When Should You Rekey Your Locks? [infographic]

Here at Eastway Lock & Key, Inc., we want to help you do what’s best for your home or business, and that means helping you keep your property secure. In order to make sure your building is protected from potential intruders, it may be necessary to have the locks rekeyed from time to time. In this article, we’ll go over a few situations in which you should definitely have your locks rekeyed in order to maintain security.

When Should You Rekey Your Locks?

First, we want to clarify that rekeying a lock is different than just swapping out the lock itself for a new one. When a lock is rekeyed, the pins are adjusted so that the current set of keys will no longer work to open it.

  • When You Need to Update Older Locks- One reason to rekey a lock is if the lock is simply out of date. Older locks have fewer pins than modern ones, which makes them easier to pick and therefore less secure. When our experts rekey these outdated locks, we can add more pins to increase their security and give you greater peace of mind.
  • When Your Keys Go Missing- Another situation in which we recommend rekeying is if you have lost your keys. If you can’t account for all of the copies of your keys, then there’s a risk that someone could find the missing key and use it to enter your building without your knowledge or permission. In the same way that you’d cancel your lost credit card to prevent others from using it, you should render your current keys useless to open your locks.

When Should You Rekey Your Locks?

  • When You Move to a New Place- Another example of when you should rekey your locks is when moving into a new home or business facility. Unless the property has been newly built, there’s a chance that someone else has a copy of the keys to the locks, such as the previous owner or anyone they trusted with a key to the place. To make sure that only you and your chosen few have access to your property, it’s best to rekey the locks.