Why Should I Change The Keys For My New Home?
That’s a question that we are asked all the time.
Before we get in depth on this subject, let me tell you what happened to a client of ours a few years ago. He had purchased a newly built house in a brand new sub-division. Since he was the very first person to reside there, he lived there for quite some time in the bliss of knowing that no one could gain access to his property. He felt that way because he thought that he was the only one who had a key. What he didn’t know is that his front door lock had been “Master Keyed” by the builder. He also wasn’t aware that the Master Key had been passed around from Tradesperson to Tradesperson. Used initially to gain access to the property in order for them to complete their assigned tasks. Somewhere along the way, the Master Key had fallen into the wrong hands and was duplicated by some unscrupulous character. That duplicated Master Key was later used to gain entry to his property. What the thief or thieves were after was his high-end auto. Since our client was previously unaware of this situation, he would keep his car keys right by the front door. This made it very convenient for the thief or thieves to abscond with his car keys and his car. Unfortunately, a very hard-learned lesson. Don’t let this happen to you!
That is just one of many valid reasons to have your keys changed for the locks on your new or previously lived-in home. Consider this, just about anyone could have the keys to your new home whether it was built yesterday or a hundred years ago.
Back to the matter at hand. Of course, you could do the job yourself. Go to your local hardware store, buy all new locks and put them on yourself if you know how. There are several factors to consider when changing the locks yourself. The locks you are purchasing, do they offer more or less security for your property than the locks you now have, or do you even know? When you put new locks on your doors, any other hardware that was on the door previously may be stained or tarnished from the weather and the new locks will definitely be a different and brighter color of finish. The locks you buy may not be accomodated by the holes in your door that the original locks came out of. This means that some, or all of the holes may need to be enlarged in order for the new locks to fit on your door properly. Are you prepared to, and do you have the proper tools to do this? All valid questions.
Another course of action is to call a Professional Locksmith who is able to provide you with sound security advice. A Locksmith can change the keys for the locks you now have. It may also be possible to have a single key operate every lock you have (if the locks are all made by the same company). In the course of my business we are asked if there is any additional security risk in having all the locks work with one key. The answer is no. Once someone has gained entry to your property, it really is a null point. If they want in, they will do it whether all the locks operate with the same or all different keys. There is however, the convenience factor of using just one key to enter your home.
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