Do you feel safe when you leave your door unlocked? If not, it might be time to think about changing your door locks. It is important to take security seriously in this day and age of increased crime. This blog post will discuss why external door locks are essential for home security, what the different types of door locks are, and how to change them yourself.
Crime in the UK is on the up particularly when it comes to burglaries. In fact, crime is going up so quickly that the police are having a hard time keeping up with it. If you want to keep your door locks as effective as possible then you should consider getting new door locks installed.
Signs You Need New Door Locks
Previous Occupants – If you have just moved house or been in your house a while but never had the locks changed then you should seriously consider getting them done. You can’t be sure that all keys from previous occupants have been handed back and passed on to you. So, changing the locks when you move home is always advised to prevent previous occupants letting themselves into your home at any given time.
Lost Keys – this is a very common occurrence and something that you are likely to experience at least once in your life. When you have lost your keys, your main focus tends to be on getting back into your property, however, what you also need to consider is changing the locks. This is because your lost keys could now be in the wrong hands! The last thing you want is a burglar breaking into your home with your own keys!
Attempted Break-In or Break-In – This is a sure sign that your locks need changing, firstly locks may have become damaged and no longer sufficiently secure your property after a break-in, and if a break-in was attempted it is a sign that your locks were in need of an upgrade anyway and this is why a burglar seen your property as an easy target! Also, in the event of a break-in a burglar may have taken a copy of the keys to your property and is saving them to use at a later date. Its better to be safe than sorry and get the locks changed after an attempted break-in.
Old Locks – Old locks are susceptible to wear and tear which can cause them to become stiff, difficult, and eventually break. At the first sign of a problem with any lock you should contact a locksmith to either repair or replace the lock before more serious problems occur and you end up locked out or locked in your property and in need of an emergency locksmith. Also, old locks may not be the most secure locks for your property. Locks and the level of security they provide are constantly improving, currently locks in UK that meet or exceed BS3621 and TS007 are the most secure. If your current locks don’t meet this British Standard, then you should contact a local locksmith to come and upgrade them as it could be leaving your property vulnerable to thieves.