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.
You never know when you might accidentally be locked out of your house or business, which is why this is one situation you should be prepared for. There are a few simple steps you can take beforehand rather than trying to scramble around when you have an hour left to get ready for work, or your child is locked in and you can’t get to them, or your shop has to be open in an hour and you are not prepared. Save yourself the stress by knowing which numbers to call when you require help and keep them in your phone. Picking a good tradie is no different to choosing a good Doctor or Hairdresser, so when you have found one, keep their details handy for emergencies like these. There are a few handy tips for choosing the most suitable locksmith for your emergency situation. Some important ones are as follows:
Visit the website of your preferred business
Check out the website, social media page or other online data of the Locksmith you are planning to hire. A lot of businesses may offer locksmith benefits however they are not all fundamentally the same. Check for the address of the business and their contact data, especially if your situation requires a very fast response, in which case you need someone very close by. Remember though, that tradies can be very busy people and even close by might not guarantee that they can get there when you need them to.
Check their experience and credentials
This is crucial to consider, especially if you are a single person or parent, and even more so if you are calling at night. Dodgy “locksmiths” can seem to be cheap at first but your safety is paramount and scammers abound these days. Remember; you are inviting a total stranger into your home or business, so you can’t be too careful here. Be prepared to interview them, and CHECK! A real Locksmith in Western Australia is POLICE licensed and should always have their licence number somewhere in their advertising, and NEVER be afraid to ask to see their security licence, which they should always carry with them. Also check how much experience the person has, are they a registered business with an ABN and are they insured? A real tradesman will be happy to answer your concerns and provide the information you are asking for, if not, it might be best to give them a miss, but if you are happy with their information and have done your due diligence you’re good to go.
Most locksmiths will have a 24-hour emergency locksmith service available within Perth. Make sure that the business you’re opting for provides that kind of service. A few things to consider though: Most will have only one technician on call after hours and at night, so availability could still be limited especially if they are having a busy weekend or night, or are just plain had it and need some sleep (they are only human after all). The solution to this is to pre-book your lockout. That may seem strange but a lot of these situations can be resolved by having somewhere to go for the night and having the Locksmith booked in for a time during the day, and it’s usually a whole lot cheaper and less stressful too. Pre-planning is your best friend here. If that’s not possible you should still have somewhere safe to go, even if you just lock yourself in your car until they arrive, as waiting times, especially at night can be longer than you might like, especially if they have to wake up enough to drive their vehicle safely.
Ask about the service charges – if it seems too good to be true…
We all want to save a dollar these days but it is vital that you enquire about the upfront costs and don’t get sidetracked by “free” or no, or very low call out fees. Hidden fees and tricks are everywhere these days, but a reputable business will provide you with an honest evaluation of the charges that you’ll incur for their service, including a service call (because they have to eat and pay their bills too). Remember that the more exact information you provide, and photos are a great help these days, the more accurate an appraisal you will receive. We offer free quotes which are usually the best idea for locking situations so the technician can see exactly what they are dealing with and then you can decide if you want them to go ahead. In other situations we will always give you an honest appraisal before commencing, then YOU make the decision if you want us to go ahead with the work.
Let’s review the basics
Be Prepared: Choose a good, reputable, licensed, experienced and insured professional before you need them and keep the number handy.
Check their website or social media pages to get to know them better
Always check their official credentials and avoid them if they won’t produce these.
Check their availability and charges so you have no nasty surprises.
There you are, so next time you have a lockout situation and need a good emergency locksmith, you will be prepared. Feel free to call us.