After a long day at work, you can’t wait to finally get home and lounge on your sofa. But upon stepping up to the front door, you suddenly realize there’s a huge problem: your keys are nowhere to be found. Whether you lost them on your way home or left them inside the house, such a scenario can frazzle anyone’s nerves. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent this problem, as well as steps you can take to deal with it.
Have a Replacement Key on Hand
One of the best ways to avoid the headache of losing or leaving behind your keys is to simply have an extra set created. This step should be easy enough, but the real challenge is finding a secure place to store the keys where burglars can’t find them. Perhaps the safest bet is to give the key to a trusted neighbor or friend for safekeeping. Another option is to place the extra set somewhere in your briefcase or handbag so it’s always on your person. You can also buy a fake rock, hide the key inside it, and place it somewhere in your yard. But beware, professional thieves are getting smart when it comes to looking for the old “fake rock” in the yard.
Get a Lock Box
If you can’t find a suitable place to hide your spare key, a lock box will surely solve your dilemma. Unlike a fake rock, lock boxes can be safely installed near a door or anywhere outside the home. This is because they require you to input a passcode before it opens, revealing the spare key. They are also relatively inexpensive and come in a variety of designs, ranging from punch-button types to those that have rotating dials. Of course, the trick to using a lock box is to always place the spare key back after you use it, and to remember the combination!
Check Other Entrances
It’s hard not to panic a little after locking yourself out of the house. The pets are waiting for you inside and it’s already getting dark. In such a scenario, be sure to check other entrances like windows and the back door. It may sound ironic, but you may have fortunately forgotten to close them before leaving, thereby granting you entry inside the house. That being said, be sure to be extra careful and discreet when breaking into your own home. You may end up hurting yourself crawling into a window, or a neighbor might mistake you for a thief.
Use a Card
This tip will only work for standard doorknobs—it’s no good if you’re dealing with a door that has a deadbolt. First, look for the thinnest card in your wallet, especially one that you don’t mind damaging (if not destroying) in the process. Then, insert the card where the door latch is located and start wiggling it back and forth. With some luck, the card will lodge itself between the latch, unlocking the door. As a side note, if this works for you, consider installing a better door lock as thieves can apply the same trick to burglarize your home.
Call for a Locksmith
If you don’t have a spare key or if the card trick doesn’t work, it’s time to call in the pros. A locksmith can disassemble your current door knob and locks, then replace them with completely new ones. Just don’t forget to ditch your old keys and have the new ones duplicated to avoid the same headache in the future.
There are few things in life as annoying as locking yourself out. That being said, a little bit of foresight and resourcefulness will help you overcome this dilemma. And if all else fails, be sure to get professional help to gain access to your home as soon as possible.
If you need a professional to help with any locksmith services in the Charlotte area, including opening a locked door or replacing locks on your doors, contact our team at Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte NC. We will be happy to assist. Give us a call at 704-347-1088, or complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you right away. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!