Master locksmith and long-time security professional Jeremy Coker has expanded the Armstrong Rodney brand, following his purchase of Warkworth Locksmith and Alarms, on the corner of Mill Lane and Elizabeth Street.
Armstrong Rodney has operated from its Orewa office for nearly 30 years.
“We’ve always covered the whole of Rodney, north as far at the Brynderwyns, so a Warkworth base makes sense,” Jeremy says.
Both Jeremy and his wife Angela work in the business, alongside five team members covering, the Orewa and Warkworth region.
Jeremy has spent almost his entire working life in security. He trained as a locksmith in Wanganui and worked for a security centre there before moving to Wellington to work for Chubb.
Prior to taking over Armstrong Rodney in 2014, he was the national manager for Abloy, one of the largest lock manufacturers in the world.
“When I started, technology covered the telephone and the fax machine,” Jeremy says. “Now, it’s all about sensors and wifi, and being able to alarm and monitor your home or business from your phone.
“People have become a lot more safety conscious, but it’s largely out of necessity. Theft, from homes and especially in the building sector, is a real issue.”
Armstrong Rodney offers a full range of security services, from alarms and CCTV to access control and facility security locks, including padlocks for barns and sheds. The company has the latest computer key machines and specialises in key cutting, automotive lock repairs and replacements, garage and car remotes, vehicle immobilisers and replacements, and safes. They can also replace batteries in garage and vehicle remote controls.
“We offer a complete service and, if anyone has any concerns about what security system is right for them, just pop in and have a chat.”
Armstrong Rodney offers supply, install, service and monitoring options to protect and make premises safe, and actively promotes and gives away a free burglary pack in conjunction with police.