! A very happy lady, and much relieved dog ??
Patio door seized shut, Monkseaton, NE25, 13th July 2023
After many years of not functioning correctly, a lady from Whitley Bay looked on Google for a “locksmith near me” and came up with my number. She asked when I could be there and luckily, I was free to arrive in 15 minutes, which she was flabbergasted about! Anyway, the lock’s gearbox had completely seized and I had to get it forced open, which didn’t take long. I had a replacement on the van so was able to get it sorted very quickly. I realigned the door which was most likely the issue having caused the gearbox to fail in the first place. It’s always worth giving me a ring if a door becomes difficult to close – act quickly and it should cost less!
Back door not budging, locked closed, Whitley Bay, NE25, 6th July 2023
Being just down the road from where I live, a lady had searched for a “locksmith near me” and came up with my name. She had big problems with her rear door and couldn’t get it to open at all. I arrived to find that the gearbox had completely seized and required some effort to get it open. Once done, I tested the rest of the locking mechanism and fitted a new gearbox, and it all worked like new! One happy lady!
Landlady wanted locks changing on buying new rental property, Whitley Bay, NE26, 29th June 2023
Having just purchased a new property to do up and rent out, a lady asked if I could change her front door lock. Of course I could and changed the lock for a new high security snap-proof, insurance approved, British Standards 1 star barrel for the property. One happy landlady!
Key can’t be inserted into lock on the outside, Whitley Bay, NE26, 22nd June 2023
Panicking due to the fact that they couldn’t leave the house as they couldn’t lock the door a lovely couple had found me online by typing in a “locksmith near me” which of course with me being based in Whitley Bay meant I was the perfect choice! I suspected that the lock was going to be corroded and in need of lubrication. I applied some graphite powder to the lock and gently worked the key in, and within no time the lock was completely freed up and the couple could secure their door behind them once more. One happy couple!
Shed door lock broken, locked out, Whitley Bay, NE25, 8th June 2023
An obviously ex-military man rang (he could have just shouted, there was no need for a phone! ) and wanted to know if I could help him get into his shed so he could manicure his garden still further. Once I arrived I found that the lock had literally fractured into bits somehow and didn’t even have a keyway for the lock! I quickly swapped it out for a new snap-proof lock and enabled the ex-serviceman to continue marching up and down his lawn!
Garage access door lock failure, Whitley Bay, NE25, 18th May 2023
A previous customer of mine rang to say that the one lock that I hadn’t changed on his house had failed, and it was his garage side door which has seized. I arrived to find that the top bolt on the multipoint lock had failed and it needed to be forced open and replaced, which I did straight away using stock from the van. One happy customer!
New locks required for new home, Whitley Bay, NE26, 11th May 2023
By following advice on Lockforce’s website, a customer rang to see if I could change the locks on his house after he had moved into it. I arrived at the same time as a delivery chap and a plumber, all vying for priority on getting in and out of the house while I worked on the doors! All doors supplied and fitted with British Standard 3-star High Security Ultion locks, guaranteed against snapping to £2000! One happy and safer customer!
House move – locks need changing, Backworth, NE27, 20th April 2023
Having just moved to the area and into a new house, a customer wanted to change all his locks on his house. After having spoken to him on the phone and stating that indeed it was a very good idea to change his locks as you never know who the previous owner had distributed his door keys to! I changed all the locks for Brisant Ultion 3 star British Standards high security locks and made the customer feel extremely safe with his new security.
Lockout, Whitley Bay, NE26, 14th April 2023
Having found herself locked out of her house, a lady looked online for a “locksmith near me” and came up with my number. I prioritised her call and arrived inside 10 minutes to find the door seized shut and the handle not able to move the gearbox and mechanism. I managed to gain entry quickly and found that the gearbox had seized completely and needed changing – the barrel was also sticky and the lady wanted that changing too for a snap-proof barrel. Much relieved to be back in the house indeed!!
Garage access door key missing, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25, 30th March 2023
Having been frustrated as to where his key had gone, having disappeared from his special bowl where he always kept it, a chap had to give me a ring to see if I could open up his garage access door. Indeed I could. I managed to pick the door open no problem and replaced the lock as it was quite corroded with the sea air. I put on a high security British Standards mortice lock as a replacement, which he was very pleased with!
Garage access door lock jammed, Monkseaton, NE25, 23rd March 2023
After her garage door stopped working for her, a lovely lady of mature years gave me a call to see if I could help. I arrived to find the door stiff but was able to get it open with a bit of force, something the lady couldn’t do. The door was very badly aligned and all the door bolts were rubbing against their keeps. All that was needed was for the door to be properly aligned and the door worked perfectly once more. As I always do, I made sure the lady could operate the door easily and she could and was very impressed!
Patio door’s jammed closed, Whitley Bay, NE26, 15th March 2023
A chap with a B&B on the seafront rang to see if I could help with his patio doors before the Easter Break was coming. I managed to fit him in quickly and sorted his patio doors – likely cause – corrosion. His door furniture was badly eaten away by the sea, sand and salt. I showed him the selection of 20 year anti-corrosion furniture, including handles, door knocker and letterboxes that I do and he took me up on renewing all his external door furniture hardware. Why would you not have corrosion proof handles etc on your door living at the seafront!?!?
Flat lockout, Whitley Bay, NE25, 9th March 2023
Having just been out for bread and milk a chap had realised he’d lost his keys. He googled a “locksmith near me” and a “locksmith in Whitley Bay”, and both searches pointed to me. He rang for help and within 10 minutes I was there to let him into his property quicker than he’d lost his key! One happy customer!
Lockout, Whitley Bay, NE26, 1st March 2023
Mystified by the sudden failure of his front door, and frustrated at a lack of options for his garage and back door entrances due to internal locks and building work, a chap had rang me to see if I could help gain entry to his front door. The gearbox had looked to have failed and wasn’t operating the mechanism inside the door. I had to gain entry to the property and did eventually find that the whole multipoint locking mechanism had failed and needed renewing. I left an emergency solution overnight while I had a new lock delivered first thing in the morning and fitted it shortly after it arrived, just in time for the builders to arrive and continue their work. A much-relieved customer!!
Landlady wanted locks changed, Whitley Bay, NE25, 14th February 2023
One of my regular estate agents rang me to see if I would attend a lock change for a landlady who was wanting to change her tenant’s lock at the end of their tenancy. The tenant didn’t want to leave as he didn’t have his deposit yet, but obviously didn’t understand how it worked so it took some time to sort it out. Eventually all the locks were changed for the landlady and the estate agent was relieved the trauma was over!
House move – new locks required, Whitley Bay, NE26, 9th February 2023
A lady looking online for a “locksmith near me” came up with my number; she wanted all new locks for her house that she’d just moved into. She took my advice on getting the best high security locks on the market just now. I put new British Standard 3-star Ultion high security barrels into all her external doors and made sure that she knew what to do to register the warranty, which guarantees £2,000 if anyone managed to break into the house via getting past the locks. One happy lady feeling nice and secure with her new locks.
Door locked and jammed closed, Whitley Bay, NE26, 3rd February 2023
A very friendly chap rang to say he couldn’t get out of his house through his front door as it was jammed closed. The door handles couldn’t be depressed down to move the bolts out of the frame keeps. I managed to free the door to examine what seemed to be the problem and it turned out to be that the door was so badly aligned that the gearbox had given way under the pressure of being forced into place to lock it over the months it had been problematic. I changed the gearbox and realigned the door so it closed like new once more. The chap said that the door had never closed like that since he moved in 9 years ago!! One happy customer!
Cats trapped inside a living room, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25, 15th January 2023
A lovely lady rang, a little distraught, that her 3 cats had been trapped inside her living room; she just couldn’t get the door open! I arrived very quickly at the home to see that the handle mechanism had appeared to have broken on the living room door. The cats were pretty vocal too as they’d been trapped in the living room all night. I dismantled the handles and manipulated the lock open, revealing some very happy cats and even happier owner! One quick lock changed and one happy family once more!
Lady with handle just spinning, locked out – Whitley Bay, NE26, 1st January 2023
A distraught lady and her dog were locked out the house with her key on the inside of her front door. Her back door handle was just spinning and she couldn’t get in the house. I arrived quickly having rearranged the diary to accommodate her quickly due to her urgency to get in – the weather wasn’t the best!! I managed to get in the back door quickly and replaced the handles so the door could be operated again. One happy lady and one eventually dry dog!!
Key won’t fit in front door anymore – Whitley Bay, NE26 - 22nd December 2022
For some reason a lady had found that her keys had stopped working in her nightlatch on her front door. She was concerned about leaving the house so needed help the same day if possible. When I arrived I found that the first pin in the lock had become stuck in place and was stopping the keys from getting into the lock. A quick squirt of graphite powder and a little nudge from a blank key was all it took to free it up! Happy days.
Key snapped in lock – Whitley Bay, NE25, 8th December 2022
A lovely chap rang to ask if I could help in an emergency to get a snapped key out of his daughter’s lock – he had to look after her dogs which she was away and couldn’t lock the door. I turned up straight away and found that the key was properly lodged in the lock and I needed to remove and replace the barrel as it had been causing issues for quite some time. I fitted a new snap-proof barrel and made sure that the operation was trouble-free. One happy and relieved Dad and dogs!
Dog trapped in shed, Whitley Bay, NE1, 24th November 2022
A lovely couple rang all frantic that they had accidentally locked their dog in their “shed”. I arrived to find that the “shed” wasn’t a shed at all but a large outbuilding with a gym and sports bar in it. The door had slammed shut and the dog didn’t have opposable thumbs to manage to turn the keys left in the door! I managed to gain entry to the garden house and release the dog who was exceptionally please to be allowed back into the garden once more!!
Lockout, Whitley Bay, NE25, 10th November 2022
On returning from a dog walk a lad realised he couldn’t get into his house with his door keys; the lock was only moving a little bit when putting in his key. He looked for a “locksmith near me” on his mobile and found me. I arrived quickly to find that it looked like his gearbox was failing to engage the door strip and move the bolts out of the keeps, which was preventing him from entering. I removed the handles and managed to get the door to open successfully, and replaced the door gearbox from stock. One happy dog-walker!
Lockout on high-security-locked house, Whitley Bay, NE26, 3rd November 2022
A few weeks ago, I fitted a house with some high security British Standards 3 star Ultion locks front and back in Whitley Bay. I’d also supplied some high security “Lock-Lock” 2 star plus handles with a spindle-locking snib. I had a call-back today to say they were locked out of their house! When I arrived, I found the handles just spinning which seemed to indicate that the spindle casing on the front door had failed on the gearbox and therefore the door couldn’t unlock. The rear of the property had the snib applied and couldn’t be opened with the key. With the highest of security applied on both the doors and no way to “pick” a way through this one, even though we had the keys! Fortunately, a small window next to the rear of the property was able to be broken into, enabling me to release the snib and unlock the door. Weirdly, the owner was extremely pleased that I couldn’t get into the house by normal gain-entry means and yet even more than please that we managed to get him in the house in the end!!
Bolt not retracting on door, Whitley Bay, NE26, 27th October 2022
A lovely couple contacted me to see if they could get some help on a door which couldn’t be closed or locked. The top hook on the door mechanism couldn’t be retracted, preventing the door from closing or locking. I found that the bolt had been bashed out of shape and had jumped out of the position needed to be controlled by the main gearbox. It was a quick job to rectify the problem, realign the door, and put it back together again allowing for the door to fully operate smoothly.
Key snapped in lock, Monkseaton, NE25, 20th October 2022
A chap’s daughter had been round the house recently and had forced the door lock so bad that the key snapped and couldn’t be removed. The chap had attempted to drill the key out, so the lock was now useless and needed replacing. I dismantled the lock and put on a new rim cylinder onto the the Yale style nightlatch and all was well again!
Landlord left with no keys to tenancy, Whitley Bay, NE26, 12th October 2022
When a landlord was looking for a “locksmith near me” on google, he came across my profile and asked me if I could help – he’d read some lovely reviews that previous customers had left and decided I was the right one for him. He’d been left no keys when his previous tenant had moved out some 4 months ago. He’d been ill, so hadn’t had time to go visit the house. We were both pretty horrified when I managed to gain entry; the place had been left in a tip and was going to take a great deal of time to rectify. I changed the back and front doors to snap proof locks – not that I imagine anyone was going to break in; more likely people would leave donations! Anyway, a happy landlord that he had his property back, but he had a big job ahead of him to sort it all out.
Door opened by locksmith too easily, need upgraded lock, Whitley Bay, NE26, 5th October 2022
A chap range to ask if I could help him as he had been locked out recently and a locksmith had opened his door far too easily. I assumed he didn’t have a high security lock when he phoned, but when I arrived I saw that the security snib on the lock, to prevent slipping the latch, wasn’t close enough to the door frame keep to activate the anti-slip. I suggested packing the keep out to make it activate, which he agreed to and then tested it. No more slipping the latch possible! A very happy chap who felt sooo much safer! Lesson learned by the chap; ring Lockforce in the first place and make sure that you are left safe after an incident!!!
Locked out the house, keys lost on dog-walk, Whitley Bay, NE26, 29th September 2022
A chap was on his phone looking for a “locksmith near me” as he had lost his keys and needed help to get him and his dog back into his house quickly. I came out top of the list for him to contact and was able to get to him in under 10 minutes. I quickly opened the door and changed his lock for security. One happy customer and a relieved dog!
Landlord requires locks changing, West Monkseaton, NE25, 22nd September 2022
A landlord had received reports of an intruder in his empty flat while he was away and wanted to get the locks changed immediately for safety purposes. He was on Google looking for “a locksmith near me” when he came across my profile. I arrived quickly and changed his barrels for him leaving him satisfied that the intruder wouldn’t be able to enter the property any more.
Forgot to give keys to cat-sitter before going on holiday – Whitley Bay, NE26, 14th September 2022
I had a desperate customer who realised he’d not left a key for his cat-sitter while he was on holiday for 2 weeks! He rang from the Channel ferry on the way to France!! He’d let his neighbours know that I’d be making a bit of noise at the front door and let his Dad know that I’d be handing some new keys to him once he arrived from 25 miles away! Disaster averted however as I arrived quickly to gain entry to the house and pass the keys over to the Dad, just as he arrived! He was most impressed with me, but less so with his son! Happy cats, happy cat-sitter, happy son, but not so happy Dad!!
Bedroom door handle not opening door from inside only, Whitley Bay centre, NE26, 7th September 2022
A lovely lady came across my van when parked outside a customer and she found me in their house, but wanted to see if I could sort out her bedroom door. Once I’d finished the job I was on I went over the road to help the lady. I found that the handle wasn’t opening fully and suspected that the door was fitted with a spindle that was too short for the handles, and one side had slipped through to the other. I was right and went about changing the spindle for one of my many spares, and the door worked perfectly after that!!
Door jammed shut and handles won’t move, Monkseaton, NE25, 25th August 2022
A very bubbly happy lady rang to see if I could help her sort her door out as she was very aware that she could be trapped in the house in case of a fire. I managed to open the door and found that the gearbox had seized and needed a replacement. I had an exact match on the van so could change it over quickly and the lady could once again use the door safely.
Lock upgrade required in flat in Monkseaton, NE25, 17th August 2022
A lovely lady called all concerned as someone had tried her flat door while she was inside. She wanted to know if she was in danger with the current lock she had. I assured her, that as long as the door was locked, there’s little chance of someone breaking into her home as she had a high security 5 lever mortice lock on the door. If you have any concerns over your security setup at your property, please give me a call and I can give some advice completely free!
Missing keys for back door and garage, Whitley Bay, NE26, 11th August 2022
A lady called during the immense heat we’ve had this week, but gladly her house was next to the cooling North Sea (when I say “cooling”, I mean freezing!! ) – making the job a “breeze” (sorry). I had replacements on the van so could do the job there and then, which was a big bonus to the lady as she had experience of workmen before who only would give estimates and rarely followed-up! (what’s the matter with people!!??). Jobs done, 30 minutes in, and one contented, safer lady.
Not able to lock door, Whitley Bay, NE26 - 4th August 2022
A lovely older lady rang in distress as she couldn’t lock her front door – she had propped up a tube against the door the night before just to try to keep her safe, albeit she lived in a “nice” area. When I got there, I found that the door was very badly aligned and a hook bolt on the mechanism wasn’t fully retracting, having been damaged with all the past effort being applied. I removed and replaced the hook-bolt and aligned the door perfectly and the lady could lock her door once more!
Window difficult to close and lock, Whitley Bay, NE26, 28th July 2022
A lovely lady was having much difficulty closing and opening her lounge window in Whitley Bay. When I arrived I immediately saw that the window had dropped significantly so installed a window “ramp” for the window to use to get to the right level to close properly, and then the window closed perfectly! A happy lady, who had put up with the dodgy window for about 5 years!! One happy lady!
Snapped key in lock and can’t open door, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25, 22nd July 2022
It seems it’s the season to snap keys in the North East, and yet another customer rang to see if I could help her open her door as the key to the door had snapped in the lock. This time, not so simple as there is normally a reason why this has happened, and this time it was because the gearbox inside the door was intermittently sticking, not allowing the key to turn in the lock. I discussed this with the lady and we had to swap out the defective gearbox and get the lock changed. The lady was so pleased that the door could be locked again and felt very safe once more.
Door lock changes in new house, West Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE26, 11th July 2022
A lovely lady from Kent called to ask if I could change all the locks in her mother’s house in Monkseaton, Whitley Bay. She wanted her front, back and garage door locks fitted with new, and high security, locks. I changed all the locks for BS3621 locks for insurance purposes and made sure her mother was safe. A very contented daughter for our quick response!
Customer couldn’t lock her door – Monkseaton, NE25, 6th July 2022
A lovely lady on the golden side of her years asked me if I could help her get her door locked as it was sticking and she felt unsafe. I promised that I wouldn’t leave her until she was safe, by hook or by crook!! The door was grinding against the bottom of the door frame and therefore needed some severe adjustments to be made, as well as adjusting the hinges. The door smoothly closed and was easy to lock by the time I left and the lady was most grateful!!
uPVC door mechanism seized completely, locked-in, Whitley Bay, NE25, 25th June 2022
A lady who owned an Air BnB asked if we could come quickly to let out her guests from the communal entrance to the two Air BnBs she had. I arrived quickly to find that the gearbox on the front door had seized completely. I had a spare in the van at the right size, so was able to swap it out there and then. A very relieved landlady!!
Back door lock broken and can’t be opened, Whitley Bay, NE26, 20th June 2022
A nice chap called to see if I could help him with his back door, upon which the lock had exploded when he tried to fix it!! John arrived to find the insides of the lock spread all over the floor and the insides of the lock smashed due to the failed, but very brave, DIY efforts! He removed the remainder of the door lock on the door, which had almost been welded closed and replaced the lock with a similar lock. The customer was very happy with the new lock, which had been playing up for years!!
Front door not able to lock, Whitley Bay, NE26, 16th June 2022
A young chap was having problems with his front door and couldn’t get it to lock, so he gave me a call. I arrived quickly as I live very local to him and inspected the job at hand. I found that the gearbox had given up the ghost and made a quick swap using a spare from the van. The door was then aligned, locks serviced and checked to make sure everything was working perfectly and left the chap very happy indeed!
Young child opening and closing front door lock too easily, Whitley Bay, NE26, 9th June 2022
A referral from a previous job, a lady had been locked out a couple of times by her son and she wanted to get a better system where the son wasn’t able to open and close the lock as he had special needs. I suggested and fitted a lock which was operated by keys which they could put up a height so the boy couldn’t get to them. No more lockouts!!!
Last key for high security lock and no registered number, NE26, 26th May 2022
A lady called concerned that if she lost her last key she would have to pay a call-out to remove her lock. She’d been quoted £115 per key by Timpsons to cut new one high security locks!! I told her she could have a new Ultion lock and 3 keys for that price, which she was over the moon about, so made the change for her quickly. One relieved lady!
Door handles not working properly, Whitley Bay, NE26, 17th May 2022
A neighbour rang to see if I could help sort out her front door which was very difficult to lock; she was worried it was about to fail all together. I lived just over the road so I walked to the house with my tote bag full of tools. The multipoint lock needed a bit of lubrication on the door frame but the main problem was the handles. The inside of the handles had worn down and weren’t gaining purchase fully on the spindle, so I changed them quickly for a new pair and everything worked out just fine from then on. A very grateful neighbour!!
Garage door keys lost again, Whitley Bay, NE26, 9th May 2022
A lady rang to say that, unbelievably, her son had yet again lost the keys for the garage defender that I had fitted only just before Christmas!! She had got rid of all sharp implements out of the house until her emotions had steadied, and then rang me to come and replace the lock. Again. I did the job quickly and gave the 5 keys to the lady who quite enjoyed having some sharp things in her hand again! She was very relieved and promised not to do anything rash with the keys, like give him a key any time soon!
Lock-out in Whitley Bay, NE26, 21st April 2022
A dentist called to say his wife had locked herself out with her slam-shut door closing behind her – she had left her keys behind (yet again apparently, although she always made out it was the husband’s fault ??) I arrived to find the door well and truly closed, but the dentist said there was an old conservatory on the back of the house which may be easier to get into. I gained entry quickly and opened the door to a relieved dentist who had gone through the whole operation without anaesthetic! A very brave dentist!
Garage door key snapped off, Whitley Bay, NE26, 14th April 2022
A lovely local lady rang me as she had found my name by looking for a “locksmith near me” and liked the reviews she saw on google. She had rolled up her garage door with the keys still in the lock, something I see an awful lot of!! I managed to get the remainder of the key out of the lock using a special “fish hook” type of pick. She had no spare key so the lock needed to be changed, which I did from my van stock. She was very impressed that I had the same type of garage handle and lock that she needed!
Nightlatch not locking intermittently, Whitley Bay, NE26, 6th April 2022
A nice lady rang to see if we could help, after she had heard one of her neighbours had a very good experience on some work I had done for her recently. I arrived to find a very old nightlatch lock on her door which I couldn’t understand how it kept working. I had a replacement ready on the van so was able to swap out the nightlatch for a British Standards BS3621:2007 insurance approved High Security Lock at a reasonable price. The lock was slip-proof, had a covered sheath on the lock to prevent drilling or picking and had a reinforced body to prevent drilling or from being “kicked-in”. A very happy lady, feeling far safer and more secure after my visit.
Lady can’t open her shed, key snapped in lock, Seaton Sluice, NE26 29th March 2022
A nice lady called to say that her dad had tried to fix a lock on her shed/playhouse but had snapped the key off in the process! She’d looked for a “locksmith near me” on Google and came up with my name after reading all the kind reviews I’d received for all the local locksmith work I’d done at the coast. I arrived and quickly opened the lock which of course needed changing as there were now no keys that fit. I left her with five keys to lose and told her to let me know once she’d run out once more
Garage key snapped in lock – last key, Monkseaton, NE25 25th March 2022
A chap bumped into me in the Sainsbury’s car park and asked if I could look at his garage door, which I agreed to do. When I got there, I found that the door was one of the old-style locks with an integrated lock and handle. I’d recently done one of these for a friend and had ordered two! So I was able to swap out the old lock as the key snapped was the last key that he had, and replaced the integrated handle and lock there and then! One happy chap who was able to pile more rubbish into his garage like every one else does!
Key won’t go into lock, Whitley Bay, NE26 18th March 2022
A lovely local lass from Whitley Bay couldn’t get her key into her front door lock anymore and was panicking that she would get locked out if she left the house. I rearranged my diary to help her immediately and arrived in 15 minutes. I tried the lock and found that there was quite a bit of corrosion present on the lock (that’s living at the coast for ya!) so I gave the lock a quick squirt of lithium grease and boom!; the key could access the lock once more. One very happy lady, especially as I didn’t charge her!!
Mechanism failed on uPVC front door, key stuck in lock, Monkseaton, NE25, 21st February 2022
A nice gent rang to see if I could help with his front door which had seized closed and his key wouldn’t come out of the lock. I found that the door strip had seized completely and had to force open the door. The gearbox had seized completely and was a single unit with all the door hooks integrated into a single Multipoint Locking System which needed replacing. The lock was also upgraded to a high security 3-star Ultion lock.
Mortice lock key snapped and lock seized and wouldn’t open, North Shields, NE29, 13th February 2022
A chap rang to ask for a locksmith in North Shields. I was at his house in 15 minutes to find his back door jammed with a part of a key still in the lock. I asked if he had another key, which he did, and very quickly opened up the door like it hadn’t a problem. The chap was very embarrassed, but I said that the bit of the key had probably dropped harmlessly out of the door lock and freed up the lock. No charge, but we did have a giggle at how easy it was to open!
Car door locked and dog trapped inside, Monkseaton, NE25, 5th February 2022
A frantic dog owner called to say her dog had got trapped in her car and her keys were also inside the car. I arrived to a crying and very panicky lady and frantic dog and managed to calm the situation down telling them both they would be soon reunited. I managed to get into the car quickly and retrieve the keys and dog, which made us all very happy!
Lock change, Whitley Bay, NE26, 3rd February 2022
A lovely young couple had just moved into the area and wanted their locks changed on their door. They were concerned that the keys had been handed round the neighbourhood and wanted them changing; 3 in all. We were quickly done with my locks from stock in the van and settled in feeling very safe.
Door keep loose and preventing door being locked, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25, 2nd February 2022
I had a call to look at a house in Monkseaton where the owner was having issues closing and locking his door. I quickly saw that the retaining screws for the door keep had gone and therefore the recess for the door latch and lock were difficult to engage every time. I made good the latch and lock keep to make it firm enough to lock and the door could then be locked safely and reliably once more.
Garage door locked shut, Whitley Bay, NE26, 30th January 2022
I was approached in the supermarket car park to see if I could help a lady get back into her garage as the lock seemed not to be working any more. When I arrived I saw that the lock was exceeding corroded and needed some attention, or even changing. I gave the lock some lubrication but this was not getting anywhere so I changed the lock from van-stock and enabled the lady to get to her garage once more.
Lost keys and motability scooter accident! Whitley Bay, NE25, 20th January 2022
Whilst shopping in Lidl, a lady got run over by a mobility scooter. I ran to help her and got chatting to her as she hopped around the shop in quite some pain. She mentioned that she had now had her worst day as she had also lost her keys! What a coincidence that I was there to help her to her feet and was able to let her into her house to get her spare keys! A great chance meeting for the lucky/unlucky lady!!
Door mechanism not moving with handle push, Whitley Bay, NE26, 19th January 2022
A jovial call from a gentleman who had an issue with his front door – the door handle didn’t have any effect on the door mechanism and it appeared to be seized. Once I’d stripped the door down I found that the gearbox had completely seized up and wouldn’t move, with a couple of metal gearing cogs falling out of the system. It needed to be replaced which I could do with my van stock, so changed it straight away.
Better security on patio doors, Monkseaton, NE25, 8th December 2021
A lovely lady called as she was concerned about her patio doors being unsafe. My recommendation to her was to take advantage of my special offer of the Ultion Lock High Security 3-star upgrade along with the new 2-star Ultion “Lock-Lock” handle. I had the equipment in stock so could fit them quickly and the lady felt very safe after I talked her through the benefits of both. If you need to take advantage of the best home security on the market and have me fit it, just call me.
Lockout and yale lock replacement, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, NE25, 3rd December 2021
A family called after their door had slammed shut behind them and they wanted a locksmith in Whitley Bay to help them. I arrived and quickly let them back into the house. They wanted to change the lock so it wouldn’t slam-shut behind them again which I did equally quickly!
Lost keys, Whitley Bay, NE26, 30th November 2021
A nice chap called to say that he’d lost his keys so he wanted to change all his locks. I changed his front and back door, improving on their 1-star yale locks with our Ultion 3 star high security and Police approved locks. He also wanted his garage door changing too, for which I was happy to oblige and replaced with my van stock.
Door handle upgrade, Whitley Bay, NE26, 16th November 2021
A lady was looking to upgrade her handles in Newcastle as hers were getting very worn and loose. I put on some Ultion “Sweet” high security locks and the lady was extremely happy.
Locked out of house and no spare key, Monkseaton, NE26, 08 November 2021
A desperate lady called as she and her babies were locked out the house and the dog was all alone inside and she needed a locksmith in Monkseaton, Whitley Bay urgently. I quickly rescheduled my work for the day and turned up in 15 minutes. I quickly gained entry to the property and made sure the kettle was put on for the frantic lady while she settled her babies. I changed her lock for a more secure snap-proof lock and went on my way, leaving a very relieved mother and babies and happy dog!
Remove Yale Smart lock, install keyed lock, Whitley Bay, NE26, 02 November 2021
A very friendly lady was looking for a locksmith in Whitley Bay, to help her remove her Yale Smart Lock and install a normal lock with a key. We removed the smart lock very quickly and put on some high security handles and snap-proof locks on for the lady. She was relieved to get back to normal locks once more!
Wooden door difficult to close and lock, West Monkseaton, NE25, 30 October 2021
I had an enquiry from a nice lady who wanted a local locksmith in Whitley Bay. Being just a couple of minutes from the lady’s house we turned up quickly to find that her door had swollen with all the water which was pooling at the foot of the door. Her door foot plate was faulty and the rain was running inside the house instead of over the door foot of the frame. We made a quick change for her and sealed the door runner again and adjusted the door to close properly and the lock was then able to function once more!
Snapped door handle – burglary attempt, Whitley Bay, NE26, 23rd October 2021
A concerned customer asked us to have a look at their patio door handle which had been snapped off. Although the door was not opened, it was believed to be an attempted burglary. We made a quick appraisal of the door locks and upgraded them to Ultion High Security locks, and replaced the handles with the new Ultion “Sweet” One-star locks which offer superb security against burglars.
Broken nightlatch lock, Monkseaton, NE25, 20th October 2021
Another caller from the Whitley Bay area from a couple who said their nightlatch wouldn’t lock. When I arrived the lock was in pieces as they had try to take it apart and fix it themselves. I noticed that a part of the lock was shattered and therefore had to replace the lock with a new one from stock. Happy customers once more.
Snapped key in garage door, Whitley Bay, NE26, 19th October 2021
A call came in from a lady who had problems with her garage door, and had snapped the key in the lock, not for the first time! We arrived and quickly removed the trapped key-end and made sure that the lock and garage mechanisms were properly lubricated.
Back gate and front door keys missing, Whitley Bay, NE26, 15th October 2021
I was called by a landlady to change locks on two doors where the keys had gone missing from the previous tenant who had just moved out. The new tenants were due in imminently so I had to act quickly. I changed the front door barrel and the rear mortice lock for like-for-like locks supplied off the van stock and all was good for the new tenants!
Patio doors won’t open, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, NE25, 9th October 2021
A lovely retired couple in the beautiful hamlet that is Seaton Sluice asked me if I would have a look to see what was wrong with their patio doors. “Do we need new doors, as that’s what the last person told them” was the question I was asked. “Of course not!” was my answer. I realigned the doors and changed the very loose handles on the doors, gave the mechanisms a quick lubricate and service and that was all that was required to get the doors back to working like new!
Windows unable to be opened, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25, 1st October 2021
Another call to a house found that yet again 3 windows were proving difficult to open and close. We found that all 3 windows had different issues – one had a snapped handle, one had a key snapped in the lock of the handle and another required a new mechanism as it had corroded.
Window handle snapped, Whitley Bay, NE26, 26th September 2021
A nice lady rang to say her bedroom window had a broken handle. We found that the mechanism had seized and she had snapped the handle trying to get it to open. We lubricated the mechanism, checked it was moving freely and replaced the handle quickly.
Door unable to be closed, Earsdon, Whitley Bay, NE25, 23rd September 2021
A lady called as she was unable to keep her door closed in the wind and suspected the lock was loose or broken. We found we had to change the nightlatch as it wouldn’t close all the way and adjusted the door as it had been damaged by the wind also.
Key stuck in lock, NE26, Whitley Bay, 12th September 2021
We had a call from someone who couldn’t leave their house as the key had got stuck in their lock. We found it was a mortice lock and lifted the key when turning it. That did the trick allowing the key to lock the door, but there was an issue with the lock meaning that we made a quick swapout of the lock from stock.
Lockout and gain entry, NE25, Whitley Bay, 4th September 2021
Arriving at a property following a callout for a snapped only key, we quickly got a panicked client back into their home and replaced the damaged lock with a new snap-proof euro lock.
New shed door lock after break-in, NE26, Whitley Bay, 31 August 2021
We were called to a house which had a shed break-in during the night and a requirement for a new lock was given to us. We tidied up the damage to the door and fitted a new long-throw bold lock there and then from our van stock. We came back the following day and fitted a door bar and padlock to enhance the safety of the shed.
Bolt lock for back gate in Whitley Bay, NE26, 28th August 2021
A property in Whitley Bay had a need for a more efficient lock on the back lane gate. We put in a “long-throw” bolt lock on the property which the lock is accessible and lockable from both sides.
New Ultions fitted in Monkseaton, NE26, 21st August 2021
A lovely couple rang to say they would like to have our High Security British Standards 3 star Ultion locks fitted to their front and back exterior doors for added security and anti-snap properties for their house. We came and measured up and made the change very quickly but carefully and the couple are now far safer in their home than before.
New window locks in Monkseaton, NE25, 17th August 2021
We had a call from a lady wanting to have window locks put on her windows as she had her grandchildren visit on a regular basis and was worried about the children climbing out of the upstairs windows. We had the stock on the van to do this quickly.
New lock for Vestibule in Seaton Delaval, NE25,15th August 2021
A priest rang us to see if we could help change over their ancient lock on their vestibule. We managed to remove the old lock and put in a new mortice lock in its place and gave the priest 5 keys in the process!
Fixing UPVC door handle Seaton Sluice, NE25,15th August 2021
Are you tired of having to pull up hard on your upvc door handle, feeling the crunch each time you have to close up at the end of a day in the garden. Then give Lockforce Locksmiths Newcastle a call and we can sort you out immediately!
Padlock successfully picked Whitley Bay, NE26,13th August 2021
The local club hut from scouts/cubs rang up to ask to unlock a padlock on a metal gate as they had misplaced the last remaining key. The lock was about 50 years old and as thick as a tree branch and was definitely not going to opening with bolt cutters, so we set about picking the lock. Withing 2 minutes we had released the lock and gained entry to the hut. The jamboree could go ahead at the weekend once more!
School needed new finger-protectors installing on 5 doors, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25, 9th August 2021
A headteacher rang to ask if we could fit replacement finger protectors to their primary school classroom doors. We came to measure up and ordered the new protectors which arrived the next day. Once we fitted them the children would not be able to trap their fingers in the doors, which is always a good result!
Landlord’s tenant eviction requiring lock change, NE26, 6th August 2021
A landlord had not received rent for two years and was in need of help to change a lock for his flat which had been evacuated rapidly. We gained entry and changed the necessary lock and made the property safe.
Patio Doors couldn’t be opened as lock was stuck, NE25, 5th August 2021
We were called by a door installer to look at a problem a couple were having with their patio doors. We quickly released the door locking mechanism and gained entry. We found the gearbox and the locks to both doors were forced and broken and quickly set about realigning the doors so the problem wouldn’t come back, leaving the couple to enjoy their garden once more.
Door won’t close properly and locking is very difficult, Whitley Bay, NE25, 3rd August 2021
A repeat customer called us to see if we could help him with his difficult-to-close front door. We quickly found that the hinge had stopped working properly and allowed the door to drop. We got straight to our stock in the van and found a replacement hinge, realigned the door and double checked that the door operation was correct.
Door lock needing changing as had ceased, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE26, 2nd August 2021
A family had an urgent need to change a lock which had stopped working and they had to break in through a glass window to open the lock! We quickly found that the lock had indeed ceased and in spite of our efforts had to change the lock to a high security British Standards lock.
Composite door lock failing and key can’t be removed, West Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, 31st July 2021
A farmer called because he was having trouble closing his front door. We found that the lock had disintegrated due to forcing and had left bits in the gearbox. We dismantled the door mechanism and cleared out the broken lock. We checked the mechanism was working and changed the lock.
Keys lost for all window locks in landlord’s flat, Whitley Bay, NE26, 29th July 2021
A frantic landlord asked for a solution for his lost keys for all his windows in his flat as tenants were moving in the next day. We suggested changing the window locks in the flat, and he agreed, and left all spare keys with the landlord.
Door won’t lock on newly installed composite front door, Shiremoor, Whitley Bay, NE27, 28th July 2021
A door manufacturer called us on a warranty call to look at a newly installed door they had put in just a week ago. When we got to the new property, we saw that the problem was with a thumbturn lock which was just spinning and not locking the door. We tightened up the thumbscrew on the underneath of the thumbturn and the lock could once again be engaged and problem solved!
Shop owner locked out of shop first thing in the morning, Whitley Bay, NE26, 26th July 2021
A frantic shop owner rang us first thing to see if we could open up his shop as the lock seemed to have failed. Once we arrived, we could see that the handle of the door was all floppy, telling us that the gearbox had failed. We quickly gained entry so the shop could begin trading and swapped-out the broken gearbox for a new one in no time at all.
Doctor’s Surgery had lost keys to medicine store, Whitley Bay, NE26, 25th July 2021
We were contacted by a Doctor’s Surgery in Whitley Bay who had lost the keys to their store. We quickly gained entry to the store and changed the two locks that were on the door.
Door hinge failing on composite door which had dropped, Whitley Bay, NE25, 25th July 2021
We were called to investigate a door which had dropped severely in the frame and meant the door couldn’t be locked. We had stock in the van of the matching hinge so were able to take the door down and replace the broken hinge. The door was then able to be locked easily and closed very smoothly.
Replacement back door gate lock required, Whitley Bay, NE26, 24th July 2021
We suggested a long-throw lock to be the replacement lock for a lady in Whitley Bay who needed something which could lock her back gate with a key from both sides. We arranged a time to fit the lock and arrived spot on time to make the replacement.
Door lock starting to fail, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE26, 23rd July 2021
A lady of more mature years was concerned her door could fail at any time as she was having difficulties locking the door at times. We quickly established that the door was out of alignment and making the door bolts difficult to locate into their strike keeps. We aligned the door and manipulated the keeps so the door was easier to close and lock. A very happy lady!
New restaurant door requires new mortice locks and door furniture fitting, Whitley Bay, NE26, 22nd July 2021
A new restaurant needed a whole load of work to its main door, so we set about sorting out the two new mortice locks and lock strikes, having to cut into the door carefully for both. We also were asked to fit new door handles, hand plate, door pull and new latch mechanism to the door just in time for the restaurant to open!
Broken lock on door which couldn’t be locked, Whitley Bay, NE26, 20th July 2021
We were called to see if we could sort out a lock which had fallen apart when trying to open the door. We found that the door had snapped at the anti-snap line for an unknown reason and needed to be replaced, which we did from our stock on the van.
Locked out from house with dog stuck inside, Whitley Bay NE26, 20th July 2021
We received a call from a desperate lady who had locked herself out of her bungalow in the North of Whitley Bay. We arrived within 20 minutes to let the lady back into the house quickly, and reunite her with her little poodle! A happy reunion!
Sports shed lock broken, Churchill Playing fields, Whitley Bay NE25, 19th July 2021
The groundsman from the local playing fields in Whitley Bay rang to ask if we could help unlock his shed where the local cricket club kept their sports equipment. We arrived to find a rusted padlock which we freed up with lubricant and opened the padlock without damage. Anyone for cricket?
Upvc window unable to be locked, West Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25, 15th July 2021
An elderly couple could not lock their downstairs window and were concerned about what to do about it at night. We saw at the property when we got there that the handle had snapped on the window and it needed replacing. We had a variety of handles on the van so the couple were able to choose what they wanted and we changed it very quickly. We also lubricated the window hinges which were also very stiff. A happy, safe couple were very relieved at how quickly we responded!
Contract call from Property management company with lockout on new build, Backworth, Whitley Bay, NE27, 13th July 2021
Our company do many contracts for property management companies and lettings agents. One of them called to ask for an urgent lockout in Backworth. We were at the property in 15 minutes to find a gentleman who couldn’t get into his house as his keys didn’t seem to work any more. We gained entry and changed the lock for him and gave him 5 keys for his lock. He was very pleased with the speed we gained entry and loved the fact that he didn’t have to get any more keys cut.
Front door difficult to lock, Whitley Bay, NE26, 11th July 2021
A couple rang reporting that their mother was having issues getting in and out of the house to look after the couple’s children. We saw that the lock was not engaging the strikeplate in the frame correctly so moved the plate to allow it to do so.
Upvc door not able to be locked, Whitley Bay, NE26, 10th July 2021
A nice chap rang to see if we could help him sort his front door out which couldn’t be locked. We analysed the problem and found that the lock had indeed failed, so swapped it out and put a new high security Ultion lock in place.
Another free survey on a property in Whitley Bay, NE26, 7th July 2021
As part of our special deals for free surveys, we quickly spotted that a property had a very old mechanism in their door which was on the point of failure; the family had been having to put much effort into closing the door with force and had very little play left on the door hook bolts’ action. We changed the gearbox on the MultiPoint Locking system and made good the alignment on the door. We also upgraded the lock which was also difficult to put in and remove the keys.
Free Survey carried out at a property in Whitley Bay, NE26, 6th July 2021
A free security survey carried out at a property in Whitley Bay found that a front door was at risk of having easy access due to the proximity of the letter box to their thumbturn lock. The risk is that this could make a burglar’s job very easy to break into the property. We suggested and fitted a keyed euro cylinder with snap-proofing, and fitted it quickly.
Door not able to be unlocked, Whitley Bay, NE26, 29th June 2021
A gentleman rang to tell us his wife couldn’t lock the front door and she had to use the garage. We quickly turned up to see what was the problem. Immediately we saw that the door had gone seriously out of alignment and the lock was no longer able to fit well into the bolt housing to lock-up. We had the alignment sorted very quickly, however there were other issues with the gearbox and Multipoint Locking system, which had all failed due to excessive pressure on it. The bits of the geabox litereally fell out of the door when dismantling. We replaced the full MPL and the door lock and made sure the alignment was all done once completed. A very happy husband and wife!
Patio door key spinning intermittently and door very stiff, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay, NE25, 23rd June 2021
A lovely couple called as they had problems locking their patio doors; someone had been to attempt to fix the door previously but had only made things worse and had given up! We called round quickly and found that the door was very badly aligned, so we corrected that, and then found that the lock had broken due to all the force that had been applied to lock-up attempts previously. We quickly changed the lock and made sure all was working well. A very happy couple indeed.
Garden Annex door won’t lock, New Hartley, Whitley Bay, NE25, 18th June 2021
We were called to a beautiful garden house annex in New Hartley which had a failing lock. We saw that the upvc doors had misaligned due to the sunny weather and made amendments. Unfortunately the gearbox had also been stressed and was not consistently engaging the door strip locks, so we changed that from our on-van stock also.
Lost keys but spare keys inside house and locked out, Whitley Bay NE26, 13th June 2021
A lady called us for help. She had just returned home after the school-run but thought she had left her keys inside the house. We explained that she would have had to have closed the uPVC doors with a key and therefore had lost her keys. She said she had spare keys, however we explained again that unless she finds her keys quickly, her house could be at risk of entry with the lost, or maybe stolen, keys. Once we quickly gained entry, we changed the locks on the front and back of the property and made it safe for the lady and her family. A very relieve Lockforce Newcastle customer!
Lock upgrade required in Whitley Bay NE26 12th June 2021
A customer was concerned that his sash lock was easily reachable from outside due to the proximity to their letterbox. We quickly changed the sash lock for a lockable sash lock which was insurance approved and British Standards. The customer was very happy with the advice that we gave and the speed at which we replaced the less secure lock.
Mortice lock failure Whitley Bay NE25 10th June 2021
We were approached to find a replacement for a rare lock with an unusual set of measurements. Instead of replacing the lock, we rebuilt the inside workings of the lock at a much cheaper price, saving the customer ££££s.
Locks on side of patio doors not moving when closing door, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay NE25, 9th June 2021
A customer called to say that the locks weren’t moving on the doors to their garden. Once we examined the doors we saw that the bolts and buttons on the door strip had indeed stopped working yet the lock on the door still engaged. We stripped back the door mechanism and assessed that the gearbox was failing to engage the door strip bolts and buttons and so replaced the gearbox. The customer was asked to test the door to make sure it was to their satisfaction and then stated it had never worked so well! A happy Lockforce Newcastle customer again
Failed handle replacement Seaton Delaval, Whitley Bay NE25 4th June 2021
The customer had problems closing the door as the handles for the outside door were very loose and didn’t always pick up the mechanism in the door. The client asked for new door locks but we reassured him this wasn’t necessary and only needed to put on new handles, saving them a fortune. Understandably the customer was very happy with the advice and saving money.
Key spinning in mortice lock, Brierdene, Whitley Bay, NE26, 2nd June 2021
The owner of a lovely old house in Brierdene called us because one of his back-porch doors had a key that was spinning in a mortice lock. We had to drill into the lock to release the bolt from the door and replace the mortice lock with a similar lock, which we had on the van. We were done inside 30 minutes and had one happy owner.
Door is catching on the frame when closing, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, NE25, 1st June 2021
We were called to a flat in Monkseaton because the owner was concerned, he was annoying his neighbours as he had to force his door closed each time. Once we examined the wooden door, we saw that it had swollen due to the damp weather so we amended behind the hinges and rehung the door. The door closed perfectly and no longer need to bang the door closed.
Door lock won’t lock door, Hillheads, Whitley Bay, NE26, 28th May 2021
A lady rang to say that her door wouldn’t lock and that she needed a new lock. Once we’d arrived within 5 minutes as we were in the area. We immediately saw that the door had gone way out of alignment. We quickly realigned the door within 3 minutes and tested the lock – there was nothing wrong with the lock, so we lubricated the uPVC door strip, gearbox and latch and left without charging the nice lady due to the small amount of work that needed to be done. One very impressed lady!
Patio door unable to open and lock upgrade in Whitley Bay, NE26 - 18/5/2021
Lockforce were asked if they could open a locked patio door which hadn't been opened for 2 years! Upon arriving at the property we carried out a survey of the subject door. We found that it indeed was jammed solid - the multi-point locking mechanism had failed and the gearing did not respond to the door handle. We informed the customer what we were going to do as we had to "gain entry" to the door, although we could access both sides! We managed to open the door without any damage to the door or the frames and changed the "MPL" and the gearbox. The owner wanted new brass handles on the door which we had in stock on the van as always, and changed the lock to an anti-snap lock. The owner then asked us to look at the conservatory patio door locks which were also changed to anti-snap locks. We serviced the mechanism of both the slave and the master patio doors as they were both very stiff due to age, but managed to give them a good lubricating to alleviate the stiffness and give the doors a good few years left of usage! The very happy owner also decided to upgrade his front-door lock to a high security Brisant Ultion Plus lock as his previous lock was also without anti-snap technology.
Lock sticking/keys failing in Whitley Bay, NE26 - 17/5/2021
Locksmiths Newcastle were contacted to see if we could help with a sticking/crunching mortice door lock on a flat in Whitley Bay NE26. When we took a look at the keys we immediately knew that there had been some force used to open the door as the keys were bent. This was looking likely to be a door alignment problem in our first opinion, meaning that the door lock wasn't quite ligning up to the strike plate. On looking at the mortice lock we found that the door was indeed way out and had dropped on the lock side of the door. There were also rub-marks up and down the lock side of the door too at various points. We immediately aligned the door to match up, but the lock was still crunching and keys not fitting meaning the damage had been done. We quickly replaced the mortice lock and cut a further two keys for the owner. The owner was extremely please with the result as the door had been awkward for as long as they can remember. The owner said "I don't mean to sound daft, but, the door actually opens and closes like a door should now!" Which to be fair, did sound a little daft, but there again, isn't it a little daft to put up with an awkward door for so long. If you need your door opening and closing made more easy, or your doors realigned or just want us to come and survey your property's locks as a kind of "house MOT", we would be over the moon to help.