7 More Reasons Why You Should Change Your Locks at Home
- Change Your Locks When You’ve Lost Your Keys
- You’ve Broken Up with Someone Who Has Keys to Your Place
- You’re Moving In to a New Home or Apartment
- Someone Tried to Break Into Your Home
- You’ve Lent Your Keys to Someone for an Emergency
- Your Children Have Keys to Your Home
- You Change to Modern Locks which Offer Greater Security
Change Your Locks When You’ve Lost Your Keys
This is perhaps the most important reason to change your locks. When you can’t find your keys for your home for some time, you need to change your locks right away. Your keys may have been stolen by a thief intent on using them to burglarize your home. Or it may have been picked up by someone who may get this idea anyway.
It even doesn’t matter if you eventually find your keys. What if your keys were stolen and then copied? That doesn’t take a long time at all. Then the thief could have simply put your keys in a place where you would find it.
It’s the same thing when your keys are found and returned to you. Regardless of how trustworthy that person may seem, they may have made copies of your keys nonetheless.
You’ve Broken Up with Someone Who Has Keys to Your Place
Breaking up can be an acrimonious process, and it’s not uncommon for people to have bad feelings. When your significant other moves out, the first thing you need to do is to change the locks so that they can’t return and take things from your place. They may even just vandalize your home just for spite.
It’s the same thing when a roommate moves out. For offices, you do the same when an employee quits or retires, especially if they were authorized to have keys to your place.
You’re Moving In to a New Home or Apartment
Moving in to a new place can be exciting, but you don’t want it to become too exciting. That means you should change the locks right away, because you don’t know if copies of the old keys to you place have been made.
The previous owners or tenants may return to get some things from your place. Or they may have been careless and allowed copies of the home keys made for other people. Since you can’t know for sure, it’s better to be safe by changing the locks.
Someone Tried to Break Into Your Home
Obviously, if someone successfully broke into your home, you have to change your locks. After all, they failed in their duty to keep people out.
But even if the burglar failed, it may still be time to change your locks. The burglar may have damaged your locks in their attempt to get in, so new locks are needed so you know that they’re working properly. Or the burglar may simply have assessed your locks as easy to break or get into, so you need more formidable locks that burglars won’t dare to challenge.
You’ve Lent Your Keys to Someone for an Emergency
Sometimes you lend out your keys to other people because you have to. They may be cleaners you trust, family relatives you’re expecting to visit, or neighbors you trust to feed your cat when you’re on vacation.
Once you return and your keys are given back to you, it’s prudent to have your keys changed nevertheless. It’s not just because you don’t really trust these people and that they may have made copies. It’s just that you can’t be sure that they were careful about your keys, so copies of your keys could have been made without their knowledge.
Your Children Have Keys to Your Home
Children are notoriously irresponsible when it comes to home security. In fact, they’re just not as responsible as adults, generally speaking. So you don’t really know if they take care of the home keys properly. They may have lost their keys at some point and then found it, or they may have lent out their keys to a friend.
When your children have keys to your home so they can let themselves in, it’s just good practice to change your locks on a regular basis.
You Change to Modern Locks which Offer Greater Security
When your locks fail, obviously you need to change it. But even if they’ve been working reliably for years, you still need to change your locks every few years or so. That’s because the locksmith industry evolves continuously, and your locks may now be obsolete. By changing your locks every few years, you get the latest and most secure technology to protect your home.
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