When was the last time you replaced your door locks?
If the answer to that question is “never” or “I can’t remember”, you are definitely not alone. But you could be taking unnecessary risks with your home security.
There are estimated to be 2 million house burglaries reported in the US each year. While you might think you live in a safe neighborhood, these statistics show that everyone is vulnerable to house burglaries.
So when should you change your locks? Read this short guide to find out the best times to get new locks.
Moving to a New House
When you move home, it can be a really busy and stressful time. There is always so much to do and loads of decisions to make, and it may not occur to you to think about changing the locks.
But do you really know who else has they keys to your new home? Contractors, real estate agents, and construction workers could have been given keys to your house.
If the house is not new, then you have no way of knowing whether all the previous occupants surrendered their keys. There could be literally dozens of people who own keys to your house. Which is quite a sobering thought.
The only way to have complete faith that only you and your family have access to your home, is to change the door locks.
Wear and Tear to Door Locks
Using the same door locks and door knobs over the course of a number of years is inevitably going to cause some wear and tear.
Every piece of equipment with moving parts at some point wears out. You may not actually know how old the locks are in your home or business, but if they are starting to wear out, they may not be as reliable as you think.
After a Break-In
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been the victim of a house break-in then after the chaos has died down, you really need to change the locks.
Even if the burglary was unsuccessful, a botched break-in may have resulted in the locks being damaged in a way that is not obvious to look at.
Has Someone Lost Their Keys?
If you, one of your family, or a roommate has lost their keys, you don’t know whose hands they might have fallen in to.
To avoid any doubt and to guarantee the security of your home, if a set of keys has been lost or gone missing you should change the locks.
These are just some of the circumstances in which you should change your door locks.
The key message is – if you are not sure, change the locks!
Any time is a good time to think about renewing or upgrading the locks in your home. Electronic door locks and smart door locks are an also an advanced way to make sure your home is as secure as it can be.
So if you are considering changing your locks, contact us today.