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The Importance of Home Ventilation

The Importance of Home Ventilation

Adequate home ventilation isn’t just about getting more fresh air and reducing stuffiness, in fact a well-ventilated home can have massive benefits when it comes to your general health and wellbeing as well as reducing the chances of structural damage caused by damp....

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How to Keep Your Boat Safe and Secure

How to Keep Your Boat Safe and Secure

LockLatch’s design was first thought of by Anthony Bairos, an avid sailor and founder of Locklatch, while he was sailing off the Brazilian coast. So it’s safe to say, like all boating enthusiasts, we know exactly how important it is to have peace of mind when it comes...

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Property Value and Home Security

Property Value and Home Security

If you’re looking to sell your home you may be thinking of ways to increase its value, this article looks at ways you can use security upgrades to make your property more appealing to buyers.

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Home Security: 7 Burglary Myths Debunked

Home Security: 7 Burglary Myths Debunked

There are so many conflicting home safety and security precautions and tips out there that it’s hard to figure out which to adhere to in order to ensure your home, property and valuables are safe.  With petty theft and break-ins specifically, following the wrong...

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LockLatch – A clever South African latch invention

LockLatch – A clever South African latch invention

They say that necessity is the mother of all invention and in the case of South African inventor, Anthony Bairos, this couldn’t be truer. Some time ago while sailing along the North East Coast of Venezuela, Anthony frequently moored in marinas where he experienced a...

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DIY Home Security

DIY Home Security

Home security can be an expensive and complicated subject, but it is definitely one worth applying your mind to. Few things are as important to your general wellbeing and mental health than feeling secure in your home. But where do you start? Many experts will tell...

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General and Safe Ventilation with LockLatch™

General and Safe Ventilation with LockLatch™

As any homeowner or tenant will tell you, the balance between home security and keeping your home ventilated safely is a constant battle. We all like to enjoy fresh air and to give our pets unlimited, easy access, but keeping our home from being stuffy by leaving...

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Causes of crime in South Africa

Causes of crime in South Africa

A survey about crime in South Africa conducted by Statistics South Africa focusing on crime stats has listed the crimes which South Africans are most afraid to fall victim to in the country. The Victims of Crime Survey for 2014/2015 looked at home security in private...

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Leaving Windows Open at Night

Leaving Windows Open at Night

Leaving your windows open at night might not seem like a subject that requires lengthy discussion. It should be pretty simple. Either you like sleeping with the windows open, or you don’t, and it’s your choice which option will work best for you and your family....

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General and Safe Ventilation with LockLatch™

General and Safe Ventilation with LockLatch™

As any homeowner or tenant will tell you, the balance between home security and keeping your home ventilated safely is a constant battle. We all like to enjoy fresh air and to give our pets unlimited, easy access, but keeping our home from being stuffy by leaving...

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10 Tips for Preventing & Surviving a Home Invasion

10 Tips for Preventing & Surviving a Home Invasion

Your home should be the space where you feel most secure and that is why a home invasion is one of the most terrifying crimes to be a victim of. Aside from the immediate dangers associated with violent criminals in your home, you also need to deal with the...

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The Importance of Home Ventilation

The Importance of Home Ventilation

Adequate home ventilation isn’t just about getting more fresh air and reducing stuffiness, in fact, a well-ventilated home can have massive benefits when it comes to your general health and well-being as well as reducing the chances of structural damage caused by...

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Window Security for Caravans

Window Security for Caravans

So you’re thinking of going on holiday in your caravan, and while your thoughts will turn to open roads and the adventures that await you, one area that deserves some thought is the security of your caravan or Recreational Vehicle. Whether it is caravan window...

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Make Your Windows Burglar Proof

Make Your Windows Burglar Proof

Windows are an essential part of every home and have many advantages. They allow us to see the outside world; let sunlight fill our rooms; and allow us to let fresh air in to help keep our homes well-ventilated. However, for all these positive properties windows also...

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Keeping up with Balcony Safety and Security

Keeping up with Balcony Safety and Security

Balcony safety and security are often one of the last things considered when it comes to ensuring your home is secure. The fact that they are generally on the second floor or higher lulls home or apartment owners into a false sense of security, where they believe...

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Alternative Home Security Gadgets

Alternative Home Security Gadgets

A residential break-in occurs every 90 seconds, and while this statistic may be astounding, it is also interesting to note that the vast majority of these burglaries are performed by amateurs or opportunists and not career criminals. Often making a few small security...

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Boat Security Devices You Need

Boat Security Devices You Need

If you own a boat, boat security might be the last thing you expect to have to worry about, but just like all types of vehicles boats are often the target of opportunistic thieves. According to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, there were 4240...

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Holiday House Security

Holiday House Security

If you’re one of those lucky enough to own a holiday house, then you are probably aware that a second home comes with its own unique security concerns. The fact that vacation homes aren’t usually occupied all year round makes them prime targets for petty thieves. In...

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Hotel Safety and Security

Hotel Safety and Security

For the tourist accommodation industry, the past year and a half has brought unprecedented difficulties and challenges. It has been a tough period for owners with many in “survival mode”. However, it is inevitable that things will pick up as more people are vaccinated...

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LockLatch UK and NWN Announce Partnership

LockLatch UK and NWN Announce Partnership

Who is the Neighbourhood Watch Network? LockLatch UK are proud to announce their partnership with the Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN). LockLatch are worldwide distributors of the patented LockLatch, MiniLatch and PetLatch security devices and now, thanks to this...

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Caravan Security UK

Caravan Security UK

If you’re one of the two million UK residents who take holidays in a caravan or motorhome, then you’re probably thinking how you can get out on the road a few more times during the autumn months. However, the boom in the British ‘staycation’ has also led to an...

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Increasing your property value with home security

Increasing your property value with home security

Whether you’re looking to sell or not, your home is an investment, and we all want to see the value of our investments increase. There are many quick and simple ways to improve the value of your property, a lick of paint; updating light fixtures; replacing old cabinets; fixing the floors to name a few, but one area that doesn’t get much airtime is how home security upgrades affect the value of your property.

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Pet Door Alternative

Pet Door Alternative

A pet door is a great way to control your favourite furry companion’s access to the outside world. It allows them to go outside when they need or want to, but also allows you to keep them in when you have to. However, they are not always the right solution.

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Increase Your Office Security

Increase Your Office Security

  If the past year and a half have shown us anything it’s that we need to start thinking about the concept of “the office” differently. The future of the office seems to exist in a hybrid space, somewhere between the convenience of working from home and the...

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Airbnb Security

Airbnb Security

There is no disputing the fact that Airbnb has forever changed the way that we plan, book and go on holiday. It offers a wider than ever variety of accommodation options both within the United States and abroad making travel more accessible than ever. There are over 7...

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All About School Security

All About School Security

When it comes to deciding which school is the right choice for your children there are a host of factors that you need to consider. These include things such as the facilities, location, history, academic credentials, sports and extracurricular activities. However,...

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Home Theft Prevention

Home Theft Prevention

They say that your home is your castle, and while we all have a right to feel safe and secure in our homes, nothing undermines this quite like a break-in or burglary. According to the FBI crime statistics, a burglary occurs every 30 seconds in the US. That amounts to...

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Window Security and Safety

Window Security and Safety

Windows are a very important feature in any home. They let fresh air and natural light in, as well as allowing you to see into the world outside, but they are also one of the more important (and often neglected) areas of home safety and security. Did you know that...

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10 Security Tips for Duplex Homeowners

10 Security Tips for Duplex Homeowners

Life in a duplex is a truly unique living arrangement. Your space is both your own and shared with other residents and this blend of private and semi-private space means it has its own idiosyncratic security needs. That’s why you need a home security guide that’s...

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How to Prevent Wind Damage

How to Prevent Wind Damage

Storms and high velocity winds are often unavoidable, and without the proper precautions they can cause major damage for homeowners. Windstorms are a separate category to hurricanes or tornadoes (although some points below may be relevant to these extreme phenomena)...

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Affordable and Natural Home Ventilation Solutions

Affordable and Natural Home Ventilation Solutions

Poor ventilation in the home can cause a wide range of health problems relating to the development of moulds and the buildup of allergens, and in some cases can also lead to serious property damage. Luckily, you don’t always have to install expensive air conditioning units or dehumidifiers to improve ventilation as there are a range of affordable (and even free) natural home ventilation solutions you can try today.

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Ultimate Guide to DIY Home Security Solutions

Ultimate Guide to DIY Home Security Solutions

Whether you’ve just moved into a new home, or are renovating one you’ve stayed in for some time, one of the quickest and simplest ways to improve property values and generally make your home a more pleasant place to live is to upgrade your security. Housebreaking and...

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Dorm living security hacks

Dorm living security hacks

While your college dorm should be a safe place where you can grow and pursue your studies with total peace of mind, unfortunately this isn’t always the fact of the matter. College crimes are a very real presence in dorms and students need to be both alert and prepared...

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Pet Safety: How to Keep Cats Indoors

Pet Safety: How to Keep Cats Indoors

Anyone with a cat will attest to how difficult it can be to get them to behave the way you want. Their willful and independent spirits are one of the reasons why we love them, but this can get incredibly frustrating if they are misbehaving. This problem can be...

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First-time homeowners guide to home security

First-time homeowners guide to home security

So, you’ve done it, you’ve bought a home. Firstly, congratulations! While it might have taken a lot to get here, your journey is only just beginning and we at LockLatch wish you many happy years in your new space. Many aspects of home ownership, only become apparent...

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Keeping up with Balcony Safety and Security

Keeping up with Balcony Safety and Security

Balcony safety and security are often one of the last things considered when it comes to ensuring your home is secure. The fact that they are generally on the second floor or higher lulls home or apartment owners into a false sense of security, where they believe...

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7 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Windows Open

7 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Windows Open

Keeping your windows open is one of the simplest and easiest ways to improve the quality of life in your home and make it a better place to live for you and your family. While this may seem like a bold statement it really isn’t. Proper ventilation and clean air can have massive short and long term benefits when it comes to health and wellbeing. In this article, we explore 7 reasons why you should keep your windows open and how you can do so without compromising on safety or security.

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All about apartment security

All about apartment security

Whether you’re renting an apartment or own one and are looking to get tenants in, one common question faced by both groups is how to make your apartment more secure. Apartments are not the same as houses and come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages....

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Ways to prevent mould in your home

Ways to prevent mould in your home

Mould and mildew are constant and often recurring problems in homes. Cold, wet winters mean our homes are prone to providing the ideal conditions for moulds to flourish. This article looks at which moulds are most common in the home, how to identify a mould problem...

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Home security for rental tenants

Home security for rental tenants

If you’re looking to upgrade home security in your own home, your biggest consideration will be budget, but what if you are renting the property? This article explores the topic of home security for rental tenants. We start by looking at who is responsible for...

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Understanding Universal Security Window Locks

Understanding Universal Security Window Locks

Windows are an important feature in any home. They let light and fresh air in, which is important for health and mental well-being, and they also keep unwanted elements such as rain and wind out. But by their very nature, they often represent a weak spot in home...

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Easy and Simple home security options you can do today

Easy and Simple home security options you can do today

One of the biggest questions when it comes to home security is “Where do I start?” There are just so many options out there and so much different advice on what the best solution is. And depending on what you decide the cost can be a barrier that stops you from...

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Working From Home? Up your Home Security

Working From Home? Up your Home Security

Due to the effects of Covid 19 many of us have been forced to face the challenges of working from home. This has meant getting used to new schedules; balancing work and family life; and integrating new technologies to enable better communication and collaboration....

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All you need to know about Balcony Security and Safety

All you need to know about Balcony Security and Safety

Balconies come with many advantages and, for homes or apartment blocks that have them as a feature, they can add tremendous value allowing for beautiful views and access to the outdoors, which can go a long way in enhancing quality of life. But balconies also come...

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Communal living security and privacy

Communal living security and privacy

While the popularity of communal living has ebbed and flowed over the years, it has once again been thrust into the public eye with renewed interest in sustainable forms of living and high property prices meaning that more and more people are considering this as a...

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Natural allergy prevention remedies for your home

Natural allergy prevention remedies for your home

The changing of the seasons brings many wonderful phenomena, but one negative aspect of this beautiful time is allergies. If you are someone who suffers from allergies then you know the unpleasant side effects such as sneezing, itchy eyes or a runny nose, and while...

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Mould prevention in your holiday home

Mould prevention in your holiday home

Mould prevention isn’t always top of mind, but even if mould or mildew isn’t visible the spores could be circulating around your home and having a negative impact on you and your family’s health. Until recently mould was considered a nuisance rather than a serious...

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Home Ventilation: Protect your family from viruses

Home Ventilation: Protect your family from viruses

While masks, hand-washing and social distancing have become the most talked about virus prevention measures, there is another safety measure that doesn’t get much airtime. We are referring to home and work ventilation and how this helps to protect your family from...

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How to keep cool in summer

How to keep cool in summer

Luckily for us, there are many life hacks and ways to keep cool in summer, and we’ve collected them in this guide that aims to help you beat the heat. The South African summer seems to go on and on and new research, conducted jointly by the University of the...

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Improve your Home Ventilation

Improve your Home Ventilation

There are ways to improve your home ventilation that can be a relatively simple exercise, but the benefits of letting fresh air into your home cannot be understated. Proper ventilation in the home can greatly improve the general health and well-being of your entire...

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Getting ready for DIY home improvement projects?

Getting ready for DIY home improvement projects?

While the effects of Covid 19 have been nothing short of catastrophic for the UK, one unintended consequence has been everyone spending considerably more time in their homes. Being cooped up in your home might seem frustrating at first, but it gives us all a chance to...

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How to Childproof your Home

How to Childproof your Home

One of the biggest questions that arises when you decide to childproof your home, is where do I begin? When you take a look at your home and consider the myriad of possible dangers and risks, it can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, there are a lot of online sources of...

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How to Childproof your Home

How to Childproof your Home

Deciding to childproof your home should be one of the most important things new and expectant parents look into. Even parents of slightly older children can benefit from a child home safety audit. Childproofing isn’t just about protecting your child (although that is the primary purpose) it is also about making the life of parents a little easier.

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How to Childproof your Home

How to Childproof your Home

Why you should childproof your home There are many reasons to childproof your home, the most obvious being the safety of your little ones, but the exercise of auditing your living space and making small changes to make it safer for your child can lead to a reduction...

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Is it safe to sleep with windows open at night?

Is it safe to sleep with windows open at night?

Sleeping with your window open at night seems like a no-brainer. Who doesn’t want better airflow and ventilation and the ability to control the temperature in your bedroom? In fact, the benefits of sleeping with a window open at night can have a massive impact on your...

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Keeping Your Windows Open

Keeping Your Windows Open

No matter where you live in the UK the benefits of keeping your windows open are universal. In the warmer summer months, an open window can allow a cool and refreshing breeze into your home, helping you regulate the temperature. And in winter months it is essential...

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8 Ways to Pamper Your Pup on International Dog Day

8 Ways to Pamper Your Pup on International Dog Day

With International Dog Day coming up on 26 August, there is no better time of year to show your love and go the extra mile for your best friend. The past few months have created new challenges for pet owners with Covid-19 making visits to public spaces, beaches and...

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LockLatch™: The Best Doggy Door Alternative

LockLatch™: The Best Doggy Door Alternative

When it comes to pet access, we at LockLatch™ have keen insights into why it’s so important that your family dog has comfortable access in and out of the home. We also understand the problems pet owners face when choosing the right doggy door. Having the right dog...

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6 Easy DIY Projects to Spoil Your Dog this National Dog Day

6 Easy DIY Projects to Spoil Your Dog this National Dog Day

The 26th of August is National Dog Day! That’s right, a day dedicated to spoiling your pooch and celebrating just how much a part of your family they are. If you want to spend this dog day doing creative DIY home projects to show your appreciation and love, then you...

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Five Doggie Door Alternatives For Your Home

Five Doggie Door Alternatives For Your Home

Giving your best friend the freedom of movement to come and go as they please; to explore their territory; and to spend time outdoors is essential to their mental health and wellbeing. What many don’t realize is the peace of mind it brings to you as an owner. Not...

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A Review of 6 Cat Doors for Windows & Alternatives

A Review of 6 Cat Doors for Windows & Alternatives

Opinions are divided on whether cats should be allowed to roam freely or should be kept indoors. If you are a cat owner who lets their cats outside, however, you will understand the importance of ensuring they can come and go as they please. There’s nothing quite like...

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Tips & Advice For Choosing The Right Dog Door

Tips & Advice For Choosing The Right Dog Door

If you have just adopted your first puppy, have moved house or just need a new dog door, then this is the article for you! Choosing the right type of doggie door is paramount to ensuring your dog’s happiness, that you are not inconvenienced and that your home security...

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PetLatch™ The Best Dog Door Replacement

PetLatch™ The Best Dog Door Replacement

When it comes to pet access, we at LockLatch™ have keen insights into why it’s so important that your family dog has comfortable access in and out of the home. We also understand the problems pet owners face when choosing the right dog door. Having the right one for...

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LockLatch™: The Only Open-Window Lock You Will Need

LockLatch™: The Only Open-Window Lock You Will Need

At first, this may seem like a contradiction in terms, but there are many instances where you may want to lock your window in the open position. Introducing our "Open-Window Lock". Most windows are meant to be opened, they provide fresh, clean air and help remove...

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Our 5 Favourite Dog-Friendly Beaches on the USA East Coast

Our 5 Favourite Dog-Friendly Beaches on the USA East Coast

We at LockLatch are firm believers that a bit of vacation time can do wonders for the well-being of your dog. Most dogs love going to the beach and who can blame them? There’s something about a sunny sea breeze that uplifts the soul. Because of this, we’re running a...

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7 Key Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Dog Door

7 Key Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Dog Door

Doggie doors are essential in ensuring that your furry friends get the freedom and exercise they need without compromising your home safety. With so many dog door options out there, choosing just the right one that your dog will easily adapt to (while still...

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Our 5 Favourite Dog-Friendly Beaches on the USA West Coast

Our 5 Favourite Dog-Friendly Beaches on the USA West Coast

With over 840 miles of Pacific coastline in California alone, the USA West Coast is a paradise for dog lovers looking to take their best friend on holiday. From San Diego up to Astoria, the whole coast offers beautiful and varied experiences ranging from the sunny...

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Our 5 Favourite Dog-Friendly Beaches on the Gulf Coast

Our 5 Favourite Dog-Friendly Beaches on the Gulf Coast

At LockLatch we believe that fresh air and exercise contribute considerably to your dog’s health and well-being, and with summer almost here you may be considering a beach holiday or sandy getaway with your furry friend. That’s why we’ve put together a couple of...

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LockLatch, Ultimate Child Proof Window Locks

LockLatch, Ultimate Child Proof Window Locks

According to UK studies, close to 500,000 children under the age of 4 are injured in the home every year, which of course makes child safety a top concern. One of the leading ways to make your home safer and give you maximum peace of mind is through child proof window...

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Pet Access Made Easy: Why Our Fans Love LockLatch

Pet Access Made Easy: Why Our Fans Love LockLatch

We use LockLatches for pet access in our own homes and we see its utility and value every day, and while we could spend all day telling you about how they’ve improved our lives (and the lives of our pets), sometimes it’s better to let someone else do the talking. So...

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Looking for a Dog Door or Cat Flap? Read this First!

Looking for a Dog Door or Cat Flap? Read this First!

If you are in the market for a dog door alternative or cat flap, read this article first. We have outlined a few things you need to consider before buying and installing one. In 2014 we got a kitten for our youngest daughter and to start with Cersei, our newest...

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7 Key Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Dog Door

7 Key Things to Consider Before Choosing Your Dog Door

Dog doors are essential in ensuring that your furry friends get the freedom and exercise they need without compromising on your home safety. With so many doggie doors out there, choosing the ideal pet door that your dog will easily adapt to, while still considering...

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LockLatch™ – The Ultimate Ventilation Window Lock

LockLatch™ – The Ultimate Ventilation Window Lock

As any homeowner or tenant will tell you, the balance between home security and keeping your home ventilated safely is a constant battle. We all like to enjoy fresh air and to give our pets unlimited, easy access, but keeping our home from being stuffy by leaving...

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5 Simple DIY Dog Toys For Your Furry Friend

5 Simple DIY Dog Toys For Your Furry Friend

People can spend a small fortune on toys for their pets, and often their favourite toy will be something that is simply lying around the house, like an old tennis ball or shoe that they just can’t get enough of. So in the spirit of making do with what’s lying around...

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Dog Door Training Tips

Dog Door Training Tips

You know what they say, teaching an old dog new tricks (or a new puppy for that matter) is never easy.  So if you are planning on getting a dog door, or a doggy door replacement, you will want to read this! We have gathered some doggy door tips from across the...

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Your Cat Door Buying Guide – Find the Right One for You

Your Cat Door Buying Guide – Find the Right One for You

If you’re looking for the ideal cat door and don’t know where to start, you have come to the right place! We know how tricky it can be to find the right pet door so we’ve put together this cat door buying guide to help you choose. Step 1: Decide Where Your Cat Door...

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How To Keep Monkeys Out Of The House

How To Keep Monkeys Out Of The House

Yes, you read that correctly, this is an article about how to keep monkeys out of the house! And while this might seem like a very specific problem, for people who live in areas with large monkey or baboon populations (like KwaZulu-Natal or the Cape Peninsula) it can...

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The Cat Door Alternative That Saves You Time & Money

The Cat Door Alternative That Saves You Time & Money

Finding the right cat door or cat flap is one of the biggest concerns for pet owners. From cost and size to installation and home safety, there is so much to consider and finding the right cat flap for windows or doors can seem overwhelming. We at LockLatch™ have the...

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Burglary Myths Busted!

Burglary Myths Busted!

10 Burglary Myths Debunked! You may be rightfully concerned about a burglary, and you are not alone. If you were to google burglary you will find countless resources telling you how to keep your property safe. We have some on our website and like with many things...

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Keeping the Door Open for Cats 

Keeping the Door Open for Cats 

We always want the best for our cats and allowing them to move in and out of our homes is, in most cases, a basic need for them. As all cat owners know, felines will very often do what they want so if they want to get out, they’ll certainly find a way.  Instead of...

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Five Home Invasion Prevention Tips

Five Home Invasion Prevention Tips

When it comes to statistics around home invasions, they can paint a truly terrifying picture. According to a United States Department of Justice Report, 38% of assaults and 60% of rapes occur during home invasions. Over 2 million homes are broken into every year,...

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5 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes for Your Best Friend

5 Homemade Dog Treat Recipes for Your Best Friend

If you are a dog lover, you may already know that 26 August is International Dog Day. This annual event takes place every year on 26 August, and is a global celebration of all things canine and also strives to encourage the adoption of dogs who need homes. While we...

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8 Simple Homemade Dog Treats You Can Make Yourself

8 Simple Homemade Dog Treats You Can Make Yourself

As the world becomes more health conscious we’re realising the value in eating correctly, using simpler ingredients and preparing food at home. It hasn’t taken long for this thinking to enter the world of pet treats. More and more people are preparing their doggie...

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Balcony Safety & Security

Balcony Safety & Security

Let’s Talk About Balcony Safety & Security   Whether it’s in a flat complex, or a multi storey home, a balcony can add so much to our quality of life. They let you maximise your living space, opening up the room to which they are adjoined to the outside...

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10 Tips for Better Caravan Security

10 Tips for Better Caravan Security

When it comes to the security of your caravan there are two separate areas of concern. The first involves the security of the van itself - your caravan has been designed to be easily towed away making it an easy target for would-be thieves. The second area of...

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Hijack Prevention Tips Near Your Home

Hijack Prevention Tips Near Your Home

There are countless news stories of vehicle hijackings in South Africa and videos, such as the below now seem like the norm! And while no one was hurt in any of these instances, many hijackings can go horribly wrong - some victims narrowly escape a hijacking and some...

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