Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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Have you ever lost your house keys and been worried that a stranger could get in? Unless you’re the first occupant of your property, you can never know how many copies of your keys exist or who has your keys.

Here at Sorell Locksmits we can re-key your locks and quickly give you new keys without replacing your original locks and restoring your security to your most valuable property.

What is Re-keying?

Re-keying is the process of changing the pins in a lock's cylinder to work on a different key. When a lock is re-keyed, new keys are provided - with as many duplicates as necessary - and the old keys will no longer work.

Why Re-Key?

In most cases of break-ins that do not involve forced entry, keys have been duplicated, lost, or stolen without the resident's knowledge. In these situations it is strongly recommended that you have your locks re-keyed. Once someone has access to your keys they can easily have them copied. Even if you recover the key following a case of burglary, there is still the chance that your home security has been compromised.

Re-keying can also be done as a pre-emptive measure if you suspect that someone has gained access to your keys. If you believe this person to have malicious intent, changing your locks may well avoid a break-in.

There are other times when re-keying is necessary, such as when you buy new locks and need them all to work on the same key, or when you need to have certain keys work certain locks.

Re-keying other Locks

Most people have all the locks in their house keyed to one key, but this process can be extended to more than just the locks on your door. For example, it's possible to have your sliding patio door, a padlock on your gate, your filing cabinet, and your computer desk made to work on the same key.

Advantadges and Disadvantadges

It is important to note a general rule in home security — keying your locks alike is done for convenience, not security. In an ideal world of security every lock would have its own key, although this is not convenient. It is important to keep in mind what each of your locks are for. If they all allow simple entry into your home, then it probably makes sense for them to be on the same key. If, however, they provide access to valuables, sensitive information, or other areas that you would like to have special protection in the event of a break-in, then you should consider giving them their own separate key.