We imagine you don’t pay much attention to your business’s locks. Most people don’t until one gets stuck and breaks the key — or something equally obvious. In our digital age, it’s easy to rely on a high-tech security system to keep your business safe. However, without properly functioning locks, that security system is just expensive interior decor. Since they are such an innocuous part of any business’s security, consider this your reminder to pay attention to your locks.

There are a variety of options to help shore up the security of the physical locks on your business. Those options range from rekeying to lock repair and even new lock installation — with the possibility of upgrades to a more-secure commercial lock. When it comes to your business’s security, there are a range of options. Here’s what you need to know about rekeying versus changing the locks for boosting your business’s security.


The Basics of Rekeying

For those that don’t know what rekeying is, not to worry. Many folks outside of the locksmithing and real estate professions haven’t heard of this option. Rekeying, in a nutshell, is making an existing lock work like a brand new lock without replacing the hardware. For rekeying, a locksmith will pull out the tumbler — the part of the lock your key turns — and changes the pins inside. They then replace the tumbler into the existing lock hardware. This makes the lock require a different key than any that previously turned it. Whether you’re moving into a new home or you want to boost your business’s security, this is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to get that security boost.


Rekeying Vs. Replacing Locks

Since rekeying a lock is generally pretty simple, you may wonder why anyone would bother replacing their locks. Rekeying is a great way to boost security, and it is a quick way to do so, but it’s far from the only option. Consider these factors to help you decide:



Having your business’s locks rekeyed is a great option to make use of when the locks themselves are in great shape, but you need to change access for some reason. The most common reasons to have the locks rekeyed are when moving into a new space and you don’t know who else has copies of the keys, and in times of employee changes, like when a key-holder employee quits or someone is let go in a contentious manner. Rekeying is also a great idea to do at intervals as a quick and inexpensive security boost, though it does mean you’ll need to give new keys to any other key holders on your staff.


Replacing Locks

Rekeying and lock repair are both good options to continue using the hardware that currently protects your business. When it comes to lock replacement, the most common times to consider this are:

  • After a break-in (whether the lock is damaged or not, but especially if it is)
  • When a lock is old, rusted, stiff, or otherwise malfunctioning
  • When a lock is loose or not installed properly
  • When your business has a variety of different lock styles
  • When security is a concern and you want to upgrade to sturdier, more protective locks
  • When you want to add a master key system or install an access control system
  • When you want to go key-free and install keyless locks


The other big thing to consider with lock replacement versus rekeying is the level of change that needs to happen, and how widespread the change needs to be. For instance, replacing locks on a small retail space would be a simpler endeavor than replacing all of the locks throughout a hotel or government facility. If you are unsure how much of an undertaking it would be to rekey versus replace your locks, the best way to figure out what to do is to connect with a local commercial locksmith.

Here at Firstline Locksmith, we specialize in a range of commercial locksmith services. We can handle rekeying and lock replacement, but we can also provide guidance with other security system needs, and so much more. We tailor our services to each business we work with, so start by scheduling a consultation for your Princeton, NJ business today!