When to Replace Your Door Locks
A secure lock on your front door is the first line of defense against burglars and intruders in your home, therefore it is crucial to replace the locks on your doors when you feel your home security may be compromised or in need of an upgrade. In order to avoid finding yourself with a failed lock and inadequate home security, look out for the following signs or scenarios and consider a lock replacement.
5 Reasons to Replace Door Locks in Your Home
Someone Has Moved Out
Whether it is a roommate, tenant, family member or ex partner, as soon as a person who previously rented or shared your property moves out, we recommend that you replace your locks. Various people with spare keys to your property can increase the risk of a break-in, as although spare keys may be handed back, there is no way of being certain copies were not made and distributed.
Wear and Tear
As your locks get older and increasingly worn out, they often stop performing to the best of their ability and develop weaknesses. This could result in locks that are easier to pick and break into, which makes your home less secure. If your door locks show apparent signs of damage, rust, or wear, we advise you to consider a lock replacement.
Keys Lost or Stolen
If your door keys are ever stolen or lost, it is vital you replace your locks immediately without hesitation. If you repeatedly find yourself losing your keys, it may be best for you to consider a smart lock which can be opened using a code.
It is good practice to change the locks when moving into a new house, as while you receive the keys to your new home when it is officially yours, there is no way of knowing for sure how many copies have been made and not handed in.
In the unfortunate event of a break in or burglary, it is important to change all your locks as soon as possible. Burglars may have tampered with your locks to gain unauthorized entry, and this could leave your lock damaged and your home vulnerable to a repeat burglary. Following a burglary it is best to assume that your keys may have fallen into the wrong hands. Change the locks immediately.
If you need a lock replacement or upgrade, contact us at 24 HR Lockouts. We send out only expert locksmiths who are the best possible people to complete the job. The locksmith we send to you is experienced, credible, trustworthy, and cost efficient, and will aim to provide the best possible solutions for your security needs.