In the current age, you have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to your residential security. From motion sensors to silent alarm systems, remote monitoring to window sensors, you have a vast selection readily available to you depending on your budget. However, simply because you have a range of new-age security solutions does not mean that your locks have become obsolete. If anything, your door locks remain your first defence against potential intruders and for that reason, they need to be of high quality and well maintained. But would you know if a burglar has tried to tamper with them? The moment someone has tinkered with your locks, their functioning will be compromised. Thus, you must know the following couple of signs of lock interference that should have you hire a locksmith ASAP.
Any unusual scratches on your door locks should alert you to the possibility of an intruder has tried to breach your home. What you may not know about burglars is that the tools they employ to tamper with locks are typically sharp and could be in the form of screwdrivers, pins and so on. Whether they tried to turn the lock with the tools or attempted to dislodge the lock completely, you will likely notice scratch marks on the hardware, more so around the screws and the keyhole. If you live alone or know that your kids do not play with the locks, it is imperative to enlist the services of a reputable locksmith ASAP. The locksmith can inspect the lock for tampering and replace thee locks for you with new, quality hardware.
When you slide your key into the lock, the transition of unlocking the door should be seamless. When you begin to notice that you have to jerk the key around to turn the lock or are having difficulties sliding the key into the lock, it could mean that burglars have potentially compromised your looks. As mentioned above, invaders may attempt to eject the lock by screwing it out of place. If this fails, the internal components in the lock will have already shifted and this, in turn, makes it challenging for you to lock or unlock the doors effortlessly. It is worth noting that peculiar functioning of the hardware could be attributed to old age. Nonetheless, as long as your locks are not working as they should be, it automatically means they are jeopardised and so is your security. Hence, it is critical to call a locksmith to come and replace the damaged locks for you.