Why Replace Locks in Your Home?
Before taking any action, the next question to answer is whether you need to replace the locks or simply re-key your existing locks. Re-keying locks is generally a cost-efficient way of getting rid of old keys and is something that many homeowners are able to do themselves.
According to many security experts, there are certain times to replace locks instead of re-keying your existing locks.
- Malfunctioning locks. Like anything else, door locks fail over time. You may notice the key doesn’t turn as easily as it once did, or often gets stuck in the lock. At some point, you may not be able to turn the key anymore to open the lock. When the issue is the repair of a lock, then the only logical thing to do is to replace rather than re-key your existing locks.
- Moving into a new home. There’s no telling how many different people have copies of the key to your new home. Keys are copied and given to neighbours, family members, childminders, former tenants, tradesmen working on projects in the home and more. In addition there’s the potential for keys being lost which may have gotten into the wrong hands. Re-keying the existing locks will make all the old copies worthless however replacing them completely gives you peace of mind as you’re upgrading to the optimal option for today.
- If you feel your existing locks could be better. The most effective way to improve the level of protection is to get new locks. Maybe there are doors without a deadbolt or perhaps the strike plate and deadbolt in your current locks aren’t as they used to be? If there’s been a burglary at a neighbour’s who maybe has similar locks to your own that might also be sufficient reason to review your current locks.
- Avoid the risks of bump keys and lock picking. Even the most secure cylinder lock is vulnerable to lock picking attempts, particularly involving bump keys. These keys are cut in a special way to allow a burglar to defeat a cylinder lock in a matter of seconds. Stronger locks with deadbolts can make it more difficult for burglars, but only keyless locks can eliminate that particular threat. Locks are now available without keys that use fingerprint technology to open, rely on pushbutton codes to open or are triggered to open by a remote control signal. To switch to this digital technology, your current locks must be replaced.
Whatever the reason for reviewing your locks, get in touch with us at Crother’s Security in Walkinstown and we’ll be happy to discuss your options – Tel 01-4567947