Just about any relationship can go south and when that happens, it’s time to evaluate more than your feelings about the matter. During these times, when you are likely fraught with emotion and a variety of other feelings too complicated to express, you can’t afford to lose sight of your personal safety and security.
At Big Red Locksmiths, we feel simply asking for the key back is not enough to ensure your peace of mind or safety. Have you stopped to wonder if copies were made as the relationship began its slow downward spiral? Did this person give a copy to their best buddy to keep in case they were ever locked out? Are they likely to return later and let themselves in without your permission?The not knowing the answer to any of the above questions is a solid indication that you should consider your security options sooner rather than later. Even if your ex never showed any ill will, it isn’t worth risking your personal safety and security. Take the time to make sure you and your home are protected during the cooling off period and beyond.
Most people automatically think that changing locks means completely replacing the systems and locking mechanisms throughout your home or apartment. While that is always an option, it can be a more costly approach to the problem. While switching out locks is something that a do-it-yourselfer can accomplish, for secure, properly fitting and functioning locks, it’s a good idea to contact your local locksmith if this is the route you choose to take.
Rekeying is a Cost-Effective Option
Unlike lock replacement, lock rekeying allows you to retain your existing locks, but alter the internal cylinders so that any old keys (or copies of that old key) will no longer function.
Many people have managed to rekey their locks on their own without involving a professional, but given the relative affordability of this option and the processes involved, it’s a good idea to call a skilled technician at Big Red Locksmiths to handle lock rekeying. The procedure includes removing the lock cylinder, changing the pins inside of the cylinder and rekeying the entry and deadbolts with a completely new internal system and a new key.
One notable advantage to rekeying is also found in the fact that the external appearance of the lock will remain unchanged. It would send a subtle, yet clear message to anyone who might try to enter your home or apartment using an old key — “you are no longer welcome here.”
Let Us Help You Stay Safe
As relationships come to an end, for your safety and security, always take the important step of making sure the only ones who enter your home are supposed to be there. When anger and irrational behavior is involved, nothing should be left to chance.
If you need to have locks changed or rekeyed to secure your home after a breakup, call Big Red Locksmiths at 402-554-0499. We can help identify the best ways to return your peace of mind and security when you need it most.