Something people don’t think about often is their lock system. Usually, you don’t have to worry about whether your locks are in good shape and help you keep your home or business secure. But sometimes, something has compromised your locks and might cause you to consider a change.
Changing locks is one of the best things you can do to improve the safety and security of your property. You can keep the people and belongings on your premises much safer with newly updated locks.
If you’re wondering whether it’s time for a change of locks, don’t be unsure any longer. Champion Lock & Safe Company is here to help clear up the confusion. We know all the way your locks could be compromised.
Here are our top six reasons you should look into replacing the locks of your home or business:
Moved To a New Home/Business
Every time you start over in a new building, investing in a change of locks is a good idea. This is true for both old buildings and new constructions. Never take it for granted that you’re the only one with access to your building. You have no idea who could have a matching key to gain access to your property.
If you are moving into a newly constructed building, it’s essential to know that many construction companies use locks that are universal to their business. While these are usually swapped out – especially if the contractors are competent – the locks they replace their universal set with could have keys anywhere. You want to keep yourself secure. Make sure you’re the only one with keys by getting your own locks installed.
If it’s an old building, which is more common, it’s even more critical to change the locks. You don’t know how long those locks have been in use, and you never know how many people have copies of the key.
Whenever you purchase a new building, put your security first and change the locks.
Lost Your Keys
We’ve all had it happen to us: you’re getting ready to leave the house and realize you aren’t sure where you’ve put your keys.
Losing keys happens all too often, and it can never be stressed enough that you shouldn’t simply get this key replaced. You might have misplaced that key, but it doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. It could be in the hands of any stranger who knows where you live, and they could now use it to access your building when you’re not around. It’s also possible that you didn’t lose the key at all – keys can be stolen.
Always be safe after losing your keys by investing in a simple lock change to keep your building safe.
After a Break-In
We never expect burglaries to happen to us, and hopefully, they never do – but in the case of a break-in, you need to know the proper steps to follow. One of the first things you should do is get a new set of locks installed on your doors.
When burglaries happen, you’ll never know all that they found. They had access to your home, either through a forced entry or by finding a key to unlock the door, and that means you can’t assume that anything is secure. If you have a spare key, they could have found it before or after they broke in and had a copy made. You can’t be sure that your keys aren’t still in their hands.
Don’t take a chance. If you’ve been burglarized, prevent it from happening again by getting new locks on all your doors.
Someone Moved Out
There are many reasons that someone could move out of your home – circumstances can change whether you live with roommates or have been living with a significant other. If a roommate leaves or you go through a divorce or break-up, don’t let the situation become more stressful than it already is.
Whenever someone moves out, we recommend installing a new set of locks. There can often be bad blood between people when a living situations fall apart. If someone is upset with you or about the situation, they may use their access to your home or building to damage the property or cause you harm.
Be extra careful by replacing your locks in these situations. It’s possible someone who moved out made a copy of the key, and you never want to let them still have access.
The Lock Doesn’t Function
Even if a lock hasn’t been compromised because others might have access, there are occasions when you may need to replace it. Locks can become damaged in many different ways, including simple daily use. Eventually, you might find that your locks don’t operate and latch as smoothly as they used to. Rather than simply letting the problem persist, you should always look at getting a new lock.
You want your locks to function smoothly. This can prevent potential lock-outs or other headaches that happen when your locks break for real. Don’t risk needing a locksmith when you don’t expect it; be proactive with your locks and get them replaced as soon as they start to deteriorate.
Your Locks Are Old
Even if your older locks are still in good condition, the truth is that they likely aren’t as secure as newer locks or locking systems on the market. It can benefit your security to stay up-to-date on the latest locking technology, helping you feel safer in your home or business.
As new developments become available in locking technology, don’t let them pass you by. You can invest in better security systems anytime.
There are many reasons to change the locks in your home or business, including moving locations, changes in living situations, break-ins, and more. In truth, though, you don’t need a reason to change your locks – feeling more safe and more secure in your buildings is enough to invest in locks.
If you think it’s a good idea to change your locks and update to a more secure system, trust Champion Lock and Safe Company to do the job. We recommend a new locking system to give you better peace of mind. Just call (210) 590-6033 to make a lock change!