People don’t often consider replacing their locks until they fail but this is not always smart. There are many reasons why you should get your door locks changed, Our team at Elvidge Gribble Locksmiths have put together a guide on a few of the most common reasons to get your door locks replaced.
Lost Keys – People often lose their keys, it is something us locksmiths get called out to daily. Although the main concern is usually getting back into the property what is equally important is getting the locks changed. If you don’t find your keys, then they could have fallen into the wrong hands and you cant be sure of wat their intentions are. To be on the safe side you should always change the door locks when your keys have been lost or stolen to prevent anyone letting themselves into your property with your own set of keys.
Previous Occupants – If you have just moved house or been in your house a while but never had the locks changed then you should seriously consider getting them changed. You can’t be sure that all keys from previous occupants have been handed back and passed on to you and no spares are still in circulation. So, changing the locks when you move home is always advised by insurers, the police and locksmiths to prevent previous occupants or their relatives letting themselves into your home at any given time.
Attempted Break-In/Break In – In this instance your locks will need changing. Any damaged locks or handles will need replacing so that your property is secure once again. Even if your locks were not damaged during the break-in, it is still a good idea to have them changed, this is because burglars may have found a spare key or made o copy of a key so they can use it at a later date. It is always better to be safe than sorry and ensure the security of your property by having the locks changed and even upgraded to prevent future break-ins.
Old Locks – Locks are susceptible to wear and tear so old locks can often become stiff, difficult and eventually fail. At the first signs of a problem with your lock, you should contact your local locksmith, they will be able to diagnose the problem and either repair or replace the lock for you. It is better to catch these things early as it can save you time and money and even the inconvenience of being locked out or in your property.