2 Low-Key Upgrades To Keep Your Home Safe

Evaluating the state of security around a new house is among the first things you'll need to do immediately after you've moved in. After the evaluation, you might need to make various adjustments. This article discusses one of the main threats to your security and two upgrades that could help deal with this threat.

The Previous Tenant

You don't know what kind of person the previous tenant was. He or she might have given friends/relatives extra copies of their house keys just in case they happen to lose the original copy. More than once, the tenant might have shared the keys with employees of their cleaning service company who might have made extra copies as well, and so forth and so forth. Even though these people are unlikely to try and access your house once the person they know has moved out, anyone with an extra set of keys to the new residence threatens your security. You simply can't afford to take chances.

Changing Or Re-Keying the Locks

Two effective options for dealing with this are changing or re-keying the locks. Either of these options will eliminate the possibility of unauthorised entry into your house by anyone who might have a duplicate key.

Of the two options, changing the locks will cost you more. This is because there are new locks (and possibly new accessories) that need to be bought in addition to the cost of their installation. Re-keying an existing lock simply means changing its internal configuration such that it won't accept the old key(s). There are no new locks to be bought and you'll only pay the locksmith for their 'know-how'.

If you choose to change locks, ensure that the new ones comply with British Standard 3621. Locks that comply will have the BS 3261 kite mark on the outside of the lock, often near the keyhole.  If the existing locks are not compliant with the mentioned standard, they should be replaced rather than re-keyed.

Residential Safes

A new lock (or one that has been re-keyed) is a good idea, but it won't prevent a door from caving in when subjected to excessive, brutal force.

A residential safe would be a second line of defense against theft for your most valued possessions. A safe that looks safe might not necessarily be safe. You know what they say about looks being deceptive. If you moved into a house that already has a safe, you want the locksmith to assess how secure your jewellery, title deed(s) and anything else that might go into the safe will be.

Reach out to a domestic locksmith, such as one at The Lost Keys, for more information.