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What to do when you’re locked out of your home?

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There are many “oops” type of moments in life, but some of them, however, turn out to be more regrettable, like forgetting the keys somewhere, or leaving them inside your house.

But, before calling your locksmith to help you out with this problem (or before this actually happens), you need to do very simple things to prevent the embarrasing moments that follow. You know how they say: better safe than sorry!

Give Someone (you trust) a pair of extra keys

First, you need to make copies of your keys. After you have a couple of keys to spare, leave one with a neighbour or person you trust on your neighbourhood. If you live in an apartment, remember that your tenant might have a pair of keys, so you can call him or her during the day. And, because your tenant might be busy (or asleep) during the night, you might have to stay somewhere else before you get to make the call.

You can also have an extra pair of keys available somewhere that other people won’t see. That’s what we call “hidden in plain sight”. You can put the keys under (or over) an object, or in an object, but don’t leave them in places anyone would think to look under, like your welcome mat (it’s supposed to welcome people to your home, not help them break in).

These are all great ways to prevent having to break the lock, and getting your lock repaired. Although, lock repair is not expensive if you hire us. At UK Locksmiths, we have all the equipment (and experience) to help you with this matter, and we’ll get to your London house in 30 minutes or less.

Think of other ways to get in

Here are the good news: you can get in your house without your keys. But, the bad news is, you’ll have to break in.

1) Check the lock- A card will work just fine on a spring bolt; however, it will not work on a dead bolt. Because the dead bolt can be found above the handle, the handle might move while the door is shut close. This is when you’ll need to try another method, like destroying the doorknob.

2) Destroy the doorknob- Another way to get into a place in an emergency is violently tearing out the doorknob. You can do this if your doors are old and if they don’t include dead bolts. You can take a hammer (borrow it from a neighbour) to strike to the doorknob, but don’t forget to let your anger out without destroying the whole door. The next step is removing the rest of the mechanism (only after the door knob is completely broken).

Still, opening your door this way will require that you replace your doorknob. This is why you should only do this in emergencies. You can also try removing the door by disengaging the hinges, but do this only if it’s entirely necessary.

Find an open window that you can get through. If there’s even a chance to get inside your house through one of your windows, take it (if you can’t get through your front door without breaking it). This window (if you find it) can be on the first floor or the second floor. Nevertheless, the level of difficulty might be high for this solution. Still, it might be the only chance you have to break into your home.

Other measure you can take is to strike your window with a hammer. This should only be done when in an emergency, like destroying the doorknob.

Call your locksmith

Anyhow, waiting for a locksmith is a much better idea. UK Locksmiths will take care of this problem, if you live in London. We do lock repair, lock replacement and key replacements, and this will all help when leaving your keys inside your home.

If you don’t have a spare key, or don’t think breaking in is an option, call us at 0800 193 1123. We’re available 24 hours (in case of emergencies) and can get to your house in less than 30 minutes.

Also, don’t forget to call us if this happens. We can tell you what to do over the phone, in case it’s an emergency and you can’t wait for us to get there.


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