When you bought your home, did you change the locks? Probably not, since the folks you bought from sure seemed nice…and most likely they are. What you don’t know is who those nice folks gave their key to while they lived there. Could be they gave a copy to their babysitter, or the neighbors, or Mr. sellers ex has a copy from way back. I recently had a sale where the seller had 5 different keys to open 3 separate exterior doors. Who knows how many copies of these are floating around?

The point is that as the owner of your new home you really don’t know who else has a key. Of course the chances are good that nobody will ever use one of those keys to gain access to your home when you’re not there…but you never know.

When buying a property it’s always a good idea to change the locks…and have all of them work off of one or two keys maximum.