When Should External Door Locks Be Changed?
Your external doors are your first line of defense when protecting your home from burglars, this is why it is important to ensure that they are as secure as they can be, and they are kept in good working order. If your locks are showing signs of wear and tear, if they have been compromised in any way or you just need to upgrade to more secure BS3621 insurance approved locks then it is important that you act fast and get them changed as soon as possible. Below we have put together a guide of signs that indicate your ready for your locks changed.
What You Need To Look For
Wear and Tear – Due to the frequent use of our doors its only natural that over time general wear and tear causes locks to fail. Unfortunately, this can weaken your locking mechanism and leave your property vulnerable to a break in. So, if you spot any signs of rust or other damage then it is important that you make these a top priority and get them changed.
Keys Lost or Stolen – This is by far one of the most common reasons people require the services of a locksmith. When you lose your keys or you fear they may have been stolen, often, the first thing on people’s minds is ‘I need to gain entry to my property’. However, although this is important you should also be thinking about how to ensure that your property is still secure. Once a locksmith has helped you gain entry to your property you should also ask them to change the locks, this way you can be sure that whoever may have found or stolen your keys no longer has an easy way to access your home.
Moving To A New House – When you receive the keys to your new property you will have a lot of things that you need to be getting on with so that you can get nicely settled into your new property. One of the things that often gets overlooked though is the external locks on the property. This may seem unimportant but that couldn’t be further from the truth. A large number of burglary’s happen in the first year of someone moving into a new home. This is partially because the locks have never been changed on the property and there are often keys still in circulation that the new homeowners know nothing about. So, to be safe and ensure the safety of your possessions and valuables you should get the external door locks changed before you move all your stuff into your new property.
Break In – If you have become the victim of a break in then it is vital that you make securing your home once again one of your top priorities. If any door locks or windows and window locks have been damaged during the forced entry, then you need to call in a locksmith that can do the necessary burglary repairs such as boarding up and changing or repairing locks. This will help protect your home from another break in so can start getting everything back in order.
If you need a locksmith for any of the above, then feel free to contact G & M Locksmiths today – 0114 205 5308