Replacing door locks is something that is often overlooked, a lot of people either assume it’s not important or put if off as long as they can. With this said there are a multitude of reasons why it is very important to get your locks changed out team at 1st Express Locksmiths Mansfield have put together this guide to explain some of the main reasons why it is important to get your door locks changed at your property old or new!
Lost Keys – This happens to people daily, it is one of the most common reasons for locksmith call outs and is something that you will likely experience at least once in your life. The main focus when you have lost your keys tends to be getting back into your property. However, it is also important to consider having the locks changed, this is because you can never know who may have found your keys and what they intend to do with them. To ensure the security of your property, when you have lost your keys you should always get the locks changed, this way a potential intruder will not be able to simply let themselves into your property with your own set of keys.
Previous Occupants – If you have just moved into a new property or even if you have been in your house for a while but never got the locks changed then it is a good idea to do so as soon as possible. You can never be sure if all the keys from previous occupants have been passed on to you. And if someone is holding onto a key to your property then you can never be sure of what their intentions may be. Changing the locks at your new property will prevent previous occupants using them to get access to your property at any given time.
Attempted Break-In/Break-In – This is a definite sign that your locks need changing, firstly locks may have become damaged during the break-in and no longer provide adequate protection for your property after a break-in, and if a break-in was attempted it is a sign that your locks were in need of an upgrade anyway and this is why a burglar seen your property as an easy target! Also, in the event of a break-in a burglar could have found a spare set of keys to your property and is saving them to use at a later date. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and get the locks changed after a break-in or attempted break-in.
Old Locks – Old locks, like anything else, are susceptible to wear and tear which can cause them to become stiff, difficult, and eventually break. At the first sign of a problem with any lock you should contact a locksmith to either repair or replace the lock before a much more serious problem occurs and you end up locked out or locked in your property and in need of an emergency locksmith. Old locks may not be the most secure available, locks and the level of security they provide are constantly improving, the current minimum standard for locks in the UK are BS3621 and TS007. If your current locks don’t meet or exceed this current British Standard, then you should contact your local locksmith to come and upgrade them as it could be leaving your property vulnerable to thieves.