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Do I Need My Locks Rekeyed?

If you have to ask that question, the answer is already YES. If you have any doubt, just go for it.

If you recently moved into a new home, you probably need to call a professional locksmith to have your locks rekeyed. You will never know how many people have had access to the home before you moved in. There have been so many cases where people have moved into newly developed homes, just to have their hard-earned belongings disappear within a month of moving in. They would usually be baffled, because there would be no sign of forced entry, not realizing that by not having their locks rekeyed, they practically provided the thieves with an invite to come take whatever they wanted.

For that reason, it is crucial that you rekey your home before you even move in. However, there are many other reasons to call a professional locksmith to rekey your home, and those reasons include:

Moving into a new home

During construction, many contractors and their workers have access to keys; from builders to tilers, carpenters, plumbers, roofers, and all their workers access the home to perform their jobs. Contractors are busy, and don’t have the time or incentive to apply security measures to keys they will be holding temporarily. Unscrupulous workers can easily access the keys and have it copied without their employers noticing.

Similarly, if you’re moving into a rented home, you never know who had keys they received from the previous tenants. Rekeying is your best bet.

Too many people with access

You may have given a key to your neighbors to water the plants while you were away. Your friends may still have a key from when they couch-surfed in your home for a while (and they may have given a copy to a friend of theirs), and you may have given a copy to your employee for whatever reason. Let’s not even talk about all the copies the kids have already lost… Let’s face it – there are way too many copies out there. Get your locks rekeyed in order to render those old keys worthless. Rekeying is cheaper than hoping you could trust all those individuals.

Lost keys

When keys are lost, you never know the hands in which they may have fallen. If only the key to your home’s main entrance were lost, that’s the only lock that needs to be rekeyed. It is a more affordable option, and it gives the same result.

Too many keys

Do you walk around with a large bunch of keys? Do you even know which key works on which lock? If you’re tired of walking around with a bulky key ring taking up space in your pocket or in your purse, a professional locksmith can rekey the locks to all use a single key. Even better, you could ask a locksmith to install a keyless lock on your main entrances.

While you are having your locks rekeyed, consider changing the garage door opener codes as well. Many burglars gain entry through the garage. If your garage doesn’t use an opener, be sure to lock both the garage and the interleading door when you go out.

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