Locks are your home’s first line of defence against strangers. In fact, they’re pretty much the only thing keeping unwanted people from wandering through your doorway. They protect the people and possessions inside those four walls, whether you’re at work, on vacation, or asleep in your bed.
So why is it that we hardly ever think about our locks?
Your friends at TIMBER MART want to make sure you and your family are safe. So take a minute and unlock the answers to these three questions.
Who has a copy of your house key?
You’ve got one on your key ring, another in the kitchen junk drawer, one with the next-door neighbour, one in your teen’s backpack… but how many others are floating around? A lot of homeowners think they’ll face the expense of replacing every single lock, but you can usually have them re-keyed for a fraction of the cost.
How long have your locks been in place?
Just like anything else in your home, locks are subject to wear and tear. Year after year of shoving a key inside can take its toll on any lock, and worn-out locks are more susceptible to being picked or broken.
Do you frequently lose (and hide) keys?
It’s a bad idea to hide spare keys under your doormat, above the jamb, under a decorative planter, or inside a fake rock, because those spots are dead giveaways for professional burglars. If you regularly lose your keys or need to give access to someone who doesn’t have a permanent key, consider a combination door lock.
Your home and your family are worth protecting, so be sure your locks are up to the task.