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Top reasons to get your locks changed

 

Home security should be a priority. Most people when they think of home security, are likely to think of door locks. However, a lot of people wonder when a door lock needs to be changed. There are several occasions where you should strongly consider changing your locks. You might own many other gimmicks, gadgets and defence mechanisms to protect your home, but your first line of defence is the exterior door locks. It is therefore vital you know when and under what circumstances you should consider changing or updating your exterior door locks. Generally, door locks don’t need updating regularly, however, this article will outline the top reasons to get your locks changed.

 

Break in or attempted break in

This is the top reason to get your locks changed. If you have experienced a break in or attempted break in, your home security has been compromised. Experiencing a break in or attempted break in suggests your home is an easy target or is likely to be targeted again. You should therefore review all your home security measures and start with the exterior door locks, which are your first line of defence. You will also want to act on this as quickly as possible by calling a locksmith.

 

You’ve moved to a new house

If you have just moved into a new house, one of the first things you should do is get the locks changed. Even though it’s now your house, you can’t be sure how many spare keys might be out there from previous tenants and their friends or family. You might have been given assurance that you have been given the only set of keys to the property, but for peace of mind, it is best to get the locks replaced.

 

Lost or loaned keys

If you have lost your keys, or loaned a copy to someone, like a child or a friend, you should consider changing your locks. When we misplace our keys, our immediate concern is often how this will inconvenience us and the plans we have made for the day. However, it is also important to consider what could happen to your lost keys and into whose hands they may fall. To be on the safe side, it is a good idea to change the locks or consult a locksmith for expert advice.

 

Lock damage

Like everything else, locks need maintenance and from time to time, they may need changing and replacing entirely. Lock maintenance should be something you address regularly, however, sometimes a lock may be too old and has become worn and no longer functions as it should. In this case, the lock could compromise your home security and you should get it replaced.

 

Other

Other situations where you might like to consider changing your locks include things like a room mate moving out. You can’t be sure how many copies of the key your room mate had, even if they have handed theirs in, there may still be others out there. As well as this, it can be a good idea to change the locks if you have had a major disagreement with someone you used to live with, such as having gone through a nasty divorce, separation or dispute. Emotions can run high during times like these, it might be a good idea to get the locks changed for peace of mind.

 

If you require further advice on lock changing or the services we provide, please contact us.

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