How to Prevent Being Locked Out


Have you ever been locked out of the house?

It’s not easy to do anymore since we have so many electronics to help, but sometimes it can’t be helped and it’s more than frustrating.


Below are some tips that might help prevent a lock out down the road:


Go Keyless.  Install smart-locks so you don’t need a key to get in.  These handy devices are controlled with a smartphone.  You can easily provide guests with their own custom code and/or unlock the door from anywhere at any time.  Better still, integrate a smart-lock with your security system and control everything with one app.

Give a Spare Away.  Prevent the problem by giving a spare key to a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor. Someone with flexible availability is ideal for quickly fixing the problem in the future.

Hide a key outside.  Hide-a-Keys and outdoor key holders come in many shapes and forms. They’re often disguised as rocks or yard decorations. These products are great for hiding a spare key to a house, safe, or drawers.


So what if you get locked out?  Below are a few things to do:


Look for unlocked windows or doors.  Check all the entrances to your home including windows.  While it’s not a good idea to leave anything unlocked, you might get lucky (just this once).

Call for help.  Call you spouse, roommate, anyone that might be able to get you in.  If you live in an apartment complex, stop by the manager’s office to ask for access.  It’ll probably cost you a fee but you might get inside quickly.

Call a locksmith.  This will cost about $100 or so, but they are often available 24/7 to help.