Should you change the locks on a new home?

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‘Should you change the locks on a new home?’ is a common question we hear from customers who have just moved into a new property.

It’s a good question.

After all, how can you be entirely sure of who might have a duplicate set of keys to your home, particularly if it’s an older property?

While the people you’ve bought it off are probably entirely trustworthy, they may, at some point, have mislaid a spare set of keys that has fallen into the wrong hands.

Also, with organised crime on the rise and criminals finding ever-smarter ways to scam and steal, there may be more people out there with keys to your new home than you might think.

Moving to a new house can be a stressful experience. With everything else you have to worry about, changing your locks can be easy to overlook.

However, official figures show that people who have moved into a new property are more likely to become the victims of crime.  

According to the Home Office, you’re almost twice as likely be burgled in the 12 months after moving (4.6%) compared to the average burglary rate of 2.5%. And you’re nearly three times as likely to suffer a break in than those who have lived in the same house for more than ten years.

So, should you change the locks on a new home?

Read on for our thoughts.

Why you should change the locks on a new home

Changing your locks might not be at the top of your list of priorities when it comes to moving to a new house.

There are, after all, dozens of things you need to focus on, from getting the right mortgage in place to making sure all the legal requirements are taken care of, not to mention actually moving all your belongings from your old home to your new one.

The last thing you want to worry about is getting new locks fitted.

But, unless you know and completely trust the previous occupants of your new house, how can you be sure there’s not someone out there with an extra set of keys to your new home?

And if they’ve lived there for a long time, or if the property has had lots of tenants, how can anybody be sure exactly how many sets of keys have been cut and are in circulation?  

Do you know how many people have lived in your house previously? Do you know if the property has ever been rented?

Have the window locks ever been changed? Has a set of keys ever been handed to a tradesman?

Around one million residential properties change hands in the UK every year.

Around 60% of householders give a duplicate set of keys to friends, family or neighbours.

And around 12 million adults have lost their keys six times or more over the past ten years but haven’t changed their locks.

It’s easy to see how a set of spare keys can get lost, be unaccounted for or fall into the wrong hands.

If you don’t change your locks or make sure that all the access points around the house are secure, you could be putting your new home, not to mention yourself and your family, at risk.

What’s more, if you don’t change the locks on your new home and were to suffer a break-in, it may affect your insurance claim or invalidate your policy.

So, if you have moved into a new home, the only way to guarantee peace of mind is to change all your locks, using a trusted and reputable locksmith.

Other reasons to change your locks

While security should be a top priority if you are a homeowner, there might be other reasons why you want to change your locks. These include:

  • To improve emergency access
  • To comply with your insurance policy – most insurers insist on locks which meet British Standard BS3621
  • To create easier access to doors and windows
  • To replace old, damaged or worn locks

Whatever your reasons, strong locks on your front and back doors will give you confidence and peace of mind that your home is safe and secure, whether you are away on holiday, in bed asleep or even relaxing in the garden.

Although there is some cost involved in changing your locks – which could be the last thing you need when you’ve just moved into a new home – it’s a job that shouldn’t break the bank.

A good locksmith with be able to provide value for money and make sure your house is safe and secure. Can you really afford to take the risk?

Lock changing service from a Master Locksmith in Nottingham

Grays Locksmiths Nottingham has been providing trusted locksmith services to the city and beyond for more than 30 years.

We are an accredited member of the Master Locksmiths Association and are dedicated to making all our customers feel safe and secure in their homes.

With years of expertise and knowledge about changing legislation and the best products available, we make it our mission to stay ahead of all the latest security trends to ensure you are always getting the best locksmith services and solutions on the market.

To find out more about our products and services, give us a call on 0115 9422315 or email  enquiries@nottinghamlocksmith.org.uk.