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Why is it important to Change a Lock when moving or keys have been stolen, this survey by Direct Line Insurance will let you know.




Why Change a Lock when moving home or losing keys?

This survey by Direct Line Insurance lets you, the Home owner, know the reason why you should replace your lock/locks when moving Home or have keys stolen.

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Two thirds of homeowners didn’t Change a Lock/Locks when they moved.

20th January 2011

* Many homeowners have no idea who has keys to their door * 3.4 million spare keys ‘hidden’ around people’s homes

People are putting themselves at increased risk of burglary by failing to  

when they move home, reveals new research by Direct Line*. Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of people did not change the locks when they moved into their current property.

Millions of Britons give out keys to their home to tradespeople, neighbours and family members without keeping track of how many they have given out and whether they are stored safely. Over 70 per cent of people leave spare keys with family members and 18 per cent keep a key at a friend’s house. Over one in five (22 per cent) people trust their neighbour with a key, while almost one in 20 people give out keys to tradespeople. 

The research also reveals that people still make simple security mistakes, despite investing huge sums in security lights, home CCTV systems and deadlocks. These errors include clinging onto the long-held tradition of keeping a spare key accessible in their garden or even under the doormat, a trend Direct Line has dubbed ‘the burglar’s gift.’ Over 3.4 million people (7 per cent) leave a spare door key concealed near their home. Many of their hiding places can be easily found in a matter of seconds, with the top hiding places identified as the garden (under plant pots or paving slabs), in a garage or shed and under the doormat. Matt Owen, spokesperson at Direct Line commented: “Some people are giving out gold-plated invitations to burglars by failing to change the locks to their home when they move in, or by keeping a spare key in an unsecure place. It is important to keep a track of who holds keys to your property, and if they are left with friends and neighbours, that they are not clearly labelled with your address. If a burglar breaks into a home and finds keys for a nearby property clearly labelled with the address it makes their criminal pursuits even easier. We would recommend that all people moving into a new property change the locks and install a highly rated secure lock to maximise protection.” Regional findings

Less than a quarter (22 per cent) of Scots changed the locks when they moved into their home, putting themselves at the highest risk of this type of burglary. Londoners are the most security conscious, with more than half purchasing new locks and bolts to ensure no previous resident or their contacts could enter their home simply by turning a key in the lock. Region Percentage of people that did not change the locks to their property when they moved into their home

Scotland 78%

Northern Ireland 77%

West Midlands 73%

Wales 72%

North East 71%

East Midlands 69%

South East 63%

Yorkshire & Humber 62%

South West 58%

East 57%

North West 54%

London 48% 

If you live in Leicestershire and surrounding areas and after reading this survey you need a Change of lock or Locks, fill in the estimate form below giving details of what you require, submit back to us and we will email an estimate as soon as possible, or telephone us, on 07895372597 to speak to a member of our team, who will advice you on the best lock to change and give a verbal estimate for you.

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