Changing locks is easily overlooked in the whirlwind of moving house, but it is frightening to think how many people could have duplicate keys to your new home.
“If you have just moved house you are almost twice as likely to be burgled”
We strongly recommend changing your locks for your family’s safety and your peace of mind.
Why Change The Locks?
Moving house is a highly stressful experience so it is no surprise that securing your new home by changing the locks can be overlooked. However, unless you knew and trusted the previous tenants it is unlikely that you will know exactly how many sets of keys were cut and are in circulation for your new property.
According to Home Office statistics, you are almost twice as likely to be burgled in the 12 months after moving house compared with the average burglary rate (4.6% compared with 2.5%). You are nearly three times as likely to be burgled compared with those who have occupied their property for 10 years or more (4.6% compared to 1.6%).
Alarmingly those households with no home security measures were almost ten times (22.5%) more likely to be victims of burglary compared to households that carry out simple security upgrades (2.5%) such as fitting deadlocks on doors and fitting window locks.
Other Reasons to Change the Locks
Other reasons to change the locks may include:
- Could you exit through all necessary doors and windows in an emergency?
- Does your property have adequate physical security?
- Do you have keys to all your doors and windows, for general access and opening?
- Are some of the locks broken or are any of the locks damaged – do they still work and are they secure?
- Do your locks meet British Standard 3621:2004, now a stipulation of most insurance policies?
The Lock Specialist Lock Change Service
The Lock Specialist Ltd can change locks on doors and windows, including garage doors, external doors and gates, etc. Our Locksmiths can also check that existing window locks and door locks have been correctly installed, are secure and conform to British Standards. As The Lock Specialist Ltd provide a professional, reliable service 365 days a year, 24hours a day, Nationwide, we can arrange a visit at a time and date that is convenient to you.