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S Fretwell & Sons are local, qualified locksmiths in Doncaster dealing with all types of locks fitted to domestic and commercial properties. No call-out charge and our work is guaranteed for 2 years. With a strong focus on customer service, our solid reputation within Doncaster is something we are very proud of.

Securing your property

There are occassions when you need the services of a professional emergency lockmsith in a hurry, here are some situations when we can help remove the panic and stress.

My property has been broken into…

I have lost my door keys…

Emergency locksmiths in Doncaster

Being broken into is a stressful experience, which is why at S Fretwell & Sons, we will always go the extra mile to make your property secure. There's a reason we are the leading emergency locksmiths in Doncaster; we strive to provide a reliable and friendly locksmith service, and our aim is to get you as soon as possible when an emergency happens.

Locksmith services in Doncaster

We can carry out a number of emergency locksmith services in Doncaster. These include burglary repairs, door lock repairs, door lock changes and emergency access.

Lost your keys?

In the event that you have misplaced your keys, our aim will always be to open the lock so we cause as little damage as possible. This will ensure it can be operated again with the original keys if they are available.

There is a no call out fee policy and our work is guaranteed for two years – much greater than what many of our competitors offer.

For a fast and friendly response, call our emergency locksmith in Doncaster number on 07990 573857. We are available 24/7 and, in most cases, we can be with you in under an hour, helping make your property secure in no time at all.

Mobile Doncaster locksmith

Our mobile locksmiths' van and workshop increases our chances of being able to complete lock repairs or replacements on the spot.

Among the lock types we carry are mortice locks, rim cylinders, euro cylinders, anti-snap cylinders, oval cylinders, bullet locks, shutter locks, deadlocks and window locks.

We have locks from all the major manufacturers, including Chubb, Yale, Union and ERA, so you can be assured that what we fit is of the highest possible quality. In fact, all the locks we fit will be British Standard and insurance approved. We avoid using substandard locks that won't stand the test of time. What's more, all the parts we fit will be sourced in unopened packaging for your peace of mind.

In the event that extra keys are needed, our mobile workshop has the facilities to cut extra keys on site at very reasonable prices. These can be checked in the door locks while we are there, reducing the need for you to get them re-cut.

Purses, wallets and money have typically been the most frequently stolen items in domestic burglaries.

My door won’t lock or unlock anymore…

My locks aren’t working as well as they should

When most people encounter problems with their door locks, the first thing they will consider is replacing the entire door. However, this can be an expensive decision, especially when it's often possible to carry out a lock replacement.

Over the years, we have helped countless customers save time and money by doing a lock replacement in Doncaster. The most common issues we encounter include door misalignment and problems with substandard locks, both of which are easy for an experienced locksmith to rectify.

In some cases, it might be that the cylinder within the lock no longer functions properly, or your key won't turn. We are able to replace your lock with one that is of a higher quality, which will protect you against problems like this in the future.

The trick is not to try to force your door to lock or unlock. Instead, give our experienced Doncaster locksmith a call and we will be able to come and take a closer look, before recommending the best way of dealing with the problem.

Other reasons to consider a door lock replacement

A faulty door isn’t the only reason you might want to think about replacing your locks. We offer a Home Mover Package, which is ideal if you have recently relocated. It is possible the previous owners of your property may not have gathered all the keys they had lent out over the years, leaving you and your home vulnerable. This competitively priced package includes replacement locks and the expertise of our locksmith in Doncaster. Contact us on 01302 378068 if you would like to find out more.

If you suspect the locks on your property are not of the best quality, then a lock replacement may be the best option. We can supply locks that meet the strictest standards, each fitted by a Doncaster locksmith with decades of experience.

You may also want to replace your locks as a means of improving your home's security. The majority of home insurance policies will require you to have locks that meet a certain standard and that are are fully functioning. A complete lock replacement will ensure you meet these terms and conditions.

Get your free, no obligation quote

S Fretwell & Sons offers free, no obligation quotes on all its services. All you need to do is give us a call on 01302 378068 and we will arrange a convenient time to visit.

We can also carry out a home assessment, where we will take a look at your existing locks and recommend ways to improve your home security. If you have any doors that will no longer lock or unlock, we will be able to tell whether it's possible to salvage the mechanism or replace it - you will be surprised in just how many cases it is possible to avoid buying a whole new door unit.

My property has been broken into…

Emergency locksmiths in Doncaster

Being broken into is a stressful experience, which is why at S Fretwell & Sons, we will always go the extra mile to make your property secure. There's a reason we are the leading emergency locksmiths in Doncaster; we strive to provide a reliable and friendly locksmith service, and our aim is to get you as soon as possible when an emergency happens.

Locksmith services in Doncaster

We can carry out a number of emergency locksmith services in Doncaster. These include burglary repairs, door lock repairs, door lock changes and emergency access.

Lost your keys?

In the event that you have misplaced your keys, our aim will always be to open the lock so we cause as little damage as possible. This will ensure it can be operated again with the original keys if they are available.

There is a no call out fee policy and our work is guaranteed for two years – much greater than what many of our competitors offer.

For a fast and friendly response, call our emergency locksmith in Doncaster number on 07990 573857. We are available 24/7 and, in most cases, we can be with you in under an hour, helping make your property secure in no time at all.

I have lost my door keys…

Mobile Doncaster locksmith

Our mobile locksmiths' van and workshop increases our chances of being able to complete lock repairs or replacements on the spot.

Among the lock types we carry are mortice locks, rim cylinders, euro cylinders, anti-snap cylinders, oval cylinders, bullet locks, shutter locks, deadlocks and window locks.

We have locks from all the major manufacturers, including Chubb, Yale, Union and ERA, so you can be assured that what we fit is of the highest possible quality. In fact, all the locks we fit will be British Standard and insurance approved. We avoid using substandard locks that won't stand the test of time. What's more, all the parts we fit will be sourced in unopened packaging for your peace of mind.

In the event that extra keys are needed, our mobile workshop has the facilities to cut extra keys on site at very reasonable prices. These can be checked in the door locks while we are there, reducing the need for you to get them re-cut.

Purses, wallets and money have typically been the most frequently stolen items in domestic burglaries.

My door won’t lock or unlock anymore…

My locks aren’t working as well as they should

When most people encounter problems with their door locks, the first thing they will consider is replacing the entire door. However, this can be an expensive decision, especially when it's often possible to carry out a lock replacement.

Over the years, we have helped countless customers save time and money by doing a lock replacement in Doncaster. The most common issues we encounter include door misalignment and problems with substandard locks, both of which are easy for an experienced locksmith to rectify.

In some cases, it might be that the cylinder within the lock no longer functions properly, or your key won't turn. We are able to replace your lock with one that is of a higher quality, which will protect you against problems like this in the future.

The trick is not to try to force your door to lock or unlock. Instead, give our experienced Doncaster locksmith a call and we will be able to come and take a closer look, before recommending the best way of dealing with the problem.

Other reasons to consider a door lock replacement

A faulty door isn’t the only reason you might want to think about replacing your locks. We offer a Home Mover Package, which is ideal if you have recently relocated. It is possible the previous owners of your property may not have gathered all the keys they had lent out over the years, leaving you and your home vulnerable. This competitively priced package includes replacement locks and the expertise of our locksmith in Doncaster. Contact us on 01302 378068 if you would like to find out more.

If you suspect the locks on your property are not of the best quality, then a lock replacement may be the best option. We can supply locks that meet the strictest standards, each fitted by a Doncaster locksmith with decades of experience.

You may also want to replace your locks as a means of improving your home's security. The majority of home insurance policies will require you to have locks that meet a certain standard and that are are fully functioning. A complete lock replacement will ensure you meet these terms and conditions.

Get your free, no obligation quote

S Fretwell & Sons offers free, no obligation quotes on all its services. All you need to do is give us a call on 01302 378068 and we will arrange a convenient time to visit.

We can also carry out a home assessment, where we will take a look at your existing locks and recommend ways to improve your home security. If you have any doors that will no longer lock or unlock, we will be able to tell whether it's possible to salvage the mechanism or replace it - you will be surprised in just how many cases it is possible to avoid buying a whole new door unit.

Protecting your property

With something as important as the security of your home, it’s sensible to seek professional advice so that your family and their possession are as safe as they can be. Door and window locks vary in design and quality which is why we’re on hand to make sure you’re locks are helping to protect your property.

Why you need Ultion high security door locks…

Why to avoid euro-cylinder locks…

Why you need Ultion high-security door locks

Choosing high-security locks is an effective means of keeping thieves at bay - and Ultion can help you do just that. This particular type of lock has been approved by the police, as well as having being put through rigorous tests by British Standards and the Master Locksmith Association. Ultion locks have also been awarded the highest TS007 three-star standard.

Designing out crime

There are many in-built features that make Ultion locks superior to others on the market. They boast 11 security pins capable of creating 294,970 different combinations, seriously reducing the chances of thieves guessing the right one.

Ultion locks also have a strong molybdenum core that is 25% denser than iron. This protects your property from lock snapping, drilling and bumping, further improving security.

As soon as Ultion locks detect that tampering has occurred, they will enter into lockdown mode. A lock will move into the central cam, which is kept in place by a retaining pin that means it's impossible for the lock to be damaged.

A lock suitable for any door

Another advantage of Ultion locks is they can be fitted to any door. Whether you have aluminium doors at your property, uPVC or even wood, an experienced Doncaster locksmith will be able to fit them to the required standard. The premium components used to make Ultion locks will stand the test of time and keep your property safe for years to come.

Here at S Fretwell & Sons, we offer a snap-proof lock package to help give you complete faith in your home's security. For one low price of £200, you will get three Ultion locks - one fitted to your front door, one to the back and the final for your French or patio doors.

Not only will you receive these high-security locks, but also the expertise of our experienced Doncaster locksmith.

Why avoid euro-cylinder locks

Euro cylinder locks are a common feature of many homes, but the fact is they pose a number of different security issues. They are susceptible to lock picking, lock snapping and lock bumping, therefore putting your property at risk.

Lock picking and lock bumping

A basic euro cylinder lock is vulnerable to lock picking, a common method that often includes lock bumping. This involves opening the lock by using a specially crafted bump key - these are easy to obtain and are readily available on various websites. Another technique for picking locks uses a snap gun, which is essentially a tool that can be used to pick open a euro cylinder lock without using a key.

Higher security euro cylinder locks have entered the market to combat the problem and have been adapted to use specialised security pins. These pins are designed to catch in the lock cylinder if a snap gun or bump key is used. However, the majority of euro cylinder locks fitted on older doors do not have these specialised security pins.

Lock snapping

This is a method of forced entry that affects the euro cylinder lock. Lock snapping involves applying a strong torque force to the lock cylinder, usually with a pair of locking pliers, thereby breaking the mechanism and allowing access to the latch.

It can take between 20 seconds and two minutes to snap the lock and gain entry. Police in the UK have estimated that around 22 million doors throughout the country could be at risk from lock snapping. This technique is made possible where there is a weakness where the retaining bolt passes through a thinner part of the lock.

Fit British Standard cylinder locks

Measures have been put in place to combat the vulnerabilities of the euro cylinder lock. New safety criteria have been put in force and any British Standard cylinders that meet the TS007 3 standard can prevent this method of attack. They have been shown to reduce burglaries in implemented areas by up to 60%.

Repairing broken uPVC door mechanisms…

Around 70% of the time offenders gain entry through a door and 30% of the time through a window.

Repairing broken uPVC door mechanisms

Carrying out uPVC door mechanism repairs is one of the most common tasks we perform on a weekly basis. After continuous use, the multipoint locking mechanisms on your uPVC doors will eventually wear out and fail - in fact, the average lifespan is just ten to 12 years.

If you can’t open the door but the key is turning 360 degrees, this usually tells us the multipoint lock has failed.  We will replace the mechanism for a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire door. There is every chance the replacement lock will last just as long as the original, or possibly even longer if the door wasn’t fitted properly in the first place!

We carry over 200 different multipoint locking mechanisms and gearboxes with us at all times. This allows repairs to be completed on the first call out and your property to be secure on the same day.

uPVC door repairs in Doncaster

Many of our customers believe their uPVC door locks are too old to repair, but this often isn't the case. Even when parts become unobtainable, there are always other alternatives that will often offer a higher level of security than before. We can also offer replacement handles, barrels and letterboxes if you want to give your property a fresher overall look.

Fixing common uPVC door problems

It’s highly likely we will be able to open your uPVC door without causing any damage. Each door mechanism fails in its own unique way and with over 30 years’ experience, we will recognise the quickest but damage-free way to open up your door. If you’ve been told that your door can’t be opened, give us a call. We love a challenge and haven’t been beaten yet!

If your uPVC door won't lock, there are a couple of things you should check before calling our locksmith in Doncaster. If the door can still be locked while it is ajar, the multipoint lock should be fine and the door needs realigning. If the door handle is being prevented from lifting all the way, it can’t be locked.

In the event that the door is no longer square with the frame, it will need ‘toeing and heeling’. Another option is to alter the hinges or the keeps adjusting on the frame. It’s a good idea to enlist the help of someone with experience in uPVC door repairs in Doncaster rather than attempting to deal with the problem yourself, as you could cause more damage.

In the event that the door isn’t locking while it is ajar, then the problem is more serious and the chances are the multipoint lock has failed. We find that the multipoint locks fail open and closed in equal amounts. If your door is left open and you can’t lock it, our aim is to get to you the same day you call to secure your property as soon as possible.

For help with your uPVC door lock repairs in Doncaster, get in touch on 01302 378068.

Why you need Ultion high security door locks…

Why you need Ultion high-security door locks

Choosing high-security locks is an effective means of keeping thieves at bay - and Ultion can help you do just that. This particular type of lock has been approved by the police, as well as having being put through rigorous tests by British Standards and the Master Locksmith Association. Ultion locks have also been awarded the highest TS007 three-star standard.

Designing out crime

There are many in-built features that make Ultion locks superior to others on the market. They boast 11 security pins capable of creating 294,970 different combinations, seriously reducing the chances of thieves guessing the right one.

Ultion locks also have a strong molybdenum core that is 25% denser than iron. This protects your property from lock snapping, drilling and bumping, further improving security.

As soon as Ultion locks detect that tampering has occurred, they will enter into lockdown mode. A lock will move into the central cam, which is kept in place by a retaining pin that means it's impossible for the lock to be damaged.

A lock suitable for any door

Another advantage of Ultion locks is they can be fitted to any door. Whether you have aluminium doors at your property, uPVC or even wood, an experienced Doncaster locksmith will be able to fit them to the required standard. The premium components used to make Ultion locks will stand the test of time and keep your property safe for years to come.

Here at S Fretwell & Sons, we offer a snap-proof lock package to help give you complete faith in your home's security. For one low price of £200, you will get three Ultion locks - one fitted to your front door, one to the back and the final for your French or patio doors.

Not only will you receive these high-security locks, but also the expertise of our experienced Doncaster locksmith.

Why to avoid euro-cylinder locks…

Why avoid euro-cylinder locks

Euro cylinder locks are a common feature of many homes, but the fact is they pose a number of different security issues. They are susceptible to lock picking, lock snapping and lock bumping, therefore putting your property at risk.

Lock picking and lock bumping

A basic euro cylinder lock is vulnerable to lock picking, a common method that often includes lock bumping. This involves opening the lock by using a specially crafted bump key - these are easy to obtain and are readily available on various websites. Another technique for picking locks uses a snap gun, which is essentially a tool that can be used to pick open a euro cylinder lock without using a key.

Higher security euro cylinder locks have entered the market to combat the problem and have been adapted to use specialised security pins. These pins are designed to catch in the lock cylinder if a snap gun or bump key is used. However, the majority of euro cylinder locks fitted on older doors do not have these specialised security pins.

Lock snapping

This is a method of forced entry that affects the euro cylinder lock. Lock snapping involves applying a strong torque force to the lock cylinder, usually with a pair of locking pliers, thereby breaking the mechanism and allowing access to the latch.

It can take between 20 seconds and two minutes to snap the lock and gain entry. Police in the UK have estimated that around 22 million doors throughout the country could be at risk from lock snapping. This technique is made possible where there is a weakness where the retaining bolt passes through a thinner part of the lock.

Fit British Standard cylinder locks

Measures have been put in place to combat the vulnerabilities of the euro cylinder lock. New safety criteria have been put in force and any British Standard cylinders that meet the TS007 3 standard can prevent this method of attack. They have been shown to reduce burglaries in implemented areas by up to 60%.

Repairing broken uPVC door mechanisms…

Repairing broken uPVC door mechanisms

Carrying out uPVC door mechanism repairs is one of the most common tasks we perform on a weekly basis. After continuous use, the multipoint locking mechanisms on your uPVC doors will eventually wear out and fail - in fact, the average lifespan is just ten to 12 years.

If you can’t open the door but the key is turning 360 degrees, this usually tells us the multipoint lock has failed.  We will replace the mechanism for a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire door. There is every chance the replacement lock will last just as long as the original, or possibly even longer if the door wasn’t fitted properly in the first place!

We carry over 200 different multipoint locking mechanisms and gearboxes with us at all times. This allows repairs to be completed on the first call out and your property to be secure on the same day.

uPVC door repairs in Doncaster

Many of our customers believe their uPVC door locks are too old to repair, but this often isn't the case. Even when parts become unobtainable, there are always other alternatives that will often offer a higher level of security than before. We can also offer replacement handles, barrels and letterboxes if you want to give your property a fresher overall look.

Fixing common uPVC door problems

It’s highly likely we will be able to open your uPVC door without causing any damage. Each door mechanism fails in its own unique way and with over 30 years’ experience, we will recognise the quickest but damage-free way to open up your door. If you’ve been told that your door can’t be opened, give us a call. We love a challenge and haven’t been beaten yet!

If your uPVC door won't lock, there are a couple of things you should check before calling our locksmith in Doncaster. If the door can still be locked while it is ajar, the multipoint lock should be fine and the door needs realigning. If the door handle is being prevented from lifting all the way, it can’t be locked.

In the event that the door is no longer square with the frame, it will need ‘toeing and heeling’. Another option is to alter the hinges or the keeps adjusting on the frame. It’s a good idea to enlist the help of someone with experience in uPVC door repairs in Doncaster rather than attempting to deal with the problem yourself, as you could cause more damage.

In the event that the door isn’t locking while it is ajar, then the problem is more serious and the chances are the multipoint lock has failed. We find that the multipoint locks fail open and closed in equal amounts. If your door is left open and you can’t lock it, our aim is to get to you the same day you call to secure your property as soon as possible.

For help with your uPVC door lock repairs in Doncaster, get in touch on 01302 378068.

Around 70% of the time offenders gain entry through a door and 30% of the time through a window.

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About S Fretwell & Sons of Doncaster

TRUST

We are a family business established in 1980, Stephen is DBS checked and a member of the Association of Accredited Locksmiths. We are a local company based in Doncaster.

REPUTATION

Our customer reviews speak for themselves, we are often chosen by South Yorkshire Police, local schools and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to secure their properties.

EXPERIENCE

We were trained by Benny Wells at Safe Ventures, we never stop improving our skills and work with Doncaster home owners and businesses, helping to secure their properties.