Why change your locks? Some people don’t know why they are changing them, or why they should be. The most important point to consider before changing your locks is to see whether it just needs to be repaired or if it needs a complete replacement.
WEAR & TEAR – Aged or rusted locks are a big sign of weakness in home security. Old worn out locks are easy for intruders to pick and break into, while rusted locks are difficult to open with a key, if they even open at all. If a lock is becoming difficult to operate without a fair share of wiggling and jiggling about, chances are it is only a matter of time before it fails to work at all.
ROOMMATES – If you rent out your home or space in it, you may want to consider replacing the locks or having them re-keyed for each new tenant. Regardless of your relationship with your previous renter, you can never be too sure if they didn’t make a backup copy or give one to a friend. Proper attention to your locks will give you and your new tenants a safer sense of security.
BREAK-INS – If you have experienced a break-in or even an attempted one, it is important that you replace your locks immediately. A damaged lock, even slightly, will impact the mechanics of the lock. Not only will intruders find a damaged lock easy to return to, but it could also cause daily issues for the key holder.
LOST OR STOLEN KEYS – At some point we have all had the scary feeling of losing our keys, or worse, having them stolen. It is best to quickly figure out which keys have gone missing and immediately replace the locks for peace of mind and security. Even if someone is kind enough to return them to you, you do not know if they quickly made a copy of their own before returning them.
NEW HOME/OFFICE– You are the proud owner of a new home or office, but do you know how many keys the previous owner may have handed out to their family members, friends, or previous staff? Best to error on the side of caution. If someone enters your property with a key and shows no sign of forced entry, it may be difficult for the authorities to prove any illegal action.
TECHNOLOGY CHANGES – Even if any of the above hasn’t happened to you, locks can become obsolete and security technology is constantly changing and updating. If you have any concerns about the safety and protection of your home and loved ones, it is a small price to pay.
STAFF – Whether it is home or office staff, you may want to consider changing your locks if someone you have employed is no longer working for you, especially if you part ways on bad terms. Taking chances that a disgruntled former employee hasn’t copied and shared keys is not worth the hassle.