So, the babysitter has finally gotten on your last nerve. You’ve trusted this individual with your precious children and they’ve let you down. Or, in a slightly better scenario, your children have reached that magical age where they no longer need a nanny or sitter so it’s time to let them go.
Before you let them walk out the door with their last paycheck, you’ll want to be sure you take care of another most important detail. If you are like most, you’ve not only entrusted this person with your children; you’ve also given them a key or code access to your home. When someone is dismissed, even under the best of circumstances, it’s time to make sure that privilege is revoked.
Rekeying or Changing the Locks
If you gave your former sitter an actual key to your home, it really doesn’t matter if they hand it back to you on their last day. In reality, by giving them a key in the first place, you’ve just granted them and all of their friends the opportunity to copy the key and distribute it to all of their friends. The reality is, keys can easily be reproduced over and over which creates a real security vulnerability.
If this describes your situation, know that there are some effective and inexpensive ways to remedy the problem. Big Red Locksmiths in Omaha can usually rekey your locks at a minimal cost to eliminate the chance that the former key and any working copies still exist. In rekeying a lock, the locksmith removes the pins and springs in the lock cylinder and replaces them with new pins and springs that work with a new and different key. Unless a lock is malfunctioning, many locks can be rekeyed and kept in service, operating as well or better than ever.
Another, more drastic option involves removing and changing all locks, which can, of course, be more costly. This is sometimes necessary if your existing locks are very old or not functioning properly. A trusted locksmith will always try to solve your issue in the most cost-effective manner possible.
High-Tech Secure Entry Options
If you are the type of household that has frequent changes in domestic help, you’d be best served to skip the keys altogether and spring for a keyless entry option. A keyless device can eliminate the need for keys, storing multiple unique user codes that can be given out and/or deleted as you see fit.
The lengths to which you should go to prohibit former employees’ access to your home depends on the circumstances. If the person left under less than desirable conditions, you definitely don’t want to take any chances with your family and home security. If you’re not certain of the best way to solve your security problems after an employee is no longer welcome in your home, it’s always best to call Big Red Locksmiths to speak with one of our trusted technicians to talk through the options.
Did your babysitter quit? Call Big Red Locksmiths at 402-554-0499. We’ll help identify the most effective and cost-efficient way to return your peace of mind and personal home security.