As a locksmith, I get called for a variety of jobs; some are routine, some are after a home security issue, and, since I'm an automotive locksmith, I sometimes get called when someone gets their keys locked in their car. I do a lot of commercial locksmith jobs, as well. But, the primary job that most homeowners call me to do is to rekey or replace their locks. There is almost always a specific reason a homeowner wants a lock rekeyed or replaced.
Here are their reasons:
People want new technology
Smart locks are all the rage, and with the new keypad technology, the latchkey kid just became a keypad kid, and no one ever has to worry about him losing the key. The homeowner can change the access code if junior ever happens to blurt it out, or when he needs to move out.
After a robbery, owners are understandably upset by the compromised security situation. Many times I get called on a rekey after a break-in, but owners want to also talk about security issues. We are always happy to talk to them about different options.
Lost or Stolen Keys
A lost or stolen key is a security liability. Sometimes, a person will think they lost their key, only to find out later that it was stolen. Sometimes, a person believes a key has been stolen, only to discover it was lost. The potential for stress is ridiculous.
Someone moves out, breaks up or quits
Domestic help, roommates, exes, and others who have a key or have had access to a key create a potential for problems. Not just because it could cause a problem, but also because a homeowner wants to believe all of their friends and business associates to be above reproach, and never want to wonder if ‘he was the one’ if there is a break-in.
Buy a new home (even a brand-new home!)
New homes are notorious for having a ton of contractors and workmen track through them. Then the sales office has a key, as well. Better safe than sorry. Also, buying a used home means the homeowner has to believe that every single person who owned the home before only offered keys to meticulously trustworthy individuals. So, they ask me to rekey.
The lock performs poorly wears out, or a key broke in the lock
Sometimes a lock gets old, ‘catchy,' or won’t turn at all. At this point, the key may even break off in the lock, leaving the homeowner stranded until they call me.
They discover shady dealings
The homeowner learns that his cousin who house sat last year while he went on vacation has started using cocaine. The friend he thought was so honest says or does something disturbingly dishonest. Or, it’s just been a long time, and too many people have their keys. So, they call me.
If any of these situations apply to you, and you’d like for me to come out and rekey or replace your locks, give me a call. Kwikpick Lock and Safe offers FREE lockout service for children or pets. If you need locksmith services for your Surprise, El Mirage, or Phoenix home or auto, call today! Bill 623-300-1889.