Your home’s security is one of your top priorities, and one of the best ways to protect yourself from outside threats is to have working locks that keep them out. However, there may come a time when it’s necessary to rekey your home to increase your security. There are a few situations that might merit a change in locks sooner than otherwise necessary. Here are just a few situations that may require you to contact a locksmith to rekey your locks:

New Home

Buying a home that’s a new construction poses as much risk as other methods. During the construction process, many companies use locks that operate under a master key to make getting in and out of adjacent homes more effective. Sometimes, the home in question is not rekeyed, meaning that your neighbors could have a key that matches your door and vice versa.


Moving into a home that’s been lived in previously poses obvious risks. The old owners could still have a copy of the keys, or previously lost keys could make a reappearance in the hands of strangers. In any case, it’s best to rekey your home immediately after moving in.

Lost Key

Lost keys pose obvious risks as well. Anyone who picks up your keys can have access to your home, which a safety risk to you and your family.

These are all situations that should cause you to have your home rekeyed. Crown Hardware & Plumbing Supply Inc. in Milwaukee has locksmiths on staff to rekey locks and even offers new locks for those who wish to install them themselves.