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How Often and When Should I Change My Locks?


Security is a major buzzword in today’s world – from firewalls and encryption, to password complexity and personal data protection. However, often we are so concerned with virtual security that we overlook the physical measures in place to protect ourselves and our property. In fact, one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve home security is to change your locks regularly.

In a world where we change flatmates more frequently than our email passwords, it is a good idea to follow the tips below to determine if it may be time to have new locks fitted.


Try counting how many of your keys are floating around and you may find yourself hard pressed to keep track of them all: parents, flatmates, boyfriends, girlfriends, cleaners, estate agents, landlords – the list goes on! One of the best times to wipe the slate clean and start over is when you move. When you move into a new flat or house, chances are there’s a lot of keys floating around to that new apartment. Changing the locks upon arrival ensures that only you have the keys, and that old, outdated or damaged locks are exchanged for new ones.

As a new property owner, be sure to have the locks changed as soon as the old owners move out. However, if you are renting, then you should have new locks fitted when you move in and thereafter any time you have a change of flatmate.

Home Renovation


Whether you are undertaking a full refurbishment or just having smaller jobs done, you may decide to entrust contractors with your keys while you are at work. However, you may not realise just how many people will have access to your keys. During the course of a home improvement project, electricians, plumbers, and masons, will all require access to your property. These contractors may then delegate work to their employees, which means your keys will make the rounds amongst quite a few people.

So, even if you have a lovely contractor and the renovation went off without a hitch, it is still a good idea to have your locks changed at the end of any home improvement project.

You Lose Your Keys

You may think that losing your keys is just a minor annoyance easily remedied by simply using your spare set, but this is not the case. If you lose your keys as a result of petty crime, such as pickpocketing or bag snatching, your personal effects, including ID cards, driver’s licenses, or even bills, give criminals clues as to where you live. The bottom line is that when you lose keys, you never know who may find them, so as a precaution it is wise to have new locks fitted.

Whether you’ve recently moved or simply lost your keys, contact London Locksmith. Servicing the Greater London area, we are available 24 hours a day and can offer advice via the telephone, provide free estimates, and no call out charges. For all your locksmith needs contact London Locksmith today!