Have you ever cast a thought on how many keys are floating around that can open your new home’s front door? How about the back door, side gate or even garage?
If you answered no, well you really should starting thinking about it. Especially if your home has even been a rental property when owned by a previous owner. But even if it hasn’t there is no way of knowing exactly how many copies of your home’s keys exist out there in the world.
All it takes is the previous owner to have a few copies made for the residents of the property and maybe some spares. They could lose one or two of these keys and not give it a second thought. Maybe they have lost hundreds of keys. All of these keys can gain access to your doors! People may literally be able to let themselves in and help themselves to your belongings.
So what can you do?
Well you need to ensure that you have control of who has access to your property. And the only way to do that is to ensure that all current and previous copies of your homes keys no longer work with your locks.
So how can you ensure that you are the only one who has keys to your home’s locks? Fortunately you have some options. Each with their own pros and cons.
- Install New Locks: This is the most obvious method that most people will think of when they want to ensure that they are the only ones with keys to their home. The Pros with this one is that you will be upgrading your locks to a modern and sometimes more secure model. The only keys that will work with a new lock are the keys that come with the lock when purchased. Then of course you simply need to keep track of all new copies that are made.
- Rekeying Existing Locks: A lesser known method of creating new keys for all your locks in your home. Rekeying is the process of changing the internals of a models locks. This ensures that all current and previous keys will not work with the new configuration. Only the newly designed key that has been tailored to the new lock layout. The process of rekeying your homes locks is often cheaper than opting for new lock installations. Also the strength and security level of a rekeyed lock should still be strong enough to withstand any intruders tampering.
Installing new locks is something that you may be able to complete yourself. However we recommend hiring the services of a professional locksmith to install your home’s new locks. Also you will need a skilled locksmith to undertake the rekeying process as they have specialised equipment for such a task.