No one ever plans to get locked out of their home, but most of us will experience it at some point in our lives; one recent survey showed that firefighters were called to assist with people being locked out every hour. Whether your keys fell out of your pocket or bag, or you left them inside your house, being locked out can cause a massive amount of panic. Hopefully, this guide can help you remain calm and advise you on the best, and easiest ways to get back into your home.
Locate any spare keys from friends or neighbours
Try to remain as calm as you can when you’re locked out, as you don’t want to make any rash decisions. Not panicking can also help you think clearly and choose the best plan of action to getting back inside your home. Try and remember if a neighbour or a friend or relative has a spare key they can lend you and call them first. Here at Security 201, we offer professional keyholding services and our highly trained Key Guards can respond to emergency callouts if you do find yourself locked out of your home. Knowing in advance that a security professional you can trust has a spare key to your home can massively reduce any anxiety.
If you have lost your set of keys, make sure you change your locks once you’re back inside, to avoid the risk of your misplaced keys being used to open your front door by a stranger. If someone gains entry to your home using your misplaced keys this could, amongst other things, invalidate your home insurance.
Call a professional, accredited locksmith
If you can’t get hold of a spare key for your home, then you should call an emergency locksmith to come and let you in. This, however, can be costly, and comes with its own risks. You should take care to call an accredited locksmith to make sure that you don’t find yourself as the victim of a locksmith scam. A fair price for an emergency callout for a locksmith should rarely be more than £300, but you should request a quote from the locksmith over the phone before you agree to any work.
A number of factors can influence the cost of the job, including the number of locks you have (for example, if you have a porch) as well as the type of door locks you have. Sadly, some rogue locksmiths take advantage of those who are locked out of their home, charging extortionate prices to let them back in. Ensure that any locksmith you call is accredited by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA). Once you have found a trustworthy and accredited locksmith, save their number into your phone so that, if you should find yourself locked out of your house again, you know who to contact.
You should also try and ensure that you can prove your identity to the locksmith so they know you are trying to get into your own house rather than trying to scam them. You can do this by simply showing a form of ID with your address on it, or have a neighbour confirm your identity to the locksmith.
Don’t try and break into your own home
It may be tempting to smash a window or glass panel on your door in order to regain access to your property, but this isn’t the best idea. Trying to break your own windows to gain access not only damages your property, but leaves you running the risk of damaging both your belongings inside and yourself. This can also invalidate your home insurance, making it difficult to make a claim for the damaged property.
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