News and Offers

 Proposed Birchington to Margate Cycle Route by KCC

We have been informed of a proposal from Kent County Council for a new Cycle Route from Birchington to Margate.  As we have a number of cyclist here at Access Lock & Key Service, we are all in favour of new and exciting cycle routes and ways to improve our community and protect pedestrians and cyclist.  However, this scheme has left us scratching our head some what, as there is a existing, well used and perfectly good cycle route just a stone throw away from the proposed route.  The Viking Trail was opened in 2001 following investment of £500,000 from Kent County Council and Thanet District Council and forms a 32 mile route around the coast of Thanet.  Over 50% of the viking trail is off road including the majority of the route from Birchington to Margate.  With this in mind we really don't understand the need for another cycle route, at vast expense, on a very similar route.
The proposals from KCC include the reduction of many on street parking slots along the route and the closure of a number of roads, that would have a negitive impact on local residents and shoppers. 

  • Closure of Epple Road to through traffic
  • Relocation of Epple Road Bus stop
  • Reduction of 40mph to 30mph speed limit eastbound
  • Removal of 1 traffic lane (south side of the road) from King Ethelbert School to Minster Road junction
  • Existing KCC road improvement scheme
  • Carriageway returns to 2 traffic lanes (north side of the road)
  • Kerbside lane changes to left turn only
  • Removal of  1 traffic lane (north side of road) from this point eastwards
  • Return carriageway to 2 traffic lanes
  • Kerbside lane changes to left turn only Wetgate lights
  • Removal of 1 traffic lane (south side of the road)
  • Reduction of 40mph to 30mph speed limit west bound
  • 2 out of 2 parking bays removed outside Hussar
  • Removal of left turn lane
  • Removal of dedicated space for rightturning traffic
  • Additional signage to direct cyclists
  • Removal of left turn lane
  • Loading bay removed outside of Tesco Express
  • 3 out of 3 parking bays removed
  • 4 out of 4 parking bays removed
  • One-way traffic system (southbound) Westbrook Road
  • Loss of 12 parking bays on east side of Westbrook Road


For more information and to sumbit your comments, please see here - https://letstalk.kent.gov.uk/thanet-birchington-to-margate




Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In the light of the Coronavirus crisis and following government advice, we would like to inform everyone, that we will remain, open as normal.  To ensure the safety and well being of our staff and customers, we have increased our cleaning procedures

Our standard shop opening hours are as follows

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm
Sunday Closed

Our call out locksmith has slots available for any business or home visits, please call us on 01843 209200 to book an appointment

Manager Special - Smart Video Doorbell

Only £115.50 inc VAT

Now available in our Margate shop is the latest in Smart Doorbell technology with this Smart Door Bell from Asec Security.  The external Doorbell unit is supplied complete with internal plug-in chime for quick and easy alters when you are at home.  When away from the home, alters are made via the iOS or Android smart app, where HD video is beamed straight to your mobile device and 2 way audio is available.  Thanks to USB charging, the external unit is very quick and simple to install, although hard mains wired is also and option, the internal chime is plugged directly into the mains.  The main features of the external doorbell unit are 166° camera, 2 way end to end audio and up to 5 remote users, which gives this low cost smart doorbell all the standard features of other more expensive doorbells.

  • Live Video Streaming
  • Infrared Night Vision
  • 1080P HD Video
  • Free iOS and Android App available
  • 2 way audio built in
  • Easy to install
  • Supplied with re-chargeable batteries
  • Can accept 5 users per device

Festive Security Tips

Home security is important all year round, but often get forgotten about or lost in the festive spirit.  Follow our top tips to stay safe and secure this Christmas

1 - Christmas lights are getting more popular as the years go on, but avoid feeding power cable through partially open windows, thieves are savvy to this and will look and target any windows that look half open

2 - Be careful of posting too much information online criminals will often search social media for any updates and posts about time away from the home looking for empty homes.  Set your social media security settings, so that only friend can see your updates and avoid posting details that could identify your house.

3 - Deter would be thieves - Security lighting with motion sensor is a good deterrent, as thieves like dark homes.  Security marking of possessions and the stickers on decals on the windows is another good security deterrent.

4 - Boxes and Gift Wrapping - After the big man has been on Christmas consider how you dispose of empty boxes and wrappings, if these are left on display, it would highlight to anyone passing what goodies you have inside your home

5 - Make you home look occupied - When your home is unoccupied, even for a day, it is good to make the property look as though someone is home.  This can be done in a number of ways; Automatic lights that switch on during the evening, a device that mimics the flicker of a television, leaving a radio on, having a neighbour park their car on the drive, ask a neighbour to open and close curtains and move any post.

6 - Close and lock all doors and windows - This may sound very obvious, but a large majority of burglaries happen when a door or window is left unlocked.  When you leave your house, even for a short period of time, please make sure that all windows are locked shut and keys are removed from the locks

7 - Sheds and garages - Outbuildings, sheds and garage are often forgotten about when thinking about home security, but will often contain high value and easy to steal items such as bikes and garden equipment.  Make sure that all doors and windows are shut and locks, consider installing motion sensor security lighting and if you have a home alarm, add the outbuilding to the alarm.  If the shed is difficult to secure , then futher protect the contents with a padlock and chain and if possible use a ground anchor

8 - Not hide keys - With extra visitors over the festive period, it is all too tempting to leave a key in a safe place!  Please remember that if your old Auntie can find the key then so can someone else!  If you really need to leave a key outside, please use a small wall mounted key safe

If you have any home or commercial security concerns, please call us on 01843 209200 where our team can offer you full security help and if needs be a home security assessment.

Name and Pet Tags

We can now offer Name and Pet Tag engraving from JUST £4.50

 Ideal and pet collar and keys, to locate if lost

New Product - A4 Flame Retardant Document Wallet

  • For A4 Paper Size - Without folding
  • Can be used inside a metal safe
  • Fire protection for your important documents
  • 30 Minute fire rating

For great peace of mind, this A4 document wallet can hold and fire protect those all important documents, such as home insurance or property deeds.  This flame retardant wallet takes A4 sheets without the need for any folding.  The wallet is large enough to take quite a few A4 sheet, but also small enough to fit in a safe.

Available in our shop today for just £46.80 inc VAT
Delivery can be arranged, if required

Size - Width     300mm
Size - High     330mm

August Special Offer - Post Box Locks

Replacement Post box Lock with 3 keys - Just £11.50

New in our shop you will find the latest Chubbsafes home safe with electronic keypad opening.

Just £266.40 Inc VAT

The Chubbsafes Homestar 17E is a real all rounder when it comes to home safes.  The electronic key pad is simple and easy to setup and use with an excellent backup over ride if the batteries fail.  The Homestar 17E comes with anti drill plates around the lock and bolt ends and can be fitted to a wall or floor via supplied fixings.  The Homestar is also very secure and comes with a £2000 cash rating and Sold Secure Silver accreditation.

  • £2000 Cash Rating
  • Can be fixed to wall or floor
  • Removable shelf
  • Anti drill plate around the lock
  • Anti drill plate around the bolt ends
  • Anti Tamper Alarm
  • Sold Secure Silver

Projection     15mm Lock Projection
Volume     17 Litres
Alias Brand     Homestar
Cash Rating     £2,000
Finish     Dark Grey
External Width     350mm
External Height     250mm
External Depth     250mm
Weight     17Kg
Brand     Chubbsafes
Body Thickness     3mm
Battery     4 x AA
Barcode     5055409507174
Manufacturer Reference     17E
Mechanism     Electronic
Inside Depth     200mm
Inside Height     244mm
Inside Width     344mm
Key Override     No

New Product - Primo Home Safe from Burtonsafes

The team at Access Lock & Key Service are very excited about a new range of Home Safes that we are now stocking from the well known safe manufacturer Butonsafes.  Available in 2 sizes, these locks use an electronic keypad to open the safe with emergency key override.  Each safe has a £1000 cash rating and £10000 jewellery rating making them idea for home use

All Primo Home Safes come with
    £1,000 cash rating
    £10,000 jewellery rating
    Backlit keypad and interior carpet
    Anti-bump, motorised locking
    3-6 digit code
    Emergency override key
    Battery level indicator with low consumption motor
    Back and base fixing
    5 Year warranty


Primo Electronic Home Safe 2 - £130 Inc VAT

Size Lock Type External
H x W x D (mm)
H x W x D (mm)
Weight (kg) Volume (Litres) Shelves
Size 2   250 x 350 x 250 225 x 345 x 200 11 15 1


Primo Electronic Home Safe 3 - £300 Inc VAT

Size Lock Type External
H x W x D (mm)
H x W x D (mm)
Weight (kg) Volume (Litres) Shelves
Size 3   500 x 355 x 330 495 x 350 x 275 24 47 2

Both of these safes are available to view in our shop today


Beach Hut Padlocks - Pack of 3 from Access Lock & Key Service

It is that time of year again, when beach huts are starting to appear on our beaches and promenades.  We have available in our shop a three pack of Yale Weatherproof Padlocks that are keyed alike, so that the same key can be used on all three padlocks, no need to hold multiple keys for just one beach hut.

The Yale 3 Pack Beach Hut Padlocks are available in our shop now at Just £35 and comes with 4 keys in total, with the option of extra keys.  Visit our shop today to get yours

Manager Special April - Post Boxes

It is not just locks and key that can be purchased from Access Lock & Key Service, we also have a great range of Post Boxes and during the month of April they are on Special Offer

G2 Avon Post Box available in a Black, Green, Red, Silver or White finish

Great value for money from this stylish postbox with top flap, rear slot and large locking front door to retrieve any mail

Height: 300mm
Width: 220mm
Depth: 75mm
Post Slot Size: 180mm x 20mm
Weight: 1.2kg

All this for just £30


Door Bell now available from Access Lock & Key Service

You asked and we have listened.

A few times over the past couple of months, we have been asked for Door Bells.  We are very pleased to let everyone know that we now have them available in our shop


  • Pperation range of up to 50m
  • Choose from 24 chimes
  • LED operation indicator
  • External bell push is water resistant
  • 1 x 12V 23A Battery included for Bell Push
  • Batteries for chime unit not included

All this for just £14.30

Key less vehicle theft - Don't get caught out

As demonstrated in the video below, key less car theft is on the rise and is a real threat to owners of expensive vehicles with proximity key 

A simple relay device is used to broadcast the signal from a proximity car key to a remote device that is held next to a vehicle,  this fools the vehicle into believing the car is close by and allows the vehicle to be opened, started and then driven away.  

We now have in a our shop a small attractive pouch that blocks the proximity key signal and thus prevents this type of vehicle theft

These are on offer at the moment for just £12

Manager Special - ERA Replica Siren / Bell Box

We have a manager special on this Replica Alarm Bell Box / Siren


Once mounted to an external wall of a house or business, the flashing LED can be switched on, which gives the impression that a full Alarm system is protecting the property.  Fitting is nice and easy using the supplied screws.  Please note the solar panel at the top of the replica siren is that for looks only and does not power the LED, but it does add to the genuine look an feel of a full Alarm System.

  • Powered by batteries to offer the same visual deterrent as that of a 'Live' Siren
  • LED flashing light to deter would-be intruders
  • Easy to Install
  • Matches a fully operational ERA Solar Charged Siren

These are now available in our shop now for just £25.99

Gatemate and Perry Gate Keys from Access Lock & Key Service


We are very pleased to announce that we can now cut Gatemate and Perry Keys for Garden gate locks.  We have found these excellent gate locks are now very popular in the local area, so we have invested in a new cutter that allows us to cut these keys.

Visit our shop in Westbrook, Margate today to get your Gatemate and Perry Keys


Gaining Access to a Van Vault

Here is our locksmith Ben gaining access to a Van Vault as the user can lost all the keys.

We received a call from a paniced customer, who was unable to open his Van Vault and access his tools as all keys had been lost.  Ben was able to carry out the full job in under 30 minutes allowing the customer to continue with he days work.

Another very happy customer at Access Lock & Key Service

Another Day, Another Car Key!

.....and a another very happy customer

Here is one of our Locksmiths Brad Programming a key to a Ford Focus.

We can provide new and replacement car keys for a wide range of vehicles, get in touch with us and we can let you have costs.  We have options for full genuine replacement keys with remote locking buttons, non genuine keys and just simple transponder keys, give us a call today. 01843 209200 

Compact Digital Safe - Only £25

The Asec compact digital safe is fitted with an electronic lock. This lock can be programmed by code 3 to 8 digits long, and comes with an emergency key over-ride function. Thanks to its compact dimensions this safe is particularly suitable for use at home to facilitate the safe storage of cash and valuables. The Asec compact electronic safe is made for wall or base fixing and comes complete with bolts suitable for brick or concrete walls.

  • Concealed internal hinges
  • Wall & floor fixings included
  • Including key override
  • 5 litre capacity
  • Double locking bolts


Access Lock & Key Service - Reg No. 4559504
34-36 Canterbury Road, Westbrook, Margate, Kent, CT9 5BN - Thanet