With the excitement of buying a new home or being too busy to call someone when your locks start to wear out, changing or re-keying the locks is something that often goes undone. While it’s easy to justify putting it off, leaving locks unattended to could have costly consequences.
Aren’t sure if it’s time to change the lock? Here are a few situations that can help you decide.
New Roommates or Tenants: If you’re a landlord that lives on- or off-site, it’s important to have the locks changed or re-keyed after tenants or roommates move out and before new tenants or roommates move in. You never know if a previous tenant made or had an extra copy.
After a Break-In: Whether the burglar used forced entry or not if your home has been broken into it’s important to have the locks changed. This provides an added measure of general security.
Wear and Tear: Over time, locks wear down. Whether due to an accident caused by a careless spouse or child or due to overuse, lock mechanisms can wear down and break, keeping you locked out of your house.
Lost or Stolen Keys: It goes without saying that if your keys are stolen you want to change the locks, but even if you’ve only lost them and think you can find them, if you haven’t found them after a few weeks, change the locks to ensure that someone who finds them won’t be able to access your home.
New Home: If you’ve just purchased a home, the excitement of moving in, making it yours, and decorating is easy to get lost in, but don’t forget to have the locks changed. If the previous owners still have a key and/or never had the locks changed either, any number of people could have a key to your house.
After a Divorce or Breakup: After a relationship ends, not all parties respect new rules and boundaries. One party may have left things in the home or feel that they are entitled to enter at their will even though the relationship is over.
After Lending Our Keys to Repairmen: Life’s busy and sometimes it’s easier to lend a key to a repairman than take time off work, but if you have or do so often, it’s important to get your locks changed or re-keyed. Although many are trustworthy and not out to cause trouble, not all are.
No matter the reason, if you are in the Memphis, Tennessee or lager tri-state area and need your locks changed or re-keyed, contact our professional team here at Peifer Safe & Lock LLC for trustworthy and quality service.
WMC Action News 5 local to Memphis has just run a story to expose the issue of locksmith scammers to the general public. This is not the first time that Andy Wise has brought this issue up, and the mere fact that it is getting worse is good reason to make sure you are protecting your homes and businesses from these scam artists.
So what exactly is the problem?
These scam artists are using call centers out of state to direct a consumer to them in their time of need. They quote you a reasonable price over the phone, however when the technician calls you he may give you an entirely different pricing structure. Make no mistake, these are not “locksmiths”. We have encountered a few personally and they do not have even the most basic of knowledge on locks. After these scam artists physically destroy your property to get in your vehicle, home, or business, they then replace the locks with the cheapest contractor grade hardware that they can find and will ensure you that it is a “high security” replacement. Once the job is done, they convince the consumer that since the job was so difficult and parts needed to be replaced that the price has increased astronomically. We have had reports of a simple rekey of 4-5 doors costing customers upwards of $2,000 – which is absurd!
So what can you do about it?
Tennessee is a licensed state, meaning that to practice locksmithing both the business and EVERY individual working for that business must carry a locksmith license. Many states are not licensed however, but you still must carry a business license at the very least to operate legally. The story linked above has many valuable resources for helping protect yourself against these seemingly legitimate scammers. Another very important note is this is not just an issue with the locksmith industry, but one with any service industry that a business sends a technician to your location. These people who are looking to make a quick buck are giving a huge black eye to our industry and we are going to do everything in our power to help you identify and protect yourselves.
WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee
Full Story: WMC Locksmith Scam Report
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