Today we are going to answer the question ‘How Can I Change My Locks?’ At Loc-Doc Security, our Mission is to help you protect your people and your property. We recently had a customer that experienced an employee leaving on bad terms and not turning in their keys to the building. This can be a stressful situation for business owners and property managers and create a security risk. Having keys to your building or property floating around is not something that any business owner wants to experience. We can learn from this experience by sharing how we helped solve our customers problem and what it means to change your locks. Problem: An Employee was terminated and didn’t turn in the keys to the building. Solution: Rekeying the locks and providing new keys.
Changing a lock means a locksmith removes the old hardware on the door (like the handle or knob) and replaces it with new hardware. This is usually asked for by our customers but can be expensive and unnecessary. When talking with our customers, we discover the root of the problem. In this instance, the keys to the building had been compromised by the terminated employee. The solution for our customer was to rekey the locks.
Question 2: What Does It Mean To Rekey My Locks? Rekeying your locks is a cost efficient solution instead of replacing the entire lock. When you rekey a lock, you change the lock to a different key instead of replacing the lock itself. Rekeying a lock involves removing the cylinder (the place where the key goes), opening up the interior, and replacing the pins (tiny cylindrical pins that match up to the key). The interior of a lock is made up of pins and tiny springs in a plug. When you push the key into the lock, this forces the pins up and down at varying heights and opens.
Question 3: Why Would You Want To Rekey Your Locks? In this scenario, not receiving the keys from a terminated employee was the reason they contacted us. The most common situations for a rekey are similar to the one mentioned and the following:
- if you’ve moved into a new property,
- if you’ve lost your keys
- terminating an employee
- when you have multiple keys for different locks and want to consolidate them to a single key.
We were able to rekey the existing facility for our customer when their keys were compromised and help them have a feeling of safety. Talking through the problem with our customer was part of the winning solution to save money and made the decision easy for our customer to protect their people and their property. We can help you protect your people and property with a rekey or protected key system. Book a free evaluation with our team below!