Finding yourself locked out of your home or business can be extremely stressful, and it happens to pretty much everyone at some time in their lives. From locking your key inside your house, a gust of wind slamming the door shut, or simply losing the key – these situations and more can cause lockouts. Yet, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and reduce the stress and impact at these times.
One simple strategy is to have the number of a good, bonafide emergency locksmith in Perth on hand. Perhaps even in the contacts list on your mobile.
Here are some other tips to consider:
The main thing to do when locked out is to keep calm. Panic won’t help you and can make the whole thing so much worse. Just remember that you will be able to get back in to your house, it is just a matter of time and what solution you choose.
Do some quick surveillance
Check your doors and windows, you might have left a window open or a door unlocked. Even a garage remote kept in your car can be helpful, and can also be useful to keep you safe while help arrives. A word of warning here though…
Do NOT be tempted to put yourself at risk by climbing through an upstairs window or one that is too small, and NEVER break a window or glass panel. Better to pay a Locksmith than suffer a Hospital visit for you or a child, or an emergency Vet visit for a pet with bleeding paws. The cost of replacement glass and having your home accessible until the Glazier can get there is also a huge risk, and broken shards of glass can be missed in a clean up, causing a hazard long after the incident is over. A reputable Locksmith can usually get you in quickly and painlessly, so best to wait.
Keep a spare key
Have an extra key handy somewhere. Keep one in your wallet or bag, with a relative or trusted friend nearby or even a trusted neighbour. You can even choose to have a Lock Box installed or install one of the newer electronic locks on your entry door (as long as you can remember the codes)
Another word of warning though…NEVER keep a key in obvious places like under the mat, in a plant pot, on the door frame, in the meter box or mailbox etc. Thieves know these old tricks only too well, and it’s a very serious security hazard.
Do not DIY
Lock picking looks so easy on TV, but think about it…if locks were that easy to pick by just about anyone, with any household tool on hand they wouldn’t be much good as a lock would they? Trying this yourself or letting an unqualified friend try it is a very bad idea and can cause damage to the lock mechanism. This usually ends up costing you way more to replace the damaged lock than it would have done if you’d left it to a professional in the first place. Same thing with deliberately damaging the lock or trying to take it apart. It’s a really bad idea, and even if you do manage to get in, the lock may no longer be secure after this kind of treatment.
This might sound strange, but thinking about what you will do if you are ever locked out can alleviate the stress enormously when it does actually happen to you.
Safety first: It can take that spare key or the Locksmith you called a bit of time to arrive, so plan what you might do. Is there a nice neighbour, friend or relative you can stay with until help arrives? Can you go and do a bit of shopping or have a Coffee somewhere or do something productive like gardening (during the day of course)? Keeping your mind busy while you wait is much better than standing around fuming as you watch the time drag by.
Safety is all important, especially at night, so lock yourself in your car or garage if you have nowhere else to go and always ask the Locksmith for his I.D when he arrives.
If all else fails…
Time to call an experienced, Licensed, Insured Professional Locksmith and be patient while you wait, especially at night, and remember that if you have woken them up they will have to be awake enough to drive, so give them a bit of time.
Also, keep in mind that after hours rates will be more than normal hours, and if you decide to “shop around” remember that you have likely woken them all up (as well as their partners) and they might stay awake for a while if you say “I’ll call back”, so please be courteous.
We hope this has helped prepare you for your next Lockout, and if you have any questions please drop us a line, we will be happy to assist.