After the initial surprise of realizing you’ve lost your house keys, you’ll be eager to correct the situation. Naturally, you’ll have a mountain of questions about how to get help to get back into your home, how to keep yourself and your home safe from a potential invasion, and whether you’ll need to completely change your locks or just have the tumblers altered so that the lost key will not open your doors. Here are some of the major concerns people have and the answers to those concerns.
1. Was my key lost or stolen?
It may be possible that you dropped your key and did not realize it at the time. The chances are that anyone finding your key will not know that it is yours and nothing bad will happen. If you’re not sure where you lost your house key, it may be possible that someone stole your key with the intention of breaking into your home. In either situation, it is a good safety precaution to consider rekeying your locks so that your lost key will no longer open your doors.
2. Am I at risk for a burglary if the locks are not changed?
Without knowing where you lost your house key or who has found it, there is always the possibility that you are at risk for having a stranger try to enter your home.
3. Does it make a difference if the key was a single entry key or a master key for all of my doors?
No, it does not make any difference because, if someone wants to get into your home, an intruder only needs to only one door. However, if the lost key was a master key, you need to consider rekeying all of the locks to match a new master key.
4. Do I need to get new locks or can they be altered for new keys?
If you rarely lose your house key, it is likely that the tumblers in your locks can be refigured, or rekeyed to accept a new key. If you have misplaced, or lost, your house key several times, and have had the original locks rekeyed a number of times, it would be a good safety measure to completely replace your locks.
5. Who can help me determine what changes need to be made?
You will want to call an experienced, licensed locksmith, like the professionals at Positive Security WA in Perth. They served customers both in the city of Perth and all the surrounding areas within 100 km of the city. They are available for routine and emergency locksmith services 24/7 by phone at (08) 6244 4215. A bonded locksmith will come to your home, make an evaluation of your particular situation, and make a recommendation on whether you need new locks or a rekeying service. In either case, the locksmith will make a new key for your home door. To reduce the number of keys needed for a home, you might want to consider making all the locks keyed for the use of a master key.
6. How many new keys can be made?
The locksmith can cut as many new keys as you need for yourself and others who will need a key, or keys to your home.
7. Do I need the same replacement service for the other keys lost on my keychain?
If your car key was with your lost house key, it would be prudent to have your car lock also changed. If you have a keyless entry device that is connected to the vehicle’s security system, it will require some information from the vehicle’s manufacturer to alter your car fob, but it can be achieved. Other keys that may have been on your keychain, such as those that open gate locks, garages, sheds, pool gates, etc., can also be replaced at the same time.
The bottom line is that home and property security is very important and replacing your house and other keys as soon as possible will certainly reduce the possibility of those lost keys ending up in the hands of someone wanting to invade your home or steal your vehicle. An ounce of prevention, as soon as possible, is worth more than a pound of cure after any damage has been done.
Don’t put yourself, your family, or your property at risk when there is a secure, professional resolution available.
For lost house keys or other entry security concerns, call Positive Security WA at (08) 6244 4215, anytime, day or night, for fast, reliable, dependable service.