According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, burglaries reached 170,000 in Australia as of 2018. This number has fallen in the past decade, but the fact still remains that 70% of these take place in residential homes. If you or your loved ones have never been the victims of burglary, it doesn’t mean that you should let your guard down.
Lock and key systems require little introduction. They let you in whilst keeping unwanted visitors out. Even great, reliable locks, however, won’t keep you safe if they aren’t periodically replaced or upgraded. Here are three reasons why you should consider having your locks changed periodically:
You’ve Just Moved In
Moving into a new home can be an exciting experience, but it isn’t without its risks. If the home was previously owned, tenants may still be holding a set of old keys, allowing them to access your home without your permission. You probably wouldn’t trust a stranger with a set of keys, so why take the risk of keeping the same locks?
It’s also possible that the previous tenants left a set of keys with some trustworthy neighbours and forgot to reclaim them before moving out. This means that your neighbours may have access to your home, which may or may not be desirable depending on how much you trust them.
Lock mechanisms can be changed rather quickly with the help of a reputable locksmith. The entire process of replacing your locks will give you a clean slate, where nobody but you will have keys to get into your house.
You’ve Lost or Misplaced a Set of Keys
Losing or misplacing your keys can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Contact a reliable locksmith if you absolutely need to enter your home and cannot find your keys anywhere. Once you’ve entered your home, however, how are you going to deal with the fact that your keys are still lost or missing?
You will need to have a new set of keys cut, but consider this as an opportunity to replace your lock and key systems altogether. Whoever may have found your set of keys will have the freedom to enter your home, and if you’ve got your address or unit number on your keychain, they’ll know exactly where to find your home.
Forget about going to the nearest shopping centre to have a set of keys cut and opt for a full replacement to give you and your family peace of mind.
Houses in Your Neighbourhood are Being Burglarised
Even if burglary is dropping across Australia and quite sharply in Victoria, it’s still prevalent enough to warrant the protection of your property at all times. A well-locked home acts as a deterrent to burglars since many will assume that it isn’t worth the effort and will look elsewhere. Conversely, old locks that look easier to break will attract burglars to your home and neighbourhood.
If your neighbourhood has experienced one or more burglaries, consider it an opportune moment to have your locks changed. As mentioned, new locks will deter burglars to your home, and if your neighbourhood takes action to follow suit, burglars may be inclined to look elsewhere.
Security and peace of mind come with a home that’s locked properly, which is where ZS Locksmith in Sydney can help. Our qualified locksmiths have the expert knowledge and advice you’d expect from a quality locksmith. Let us keep your home safe with new or upgraded lock and key systems.