It has happened to us all. We lose or forget our keys and we find ourselves locked out of our own home. There are few things more frustrating than not being able to access our own house. However, if you keep calm and work through your options, you should be back in your house or apartment in no time at all.
Here are five key tips if you find yourself locked out of your own home:
Check for an Open Door or Window
While it is never advisable to leave a door or window unlocked while you are out of the house, it is worth checking to see if you accidentally left something unlocked or ajar. If you do find an open window it is important to take the utmost care when entering your home and only use ground-floor windows.
Call Family, Neighbours or Your Landlord
If you cannot get in through an unlocked door or window you should call anyone who might have a key. If you are renting your home, your landlord will certainly be able to help you out if they live close by or call a roommate if you have one. If you are a homeowner you should call family, friends or neighbours that you may have left a key with.
Call a Locksmith
If all else fails, it may be time to call a local locksmith. Established in 1991, Action Lock Service is one of the most well-established emergency locksmiths in Perth, providing afterhours services so you can get back into your home quickly at any time of the day or night.
On average, it will take a locksmith about 15-30 minutes to reach your home, and a further 10-30 minutes to open the lock, depending on the type of lock. All told, a good locksmith should have you back in your home within an hour of receiving your call with no damage to your property.
The locksmith can also have a new set of keys copied to replace the ones your lost, or even rekey your existing locks or replace the locks entirely.
Plan for The Future
While getting locked out of your house is a frustrating and unpleasant experience, there are steps you can take to ensure that it does not happen again. Perhaps the easiest and safest option is to leave a spare key with a member of family who lives nearby or a trusted neighbour. If you live in a rural area you may consider hiding a spare key in a safe place somewhere outside your home.
Consider Going Keyless
With the emergence of new technologies there is an excellent choice of electronic locks available that do not require keys. These secure locks can be unlocked in a variety of ways, including digital keypads, fingerprint scans or even by simply swiping your smartphone. You might never have to worry about losing your keys again!
At Action Lock Services, we are committed to providing efficient and affordable security solutions. Call us now on 9240 7200 for the fastest emergency locksmith in Perth.