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Should you change the locks to your new home?

The simple answer to that is… yes!

When you move into a new home, you don’t know how many sets of keys to that property are in circulation. This puts you in an extremely risky situation.

The dangers of not changing the locks

The property’s previous owners may have given spare keys to friends, relatives, cleaners, pet sitters, gardeners, or other tradespeople.

They may still have keys themselves and have given keys to the estate agents. You also don’t know how many keys previous owners have lost over the years.

If you don’t change the locks, you could be putting yourself and your family in danger. You run a higher risk of intruders gaining access to cause harm or burgle your home.

It could invalidate your insurance if you don’t change the locks

A Halifax Home Insurance survey revealed that 12 million adults lost their keys at least six times in the last ten years, along with crucial identification documents. Yet the research discovered that these people didn’t change the locks on their homes. 

Your insurance company could ask for evidence of forced entry when you put in an insurance claim. If someone has gained access with a key and you haven’t changed the locks since moving in, you may well find it will invalidate your claim.

Also, you could find the existing locks are old or don’t conform to industry standards.

The existing locks may be old

Many insurance providers will ask that your locks conform to the British Standard 3621:2004. If they don’t, you could find that any claim is invalid.

If you’ve moved into an older house, you may find the locks need updating. Even in more modern properties, the locks could have deteriorated due to wear and tear. Faulty locks will make it easier for an intruder to force entry into your home.

If your existing locks are outdated, rather than replacing them with the same type, you may want to take the opportunity to upgrade. Thanks to the latest technology, there’s been huge advances in home security.

Which locks should you change?

The first thing you should do is change the locks on the front and back doors and any other significant entry points. This might include patio doors or adjoining garage doors.

Next, take a look at the window locks to see how secure they are. It’s a good idea to ask a professional locksmith to advise on the best security measures and lock systems for your property.

If you want something more secure than the current locks, a keyless entry system offers a high level of security and convenience. Instead of worrying about keys, you can control entry via a keypad, swipe card, finger, or face recognition.

The beauty of this is that you can change the settings as frequently as you want. You can give a PIN to whoever needs access. But this number can be changed as and when required. You control who has access and when.

Smart security systems can be connected to a central hub, giving you the option of linking locks, alarms, lights, sensors, and cameras – and managing them from your laptop or mobile device when you’re away from home.

Would you like advice on how to improve the security of your home?

Stuart can provide a FREE security survey and advice on the best security solutions to meet your needs and budget.

Call Stuart on 07900 335525 or visit


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