The short answer is… Yes. But you might not understand the reasons why or why it’s so important that you change your locks after you have had a burglar break into your home. To make sure that your home is properly secure, make sure you hire a professional Locksmith to do any lock changes or repairs.
Peace Of Mind In Your Home Security
You are likely to feel uneasy after someone breaks into your house; it’s not nice to think of someone going through your things. It may make you feel better to know that your doors are now secure with new locks that nobody else has the keys to. You also might take the opportunity to install some extra security measures such as a sash jammer, high-security locks and window locks.
Check Your Insurance Requirements
Some insurance companies require you to change the locks when you first move into the property. This is the same if you’ve experienced a break-in. You might find that your home insurance may be invalidated if you don’t change them. This means that if you get broken into again and there is no sign of forced entry then your insurance company might not pay out. We would advise looking at your insurance policy to make sure that you are in line with their requirements.
It Will Make Your House Secure Again
Even if the intruder broke in through the window or back door, there is no way of knowing that they didn’t copy your key whilst they were inside your house. So even if there was no damage to the locks, then you should still get them changed. You can choose to install anti-pick and anti-snap locks, to add some extra security.
Will Burglars Come Back to a Home They’ve Previously Targeted?
A surprising number of burglars do return to homes they’ve previously burgled due to many homeowners have failed to upgrade their home security. To prevent the likelihood of a burglar trying to break into your home for the second time, change your locks, increase your security, and protect your valuables.
What Else To Do After A Break-In?
After a break-in, before doing anything else, you need to phone the police and get a crime number. A locksmith cannot attend your property until the police have been to collect evidence.
Add extra security measures to your home; a burglar alarm, letterbox guard or security cameras. Find out more about Home Security.
It’s also worth making an inventory of what has been taken before you inform your insurance company of the loss. This way you can stop any delays in making your claim.
How To Change Door Locks On House When You’ve Been Burgled?
If your DIY minded, you can change your door lock yourself by changing the cylinder. However, if not done correctly it can affect your home insurance and make it easier for a burglar to break in in the future. We recommend calling a local Locksmith to come and change your locks to a high-security lock, and whilst they’re there you can ask for a free home security check so they can advise on any additional home security for your house.
What’s The Cost To Change Locks On House?
The cost of calling a Locksmith to change locks on house varies greatly depending on the area you live in, the day of the week and time of day you call them, and the make, model and size of the lock required for your door. Read through our Locksmithing prices if you want to learn more about how much it is to change door locks.