6 Reasons to Have Your Locks Changed

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Have you been wondering if your home or office safety is as secure as it should be? Has it been a while since you changed the locks? Staying current on locking systems and making upgrades where necessary is crucial for the safety of both your family and your business. Here, we've compiled a list of helpful tips for when to have new locks installed. At 24/7 Local Locksmiths, your safety is our priority.

1. When you move to a new home

Moving into a new home can make you a target for burglary and theft with so many people coming and going all the time, your valuable possessions being in view and many appliances still in boxes. It's important to remember that one of the first lines of defense of your home is to eliminate any unknown people who may have keys to your home. Friends, family members or neighbors of the previous residents could have keys to your home. Having the locks changed is one of the simplest ways to increase security during this vulnerable time.

2. When employees leave or lose keys

When an employee leaves the office or is fired, they are usually asked to turn in all keys to the office, or their card entry is deactivated. However, employees that have lots keys, refuse to turn them in or have forgotten to bring them may pose a security threat. Once again, eliminating excess people with keys to a space decreases the chance for a security breach.

3. After a break-in

When you've experienced a break-in, it's best to have an overall security assessment to prevent future break-ins and look for any damage that has been done to existing locks. If burglars made entry to your home or business and may have obtained keys to access the building again, it is crucial to have the locks changed quickly. 

4. If you're door isn't closing properly

If you have to lift the door, put pressure on it, or hold it just right for the latch to engage, chances are, your lock is not functioning optimally. warped doors, loose fixtures and faulty locks tend to only get worse over time. When you notice any of these indicators, it's best to call a locksmith to assess the lock function. He may recommend new lock installation or there could be another fix. 

5. If it's been several years 

Even if your door isn't warped, your locks may not all be functioning properly. Rust or debris caught in locks can cause keys to stick or break and older locks may become more brittle over time causing them to be more difficult to operate. It's important to be aware if a deadbolt lock is not engaging fully by turning all the way and sliding the lock into the door frame. This could make the lock easier to force open, and your home more vulnerable.

6. When you're needing an upgrade 

If you've considered upgrading to more high tech security for your home or office, there has never been a better time. With so many new products on the market, upgrading security has never been so simple or affordable. Keyless entry, coded systems, fingerprint scanners and remotes have become the fresh, more convenient way to secure your building. And with many custom options like tracking and time stamps, you have the capability of seeing who has entered or exited your office and when. Alarm systems, surveillance cameras and remote access to your home are all more advanced now with capabilities to sync security information to your smart phone and change codes and access frequently.

Our Expert Locksmiths

When you find yourself needing new lock installations for any of these reasons, we are here to help. We want to work with you to customize a safety plan that meets your specific needs. Our team of professionals is available 24/7 for emergency response and we are proud to offer competitive prices for all your security needs. 

If you're wanting to install new house locks, contact us today for a price quote and more details about our services!

 

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