What should you do if you lose your keys?
Losing your keys is not only annoying, it’s also extremely worrying when you don’t know who may have picked them up.
The important thing is not to panic. Prompt and calm action will soon remedy the situation.
Don’t cause damage by forcing entry
Although you may be tempted to try and break into your own home, you could end up making the situation worse.
The loss of keys is already a security risk. Don’t weaken your security further by damaging a door lock or breaking a window. It’s likely to cost more to fix breakages than to call out a locksmith.
Give your local locksmith a call
An experienced locksmith can replace most house keys, including front and back door, window, patio door and garage keys. The price will depend on the type of lock.
Another option is to have the lock replaced. If you’re unsure what’s happened to your lost key and are worried that it could be traced back to your home, changing locks will give you peace of mind.
If you decide to change the lock, your locksmith will be able to pick or drill the existing lock and then remove it. A new lock will be installed in its place, and you’ll be given a new set of keys.
Check your insurance policy
In some cases, lost keys will invalidate your home insurance cover. If a burglar did gain access to your home and it’s suspected they used a key, you may not be able to make a claim for any losses.
In this scenario, you’ll need to have the old lock replaced and a new lock fitted. You may also want to check your policy to see if it covers the loss of keys. If it does, you might be able to claim back the cost of having the lock replaced.
Upgrade your home security
If you’re going to have a new lock fitted, it’s advisable to look at the latest security options. A high-quality lock that conforms to British Industry standards is recommended. Insurance companies like BS3621 locks.
Alternatively, you could take this opportunity to upgrade to a keyless locking system. This is a good idea if you or your family members have lost keys before. Keypads or swipe cards may be a better option.
Digital entry systems are becoming popular thanks to the latest connected technology and eliminate the problem of keys falling into the wrong hands. As well as keycards or fobs, you can use PINS and even fingerprint or face recognition. A smart keyless entry system will let you set specific codes and allow you to give ‘digital keys’ to anyone who needs them.
A digital locking system offers you a high degree of control as you can enable one-time access for specific visitors and regular entry for others. Crucially, you have the ability to deny access to anyone at any time.
If you’re worried about lost keys, give Stuart a call
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