Finding yourself locked out of your vehicle is never fun, but it can sometimes be nerve-wracking as well! If you ever find yourself unable to access your vehicle, these safety tips can help you stay calm and safe while waiting for an auto locksmith.
- Call an emergency locksmith. One of the best things you can do is call an auto locksmith that offers emergency services, especially if it is late at night and your safety could be compromised. Finding an emergency locksmith means you can get help as soon as possible rather than the next business day.
- Wait in a public place. Whether it’s a shopping mall, restaurant or even a bus station, finding a place that is well-lit with other people is a better choice than waiting alone in a parking garage.
- Seek out well-lit areas. Whenever possible, wait in a well-lit and public area that has a lot of foot traffic. This not only makes you more visible to a locksmith, it can keep you safe.
- Stay alert and attentive. Realizing that you are locked out of your vehicle can lead you to start looking for keys or a spare. This leaves you highly distracted and a potential target. Stay alert of your surroundings.
- Call a friend or relative. If you need to wait outside or by your vehicle, call someone! Be sure to describe your surroundings clearly to them and keep them on the phone until your auto locksmith arrives.
- Act confident and assured. When you are locked out, it’s natural to feel annoyed, frustrated or even sad. This can reflect in your body language, which is something criminals may take advantage of. Act calm, confident and reassured in your body language.
- Remain calm. Try to keep yourself calm while waiting with breathing exercises, mind exercises or other activities.
- Ask someone to wait with you. Call a friend or relative to wait with you! They may arrive before the locksmith (especially if they live in the area) and can keep you company while also making you less of an appealing target to would-be criminals.
- Don’t attempt a DIY fix. Now is not the time to practice your lock-picking skills! Many times, this damages the lock and makes it harder for the locksmith to do their job upon arrival.
- Ask for identification. After your auto locksmith arrives, be sure to ask for identification. This is something all locksmiths have experienced, and we want to help you feel safe.
If you have questions about waiting for an auto locksmith, please give us a call today here at Eastway Lock & Key, Inc.