Whatever the reason you have lost your keys, whether your keys have been misplaced or stolen, it can be a stressful time for anyone and is commonly the reason you will require a locksmith to change your locks.
Firstly you should notify your local Police Authority or Neighbourhood Watch that your keys have been misplaced or stolen and describe any notable features i.e. a particular key ring, therefore if they are handed in it may help to make recovery easier.
Then you may to want evaluate the different keys other than the keys to your home which may be on the same key ring.
These may include the following:
- A neighbour or family member’s spare key.
- Garage key
- Car Keys
- Shed or outbuilding key
- Spare keys for your workplace/office.
You may want to notify anyone you have spare keys for and inform them that they have been lost or stolen so they can take the necessary steps to ensure their own property is secure.
Identifying the types of keys you have lost will then allow you to make an informed decision on the locks that will need to be changed for your home security and your peace of mind by an accredited locksmith.
When you book a local locksmith to change the locks on your business or home you want to be sure you’re using one that is trustworthy, credible and experienced. To reassure you of our high standards, each of our Engineers are DBS checked (CRB checked) and are both assessed and Accredited by a team of experts.
As part of the services we provide, each of our Engineers are able to carry out a no obligations onsite home security and insurance compliance check and will be able to recommend quality products that will conform to the standards set by your insurance provider.
Keeping you secure…
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 compliance when changing the locks on their home.
The majority of insurance providers will specify that your property must be fitted with British Standard locks on your doors and windows.
What are British Standards?
In 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.
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 adhere to my home insurance requirements?
When changing the locks for your home after your keys have been misplaced or stolen, you may ask yourself why you should adhere to the requirements set by your insurance provider.
If any future incident occurs such as a break in and you wish to make a claim; by not meeting the listed requirements you may run the risk of invalidating your insurance.