9 Reasons Why You Need a Local Locksmith
Locksmiths can offer a wide array of services, whether you’re in the mist of a crisis, or trying to prevent a problem.
Locks are designed for your safety and security, by developing a relationship with a local company in Pembrokeshire, you can make sure you’re always taken care of, getting the best service, and fair price.
Below we’ve listed the top nine reasons why you might need to hire a locksmith.
1 – Lost or stolen keys
We’ve all been here before. You dropped your keys while out in town, left your bag in a shopping trolley or worse, someone’s actually stolen them. Either way, you’re without a vital piece of property. Having a trusted locksmith can easily make copies of existing keys you already have, or replace the locks of the missing keys. Instead of stressing out over who may have found your keys, re-locking is often the best solution for this problem, it can save you time and stress, knowing that the old key is no longer useable.
2 – You’re moving into a new home
Although the crime rate throughout Pembrokeshire is better than a lot of places in the UK, when if you’re moving into a new home, even a new build, your safety and security could still be compromised.
People like contractors, plumbers, electricians, real estate agents and more could all have copies of the key to your house. Replacing the locks to your new home can be a very affordable way to increase and maintain your safety and privacy.
3 – Broken Keys
Generally most keys are made out of brass, or a nickel-brass mixture. While the key is sturdy when it is first made, this type of metal is prone to rust and, can suffer wear and tear, which will weaken the key over time.
Keys can break because of a rusty lock, frozen door, or most likely, for us in Pembrokeshire, too much force when turning the key.
If your keys break in your lock, a locksmith will be able to remove the key and offer to make replacement keys. This can give you a much more affordable option than re-keying your whole house, or business.
4 – Moving into a new rental
In most rental homes, cottages and flats, the landlords do not re-key between tenants.
This means that they only make copies of the existing keys to give to those moving in. Leaving the possibitiy that every tenant that has occupied the premise before you could have access to your keys.
Although it’s unlikely an ex-tenent will come wondering in you never know who has access to your home. Protecting yourself with replacing a simple lock can be invaluable.
5 – Damaged locks
In the same way keys can weaken, locks can also loose their strength.
This can result in locks feeling “sticky” or “stuck” and needing to use some force to open it. Not only can this be frustraing and awkward when you’re trying to lock and unlock your door, but it can also make your locks more vulnerable to picking, and your keys more apt to break in the lock.
If you suspect your locks may be loosing their potential effectiveness, give us a call at Pembrokeshire Locks and we can advise the best soultion. We are able to replace and rekey your locks before further issues arise, saving you time and money in the long run.
6 – Installing single-key access
Some homes have multiple access points, or doors. You might have a front door, back door, garage door, sliding glass door…the list goes on and on.
In most cases throughout Pembrokeshire, each of these doors will all have their own individual, and unique, lock and key. Did you know it’s possible to have single key access throughout your home? It can be incredibly annoying and frustrating constantly searching thorugh a selection of keys to simply use the doors around your home.
Calling a locksmith to simplify your security systems is the easiest way to handle this. Then you would only have to have one key for every access point in your home. This can also eliminate the worry if you are not the original owner of the home to make sure no one has copies of any access point.
7 – Accidentally getting locked out of your home or business
One of the most common reasons we get called out at Pembrokeshire Locks is due to accidental lock outs!
You may have a wonderfully secure lock system and perfectly working keys, and somehow they are locked inside. You may considertrying to break a window, or pick/manually unlock the door yourself. However, these ideas can end up being incredibly costly “solutions” that may not even work.
Breaking thorugh a window is not only costly, but also messy and can be dangerous. A less severe response might be to try and pick the lock yourself, however this may result in things snapping in the lock, which means you would need a new lock anyway, but may have created a more difficult job for your locksmith.
At Pembrokeshire Locks we are trained to get in using the most efficient, and cost-effective, methods.
8 – Outdated / Upgrading security
Thinking about trying to increase the security of your home?
Simply upgrading your locks is a great and affordable way to help make you home more secure. Whether you add in a striking place, or a high-security lock you can drastically decrease the likelihood of a successful break in.
9 – Forgotten combinations / codes
Whether you have forgotten the combination to an electronic code on your door or padlock on your garden shed, you can be left with a lot of frustration and without many resources to fix the problem.
At Pembrokeshire Locks our locksmiths can help you gain entry and re-program the lock. If you find yourself in this situation consider giving us a call rather than damaging the lock itself. When it is reprogrammed we can even reset it to something more memorable. So that, hopefully, in the future you won’t have the same issue.