Experts say that for a crime to occur, three elements must be present: ability, motivation and opportunity. Of these, home and business owners can only affect opportunity. Burglars typically will spend no more than a few seconds attempting a break in. A properly installed deadbolt can be a major deterrent. But, what if a thief simply walks in?
The previous owner of your property may have given keys to family, neighbours, contractors, employees and cleaners; you have no idea who may still have a key. Upon taking possession of a new property you should always change the locks.