Insurance and Finance

The Keys to Locking Down Home Security

By Casey Kelly-Barton 6.22.16

News flash: Breaking into a home is easy for someone with a key. There’s no broken glass, no door damage, and it can look to neighbors as if the burglar belongs there. Protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing when and how to change the locks on your house or apartment.

Change or re-key your locks when:

  • You move into a new place, even if it’s brand new. Contractors and make-ready cleaners often have keys so they can work inside homes under construction. If your home was previously lived in, those people may still have keys.
  • You want to deny someone with a key access to your home, like a former spouse, roommate, house cleaner, or pet sitter. Changing the locks can safeguard your home and protect that person from suspicion if there’s a break-in later.
  • A key to your house is lost.
  • There’s been a break-in at your home, regardless of how the burglars got inside.
  • Your locks are damaged or don’t work properly.

Lock-changing options

Your locksmith may recommend re-keying your existing locks instead of replacing them. It’s usually faster and less expensive than installing new locks, especially if your house has several entry doors. If your locks are damaged or not super strong, your locksmith can tell you what replacements are best. Live in a rental? You may need to request a lock change or re-keying from the property manager.

The key, so to speak, is to act smartly and quickly. Talk to your Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent about a homeowners or renters policy that can offer further protection for your family and your property. And visit Texas Heritage for Living® for tips on installing a smart home system to bring your security into the 21st century.