How A Commercial Locksmith Can Rekey or Replace Your Locks
While there are a number of modern, electronic security solutions on the market today, many businesses continue to rely upon more traditional security systems, such as high security keys and locks. Having been shown to protect their premises effectively, business owners see no need to upgrade or change their security measures. However, there is often confusion over rekeying and replacing, and understanding which method is appropriate for the situation.
Below we look at rekeying and replacing locks in a little more detail:
Rekeying security systems:
When a lock is rekeyed, its internal components are altered so that it can only be accessed with an entirely new key. Ensuring that previous keys cannot be used to give anyone access to the building, business owners can then choose who they give the new keys to.
In the rekeying process, only the lock cylinder, key pins and keys are modified, making it a cheaper option than a full key replacement. While this may sound simple, it’s important that only a qualified and licensed commercial locksmith carries the process out, as any attempts at DIY rekeying can compromise both the quality of the lock, and your level of security.
Rekeying locks is a cost-effective security solution for business owners who suspect – or have proof of – a security breach by someone owning a key. The lock can be retained (unless your local locksmith recommends that you upgrade it) and anyone with an old key will no longer be able to use it in the lock.
Replacing high security systems:
When a lock is replaced, on the other hand, the entire lock and keys are changed, and the business/property owners decide who they wish to give the new keys to. Naturally, replacing an entire lock is costlier than a rekey, and you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons of opting for a replacement.
If you’re in any doubt as to whether you need to spend money on having your locks replaced, you can seek professional advice from a commercial locksmith. Having your locks replaced, of course gives you the opportunity to change your locks if you’re not happy with them, or if you believe your premises aren’t as secure as they should be.
If you’re considering upgrading your existing locks by replacing them, then think carefully about what type of lock you want according to your budget and security needs.Remember to talk to your local locksmith if you need any further advice and guidance about rekeying, or replacing the locks at your commercial premises.