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.