Losing your keys is always a stressful experience, whether misplaced or stolen. The most common situation is that you will lose your entire bunch of keys, rather than just one individual key. So, it is not only your house key that will be lost, your car key, garage key or keys to your office or workplace may also be included on the same bunch.
Report it to the police.
First thing you need to do when you discover your keys are lost, is to inform your local police authority and give a description of your keys, including any notable features such as a keyring. This will help you get your keys back if they are found and handed in.
Let others who might be affected know
Did you have any spare keys from family members or friends? If you had a key/keys for anyone else’s home or property it is always wise to notify them that your key ring has been lost or stolen. This allows them to secure their properties accordingly and doesn’t risk their security.
Check with your insurance
Some insurance policies, both home and vehicle, offer protection to key loss or theft. This could be paying for the replacement of the lock or to replace the keys. It’s always worth contacting your insurance policy to see if they will help to cover the replacement costs but be cautions to understand what it might mean for your no claims.
Call out a professional
Once you’ve identified what locks you will need changing, it’s time to call an NGCL Locksmith. All of our Locksmiths hold the highest accreditation in the industry and are police checked (DBS). You can have the peace of mind that your home or business is being secured by an expert.
As part of The NGCL service, all our engineers will provide a free onsite home or business security and insurance compliance check on your home or business. No matter the style of door you have or what type of replacement key or lock you need, an NGCL Locksmith will be able to source and fit your new lock.
We always recommend changing your locks if a key is lost. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee who might have your keys and what intentions they might have, with a big factor being that if someone uses a key to gain entry to your property it can invalidate your insurance policy.
For your personal and home security, we always recommend changing your locks if you lose your keys. To better understand pricing, look at Locksmith Pricing 2021, Understanding Lock Prices and The Best Locks Money can Buy.
Whenever you change your locks, for whatever reason, you should always tell your insurance provider. Within an insurance policy there will be a minimum set of security requirements that are needed to keep a policy valid, this can include a security requirement for your lock type. By not meeting the requirements, it can invalidate any insurance policies you have.
Locksmith was quick, efficient, and personable. I confessed to knowing little about the difference between different locks, but he explained everything as needed and gave advice on any issues with any other doors etc. Would contact The NGCL again if there was a need. Thank you.
Excellent service with knowledgeable staff.
Excellent service, locksmith arrived within an hour of first phone call to replace a broken lock at a rented property. NGCL Locksmith was very polite and efficient and always wore a mask, he even dropped a spare key to me at my home address. The team at head office kept me informed on what was required, timing and costs. Would highly recommend.
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