Taking Chances With Your Locks And Keys? 3 Steps You Should Take For The New Year

Posted on: 24 December 2019

Now that the new year is almost here, it's time to start making plans, especially where your locks and keys are concerned. Problems with your locks and keys can make you susceptible to break-ins. Here are just three steps you should take for the new year. 

Don't Loan Your Keys Out

If you're in the habit of loaning your keys out, it's time to change your habit. Once you loan your keys out, you have no way of knowing where they're going. Unfortunately, someone you've loaned your house key to could make copies; or someone they have contact with could. The more copies of keys you have out there, the more likely it is that they'll be used to gain unlawful entrance to your home. If you plan to have someone enter your home, make arrangements to be there. That way, you don't have to worry about where your keys are. 

Rethink Your Spare Keys

If you're like most people, you think the best way to avoid being locked out of your house is to leave a spare key somewhere on your property. Unfortunately, most criminals know about the hidden keys. They may not know exactly where you've stashed it, but they know the usually choices. That means if you've hidden your key under the door mat or inside a decoy rock, the criminals are going to find it. Unfortunately, once they have it, they're going to use it to gain access to your home. To avoid that risk altogether, never stash your spare house key in the yard. Instead, stash one in your wallet or glove box. You can also leave one in your office at work. That way, you can grab it in an emergency. 

Schedule an Assessment

If you're worried about the security of your home, especially where your locks are concerned, start the new year with an assessment. Schedule an appointment to have a locksmith come out and inspect all your locks. They'll be able to determine if your locks are in good condition, or if they need to be replaced. They'll also help you determine if your current locks are the best option for your home and family. If you've had your locks for a number of years, and you're still using the traditional keyed locks, it might be time to discuss a transition to keyless entry systems. That way, you can eliminate the need for keys altogether.