Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What is a RE-KEY?

Re-Key your Home or Business?

Re-keying may be a service you are not familiar with. Let me explain. Some people may call a RE-KEY, "changing locks" or "getting new keys". Essentially what re-keying means, is that the cylinder or INSIDE PART of the lock is taken out of the knob or handle on your door, and the pins that determine which key will open your lock... are changed. Your old key should not work anymore, and a new key will work. I love the convenience of having all the doors into my home on the SAME KEY. A professional locksmith will be able to KEY or RE-KEY all your doors to the same key, unless the locks are not compatible with each other, in which case, you may have 1 or more locks replaced to match the type of lock so that all your doors may use the same key. Back door, side door, front door, outside door into garage, ect... JUST 1 KEY!

When to consider a RE-KEY?

You may want to think about having a RE-KEY when:

1- You just bought a new house or business. Previous owners, renters, real estate professionals or contractors may have a key into your property. Keep yourself, family, employees and property secure- RE-KEY!

2- You had a break-in or security issue. Don't think that it won't happen again. In fact, just a simple Re-key could prevent future break-ins and having a professional locksmith check your locks and doors and educate you on other effective ways to deter burglars could save you from another loss.

3- Your locks are old and not working properly. If your doors rub when they open or close, or the latch from the lock doesn't fully engage in the doorjam, or your key is extremely hard to turn- these are all reasons to have a professional come service your locks. This may or may not include a RE-KEY, but functioning locks are vital to usefulness and safety. 

4-You fired someone. This is obvious... you want to RE-KEY, so a fired employee does not have access to your property any longer. 

5- You go through Divorce or break-up. You RE-KEY after or during a domestic matter with an ex, or family member, in which case sometimes law enforcement has to get involved to make sure a Locksmith can legally change the locks for the person with legal ownership of the property.