Don’t Fix Your Own Locks!
If you’re not the type of person with a spare set of locks, keys and key-hole plates around for emergencies then you’ll be entirely locked out if something goes wrong. If you have lost your keys or someone has broken in to steal some valuables from your home, or just vandalized property inside, like smashed windows or kicked doors etc., there are plenty more reasons why fixing up their mess by yourself is probably the last thing that you should do!
You could damage the lock by over-tightening it and causing it to become permanently stuck You could damage your door frame by forcing it unnecessarily.
There is a chance that you won’t be able to get back into your home once you leave if you can’t find the key when coming back later;
The tools needed for this type of repair are usually complicated and expensive – not something most people would have on hand!
You may not know how to install the lock properly and it won’t work, so that’s why you need to use a professional locksmith.
It’s also illegal in most cases to tamper with your locks without a license, so people who do this could face legal penalties.
If someone damaged your lock by trying to break in, don’t try to fix it yourself, especially before the police comes. You will leave your fingerprints all over it and now there will be no way to identify who did this through fingerprints. It will also become much harder (or even impossible) for police investigation teams to collect other evidence. People who are trying to break in want as little noise as possible so they can enter without being noticed – fixing it yourself could just lead them straight inside! If someone has broken into your home when you weren’t there, this is actually one of the best things to do because it means they left no fingerprints behind; but if you have given keys to family members or friends then they might also be able to get back into your house at any time which isn’t ideal for security reasons.
If you’re repairing your lock yourself, make sure that you don’t use tools or materials from a different manufacturer. They will not work with the new lock and won’t align correctly.