When you get home to find that your home has been broken into, it is a horrible feeling. The fact that someone has been into your home or business and touched your personal belongings is a feeling that many struggle to get over.
This is why it is a good idea to be aware of possible signs of intrusion.
We have been locksmiths in the Northampton area for many years and we know the tell-tale signs that your lock has been tampered with, and this can often mean that the burglars will come back at another time to break into your home or business.
In this post we would like to share these signs with you so that you can look out for them, then if you spot them just give us a call and we can quickly come and fix your locks in Northampton for you.
Look Out For Scratches
While wear and tear may be common for regularly used locks, you need to look for deep cuts or scrapes around your lock as this is a tell-tale sign that someone has been trying to break your lock. If you see shiny metal scratches or your deadbolt lock is slightly out of place then you need to call out a locksmith in Northampton to check or replace your locks for you.
Check Your Lock Functions
Sometimes there may not be any visible damage, but you might just notice that the lock doesn’t seem to be functioning correctly. This may be because your lock has been tampered with. Your key may also be faulty in the lock, which could be because an improvised key has been used in the lock and then a blunt object has been striking it in an attempt to break the lock.
See If Lock Is Damaged
Brute force is a common way of a hasty break in and will leave very visible signs of an attempted burglary, if successful or not. This will involve the burglar drilling the lock and then using a crowbar to damage the body of the lock. You may see things like debris, splinters, a dented lock or scratches that will show burglars have attempted to break into your home.
If you spot any of these signs or have any other concerns about your locks then please contact us directly and we would be happy to come and check, repair or replace your locks so you know you can sleep safe at night.