Locks Changed?

There are a variety of reasons why you will want to have your locks changed; on some occasions it is a matter of emergency i.e. you have lost or mislaid your keys and will require a locksmith to attend your home straight away.

Local locksmith changing a nightlatchWhile other circumstances i.e. moving home are less urgent but are equally as important and may require being booked in for the day you move or for a later date.

When booking a locksmith to change the locks on your home you want to be sure you are using an Engineer who is experienced, credible, trustworthy and cost effective. To reassure you of this all of our locksmiths are DBS checked (formally CRB) and are fully assessed and accredited by industry experts.

All of our locksmiths are able to carry out a full home security and insurance compliance check as part of our service and are able to recommend quality products that conform to all of the relevant standards for your insurance and your peace of mind.

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As security experts at Keytek®, we want to ensure we are providing our customers with the most relevant and up to date information regarding home insurance requirements to ensure they are in compliant when changing the locks on their home.

UPVC door lock replacement

Keytek locksmith replacing UPVC door lockuPVC doors are becoming the most common doors around, so we have made sure all of our engineers are uPVC specialists. uPVC door lock replacements are generally a straight forward job, but it is essential to book an experienced locksmith to do so. Keytek® Locksmiths carry all the standard locks with them, so 9 times out of 10 our locksmiths are able to replace your lock on the first visit. Even if our uPVC Specialists have to order in a replacement part due to it being a rare or specialist lock, rest assured we are able to place this order and have the part replaced within 24 – 48 hours*. Any uPVC door lock that Keytek® replace comes with 2-3 new keys and a 12 month warranty for your peace of mind.
*In the majority of circumstances.

Home insurance providers will often specify that your property must be fitted with British Standard locks on your doors and windows…

What are British Standards?

British-Insurance-Standard-Kitemark-Home-Security-TipsIn order for any lock to be classed as a ‘British Standard’ lock they must have been through rigorous testing including strength, durability and of course security, these products are also re-assessed and re-tested to ensure you have complete confidence in the safety, quality and reliability of the locks you have installed in your home.

 Lock replacement FAQ’s

Why do I need my locks changed?

There are a number of reasons that you would need your locks replaced. Unfortunately, burglary happens more often than we would like, and if you are unlucky enough to be a victim of this crime then you will need to change your locks. Whether the person has broken the lock of smashed a window, changing your locks is a must if you want to feel secure in your own home.

Moving house is also a time you will need to have your locks changed. You don’t know how many people have a copy of your key, or if the previous owners have given back every copy. There is a chance that your insurance will be invalidated if you do not replace the locks after moving. So it’s best to get them all replaced!

You might just want to update your home security, as locks are becoming more and more secure. Having door and window locks that are old or damaged means an intruder may see an opportunity for entry, by having old locks replaced, you can have peace of mind that your house is secure.

These are just a few of the reasons you might want your door locks replaced, Keytek® are prepared for every eventuality, so for whatever reason you require your locks to be changed, call us today and we will be more than happy to help.

How much does it cost to get my locks replaced?

The cost of getting your locks replaced varies, as it depends on what type of door you have, what type of lock you want and the size of the lock. We have some of the general charges you can expect when you call out a locksmith on our Locksmith Pricing Page so you have an idea of what to expect. However for a more accurate quote call us on 0330 332 0589.

What is Rekeying?

Rekeying is a process that involves a locksmith changing the internal components of the lock itself. This is not something that many locksmiths do, as it is generally cheaper for the customer as well as a much quicker process to have the lock itself replace. It takes an extremely experienced locksmith to successfully do this as internally, as either the pins or levers will need to be changed and new keys will need to be cut to fit, because of this we would always encourage a lock change over a re-key.

How long does it take to change a lock on a door?

On average it will take around 30 minutes to change a lock and make the necessary adjustments. However the length of time will change depending on your individual circumstances, the type of door and lock you have as well as how many locks you want replacing. It’s always best to speak to the locksmith when he arrives to talk about how long it will take.

So how do I know if my new lock is a British Standard lock?

On the face of any lock that is a ‘British Standard’ lock you will see the British Standard Kitemark image pictured to the right, this may also be accompanied by BS: 3621 2007 (mortice locks) or BS: TS007 (Euro cylinders) which are the current British Standard required for Insurance purposes.

Why should I meet my insurance provider’s requirements?

When changing the locks for your home you may ask yourself why you should adhere to meeting any requirements listed by your insurance provider. By not meeting the requirements as stated by your provider you may run the risk of invalidating your insurance when making a claim.

The following relevant statistics have been put together to shed light on the importance of meeting any insurance requirements…

  • According to Tesco Compare the 5 most burgled areas include London Metropolitan (93,347 incidents), West Yorkshire (36,074 incidents), Manchester (33,467 incidents), West Midlands (32,792 incidents) and Thames Valley (20,804 incidents).
  • A burglary occurs every 40 seconds in the UK (Crimestoppers UK)!
  • The top 5 most burgled items include cash (17% of cases), laptops (15% of cases), gadgets such as cameras or mp3 players (13% of cases), jewellery and watches (11% of cases) and mobile phones (6% of cases). (Tesco Compare)
  • In terms of valuable items; laptops are the most likely item of value to be specified on insurance policies (42.92% in Winter 2012) followed closely by bicycles (20.83%) and jewellery (18.57%) (MoneySupermarket).
  • The average cost of repairing any damage caused by an intruder or replacing stolen valuables is £1,730 (Money wise).

 

If you have any questions about changing or replacing locks, or would like to book one of our locksmiths, call now on 0808 164 2928.