Buying a new home, probably the most expensive asset you will ever own, can be a stressful process involving seemingly endless to-do lists, however, most are forgetting one of the single most important actions – properly securing your new home by changing the locks.
Statistics show that over half of people that move house don’t change the locks, despite the risk that previous residents could still be in possession of your keys. Through copying, previous occupiers could still have access to your home. Subsequently, changing the locks should be your first priority after moving in, mitigating the safety and security threat to your property.
Recent research has shown that professionally installed locks are the number one security device for protecting your home. If you have recently moved, we advise that you contact a local approved locksmith. Not only will the organisation possess the necessary skills and professional training, but they will also be able to provide homeowners with invaluable advice on the most effective methods of home security – ensuring, for example, that you meet the security criteria set by your home insurance provider.
One option, we often suggest for increased security, is a patented lock system. Patented keys carry legal protection which prevents them from being copied without proof of ownership, providing the owner with peace of mind. Restricted lock systems are also unlikely to be copied; owing to their unusual design and unique mechanical features.
Initial investment in patented or restricted locking systems tends to be higher than ‘off-the-shelf’ locks. However, as long as you have the original key, together with any official copies, this negates the risk of additional key sets circulating – something that could potentially save money, if the lock is re-configured rather than replaced.
Meanwhile, you may also want to consider undertaking a security assessment of your new property, ensuring that it’s safely secured from the day you move in. This involves inspecting the exterior of your property for any damage to doors or windows – checking that all locks and any fitted security alarms are working correctly – and regularly updating your alarm code. A professional ncfe locksmith will be able to assist with this, if required and will be able to suggest any additional security features that may be beneficial. For example, you may consider fitting door chains, CCTV, ‘spy holes’ and top and bottom door bolts to further enhance your security.
So if you have recently moved house or are moving house in the near furture then call A,R Locksmiths and we will send round one of our engineers to assist you. 07813842390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ncfe Level 3 Qualified Locksmith