It happens to everyone at some point. You are in a hurry to get out of the door. As you rush out, you slam the door shut behind you, only to realize you have left your keys somewhere inside. According to statistics, unlocking doors for homeowners are one of the most common calls that locksmiths receive. The First Lock & Security Technologies professionals have provided the following tips to help you avoid the inconvenience of getting locked out of your home or business. Of course checking that the lock is unlocked as you walk out the door prevents lockouts.
Change to a Keyless Door Knob
Getting locked out of your home is inconvenient and annoying. Fortunately, there is a cost-effective solution. A keyless door knob, lever set or deadbolt will rescue you from accidentally locking yourself out of your home. Keypad combination locks are a great choice if you have multiple people entering and exiting the home. Each person is given their own individual code, which can be changed every so often to avoid security breaches.
Key Lock Box for Outside
Many homeowners hide a key somewhere outside in case of accidental lockouts. It may come as a surprise to learn that many home break-ins don’t involve a forced entry. Instead, the intruder who makes a career out of robbing homes and is well versed in all the possible hiding places will often locate the hidden key and walk right in. Instead of hiding a key, hide a lockbox with a combination lock, and keep the key inside. That way, if you get locked out, you will have a key handy that is also protected from intruders.
Giving House Keys to Family or Close Friend
Leaving a key with someone you trust that is close by is not only a benefit if you get locked out, but it can also be helpful when you are away from your home on business or a vacation. This way, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that if you need someone to access your home in an emergency, for example, a busted pipe or damage to the home due to inclement weather, they are only a phone call away.
Change Door Locks to Smart Locks
Another option you may want to consider is a smart lock. Smart locks are designed to be unlocked using your phone or internet access. By eliminating the need for a key, you will never have to worry about lost keys and rekeying your locks. Your First Lock & Security Technologies expert can advise you on the right choice for your home.