When was the last time you changed the locks on your home? Probably never. How about when you last moved? Probably not even then. Maybe you would think about changing the locks if your ex-husband’s ex-wife made harassing phone calls to you in the middle of the night. Maybe. But for most of us, the answer is: We have never changed the locks to our home. We tend to think of the keys to our house as a comforting symbol of ownership as much as a practical way to provide security to our belongings and our safety.
Why would an old key to an old lock that’s been on your front door for decades, whose complete history you actually don’t know, be something you rely on without a thought for your safety and security? Huh. Frankly, I never thought about it until I read an article in Suddenly Solo about this very topic.
Do you own your home? Do you have a pleasant memory from way back when of signing your last closing document, accepting the keys from your broker as he/she congratulated you with, “Here are the keys to your home!”and then using those same keys forever and ever – maybe up until this very day? Who had copies before you took ownership? Who might have spares even now? How can you know for sure?
The answer of course is that the only way to truly know who has keys to your home is if you change the locks and then make copies of the keys only for yourself and trusted others. Might be a good investment to consider, or to take up with your landlord if you’re renting. You might even consider a keyless entry system to make your life easier and even more secure, especially a system that uses fingerprint recognition.