WHY YOU SHOULD RE-KEY YOUR HOUSE

Some problems with lost keys and the thought of rekeying the whole house cross your mind. Or you have found out that anytime you got out, at the moment you arrived home there are some missing things that cannot be found anywhere. Whatever the reason you have to rekey your dwelling, it has been proved that this one of the most effective way to avoid being the victim of crime in your neighbor and also keep your family sound and safe.

But there are other reasons to rekey your whole doors and some of them are:

  1. Moving into a new house

A big step in life is finding a new place to live; and when finally you have found it, there are some aspects to take into consideration. It does not matter if the house you are acquiring is new, used or rental, the need of changing keys has to be made. Depending on the time the house has been in the market, you have no clue about who can have a copy of the place. This has to be done mostly with used or rental houses. So it is mandatory to replace all keys to avoid any further problems

 

  1. After making home improvements or repairs

Your home needs to be fixed or some improvements are finally taking place. But you cannot be home all day; you have to go to work. So you leave your keys to the contractors doing the repairing or improvements at home. Even if you trust them, they sometimes hire other people to do certain specific jobs without notifying you. Your home keys are vulnerable and pass from hand to hand and there is no certainty about who would have made a copy of them.

As soon as the job is done, the keys must be replaced immediately in order to avoid any future problems with your property.

 

  1. You are single again or recently divorced

Long time in a relationship and, all the sudden, it ended overnight. No matter how amicable the situation is with you ex-spouse or significant other, it is always better to rekey. Since those extra keys can be lost, misplaced or taken by a stranger; it is a security issue to rekey your house after ending any sort of relationship.

 

  1. You or a family member lost the keys.

Mentioned above, this is the primary reason for a complete rekeying of the house.

People tend to forget where the keys are placed, or just they felt from the pocket or from the purse.

The scenario can get worse if keys were stolen. It not a good idea to put the keys in a bag or purse along with all important identification documents – such as ID card or a Driver’s License – which can give a hint of your address.

Whatever the circumstances, there is no idea about what kind of person has taken those keys and what is the intention this being would have. No positive thinking would be enough, in this situation it better be safe than sorry. So the rekey of your entire home is advisable.

 

  1. Someone did not return an extra key.

Renting a room would be a good way to generate an extra income to house or personal expenses; but when the contract is over or breached for any unspecific reason, it is necessary to ask back for the extra key provided at the beginning of the agreement. In case that the key or keys are not returned, the rekeying of the locks should be necessary, especially on those cases when strong arguments tend to disrupt the covenant.

In case of a worker in charge of certain departments and with access to the keys of the company, it is necessary to rekey the locks of that department and other related to the functions executed by this employee.

This sort of action must be taken at the exact moment when the person leaves the residence or the office.

 

  1. Things at home start to go missing.

For unexplained reasons you start to see small objects and other home stuff getting vanished regularly. Although there would be several explanations (an angry relative or some noisy neighbors), the most common reason is that someone has taken possession of your house key and is having illegal access to your place. Whatever the reason for this happens to be, the changing of the key locks is recommendable to stop this vanishing valuables.

 

  1. Possess too many keys

The possession of many keys would be bothersome, but it is something easy to solve. Rekeying your locks to function with one single key is the step to take and there will not be any further problem trying to open the front or any room door. By doing such replacement of keys, time would be save at the moment of opening or closing any door and money at the moment of getting a copy of the single key.

 

  1. Locks are hard to open

Although not a security issue, but more a convenience one, old door locks can be hard to deal at the moment of closing or opening them. They can even get broken. If the situation is taking place is a good idea to replace the locks with new ones. The new locks will provide a sense of calm when the door is locked safely after a very long time.

 

 

  1. Looking for an upgrade

Old locks tend to be insecure and easy to be broken and your house valuables can certainly be stolen. New stronger locks are offered in the market and the new key in your key holder will provide with the security you used to have with the old lock.

 

  1. Too many people having keys to your house.

When family, relatives or even close neighbors are required to take care of your house for vacation or business trips, your keys could be copied and, even you trust them very deeply, the possibilities that those keys can be handed by some unknown people is somehow high. So if you travel frequently, rekey your place any time you return to it after your professional or pleasure trip. And you can trust your home again to that person with a new set of keys or just a single key.

Taking into account any of the reasons described above, there will be a peaceful state of mind and a sense of security will be increased in your residence.

 

No More Car Keys? Smartphones May Be Replacing the Standard Car Key

The traditional keys of the cars are disappearing in some countries to be replaced by the so-called “smart keys”, electronic devices that have the latest model last cars. However, the latter would also be destined to disappear by action nothing less than smartphones.

This is estimated by the American Automobile Association (AAA) which considers “smart keys” as a transition technology that will be replaced by telephones. He said that both Chevrolet and Nissan have mobile applications to control specific functions of their cars.

John Nielsen, director of automotive engineering at the AAA, said that Hyundai recently introduced a more advanced concept that allows motorists to enter and start a vehicle using a smartphone set up specifically for the car.

“Part of this technology could be seen in vehicles as early as 2015,” he said in remarks collected by the Los Angeles Times.

“Traditional keys will probably become obsolete and will be replaced by technologies that offer greater security and comfort. Drivers will have to adapt to technology to avoid the hassle and cost of replacing smart keys, “he added.

Smart keys or devices, previously exclusive to luxury brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus, are now offered by most car manufacturers. Many contain a system that allows motorists to enter and start their vehicle without a key. Their fate seems to be the disappearance at the hands of smartphones.

Portfolios and pockets are running out of one of the most basic and lasting tools of civilization: the keys. Now they could be replaced by the cell phone. A new technology allows smartphones, or smartphones, to open doors of hotels, offices and homes, garages and even cars.

It is a technology not far from that which allows cars to be opened remotely or pass cards in electronic devices located at the entrances of offices. The novel thing is that the new system is installed in the device most used by people and that no longer only works as a telephone, but as an agenda, stereo, map, GPS, camera and game console.

What the cell phone does is send a signal over the Internet and a conversion box to a latch or latch. Other systems use internal company networks, such as General Motors OnStar, to open car doors.

As almost everyone has a cell phone, there are several new companies, key companies and automotive companies that discount that the new technology will be widely accepted. Schlage, for example, a major key maker, sells a system that allows homeowners to use their cell phones to open their doors from miles away and also control their air conditioning systems, heating, lights and security cameras. Customers buy locks that are controlled by wireless radio signals sent from an Internet-connected switchboard installed in their homes.

Recently, Dwight Gibson, vice president of Solutions Connection for Home, an associate of Schlage, said he had used the system to allow her friend into his house while he was sitting in his office desk. “He thought it was something magical,” he revealed.

Daimler-Benz also has this system in their Mercedes. Zipcar, the service for cars, has a mobile application that allows customers to open the doors of their cars by pressing a button from the screen of their cell phones that looks like a key. It has already been used 250 thousand times since its launch two years ago.

Anyway, having a phone to enter or turn on cars is not a system free of all faults. “Nobody wants to find that they do not have a battery in their phone and realize they cannot go anywhere,” Nixon said. Another sensitive point is that the technology is still quite cumbersome. Analysts in the cell phone industry say that this process will be simplified with the appearance of a technology called near-field communications, or NFC. It allows a phone to be passed as a magnetic card in front of a device that picks up the signal and opens a door.

The NFC is currently in a handful of cell phones, but manufacturers expect to ship close to 550 million NFC phones by 2015, according to consultancy IHS iSuppli. Rajeev Chand, head of research at Rutberg & Co., a boutique investment bank, was conclusive: “The keys are not going to disappear, but they will become somewhat obsolete.”

This technology is not too different from remote controls that allow cars to open and close, or from magnetic cards used to open electronic locks. The new thing is that the resource, in this case, is the device that more and more people use as if it were a Swiss penknife of electronics: the smartphone works in equal parts as a phone, calendar, music player, map, GPS unit, and camera and game machine.

The smartphone sends a signal over the Internet to a central office, and from there to a lock or door. Other systems use internal company networks, such as the General Motors OnStar system, to open car doors. As almost everyone has a cell phone, a group of new companies and companies that manufacture locks and automotive are betting on the wide acceptance of the technology. Schlage, a large manufacturer of locks, markets a system that allows homeowners to open the door lock from miles away, and also handle heating and air conditioning, lights and security cameras. Customers buy locks controlled by a wireless radio signal sent from a device connected to the Internet, previously installed in their homes.

In October, General Motors introduced an application that allows the owners of most of the GM 2011 models to close and open the doors and start the engine remotely. It allows owners to warm up the engine on a freezing day or turn on the air conditioning on a hot day from their offices, said Timothy Nixon, who oversees “information and entertainment” products for the automaker. Analysts in the cellphone industry say the process will be made easier with the development of a technology called near field communications, known in the jargon as NFC, according to its acronym in English. It allows the door to open by shaking the cell phone as if it were a magnetic card near a device that can pick up the signal and open the door. On the day of their arrival, passengers received a text message with an address on the network where they had to announce their arrival. After completing the procedure, the hotel sent an electronic key from their room to the passenger’s cell phone. The passengers loved it, said Tam Hulusi, vice president for strategic innovation at HID Global, a smart card company that, along with its parent company, Assa Abloy, a Swedish locksmith, participated in the test. He said that electronic keys in cell phones would reduce hotel costs by eliminating magnetic cards and reducing the staff needed to receive passengers.