The lock on your front door is the first line of defence against a burglar so it is important to make sure it is secure. So, if your lock has been compromised or needs upgrading it is important to do so. Look out for the following signs to see if you need to change your locks.
5 Reasons to Replace Your Door Locks
Someone Has Moved Out – Be it a family member, ex-partner, tenant or roommate that previously shared your property that has moved out it is advised that you have your locks replaced. This is because you can’t be sure of who has a spare key to your property, how many were made and given out and this could increase your chances of a break-in.
Wear and Tear – Over the years locks get worn out and this affects their performance, they develop weaknesses that can lead to them being easier to pick and break meaning your home is less secure. If you can see obvious damage to your lock such as rust or wear then it is recommended that you organise a lock replacement.
Lost or Stolen Keys – If your front door keys have been lost or stolen then it is highly recommended that you get new locks immediately! This is to avoid any unwanted intruders having easy access to your property and just letting themselves in with your keys!
New Home – If you have just moved into a new property then you should have the locks changed, this is because you can’t be sure that previous owners have given you all the keys to the property and how many copies were made.
Recent Break-In – If you have been unfortunate enough to become the victim of a break-in then it is vital that you have your locks changed as soon as possible. This is because burglars could have damaged your locks, and damaged locks leave your home security vulnerable to another burglary. It is also possible that a spare key to the property could have been used to gain entry to your property so replacing your locks can prevent future break-ins.
If you feel your front door locks need changing or you have been a victim of a break-in then contact your local Southampton locksmith at Lock It Security for expert advice and help in choosing the right locks to make sure your home is as secure as it can be. – 02380 453 539