A common question we often like to ask our customers is ‘would you know what to do when you’re locked out?’.
In our experience, which stretches back more than 30 years, this is something that many people don’t consider until it happens to them. At that point, panic can set in because usually getting locked out of your house will come at the most inopportune moment.
You might be running late, coming home from a long day at work or just want to go home and relax.
But, if you can’t get access to your house, you’ll have to face the hassle and expense of sorting it out and putting it right.
It’s also a more common occurrence than you might think.
Just imagine how easy it is to misplace or lose your door keys. Theft, unfortunately, is also a big issue.
If you don’t have a spare set of keys, that’s where your problems start.
One of the main reasons we get called out by homeowners is because their keys have gone missing and they need to get onto their property. At that point, picking or drilling the lock is often the only option.
We always say that prevention is better than cure.
Investing in a spare set – or sets of keys – is often a lot cheaper than having your locks replaced.
But if you want to know what to do when you’re locked out, here are a few tips to bear in mind from our expert team:
Call a locksmith
This one might seem obvious, especially coming from an expert locksmith like Grays, because of course, we want you to call us in an emergency.
However, there are good reasons why you should call a professional locksmith when you are locked out, rather than try and sort it out yourself.
Firstly, a locksmith should be able to solve the problem for you without doing any unnecessary damage to your property.
Locksmiths are highly-trained and experienced trade professionals and will usually be able to unlock or gain entry via all types of door locks including mortice locks, night latches, Euro cylinder locks, anti-snap locks and locks fitted to wooden, composite and uPVC doors and windows.
They can do so using non-destructive methods, even if you have no key, to avoid damaging glass, doors or windows.
If the lock needs to be replaced afterwards, they can usually put that right at the same time.
Most professional locksmiths also offer a 24/7 callout so if you are locked out late at night or early in the morning, they can get you into your property in an emergency.
Get a spare set of keys
One of the best ways of preventing a lockout is to have a set or two of spare keys made that you can use in an emergency.
It’s always a good idea to keep these in a safe place that is not in your house, so you can use them if you lose your main set.
Keeping them in a lockable desk at work, your car’s glove compartment (if it can be locked) or leaving them with a trusted friend our neighbour will help ensure you can get access to your home should the worst happen.
Bear in mind that locking them in your house will be of no use whatsoever.
You should also avoid leaving your spare set of keys where they might be found easily, such as under your door mat or a plant pot on your patio.
And exercise caution if using a key safe on the outside of your property. While they might come in handy, they can be removed and broken into quite easily by a determined intruder, so don’t make them visible if you can help it.
You can get key safes which are disguised as other things, such as garden rocks or decorations – these can be a better bet than the wall-mounted ones which people can see from the street.
Replace your locks
If you have mislaid your keys and just don’t know where they are, then it might be a good idea to replace your locks.
Most home insurance policies won’t pay out for burglary unless there is forced entry to your home, meaning if someone did get in with a stolen set of keys – or one found under your doormat, for example – you could be putting your home and belongings at risk.
Changing your locks will give you the peace of mind of knowing that even if your keys fall into the wrong hands, your property will still be safe and secure.
If you are replacing your locks, make sure they adhere to BS3621. This is the minimum British Standard that most insurers insist external locks meet.
You may invalidate any future insurance claims if your locks don’t meet this standard. Conversely, if you are upgrading your locks to BS3621, it may help lower your insurance premiums.
Give Grays Locksmiths Derby a call
As we said earlier, getting help from a professional locksmith when you are locked out is your best option.
They will be able to get you back into your property quickly, cheaply and with minimal damage and will also be able to advise on the best replacement locks should you need them.
Grays Locksmiths Derby has been providing trusted locksmith services to the people of Derbyshire for more than 30 years.
We are an accredited member of the Master Locksmiths Association and are dedicated to helping all our customers keep their homes, belongings and families safe and secure.
With years of expertise and industry knowledge, all our advice is aimed at making sure you are getting the best emergency locksmiths service on the market.
So, if you’ve run into trouble and need to get into your home after locking yourself out, don’t worry, give us a call on 01332 404255 and we’ll help you out.