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Reasons to Change Your Door Locks Now

My customers frequently ask me why they need to change their locks. Here are the top 8 reasons.
A poor quality lock for an exterior door

This is one of the main reasons to change a lock. Intruders can gain access to your property through poor quality locks. For all exit doors from your property, locks that comply with British Standard BS3621 should be used. Front and back doors. This lock standard is often required by your home insurance policy. This standard requires that locks can withstand bolt or drill attacks for at most 5 minutes, and provide additional protection against lock picking.

You’ve lost your keys

It is a smart idea to have your locks changed if your house keys are lost or stolen. This is an easy job that a skilled locksmith service can do quickly and it doesn’t cost much. This will prevent you from worrying about who might have your keys or access to your home.

You move into a brand new house

It is a good idea to change the locks when you move into a new house. Even if you think the previous owners were nice and honest, it is possible that they gave a duplicate of the key to someone else.

End of a Tenancy

It can be a good idea to change the locks on a rented property at the end of a tenant’s term. This is especially true if the tenancy ended in a dispute. You can also control how many keys are in circulation to your property.

Once the building work in your home is complete

Many tradespeople may have access to your property while you’re not there. This can lead to major renovations. While 99.9% of tradespeople are honest and trustworthy, there’s always the possibility of a sub-contractor getting your keys and passing them along. You can have complete peace of mind by purchasing new locks for a small fee.

After a break in or attempted break in

A break-in can cause serious damage to your home and make it very expensive. Even a attempted break-in can cause serious distress. Intruders who have attempted to break into your house by picking locks are a sign that your locks are not up to the task and should be replaced. Even if they have broken into your home through an open door or window, it is possible that they found a set house key while they were searching. They can gain access to your house at any time they want. If they break into your home later using your keys, you won’t be covered by your home insurance.

Separation is possible after a divorce.

Not all separations and divorces are easy. Sometimes emotions can get out of control and it’s necessary to restrict access to your property. It is best to consult a lawyer before you make arrangements for a locksmith or other service to replace the locks.

Lock jammed or difficult lock/unlock

Locks are susceptible to wear because they have moving parts. If a lock is difficult to unlock or lock, or jammed, it is likely that there is an issue with the locking mechanism. This could be caused by a jammed deadlock, dropped snib or other problems with the multipoint locking mechanism. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, it’s a good idea for a locksmith to inspect it and replace any damaged locks or locking mechanisms. If the lock isn’t working properly, it will not fully protect your property.