As a small property owner, the comfort and security of you and your guests is important.
A properly locked door is the first line of defence against unwanted intruders. When it comes having reliable security it is best to be proactive in replacing locks.
So when is it time to change the locks on your property? Here are six signs that indicate you will need to replace your locks.
If your locks are getting worn, damaged or are showing severe tarnish, rust or other visible signs of wear then it is a sure sign that your locks will need to be replaced. Damaged or worn locks can pose a serious weakness in your B&B’s security. Not only are they easier to pick or break, they can also be more difficult to open legitimately as time goes on.
Apart from the visible signs of wear, another sign of wear is “sticky” locks. Sticky locks can occur when the key is not sliding into the lock easily or there is resistance when you turn the key. You may need to jiggle the key for it to work properly. This is a sure indicator that the internal mechanism is getting old and worn.
A short term solution to sticky locks is the use of spray lubricant such as WD40. This can also help remove any potential dirt and grime that could be clogging up your lock.
However, if your locks continue to show signs of wear, you will need to get them replaced immediately to avoid any inconvenient malfunctions. Choosing high-quality, rustproof locks are the best option to protect your locks from early wear and tear.
Having your home or business broken into is a horrible feeling. During these incidents, it is not uncommon for criminals to have picked or damaged the locks to your business. Most criminals are not the most knowledgeable in lock picking, so they will have likely permanently damaged your locks.
Even if it seems that your locks have not been damaged when the burglars gained access, it is still a good idea to get your locks changed. It is possible that the thief had taken the keys as well. In this case, a locksmith can check if the locks have been damaged.
If the locks are still in good working order, you can get your existing locks rekeyed, which will save you the money associated with buying a whole new locking system.
If you have just moved into a new property, it is always a good idea to get the locks changed to increase the level of your business’s security.
Even though you should have received all the keys to your property, you don’t know if there were other keys that the previous owners forgot about. You don’t know how many duplicate keys were made and whose might have them.
To avoid any potential break-ins and to give you and your customers peace of mind, have all of your locks rekeyed when you move into your new premises.
Even if you haven’t had any recent problems with your locks, it is always a good idea to change your locks every couple of years.
Security technology changes, which can make older locks become obsolete. Whilst it isn’t dire, it is important to keep up with these changes if you are worried about the security of your premises.
Throughout the life of your business, you will have many guests coming and going. Just because your guests have returned all the keys they were given doesn’t guarantee that there were no other duplicates made. To protect against this possibility is a good idea to change your locks to non-duplicate security keys. A better alternative is to consider getting digital locks so you can change the passcode after each visitor.
Have you just finished renovating your small hotel or bed and breakfast? If you have given a spare key to a contractor or two, your business’ security could be at risk. Even if your contractor was trustworthy, they may have let another subcontractor borrow the keys.
In some cases, you may not know your contractors as well as you think you do. To be better safe than sorry, get your locks rekeyed.
If you want to save money on your security get your locks rekeyed instead of getting new locks. It is not as expensive as a full lock change, however, it still provides the security you need if a key has been lost or stolen.
If you want added convenience in your security, consider investing in a smart lock system. If you need to upgrade your door locks, this will likely be the best option for your business.
Instead of keeping track of keys and worrying if the key had been duplicated, you can offer temporary codes to customers who need access to the rooms.
When a guest has completed their stay, the temporary code will no longer open the door lock. Some digital lock systems also allow you to control the lock from your smartphone.
Nathan Hughes is a founder of Locksmiths In Sydney. When he is not letting you back into your home at 4am in the morning, he is helping small business owners feel safe and secure knowing their assets are well protected.
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