How To Avoid A Lockout
We asked locksmiths for their best consumer advice on how to avoid a lockout situation, which can easily cost from $50 to $125, depending on the time, location and particular situation. Check out these tips to save yourself from the frustration of a home lockout:
• Hide a key somewhere on the outside of your house. Exercise extreme caution when doing this, however, because if an intruder finds it, they'll gain entry easily. Some locksmiths recommend placing the key in a plastic container and burying it under a rock or other object in the yard where it will unlikely be found.
• Give an extra house or car key to someone nearby whom you trust. Giving a key to a reliable friend, family member or neighbor can be a lifesaver in a pinch.
• Make a spare key and hide it in your wallet or purse. Hopefully, you won't be unfortunate enough to be without both your keys and your purse or wallet.
• If you find yourself frequently locked out of your home, consider installing a digital keypad door knob system. Using a push-button interface, you can simply enter your personal code to unlock the door. But be careful with those numbers, your home's security is only as trustworthy as the people who know your access code.