Keeping our property safe from intruders is a paramount concern for many homeowners. Our properties not only keep our valuables safe but also people. Locks are one of the only measures that keep our properties safe. We don’t tend to think of our locks until they’ve been compromised. We’re left stranded with destroyed locks and damaged or stolen property when they have been compromised. There is a preventative measure you can take, and this is to know when you should change your locks.
New Locks on Your New Home or Property
When you’ve moved into a new home or property, one of the first things you should do is change your locks. Most new homeowners or property owners don’t think they should change the locks on their new home, but you never know if your property’s last owners still have keys. Additionally, it’s possible the last owner gave out keys to neighbors, friends, and family members. About 65% of home invasions are done by people the victims knew beforehand. There is a whole endless list of possibilities for what the previous owners of your property could’ve done with the corresponding keys.
When you move in, take note of your property and the locks on each door. If one is noticeably damaged, don’t hesitate to contact a locksmith. And remember that strangers could have keys for multiple entrances into your home.
Lost or Stolen Keys
Noticing your keys are missing is as nerve-wracking as noticing your credit card or ID is missing. The next step after losing them will be to replace them, but don’t forget that those keys could’ve ended up in the wrong hands. Never take missing keys for granted. Always assume the worst when you notice your keys are missing and change your locks.
Luckily, when you have misplaced your keys, there is another option other than replacing your lock. Locksmiths are also able to rekey locks. This means your locking mechanism will be altered so that the old keys no longer work with it. You will receive a new key but keep your old lock. This is a much more frugal option that is still equally as effective.
New Locks After a Break-in
We understand the feelings of grief and loss when a break-in occurs, and we work hard so that you never have to feel that way again. If you have been the victim of a break-in in your home, business, or apartment, our locksmiths at Mobile Locksmith can help. We can change your locks as they likely have been tampered with. We do this so that intruders can’t come back a second time.
If you have not been the victim of a break-in, it is recommended you check the integrity of your locks. Call a locksmith immediately if you notice any damage or, worse, tampering. Signs of tampering or evidence of damage to your locks mean a break-in could be imminent and is a clear indicator that locksmithing services are required.
Local Locksmiths You Can Trust
The locks we put on our homes and businesses are crucial not only for our security but for the security of our valuables. When they fail, it’s important we have someone we can call to rectify the issue and make us feel safe in our home again. If you fall into any of the above categories, call Mobile Locksmith of Texas today and change your locks! We have many years of experience servicing our fellow Texans and understand the best security practices to keep you safe. Don’t wait to change a damaged lock, especially after a break-in. Contact us today and get a free estimate.