As a locksmith it still amazes me how many people don’t get their new home or business re-keyed to a new key combination.
It’s an incredibly important part of moving into a new property; ensuring that old keys circulating out there can’t be used to gain access to your new place without you knowing.
How does re-keying work?
What we do as locksmiths is to pull apart the lock to re-key or change the pins inside the barrel itself, so that your old key doesn’t work any more. This is a cost effective way of doing this without having to replace the entire lock itself (which is another option). You can also buy DIY re-keying kits and resources, but obviously I’d recommend you draw on a professional if you’re not sure what you’re doing (don’t mess around with security).
Why should you re-key?
There are two main reasons: security and convenience.
Locksmiths attend many properties after a burglary where there was no forced entry – it’s more common than you think. In these cases it’s a safe bet an older key or copy was used to enter – you’d be surprised how common it is.
Whether it’s a flat or house or business, there may keys out there that you don’t know about in the hands of old residents, tenants, cleaners, maintenance people or old staff. If you’re been somewhere many years you might not even remember who you’ve given a key to over the years – or who may have had access to your keys to copy them. Even if you get the keys back from previous owners or occupants, there’s a chance they’ve been duplicated. You can usually copy a key for under $10, and it’s a quick process for someone motivated.
If you give your locks a fresh start with your new property you’ll have full control over who has keys; something some insurance companies are now requiring in order to offer you full coverage for your home and contents.
Some people like to unify their locks to one key to save confusion by having too many keys on a key ring. It may also be handy for owners of rental property, joint owners of a single property or body corporate organisations that need to have a master key for access to multiple locks within a building or buildings. They can be arranged to meet the needs of rental property owners, businesses, and home owners.
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