Signs that it’s time to change your locks

The locks to your home don’t last forever and it’s not always obvious when they need changing. Take a look at the list below to find out some of the telltale signs that it’s time to get them switched.

1) When they wear out

Is your key sticking when you go to unlock your door in the mornings? Although temperature can play a part in how smoothly your locks work, you should be able to get a pretty good feel for when it’s time to get them changed.

As with anything, locks wear out and need replacing from time to time. This might not necessarily be more than once every couple of years, but when they stop functioning as well, it’s definitely time to get them changed.

2) When you move home

It’s a sad fact of life, but you can never be certain of who has got their hands on a copy of your keys during the moving process.

If you’ve just moved into a new house, now’s the perfect time to get those locks changed. As well as this, you can never be sure who was living in the property before you. Remove any opportunity for people to put their bad intentions into action by getting the locks changed as soon as possible.

3) After a break-in

This one might seem obvious and the police will certainly advise it, but you should definitely have your locks changed after someone has gained access to your property.

You might not know for sure that someone’s been in, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. A professional locksmith will be able to change the locks in your home and secure any windows that might be an easy means of entry for a budding burglar.

One of the main reasons behind this is, especially in bigger cities in the UK, burglars will often scout out the location of your valuables on the first break-in, then return a short time later to get the rest. By promptly changing your locks, you can make sure this doesn’t happen.

4) If you don’t feel safe

If your locks are getting old, or if there have been a bout of break-ins in your local area, you might not necessarily feel as safe as you used to in your home. By changing your locks, you’ll help to give yourself that added peace of mind that can make all the difference.

If you’re unsure of whether or not your property needs new locks, be sure to get in touch with a local professional locksmith.

5) If you need to work around disabilities

As a result of serious disability or illness, some people are no longer able to operate traditional locks within their property. For this reason, as well as for general aesthetics, more and more people are moving to electronic locking systems.

These are typically quite cost-effective and are a great option for those looking to streamline the electronics in their house or simply make it easier to get in and out. With an electronic locking system, you’ll be able to program your own entry code, completely removing the need for keys. Just don’t forget the pin!

6) If you lose your keys

The same as when you move house, you can never be sure whose hands your keys have found their way into. If you’ve lost them, the safest thing you can do is to get the corresponding locks changed for your property. Even if you end up finding the keys or they get handed in at a police station, you’ll feel safer in the meantime.

Is it time to get your locks changed? Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.

6 tips and tricks to keep your home secure

Here are a few easy tips and tricks for you to implement that can increase the security of your home:

1. Don’t advertise on social media that you are going on holiday

You may not think anything of tagging yourself in at the airport on Facebook when you are going on holiday. Although it’s a nice way of letting your friends know you are going away, it is also a great way of letting people know your house will be empty for a while. In the wrong hands, this information could lead to trouble. Our advice would be to think twice about talking about your holiday on social media, particularly ensuring you don’t give away the specific dates you will be away.

2. Put your lights on a timer when you are away

When you are away on holiday, make sure you have a light system that you can put on a timer before you go. Set your lights to go off during the day and on when it gets dark in the evenings. This will give the impression that the house is occupied and deter potential burglars. Speak to one of our professionals today for advice on how to set your lights to a timer.

3. Lock your door when upstairs or in the garden

Unless you have supersonic hearing, it is a good idea to lock your door when you are upstairs or in the garden as you may not be able to see or hear intruders if you are distracted or away from the door.

4. Don’t leave your keys in the back of the door, even when in the house

Leaving your keys in the lock on the inside of your house can be dangerous, even when you are inside the house. If you have forgotten to lock your door but left your keys in the lock on the inside and gone off to do something else, this can increase the chance of opportunist thieves stealing the keys to your home. Thieves can easily open an unlocked door, reach inside and quickly steal the keys, then come back at a later date to burgle your home. On a similar note, don’t hang the keys to your house or car near to the door or leave them in a bowl near the door as thieves will be able to locate them in no time.

5. Install motion sensor lighting outside

Installing outdoor motion sensor lighting can help to alert you to movement outside your home and prevent potential threats to the security of your home.

6. Keep valuables out of view

Keep valuable items out of the sight of windows. Burglars often look through windows to assess whether a property contains a large amount of valuable items worth stealing. It may not be possible to keep all large valuable items out of view, such as televisions, however, laptops, expensive watches and jewellery can be kept hidden away or in safes when you are not using them.

Book a home security check with Rapid Locksmiths Birmingham for a security assessment of your home and more security tips and tricks from our professionals.