Know When It’s Time to Change Your Door Locks
Door lock maintenance can be easily overlooked with the quick pace of day-to-day life. Don’t wait until your home is broken into or your locks break from wear to replace them. There are several instances when you should change your door locks for the protection of your family and personal belongings. Here are four “key” signs it’s time to change your door locks:
It’s vital to change or rekey the locks to a new home. You never know who may still have a key from the previous tenant or homeowner. You can either trust that someone with a copied key won’t barge in one day or take the initiative to be safe and change the locks. Changing door locks is a necessary precaution to take to keep your new home safe and provide everyone living there with a sense of security.
In 2016, 1,058 burglaries were reported in Baton Rouge. If your home or business has been broken into by thieves, then you should immediately change your door locks. Don’t wait too long to do it or they could come back to hit your home again. Since robbers typically repeatedly hit locks to force their way inside, leaving locks damaged or broken, it’s a good call to go ahead and get a brand-new lock. Keep your place and valuables safe with new locks that have updated safety features so you are better protected from lock tampering.
Wear and Tear
Regular wear and tear of a lock can render it ineffective, especially when locks are being used multiple times a day for a long period of time. You can tell your locks are worn out when they become rusty or sticky because they no longer turn easily or stay secure when you lock up.
Some simple maintenance can slow this wearing process. Maintenance you can perform on your own includes lubricating door locks on a regular basis or using locks with more care.
Stolen or Lost Keys
If you find that your keys have been stolen or lost, it is crucial to replace the locks to those doors. There is the possibility of someone using your stolen key on your door and gaining access to your home without your knowledge. Don’t brush off a lost key because you never know what actually happened to it.
Need help choosing a new lock for your home? Talk to the lock experts at Alford Lock & Safe to protect what’s yours. Call us today at 225-387-5386.