Do you know how many people have a key to your home or business?
This is like asking how long a piece of string is – you don’t really know for sure. To start with, your local real estate agent or agents, for that matter could have key, previous partners or friends, cleaners, neighbours, even the humble plumber, electrician or builder may have been given your key. You wouldn’t give your house key to just anyone, so why should they have access to your property now.
When should you change your locks?
Change of Address
When you move into a new house or unit, do you really know how many people have a copy of the key to the front door? This is not just important for rental properties but also owner occupied properties, as the question is still unanswerable.
Even for newly built homes and units, during the build, many tradesmen were given the key to access your home to complete their work.
Don’t forget to change the garage door opener – this is often forgotten and is an easy way to get inside!
Change of Flatmate or Partner
It is best to change the locks when you have a change of flatmate or partner, because you do not really want them coming back into your home. It gives you peace of mind, knowing that no one can unlock the door and enter your premises.
Change of Employees
A business should change his locks when employees who have a key to the premises have left whether it is on good terms or not. Your business has a lot that needs protecting – cash, stock, other employees, and assets such as computer systems, customer databases, and intellectual property.
After a Break-in
Chances are the thieves during their break-in, have seriously compromised the integrity of your locks and they will need to be changed. This will give you extra peace of mind after the break-in, getting your home or business back to feeling safe and secure. We recommend the locks be changed in case they stole an extra set of keys and come back to get something they missed. Your locksmith can also double check that your door or door frame has not been damaged and can repair this as well.
Old or Worn out Locks
If you are not sure how old your locks are, or they are looking a little worse for wear, it may be time to change them. Rusty from the elements or tired from overuse are good reasons to replace them so your lock is working at top security. Another test is if you have to jiggle the door to make sure it locks, that’s definitely time for a new lock.
Fusion Locksmiths, your local locksmith can have a look at your locks and advise on the best way to secure your home. If the lock is relatively new and strong, he can simply rekey the lock so you have new keys for your door. An added bonus is he can rekey all the external locks so one key opens all your doors. If the lock is not looking strong or could easily be jimmied open, he can advise on the best new lock to match your budget.